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London (Southampton) to London (Southampton)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EMERALD ISLES | 12 Nights | Departs Aug 15, 2014

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Seven Seas Voyager

Seven Seas Voyager
 

Belfast, Ireland

Belfast, Ireland-port

Belfast lies snuggled into the rugged coast of Northern Ireland where the River Lagan flows to the sea. This Northern Ireland capital saw its earliest settlement in the early Middle Ages. At that time, a substantial stone fortress punctuated the horizon. Today, world travelers are eager to view her physical beauty and discover her renewed tranquility. Residents enjoy performances at the Grand Opera House, shop at trendy stores, and visit pubs lining The Golden Mile.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Ards Peninsula & Grey Abbey
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Panoramic Belfast
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • The Famous Pubs of Belfast
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mount Stewart House and Gardens
    Seated Tour
  • Spectacular Giants' Causeway
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • The Titanic Trail
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Ards Peninsula & Grey Abbey

    Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: bfs-002
    Price:

    Free

    Enjoy the beauty of the Ard's Peninsula on this tour that takes you off the beaten-track to discover some of the breath-taking landscapes that are found outside of Belfast.

    The coastal road along the southern shore of Belfast Lough plays hide and seek with the sea, like the railway that runs alongside it, it darts in and out of the hills giving glimpses of sandy beaches, yacht clubs and busy harbors. Away from the coast are the beginnings of the rounded drumlin hills of the Ards Peninsula, unexpectedly rural so near to Belfast.

    The Ards Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty, unspoiled, free of crowds, and the perfect setting for a magical coastal drive. Here, you will find a rural way of life and a genuine Irish welcome combined with a haunting landscape, history and tranquility.

    Departing from Belfast you will first make your way to Stormont Castle, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. A symbol of progress to Northern Ireland's troubled past, the power sharing executive with responsibility for Northern affairs rules from this impressive building. After a brief photo stop, you will drive to Grey Abbey, site of a Cistercian Abbey from which the village takes its name. A stop will be made at the abbey for an inside visit and tour of the ruins, which date back to 1193.

    From Grey Abbey, you will travel the peninsula to Ballywalter. Formally a fishing village, Ballywalter is now typical of the tranquil lifestyle enjoyed by the inhabitants of this area where local fishermen still lay pots or creels for lobsters and crabs during the summer months.

    Turning north, you'll follow the coastal route through the town of Millisle to Donaghadee. Donaghadee boasts a long seagoing history; therefore, it is not surprising that it still maintains a special relationship with the sea, proving very popular with water enthusiasts, anglers and those who simply like to spend time at the coast. From Donaghadee, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views across the Irish Sea, when on a clear day, you can see all the way to Scotland. In the Harbor is Donaghadee's impressive lighthouse, which was built in 1836 and was the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity. A stop will be made here to visit a local hostelry for Irish Coffee and afterwards, some free time is allowed for you to independently explore this pretty little hamlet before it's time to re-join your coach and travel back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic with optional walking at the stops. The guided tour of the ruins at Grey Abbey includes up to 45-minutes of walking and covers rough and uneven natural surfaces. Arrangements can be made with the guide to not participate in this guided portion of the tour. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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