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Discover the culture of Belfast and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Causeway Coastal Route on this adventure-filled incentive itinerary

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Embrace a Giant Spirit – Belfast and the Causeway

History, culture, natural beauty — this four day itinerary has it all

Giant's Causeway
When you visit Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route, you’re exploring one of the world’s top visitor regions. Seriously, just ask Lonely Planet. First, get ready for a whistle stop tour of Belfast. You’ll get as much culture, history, traditional music and good old-fashioned fun as you can handle. Then, explore the Causeway Coastal Route and experience some of the best outdoor adventures in Northern Ireland. Enjoy breath-taking scenery along one of the world’s most gorgeous driving routes, discovering cliff-top walks and feeling the wind in your hair along the way.

Day One

Belfast’s culinary delights and maritime history

Food tour of St. George's Market
On arrival it’s straight into discovering the city one bite and one song at a time with the team from Taste and Tour and An Droichead traditional music trail. Don’t worry, Belfast is so walkable that the distances are small.
 
Meet innovative food producers creating world class produce from fantastic local ingredients and ‘taste’ the spirit of the people of Belfast. We believe the best way to get to know a city is through its food and drink. You'll head off the beaten track on a food and fun filled guided walk through Belfast City Centre. With lunch taken care of, it’s on to discover why this city is considered one of the world’s best for traditional Irish music. Over Guinness or local whiskey, you'll learn about the instruments, culture, language and customs that make up Ireland’s vibrant music tradition.
 
After all this activity it's time to relax in the surrounding of the 4-star Titanic Hotel Belfast for the evening. The converted shipbuilding office was once known as the Drawing Offices where Titanic was designed and dates from the1880’s. Filled with original art deco décor, you'll take in maritime landmarks in stylishly opulent surroundings.
 
The group continues the ‘foodie’ theme with a demonstration by celebrity chef Niall McKenna at his award-winning cookery school, before a delicious dinner in his James St Restaurant.

Day Two

City tours, historical sites and boating experiences

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Day Two gives you the chance to plan your own itinerary with a variety of experiences to choose from. Get to know the city on a Black Cab Taxi Tour, learning about everything from political history to world-famous street art. Or find your sea legs on a private boat tour, taking in famous Titanic locations, HBO’s Game of Thrones’ film studios, HMS Caroline as well as the harbour’s growing marine life.

If you're a true crime fan then pick heading to Crumlin Road Gaol, which shares 150 years of history as Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian era prison. History buffs choose team-building at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, which provides the perfect backdrop for an exciting treasure hunt. Find clues to explore the museum's rolling countryside and bustling ‘town’ filled with period buildings and hands-on basket weaving and blacksmith workshops.
 
You'll all meet up again for a hearty dinner at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience’s VIP space. just a hop away from your lavish hotel. The private area enjoys unrivalled views of the original slipways and Belfast Lough – quite magical at night.

Day Three

Luxury picnics and a world heritage site along the Causeway Coastal Route

Feet dangling over Giant's Causeway
For the next two days explore the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route, known globally for its striking sea and cliff views. Heading towards the North Coast, stop along the way to enjoy refreshments in picturesque fishing villages complete with breath-taking photo opportunities. 
 
The highlight of the day is a VIP experience at the UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant’s Causeway, where these famous ‘stones’ come alive with an Ulster Scots piper and a luxury picnic. Sitting on basalt rocks, take a sip of Bushmills 12-year-old whiskey as the salty sea wind envelope you.
 
After a day on the road it’s a seamless check in to the 4-star Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort. This premier luxury hotel is the perfect location to relax and get away from city bustle, with 163 acres of lush parkland and the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate.
 
Pre-dinner drinks are in the Galgorm’s Conservatory, home to the Resort’s Cocktail & Gin bar. This bespoke glass creation combines stunning river views with one of the most extensive and exclusive gin menus in the country. Dinner in River Room is a 3 AA Rosette restaurant experience, with menus packed with seasonal ingredients sourced from carefully selected local suppliers and their very own kitchen garden.

Day Four

Golf, foodie tours, nature hikes and a VIP BBQ

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
With so many things to do in this magical part of the world, the group now has the chance to choose what to do on their last day. A round of golf at the prestigious Royal Portrush, home of the 2019 Open can be arranged.

Or how about these local experts to whet the appetite?
 
– For the early birds, it’s a morning fishing trip with Catch and Sea along with Wendy and her team. Jump on board a fishing boat bound for the Atlantic Ocean en route to catch your breakfast of mackerel or pollack and catching a glimpse of local wildlife. Head back to shore and learn from a local chef how to cook your catch.
 
– Meet ‘tourism hero’ Mark, from Dalriada Kingdom Tours who immerses you in a totally unique location with his passionately told stories and legends. Warming your hands by a turf fire in an 18th century fisherman’s hut, you learn of the men who earned their living on this deserted island beside the precarious Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge.
 
– Stretch the legs with ‘local friend’ Eimear from Away A Wee Walk as she expertly guides you on an undiscovered clifftop hike experience of unrivalled sea, land and countryside views. It’s an onslaught of beauty from beginning to end and a chance to breathe in that fresh Atlantic sea air.
 
Finally, the farewell dinner continues the outdoor theme with a VIP BBQ against the dramatic backdrop of the mediaeval ruins of Dunluce Castle. Be entertained by and join in with some Irish dancing and ‘Trad music’. But take care – Dunluce Castle is said to have its own banshee!

Saying goodbye to Northern Ireland

Convenient transfers will be organised to Belfast Airport where the group will head home with a new collection of wonderful memories.

The Meet in Ireland Team is ready to help you create memorable and authentic experiences for your incentive programme; contact us today for more advice.

Go to Tourism Northern Ireland, a Meet in Ireland partner, for more information on business tourism offerings and authentic local experiences in Northern Ireland. With thanks to Bespoke Business Events, a Northern Ireland based leading DMC with outstanding local knowledge that prepared the above itinerary.
 
 

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