As a result of requests in our Annual Members Questionnaire, a 7 day 6 night, coaching holiday has been arranged to one of our most popularly requested holiday destinations, namely, Belfast, Northern Ireland. We will be staying at the very exclusive 4 star Stormont Hotel, Belfast, on a half board basis. We will have overnight accommodation both ways, plus a Ferry crossing of the Irish Sea. I have also included a guided Belfast City coach tour, a visit to the Titanic Experience, the Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery plus a free day to explore Belfast at your own pace, with outward visits to the National Memorial Arboretum, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and a homeward visit to Stratford upon Avon, on what will be a lovely holiday to the Emerald Isle, you will not be disappointed if you decide to come with us, as this holiday is packed full of wonderful new experiences, plus there is just so much to see, do and enjoy from the comfort of our coach. This holiday has been arranged in conjunction with our travel partners Success Tours, www.successtours.com
Departing on Thursday 19th to Wednesday 25th April 2018.
Our coach will depart from
Teston Village Hall, Church Street, Teston, at 8.30am
The Wateringbury Hotel bus stop, Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury at 8.35am.
Included in the price:-
All travel in our Scotland & Bates coach with on board drinks and washroom facilities.
Allocated coach seat.
Comfort stops as required throughout our journey to and from Northern Ireland.
Outward journey visiting the National Memorial Arboretum at Lichfield, Warwickshire, for lunch, with free time to explore at your own pace, plus a 50 minute ride on the Land Train.
A donation on behalf of our Groups visit will be made to the National Memorial Arboretum.
Outward journey overnight accommodation at the 4 star Hallmark Hotel, The Queen, Chester, on a half board basis.
Welcome drink of tea/coffee on arrival.
3 course dinner menu with 3 choices, selection to be made at the dinner table.
Tea/coffee after dinner.
Breakfast before we depart our Hotel.
Comfort and photograph stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, on the Isle of Anglesey.
Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, 3½ hour crossing of the Irish Sea. (No meals are included whilst on board our ferry).
4 nights’ accommodation at the 4 star STORMONT HOTEL, BELFAST, on a half board basis.
Porterage in and out of the hotel.
Welcome drink of tea/coffee on our arrival day.
3 course dinner each evening with 3 choices per course, selection to be made at the dinner table each night.
Tea/coffee after dinner each evening.
Breakfast each morning of our stay.
GUIDED COACH TOUR of the City of BELFAST.
ENTRANCE to the TITANIC EXPERIENCE, plus an audio guide is also included for a self-guided tour.
A DAY EXCURSION to BUSHMILLS DISTILLERY, including a 40 minute guided tour and 1 dram tasting, this is followed by a visit to the GIANTS CAUSEWAY, including entrance, one hour guided tour and an audio guide.
A DAY AT LEISURE to explore Belfast at you own pace, visit the Stormont Estate or enjoy the Stormont Hotels facilities.
Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, 3½ hour crossing of the Irish Sea. (No meals are included whilst on board our ferry).
Homeward overnight accommodation at Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon, on a half board basis.
Porterage of luggage at our Hotel.
3 course carvery dinner with 3 choices per course.
Tea/coffee after dinner.
Complimentary use of the Hotels leisure facilities.
Breakfast before we depart our Hotel.
Homeward journey visit to Stratford upon Avon.
Teston Tours unique “All-inclusive hospitality” experience.
This holiday is exclusive to Teston Tours.
During this holiday you will escorted throughout by a Teston Tours Organiser.
Our holiday accommodation :-
The Stormont Hotel, Belfast. www.hastingshotels.com/stormont
The 4 star Hastings Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just minutes away from Belfast City Centre, adjacent to Stormont Castle and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate making it an ideal base for our stay. In addition to an excellent reputation for professionalism and exceptional hospitality, this luxurious Hotel boasts superb facilities to assure the ultimate in comfort and style and the friendly and professional staff will ensure we have everything we will need and much more during our stay. With 105 bedrooms all tastefully decorated. The Hotel offers stunning views of Belfast, incorporating the Castlereagh Hills, Stormont Parliament Buildings and the Newtownards Peninsula. The rooms at The Stormont Hotel Belfast are non-smoking plus they have a 32” flat screen television with digital channels, writing desk, telephone, iPod alarm / docking station, two easy chairs and a coffee table, wardrobe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, Espa toiletries, walk-in shower, free Wi-Fi access, plus tea and coffee making facilities.
Outward journey overnight accommodation :-
Hallmark Hotel, The Queen, Chester. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/The-Queen-Chester
Situated in the centre of historic Chester the Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester is one of Chester's most established and distinctive hotels. Built in 1860s, the Hotel, has recently undergone a £20 million extension and refurbishment and offers 4 star luxury accommodation in the heart of Chester. The 218 ensuite bedrooms at the hotel provide us with the very best of modern comforts and convenience while retaining the elegance of their Victorian heritage. All the rooms at the Hotel have satellite TV and 24 hour room service, free Wi-Fi, plus tea and coffee making facilities.
Homeward journey overnight accommodation :-
The Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. www.celtic-royal.co.uk
The Celtic Royal Hotel is situated in Caernarfon centre. The bright and airy bedrooms each have a cosy seating area and a work desk. All rooms feature tea/coffee facilities, a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. The Celtic Royal Leisure Centre features an indoor heated swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness suite.
Belfast City Tour.
We are joined by a local Guide, on our coach as we get our bearings and explore the beautiful city of Belfast, where we will see the historic landmarks and find out about the city's turbulent history. We will see architecture and feats of engineering, including the renowned Queen's University, the giant Harland & Wolff cranes - 'Sampson and Goliath'. It is also the birthplace of the Titanic, the Cathedral, Arts Quarters, and Ulster Museum, located in the enchanting Botanic Gardens. We will also see Crumlin Road Gaol and the world famous Belfast Murals on the Falls and Shankill Roads. We will also see areas of interest which include the Titanic Quarter, historical visitor attractions, political peace walls and murals and a look at the incredible regeneration of Belfast city and all aspects of culture, arts and education.
Following our Belfast City Tour we will have some free time for lunch before we make our way for our self-guided audio tour, to what has become one of the World’s must see exhibitions namely, the ‘Titanic Experience’, this is a state of the art visitor experience and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people which made her. Explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. The ‘Titanic Experience’ is built on the construction site of the ill-fated liner, with its interactive galleries, charts the ships story and history of shipbuilding in the city, with life size reconstructions and a ‘Shipyard Ride’ are included in our visit.
The Giants Causeway
The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and in 2015 was awarded the UKs Best Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history. The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool who left behind an ancient home full of folklore. Our visit includes entrance, a one hour guided tour and an audio guide.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on the beautiful North Coast. Their original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on their site since then, using the unique water from their own stream and Irish barley. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well-stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. At the conclusion of our tour we will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in their 1608 Bar.
Plus visits to :-
The National Memorial Arboretum.
The Arboretum is expansive encompassing 150 acres of woodland and gardens, with stories waiting to be discovered around every corner. The Arboretum’s Land Train with commentary is the perfect way to enjoy the site. Whatever the weather, the 50 minute journey will provide you with lovely views across the landscape and will introduce you to some of the 300 plus memorials. There is also an on-site restaurant and gift shop.
We will be making a comfort stop, on the Isle of Anglesey plus it is and ideal opportunity to have a photograph taken under the sign of one of the World’s longest place names.
Stratford upon Avon.
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. Stratford-upon-Avon is a town, small in size but large in history and interest. The streets themselves hold a thousand delights with the chemistry of the ages mixed in with the needs of today.
Even though passports are not required in Ireland, ferry companies request passengers carry some form of PHOTO ID, which may be needed for inspection. As a lot of our travelling will be via the motorway road network the above mentioned visits are subject to good travel times and conditions, should we for any reason be unable to visit some or all the destinations there will be no refunds but every effort will be made to complete our itinerary as stated.
Cost:- £899.00p per person, sharing a twin / double room.
Double rooms for single occupancy are available at a supplement of £186.00p per person.
lf you are interested in this coaching to Northern Ireland, can you book your place as soon as possible
to avoid disappointment and pay a non-returnable deposit, (unless the coach is full
and a replacement person is found), of £75.00p per person, directly to me
at 3 Fairlawn Close, Teston, at the time of booking.
Travel insurance is not mandatory but recommended and available at £38.00p per person, upper age limit of 85 years on return.
For people over 85 years who would like travel insurance cover, it is available, on request.
Cheques made payable to Alan. Hayes.
Full payment is due by Friday 5th January 2018.
Teston Tours reserves the right to refuse patronage on any of its outings.
For further information please contact,
our web-site www.testontours.co.uk
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone (01622) 812132
or mobile 07977 417902.
Alan Hayes, Teston Tours, Group Travel Organiser,
3, Fairlawn Close, Teston, Maidstone, ME18 5AX.