50 ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018

50 ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018

50 ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018

ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018 50 Ulsterbus Tours Northern Ireland’s Premier Coach Holiday Company 2018 The Travel Centre, Europa Bus Centre, Glengall Street, Belfast, BT12 5AH Call us: 028 9033 7004 Email: ulsterbus.tours@translink.co.uk Book online: www.ulsterbustours.com Tweet: @ulsterbustours

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Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 3 50 Fifty years of travelling with you …time flies when you’re enjoying yourself! It’s hard to believe, but Ulsterbus Tours celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It all started back in 1968, just one year after Ulsterbus was formed and our familiar blue livery became an everyday sight on the highways and byways of Northern Ireland.

Things were simpler back then of course – a handbill from August 1968 shows that we offered such delights as ‘Evening Coach Tours’ from Great Victoria Street Bus Station in Belfast. For the princely sum of eight shillings (about 40p today) travellers could enjoy a three-hour trip to Lough Neagh, with a cruise onboard MV ‘Maid of Antrim’. Alternatively, a mere five shillings and sixpence (about 27 pence) would secure a leisurely evening drive around the delights of Whitehead and Brown’s Bay, or indeed, to Millisle and Donaghadee. Times change… and we have changed with them. Nowadays Ulsterbus Tours will whisk our discerning travellers in effortless comfort to just about any part of the UK and Ireland for a short break of their choice.

France, Germany, Italy, Austria and even Norway are also within striking distance for our intrepid tourers, with the chance to savour the sights, sounds and flavours of these wonderful destinations in pleasant accommodation, handpicked by ourselves. So here’s to our next 50 years. If you’ve travelled with us before, welcome back. Or if this is your first time with Ulsterbus Tours, climb on board for a wonderful time. This page: Oxford Cover image: Tuscany

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4 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 5 Tours for Every Taste Whatever your particular passion may be, we’ve probably got a tour that is right up your street. Whether it’s the ancient, weathered landscapes of the UK, the highest Alpine passes or the deep, plunging fjords of Norway, we’ll take you there. Or perhaps you prefer the faster pace of Formula 1 racing, the scented air of an exquisite flower show or the hustle and bustle of Europe’s liveliest markets.

There’s a world of experiences on offer with us. Handpicked Accommodation We like to think that our hotels offer each and every Ulsterbus Tour traveller a home-from-home experience. And given that many of them are family-run establishments, it’s no surprise that this is most often the case! The point is that we have stringent accommodation standards and we handpick each hotel to make sure it meets or exceeds them in terms of service, quality and ambience.

Exciting Excursions There is so much more to an Ulsterbus Tour than simply sitting in a coach. Travelling with us, you not only look at the landscape, you become part of it – whether it’s chugging through the Cairngorms on a steam train, or traversing an Italian lake by ferry. Moments like these create a frisson of excitement that stays long after the holiday is over. Taking care of you One of the most enjoyable aspects of taking a break with Ulsterbus Tours is that all you have to do is decide where you want to go. We take care of everything else. This means that as soon as you step on board the luxury coach to be greeted by your friendly driver, the pressure is off.

No deadlines to meet, no luggage to haul, no hassle at all. Simply sit back and go with the flow.

Top Picks Delivering great experiences for fifty years Exclusions Apply: Discount excludes Cheltenham Festival, F1 British Grand Prix, Collette Worldwide Holidays and tours operated by the Gleneagle Group and Royal Hotel, Bray – not available with any other offers. Available until 28th January 2018. English Heritage Immerse yourself in London’s history and culture. This tour takes us through the historic streets of London to explore some of the city’s most significant and iconic cultural sites. There’s Buckingham Palace, of course and Wren’s mas- terpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. We also step back into the Tudor world at Hampton Court Palace – but please don’t get lost in the maze! Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise A memorable voyage of discovery.

Travelling to the far north of Scotland via the spectacular Highlands, this voyage allows you a unique opportunity to experience the dramatic and beautiful scenery of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, as well as the local lifestyles. You will uncover some of the Islands’ long 5,000-year-old history, which includes a number of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Europe and a rich Viking legacy. With early booking 10% Discount Be adventurous and explore the stunning sights of this unspoilt country.

Norway has many beautiful natural wonders, but Geirangerfjord, arguably the most breathtaking of all Norway’s fjords, forms a backdrop to this wonderful tour. Travelling by cruiser, train and coach, we will get up close to experience the towering mountains and gushing waterfalls of this unspoilt country and visit Borgund Stave Church, an exquisitely well-preserved 800-year- old place of worship, made entirely from wood. Unforgettable Norway 8 Days • September New for 2018 Wild Atlantic Way Take an exhilarating journey along Ireland’s Atlantic coast. The Wild Atlantic Way follows Ireland’s Atlantic coastline from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork.

This tour hugs the coastlines of seven counties along its route and delivers the best on offer from the West of Ireland and its people. It’s an exhilarating journey, as we pass huge cliffs, windswept coastlines, romantic sweeping bays and lively sea ports. In fact, it’s the only Way to go!

8 Days • June, August 7 Days • August 5 Days • May, September See Page 15 See Page 78 See Page 61 See Page 84 Wild Atlantic Way Buckingham Palace Guards ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland Stenness, Ring of Brodgar Geirangerfjord Borgund Stave Church

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Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 7 6 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Ireland 8 Irish Whiskey Experience in Co. Clare 10 Easter in Ennis 10 Westport Bargain Break 11 Galway Bargain Break 12 Co. Kerry Bargain Break 12 Waterford Bargain Break 13 Renvyle House – Connemara Tranquility 14 Winter Weekend in Donegal 14 Wild Atlantic Way 15 Galway Garden Trail 16 Irish Midlands Garden Trail 17 Co.

Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands 18 Donegal Winter/Autumn Fireside Cheer 19 Summer in Donegal 20 Sligo & Co. Mayo 21 Co. Mayo with Afternoon Tea 22 Westport & Co. Mayo 23 Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 24 Connemara 25 Lisdoonvarna 26 Killaloe & Co. Clare 27 Waterford & the Ancient South East 28 Wexford & Kilkenny 29 Christmas in Galway 30 Christmas in Donegal 30 Winterval in Waterford 31 New Year in Sligo 31 The Gleneagle 32 The Maritime 34 Dublin & Bray Weekend 36 Getaway Breaks England & Wales 40 Manchester, Liverpool 40 & Chester Bargain Break Fizz & Fayre 41 Blackpool Tribute Weekends 41 Lake District & Yorkshire Dales 42 Peaks & Lakes 43 Ribble Valley & Haunted Lancashire 44 Staffordshire & Chester 45 Southport 46 Blackpool & Lake District 47 Northumbria’s Gardens 48 Northumbria & Lincolnshire 49 All Things Emmerdale & Harrogate 50 Harrogate & Yorkshire 51 Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds 52 The West Country 53 Cornwall 54 Torquay & the English Riviera 55 Bournemouth & Dorset 56 Brighton & Sussex 57 Eastbourne 58 Kent 59 London Super Saver 60 London – English Heritage 61 Caernarfon & North Wales 62 Experiences & Events 64 Cheltenham Festival 66 F1 British Grand Prix 66 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 67 Chelsea Flower Show 68 Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate 69 Scotland 70 Arrochar Bargain Break 72 Western Highlands & Loch Lomond 73 Highlands Railway Adventure 74 Great Highland Railways 75 Loch Lomond & The Highlands 76 Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise 78 Drams & Dances in Oban 79 Europe 80 Remembering the Somme 82 The Somme & the Armistice 83 Norway & the Western Fjords 84 Seine River Cruise 86 Valkenburg, Maastricht & Aachen 87 Romantic Rhine 88 The Rhine Ablaze 89 Italian Lakes & Mountains 90 Treasures of Tuscany & Florence 91 Italian Dolomites 92 Lake Maggiore, Switzerland & Germany 93 Germany & the Austrian Tyrol 94 Austria, Swiss Alps & the Glacier Express 95 German Christmas Markets 96 Valkenburg Christmas Market 96 Worldwide 98 America’s Historic Mid-Atlantic 98 America’s Music Cities 99 Northern National Parks 100 Spotlight on New York City 100 Colours of New England 100 The Best of Eastern Canada 100 Canadian Rockies 100 Spectacular South Africa 100 General Information 101 Hotel Directory 100 Fair Trade Agreement 103 Holiday Insurance 107 Departure Calendar 108 Useful Information 110 Contents Stratford-Upon-Avon ©VisitBritain/LeeBeel

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Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 9 8 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Ireland The road ahead is empty. We’re smiling. Well-kept hedgerows on either side as we drive through charming villages, tidy towns and compact cities. Glimpses of huge mounds, ancient castles show we’re travelling through an ancient landscape, shaped by the elements and over 5,000 years of settlement, farming, war and faith. Let’s take our time. Ireland is a place to relax, unwind and uncover at leisure. It has its ‘must-see’ destinations to explore, and others less obvious, that our tour is quick to discover.

And every time we get back on the coach, the adventure starts again.

“…and the clouds have begun their slow, fat rolling journey across the sky, no land in the world can inspire such love in a common man.” – Frank Delaney, Ireland Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal

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10 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 11 Situated on a bend in the River Fergus at the heart of Co. Clare sits Ennis, its capital. Ennis is one the county’s most characterful and picturesque towns, with narrow, winding streets and historical buildings.

It is the perfect base to explore one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties. Let’s get going Day 1 – Good Friday We leave Belfast and travel to Ennis via Co. Dublin.

Day 2 – Easter Saturday Today we take a scenic drive around Co. Clare, making short stops at Kilrush and Kilkee before continuing north along the coast to Lahinch. From there we turn inland and return to Ennis. Day 3 – Easter Sunday Morning is free to relax or to make use of the hotel’s leisure facilities. Light Easter Sunday lunch in the hotel is followed by an afternoon drive through the Burren to the Cliffs of Moher. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight. Day 4 – Easter Monday Ennis to the Europa Buscentre via Co. Dublin. Accommodation Hotel: Treacy’s Hotel, Ennis (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 10.00am Return Monday 4.30pm Price 30 Mar 2 Apr £279 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £45 • Holiday Insurance Easter in Ennis Tour Highlights Kilrush • Kilkee • Lahinch • Burren • Cliffs of Moher Price £279pps 4 Days • March The picturesque and historic town of Ennis is characterised by its narrow, bustling streets and lanes, fine monuments and waterways, traditional Irish music and warm, friendly atmosphere.

Our family- owned hotel is a short stroll from Ennis town centre and offers you a complimentary Whiskey Experience. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Ennis via Co. Dublin. There is a hot whiskey on arrival.

Day 2 Today a circular tour of County Clare’s dramatic coastline takes us through Doolin, Ballyvaghan (overlooking Galway Bay), Kinvarra, and back inland to Ennis. This evening you can enjoy an Irish Whiskey Cheesecake Demonstration. Day 3 Today you are free to explore Galway City, one of Ireland’s oldest cities with a lively and inviting atmosphere, plus historical sites such as the Spanish Arch and medieval walls. Get ready for an Irish Whiskey Tasting in the hotel tonight. Day 4 We retrace our journey back to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Treacy’s Hotel, Ennis (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 4.30pm Price 29 Apr 2 May £239 7 Oct 10 Oct £229 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £50 • Holiday Insurance Irish Whiskey Experience in Co.

Clare Tour Highlights Irish Whiskey Cheesecake Demonstration • Galway City • Irish Whiskey Tasting Price £229pps 4 Days • April, October Westport Bargain Break Westport is one of the most popular short break destinations in Ireland. Compact and cosmopolitan, and set on the banks of the beautiful Carrabawn River, its busy shops, restaurants and bars are matched by its bustling Quay area on the shores of Clew Bay. Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Westport via Sligo. Day 2 A full day excursion to Galway city.

Day 3 Today we cross over the bridge to Achill Island and follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. We return to Westport after lunchtime with the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 We return to Belfast via Enniskillen. Accommodation Hotel: Clew Bay Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Wednesday 4.00pm Price 11 Mar 14 Mar £229 8 Apr 11 Apr £269 14 Oct 17 Oct £249 11 Nov 14 Nov £229 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Galway City • Achill Island Prices From £229pps 4 Days • March, April, October, November Cliffs of Moher Westport Achill Island Tourism Ireland, © Christopher Hill Photographic 2014 ©Pawel Sadowski1 ©Failte Ireland

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Kerry Bargain Break This new Bargain Break reveals some of Ireland’s best and most awe-inspiring, coastlines with stunning scenery, jaw- dropping views and world-famous attractions. Based just outside Tralee, the ‘Gateway to the Dingle Peninsula’, we are perfectly situated to sit back and enjoy the views!

Tour Highlights Dingle Peninsula • Listowel • Tralee • Ring of Kerry Prices From £279pps 5 Days • March, April, September, October Galway Bargain Break Discover one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland, a region renowned for its ancient Gaelic culture and for the charm and allure of its scenery – a land of mountains, lakes and waterfalls, rocky coastlines, welcoming villages and verdant pastures. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Galway via Enniskillen and Sligo, arriving late afternoon.

Day 2 Change of county today as we venture into Clare and travel on part of the R477 as far as Lisdoonvarna, a truly spectacular drive through the Burren and along the Atlantic Ocean.

Spine-tingling curves, impossibly steep drop-offs, and rocks and boulders of all sizes make this a memorable drive. We arrive back in Salthill in late afternoon. Day 3 Today is a free day to explore Galway City. The coach drops you off in Eyre Square and will return you to the hotel in time for dinner. Day 4 Our return journey to Belfast is via the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on the edge of Dublin. We are expected back in Belfast at 5pm.

Accommodation Hotel: Salthill Hotel, Galway (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 12 Feb 15 Feb £219 19 Mar 22 Mar £249 22 Oct 25 Oct £259 19 Nov 22 Nov £239 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Lisdoonvarna • Burren • Galway City • Blanchardstown Centre Prices From £219pps 4 Days • February, March, October, November Waterford Bargain Break Co. Waterford is part of Ireland’s Ancient East. The city itself was founded by Viking traders in 914 making it Ireland’s oldest. With this bargain break we travel a little further afield to the other historic towns and cities and specular scenery of the area.

Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast and travel to New Ross where we spend a couple of hours before arriving in Waterford in time for dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we travel directly to Kilkenny where we spend the day. Day 3 Today we tour the Copper Coast and Comeragh Mountains taking in Tramore and Dungarvan and past the Nire Valley. Day 4 Our return journey to Belfast is interrupted with a visit to Kildare Outlet Village for some last minute shopping. Accommodation Hotel: Dooley’s Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 5.00pm Price 18 Feb 21 Feb £175 25 Mar 28 Mar £215 28 Oct 31 Oct £229 25 Nov 28 Nov £219 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights New Ross • Kilkenny • Copper Coast • Comeragh Mountains • Dungarvan • Kildare Outlet Village Prices From £175pps 4 Days • February, March, October, November Let’s get going Day 1 Leaving Belfast, we travel direct to our hotel outside Tralee.

Day 2 Today’s tour of the rugged Dingle Peninsula reveals its outstanding mountain and coastal scenery, the inspiration for such films as ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and ‘Far and Away’. Day 3 A shorter day, as we visit the heritage town of Listowel in the morning and Tralee in the afternoon. Day 4 We travel the spectacular Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, visiting some of the towns that dot the route, and witness its wonderful natural beauty. Day 5 We retrace our outward journey back to Belfast Accommodation Hotel: Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee (4 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 4.30pm Price 18 Mar 22 Mar £279 15 Apr 19 Apr £289 30 Sep 4 Oct £299 21 Oct 25 Oct £289 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Galway City Dingle Peninsula Kilkenny ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland

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14 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 15 Connemara is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it’s possible to find. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north, through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. For this off-season break we are based in Renvyle House, a special place to stay, hidden in 200 acres on the edge of the Atlantic.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Connemara via Enniskillen.

Day 2 A bright start today as we head to Lough Corrib for a one-hour History Cruise – there are reputedly 365 islands, one for every day of the year. We spend some time in Cong, where you can visit The Quiet Man Museum, before returning to the hotel. Day 3 Today we drive south to the Errismore Peninsula, admire the stunning Twelve Bens Mountain Range, view from the pier of Grace O’Malley castle, all before reaching the village of Roundstone at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain. We return to our hotel via the beautiful clear waters and glistening white sands of Dog’s Bay Beach. Day 4 Tranquillity, like all good things, must come to an end.

We call into Westport before returning to Belfast via Sligo.

Accommodation Hotel: Renyvle House Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Wednesday 5.00pm Price 22 Apr 25 Apr £339 30 Sep 3 Oct £329 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance Winter Weekend in Donegal The laidback pace of County Donegal, coupled with miles and miles of unspoilt scenery, makes it the perfect place for a relaxing break. Its sweeping hills and rugged glens offer spectacular panoramas all year round, creating memories that will last a lifetime. In Donegal, you can sit back, slow down, admire the view and enjoy a gentler pace of life.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Ballybofey via the Maiden City, where we stop for a few hours’ exploration, before arriving at our hotel. Entertainment follows dinner. Day 2 Today we explore part of the Wild Atlantic Way (weather permitting) as we travel through the Fanad Head Peninsula, stopping first at Portsalon and then the Fanad Head Lighthouse (photo opportunity) before turning west to Sheephaven Bay and Dunfanaghy. We return via Letterkenny. Entertainment follows dinner. Day 3 After a relaxing late breakfast we return home via Omagh.

Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (2 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 10.00am Return Sunday 3.00pm Price 5 Jan 7 Jan £139 19 Jan 21 Jan £149 9 Feb 11 Feb £149 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £30 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Maiden City • Portsalon • Fanad Head Lighthouse • Sheephaven Bay • Dunfanaghy Prices From £139pps 3 Days • January & February Renvyle House - Connemara Tranquility Tour Highlights Lough Corrib • History Cruise • Cong • Roundstone • Westport Prices From £329pps 4 Days • April & September Renvyle beach The Quiet Man Museum Wild Atlantic Way The Wild Atlantic Way is an exciting journey along the Atlantic coast of Ireland from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork – we cover just some of it taking in seven counties in total.

The route itself comprises a central spine that navigates travellers along Ireland’s Atlantic coast showcasing the diverse landscapes and the rugged coastline and provides us with the best experience that both the West of Ireland landscape and people have to offer.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast direct to the outskirts of Tralee. Day 2 Out first experience of the Wild Atlantic Way is on the Dingle Peninsula out as far as Slea Head, with views out to the Blasket Islands. Day 3 This morning we travel along the Kerry coast through Ballybunion and cross the Shannon into Co. Clare, stopping in Kilrush for lunch. We continue along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, before arriving at our overnight hotel. Day 4 The awesome R477 coastal road is our starter today, passing Black Head to Salthill on Galway Bay. We continue through Connemara following the coastal route via Spiddal to Clifden and finally arriving in Westport.

Day 5 Today we travel through the breathtaking landscapes and fascinating countryside of Co. Mayo, passing Ballycroy National Park, through the Ceide Fields, to Enniscrone. Following the coast we arrive in Strandhill before overnighting in Sligo.

Day 6 It’s a short trip to view Rosses Point before we make a brief visit to Yeats grave at Drumcliffe Church. Our next stop is the small peninsula of Mullaghmore Head, where you can view Classiebawn Castle and Donegal Bay. Following the Wild Atlantic Way north we enter Co. Donegal and take a rest in Donegal Town, before finishing the day in Ardara. Day 7 This morning we visit Glencolumbkille, bounded by the mountains of Slieve League, Leahan and Tooey, and of course the restless Atlantic Ocean, before taking on Ireland’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League. We round off the day with a stop in Killybegs.

Day 8 We return to Belfast today travelling through the Blue Stack Mountains to Ballybofey and then Letterkenny. We are expected home at 5pm.

Accommodation Hotel days 1 – 2: Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee (2 nights D, B&B) Hotel day 3: Hydro or Imperial Hotel, Lisdoonvarna (1 night D, B&B) Hotel day 4: Mill Times Hotel, Westport (1 night D, B&B) Hotel day 5: Great Southern Hotel, Sligo (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 6 – 7: Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara (2 nights D, B&B) We have selected a number of three-star hotels for this tour and they all offer en-suite bedrooms equipped with multi-channel TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Sunday 5.00pm Price 24 Jun 1 Jul £579 26 Aug 2 Sep £589 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £130 • Holiday Insurance Where possible this tour has been designed to take in much of the Atlantic coast as possible – many areas will have uneven surfaces.

Tour Highlights Dingle Peninsula • West Kerry Coast • Cliffs of Moher • R477 • Connemara • Enniscrone • Mullaghmore Head • Slieve League Prices From £579pps 8 Days • June & August Wild Atlantic Way ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

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16 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 17 Irish Midlands Garden Trail This updated tour focuses on the Irish midlands with its beautiful scenery of fast-flowing rivers, mountains, lakes and a treasury of unique and fascinating gardens found in the Counties of Westmeath, Offaly and Laois.

We have three new gardens for 2018 – Belvedere House Gardens, Bellefield House and Gardens and Ballintubert Gardens – each of which gives you a different theme and contrasting beauty of the Irish gardening world.

Let’s get going Day 1 On leaving Belfast we travel via Dundalk to Belvedere House Gardens and Park for a self-guided tour of the walled garden and the arboretum surrounding the House. We continue our journey to Birr arriving in time for dinner. Day 2 This morning we make the short journey to Birr Castle Demesne to tour the gardens and arboretum, viewing Lord Rosse’s remarkable collection of rare trees and shrubs. The rest of the day is free in Birr. Day 3 Our first garden today is Angela Jupe’s Bellefield House and Gardens with its beautifully restored walled garden. Our next visit is Fancroft Mill and Gardens where Marcus and Irene Sweeney have lovingly restored a magnificent mill that we are invited to view before a walk around their lovely garden.

Day 4 Our return journey home takes us to Tyrreltown House Gardens to discover its two walled gardens and arboretum with woodland walks. We are expected back in Belfast at 5pm.

Accommodation Hotel: County Arms Hotel, Birr (3 nights D, B&B) This County Arms Hotel sits on the edge of Birr, the historic centre of Ireland. All 70 en-suite bedrooms come with satellite TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is an indoor swimming pool, a gym, sauna, whirlpool and steam room. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 23 Jul 26 Jul £339 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Belvedere House Gardens • Birr Castle Demesne • Bellefield House and Gardens • Fancroft Mill • Tyrreltown House Gardens Price £339pps 4 Days • July Galway Garden Trail There are some fascinating gardens in County Galway.

Even non-gardeners will find something of interest, such as the gardens at old castles. This tour takes you on a journey of gardening exploration and discovery, as we travel east to west across Ireland. You will be amazed at the diversity of characteristics, features and settings we uncover – to say nothing of the gardens’ owners!

Let’s get going Day 1 We drive from Belfast through Kells to Tullynally Castle Gardens where we explore its 12 acres of gardens and two ornamental lakes. We arrive in Athenry in time for dinner. Day 2 This morning it’s Ardcarraig Garden which specialises in primulas, poppies and hostas. Then we drive further into Connemara to Brigit’s Garden where the four main gardens represent Celtic fire festivals. Day 3 The first stop today is Woodville Walled Garden, where we enjoy tea/coffee and homemade cake. Next, at Lough Derg, we visit Portumna Castle and Gardens for a guided tour of the house with time to explore the gardens.

Day 4 We leave Athenry and visit the Kildare Outdoor Village for a few hours before returning to Belfast.

Accommodation Hotel: Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry (3 nights D, B&B) The four-star Raheen Woods Hotel, in the medieval town of Athenry, has 50 en-suite bedrooms each with satellite TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There is an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 5.00pm Price 5 Aug 8 Aug £299 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Tullynally Castle Gardens • Ardcarraig Garden • Brigit’s Garden • Woodville Walled Garden • Portumna Castle and Gardens • Kildare Village Price £299pps 4 Days • August Brigit’s Garden Portumna Castle & Gardens Fancroft Mill ©Tourism Ireland

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18 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 19 Donegal Winter/ Autumn Fireside Cheer Experience all the beauty Ireland has to offer with seasonal getaways in glorious Donegal. This breathtaking county promises wild landscapes blanketed in bog and heather, isolated white sandy beaches and a roughly hewn coastline. Donegal is a county that will force you to kick back, slow down and admire the view.

Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast travelling via the Glenshane Pass for a leisurely drive to Ballybofey where we are greeted with a roaring fire and afternoon tea.

Day 2 We drive through Glenties and Ardara and past the Blue Stack Mountains before reaching the fishing port of Killybegs, where you might just catch a sight of the seals. The afternoon takes us to Donegal Town, home of the O’Donnell Clan and Donegal Castle, where we spend some time before returning to the hotel. Day 3 This morning we venture south to Mullaghmore Head for a scenic drive before continuing onto Drumcliffe Churchyard, where Yeats is buried, returning via Lower Lough Erne and Belleek.

Day 4 Today we travel through the stunning Inishowen Peninsula to Fort Dunree, a true hidden gem. Our return journey takes us through Ballyliffin, Carndonagh and Quigley’s Point. Day 5 We return to Belfast via Omagh, arriving back in mid-afternoon. Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (4 nights D, B&B) This family-run hotel in Ballybofey is our base once again in 2018. All 53 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel boosts a swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and steam room. Entertainment is available most nights in the hotel.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.00am Return Friday 3.00pm Price 12 Mar 16 Mar £269 5 Nov 9 Nov £269 3 Dec 7 Dec £259 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats Tour Highlights Killybegs • Donegal Town • Mullaghmore Head • Inishowen Peninsula • Fort Dunree Prices From £259pps 5 Days • March, November, December Co.

Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands Tour Highlights Cooley Peninsula • Florence Court • River Shannon Cruise • Cavan County Museum Prices From £339pps 5 Days • July, August, September Co. Cavan is considered to be Ireland’s Lake District and it shares a border with Northern Ireland’s own Lake District, Co. Fermanagh. Our journey takes us through Co. Down, past the mighty Mourne Mountains and into Co. Louth, home to the rugged Cooley Mountains and beautiful Carlingford Lough, then on to Cavan town.

Let’s get going Day 1 Leaving Europa Buscentre, we drive south past the Mournes, through Newcastle to Carlingford where we stop for lunch. Travelling around the Cooley Peninsula we continue inland to our hotel in Cavan town. Day 2 Today we drive to Fermanagh and visit Florence Court. Then we circumnavigate Lower Lough Erne and arrive in Enniskillen in time for lunch and leisure. Day 3 After breakfast we take the scenic route to Carrick-on-Shannon and board the ‘Moon River’ for a one-hour cruise on the Shannon- Erne Waterway. There’s time to explore the town before we return to our hotel in late afternoon.

Day 4 A relaxing morning in the award-winning Cavan County Museum, with artefacts dating from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Afternoon is spent in Cavan town, returning to the hotel at 4.30pm. Day 5 We return to Belfast via Monaghan and Armagh. Accommodation Hotel: Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan (4 nights D, B&B) The contemporary Cavan Crystal Hotel provides four-star luxury accommodation on the outskirts of Cavan town. All 85 en-suite rooms have multi-channel TV, iron, tea/coffee- making facilities and WiFi. There is a swimming pool and full leisure facilities. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 4.00pm Price 23 Jul 27 Jul £349 13 Aug 17 Aug £349 17 Sep 21 Sep £339 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Lough Key Castle, River Shannon Mullaghmore Head Drumcliffe High Cross ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland

20 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 21 Sligo & Co. Mayo The town of Sligo, which straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay, boasts a fascinating history, most notably its association with Ireland’s most celebrated poet, W.B. Yeats. On this tour we visit some of the local attractions, which include Lissadell House and Parke’s Castle, and travel further afield into Co. Mayo enjoying some splendid scenery on the way, making Sligo a great base from which to explore.

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave the Europa Buscentre and break our journey in Enniskillen around lunchtime. We arrive at our hotel in late afternoon. Day 2 Our first stop today is at Drumcliff Churchyard where W.B. Yeats, whose strong association with Sligo and the surrounding countryside inspired a lot of his writings, is buried. We continue on to Lissadell House and Gardens, possibly the jewel on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its 400 plus acres comprise the incredible neo-Georgian house, magnificently restored gardens and specially assembled Countess Markievicz exhibition gallery. Day 3 This morning we travel to Hennigan’s Heritage Centre where we have a tour around this traditional rural cottage and enjoy tea with freshly baked scones.

We continue north through Ballina to ever popular Enniscrone, where we spend the afternoon, before returning to Sligo via the coast road. Day 4 We have a short trip to Parke’s Castle, a 17th-century plantation castle picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, where we have a guided tour. We return to Sligo around lunchtime and the rest of the day is at leisure. Day 5 We retrace our journey back to Belfast but visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre just after lunchtime and arrive back in the Europa Buscentre at approximately 4pm.

Accommodation Hotel: Great Southern Hotel, Sligo (4 nights D, B&B) This family-owned hotel is located right in the heart of the city, next to the rail and bus stations. The hotel has 96 well- appointed bedrooms all en-suite, with direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and complimentary WiFi. The hotel also offers a pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10am Return Friday 4pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £359 10 Sep 14 Sep £349 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £70 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Drumcliff Churchyard • Lissadell House and Gardens • Hennigan’s Heritage Centre • Parke’s Castle • Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Prices From £349pps 5 Days • July & September Summer in Donegal With a personality that is both rugged and awe-inspiring, Donegal seems more like a country than a county.

Isolated wild landscapes give way to soaring sea cliffs and deserted white sandy beaches. Mount Errigal dominates the landscape of the far north-west of Donegal as it towers above the Poisoned Glen. To the north, the land sweeps down from Muckish towards Horn Head, Doe Castle and Sheephaven Bay. Donegal lets you to sit back, slow down, admire the view and recall a gentler pace of life – the perfect escape.

Let’s get going Day 1 We travel over the Glenshane Pass stopping in Derry~Londonderry before arriving at the hotel in late afternoon where we enjoy some tea/coffee and homemade biscuits on arrival. Day 2 We have a scenic drive this morning as we pass through Creeslough to Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay. We turn west to Falcarragh before arriving at the spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Day 3 Today we travel through the stunning Inishowen Peninsula to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.

We follow this with a guided tour of the fascinating Doagh Famine Village to learn the story of a family that lived on the edge from the 1840s.

Day 4 A memorable full-day circular tour taking us through Barnesmore Gap to Donegal Town, onward to Dungloe, the principal town of the Rosses and home of the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre, where we spend some time before returning to Ballybofey. Day 5 We enjoy a final breakfast before travelling past Lower Lough Erne to Enniskillen, where we stop for a couple of hours before returning to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (4 nights D, B&B) The family-run Kee’s Hotel in Ballybofey is our base once again in 2018. All 53 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee- making facilities and free WiFi.

The hotel boasts a swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and steam room. Entertainment is available most nights in the hotel.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 11.00am Return Thursday 4.00pm Price 6 May 10 May £339 3 Jun 7 Jun £359 15 Jul 19 Jul £369 5 Aug 9 Aug £369 26 Aug 30 Aug £369 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Glenveagh National Park • Inishowen Peninsula • Doagh Famine Village • Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre Prices From £339pps 5 Days • May, June, July, August Malin Head Glenveagh National Park Ben Bulben, Sligo ©Tourism Ireland / Failte Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Mayo County Mayo has some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland. Our base in Westport is set against the majestic expanse of Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. We visit rugged Achill Island, discover traditional ways of life at the National Museum of Country Life, step back to the 16th-century in Westport House and get a first-hand experience of sheepdog herding.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Westport via Sligo. Day 2 This morning we drive around Clew Bay, across the Corraun Peninsula and Achill Sound to Achill Island. Following the Atlantic Drive we capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. We spend the afternoon back in Westport. Day 3 Our first stop today is the award-winning National Museum of Country Life which tells the story of Irish country life between 1850 and 1950. We return to Westport for a guided tour of Westport House, whose history dates back to the 1650s.

Day 4 After breakfast we drive to Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre for a short stop to discover more about the Holy Mountain.

Next stop is Glen Keen Farm and Visitor Centre where we enjoy Sheepdog Herding and a light lunch. We return to Westport via the impressive Aasleagh Falls (photo opportunity). Day 5 We return to Belfast via Enniskillen. Accommodation Hotel: Clew Bay Hotel (4 nights D, B&B) Our base, the Clew Bay Hotel, is a comfortable, family-run three-star hotel in the town centre. The en-suite bedrooms are different in size and décor, and are equipped with a hairdryer, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities. There is free WiFi in public areas and complimentary access to the Westport Leisure Park next door.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 13 May 17 May £349 17 Jun 21 Jun £369 16 Sep 20 Sep £379 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement May & June £75, September £95 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Achill Island • National Museum of Country Life • Westport House • Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre • Aasleagh Falls Prices From £349pps 5 Days • May, June, September Co. Mayo with Afternoon Tea The scenery of Co. Mayo, on Ireland’s west coast, ranges from rich, verdant countryside inland, to barren rocky cliffs at the Atlantic coast. You’ll be amazed at the breathtaking landscapes, spectacular lakes and stunning stretches of coastline.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Mayo!

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave the Europa Buscentre, travelling west via Enniskillen and Sligo. Day 2 It’s a day of contrasts at Strokestown Park and the Irish National Famine Museum. We explore the Georgian Palladian mansion, preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, followed by the Famine Museum, which commemorates the history of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s. Day 3 After breakfast we travel to Westport to browse before enjoying a guided tour of Westport House, reputed to be the most beautiful house in Ireland. We finish our day with Afternoon Tea before returning to Ballina.

Day 4 Today we explore the remote west, travelling through Newport and Mulranny to Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, with its stunning panoramic views of the park and Achill Island. We continue along the Wild Atlantic Way through Bangor Erris, returning to Ballina in the late afternoon.

Day 5 We retrace our journey, returning to Belfast around 5pm. Accommodation Hotel: Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina (4 nights D, B&B) For 2018, our base is the three-star Twin Trees Hotel, situated just outside Ballina. Most of the 54 bedrooms command outstanding views of the beautifully landscaped gardens, and all are en suite with hairdryer, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness suite. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 22 Jul 26 Jul £429 19 Aug 23 Aug £429 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £95 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Strokestown Park & Irish National Famine Museum • Westport • Westport House guided tour • Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre Price £429pps 5 Days • July & August Achill Island Strokestown Strokestown Westport ©Tourism Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Connemara via Sligo.

Day 2 Today our destination is the Twelve Pins. We drive via Ballyconneely, past Dog’s Bay and on to Roundstone. At the Dan O’Hara Homestead we have a guided tractor-drawn carriage tour to the hilltop overlooking the Roundstone Bog Complex. We’re back in Clifden by mid-afternoon. Day 3 This morning we turn north, following the Wild Atlantic Way via Louisburgh, for a day in Westport, one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns.

Day 4 Killary Harbour beckons this morning! We take a 90-minute Killary Fjord Cruise and in the afternoon travel to Cong where ‘The Quiet Man’ was filmed in 1951. Then home to Clifden. Day 5 We return home via Dublin. Accommodation Hotel: Clifden Station House Hotel, Clifden (4 nights D, B&B) The Clifden Station House Hotel, set around the old Clifden Railway Station in the town centre, offers 78 en-suite bedrooms all with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi in public areas. The hotel’s leisure centre has an 18m pool, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 5.00pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £409 3 Sep 7 Sep £399 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Guided tractor-drawn carriage tour • Westport • Killary Fjord Cruise • Cong Prices From £399pps 5 Days • July, September Galway Bay & the Aran Islands The harbour city of Galway is a fascinating place to visit.

Sitting where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean, at its heart is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs with live folk music. Remnants of the medieval town walls stand between shops selling handcrafted Claddagh rings, books and musical instruments.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Galway via Enniskillen. Day 2 Today we take the ferry out into Galway Bay for a day on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Inishmore features the spectacular Dún Aengus Fort, one of the best-preserved stone forts in all of Europe. Day 3 A free day to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or visit Galway city. Day 4 It is Connemara today, calling at Clifden and Kylemore Abbey before travelling along the edge of Lough Inagh between the Twelve Bens and the Maumturk Mountains.

Day 5 Our journey home sees us stopping at Clonmacnoise, a 6th-century monastic settlement on the banks of the River Shannon, with round towers, elaborate Celtic crosses and church ruins.

Accommodation Hotel: Salthill Hotel, Galway (4 nights D, B&B) The Salthill Hotel on Galway promenade gives panoramic views of Galway Bay and the Clare hills. The hotel has 161 tastefully designed en-suite bedrooms all with multi-channel TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There’s a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and fully equipped gym.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 5.00pm Price 7 May 11 May £449 18 Jun 22 Jun £449 16 Jul 20 Jul £459 13 Aug 17 Aug £459 24 Sep 28 Sep £439 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £110 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Aran Islands • Connemara • Clifden • Kylemore Abbey • Clonmacnoise Prices From £439pps 5 Days • May, June, July, August, September Inishmore Clonmacnoise Killary Fjord Dan O’Hara’s Cottage Cong Roundstone Bog ©Tourism Ireland ©Artur Ilkow ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Clare Ireland reveals one of her most stunning secrets when you visit Co. Clare. Set in the heart of the west coast, Clare combines the stunning beauty of its long, meandering coastline with unique windswept landscapes. Our base is the popular twin heritage towns of Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Killaloe direct. We have a welcome tea/coffee, a short historical talk followed by a cookery demonstration and a table quiz after dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we travel to Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum before boarding the Shannon Ferry to travel part of the Wild Atlantic Way through Doonbeg to Lahinch, with time for lunch sightseeing. Join Irish Night entertainment this evening. Day 3 Another full day as we travel to Kilcogan, then drive around Galway Bay to Aillwee Cave in the Burren for a guided tour. We return inland, stopping in Ennis for some sightseeing. Entertainment in the hotel tonight. Day 4 A shorter day, as we enjoy a cruise on the mighty River Shannon on board the Spirit of Killaloe, followed by some time in Adare.

Entertainment tonight.

Day 5 Time to return home. Accommodation Hotel: Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe (4 nights D, B&B) The three-star Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre has 43 en-suite bedrooms, all with multi-channel TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. There is free WiFi in public areas. Relax in the lovely landscaped gardens or unwind in the leisure centre with its swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Please note, the hotel does not have a lift but there are numerous ground floor rooms. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.00am Return Friday 4.30pm Price 5 Mar 9 Mar £279 9 Apr 13 Apr £349 30 Apr 4 May £349 14 May 18 May £349 28 May 1 Jun £349 11 Jun 15 Jun £349 18 Jun 22 Jun £349 27 Aug 31 Aug £359 17 Sep 21 Sep £359 24 Sep 28 Sep £359 1 Oct 5 Oct £299 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £80 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum • Lahinch • Aillwee Cave • Ennis • River Shannon Cruise • Adare Prices From £279pps 5 Days • March, April, May, June, August, September, October Lisdoonvarna Nestled just between the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher and the wild, empty Burren National Park lies the beautiful spa town of Lisdoonvarna in Co.

Clare. It became a popular health resort in the early 19th century and has hosted an annual matchmaking festival for over 150 years. Nowadays it is the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty and rugged coastline of this area. Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast travelling south past Dublin, arriving in plenty of time to freshen up before dinner.

Day 2 Today, all of our senses are in for a treat as we journey on one of the ten best road trips in the world – the spectacular R477 coastal road. After a lunch stop in Ballyvaughan we finish our journey at the picturesque fishing village of Kinvarra and return inland to our hotel. Day 3 After breakfast it’s a short trip to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, standing 702 feet at their highest point and stretching for five miles along the Atlantic coast. Afterwards, there are a few hours to explore Ennis. Day 4 A less busy day with a visit to Caherconnell Fort, a well-preserved ring fort, followed by a Sheepdog Demonstration with dogs working with both sheep and cattle.

A drive through the Burren takes us to the hotel in early afternoon. The rest of the day is free.

Day 5 We leave Lisdoonvarna and arrive back in Belfast around 5pm. Accommodation Hotel: Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna (4 nights D, B&B) The Hydro Hotel in the centre of Lisdoonvarna is a three-star family-run hotel. All 110 en- suite bedrooms come with multi-channel TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is live traditional music most nights in the hotel bar. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 5.00pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £339 30 Jul 3 Aug £339 20 Aug 24 Aug £339 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights R477 • Cliffs of Moher • Ennis • Caherconnell Fort • Sheepdog Demonstration • The Burren Price £339pps 5 Days • July, August Cliffs of Moher The Burren Killaloe Foynes Flying Boat & MaritimeMuseum The Burren ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland © Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

28 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 29 Wexford & Kilkenny Co. Wexford is the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East and pulsates with a vibrant history just waiting to be discovered. Next door is Kilkenny which has a strong connection with its Medieval past and is considered Ireland’s Medieval capital. We base ourselves in Ennsicorthy, Wexford’s second largest town, with its picturesque setting above the River Slaney and renowned for its friendly atmosphere and natural beauty.

Let’s get going Day 1 We travel south past Dublin to our hotel in Enniscorthy.

Day 2 Our first visit today is Kilkenny – a well- preserved ancient city – followed by an afternoon visit to Dunbrody Famine Ship, where we get a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude of the Irish people faced with the great famine. Day 3 This morning’s journey takes us to the harbour town of Wexford. After lunch, we visit the lovely 300-year old Wells House and Gardens. Our guided tour of the house is followed by some free time to explore the Victorian garden. Tonight in the hotel, you can sit back and enjoy the Celtic Roots River Dance Show (this may take place in local hall).

Day 4 After breakfast we spend the majority of the day at the Irish National Heritage Park, where we journey through 9,000 years of Irish History.

We return to Enniscorthy in mid-afternoon where you may like to explore some of the town’s historical attractions. Day 5 Time to return home. We are due back in Belfast at approximately 4pm. Accommodation Hotel: Treacy’s Hotel, Enniscorthy (4 nights D, B&B) Treacy’s Hotel is perfectly located in the bustling town of Enniscorthy and offers 60 en-suite bedrooms all with LCD televisions, air-con, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and free WiFi.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Thursday 4.00pm Price 22 Apr 26 Apr £299 13 May 17 May £325 10 Jun 14 Jun £365 8 Jul 12 Jul £385 19 Aug 23 Aug £385 2 Sep 6 Sep £365 7 Oct 11 Oct £325 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Kilkenny • Dunbrody Famine Ship • Wexford • Wells House and Gardens • Irish National Heritage Park Prices From £299pps 5 Days • April – October Waterford & the Ancient South East Waterford is part of Ireland’s Ancient East and is recognised as Ireland’s oldest city with the glittering House of Waterford Crystal as its centrepiece.

The county of Waterford has some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in Ireland, filled with historic sites, lush green river valleys and a stunning coastline.

Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast and travel south to Waterford in time for our evening meal. Day 2 This morning we enjoy a relaxing award- winning Walking Tour of Waterford to discover the historic core of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and perhaps take in the House of Waterford Crystal. Day 3 Today we drive along the scenic Copper Coast to the pretty coastal town of Dungarvan for a ‘Meet and Greet’ before settling in for a couple of hours. In the afternoon we take a 40-minute return train journey on the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway, riding through the countryside enjoying panoramic views of the river, rolling farmland and hills of Waterford.

Day 4 We spend today at the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle, where you can explore the spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens, and see comprehensive displays of farming and rural life from the turn of the 18th century. Day 5 We return to Belfast today via the Irish National Stud and Gardens, to explore its two gardens and see some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. Accommodation Hotel: Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford (4 nights D, B&B) Dooley’s Hotel is a modern, family-run hotel, located just a few minutes’ walk from the main shopping and cultural areas of the city. Three generations of the Darrer family have welcomed guests to the city and their special brand of hospitality means the hotel is the first choice for a great holiday in Waterford city.

All 112 en-suite bedrooms include a hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 20 May 24 May £339 17 Jun 21 Jun £349 29 Jul 2 Aug £359 9 Sep 13 Sep £349 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Walking Tour of Waterford • Copper Coast • Waterford & Suir Valley Railway • Irish Agricultural Museum • Irish National Stud and Gardens Prices From £339pps 5 Days • May, June, July, September Waterford Johnstown Castle Irish National Heritage Park Dunbrody Famine Ship Wells House & Gardens National Stud Gardens National Stud ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Let’s get going Day 1 – Christmas Eve Belfast to Galway via Enniskillen. Time to relax in the hotel before a stylish Christmas Eve cocktail reception and gourmet dinner. Entertainment tonight. Day 2 – Christmas Day Transport takes you to local church services this morning. Later, there’s a morning champagne brunch and a visit from Santa. Build up your appetite with a walk along the promenade or just pamper yourself in the leisure centre before tucking into Christmas lunch. Light buffet supper and entertainment tonight. Day 3 After our St Stephen’s Day lunch, a complimentary coach trip takes you out to Connemara, returning in good time for dinner! Entertainment tonight.

Day 4 We return to Belfast via Dublin. Accommodation Hotel: Salthill Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Thursday 4.00pm Price 24 Dec 27 Dec £629 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £140 • Holiday Insurance County Donegal is home to some of Ireland’s most breathtakingly lovely scenery and beautiful, unspoilt beaches. The laidback pace of Donegal makes it the perfect place for a relaxing festive break.

Let’s get going Day 1 – Christmas Eve We travel along the M1 and through Omagh to Ballybofey. There’s a welcoming glass of mulled wine and mince pies to greet us when we arrive and a log fire blazing in the hearth. Tonight’s dinner is followed by music and Christmas carols in Harry’s Bar. Day 2 – Christmas Day The morning is free (there are several churches within walking distance for a Christmas service) but otherwise it’s a busy day. Hot punch is served before a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, Santa calls in for a visit, there are prize competitions in the afternoon and this evening’s full buffet is followed by a quiz in Harry’s Bar.

Day 3 – St Stephen’s Day Relax in the hotel today or if you’re feeling more energetic, take the morning coach trip through the mountains to the coast (weather permitting). Homemade soup, sandwiches and tea/coffee will be served in the afternoon. This evening’s dinner is followed by live entertainment in the bar.

Day 4 After a late breakfast, we return to Belfast via the Glenshane Pass. Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday 11.00am Return Thursday 4.00pm Price 24 Dec 27 Dec £489 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Price £629pps Price £489pps 4 Days • December 4 Days • December Winterval in Waterford Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, transforms into its Christmas capital! Throughout Winterval, the Viking Triangle and the retail heart of the city come alive with Christmas markets, Santa’s Kingdom, a light show and so much more for young and old alike.

Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast and travel south to Waterford in time for our evening meal.

Day 2 You can stay in Waterford today or join us for a scenic drive along the Copper Coast to the pretty coastal town of Dungarvan. After time for lunch we return directly to our hotel. Day 3 We return to Belfast today via the Blanchardstown Centre where we stop for some Christmas retail therapy. Accommodation Hotel: Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford (2 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 10.00am Return Sunday 5.00pm Price 7 Dec 9 Dec £199 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £40 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Copper Coast • Dungarvan • Blanchardstown Centre Price £199pps 3 Days • December New Year in Sligo Make New Year’s Eve truly memorable with this trip to Sligo, a place steeped in history and mythology, and made immortal in the poetry of W.B.

Yeats. Set against a background of mountains, lakes and rivers, Sligo will stimulate all of your senses, whatever the weather. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Enniskillen stopping for lunch. We arrive at our hotel in mid-afternoon. Day 2 – New Year’s Eve Our excursion along the coast stops at Drumcliff Churchyard where Yeats is buried, then continues through Mullaghmore to Donegal Town, where we stop over lunch. Our return journey takes us past Lower Lough Erne and through Belleek. We return to our hotel in time to freshen up before dinner. Tonight’s New Year celebrations include a Buck’s Fizz reception, evening meal, dancing to live music and a Big Band Sound (subject to confirmation in 2018).

Day 3 – New Year’s Day After last night’s celebrations you may wish to relax in the hotel or enjoy its leisure facilities. Suitably refreshed, you can join our tour along the coast road to Enniscrone and on to Ballina. Evening entertainment in the hotel. Day 4 We leave Sligo after lunchtime and arrive back in the Europa Buscentre at approximately 4pm. Accommodation Hotel: Great Southern Hotel, Sligo (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Wednesday 4.00pm Price 30 Dec 2 Jan £325 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £70 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Drumcliff Churchyard • Donegal Town • New Year’s Eve Big Band Price £325pps 4 Days • December ©Fáilte Ireland

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We are pleased to offer you a range of five and six-day tours with a variety of itineraries including sightseeing tours, country music festivals and of course the hugely popular Christmas Craic-er and Christmas Holiday breaks. Along with the popular Ring of Kerry and Dingle and Slea Head day trips, we are offering a day trip to Cork City as our optional day tour for 2018. The Gleneagle is renowned for its nightly live entertainment, so don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes no matter which break you choose.

The Gleneagle Hotel has all the facilities you could possibly wish for. Each guestroom has complimentary WiFi and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Guests also have complimentary use of the 25m swimming pool and gym. Other onsite facilities include a hair and beauty salon, ATM, gift shop and shuttle bus service to Killarney town centre. Special dietary requirements are catered for and Ulsterbus guests receive a complimentary drinks voucher on arrival. Additional tours may be introduced throughout the year, please contact Ulsterbus Tours for details.

Sightseeing Tours 5-Day Tours (4 Nights) Let’s get going • 4 nights bed and breakfast. • 4 evening meals followed by live nightly entertainment. • Welcome drinks voucher on arrival. • Ring of Kerry Tour including a stop in Caherciveen and also a stop at O’Carroll’s Cove for photo opportunities. • Dingle and Slea Head Tour including stops at Inch Beach and Coumeenole Strand, of Ryan’s Daughter fame, and also viewing time at Sybil Point to admire Clogher Strand, the location of the Star Wars set. •  New for 2018! Optional tour to Cork City – enjoy free time to wander around Cork City, take in some shopping and enjoy the many coffee shops and restaurants Cork has to offer (€20 per person).

6-Day Tours (5 Nights) This package includes all of the above as well as an additional night’s accommodation including breakfast and dinner and a visit to Tralee town, the capital of Kerry, including a stop off at Ballyseedy Garden Centre for refreshments. Please note: these itineraries are subject to change without prior notice and are weather dependent. All Tours Depart 9.30am Return 5.00pm Single Room Supplement £20 per night Depart 2018 No. of nights Event Price Mon 29 Jan 4 £229 Mon 26 Feb 4 £239 Sun 4 Mar 5 Country Music Week £315 Mon 5 Mar 4 Country Music Week £269 Mon 19 Mar 4 £269 Easter Sun 1 Apr 5 £339 Easter Mon 2 Apr 4 £295 Mon 9 Apr 4 £279 Mon 23 Apr 4 £279 Sun 29 Apr 5 Country Music Week £345 Mon 30 Apr 4 Country Music Week £299 Mon 21 May 4 £289 Mon 28 May 4 £289 Mon 4 Jun 4 £305 Mon 11 Jun 4 £305 Sun 17 Jun 4 £305 Sun 8 Jul 5 £355 Mon 9 Jul 4 £305 Sun 15 Jul 5 £355 Mon 16 Jul 4 £305 Sun 22 Jul 4 £305 Sun 29 Jul 4 £305 Sun 29 Jul 5 £355 Mon 6 Aug 4 £305 Mon 20 Aug 4 £305 Sun 26 Aug 5 £355 Mon 27 Aug 4 £305 Sun 2 Sep 5 £355 Mon 3 Sep 4 £305 Sun 9 Sep 4 £305 Mon 17 Sep 4 £305 Sun 23 Sep 4 £285 Sun 30 Sep 4 £285 Mon 1 Oct 4 £285 Mon 8 Oct 4 £285 Mon 15 Oct 4 £289 Sun 21 Oct 5 Country Music Week £349 Mon 22 Oct 4 Country Music Week £305 Mon 5 Nov 4 Mini Country Music Week £269 Depart 2018 No.

of nights Price Mon 12 Nov 4 £279 Mon 19 Nov 4 £279 Mon 26 Nov 4 £279 Sun 2 Dec 5 £325 Mon 3 Dec 5 £279 Mon 10 Dec 5 £279 Depart 2018 No. of nights Price Sun 23 Dec 4 £499 Christmas Craic-Ers 5-Day Tours (4 Nights) Let’s get going • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast. This includes a Gala Christmas Banquet evening, which begins with a mulled wine reception. (Don’t forget to bring your festive attire to celebrate our Gala banquet in style!) • Live, festive entertainment each night. • Highlights Tour of Killarney including a visit to Muckross Craft Centre, followed by an afternoon of shopping in Killarney with discount shopping vouchers for those last minute Christmas gifts.

• Shopping trip to Cork and Blarney Woollen Mills. • Trip to Tralee, the capital of Kerry, including a stop off at Ballyseedy Garden Centre for refreshments. • Afternoon sing-a-long in The Green Room Bar. 6-Day Tours (5 Nights) This package includes all of the above as well as an additional night’s accommodation including breakfast and dinner and an optional trip to the Ring of Kerry (€20 per person). Christmas in Killarney 5-Day Tour (4 Nights) Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast at 9am and travel south to Killarney. A welcoming hot punch and mince pie reception awaits us at The Gleneagle Hotel.

Once we are settled in, dinner is served then there’s live entertainment and dancing. Day 2 – Christmas Eve Spend a relaxing day in Killarney, where the locals have decorated the streets and shops and the atmosphere is simply magic. Upon returning to the hotel, savour some hot port or sparkling wine at the special pre-dinner reception where The Gleneagle Concert Band will perform a medley of Christmas favourites. This is followed by a celebratory Christmas Eve Banquet and an evening of dancing and sing- a-longs.

Day 3 – Christmas Day Wake up to a festive breakfast in the Flesk Restaurant. Santa Claus pays a visit to the hotel with gifts for all the children. Buses will be on hand to take you to town to various mass services. Spend the afternoon enjoying Christmas Day Dinner complete with all the trimmings, followed by an evening of entertainment complete with servings of mulled wine and mince pies. Day 4 – St Stephen’s Day Begin the day with a hearty breakfast in the Flesk Restaurant. Then there are lots of options to choose from: explore the National Park, take a day trip around the Ring of Kerry (€20) or simply relax in front of one of the hotel’s many open fires.

Day 5 Bid a fond farewell to everyone at The Gleneagle before returning to Belfast. Sightseeing Tours Dates & Prices Christmas Craic-Ers Dates & Prices Christmas in Killarney Dates & Prices The Gleneagle Prices From £229pps 4 – 6 Days • January – December Ulsterbus Tours act as agents for The Gleneagle Hotel. Itineraries, dates and prices are set by The Gleneagle Hotel. Ross Castle, Killarney Sheeps Head Bantry Killarney shop Gleneagle Gleneagle ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

34 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 35 The Maritime All that is wonderful about West Cork blends together beautifully at The Maritime Hotel in Bantry – world renowned scenery, delicious food crafted from locally-sourced produce and of course the friendliest Cork hospitality.

The Maritime is a member of The Gleneagle Group and so offers similar great value packages to its sister hotel The Gleneagle.

This modern and stylish hotel is scenically situated overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay. Its location, in the heart of West Cork, allows for exceptional day trips around the dramatic Beara Peninsula and to nearby Skibbereen taking in both Schull and Mizen Head. New to this year’s itinerary is an optional day trip to Cork City. The Maritime Hotel offers luxurious four- star accommodation, many rooms boast spectacular views across Bantry Bay and all have complimentary WiFi and tea/ coffee-making facilities. Guests also have complimentary use of Club Maritime which includes a 19m pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam and hydro-pool facilities.

Other onsite facilities include You Time Spa which offers a range of facials and massages.

5-Day Tours (4 Nights) Let’s get going Day 1 Travel directly from Belfast to Bantry with comfort stops along the way. Enjoy dinner in the Ocean Restaurant this evening. Day 2 Today we explore the Beara Peninsula, taking in the mountainous Healy Pass – one of the most spectacular views in Ireland, before returning to our hotel for dinner. Day 3 Today we visit Skibbereen, Schull and Mizen’s Head (Ireland’s most south-westerly point). We return to The Maritime for dinner which is followed by live entertainment. Day 4 Relax in the hotel, explore Bantry town or avail of the optional day trip to Cork City – enjoy free time to wander around Cork City, take in some shopping and enjoy the many coffee shops and restaurants Cork has to offer (€20pp).

Day 5 Five-day tours retrace their outward journey today arriving back in Belfast around 5pm. Entertainment will be on at least two of the nights of your stay in The Maritime Bar. Dates & Prices Depart Number of nights Price 12 Feb 4 £229 19 Mar 4 £249 2 Apr 4 £269 23 Apr 4 £289 7 May 4 £289 20 May 4 £289 18 Jun 4 £289 25 Jun 4 £289 27 Aug 4 £299 03 Sep 4 £289 17 Sep 4 £289 24 Sep 4 £289 1 Oct 4 £279 8 Oct 4 £279 5 Nov 4 £269 3 Dec 4 £269 All Tours Depart 9.30am Return 5.00pm Single Room Supplement £20 per night Ulsterbus Tours act as agents for The Maritime Hotel. Itineraries, dates and prices are set by The Maritime Hotel.

Prices From £229pps 5 Days • January – December Sheep’s Head The Maritime The Maritime

36 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 37 Weekend Breaks 2 nights B&B, 1 dinner (served on Friday night) Enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cookies on arrival with entertainment in McGettigan’s Bar each night until late. Shopping in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Relax and unwind in the Merrill Leisure Club with 10% discount offered to all guests (advanced booking essential). Dinner is not served on Saturday night but you could try our Table d’hote dinner in Quin’s Bistro or sample the food in McGettigan’s Bar.

Departs 11.00am Returns 5.00pm Special Theme Weekends Bloom in the Park 2 nights D, B&B Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening and food event, held at Phoenix Park Visitor’s Centre. Your break includes a visit to the National Gardens Exhibition Centre on Friday, a day at Bloom on Saturday and entrance to Powerscourt House and Gardens on Sunday. There is live music each night after dinner in McGettigan’s Bar.

Depart 10.00am Return 5.00pm Hallowe’en Ghost Tour 2 nights B&B, 1 dinner Get spooked this Hallowe’en as we travel to Wicklow Historic Gaol (night to be confirmed) to experience the Gates of Hell Ghost Tour (strictly adults only). Enjoy a four-course evening meal served on one night and live music in McGettigan’s Bar. Depart 11.00am Return 5.00pm Murder Mystery Weekend 2 nights D, B&B This weekend is full of surprises guaranteed to keep you on your toes, with suspense, murders, lots of laughter and entertainment. There is a buffet evening meal on Friday, followed by live music in McGettigan’s Bar.

On Saturday have a relaxing day in Bray followed by a Gala Dinner where the story will unravel and the mystery will be solved. The night will finish with a presentation of the best dressed award. Theme to be confirmed. Depart 11.00am Return 5.00pm Christmas Breaks Shopping Break 2 nights B&B, 1 dinner (served on Friday evening) Soak up the festive atmosphere in the hustle and bustle of Dublin City Centre. Your weekend break includes a day’s shopping in Dublin. Enjoy a mulled wine reception followed by a scrumptious four-course evening meal. You can also attend the Christmas Party Night with live entertainment (supplement of £30 per person) – advance booking essential.

We stop in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre before returning to Belfast. Depart 11.00am Return 5.00pm Dates & Prices Depart Friday Return Sunday Tour Price 26 Jan 28 Jan £109 16 Feb 18 Feb Murder Mystery Weekend £179 23 Mar 25 Mar £119 20 Apr 22 Apr £119 11 May 13 May £129 1 Jun 3 Jun Bloom in the Park £219 22 Jun 24 Jun £129 6 Jul 8 Jul £129 21 Sep 23 Sep £129 12 Oct 14 Oct £119 26 Oct 28 Oct Hallowe’en Weekend £145 9 Nov 11 Nov Murder Mystery Weekend £179 23 Nov 25 Nov £119 7 Dec 9 Dec Christmas Shopping £119 14 Dec 16 Dec Christmas Shopping £119 Leopardstown Christmas Racing 3 nights B&B, 2 dinners Friday & Saturday Your midweek racing break includes a mulled wine reception each night, reserved enclosure tickets for two days (28 and 29 Dec) at Leopardstown Race Course (weather permitting), two Table d’hote dinners with steak included and live entertainment in McGettigan’s Bar.

Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 11.00am Return Sunday 5.00pm Price 27 Dec 30 Dec £279 New Year Package 3 nights D, B&B Let’s get going Day 1 We arrive in Bray in mid-afternoon to be greeted with a Hot Punch Reception. Take time for a stroll around Bray or relax and unwind in the hotel’s leisure facilities before dinner which is followed by live entertainment in McGettigan’s Bar. Day 2 – New Year’s Eve After a full Irish breakfast we spend the day in Dublin (coach transfer included). Tonight’s festivities include a pre-dinner champagne reception and sumptuous gala dinner in the Powerscourt Suite, where you can dance in the New Year with our live band: Fancy Dress optional – prize for the best costume on the night.

Day 3 – New Year’s Day A full day to recover with brunch served at leisure. Take time for a walk along the seafront or catch the ‘Dart’ into the city centre. Dinner in the hotel tonight. Day 4 After a full Irish breakfast we say goodbye to old friends and new before departing for Belfast. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 11.00am Return Wednesday 4.00pm Price 30 Dec 2 Jan £299 Price Excludes Single Supplement £20 per person per night. Dublin Dublin Leopardstown Dublin & Bray Weekend Getaway Breaks Prices From £109pps 2 & 3 Days • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November, December ©Fáilte Ireland © Fáilte Ireland Ulsterbus Tours act as an agent for the Royal Hotel who set the itineraries, dates and prices.

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Our travels take us from the plunging heights of the Lake District, through the awesome natural beauty of Snowdonia, to the spectacular coastline of the English Riviera. We go up hill and down (Emmer)dale in Yorkshire, step back to the Victorian era in Southport and sample some heady ciders in the West Country.

And that’s only the tip of it. “Two hearts, one wish, two tongues but one language, two ropes that join connected, two souls but one journey.” – Dic Jones Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 39 38 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre

40 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 41 Diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK.

With a proud history in science, industry, music, arts and sport, the city is jam- packed with attractions, museums and galleries. And there’s more. This Bargain Break includes Liverpool, a city rich in maritime history, and Chester, known for its Roman walls and distinguished Tudor-style half-timbered buildings. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Manchester via Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan.

Day 2 The day starts with a visit to the celebrated Imperial War Museum North – a place shaped by war and conflict – followed by an afternoon in Manchester. Day 3 This morning we visit the Museum of Liverpool, an incredible storehouse for the industrial and cultural heritage of the city. Afterwards, you may choose to stay at the Albert Dock and visit the other museums, or stroll over to Liverpool ONE, an oasis of shopping! Day 4 We’re in the city of Chester today, with a guided tour of the city and some local villages. Afterwards, you are free to explore Chester on your own.

Day 5 We return to Belfast via the Stena Line sailing from Holyhead to Dublin.

Accommodation Hotel: Novotel Manchester West (4 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Thursday 7.30pm Price 11 Mar 15 Mar £339 8 Apr 12 Apr £359 23 Sep 27 Sep £389 28 Oct 1 Nov £379 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £110 • Holiday Insurance Manchester, Liverpool & Chester Bargain Break Tour Highlights Imperial War Museum North • Museum of Liverpool • Guided Tour of Chester Prices From £339pps 5 Days • March, April, September, October Liverpool Docks Fizz & Fayre Blackpool Tribute Weekends Tour Highlights German Christkindelmarkt, Leeds • St Nicholas Fair, York Price £309pps Tour Highlights Music tribute night • Liverpool Prices From £249pps 5 Days • December 4 Days • April & October This Yorkshire twist on the ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.

From the festive comfort of our Harrogate hotel, you can browse the stalls of the German market in Leeds and soak up the atmosphere of the traditional St Nicholas Fair in York. Each evening you can enjoy the hotel’s three-course carvery dinner, followed by live entertainment.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Harrogate via Stena Line’s early morning sailing to Cairnryan. We arrive in our hotel where we enjoy a pre-prandial mulled wine drinks reception. Day 2 It is off to Leeds today for the German Christkindelmarkt, one of the best-established in the UK. Day 3 After a free day exploring Harrogate, you can recharge your batteries at the hotel, with a festive-themed Mini Afternoon Tea, plus a glass of Festive Fizz. Day 4 It’s a full day in York to enjoy the St Nicholas Fair.

Day 5 We return to Belfast on the evening Stena Line sailing from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel: Cairn Hotel, Harrogate (4 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 3 Dec 7 Dec £309 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £65 • Holiday Insurance When we think ‘Blackpool’, we think sand, sea and… Strictly! Bold, brash and beautiful, Blackpool is the UK’s very own playground by the sea.

So join us for a fun-filled weekend break, as you enjoy superb tribute acts, explore the resort at leisure and shop ‘til you drop in Liverpool.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast Blackpool via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Day 2 You have a free day to enjoy the resort. Tonight is our tribute act: April – Ultimate Elvis, October – Rod Stewart Tribute. Day 3 We spend the day in Liverpool. After tonight’s dinner, entertainment is provided in the hotel. October departure includes an Illuminations tour on the promenade. Day 4 We retrace our journey home via the afternoon Stena Line sailing from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel: Elgin Hotel, Blackpool (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 6.30am Return Monday 6.15pm Price 27 Apr 30 Apr £249 12 Oct 15 Oct £285 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £35 • Holiday Insurance Leeds Christmas Market Blackpool Imperial War Museum North Chester ©VisitEngland/Marketing Cheshire ©VisitBritain / Pawel Libera ©VisitEngland/Marketing Manchester

42 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 43 Peaks & Lakes Tour Highlights Chatsworth House • Bakewell • Matlock Bath • Buxton • Castleton Harewood House • Ullswater Steamer Boat Trip • Bowness-on-Windermere Price £599pps 7 Days • June & August Due to popular demand, our 2018 Peaks & Lakes tour combines two of England’s most beautiful and diverse national parks – the Peak District, where we start our tour, and the Lake District, where it concludes.

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast and travel to Sheffield on the early morning Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan.

Day 2 We start today with a visit to Chatsworth House in the heart of the Peak District. There’s much to explore, including the magnificent Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sketch Galleries and Sculpture Gallery. Returning to our hotel we go through Bakewell, home to the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. Day 3 Today we travel to Matlock Bath, famous for its warm springs. Next stop is Buxton, known as ‘The Capital of the Peak District’. After lunch we visit Castleton, an outstandingly pretty village at the head of the Vale of Hope. We arrive back in Sheffield in late afternoon. Day 4 We head north to Cumbria, stopping at Harewood House, a wonderful building with an impressive art collection.

Continuing along the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, we arrive in Keswick in time to freshen up before dinner. Day 5 After breakfast, we travel to Pooley Bridge at the northern end of Ullswater, where we board the Ullswater Steamer for an hour-long cruise. Our coach meets us at Glenridding and we continue our journey with a drive over the Kirkstone Pass to Bowness-on-Windermere. Day 6 Today we relax in Keswick and shop for bargains in the weekly market, located beside the hotel.

Day 7 We return to Belfast on the mid-afternoon Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel days 1 – 3: Jurys Inn, Sheffield (3 nights D, B&B) This three-star hotel is located in the centre of Sheffield and within easy walking distance of the Devonshire Quarter. It offers 259 stylish en-suite bedrooms, flatscreen TV, well-lit work areas, tea and coffee docks, hairdryers, free WiFi and lifts to all floors. Hotel days 4 – 6: Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick (3 nights D, B&B) The Skiddaw Hotel, in Keswick town square, is a family-run hotel combining traditional traditional décor with modern facilities and efficient service.

There is a restaurant, lounge bar and all 43 en-suite bedrooms have satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and tea/ coffee-making facilities.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Sunday 6.15pm Price 25 Jun 1 Jul £599 13 Aug 19 Aug £599 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £115 • Holiday Insurance Chatsworth House The Lake District (or Lakeland, as it’s known locally) is an area of outstanding natural beauty. You’ll soon discover why, as we travel through its wild and unspoilt landscape. Our tour includes a cruise on Lake Windermere, a steam train journey through the Leven Valley, a drive over the spectacular Kirkstone Pass and a visit to Levens Hall. There’s also a day in the Yorkshire Dales, renowned for its stone walls and rich, green countryside.

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast and travel to Keswick via the mid-morning Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan. Day 2 It’s a busy day exploring the Lakes. First we test our sea legs cruising on Lake Windermere from Bowness-on-Windermere to Lakeside. Then we catch the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway to Haverthwaite (18min journey). Next, our coach takes us past Lake Windermere to Grasmere, made famous by William Wordsworth, before returning to Keswick over the Kirkstone Pass. Day 3 We’re off to the Yorkshire Dales today, travelling through Kirkby Lonsdale before arriving in Settle, one of the most picturesque towns in Ribblesdale.

We continue through the heart of the Dales and watch a cheese-making demonstration at Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre (look out for Wallace and Gromit!) before returning to our hotel. Day 4 We spend the morning in Keswick to enjoy its weekly market. In the afternoon we take a drive through the very scenic Kirkstone Pass before stopping in the vibrant town of Ambleside. Day 5 We’re homeward bound – Keswick to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line.

Accommodation Hotel: Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick (4 nights D, B&B) The Skiddaw Hotel, in Keswick town square, is a family-run hotel combining traditional décor with modern facilities and efficient service. There is a restaurant, lounge bar and all 43 en-suite bedrooms have satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee- making facilities. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.30am Return Friday 6.15pm Price 30 Apr 4 May £459 28 May 1 Jun £475 23 Jul 27 Jul £495 17 Sep 21 Sep £475 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills” – William Wordsworth Lake District & Yorkshire Dales Tour Highlights Lake Windermere Cruise • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Journey • Grasmere • Settle • Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre • Levens Hall Prices From £459pps 5 Days • April, May, July, September Ullswater ©VisitEngland/CumbriaTourism ©VisitEngland/Chatsworth House Trust ©VisitEngland/VisitPeakDistrict/LindaBussey

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Our visit to historic Chester will reveal the city’s ancient Roman past, and we will explore the history of The Potteries, which includes the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Cheshire on Stena Line’s early morning ferry to Cairnryan. Day 2 This morning we visit Shugborough Historic Estate for a guided tour of the Mansion House. After lunch, it’s the new World of Wedgwood, a unique, interactive visitor centre that celebrates the very best of British craftsmanship. Our guided tour will no doubt leave you impressed by Wedgwood’s 250 years’ heritage in the ceramics industry. Day 3 Journeying through the beautiful Cheshire countryside we arrive in historic Chester, where a guided coach tour will tell you all about the city’s Roman past and the history of its walls.

Spend a few hours exploring at your pace before we return to our hotel. Day 4 Today we journey into Stoke-on-Trent or ‘The Potteries’ as it is affectionately known. We visit the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in the Cultural Quarter and see the famous Staffordshire Hoard, the world’s largest find of Anglo Saxon gold. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5 Cheshire to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line. Accommodation Hotel: Crewe Hall, Cheshire (4 nights D, B&B) Our tour is based in the Grade I listed four-star Crewe Hotel which stands proudly in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The hotel has 117 contrasting bedrooms equipped with hairdryer, air-con, TV, tea/ coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. The health club boasts a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Thursday 7.30pm Price 13 May 17 May £419 8 Jul 12 Jul £439 5 Aug 9 Aug £439 9 Sep 13 Sep £419 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance The soul-soothing countryside and idyllic villages of the Ribble Valley are home to some mysterious goings- on.

This tour explores eerie stories of horrible hauntings and ghostly apparitions in this part of Lancashire. Our guides (two days only) will reveal tales of textile riots, ghostly sightings, unsolved murders and grisly witch trials!

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Samlesbury via Cairnryan with Stena Line. A welcome tea/ coffee on arrival. Day 2 Today’s full day guided tour of the Ribble Valley includes, time permitting, visits to six inns. Hear stories of textile riots… ghostly sightings… and unsolved murders. We view the upstairs courtroom in the famous Hark to Bounty Inn (1693), before taking lunch at the Calf’s Head, Worston. Next stop is the Sun Inn at Chipping – Lancashire’s most haunted public house – then a visit to Whalley en-route to the hotel. Day 3 We travel to Skipton for a one-hour cruise on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

After free time in Skipton, we continue into the Yorkshire Dales for a stop in Grassington, one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages.

Day 4 This morning brings a guided tour of the ‘Pendle Witches’ country to learn about the infamous 15th-century witch trial. Afterwards we visit Samlesbury Hall, a beautiful half- timbered medieval house, one of the most haunted locations in Britain. Day 5 We leave Samlesbury to catch the mid- afternoon Stena Line sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast. Tour Highlights Full day guided tour of the Ribble Valley • Leeds-Liverpool Canal Cruise • Skipton • Grassington • Guided tour of the ‘Pendle Witches’ country • Samlesbury Hall Prices From £429pps 5 Days • August & September Ribble Valley & Haunted Lancashire Chester World of Wedgwood Accommodation Hotel: Best Western Plus Samlesbury (4 nights D, B&B) Our hotel, the four-star Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel, is in a pleasant location close to the M6.

Recently refurbished, the hotel has an open plan bar/lounge/restaurant area and a fitness suite. Its 80 en-suite bedrooms are equipped with Freeview TV, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Friday 6.15pm Price 6 Aug 10 Aug £449 17 Sep 21 Sep £429 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £70 • Holiday Insurance ©VisitEngland/Thomas Heaton ©VisitBritain / Martin Brent

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Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Blackpool via Cairnryan with Stena Line.

Day 2 You have a free day to enjoy the resort. Day 3 We indulge in some serious retail therapy at the excellent Bury Market before returning to our hotel in late afternoon. Day 4 A free day in Blackpool or a day trip to the Lake District to visit Grasmere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere. The choice is yours. Illuminations tours include a coach tour along the promenade this evening to see Blackpool’s famous lights.

Day 5 We leave Blackpool this morning returning for the mid-afternoon Stena Line sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Elgin Hotel, Blackpool (4 nights D, B&B) We will be guaranteed a warm, friendly welcome at the Elgin Hotel, on the cliffs at Queen’s Promenade. This family-run establishment, built in the 1930s, offers 89 en-suite bedrooms of various sizes with TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. It features a promenade patio with water feature, two lifts, bars and entertainment on three nights. Please note, during August the hotel is only available for adults.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Friday 6.15pm Price 14 May 18 May £289 11 Jun 15 Jun £299 2 Jul 6 Jul £309 9 Jul 13 Jul £309 16 Jul 20 Jul £309 30 Jul 3 Aug £309 13 Aug 17 Aug £309 27 Aug 31 Aug £309 3 Sep 7 Sep £349 10 Sep 14 Sep £349 17 Sep 21 Sep £349 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £30 • Holiday Insurance Blackpool Grasmere Lake District Southport Tour Highlights Settle • Kirkby Lonsdale • Anderton Boat Lift • River Cruise Price £429pps 5 Days • July & August This traditional Victorian seaside town combines the essence of a seaside holiday with fabulous attractions and shopping.

Known as the ‘Floral Capital of the North West’, Southport is awash with beautifully preserved flowerbeds and gardens. For 2018 we have a scenic tour of Lancashire, taking in the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ and a river cruise.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Southport via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Day 2 Today we explore the delightful scenery of Lancashire, passing through Clitheroe as we head to Settle in the foothills of the Pennines. Then we continue to Kirkby Lonsdale situated at the gateway to the Lake District. We return to the hotel in time for dinner. Day 3 You have a free day to enjoy the resort, taking in its beachfront, shops and gardens. Day 4 After breakfast we embark on an aquatic adventure, travelling to Northwich to visit the Anderton Boat Lift, the so-called ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, and enjoying a river cruise along the picturesque River Weaver to Northwich and back (please note the site is sloped and there are 10 steps down to the boat).

We return to Southport in mid-afternoon.

Day 5 Southport to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Hotel: Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport (4 nights D, B&B) The Royal Clifton is a great base from which to explore this part of England. It occupies a prime location on the seafront, and its 120 bedrooms are all en suite with flatscreen TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Friday 6.15pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £429 30 Jul 3 Aug £429 27 Aug 31 Aug £429 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance Pennines Anderton Boat Lift Southport ©VisitEngland/Yorkshire.com ©VisitEngland/VisitBlackpool ©VisitEngland/Alex Hare

48 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 49 Northumbria & Lincolnshire Tour Highlights Ford • Etal • Holy Island (Lindisfarne) • Beamish Open Air Museum • Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre • Lincoln Cathedral Tour • Louth • Stamford Prices From £649pps 7 Days • May & August Northumbria’s vast landscapes are full of historical sites just waiting to be explored. Lincolnshire also has much to enjoy, with some of England’s most historic buildings and what may be the best-tasting sausage festival in the land.

Let’s get going Day 1 Leaving Belfast, we board the mid-morning Stena Line sailing, arriving in Newcastle in late afternoon.

Day 2 The day begins with a tour of Newcastle. Then we head for the Cheviot Hills, visiting the villages of Ford and Etal, before arriving at Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Island access is restricted by tidal conditions and will be at the discretion of the guide and driver. If access is not possible, we will visit nearby Berwick- upon-Tweed instead. Day 3 Today we get a flavour of working life in the north-east during Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times at Beamish Open Air Museum. We’re in the cathedral city of Durham for the afternoon.

Day 4 We leave Newcastle and head to our second hotel in Louth, stopping en route at the Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre.

Continuing south through Yorkshire, we cross the Humber Bridge into Lincolnshire and arrive at our hotel. Day 5 We spend a full day in the city of Lincoln, taking a guided tour of the Cathedral and spending some free time exploring its historic streets. Day 6 After a short visit to the weekly market in Louth, we drive south to Stamford, the most complete stone-built town in England, unchanged for many centuries.

Day 7 We return to Belfast on the evening Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel days 1 – 3: Jurys Inn, Newcastle (3 nights D, B&B) The Jurys Inn Newcastle is situated in the city centre. All 274 en-suite rooms come with Freeview TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Hotel days 4 – 6: Best Western Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth (3 nights D, B&B) The Best Western Kenwick Park Hotel, set in 320 acres of parkland, offers 34 en-suite bedrooms each with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee- making facilities and WiFi. The hotel also has a pool, spa and Hydrotherapy Pool. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.30am Return Saturday 10.15pm Price 27 May 2 Jun £649 26 Aug 1 Sep £689 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £145 • Holiday Insurance Lindisfarne Priory Beamish The north east of England holds an interesting mix of small, private gardens and larger, well-known formal gardens.

Together, they create a distinct and fascinating garden experience. This tour is a ‘must do’ for the gardening enthusiast, opening the gate to gorgeous gardens, large and small – from one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, to an urban oasis full of colour and tranquillity.

Let’s get going Day 1 Taking the early Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan, we arrive in Newcastle in mid-afternoon for a guided introductory tour of the city, before settling into our hotel. Day 2 Our first garden today is the National Trust’s Cragside, a magnificent example of the formal Victorian garden. In the afternoon we visit Whalton Manor Gardens for a private guided tour of its three-acre garden. Day 3 Driving south, we visit the six distinct gardens and maze that form Crook Hall Gardens in Durham City. The afternoon is at leisure in the city.

Day 4 We’re in Alnwick today to explore the quirky wonderfulness of the Alnwick Garden.

Afterwards, we visit Alnwick Castle, a magnificent example of Medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate state rooms. Day 5 We travel home on the afternoon Stena Line ferry to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Jurys Inn, Newcastle (4 nights D, B&B) The Jurys Inn Newcastle is situated in the city centre. All 274 en-suite rooms come with Freeview TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Thursday 6.15pm Price 29 Jul 2 Aug £389 9 Sep 13 Sep £369 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Northumbria’s Gardens Tour Highlights Guided Introductory Tour of Newcastle • National Trust’s Cragside • Whalton Manor Gardens • Crook Hall Gardens • Alnwick Castle and Garden Prices From £369pps 5 Days • July & September Alnwick Castle Alnwick Garden Crook Hall maze ©VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead ©VisitEngland/Visit County Durham/Beamish Museum ©VisitEngland/VisitNorthumberland.com ©VisitBritain / Pawel Libera ©VisitEngland/Visit County Durham/ Allan McPhail Photography

50 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 51 Harrogate & Yorkshire Tour Highlights RHS Garden Harlow Carr • Saltaire Village • Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway • Ripon • Newby Hall Prices From £479pps 5 Days • May, July, September Set at the heart of Yorkshire, the stylish spa town of Harrogate boasts elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture. Nearby, on the edge of town, is the superb Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Harlow Carr.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Harrogate via Cairnryan with Stena Line.

Enjoy a welcome tea/coffee on arrival. Day 2 This morning is full of gardening delights as we visit the RHS Garden Harlow Carr. The 58-acre garden offers many seasonal highlights including the UK’s longest streamside garden and an extensive kitchen garden. Afterwards, you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon in Harrogate. Day 3 This morning we visit Saltaire Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 19th- century model village was built to house the employees of Salts Textile Mill. Then, time permitting, we stop in Skipton before enjoying a 20-minute steam train journey through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.

Day 4 It’s culture morning in the cathedral city of Ripon, a beautiful market town with many historic buildings and museums. After lunch we visit Newby Hall and Gardens, an 18th- century country house with award- winning gardens. Day 5 We return home on the evening Stena Line sailing to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Harrogate (4 nights D, B&B) This four-star hotel was completely refurbished in 2017 and is a short walk from Harrogate town centre; it offers excellent service and comfort. All 214 bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee- making facilities. The hotel has a restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness centre and provides free WiFi.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Thursday 10.15pm Price 6 May 10 May £479 8 Jul 12 Jul £499 2 Sep 6 Sep £489 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance RHS Garden Harlow Carr Saltaire Village Betty’s Tea Rooms, Harrogate New for 2018, this tour takes us to the fashionable spa town of Harrogate, home to elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture, beautiful parks and handsome tree-lined boulevards. We explore Emmerdale Country taking in ‘Beckindale’, the original ‘Woolpack’ and ‘Hotton’. And at the newly opened Emmerdale Studio Experience, we discover some behind-the- scenes secrets.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Harrogate via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Enjoy a welcome tea/coffee on arrival. Day 2 This is a free day to explore Harrogate. Why not visit the Royal Pump Rooms Museum and Mercer Art Gallery, and then enjoy lunch at Betty’s Tea Room, home to Yorkshire tea. Day 3 Today, on our guided tour of Emmerdale Country, we travel to Esholt, formally Emmerdale’s ‘Beckindale’, enjoy a visit to the original ‘Woolpack’ and finish with a stop in Otley, known as ‘Hotton’ in Emmerdale. Day 4 In Leeds, we visit the Emmerdale Studio Experience for a guided tour of the interactive exact set reconstructions.

You may even get to ‘pull a pint’ in the Woolpack Bar. After some free time in Leeds, we return to Harrogate for dinner.

Day 5 Time to return home as we catch the evening Stena Line sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Harrogate (4 nights D, B&B) This four-star hotel was completely refurbished in 2017 and is a short walk from Harrogate town centre; it offers excellent service and comfort. All 214 bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee- making facilities. The hotel has a restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness centre and provides free WiFi. Dates & Prices Depart Friday 6.30am Return Tuesday 10.15pm Price 29 Jun 3 Jul £469 27 Jul 31 Jul £489 31 Aug 4 Sep £489 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance All Things Emmerdale & Harrogate Tour Highlights Emmerdale Studio Experience • Leeds • Guided Tour of Emmerdale Country Prices From £469pps 5 Days • June, July, August ©RHS / Lee Beel ©VisitEngland/Yorkshire.com ©VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis

52 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 53 Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the UK’s most popular destinations. Steeped in history and home to William Shakespeare, the town is renowned for its beautifully preserved half-timbered Tudor buildings and for the stunning Warwickshire countryside in which it is set. In the Cotswolds, sleepy, honey- coloured towns and villages, made famous in Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’, lie hidden in secluded valleys, awaiting your discovery.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Stratford-upon-Avon via Cairnryan with Stena Line. We have a welcome tea/coffee on arrival Day 2 Take time to relax and explore Stratford at your own pace. The town is synonymous with William Shakespeare so take a short stroll to his birthplace or visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Day 3 Today we explore the towns and villages of the northern Cotswolds. Our first stop is the delightful Bourton-on-the-Water, after which we continue to the market town of Stow-on- the-Wold, highest of the Cotswold towns. Our last stop is Broadway with its picturesque thatched-roofed houses.

Day 4 It is Blenheim Palace today, birthplace of Winston Churchill and one of England’s most spectacular stately homes. This magnificent Grade I listed building has priceless collections for you to view and enjoy. Day 5 After breakfast, we begin our homeward journey, driving to Cairnryan and taking the Stena Line ferry back to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel (4 nights D, B&B) The Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel is set in the heart of Stratford. This hotel has 78 individually named bedrooms, each of which is equipped with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi.

Bedrooms vary in size, as befits this beautiful 17th-century building.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Thursday 10.15pm Price 27 May 31 May £439 29 Jul 2 Aug £459 19 Aug 23 Aug £459 2 Sep 6 Sep £439 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance The West Country Tour Highlights Cheltenham • Wells • Avon Gorge • Clifton Suspension Bridge • SS Great Britain • Tewkesbury Prices From £539pps 7 Days • May & July The term ‘West Country ‘is often applied to the southwest counties of England. Our base for this tour is the lovely town of Weston-super-Mare on the Somerset seaboard. It offers wonderful views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and down to Exmoor.

As well as exploring this beautiful coastline, we’ll visit England’s smallest city. Perhaps you’ll sample some of the West Country’s famous ciders and cheeses!

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to the Walsall via Stena Line Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Day 2 Continuing south after breakfast, we stop for a few hours in the spa town of Cheltenham. A welcome tea/coffee awaits us when we arrive in Weston-super-Mare. Day 3 A free day to explore Weston-super-Mare. Stroll along the newly rebuilt Grand Pier, visit the Seaquarium, or relax and enjoy the town’s cafés, pubs and restaurants. Day 4 Today we travel through the Mendip Hills to Wells, the smallest city in England, returning via Keynsham, where we have a short stop. Day 5 This morning we journey through the Avon Gorge to see two of Brunel’s masterpieces: the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, the world’s first ocean- going, propeller-driven iron ship.

Day 6 We leave Weston-super-Mare this morning, stopping in Medieval Tewkesbury before arriving at our overnight hotel. Day 7 We return to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight hotel Day 1: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 5: Smiths Hotel, Weston-super-Mare (4 nights D, B&B) Smiths Hotel is a family-run hotel conveniently situated on the promenade, lined with shops, and a mere 10-minute stroll into town. Its 50 en-suite bedrooms are attractively furnished, spacious and equipped with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee- making facilities and WiFi.

The hotel has a restaurant with a bar, lounge area and a comfortable outside patio. Overnight hotel day 6, 20 May only: Novotel Wolverhampton (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 6, 8 July only: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 20 May 26 May £539 8 Jul 14 Jul £599 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £35 • Holiday Insurance Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare Tewkesbury Clifton Suspension Bridge Stratford- upon-Avon & the Cotswolds Tour Highlights Bourton-on-the-Water • Stow-on-the-Wold • Broadway • Blenheim Palace Prices From £439pps 5 Days • May, July, August, September “Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’” – Henry V, William Shakespeare Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Shakespeare Memorial ©VisitEngland/Shakespeare’s Birth Trust/Amy Murrell ©VisitEngland/jameskerr.co.uk ©VisitEngland/Cotswolds.com ©VisitEngland/Destination Bristol ©VisitEngland/North Somerset Council

54 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 55 Torquay & the English Riviera Tour Highlights Tewkesbury • Buckfast Abbey • South Devon Steam Railway • Totnes • Plymouth • Powderham Castle • Sidmouth Price £699pps 8 Days • June, July, August The English Riviera boasts miles of spectacular coastline, picturesque villages and warm weather, making it one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. Little wonder that the Victorian town of Torquay remains so popular! The waterfront is the focus of town life, with its palm-lined promenade, seafront gardens, lively harbour and international marina.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to the East Midlands with Stena Line ferry via Cairnryan.

Day 2 Hinckley to Torquay with a stop in the historical market town Tewkesbury. Day 3 Today is free to relax, unwind and take a leisurely stroll through Torquay. Day 4 Our first stop today is Buckfast Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks. After lunch we travel to Buckfastleigh for a 35min journey on the South Devon Steam Railway, hugging the beautiful River Dart, to the market town of Totnes where we spend an hour. Day 5 Driving over remote and mysterious Dartmoor, we spend a day in Plymouth, a vibrant waterfront city with numerous attractions and a beautiful natural harbour. Day 6 This morning we have a guided tour of Powderham Castle where we discover secret doors and a haunted landing! Our journey home takes us through Sidmouth, nestled beneath majestic red cliffs and the glorious Sid Valley.

Day 7 After breakfast, we drive to our overnight hotel in Shropshire. Day 8 We leave Telford this morning and return to Belfast via Holyhead with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Jurys Inn, Hinckley (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 6: Livermead House Hotel, Torquay (5 nights D, B&B) The elegant 1820’s Livermead House Hotel is situated on the seafront. All of the en-suite bedrooms, which come in various shapes and sizes, are equipped with TV, radio, tea/coffee- making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi. There are two outdoor swimming pools, a relaxing bar and terraced garden.

Overnight hotel day 7: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Sunday 7.30pm Price 17 Jun 24 Jun £699 15 Jul 22 Jul £699 19 Aug 26 Aug £699 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £90 • Holiday Insurance Torquay harbour Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Cornwall Tour Highlights The Lost Gardens of Heligan • Mevagissy • Polperro • Screech Owl Wildlife Park • Truro Price £699pps 8 Days • July Cornwall is famous for its maritime history, spectacular sandy beaches, dramatic coastline, busy fishing harbours and of course, its clotted cream. You’ll experience most of these, if not all, from our base in the pretty Cornish fishing town of Looe, a truly delightful and picturesque place.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to the Midlands via Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan.

Day 2 We continue south through Somerset and Devon into Cornwall and on to our hotel in Looe. Day 3 A free day for you to explore Looe’s maze- like streets, discover its maritime history and browse its eclectic mix of shops. Day 4 This morning it’s The Lost Gardens of Heligan, a genuine ‘secret garden’, only rediscovered in the 1990s. We spend the afternoon in Mevagissy – once the haunt of smugglers and a true Cornish Gem. Day 5 Today we visit Fowey, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and then Polperro, a quintessential Cornish fishing village, with narrow, traffic-free streets and lanes.

(There is a walk to/from coach park to the village.) Day 6 We start the day in Screech Owl Wildlife Park, where you may even get to touch the tame owls! Then we visit the cathedral city of Truro, packed with awe-inspiring architecture (and a shopper’s delight!).

Day 7 Leaving Portbyhan, we travel past Dartmoor National Park and continue north to our overnight hotel. Day 8 Walsall to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Jurys Inn, Hinckley (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 6: The Portbyhan Hotel (5 nights D, B&B) This hotel is situated on the quayside and overlooks the harbour. All 44 bedrooms are en suite with a hairdryer, television and tea/coffee-making facilities. Most rooms have front or side views of the harbour and town. The restaurant uses seasonal local products, whenever possible, and there is a bar, a sun terrace and a lift to all floors.

Overnight hotel Day 7: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Sunday 7.30pm Price 15 Jul 22 Jul £699 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £140 • Holiday Insurance Cornwall Coastline Polperro The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©VisitEngland/Andrew Boxall ©VisitBritain / Daniel Bosworth ©VisitEngland/Visit Cornwall/Adam Gibbard ©VisitBritain/ Adam Burton ©VisitEngland/Visit Plymouth/Guy Channing ©VisitBritain / Daniel Bosworth

56 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 57 Brighton & Sussex Tour Highlights Windsor • Arundel • Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre • Oxford • Beachy Head • Eastbourne • Worthing • Chichester Prices From £579pps 8 Days • May & August Surely one of the liveliest coastal towns in the UK, Brighton boasts a wonderful mix of seaside fun and superb regency architecture, chief among which is the Royal Pavilion. We journey east to explore elegant Eastbourne and heading west, we take in the historic towns of Arundel, Worthing and Chichester.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europe Buscentre to our overnight hotel in central England.

Day 2 On the second leg of our outward journey we stop for a few hours in Windsor. Day 3 Enjoy a leisurely day in Brighton, exploring it at your own pace. Day 4 This morning we visit the lovely market town of Arundel. The afternoon takes in Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, home to traditional craftspeople. Day 5 We travel east to Beachy Head and to Eastbourne, famous for its seafront parades, parks and gardens. Day 6 We travel west this morning, stopping in the lovely seaside town of Worthing, then continue along the coast via Bognor Regis to the Roman town of Chichester.

Day 7 Leaving Brighton, we start our return journey, stopping en-route in the beautiful city of Oxford.

Day 8 We return to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin Accommodation Hotel day 1, 19 May only: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 1, 4 August only: Novotel Wolverhampton (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 6: Old Ship Hotel (5 nights D, B&B) Our base for this tour is the wonderful Old Ship Hotel. Dating from 1559 and dripping in history, the hotel is conveniently located on Brighton’s famous promenade. The restaurant offers stunning views out to sea and the informal bar is a great place to relax. All 154 bedrooms include Freeview TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, iron and free WiFi.

Overnight hotel day 7, 19 May only: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 7, 4 August only: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Saturday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 19 May 26 May £579 4 Aug 11 Aug £599 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £160 • Holiday Insurance Brighton beach Arundel Castle Windsor Castle guard Brighton Pier Bournemouth & Dorset Tour Highlights Dorchester • Althelhampton House • Portsmouth • Jurassic Coast Boat Cruise Prices From £539pps 8 Days • June & August Bournemouth has everything you could wish for – seven miles of glorious seafront edged with golden sands, a fabulous pier and award-winning public gardens, as well as wonderful shops, castles and museums.

New for 2018 is a visit to the 15th-century Althelhampton House and a sea cruise along the world- famous Jurassic Coast.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to the Midlands via Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Day 2 After breakfast we continue south through some of England’s most picturesque counties to our hotel in Bournemouth. Day 3 Today you are free to relax, unwind and get to know the hotel and Bournemouth. Day 4 This morning we set off through the Dorset countryside, via the Georgian town of Blandford Forum, to arrive in Dorchester, a beautiful market town. Our afternoon visit is to Althelhampton House, a superb 15th- century manor house.

Day 5 Today we travel through the New Forest to Portsmouth to enjoy its history and heritage, shopping and restaurants.

Be sure to visit the Historic Dockyard and the Spinnaker Tower. Day 6 Travelling to Poole, we take a relaxing two- hour boat cruise (subject to weather conditions) along part of the famous Jurassic Coast. Then it’s back to Bournemouth for a leisurely afternoon. Day 7 Leaving Bournemouth, we head north to our overnight hotel in Shropshire. Day 8 Shropshire to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line.

Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 6: The Trouville Hotel, Bournemouth (5 nights D, B&B) The Trouville Hotel is our home for this tour. It is a comfortable, family-run hotel in the heart of Bournemouth, just a few minutes’ stroll from the town centre. There are 80 en-suite bedrooms each with TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities, as well as anindoor leisure complex with heated swimming pool and sauna. Overnight hotel day 7: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Saturday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 30 Jun 7 Jul £539 11 Aug 18 Aug £545 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £100 • Holiday Insurance Bournemouth Pier Durdle Door, Jurassic Coast ©VisitBritain / Adam Burton ©VisitEngland/VisitBrighton ©VisitEngland/Arundel ©VisitEngland/Andrew Marshall ©VisitEngland/Doug Harding

58 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 59 Eastbourne Tour Highlights Oxford • Beachy Head • Brighton • National Trust Sheffield Park Gardens • Bluebell Railway • Windsor Prices From £585pps 8 Days • July & September Kent Tour Highlights Windsor • Canterbury • Rye • Sissinghurst Castle Gardens • Hever Castle and Gardens • Royal Tunbridge Wells Price £649pps 8 Days • July & August Eastbourne boasts an enviable position on the Sussex coast, sheltered by the rolling South Downs and awe-inspiring Beachy Head.

Its long promenade, gracious atmosphere and numerous seaside attractions make it a favourite holiday destination. For 2018, our tour includes the Bluebell Railway and the National Trust Sheffield Park Gardens. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to the Midlands via Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Day 2 On the second leg of our journey south, we stop a few hours in the beautiful city of Oxford. Day 3 A leisurely day in Eastbourne, exploring the resort at your leisure.

Day 4 We start at Beachy Head where we enjoy the wonderful views of Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters. Then we continue west, spending the rest of the day in Brighton. DAY 5 Our first stop today is in the National Trust Sheffield Park Gardens, a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design. From here we take a steam train journey on the Bluebell Railway through the heart of the Sussex countryside. Day 6 Today you can explore more of Eastbourne’s attractions. Day 7 Leaving Eastbourne, we begin our return journey, stopping en-route in Windsor. Day 8 Telford to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line.

Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1, 7 July only: Novotel Wolverhampton (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 1, 1 September only: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 6: Best Western York House, Eastbourne (5 nights D, B&B) The Best Western York House Hotel is an elegant Victorian hotel with a stunning seafront location, just a short walk from the town centre. The hotel has 85 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, all with free WiFi. The indoor heated swimming pool and open- air sun verandah make this a perfect getaway location.

Overnight hotel day 7: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Saturday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 7 Jul 14 Jul £599 1 Sep 8 Sep £585 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £110 • Holiday Insurance You’re never stuck for things to do and see in Kent.

Its beautiful shoreline is dotted with idyllic sand and shingle beaches and bustling seaside resorts. And its ‘garden of England’ landscape is speckled with hop gardens and oast houses, orchards and farms, historic castles and towering cathedrals. Our tour takes us to the wonderful gardens at Sissinghurst and Hever, historic Royal Tunbridge Wells, the ancient cinque port of Rye and the stunning city of Canterbury.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to the Midlands via Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Day 2 We make a lunch stop in Windsor before continuing around London to our hotel in Ashford. Day 3 Free day. Enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities or travel into Ashford. Day 4 A full day in Canterbury, dominated by its beautiful, ancient cathedral. Take time to explore the city’s historic architecture, browse its boutique shops or peruse a museum. Day 5 After breakfast we visit the ancient cinque port of Rye, once a port but now some distance from the sea. After lunchtime we visit Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, designed as a series of ‘rooms’, each with a different character of colour and theme.

Day 6 We travel to Hever Castle and Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Explore the romantic double-moated castle and the 125 acres of glorious gardens. In the afternoon, we stop at the charming historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Day 7 We leave Ashford for a leisurely journey through the Chiltern Hills to our final hotel in Shropshire. Day 8 Telford to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 6: Ashford International Hotel, Ashford (5 nights D, B&B) Our four-star Ashford International Hotel is just outside the quintessential English village of Ashford.

Its 179 contemporary en-suite bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, air-con and complimentary WiFi. The hotel also has a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. Overnight hotel day 7: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Sunday 7.30pm Price 15 Jul 22 Jul £649 19 Aug 26 Aug £649 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £165 • Holiday Insurance Eastbourne beach Beachy Head Hever Castle Canterbury Cathedral ©VisitEngland/Visit Eastbourne ©VisitEngland/Visit Eastbourne ©VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis ©VisitBritain/Pete Seaward

60 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 61 London - English Heritage Tour Highlights Thames River Sightseeing Cruise • Buckingham Palace • St Paul’s Cathedral • Hampton Court Palace • Windsor Price £749pps 7 Days • August London Super Saver Tour Highlights Bletchley Park • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Cutty Sark • Imperial War Museum • British Museum • Oxford Price £599pps 7 Days • July & August London’s infamous pea-soup fogs may have gone, but somehow its nickname – The Big Smoke – still seems apt.

After all, it’s one of the top visitor destinations in the world, with some of the most iconic and jaw-dropping attractions to be seen anywhere. And here’s the good news – we’ll experience some of them on this tour. It’s all here – history, pageantry and tradition standing right alongside the ultra new, modern and contemporary. And we won’t even begin to mention the shopping! Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to the Midlands via Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan.

Day 2 Continuing south we stop at Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the WWII Codebreakers, now a fascinating heritage attraction. Arrival at our hotel is late afternoon. Day 3 Free day to explore at your own pace. You can walk to Underground tube stations. Day 4 We start the day at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, home of GMT, Greenwich Mean Time. Straddle the meridian line demarcating east/west, with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other in the west! Also at Greenwich is the celebrated sailing ship Cutty Sark. Built in 1869 and now fully restored, you’ll discover what life was like on board this true survivor of the seas.

Day 5 Our visit to the Imperial War Museum reveals stories of people’s experiences of modern war, from WWI to conflicts today. Then it’s the British Museum to see its remarkable collections spanning over two million years of human history.

Day 6 We leave London, stopping in Oxford, before reaching our overnight hotel in Shropshire. Day 7 Shropshire to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 5: Ibis London Earls Court (4 nights D, B&B) The Ibis London Earls Court combines great value with easy access to the retail paradise of Kensington and the stylish cafés, bars and boutiques of Chelsea. The hotel has 504 en-suite bedrooms, each with TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. Dinners are buffet style.

Overnight hotel day 6: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 22 Jul 28 Jul £599 19 Aug 25 Aug £599 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £175 • Holiday Insurance “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” – Samuel Johnson This dynamic, cosmopolitan city is packed full of exciting things to see and do. Our tour focuses on London’s cultural heritage and visits Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Hampton Court Palace. There’s also a River Thames cruise, plus time to check out your own favourite attractions.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hinckley via Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Day 2 We continue to London and take a Thames River Sightseeing Cruise. After checking into our hotel the evening is free.

Day 3 Relax and explore London at your own pace today. Day 4 The highlight of our tour – the morning visit to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. After lunch, we visit Wren’s iconic building, St Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy the Cathedral’s awe-inspiring interior and uncover fascinating stories about its history. Day 5 We spend the day at Hampton Court Palace, an awe-inspiring, flamboyant showcase for kingship, designed to truly impress. Day 6 We leave London, stopping mid-morning in Windsor, then continue through the Cotswolds to our final hotel, Day 7 We return to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line.

Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 5: Double Tree by Hilton London-Kensington (4 nights B&B) The four-star Double Tree by Hilton London- Kensington has a prime location next to three of London’s most famous museums. It has 203 en-suite bedrooms, each with air-con, TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee- making facilities and WiFi. Rather than dine in the hotel, you will be able to enjoy the many fine restaurants in the surrounding area. Overnight hotel day 6, 12 August only: Village Urban Resort, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 6, 26 August only: Park Inn by Radisson, Telford (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Saturday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 12 Aug 18 Aug £749 26 Aug 1 Sep £749 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £160 • Holiday Insurance Buckingham Palace guards St Paul’s Cathedral Buckingham Palace Hampton Court Palace ©VisitBritain/Andrew Pickett ©VisitBritain / Pawel Libera ©VisitEngland/City of London/Clive Totman ©VisitEngland/Historic Royal Palaces ©VisitBritain / Pawel Libera

62 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 63 Caernarfon & North Wales Tour Highlights Ffestiniog Railway • Portmeirion • Llandudno • Betws-y-Coed • Bodnant Gardens Prices From £479pps 5 Days • June, July, August, September Dominated by its stunning Medieval castle and walls, the historic royal town of Caernarfon is the perfect base from which to explore North Wales. We visit our old favourites of Bodnant Gardens and Portmeirion and ride a steam train through Snowdonia National Park.

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast for the early afternoon Stena sailing from Dublin. We have a late dinner in the hotel tonight.

Day 2 This morning we board the narrow gauge, steam-hauled Ffestiniog Railway for the scenic 13½ mile journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. Then it’s a short coach ride to the magnificent Italianate village of Portmeirion. Day 3 We enjoy a full day in Llandudno, a true seaside classic with the longest pier in Wales. Be sure to take the UK’s only cable-operated tram to the summit of the Great Orme. Day 4 Today we explore the beautiful Snowdonia countryside, passing Llanberis before reaching Betws-y-Coed, then travelling north to the famous Bodnant Gardens with 80 acres of the finest gardens in the UK.

Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, we return to Holyhead, catching the early afternoon ferry to Dublin port and arriving in Belfast at around 7.30pm.

Accommodation Hotel: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon (4 nights D, B&B) The Celtic Royal Hotel is our home for this tour. Conveniently located within the town, all of its en-suite bedrooms offer TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. The well-equipped leisure club has a gym, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and steam room. The hotel lift serves all floors. Please note some of the rooms are accessed by steps. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 11.30am Return Friday 7.30pm Price 4 Jun 8 Jun £479 2 Jul 6 Jul £489 6 Aug 10 Aug £489 3 Sep 7 Sep £479 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance “Old land of the mountains, paradise of the poets, Every valley, every cliff a beauty guards” – Land of my Fathers Caernarfon Castle Snowdonia Portmeirion ©VisitBritain / Joe Cornish ©VisitBritain / James McCormick ©VisitBritain / James McCormick

Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 65 64 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Are you drawn to the turf and the sound of pounding hooves? Are you deeply stirred the spectacle of an inspirational Flower Show, bursting with the highest quality floral displays and grow-your-own exhibits? Are you awed by amazing Conceptual Gardens and the chance to learn from the horticultural experts? Perhaps it’s the pageantry, spectacle and excitement of Formula 1 that sets your heart racing? Or maybe you yearn for the chance to meet with like- minded yarn lovers at Knitting and Stitching Shows, definitive events for all lovers of textile- based crafts.

Then again, it could be continental markets that ring your bell, those wonderfully atmospheric fairs, packed with sumptuous goodies and bursting with good cheer – just the thing to get you in the Christmas spirit! Whatever your passion, follow it with us. “Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” – Terri Guillemets Events & Experiences

66 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 67 Cheltenham Festival RHS Flower Show Tatton Park F1 British Grand Prix Price £849pps Tour Highlights RHS Flower Show Tatton Park • Arley Hall • Mount Pleasant Price £349pps Price £499pps 6 Days • March 4 Days • July 4 Days • July Experience all the drama and excitement of the National Hunt’s Blue Riband, and its highlight event, the Gold Cup. The Cheltenham Festival is a place of pilgrimage for race goers and each year the Irish invade to take on the English on their own turf.

Let’s get going Day 1 Taking the early morning Cairnryan ferry, we drive through southern Scotland and onwards to our rural hotel, just under three miles outside Banbury.

Days 2 – 5 We leave the hotel immediately after breakfast each race day, arriving in good time for the first race. There is a daily super card including Champion Day, St Patrick’s Thursday and, of course, the climax of the week, the Gold Cup on Friday. Each evening, the coach returns to the hotel after the final race. Day 6 We leave the hotel immediately after breakfast and return to Scotland, arriving back in the Europa Buscentre at approximately 10.15pm. Accommodation Hotel: Best Western Plus Wroxton House Hotel, Wroxton (5 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Saturday 10.15pm Price 12 Mar 17 Mar £849 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £150 • Holiday Insurance Upgraded tickets can be organised with the relevant non-refundable supplement paid at the time of booking.

Held at the height of summer in the grounds of one of Britain’s most historic estates, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park combines inspirational gardening with all the grandeur of a garden party. Delicious artisan food from specialist producers and superb live entertainment add to this wonderful day out. Our visit to Cheshire includes a trip to Arley Hall, one of the great gardens of England, and to Mount Pleasant, a traditional mixed garden with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast on the early morning Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan.

Day 2 After breakfast we spend a full day at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

All the displays will delight and inspire, with spectacular garden designs and flower arrangements that will simply take your breath away. Day 3 Today we visit the gardens of Arley Hall near Northwich to see its wonderful herbaceous borders from 1846 and charming old walled garden. In the afternoon we visit Mount Pleasant, 10 acres of landscaped garden and woodland with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Day 4 We return to Belfast via the Stena Line sailing from Holyhead to Dublin.

Accommodation Hotel: Novotel Manchester West (3 nights D, B&B) The Novotel Manchester West is a three-star hotel near Manchester, with easy access to our gardens. The hotel has 119 spacious bedrooms, all with TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and free WiFi. A fitness suite is also onsite. Dates & Prices Depart Friday 6.30am Return Monday 7.30pm Price 20 Jul 23 Jul £349 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £85 • Holiday Insurance Experience all the excitement, action and glamour of motorsport when you join our Formula 1 British Grand Prix tour. Your weekend includes luxury coach transfers each day, with General Admission viewing from the banks on Saturday and Sunday.* Perhaps you have your own race weekend ticket? Why not travel in comfort with us and benefit from a reduction in the tour price! Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Leicester via Cairnryan.

Day 2 – Practice Day After an early breakfast, we hot-foot it to Silverstone to experience the thrilling spectacle of the drivers fighting for pole position in the Qualifying Sessions.

Day 3 – Race Day An early breakfast means an early arrival at the track and with General Admission tickets, you’re able to soak up the atmosphere in different parts of the circuit. Then get ready for the highlight of the weekend – the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Day 4 We return to Belfast via the Stena Line sailing from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel: Hilton Leicester (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 6.30am Return Monday 10.15pm Price 6 Jul 9 Jul £499 Dates are determined by FIA and may be subject to change.

Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance * Upgraded seating can be organised with the relevant non-refundable supplement paid at the time of booking.

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68 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 69 Chelsea Flower Show Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate Tour Highlights Royal Botanic Gardens Kew • Sissinghurst • Great Dixter • RHS Chelsea Flower Show • RHS Wisley Prices From £589pps Tour Highlights Knitting & Stitching Show • York • Price £325pps 6 Days • May 4 Days • November This tour combines the all colour and excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with some of your all-time favourite gardens, including Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and RHS Wisley.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Walsall via Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Day 2 This morning we drive directly to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and spend all day exploring 130 hectares of landscapes and gardens. Stroll a soaring treetop walkway and wander through tropical glasshouses reaching up to 27°C.

We re-assemble in late afternoon and return to our hotel in Kent. Day 3 Our first stop is the internationally renowned Sissinghurst, a large connoisseurs’ garden with a series of small romantic areas enclosed by the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. We spend the afternoon browsing the widely varied gardens at Great Dixter. Day 4 A full day at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Day 5 Leaving Maidstone, we enjoy a morning visit to RHS Headquarters at Wisley. Our afternoon drive takes us through the Cotswolds to our hotel in Walsall, checking in just before dinner. Day 6 Walsall to Belfast via Holyhead and Dublin with Stena Line.

Accommodation Overnight hotel days 1 & 5: Village Urban Resort Hotel, Walsall (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 – 4: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Maidstone (3 nights D, B&B) The Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club is in the heart of picturesque Maidstone. Its 120 en-suite rooms all offer flatscreen TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Enjoy complimentary use of the Fitness Club, indoor pool and sauna during your stay. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Saturday 7.30pm Price 21 May 26 May £589 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £110 • Holiday Insurance Based in Harrogate, the Knitting and Stitching Show is the definitive event for all who love textile-based crafts.

It features hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, interactive features, professionally curated galleries, as well as over 200 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies.

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast and travel to Harrogate via Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan. Day 2 You can enjoy a full day at the Knitting and Stitching Show (tickets included). Day 3 Enjoy a day trip to historic York, stay and explore Harrogate or spend a second day at the show (tickets not included). The choice is yours. Day 4 Harrogate to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Harrogate (3 nights D, B&B) This recently refurbished four-star hotel is next to the International Centre. All 214 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, tea/coffee- making facilities and hairdryer.

Dates & Prices Depart Friday 6.30am Return Monday 10.15pm Price 30 Nov 3 Dec £325 Date subject to confirmation. Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance The Translink Travel Centre Gift Card Looking for that perfect gift? Be it for a birthday or a special occasion, why not give that special person(s) a Translink Travel Centre Gift Card. Our gift cards can be purchased in any amount and are available online or at the Travel Centre Belfast. You can purchase your gift cards by the following means: Telephone: 028 9033 7004 Online: www.translink.co.uk/travelcentre Email: ulsterbus.tours@translink.co.uk All cards are delivered free of charge.

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Scotland “Where’s the best place you’ve been?” is something that’s asked a lot on our tours. It’s a tricky question, but the answer that often comes back is, “My real favourite place is Scotland.” And when you travel to Scotland with us, you’ll understand why. Drive up the wild and craggy west coast, or sail to the pristine beaches of the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Marvel at the heather-bound hills of the Cairngorms, or soak up the panorama across Loch Aish to the Isle of Skye. You’ll love it too. It’s just so achingly beautiful – wild, empty, natural, and with those ever-changing skies, the colours altering with the seasons.

It feels like our very own secret, right on our doorstep.

“The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands for ever I love” – Robert Burns Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 71 70 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre

72 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 73 Nestling at the head of Loch Long, the picturesque village of Arrochar offers wonderful views down this beautiful Clyde sea-loch, once the haunt of fearsome Vikings.

Our tour uncovers some of Scotland’s finest scenery and takes in the ancient city of Stirling and stylish Glasgow. Let’s get going Day 1 All on board the mid-morning Stena ferry to Cairnryan and onward to Arrochar. Day 2 Westbound, we hug the shorelines of Loch Long and Loch Fyne, stopping in the quaint, historic Inveraray. Then it’s on to the pretty coastal resort of Oban, passing Loch Awe and Loch Etive. We return via Crainlarich and the northern shore of Loch Lomond.

Day 3 Be prepared for some jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery. This excursion to Perthshire takes us via Crieff to Aberfeldy, Scotland’s first Fairtrade Town and onwards to the conservation village of Kenmore. Driving parallel to Loch Tay, we view the mighty Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin before returning to the hotel. Day 4 Culture, art and shopping! Our full day in Glasgow combines a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to one of Europe’s great art collections, with the opportunity to explore this intriguing city.

Day 5 We return to Belfast via Largs, catching the afternoon Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan.

Accommodation Hotel: Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar (4 nights D, B&B) The Arrochar Hotel dates from the 19th century. Situated at the very foot of the ‘Arrochar Alps’, it offers a tranquil hideaway to relax and unwind, with stunning views of Loch Long. All 76 bedrooms are en suite, with tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There is lively entertainment two evenings per week. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.30am Return Friday 6.15pm Price 12 Feb 16 Feb £209 19 Mar 23 Mar £219 16 Apr 20 Apr £249 15 Oct 19 Oct £275 12 Nov 16 Nov £249 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £30 • Holiday Insurance Sitting at the head of Loch Long, in the Western Highlands, sits the small village of Arrochar where you can admire the wonderful views down this Clyde sea- loch and its surrounding mountains.

The Trossachs National Park and the well known and spectacular waters of Loch Lomond, on which we have a cruise, are only a short journey from the hotel.

Let’s get going Day 1 We take the mid-morning Stena ferry to Cairnryan and onward to Arrochar. Day 2 Travelling west we hug the shoreline of Loch Long and Loch Fyne to stop in the historical market town of Inveraray to visit the Castle and Gardens. Afterwards we head towards the pretty coastal resort of Oban passing Loch Awe and Loch Etive. We return via the northern shore of Loch Lomond. Day 3 Witness some beautiful Scottish scenery today with an excursion to Perthshire. We travel via Crieff to Aberfeldy, Scotland’s first Fairtrade Town, and onwards to the conservation village of Kenmore.

Driving parallel to Loch Tay we view the mighty Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin before returning to the hotel. Day 4 Today we head south towards the coastal town of Helensburgh. After a refreshing break, we continue on to Loch Lomond and Lomond Shores, a superb visitor destination with great shopping! After lunch, there’s a one-hour cruise of Loch Lomond, before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5 We return to Belfast via Glasgow’s Riverside Museum and the afternoon Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel: Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar (4 nights D, B&B) The 19th-century two-star Arrochar Hotel sits at the base of ‘Arrochar Alps’, on the shores of Loch Long, enjoying stunning views in what is one of the most enviable positions of any hotel in Argyll and Bute, making it an idyllic and tranquil hideaway. All 76 bedrooms are en suite, with tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There is entertainment on two evenings. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.30am Return Friday 6.15pm Price 23 Jul 27 Jul £399 27 Aug 31 Aug £399 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £40 • Holiday Insurance Arrochar Bargain Break Tour Highlights Inverary • Oban • Aberfeldy • Falls of Dochart • Glasgow • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Prices From £209pps 5 Days • February, March, April, October, November Western Highlands & Loch Lomond Tour Highlights Inveraray Castle and Gardens • Oban • Aberfeldy • Falls of Dochart • Helensburgh Loch Lomond Cruise • Riverside Museum Price £399pps 5 Days • July & August Falls of Dochart Glasgow Loch Lomond Inverarary Castle Riverside Museum ©VisitBritain / Britain on View ©VisitBritain/VisitScotland

74 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 75 Two spectacular railway journeys let you explore some of the most beautiful countryside in the Scottish Highlands. We also visit the spectacular Cairngorm National Park and if you’re fond of a dram, there’s a tour of the Glenlivet Distillery! So relax, sit back and soak up the Highland atmosphere.

Let’s get going Day 1 Catch the early morning ferry to Cairnryan and travel on to Grantown-on-Spey for a welcome tea/coffee with biscuits.

Day 2 Our day starts in Aviemore on the Strathspey Steam Railway. The 10-mile journey begins against the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorms mountain range and takes us through heather-clad moors, ancient Caledonian forests and fast flowing rivers before we reach Broomhill. Then it’s a coach trip to the Glenlivet Distillery for a guided tour. Day 3 Get ready for some wonderful sights today! We explore the scenic Black Isle peninsula and try a spot of dolphin watching (if our luck is in!). Then it’s an afternoon of leisure in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Day 4 A scenic drive through the Cairngorms National Park takes us to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

After a lunch stop in Aviemore, we board the Funicular Railway for a spectacular 2km journey up the slopes of Cairn Gorm mountain.

Day 5 Back to Belfast on the evening Stena Line ferry. Accommodation Hotel: Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey (4 nights D, B&B) This recently refurbished hotel is situated in the heart of Grantown-on-Spey and combines modern comforts with traditional character. The 50 en-suite bedrooms provide TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 24 Sep 28 Sep £539 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £120 • Holiday Insurance Bring out your inner ‘Casey Jones’ on these wonderfully scenic railway lines through the north of Scotland.

Step back in time on the charming Strathspey Steam Railway, glide through the Highlands on the famous Kyle of Lochalsh train and trace the North Sea coast along the Far North Line. Let’s get going Day 1 Travelling via Cairnryan with Stena Line, we expect a late afternoon arrival at our hotel. Day 2 An early start through gorgeous Highland scenery brings us to the remote but beautiful old town of Thurso. Here we start today’s journey on the Far North Line, the northernmost railway in the UK. Watch as the wildness of the moors gives way to low-lying farmland on the eastern coast. Boarding our coach at Dingwall, we return to our hotel, tired perhaps, but invigorated.

Day 3 It’s back to Dingwall this morning to join the Kyle of Lochalsh for one of the world’s finest coast-to-coast railway journeys. The views from the window are utterly compelling and there’s time to soak up the panorama across Loch Aish to the Isle of Skye before we drive back to Strathpeffer. Day 4 This morning we clamber onboard the wonderful Strathspey Steam Railway for the breathtaking 10-mile journey through the Cairngorms to Broomhill. Our coach then takes us for a leisurely afternoon in Inverness. Day 5 We’re homeward bound to Belfast on the evening Stena ferry from Cairnryan. Accommodation Hotel: Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer (4 nights D, B&B) The Ben Wyvis Hotel is a mansion nestling in romantic woodland beneath Ben Wyvis, near the spa town of Strathpeffer.

Full of character (and characters), the hotel’s traditional Scottish hospitality is complemented by the unspoilt nature and the adventures that lie beyond its doors. Each of the 92 traditional en-suite bedrooms offers Freeview TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities plus WiFi. Please note: the lift does not serve all floors. Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 6.30am Return Monday 10.15pm Price 28 Jun 2 Jul £559 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £65 • Holiday Insurance Highlands Railway Adventure Great Highland Railways Tour Highlights Journeys on the Strathspey Steam Railway and Cairngorm Funicular Railway • Glenlivet Distillery • Black Isle Peninsula • Inverness • Cairngorms National Park • Aviemore Price £539pps Tour Highlights Journeys on the Strathspey Steam Railway, Far North Line and Kyle of Lochlash • Thurso • Inverness Price £559pps 5 Days • September 5 Days • June Strathspey Steam Railway Grant Arms Hotel Ben Wyvis Hotel Cairngorms

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Entertainment follows dinner tonight.

Day 3 This morning we drive through the beautiful Trossachs and Aberfoyle and on via Loch Katrine to Callander, stopping to explore the town. Later we visit Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland. Dinner is followed by a traditional Scottish evening. Day 4 Buckets and spades at the ready! Today we’re off to the seaside town of Oban, with a stop en-route at the quaint Royal Burgh town of Inveraray. Day 5 After breakfast we depart for Ayr before boarding the Stena Line ferry to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Winnock Hotel, Drymen (4 nights D, B&B) On Days 2-5 the hotel will supply a packed lunch.

Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 10.30am Return Monday 6.15pm Price 29 Mar 2 Apr £399 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £70 • Holiday Insurance All Inclusive Turkey & Tinsel Let’s get going Day 1 – Christmas Eve We take the mid-morning Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan, arriving in late afternoon. Entertainment follows dinner tonight. Day 2 – Christmas Day We spend a full day in Edinburgh exploring the Christmas Markets. Back in the hotel, Christmas Day Dinner with all the trimmings includes a visit from Santa Claus with presents! Day 3 – Hogmanay A beautiful drive takes us to the pretty town of Inveraray on the shore of Loch Fyne, then on to Luss beside Loch Lomond.

This evening, Hogmanay Dinner is followed by a Scottish Night, with Auld Lang Syne and the pipes. Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast and a Farewell Hot Toddy, we return to Cairnryan for the sailing to Belfast.

Accommodation Hotel: Winnock Hotel, Drymen (3 nights D, B&B) On Days 2-5 the hotel will supply a packed lunch. Dates & Prices Depart Wednesday 10.30am Return Saturday 6.15pm Price 19 Dec 22 Dec £235 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £45 • Holiday Insurance Drymen, just north of Glasgow and nestling at the foot of Loch Lomond, is the perfect base for our all-inclusive breaks with a party bias. Say hello to the Michael Buble Tribute (twice!) and enjoy both Mother’s Day and the Edinburgh Christmas markets.

The Winnock Hotel was originally an 18th-century inn and has successfully blended old style with modern facilities.

Michael Buble Tribute & All Inclusive House Party Let’s get going Day 1 Catching the mid-morning Stena Line ferry, we reach our hotel in good time. The hotel offers a free bar* each evening from 7.30pm until 10.30pm, with entertainment after dinner. Day 2 We spend the day in Edinburgh (Christmas Market on November departure). After dinner we enjoy our Michael Buble Tribute Night (day subject to change).

Day 3 This morning we drive through the beautiful Trossachs and Aberfoyle and on via Loch Katrine to Callander, stopping to explore the town. March tour returns to our hotel for a Mother’s Day Lunch. November tour travels onward for an afternoon in Stirling. Day 4 Leaving Drymen, we stop briefly in Glasgow before taking the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Winnock Hotel, Drymen (3 nights D, B&B) All 73 en-suite bedrooms come with TV and tea/coffee facilities. On Days 2-4 the hotel will supply a packed lunch. November Tour will have a Turkey & Tinsel Theme. Dates & Prices Depart Friday 10.30am Return Monday 6.15pm Price 9 Mar 12 Mar £269 23 Nov 26 Nov £279 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £55 • Holiday Insurance Loch Lomond & The Highlands Prices From £235pps 4 and 5 Day Tours • March, November, December Loch Lomond Winnock Hotel Inveraray Castle * Disclaimer for All Inclusive with Free Bar: Under the terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, the supply of alcoholic drinks in the hotel’s All Inclusive Package is not unlimited.

Subject to the hotel’s discretion in the case of drunkenness, patrons on an All Inclusive Package shall be permitted a maximum of £18 worth of alcoholic drinks per day as part of the package. Loch Lomond

78 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 79 We follow the banks of Loch Lomond and Loch Ness up to the northern tip of the Highlands. Then, boarding the Northlink Ferry, we enjoy a mini-cruise to the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Both have amazing prehistoric remains and a rich Viking legacy. Our circular route opens up a wide variety of beautiful Scottish landscapes. Let’s get going Day 1 Arriving early morning in Cairnryan, we drive north along the western edge of Loch Lomond, then through Glencoe and follow the shoreline of Loch Ness to our hotel near Inverness.

Day 2 After an early breakfast, we drive north to Scrabster where we take a 90min cruise past the Old Man of Hoy to Orkney. Disembarking at Stromness, a guided tour takes us to various important cultural sites, including Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Churchill’s Barriers, the Italian Chapel and Scapa Flow. After dinner in Kirkwall, we board the late overnight sailing to Shetland.

Day 3 After breakfast on the ferry, we join the coach in Lerwick for a day-long guided tour of Shetland. We visit Jarlshof in the south, see Shetland’s famous ponies and explore Scalloway Castle and Museum, before re-boarding the ferry for dinner and the overnight sailing to Aberdeen. Day 4 After an early arrival in Aberdeen, we travel west through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Dundee around lunch time. We experience life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on the RRS Discovery before checking into our hotel with a welcome tea/coffee.

Day 5 We stop in Glasgow for a few hours of shopping and sightseeing before we catch the evening ferry back to Belfast.

Accommodation Hotel day 1: Lovat Arms Hotel, Beauly (1 night D, B&B) Some rooms in Gladstone House annex. Overnight ferry days 2 & 3: Northlink Ferry (en-suite cabin, lunch and breakfast included) Overnight bag recommended. Hotel day 4: Best Western Queens Hotel, Dundee (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday/ Friday 6.30am Return Friday/ Tuesday 10.15pm Price 28 May 1 Jun £739 7 Sep 11 Sep £739 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £135 • Holiday Insurance Did you know that Oban is Gaelic for ‘little bay’? One glimpse of the town’s dramatic coastal setting will explain why. With this five-day break, the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment, with nightly entertainment, delicious meals, two drinks receptions and an afternoon tea.

You will even have the chance to wear your own tartan! Trips include a crossing to the Isle of Mull, taking in picturesque Tobermory, and visits to Fort William and Inveraray. Let’s get going Day 1 After an early Stena Line crossing, we drive through the Trossachs National Park to Oban. There a welcoming drinks reception awaits, with a selection of fine local malts to wash down some exquisite Scottish canapés. The fun continues after dinner with an evening of Scottish entertainment.

Day 2 Today the ferry takes us to the Isle of Mull where we visit brightly-painted Tobermory. This evening, after a drinks reception of mulled wine, we enjoy a delicious three- course carvery dinner followed by lively Scottish entertainment. Day 3 The route along Loch Linnhe takes us to Fort William where you can spend the morning strolling along High Street, visiting the West Highland Museum, or simply relaxing in a café. After lunch we return to the hotel for a scrumptious Afternoon Tea of tea/coffee, a glass of fizz and fresh home baking. Why not try your luck at the Whisky Galore Bingo and Quiz! After dinner, you can burn off some calories, dancing and singing along to a top musical act.

Day 4 Today the emphasis is on relaxation, so after a hearty breakfast, set out and explore Oban at your own pace. Why not visit Oban Distillery or Dunollie Museum? The evening’s entertainment includes a full Highland Banquet followed by dancing to the Strathmore Ceilidh Band, with the legendary Torquil Telfer on the bagpipes.

Day 5 Today’s home journey includes a visit to beautiful Inveraray where we break for lunch. Continuing south along the Ayrshire coast, we catch the evening Stena ferry to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Royal Hotel, Oban (4 nights D, B&B) The old-world charm of the Royal Hotel is sure to delight. Conveniently located in the town centre, each of the 91 en-suite rooms are unique in size and shape, but still offer such modern conveniences as TV, hairdryer, tea/ coffee-making facilities and WiFi. Full entertainment package subject to change in 2018. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 6.30am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 5 Nov 9 Nov £299 26 Nov 30 Nov £299 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £65 • Holiday Insurance Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise Drams & Dances in Oban Tour Highlights Guided tours of Orkney and Shetland • Jarlshof • Scalloway Castle and Museum • RRS Discovery • Glasgow Price £739pps Tour Highlights Tobermory • Highland Banquet • Fort William • Inveraray Price £299pps 5 Days • May & September 5 Days • November Stenness, Ring of Brodgar Viking plaque, Kirkwall Tobermory Orkney Jarlshof

Europe Travelling to Europe is such an adventure! Once there, nothing compares with the variety of its landscapes and its fascinating cultural wealth. Watch the Rhine light up at the end of the autumn harvest, travel along precipitous alpine passes, take a lazy cruise along the Seine, sampling the culinary delights of France, or experience a Christmas market in a Christmas grotto unlike any other you’ve ever seen. A world of adventure awaits you in Europe and it starts with our coach journey there.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 81 80 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre

82 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 83 The Somme is a byword for British and Irish sacrifice in the Great War, from the deadly summer’s day on which it commenced – the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army – to the snow-flecked day which ended the fighting. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via Larne. Day 2 Driving south to Passchendaele we visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the German Cemetery at Langemark, followed by Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62), before finishing at the Peace Tower at Messines.

Day 3 Included today are the communal graveyard at Bailleul, the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate. Dinner is not provided tonight. Day 4 Today we follow that terrible first day of the Somme, starting at Gommecourt, then Serre, where the Northern Pals battalions fought. Following lunch we visit Thiepval and the Ulster Tower, the memorial to all who died in the Great War. Day 5 We travel through the villages of Flanders before catching the overnight ferry to Hull. Day 6 Hull to Belfast with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Park Inn Lille Grand Stade, Villeneuve d’Ascq (3 nights B&B, 2D) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.15am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 15 Jul 20 Jul £555 19 Aug 24 Aug £555 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £130 • Holiday Insurance We return to Flanders this year to commemorate Armistice Day at the Menin Gate ceremony.

We also include visits to the ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ulster Tower, Langemark and other less well-known sites with memories of both the 16th Irish and 36th Ulster Divisions. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Hull via Larne. Day 2 We drive south to Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery, before arriving Langemark. We finish the day at Essex Farm and the Peace Tower at Messines.

Day 3 A full day exploring the Somme area taking in Albert, the Newfoundland ‘Caribou’, the trenches at Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval and the Ulster Tower. Day 4 We travel to Ypres to witness the moving Last Post at Menin Gate. We also visit the In Flanders Fields Museum. Dinner is not provided tonight. Day 5 We travel through the villages of Flanders, catching the overnight ferry to England. Day 6 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Park Inn Lille Grand Stade, Villeneuve d’Ascq (3 nights B&B, 2D) Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 6.15am Return Tuesday 10.15pm Price 8 Nov 13 Nov £509 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £115 • Holiday Insurance Remembering the Somme The Somme & the Armistice Tour Highlights Passchendaele • Tyne Cot Cemetery • Langemark • Sanctuary Wood • Peace Tower at Messines • Bailleul • Brandhoek New Military Cemetery • In Flanders Fields Museum • Last Post Ceremony • Gommecourt • Serre • Thiepval • Ulster Tower Price £555pps Tour Highlights Passchendaele • Tyne Cot Cemetery • Langemark • Essex Farm • Peace Tower at Messines • Albert • Newfoundland ‘Caribou’ • Beaumont Hamel • Thiepval • Ulster Tower • Ypres • Last Post at Menin Gate • In Flanders Fields Museum Price £509pps 6 Days • July, August 6 Days • November “At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres The Last Post ceremony In Flanders Fields Museum – For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyon Essex Farm Ulster Tower

84 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 85 Each of Norway’s spectacular, ice- hewn fjords has its own unique characteristics, but the most breathtaking of all, Geirangerfjord, forms a backdrop to this wonderful air and coach tour. Offered in conjunction with Scandinavian specialists, Norman Allen Group Travel, and travelling with our specialist Norwegian coach operator (our courier on board throughout), we will experience the fjords, lakes, glaciers, towering mountains and rushing waterfalls of this beautiful country.

The tour culminates with the fabulous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ excursion and includes hotels in Geiranger, Stalheim and overnights in Oslo, with return fights via Dublin. This tour is arranged by Norman Allen Group Travel (ATOL3683) for whom we act as agents. All bookings are subject to their booking conditions which we will supply upon request.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Dublin Airport for fights direct to Oslo. We transfer north to our overnight hotel. Day 2 We travel west to our hotel which overlooks the fabulous Geirangerfjord (full day travel). Day 3 This full day takes us across the high mountain ranges of Norway’s Golden Route and features two superb scenic highlights – ascending the Eagle Road and crossing a fjord to climb the mighty Troll Road. We’ll experience Norwegian nature at its most powerful, with dizzying views of cascading waterfalls and deep fjords, encircled by sheer, lofty mountains. Day 4 After breakfast the fjord ferry cruiser sails us along Geirangerfjord, past the famous Seven Sisters waterfall, on our way to Hellesylt.

Our coach then takes us on the scenic journey to Stalheim, crossing the Nordflord at Mannheller (full day travel).

Day 5 Today it’s the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ excursion. Boarding the fjord cruiser, we sail down the narrow Naeroyfjord, hemmed in by steep cliffs, to Flam. Then we board the train for an unforgettable ascent through the mountains to Myrdal, for the coach journey back to Stalheim. Day 6 Today we explore the stunning Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. We visit the Wild Salmon Visitor Centre and a typical Norwegian all-wood church. Day 7 Sadly, it’s time to leave the fjords and return to Oslo to our overnight hotel (full day travel). Day 8 After seven much-travelled days, we fly to Dublin and return to Belfast.

Accommodation Overnight hotel day 1: Scandic Hotel, Hamar (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 2 & 3: Union Hotel, Geiranger (2 nights D, B&B) Hotel days 4 – 6: Stalheim Hotel, Stalheim (3 nights D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 7: Scandic Holmenkollen Park, Oslo (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Saturday TBC Return Saturday TBC Price 8 Sep 15 Sep £1,899 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £160 • Holiday Insurance Norway & the Western Fjords Tour Highlights Norway’s Golden Route • Geirangerfjord Cruise • Norway in a Nutshell • Sognefjord Price £1,899pps 8 Days • Septemeber Borgund Stave Church Geirangerfjord

86 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 87 We are proud to introduce this new tour – a River Cruise along the Seine from Paris to Honfleur and Rouen. This river voyage will let you sample some of France’s most beautiful countryside, with frequent optional explorations ashore and opportunities to visit some of its most famous sites. There is nightly onboard entertainment, plus complimentary drinks throughout the cruise.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Hull via Larne with P&O Irish Sea.

Day 2 After leaving Zeebrugge and driving to Paris, you board ship, settle into your cabin, then meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. The evening’s entertainment has a ‘Titi Parisien’ (Parisian street kid) theme. The ship sets sail during the night. Late dinner tonight. Day 3 As we cruise towards Les Andelys, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Roche Guyon. There are excursions to Château de Martainville, which houses an art museum, or a walk to the Château Gaillard, a ruined medieval castle.

Once onboard, we continue cruising to Honfleur. Day 4 Today’s excursion is a guided tour to the Norman city of Pont l’Evêque, where you can taste the similarly named square-shaped cheese. An afternoon stroll along La Côte d’Albâtre ends with a tasting of Benedictine liqueur. Yum! Day 5 We have two excursions today. In the morning, there’s a guided trip along the Norman Abbey Circuit. The afternoon excursion is a guided tour of Rouen. Enjoy an evening gala dinner. Our ship will cruise through the night. Day 6 This morning takes us past the towns of Poissy, Conflans Sainte Honorine and Our base for this tour is Valkenburg, famous for its castle and the elaborate system of Roman caves and tunnels that run beneath it.

The town is surrounded by beautiful undulating scenery and pretty villages. We also visit the old city of Aachen and historic Maastricht, which we explore by boat and on foot. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via P&O ferry from Larne to Cairnryan.

Day 2 Zeebrugge to Liege, where we spend the afternoon before arriving at our hotel in Valkenburg. Day 3 It’s a short trip to Maastricht, one of Holland’s oldest cities. We take a two-hour boat trip through the old harbour, with a light lunch provided. Back on dry land you’re free to explore the city at your leisure. Day 4 Crossing into Germany, we drive to Aachen, famous for its magnificent cathedral and the Elisenbrunnen fountain. Later, we return to Valkenburg, stopping at the Drielandenpunt (Three Country Point), where the borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. Day 5 After breakfast we leave our hotel and spend a few hours in Antwerp before catching the overnight sailing to Hull.

Day 6 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Best Western Hotel Walram (3 nights D, B&B) This three-star superior hotel sits beside the river in the centre of Valkenburg, close to cafés, bars and restaurants. All 105 bedrooms are en suite and come with TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel has a cosy bar, a restaurant and indoor heated swimming pool.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.15am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 8 Jul 13 Jul £525 5 Aug 10 Aug £559 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement from £100 • Holiday Insurance Seine River Cruise Tour Highlights Les Andelys • Pont l’Evêque • Honfleur • Rouen • Paris Night-time Cruise • Gala Dinner Price £1,479pps 8 Days • August Valkenburg, Maastricht & Aachen Tour Highlights Liege • Maastricht Boat Trip • Aachen • Drielandenpunt (Three Country Point) • Antwerp Prices From £525pps 6 Days • July, August Chatou.

Arriving in Paris, we cruise past the futuristic district of La Défense. The afternoon excursions include a panoramic tour through Paris, or a stroll on the banks of the Seine. Tonight, we cruise through Paris (water levels permitting).

Day 7 A last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 9am. We board our coach and retrace our journey to Zeebrugge, stopping in Bruges for a few hours. Day 8 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 7: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin – all meals included) Cruise days 2 – 6: MS Renoir (5 nights full board and all-inclusive drinks package) The MS Renoir is a 110m long cruiser with 78 cabins, all of which come equipped with shower, toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe and free WiFi. Cabins are on the main and upper deck. Disabled-friendly cabins are not available.

The ship has a lounge bar, dining room and large sundeck with deckchairs. Dates & Prices Depart Wednesday 6.15am Return Wednesday 10.15pm Price 29 Aug 5 Sep £1,479 Price Excludes • Daily excursions – payable locally • Tips and gratuities • Single Cabin Supplements £450 • MS Renior Upper Deck supplement £130 • Holiday Insurance Please note: Itinerary is correct at time of publication – if required, the cruise company reserves the right to alter this nearer the time.

Shore excursions are payable locally and not included in tour price. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn Rouen Eiffel Tower Château-Gaillard, Les Andelys Aachen

88 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 89 Travel with us to enjoy the spectacular scenery and warm welcome of the Rhine and Moselle Valleys. You’ll be charmed by the vine-clad slopes, wonderful wines, picturesque towns and ancient castles. Our base is Boppard, which sits on the banks of the river, in the heart of the Rhine gorge.

Boppard is a fascinating town with Roman and Medieval remains, half-timbered houses and narrow alleyways. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via P&O ferry from Larne to Cairnryan.

Day 2 Disembarking, we drive through Holland into Germany and follow the course of the River Rhine upstream to the small town of Boppard. We arrive mid-afternoon, in time to settle in before dinner. Day 3 Today we travel on the Hunsrück Mountain Railway from Boppard to Emmelshausen, crossing two viaducts, traversing five tunnels and rising to over 300m. Wonderful views are guaranteed! We then take the coach to Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns. Day 4 Today we focus on the river, with a 90-minute panoramic cruise from Boppard to Sankt Goar. From there we drive to Bacharach to see its beautiful market square and half-timbered houses.

Our final stop is Bingen-am-Rhein, which overlooks the legendary stone Mouse Tower in the middle of the Rhine. Day 5 We leave Boppard and return to Europoort for the evening sailing back to Hull. Day 6 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Hotel Ebertor, Boppard (3 nights D, B&B) The family-run Ebertor Hotel, has an outdoor terrace overlooking the Rhine River. There are 101 en-suite bedrooms, each with hairdryer, TV and WiFi.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.15am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 1 Jul 6 Jul £555 2 Sep 7 Sep £539 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance The Rhine Valley is truly beautiful. Grand castles and sprawling vineyards cling to its slopes and charming towns and villages wait round each bend. This idyllic destination also showcases a unique annual event each autumn: celebrations and firework displays erupt when the wine harvest is over and it’s time to try the new wines. Staying in the delightful spa town of Boppard, the highlight of this holiday will be the Rhine River Lights Spectacular, when we celebrate the Golden Wine Festival in the Rhine Gorge with a special evening boat cruise.

Join us as we discover the heart and soul of this special region of Germany.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Hull via Larne. Day 2 Travelling through Germany we follow the course of the River Rhine to Boppard, where we are greeted with a welcome drink. Day 3 Relax this morning and explore Boppard. After lunchtime we follow the Rhine River to Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns. We return to Boppard in time for the highlight of the tour, the spectacular Rhine River Firework Lights. We sail from Boppard along the brightly lit route to Castle Pfalzgrafenstein in Kaub. Sit down to a single course dinner (drinks excluded) as you marvel at the spectacular display.

We return to Boppard at around 11pm.

Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, we take a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley, passing the famous Loreley Rock and St Goar. Stopping in Rüdesheim, there’s time to explore the lively Drosselgasse or visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. Romantic Rhine Tour Highlights Hunsrück Mountain Railway • Koblenz • Sankt Goar • Bacharach • Bingen-am-Rhein Prices From £539pps 6 Days • July, September The Rhine Ablaze Tour Highlights Koblenz • Rhine River Firework Lights • Rhine Valley • Rüdesheim • Eindhoven Price £579pps 6 Days • October Bacharach Boppard Day 5 We leave Germany and stop in Eindhoven for a few hours before catching the evening sailing back to Hull.

Day 6 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Hotel Ebertor, Boppard (3 nights D, B&B) The family-run Ebertor Hotel located in the town, has an outdoor terrace overlooking the mighty Rhine River. There are 101 en-suite bedrooms, each with hairdryer, TV and WiFi. Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 6.15am Return Tuesday 10.15pm Price 4 Oct 9 Oct £579 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £45 • Holiday Insurance Rüdesheim Rhine Ablaze

90 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 91 Set in a valley of olive groves and surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan landscape is the elegant thermal spa town of Montecatini Terme.

From here we explore the rolling Tuscan countryside with daily excursions to some of Italy’s most famous cities. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via P&O ferry from Larne to Cairnryan.

Day 2 Travel from Zeebrugge to Forbach. Day 3 We continue south through the Swiss Alps to the Italian town of Varese. Day 4 The scenery changes again as we complete our outward journey, travelling through northern Italy into Tuscany and our hotel, in Montecatini Terme, where we enjoy a welcome drink. Day 5 A relaxing day in Montecatini exploring its shops and cafés, thermal baths and gardens. Day 6 This morning we take the train (400 metre walk from hotel) into the heart of Florence. A guided walking tour introduces us to this wonderful Renaissance city, with free time afterwards to explore.

Return to Montecatini Terme by train at any time today.

Day 7 A morning visit to the Medieval hill town of San Gimignano, instantly recognisable by its encircling walls and 14 towers. Next stop is picturesque Greve, gateway to the Chianti wine region. Day 8 First stop today is Pisa famous for its leaning tower – one of Italy’s most recognisable buildings. After lunch we travel to Casale di Valle where we experience a guided tour of the wine cellar, vineyard and wine tasting. Due to popular demand and as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we have added an extra night to this 2018 tour. Italy’s Lake Maggiore is an idyllic retreat and a true diamond in the Italian Lakeland crown.

We visit two other lakes as well and explore the ancient Roman city of Aosta – all picture postcard perfect!

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via Larne. Day 2 Travel from Zeebrugge to Saarbrücken. Day 3 We continue south into Italy and our hotel in Stresa, on the edge of Lake Maggiore, with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop. Day 4 Relax today with tickets to the famous Lake Maggiore Islands. The boat terminal is just beside the hotel. Day 5 Today we travel to Aosta, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Day 6 A morning to enjoy market day in Stresa. In the afternoon we head to Lake Orta, where we take the ferry from Pella to Orta San Giulio to explore its narrow, cobbled streets.

Day 7 Switzerland bound, we travel to Lugano, on beautiful Lake Lugano, to enjoy the town’s wonderful setting. Then back in Italy it is Lake Como with time to relax in the historic town. Day 8 Our last day in Stresa, so sit back and chill out! Day 9 Time to leave Italy. We return via Switzerland and France.

Day 10 We catch the overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull. Day 11 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 10: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Overnight hotel day 2: Mercure Saarbrücken Süd (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 3 – 8: Hotel Astoria (6 nights D, B&B) The four-star Astoria Hotel, is located on the edge of Lake Maggiore, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Stresa. All en-suite bedrooms in the main building have balconies and come equipped with air-con, satellite TV, WiFi, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and fridge.

There is a fine dining room, a bar, outdoor swimming pool and a garden.

Please note: single accommodation may be in the hotel annex which does not have a lift. Overnight hotel day 9: Mercure Forbach Centre (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.15am Return Wednesday 10.15pm Price 15 Jul 25 Jul £1,099 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £305 • Holiday Insurance Treasures of Tuscany & Florence Italian Lakes & Mountains Tour Highlights Guided tour of Florence • San Gimignano • Greve • Pisa • Casale di Valle Wine Tour & Tasting • Bruges Price £1,155pps Tour Highlights Lake Maggiore Islands • Aosta • Lake Orta • Orta San Giulio Lake Lugano • Lake Como Price £1,099pps 12 Days • August – September 11 Days • July Lake Orta Florence Day 9 Sadly it is time to leave Italy.

We stay overnight in Mulhouse, France.

Day 10 France to Charleroi, Belgium, overnight. Day 11 We stop in Bruges before catching the overnight ferry to Hull. Day 12 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 11: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Overnight hotel day 2: Mercure Forbach (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 3: Palace Hotel, Varese (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 4 – 8: Ercolini & Savi, Montecatini Terme (5 nights D, B&B) The family-owned hotel stands in the town centre. It retains the style and elegance of a grand past, while offering all the amenities of a thoroughly modern hotel.

All 81 en-suite bedrooms have air-con, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe and free WiFi.

Overnight hotel day 9: Holiday Inn, Mulhouse (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 10: Leonardo Hotel Charleroi City Centre (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.15am Return Thursday 10.15pm Price 26 Aug 6 Sep £1,155 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £230 • Holiday Insurance Montecatini Pisa

92 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 93 We start this two-centre tour by exploring Italy’s second largest lake, Lake Maggiore, which is situated in one of the most graceful parts of Europe.

We visit Zermatt, lying in the shadow of the Matterhorn, and sail along Lake Maggiore. Then we cross through to Mannheim in the west of Germany, with guided tours of two of Germany’s most beguiling cities.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Hull via Larne. Day 2 Travel from Zeebrugge to Saarbrücken. Day 3 We travel through the Vosges Mountains into Alsace, then cross into Switzerland, past Lucerne and into Italy, to our hotel in Stresa. Day 4 A day to relax and enjoy market day in Stresa. Day 5 A full day round trip on the Lake Maggiore Express railway and ferry. We board the narrow gauge train to Locarno where we have lunch and explore. A gentle cruise takes us back down Lake Maggiore to Stresa. Late dinner tonight. Day 6 Today we travel by train along a sinuous route that takes around mountains, past gorges and over the Simplon Pass to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

Day 7 We leave Stresa and return back through Switzerland to our next hotel in the west of Germany. Day 8 After breakfast a guided introductory walking tour takes us through Mannheim, or ‘Grid-City’ – its nickname comes from the checkerboard layout of its buildings. Day 9 It’s a short trip to the famous Medieval city of Heidelberg for a guided tour of its ruined castle, towering above the old quarter. Day 10 We catch the overnight ferry from Europoort to Hull. Day 11 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 10: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Overnight hotel day 2: Mercure Saarbrücken Süd (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 3 – 6: Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac, Stresa (4 nights D, B&B) Our four-star Italian hotel located right in the centre of Stresa overlooking the lake.

All 164 en-suite rooms come with air-con, satellite TV, safe and free WiFi. There is an outdoor pool and roof terrace.

Hotel days 7 – 9: Maritim Parkhotel, Mannheim (3 nights D, B&B) We experience true German hospitality at our four-star hotel in the heart of Mannheim. All 173 en-suite bedrooms are equipped with air-con, international digital TV channels, safe and hairdryer. Dates & Prices Depart Tuesday 6.15am Return Friday 10.15pm Price 7 Aug 17 Aug £1,099 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £210 • Holiday Insurance Lake Maggiore, Switzerland & Germany Tour Highlights Lake Maggiore Express Railway and Ferry • Simplon Pass • Zermatt • Guided Introductory Walking Tour of Mannheim • Guided Tour of Heidelberg Castle Price £1,099pps 11 Days • August This tour reveals the stunning scenery of the Italian Süd Tirol and offers you a unique mix of Italian and Austrian cultures.

It’s all within a spectacular Alpine setting, with jagged, soaring peaks and steeply carved valleys. The tour includes wonderful excursions that embrace both the scenery and mountain life.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via P&O ferry from Larne to Cairnryan. Day 2 Zeebrugge to Saarbrücken in France. Day 3 Saarbrücken to overnight hotel in Munich. Day 4 After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive into Italy, arriving at our hotel in time for dinner. A welcome glass of Prosecco preceeds the four- course dinner. Day 5 Today we get to know where we are staying. Join Fausto, the hotel owner, for a mystery walk through the area, followed by a pizza/ wine picnic. Day 6 Our guided tour of the Dolomites begins at romantic Lake Toblino. Next stop is Pinzolo, a tiny jewel nestled amongst the Dolomites.

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Brenta Peaks before we return to our hotel via Madonna di Campiglio (‘Pearl of the Dolomites’), descending through the Val di Sole.

Day 7 The beautiful spa town of Merano is today’s destination. We return via the stunning wine route through the Adige Valley to Mezzolombardo. Grolla evening tonight. Day 8 We descend to Lake Garda and Riva del Garda with its pretty lakeside walks and charming Medieval centre. A candlelit Trentino dinner with music marks our last evening. Day 9 We leave Italy and return via Austria to our overnight hotel in Germany. Day 10 We catch the overnight ferry from Europoort to Hull. Day 11 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 10: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin – all meals included) Overnight hotel day 2: Mercure Saarbrücken Süd (1 night D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 3: NH Munchen Messe (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 4 – 8: Hotel Paganella (5 nights D, B&B) Hotel Paganella is a friendly three-star family- run hotel and an ideal base from which to explore this area.

All 26 en-suite bedrooms are well appointed, with a hairdryer and TV. Fausto and his family ensure a warm welcome. There is unlimited wine with your dinner and a free bar of local drinks each evening from 6pm to 10.30pm. Entertainment is provided on three nights.

Overnight hotel day 9: ACHAT Plaza Karlsruhe (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Saturday 6.15am Return Tuesday 10.15pm Price 28 Jul 7 Aug £1,049 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £195 • Holiday Insurance Italian Dolomites Tour Highlights Lake Toblino • Pinzolo • Brenta Peaks • Pearl of the Dolomites • Merano • Mezzolombardo • Riva del Garda Price £1,049pps 11 Days • July The Dolomites Lake Maggiore

94 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 95 This new tour showcases two of the best cities to visit in Germany, plus the Austrian Tyrol.

Heidelberg is known as the ‘Romantic Town’ on account of its castle ruins and red sandstone buildings, and culture- packed Mannheim which straddles the rivers Rhine and Neckar. Our base in Austria is the village of Soll, ‘Europe’s loveliest village in bloom’, located in a wide valley between the Wilder Kaiser and Hohe Salve Mountains. It is a marvellous base from which to explore the region. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via Larne with P&O Irish Sea.

Day 2 Leaving Europoort, we travel through Holland and western Germany before arriving in Mannheim in mid-afternoon. Day 3 We spend the day exploring Heidelberg, including a panoramic river cruise on the River Necker and self exploration of this fine city. Day 4 After a guided introductory walking tour of Mannheim, you explore the city on your own. Sights to see include the city’s trademark Wasserturm, the Art Nouveau gardens and Baroque palace. Mannheim’s checkerboard building layout accounts for its nickname – ‘Grid-City’.

Day 5 Time to head for the Alps. Travelling south around Munich we arrive in our hotel late afternoon.

The mountainous Bregenzerwald area is one of Austria’s best kept secrets. It is perfectly framed by Lake Constance and by the lush Alpine valleys of both Austria and Switzerland. This tour takes us off the beaten track to discover some wonderful hidden Alpine attractions. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Hull via Larne with P&O Irish Sea. Day 2 Zeebrugge to Saarbrücken in Germany. Day 3 We continue south this morning, crossing the mighty Rhine River, to our hotel in Austria where a welcome drink awaits us. Day 4 A busy day lies ahead as we enter Switzerland and board the mountain railway train at Rheineck to Walzenhausen.

Our coach takes us to the charming town of Appenzell. Our second train journey is to Altstatten, then a road trip to Fenkart for some chocolate tasting before returning to our hotel. Day 5 All aboard the Glacier Express Railway today! We travel to Chur for the mid-morning train to Andermatt, with awe-inspiring Alpine views all the way. Our return to Austria is by coach. Day 6 Today a local guide takes us into the centre of Feldkirch for a guided walking tour. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. Day 7 We’re in the old city of Constance this morning. We take the ferry to Meersburgh and travel on to Salem Castle, an important cultural heritage site.

Returning via Hagnau, we taste the delicious wines of this region. Day 8 We start our homeward journey through Switzerland and the Black Forest to France. Day 9 We catch the overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull.

Day 10 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 9: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin – all meals included) Overnight hotel day 2: Mercure Saarbrücken Süd (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 3 – 7: Weisses Kreuz, Feldkirch (5 nights D, B&B) Family owned since 1852, the four-star Weisses Kreuz Hotel sits on the edge of Feldkirch. The hotel’s 106 en-suite bedrooms have flatscreen TV, safe, hairdryer and WiFi. There is a cosy bar, restaurant, fitness room and garden. Overnight hotel day 8: Mercure Forbach (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 6.15am Return Tuesday 10.15pm Price 22 Jul 31 Jul £1,099 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £210 • Holiday Insurance Germany & the Austrian Tyrol Tour Highlights Heidelberg • River Necker Cruise • Guided Introductory Walking Tour of Mannheim • Guided Walking Tour of Soll • Alpbachtal • Rattenberg • Ziller Valley Train • Mayrhofen • Wilder Kaiser Mountains • Saint Johann Price £989pps 11 Days • July Austria, Swiss Alps & the Glacier Express Tour Highlights Rheineck to Walzenhausen Mountain Train Journey • Appenzell to Altstatten Train Journey • Chocolate Tasting in Fenkart • Glacier Express Railway Train Journey • Guided Walking Tour of Feldkirch • Constance • Salem Castle • Wine Tasting • Black Forest Price £1,099pps 10 Days • July Day 6 Morning brings a guided walking tour of the village.

In the afternoon we visit Alpbachtal and Rattenberg – Austria’s smallest city with a population of just 600.

Day 7 Today starts with a ride on the Ziller Valley narrow gauge train, boarding at Janbach in the Ziller Valley, arriving at Mayrhofen for lunch. Our return journey to Söll takes in Mittersill and Kirchberg in Tyrol, completing a scenic circular day out. Day 8 We relax today, visiting some beautiful small towns and villages in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, finishing in nearby Saint Johann. Day 9 Sadly, it is time to leave the Alps and return through Germany to our overnight hotel. Day 10 We catch the overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to England.

Day 11 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line.

Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 10: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin – all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Maritim Parkhotel, Mannheim (3 nights D, B&B) Hotel days 5 – 8: Hotel Tyrol Soll (4 nights D, B&B) Overnight hotel day 9: Mercure Saarbrücken Süd (1 night D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 6.15am Return Sunday 10.15pm Price 5 Jul 15 Jul £989 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement £165 • Holiday Insurance Wilder Kaiser mountains Heidelberg Austrian Tyrol Glacier Express Lake Lucerne Appenzell © Swiss Travel System

96 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 97 The towns and cities of Germany provide an idyllic setting for a romantic Christmas Market break. Half-timbered buildings are festively lit and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon scents the air at traditional Christmas markets. Our base in Boppard, overlooking the Rhine, is the perfect place from which to explore these festive scenes. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Hull via Larne. Day 2 Leaving Europoort, we visit the market at Koblenz for a couple of hours before continuing to Boppard, arriving late afternoon.

Day 3 A full day in the wonderful city of Heidelberg, visiting its famous Christmas Market. Day 4 Today we visit the spa-town of Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim, with time at the Christmas market which is set in the town’s chocolate- box old quarter.

Day 5 There are a few hours in Bruges before catching the overnight sailing to Hull. Day 6 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line. Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Ebertor Hotel, Boppard (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday/ Thursday 6.15am Return Friday/ Tuesday 10.15pm Price 25 Nov 30 Nov £459 29 Nov 4 Dec £475 Price Excludes • Single Room/Cabin Supplement 25 November £80, 29 November £85 • Holiday Insurance German Christmas Markets Tour Highlights Koblenz • Wiesbaden • Rüdesheim • Bruges Prices From £459pps 6 Days • November Valkenburg’s annual Christmas Market is unlike any other – set inside caves under the city, it is protected from the elements and opens late into the evening.

The ancient galleries provide an atmospheric setting for this wonderful event and the Christmas market is alive with song and music. So as you wander through the grotto, you will surely be tempted by the seasonal items on offer. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Hull via P&O ferry from Larne to Cairnryan.

Day 2 Zeebrugge to Valkenburg, arriving early afternoon with the rest of day free to explore the Christmas markets. Day 3 Into Belgium today to Monschau, where we spend most of the day among the wonderful selection of restaurants, quaint shops and cafés housed in half-timbered buildings. We return to Valkenburg in late afternoon – don’t miss the Christmas Fairytales Parade this evening. Day 4 It’s Germany today as we visit Aachen and sample Christmas Markets German style in this ancient, picturesque city. Day 5 We spend some time in Bruges before catching our overnight sailing to Hull.

Day 6 Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line.

Accommodation Overnight ferry days 1 & 5: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included) Hotel days 2 – 4: Best Western Hotel Walram (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Thursday 6.15am Return Tuesday 10.15pm Price 6 Dec 11 Dec £469 Price Excludes • Single Room £90 • Holiday Insurance Valkenburg Christmas Market Tour Highlights Valkenburg Christmas Markets • Monschau • Aachen • Bruges Price £469pps 6 Days • December Heidelberg Christmas market Wiesbaden Christmas market

98 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Collette Worldwide Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 99 America’s Historic Mid-Atlantic Featuring the Omni Bedford Springs, Omni Homestead & The Jefferson Spotlight on New York City America’s Music Cities Featuring New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Colours of New England Northern National Parks Featuring Yellowstone National Park & Grand Teton National Park The Best of Eastern Canada Featuring Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls & Toronto 10 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners Tour Highlights Washington, D.C.

• Gettysburg • Omni Bedford Springs Resort • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater • Omni Homestead Resort • Jefferson’s Monticello • Shenandoah Valley • The Jefferson • Richmond 5 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners Tour Highlights Greenwich Village • Wall Street • 9/11 Memorial • 9/11 Museum • Two Broadway Shows • Statue of Liberty • Ellis Island 11 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners Tour Highlights French Quarter • Choice of French Quarter Walking Tour or Panoramic Coach Tour of New Orleans • New Orleans School of Cooking • Jazz Revue • Swamp Tour • Graceland • Belle Meade Plantation • Grand Ole Opry Show • Country Music Hall of Fame • Ryman Auditorium • Historic RCA Studio B 10 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners Tour Highlights Boston • Woodstock • Quechee Gorge • Stowe • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory • Rocks Estate • North Conway • Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise • Kancamagus Highway • Boothbay Harbour • Lobster Dinner 10 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners Tour Highlights Salt Lake City • Jackson Hole • Yellowstone National Park • Old Faithful • Grand Teton National Park • Park City 10 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners Tour Highlights Montreal • Quebec City • Ottawa • 1000 Islands • Toronto • Niagara Falls 6 Days from £2,589 5 Days from £1,379 7 Days from £1,579 8 Days from £2,204 8 Days from £1,449 8 Days from £1,309 Canadian Rockies Featuring Rocky Mountaineer® Train Spectacular South Africa Culture & Nature in Harmony 12 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners Tour Highlights Vancouver • Victoria • Rocky Mountaineer® Train • Kamloops • Banff 21 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners Tour Highlights Johannesburg • Soweto • Panoramic Route • Kruger National Park • Safari Game Drive • Garden Route • Knysna • Ostrich Farm Visit • Winery Lunch & Tasting • Cape Town • Table Mountain 8 Days from £3,209 12 Days from £1,844 What’s Included • A professionally planned itinerary • Unparalleled sightseeing • Enriching cultural experiences • Private door-to-door transfer service, conditions apply • Carefully selected hotels • The services of a professional tour manager • Expert local guides who provide inside knowledge • Many meals included • Comfortable on-tour transportation • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling • Attraction and museum access (as per itinerary) • WiFi available on tour Collette is proud to be in partnership with Ulsterbus Tours again for 2018.

This year we have more tours than ever before to choose from including 15 brand new itineraries travelling across the world. With many meals, excursions and amazing hotels included, our very own tour managers make your holiday as easy as possible.

100 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 101 Hotel Directory Hotel Directory Ireland Cavan Crystal Hotel **** Tel: 00353 49 436 0600 www.cavancrystalhotel.com 85 Clew Bay Hotel *** Tel: 00353 98 28088 www.clewbayhotel.com 48 Clifden Station House Hotel *** Tel: 0353 95 21699 www.clifdenstationhouse.com 78 County Arms Hotel **** Tel: 00353 57 912 0791 www.countyarmshotel.com 70 Dooley’s Hotel *** Tel: 00353 51 873 531 www.dooleys-hotel.ie 113 Earl of Desmond Hotel *** Tel: 00353 66 712 1299 www.earlofdesmond.com 140 Great Southern Sligo *** Tel: 00353 71 916 2101 www.sligosouthernhotel.ie 98 Hydro Hotel *** Tel: 0353 65 707 4005 www.hydrohotel.ie 110 Kee’s Hotel *** Tel: 00353 74 913 1018 www.keeshotel.ie 53 Lakeside Hotel Killaloe *** Tel: 00353 61 376 122 www.lakesidehotel.ie 46 Mill Times Hotel *** Tel: 00353 98 29200 www.milltimeshotel.ie 34 Nesbitt Arms Hotel *** Tel: 00353 74 954 1103 www.nesbittarms.com 49 Raheen Woods *** Tel: 00353 91 875 888 www.raheenwoodshotel.ie 50 Renvyle Hotel *** Tel: 00353 95 46100 www.renvyle.com 68 Salthill Hotel **** Tel: 00353 91 5227 www.salthillhotel.com 160 Treacy’s Hotel Ennis *** 00353 65 682 8421 www.treacyswestcounty.com 152 Treacy’s Hotel Enniscorthy *** Tel: 00353 53 923 7798 www.treacyshotel.com 48 Twin Trees Hotel *** Tel: 00353 96 21033 www.twintreeshotel.ie 54 England & Wales Ashford International Hotel **** Tel: 01233 219 988 www.qhotels.com 179 Best Western Kenwick Park *** Tel: 0844 387 6243 www.bestwestern.co.uk 34 Best Western Plus Samlesbury **** Tel: 08443 876 248 www.bestwestern.co.uk 80 Best Western Plus Wroxton House **** Tel: 01295 730 777 www.bestwestern.co.uk 32 Best Western Royal Clifton *** Tel: 08445 767676 www.royalclifton.co.uk 120 Best Western York House Hotel *** Tel: 01323 412918 www.bw-yorkhouse.co.uk 66 Cairn Hotel *** Tel: 01423 504005 www.strathmorehotels.com 89 Celtic Royal Hotel *** Tel: 01286 674477 www.celtic-royal.co.uk 110 Crewe Hall **** Tel: 01270 253 333 www.qhotels.com 117 Crowne Plaza **** Tel: 0871 942 9261 www.ihg.com 214 Double Tree by Hilton Kensington**** Tel: 020 7373 7878 www.doubletree3.hilton.com 203 Elgin Hotel ** Tel: 01253 353535 www.elginhotel.com 89 Hilton Leicester **** Tel: 0116 263 0066 www.3hilton.com 179 Ibis London Earls Court *** Tel: 020 7610 08880 www.ibislondonearlscourt.co.uk 504 Jurys Inn Newcastle *** Tel: 0191 201 4400 www.jurysinn.com 126 Jurys Inn Sheffield*** Tel: 0114 291 2222 www.jurysinns.com 259 Jurys Inn Hinckley Island *** Tel: 01455 631 122 www.jurysinn.com 362 Livermead House Hotel *** Tel: 01803 299666 www.livermead.com 64 Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare **** Tel: 024 7709 2802 www.mercure.com 78 Novotel Manchester West *** Tel: 0161 619 9002 www.novotel.com 119 Novotel Wolverhampton *** Tel: 01902 871100 www.novotel.com 132 Park Inn Telford *** Tel: 01952 429988 www.parkinn.co.uk 153 Old Ship Hotel **** Tel: 01273 329001 www.thecairncollection.co.uk 154 Portbyhan Hotel *** Tel: 01503 262071 www.portbyhan.com 44 Skiddaw Hotel *** Tel: 01768 772071 www.lakedistricthotel.net 43 Smiths Hotel *** Tel: 01934 642159 www.smithshotel.uk.com 50 Scotland Arrochor Hotel ** Tel: 0843 178 7105 www.bespokehotels.com 76 Best Western Queens Hotel *** Tel: 0844 387 6096 www.bestwestern.co.uk 53 Ben Wyvis Hotel *** Tel: 01997 423387 www.crerarhotels.com 92 Grant Arms Hotel *** Tel: 01479 872526 www.grantarmshotel.com 50 Lovat Arms Hotel *** Tel: 01463 782313 www.lovatarms.com 36 Royal Hotel Oban *** Tel: 01631 563021 www.strathmorehotels.com 91 Winnock Hotel *** Tel: 01360 660245 www.winnockhotel.com 73 Europe ACHAT Plaza Karlsruhe **** Tel: 0049 721 37170 www.achat-hotels.com 215 Astoria Hotel **** Tel: 0039 323 32566 www.hotelstresa.info 100 Ercolini & Savi **** Tel: 0039 572 70331 www.ercoliniesavi.it 81 Hotel Ebetor *** Tel: 0049 6742 8070 www.ebertor.de 101 Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac **** Tel: 0039 323 31178 www.milansperanza.it 164 Hotel Paganella *** Tel: 0039 461 583116 www.hotelpaganella.it 101 Hotel Tyrol Soll *** Tel: 0043 5333 5273 www.hotel-tyrol.com 60 Hotel Walram *** Tel: 0031 43 601 3047 www.hotelwalram.nl 76 Maritim Parkhotel **** Tel: 0049 621 15880 www.maritim.com 173 Mercure Forbach *** Tel: 0033 387 870606 www.accor.com 63 Mercure Saarbrücken Süd *** Tel: 0049 681 58630 www.hotel-saarbruecken.org 100 NH Munich Messe **** Tel: 0049 89 993450 www.nh-hotels.com 253 Palace Hotel *** Tel: 0039 3323 27100 www.palacevarese.com 112 Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade *** Tel: 0033 320 644000 www.parkinn.com 127 Scandic Hamar *** Tel: 0047 2161 4000 www.scanichotels.com 239 Scanic Holmenkollen Park **** Tel: 0047 2292 2000 www.scanichotels.com 343 Stalheim Hotel *** Tel: 0047 5652 0122 www.stalheim.com 124 Union Hotel Geiranger *** Tel: 0047 7026 8300 www.hotelunion.no 197 Weisses Kreuz **** Tel: 0043 512 594790 www.weisseskreuz.at 106 KEY TO FACILITIES Lift Restaurant Bar Leisure Facilities Pool En-suite rooms Television Direct-dial telephone Tea/coffee-making facilities Hairdryer Iron WiFi Air-con Accommodation details are correct at time of publication.

See Point 19 of the Fair Trade Agreement.

Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 103 Ulsterbus Tours of Travel Centre, Europa Buscentre, Glengall St., Belfast BT12 5AH (“we”, “us” and “our”). 1. Does this Fair Trade Agreement apply to my booking? Yes, if you are booking a ‘package’ to which the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 apply and which does not comprise a flight, but not otherwise. In brief, those Regulations apply to a booking of at least two of the following components when sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price and when the service covers a period of more than twenty-four hours or includes overnight accommodation: • transport, • accommodation, • other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation and accounting for a significant proportion of the package.

2. Why should I read this page? Because it is very important. Our Fair Trade Agreement forms a key part of our agreement with you because it not only comprises the booking terms and conditions for the booking of your package, but also the Consumer Guarantee (described below) from the Bonded Coach Holidays Group (“BCH Group”), part of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, providing protection for the money you pay to us for the booking should we go out of business. Both the booking terms and conditions and the Consumer Guarantee, together with the confirmation of booking we give you at the time we commit to your booking for you, together make up the legally binding contract between you as the lead name making the booking, anyone else in your party and us.

When you make this booking as the lead name you undertake that you are 18 and have the authority to accept, and do accept, on behalf of your party the terms of this Fair Trade Agreement. The contract is made subject to the terms of these booking conditions which are governed by the law of Northern Ireland. Please ensure that you take a few moments to study them as they set out what responsibility we each have under the contract. Reading it now may help you avoid problems later. This Fair Trade Agreement and the Consumer Guarantee will not apply to any booking involving any type of flight. Instead, if you are booking a holiday which includes a flight, you will be supplied with the full booking conditions of the ATOL holder arranging your holiday with whom you have a contract.

Your booking agent will have a copy or alternatively you can request one prior to booking your holiday.

3. How and when do I make this contract with you? You can make a contract in a number of ways. You can call into our office, write to us, phone or email, use an approved travel agent or book online at www.ulsterbustours.com Whichever way you contact us the contract between us is made when your booking is entered on our booking system and a booking reference number is produced. At that moment the contract between us begins. We will send you a confirmation booking within seven working days. Please check this confirmation very carefully to ensure all the information is correct and tell us, or your agent, immediately of any errors.

4. How is my money for the package I book protected? Your money is protected by the Consumer Guarantee described below and provided to you by the BCH Group. This is possible because we subscribe to the Code of Conduct of the BCH Group, which requires us to take out a bond from a financial entity in favour of the BCH Group for it to use to provide protection for your package money in the unlikely event that, for financial reasons, we can’t carry out our booking obligations to you. Financial Protection for Air Tours – When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate.

This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder.

However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

5. BCH Group Consumer Guarantee The Bonded Coach Holiday Group guarantees to you that in the event of our failure through insolvency to provide your package as booked, BCH Group will: • wherever possible, arrange for your package to be completed; • where failure occurs after your package has begun, arrange for you and those in your party covered by the booking to be returned by an appropriate means of transport to their UK area of departure; • if the package cannot be completed as booked, to reimburse your booking-payments received by us, provided that BCH Group will first take in to account and withhold an appropriate amount if any part of the service has already been provided (including any substituted service).

If you have paid all or any part of the holiday with a credit card, you should apply for a refund from your credit card provider. In the event that you are to be reimbursed under the BCH Group consumer guarantee, you will be asked to assign absolutely to BCH Group any right, claim or cause of action which you may have arising out of or connected with the subject matter and will be asked to assist BCH Group in any claim brought by them connected with the subject matter. 6. Payments by credit card If you made payment for the booking of any services using a credit card it is likely in many circumstances that you have recourse against the credit card company in the event of services not being supplied in whole or in part due to the supplier’s financial failure.

In those circumstances, you will be advised to check that you have exhausted your remedies against the credit card company.

7. When do I need to pay for my holiday and how much? We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the packages that we advertise. At the time of booking you will be told the current price of the package. You can book by paying a deposit for each person named on the booking. You will be told at what point in time you will become committed to a booking, but we are not committed to the booking until such time as we provide you with our confirmation of booking. Our commitment is always conditional upon any balance being paid before the dates listed below.

The balance must be paid to Ulsterbus Tours at least 4 weeks before the holiday departure date (8 weeks for Continental Tours and 12 weeks for Air Tours).

If you use a Travel Agent they may require you to pay them earlier than this date and they will advise you separately of their balance due date. If you book within these times, you must pay the full holiday cost at the time of booking. If you do not pay the outstanding balance for your package on or before the date when it is due we may cancel your booking and you will be required to pay the cancellation charges detailed below. The date of cancellation will normally be the date on which we receive your written confirmation that you intend to cancel or 15 days after the balance due date, whichever comes first.

Deposit per person £50 for UK and Ireland tours, £150 for Continental tours and £250 for Air Tours. Deposits for Sports Breaks are variable and will be notified at the time of booking. Where optional items are purchased as part of the package, these are payable on the balance due date except where items, such as theatre tickets, have been specifically purchased for you. In this case the cost will be payable at a separate date notified to you and will not normally be refundable unless we obtain a refund from the supplier we use.

8. If I use a travel agent who does my money belong to? Your travel agent will hold your deposit on your behalf until we issue a confirmation of your booking.

The agent then holds this money on our behalf. The agent holds the balance you pay on our behalf until the date the balance is due. The agent will then forward the balance to us. 9. Can you change the price of my holiday after you have issued the booking confirmation? Yes we can, but only in very limited circumstances and not within 30 days of your departure. The price of your package can be varied due to changes in: • transportation costs such as fuel and/or fuel tax, ferry operator fares and tolls, embarkation or disembarkation fees at terminals; • exchange rates applied to the particular package booked; or • dues and taxes including changes in VAT or any other Government imposed charges.

In the case of any variation described above, any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your package, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges, will be absorbed. An administration fee of £1 per person will be paid by you. If this means that you would have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your package before increase, you may cancel it and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your revised invoice.

Alternatively, you can accept an offer of an alternative comparable package of equivalent or superior quality, if available, or an alternative package of lower quality, if available. You may then transfer payment made in respect of the original package to the alternative package. If the cost of the alternative package is less than the original package, the difference in price will be refunded. We will also pay compensation as set out below. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you after deduction of an administration fee of £1 per person.

Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your package due to contractual and other protection in place. 10. Can I change my holiday arrangements? After we have issued our booking confirmation we will do our best to accommodate any changes you may wish to make but we cannot guarantee to do so. Fair Trade Agreement Florence

104 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 105 If you feel that you require two seats, then these must be booked and paid for in advance, at the time of booking.

If you fail to do this and it transpires that the seat allocated to you is insufficient for your needs and there is no alternative seating available then you will be refused access to the coach and any payments made will be liable to forfeiture. Specific seats will not be allocated on coaches which operate on feeder services between joining points and main package departure points, on coaches which carry out transfers to and from seaports or on Goldline or Cross Channel Services.

The seats on our coaches are approximately 450mm wide (17.71 inches). If you are unable to sit within the space provided by a seat of the above dimensions you must advise us at the time of booking. In these circumstances you may, subject to availability, be allocated two adjoining seats (subject to payment of any additional charge). If you do not provide us with the information at the time of booking, it may be that on arrival to commence your tour you will be unable to be accommodated on the coach and we then reserve the right to cancel your holiday with the application of full cancellation charges.

No refund will be made to you nor will any expenses be met and we will have no further liability to you. 19. Hotel facilities Some hotel facilities, such as indoor or outdoor swimming pools or leisure facilities, may from time to time be withdrawn for routine maintenance or be subject to seasonal availability. The provision of these facilities is therefore not guaranteed.

20. No smoking policy We operate a strict No Smoking policy, which includes E-Cigarettes, on all our coaches and in all our buildings and terminals. 21. Conditions of carriage When you are travelling on an Ulsterbus Coach you are carried under the Ulsterbus Limited Conditions of Carriage, a copy of which can be provided to you on request. When travelling on a ferry or transport provided by any other courier, the Conditions of Carriage of that carrier apply and are subject to any applicable National Conditions or International Conventions which may limit or exclude liability. The Public Service Vehicle (Conduct of Drivers, Conductors and Passengers) Regulations 1990 as amended apply to all coaches throughout any holiday in the UK.

22. Is there anything I cannot bring on the coach? We do not allow pets to taken on our tours. Registered Assistance Dogs will normally be accommodated on UK packages but not on overseas packages. You must not play a radio or music player on a coach. Consideration must be given to others in the use of mobile phones and excessive use is prohibited.

23. Passenger Conduct We want all our customers to have a happy and carefree holiday but you must remember that you are responsible for your behaviour and hygiene and the effect which it may have upon others. Ulsterbus Tours reserve the unconditional right to refuse a booking or terminate a person’s holiday in the event of either you or any member of your party being abusive, disruptive or behaving in a way which in our reasonable opinion, or in that of our suppliers, could cause damage or injury to others or affect the enjoyment of their holiday, or which could cause damage to property or to any Third Party.

If this happens we will have no further obligations or liability to you.

Our driver/courier or the authorised official of any accommodation, visit, amenity or other means of transport used during a tour (eg ship) is entitled to refuse you boarding if in their reasonable opinion you are unacceptably under the influence of drink or drugs or are being violent, abusive or disruptive. If this happens we will have no further obligations or liability to you. If you are refused boarding on the outward journey we will regard it as a cancellation and the full cancellation charges as set out in paragraph 13 will apply.

If the refusal is during the tour or upon the return journey, we have the right to terminate the contract without any further obligation to you and you will have to make your own arrangements thereafter.

If this happens, Ulsterbus will not be under any obligation to pay you any refund or to compensate you for any loss which you may incur. You should note that you are responsible for ensuring that you are at the correct departure point at the correct time. We cannot be liable for any loss or expense suffered by passengers because of their late arrival at any departure point.

All of the hotels and transport which we use have their own terms and conditions relating to conduct and behaviour and responsibility for any injury or damage caused to property, staff or customers. Copies of these terms and conditions can be made available by us upon request. In the event of any claim being made for personal injury, loss or damage and any liability or obligation being imposed on us which arises as a result of unreasonable behaviour or conduct by you or any member of your party, we will require you to fully indemnify us in respect of all sums which we are required to pay arising from your conduct.

When you have paid the balance, we will send you or your booking agent all the necessary labels so that you receive them in good time for your holiday. Certain travel documents may have to be retained by us and your driver/ courier will then issue them to you at the relevant time. If you lose a travel document after it has been issued to you we will require you to meet the direct cost charged by the carrier/supplier for the issue of a duplicate or replacement. Ulsterbus Tours reserve the right to modify itineraries to conform with requests from the competent authorities in the United Kingdom and any other sovereign state through which the tour will operate.

We recommend that you read the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice about your holiday at www.fco.gov.uk 24. What happens if I am delayed? Your travel insurance may cover you for some delays. In addition, where you are delayed for more than six hours in any one day, we will seek to minimise any discomfort and where possible, arrange for refreshments and meals. 25. Is the cost of excursions included in the price? Excursions are included in the price of most holidays and refunds cannot be made for passengers not wishing to go on these excursions. Admission fees to buildings, grounds and use of guides, etc are included in the price of the holiday unless otherwise stated in the brochure.

Optional excursions may be booked and paid for in resort but these will not form part of your booking.

26. Do I need a passport or travel documents? You are responsible for ensuring that you have the correct travel documents. We cannot be held liable for any loss or expense suffered by you or any member of your party because of an incorrect passport. If you are travelling on a Continental Holiday you will need to have a full 10 year British/Irish/EU Passport which must have a full UK passport valid for a minimum of three months. We strongly recommend that you carry your passport or other photographic identification when embarking on any of our tours.

If you are not a resident British/Irish/EU citizen or do not hold a full British/Irish/EU Passport you must seek passport and visa advice from the consulates of the countries you plan to visit prior to making a booking on one of our holidays.

You should note this application for a 10 year passport can take a matter of months and you should ensure that you make any application for a passport in sufficient time. Details can be found on www.nidirect.gov.uk/passports or www.dfa.ie/passports-citizenship 27. Do I need to take out travel insurance? Our tours do not include insurance in the price but a Special Holiday Travel Insurance Scheme is available – for details see ‘Holiday Insurance’. If you choose not to take our holiday insurance for your Continental European tour, you must take alternative cover, which is as good or better than ours, and provide us with details.

We strongly advise all our customers to take out travel insurance for all tours to cover medical and repatriation costs, personal injury, loss of baggage and cancellation charges. You do not need to take out our travel insurance but you should have insurance, which is at least as good as or better than the insurance we offer. If you do not have adequate insurance and require our assistance whilst on holiday, we reserve the right to reclaim from you any medical repatriation or other expenses which we may incur on your behalf which would otherwise have been met by insurers.

Ulsterbus Limited trading as Ulsterbus Tours is an appointed representative of ITC Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (their registration number is 313486) and which is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts.

28. What assistance will you give me if things go wrong when it is not your fault? If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury whilst overseas arising out of any activity which does not form part of your package travel arrangements or an excursion arranged through us in the UK, we shall at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance. Where legal action is contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to commencement of proceedings. Our consent will be given subject to you undertaking to assign any costs, and benefits received under any relevant insurance policy to ourselves.

We limit the cost of our assistance to you and any member of your party to £5,000 per party. 29. Accommodation Hotel accommodation varies across our programme and among the geographical areas which we cover. We use hotels ranging from 4 stars to small independent hotels. Customers’ attention is drawn to the star ratings clearly marked beside each one, as these are the most widely recognised indicator of accommodation standards. 30. Passengers with disabilities and health considerations We want to ensure the arrangements for your package are suitable and appropriate. Not all the packages in this brochure may be suitable for you and if we reasonably consider we cannot provide what is required, we will not accept the booking.

Should you or a member of your party have any medical condition or disability that may affect your/their holiday or that of other passengers, you must provide full written details to us at the time of booking so that we can advise you of the suitability of the holiday. This applies whether the booking is made on-line, in person, in writing, or by telephone. If a particular issue is identified, we reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate confirming that the passenger is fit for travel and reserve the right to refuse any booking in the absence of such doctor’s certificate being produced upon request.

If a passenger requires personal assistance (for example but not limited to assistance with feeding/dressing/ toileting/mobilising) then this passenger must travel with an able bodied companion/carer and written confirmation that such assistance will be provided for the entirety of the holiday is required at the time of booking. Coach drivers/ tour managers are unable to offer such assistance. Whilst we will make every reasonable adjustment to do so, if we are unable to accommodate the needs of a passenger or believe that the medical condition or disability of a passenger is likely to adversely affect other passengers, we reserve the right to decline the booking.

We also reserve the right to cancel any holiday and impose cancellation charges if we are not fully advised of any relevant disability or medical condition at the time the booking is made and subsequently decide that we are unable to accommodate Fair Trade Agreement Any changes must be notified to us in writing and signed by the person who signed the booking form. If we are able to make the changes an amendment fee of £10 will be payable plus any additional charges if you are buying a more expensive holiday.

Some arrangements, like particular types of tickets, cannot be changed without paying a cancellation charge of up to 100% of the cost of the ticket. 11. Can I transfer my booking to someone else? You can transfer your booking to someone else provided you give us reasonable notice. This person must be able to satisfy all the conditions for the package and a change cannot normally be made later than seven days prior to departure. We will make an administration charge of £10 per booking for every transfer we make plus any reasonable additional costs caused by the transfer. You will remain responsible for ensuring that the package is paid for by the balance due date.

This is in addition to (and does not affect) the separate liability of the transferee to us. 12. How can I cancel my holiday?

You, or any member of your party, may cancel at any time provided that the cancellation is made by the person in whose name we issued the confirmation of booking and is communicated to us in writing via the office at which you made your original booking. You will have to pay cancellation charges set out in the scale below to cover our estimated loss resulting from the cancellation. If you are insured against cancellation you may be able to recover the charges from your insurers. Your cancellation will take effect from the date when either the travel agent or we receive your written confirmation of your cancellation.

You must also return any tickets or vouchers that you have received. A reduction in room occupancy may increase the charges for the remaining passengers by the application of supplements for low occupancy of rooms.

13. Scale of cancellation charges Period before departure Cancellation charge that cancellation expressed as a percentage is notified of the total holiday cost UK Continental 43-days plus Loss of Loss of Deposit Deposit only only 42 to 28-days 30% 30% 27 to 14-days 50% 50% 13 to 7-days 60% 100% 6-days to day of 100% 100% departure or later 14. What happens if you change my holiday? The arrangements for your holiday have usually been made months in advance. Sometimes changes are unavoidable and we reserve the right to make them. Most of these changes are likely to be minor but where they are significant we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible before your departure date.

A significant change includes a change in departure date or return time of more than 12 hours, a change of location or resort area, or reducing the quality of your main hotel (excluding single overnight hotels on touring holidays where the quality of the hotel is comparable) or a change of tour itinerary which involves a destination being completely eliminated from the revised itinerary. In the event of a significant change you may decide to: (a) continue with the holiday as amended or (b) accept an alternative holiday which we may offer to you or (c) cancel your booking. If you choose (a) or (b) we will pay you compensation on the scale below.

If you choose (c) we will refund all monies paid by you plus compensation on the scale below. No other claims for compensation or expenses will be considered. When we have notified you of the changes and options available you must tell us of your decision as soon as possible and within any timescale we may need to set bearing in mind the need to safeguard the holiday arrangements of other customers.

15. Scale of compensation We will pay you compensation for significant changes made by us on the following scale: Period before departure Compensation within which significant Per Person change is notified to you or your travel agent More than 42 days Nil 42 – 29 days £10.00 28 – 15 days £15.00 14 – 8 days £20.00 7 – 0 days £25.00 If, prior to departure, we make a significant change to your package arrangements or cancel your package we will pay you compensation on the above scale unless: • the package is cancelled because the number of persons who agreed to take it is less than the minimum number required, and you were informed of the cancellation in writing or where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected (for example but not limited to delay, cancellations, change of itinerary, change of accommodation, change of transport) by “Force Majeure”.

• Force Majeure means an event which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid and is therefore an event beyond our or the supplier’s reasonable control. These events include but are not limited to strikes, riots, political/civil unrest, government acts, hostilities, war, threat of war, terrorist activity or threat of terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, tornadoes, hurricanes, transportation problems, airport closures, and severe weather conditions. We suggest that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover such eventualities.

• [In the unlikely event that the performance of our contractual obligations are prevented or affected due to Force Majeure after departure, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any from our suppliers)] • Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute Force Majeure. We will follow the advice given by the Foreign Office. Payment of compensation according to the scale set out above will not affect your statutory right to claim further compensation if, in all the circumstances, you remain dissatisfied.

If, after departure, we need to make a change to a significant proportion of your package we will do our best to make suitable alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you. If it proves impossible to make suitable alternative arrangements, or if you have reasonable grounds for refusing the alternative offered, we will arrange transport back to your point of departure, or to an alternative location that we agree to. Unless the change is as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control (force majeure as described above), you will also be entitled to compensation.

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What is the extent of our liability? Your package contract with us will be performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. We accept responsibility if you or customers named in the booking suffer death or personal injury, or the contractual arrangements are not provided as promised, as a result of the failure of us or our agents or suppliers or the employees of each whilst acting in the course of their employment unless the failure or improper performance is due to you, or any of the following: • a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements, or • unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or • an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, provided that in these 3 events we would still endeavour to give prompt assistance if you are in difficulty and, if you inform us that you don’t believe you have received the contracted service, we will make prompt efforts to find appropriate solutions.

Except as specifically set out in these conditions, we will not accept any further or different liability than the Package Travel, Package Tours and Package Holidays Regulations impose. It is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. For claims which involve death or personal injury we do not impose any restriction upon our liability to the extent that it arises from our negligence. For all other claims which do not involve personal injury or death: • The most we will have to pay if we are liable to you is twice the price you’ve paid for your package (not including insurance premiums and amendment charges).

• Our liability will also be limited in accordance with/or in line with all relevant international conventions. If we make any payment to you or any member of your party for death or personal injury or illness, you will be asked to assign to us or our insurers the rights you may have to take action against the person or organisation responsible for causing the death, personal injury or illness. Please note that this clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you enter into for excursions or activities during or outside of your package.

In the cases of Collette Worldwide Holidays, Gleneagle and Maritime Hotel, and The Royal Hotel, Bray, and where noted, Ulsterbus Tours are agents of the respective tour supplier.

In all other products offered herein, Ulsterbus Tours are the principal operator. 17. What do I need to do if I have to complain? If you have a complaint during your holiday you should tell the driver/courier/representative at the earliest opportunity so that they can do their utmost to resolve the problem immediately. If they are unable to resolve the matter to your satisfaction you must notify us in writing within 28 days after the end of the tour. Please address your letter to The Manager, Ulsterbus Tours, The Travel Centre, Europa Buscentre, Belfast, BT12 5AH and give the tour title and departure date.

If you do not tell us at the earliest opportunity about a problem giving rise to your complaint we cannot take steps to investigate and rectify it at the time. We will take into account the date you first drew the problem to the attention of our driver/representative or supplier when responding to your complaint and it may affect your rights under this Trading Charter if we have not been able to investigate and remedy the situation at the time. The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK has an Alternative Disputes Resolution scheme (ADR) and full details are available from them. This scheme does not apply to claims that arise mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequences of any illness or injury.

It can only be used if all avenues of resolution have failed. 18. Our Coaches/Seating Arrangements We will always use our reasonable endeavours to provide a coach to the specification as described in our brochure or advertisement but reserve the right to substitute an alternative vehicle should unforeseen circumstances arise. There is a seating plan of the coach for each package, but it is possible that on occasions operational reasons will require a coach with a different configuration to be used. We therefore reserve the right to alter a coach-seating plan and allocate seats other than those you have booked.

Coach seat numbers are shown on your ticket and you retain the same seat throughout the tour. Passengers occupying seats other than those assigned to them may be asked to change seats. Requests for particular seats can be made on most packages when booking but because allocations are made on a first come, first served basis you are recommended to book early. When your booking is confirmed you will be offered the best seats that are available at that time. If you know someone who may want to book later but sit near you please discuss this with the booking clerk at the time you make your booking.

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106 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 107 Holiday Insurance A holiday insurance scheme is available for all passengers travelling on our holidays. This scheme is arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens and is underwritten by ETI – International Travel Protection (ERV), the UK branch of Europäische Reiseverscherung AG, who are authorised by the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BAFIN – www.bafin.de) and approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA – www.fca.org.uk) to undertake insurance business in the UK.

Should you wish to take out this holiday insurance, please include the appropriate premium when booking your holiday.

Demands and Needs This insurance policy will suit the demands and needs of an individual or group (where applicable) who have no excluded medical condition(s), are travelling in countries included within the policy terms and who wish to insure themselves against unforeseen circumstances/events detailed in the cover section below. Subject to the terms, conditions and maximum specified sums insured. Important We will not provide you with advice about the suitability of this product for your individual needs but will be happy to provide you with factual information.

We summarise in the table below the details of the insurance cover provided which also includes 24-hour emergency service from Towergate Assistance.

The following is a brief summary of the cover available. Full details of the cover, conditions and exclusions will be forwarded with your confirmation of booking. In any event, you may ask for a specimen copy of the policy wording before booking should you wish to examine this in advance. Significant or Unusual Limitations or What is Not Covered 1. Cover is only available for the whole duration of a booked trip to a maximum 70-consecutive days and cover cannot be purchased once a trip has already begun.

2. The excess amount deductible from a claim applies to each and every claim, per incident claimed for, under certain sections by each insured person. 3. If your money, valuables, any items of baggage, your passport or visa are lost or stolen, you must notify the local police within 24-hours of discovery or as soon as possible thereafter. Please make sure you get a copy of the police report. Failure to comply may result in your claim being rejected or the amount of any relevant claim reduced. 4. You are not covered for valuables, your passport or visa if left unattended at any time (including in a vehicle, in checked-in luggage or while in the custody of a carrier, tour operator or public transport operator) unless deposited in a hotel safe, safety deposit box or left in your locked accommodation.

5. Stolen property: You are not covered for baggage stolen from: a) an unattended coach/bus unless it was locked in the luggage compartment of the coach/bus and evidence of force or violent entry to the vehicle is available, or b) the passenger compartment of any unattended vehicle. Residency This policy is only available to residents of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, defined as staying in or has lived in the United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland for more than 12-months or is studying or working in the United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland for more than six months.

Health Conditions You must be able to comply with the following conditions to have the full protection of your policy.

If you do not comply we may refuse to deal with any relevant claim or reduce the amount of any relevant claim payment. If you are travelling within the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, you are not required to declare your medical conditions. However, to be covered for any medical conditions you have or have had, you must be able to answer NO to questions 1 to 3 and YES to questions 4 and 5a and 5b below: 1. Are you aware of any reason why the trip could be cancelled or cut short (such as the health of a close relative)?

2. Are you travelling: a) against the advice of a medical practitioner, or b) for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment? 3. Have you been given a terminal prognosis? 4. Are you receiving or awaiting treatment for any bodily injury, illness or disease as a hospital day case or in-patient? 5. If you are on prescribed medication, are your medical condition(s) stable and well controlled? 6. If you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental or nervous disorder, have you received written confirmation (at your cost) that you are fit enough to take this trip by either: a) a registered mental health professional (if you are under the care of a Community Mental Health Team), or b) a consultant specialising in the relevant field? If you are travelling outside of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland you must telephone MediScreen on 0344 892 1698 if anyone to be covered by this policy, or any person upon whose health the trip depends: 1.

Has or has had a medical condition (excluding childhood and minor ailments not requiring treatment).

2. Is taking prescribed medication. 3. Has or has had any medical condition still requiring periodic review. 4. Is awaiting any tests, treatment, investigation, referral or the results of these. Mediscreen’s office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays. If You Have a Change of Health Between Booking and Departure You must notify Mediscreen immediately of any changes in medical circumstances arising between the date the policy is issued and the time of departure for the trip. You may have to pay an additional premium to cover your medical conditions. This applies to all destinations including trips solely within the United Kingdom (being defined as England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isles of Scilly).

Examples of these and other conditions and exclusions are contained within the policy wording, a specimen copy of which is available upon request. If after purchasing a policy from us should you find it does not meet your requirements, you have 14 days from the date of receipt of the policy documents to cancel the policy and receive a full refund of your premium. Travel Insurance Premiums Trip UK & ROI Europe Air Tours Duration 1-3 Days £14.00 4-7 days £17.00 £28.00 8+ days £22.00 £35.00 £35.00 All premiums include 20% Insurance Premium Tax. Ulsterbus Tours Limited t/a Ulsterbus Tours is an Appointed Representative of ITC Compliance Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (their firm reference is 313486) and which is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts.

Section Of Cover Maximum Sum Insured / Benefits Per Person Excess Per Person Cancellation £1,500 United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic or Ireland & Europe / £3,500 Worldwide • Nil trips up to 3-days • £10 Loss of Deposit / £75 Cancellation trips 4-days plus Travel Delay (Northern Ireland, Scilly Isles, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland, Europe & Worldwide) • £90 Travel Delay • Holiday Abandonment as per the Cancellation sums insured above • Nil Travel Delay • Nil trips up to 3-days / £75 trips 4-days plus Holiday Abandonment Missed Departure • £100 England, Scotland & Wales • £300 Northern Ireland, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland & Europe £600 Worldwide Nil Personal Accident £15,000 (Subject to age) Nil Medical & Other Expenses (including Curtailment) £2,000,000 (£1,000 UK Additional Accommodation & Repatriation Expenses / £1,500 United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland & Europe Curtailment / £3,500 Worldwide Curtailment) • £75 Medical & Other Expenses • Nil trips up to 3-days / £75 trips 4-days plus Curtailment Hospital Benefit £100 United Kingdom / £500 Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland, Europe & Worldwide Nil Baggage (including Personal Money) £2,000 Baggage / £2,000 Money in Group Leader’s Possession / £250 Personal Money (subject to age) / £100 Delayed Baggage • £75 Baggage & Personal Money • Nil Delayed Baggage Loss of Passport and / or Visa Expenses £200 Nil Personal Liability £2,000,000 £100 Legal Expenses £25,000 Nil Holiday Insurance this passenger.

This applies whether we advise that we are unable to accommodate a passenger either before departure or during the holiday and if this occurs during the holiday then we will seek the additional costs of returning the passenger home.

We want you to enjoy your package and will try to help you select an appropriate trip. If you need advice or further information either you or your booking agent should contact us and we will make arrangements to meet our Accessibility Manager. 31. Special requests If you require a special diet please tell us before booking, or as soon as you are medically advised, and send us a copy of the diet. We will notify the hotel or hotels identified in your booking but please note that some hotels may not have facilities to provide special diets and we cannot be held liable for their failure to do so unless the hotel has confirmed in writing that a special diet will be catered for.

Where we think that a hotel is likely to be unable to cope with a special diet, we will tell you prior to your booking confirmation being issued so that you can exercise your right to cancel your package booking without charge. Any extra costs incurred by you during your package must be paid to the hotel by you prior to departure from the hotel. You should also detail any other requests, for example, low floor rooms, particular rooms or locations on the special requests section of the booking form (or other method of confirming in writing that the request was made). We will pass your request to the relevant supplier but this does not necessarily mean that your request will be fulfilled.

If a request can be fulfilled you may incur an extra charge payable either to us or direct to the hotel. Please note that requests cannot be guaranteed unless we confirm on your booking confirmation that this is a guaranteed requirement.

32. Single occupancy Single occupancy of rooms when available may be subject to supplementary charge as added by respective hotels, and this will be shown, when possible, on the brochure page. 33. Entertainment Some of our hotels arrange additional entertainment. Where this is part of the package, details are given on the respective brochure page. Where it is not specified it may still be available but is at the discretion of the hotel and is not guaranteed. It may be withdrawn if there is a lack of demand or for operational reasons.

34. Data Protection Act In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements we, and your travel agent, need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any special needs/dietary requirements, etc.

We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper measures are in place to protect your information. We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as hotels, transport companies, etc. The information may also be supplied to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Areas (EEA) controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not, however, pass information on to any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements.

This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious requirements. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. Please note that where information is held by your travel agent, this is subject to your agent’s own data protection policy. Your data controller is Mr Sean McGreevy. You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us. If you would like to see this, please contact us.

We retain your full contact details and other information in secure files and electronic storage facilities. We may use this information to contact you by mail, telephone or electronic means. We may provide you with details of other goods and services including those of selected third parties. If you do not wish to receive further information about products and services from either ourselves or third parties, please write to the data controller.

35. Health and safety on holiday In some foreign countries, standards of infrastructure, safety and hygiene may be lower than those to which we are accustomed in the UK. You should therefore exercise greater care for your own protection. Further information can be obtained from your GP or from your travel agent, who can provide you with the leaflet Health Advice for Travellers published by the Department of Health. Some people may be at risk from discomfort or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) if they remain immobile on a journey for a long period of time. If you are planning to undertake a bus or coach journey of more than 3 hours you should consult your doctor if you have ever had DVT or pulmonary embolism, a family history of clotting conditions, cancer or treatment for cancer, a stroke, heart or lung disease or if you have had major surgery in the past 3 months.

We reserve the right to refuse any booking in the absence of a doctor’s certificate confirming that you are fit to travel. During the journey we will provide comfort stops as frequently as possible. During these stops you are encouraged to get off the coach and walk around. Exercise reduces any discomfort which may be caused by periods of immobility. During any journey you should drink alcohol only in moderation as it leads to dehydration. 36. Health Under normal circumstances most Western European countries do not require visitors to be inoculated or vaccinated, and at the time of publication of this brochure none were required for the countries visited in our itineraries.

However, we will indicate any known vaccination or other health requirements where possible for each country to be visited, if the need arises. If you are not sure of the health requirements of the country you are visiting, you are advised to check with your own doctor before travelling.

38. European Health Insurance All UK residents travelling to Mainland Europe need an E.H.I.C. in order to receive necessary health care while visiting a European Union Country or Switzerland. All UK residents are entitled to receive an E.H.I.C. – you can apply online at www.ehic.org.uk, by phone on 0845 606 2030, by post or pick up a form and pre-addressed envelope at the Post Office. 39. Publication date and details This brochure was printed in the United Kingdom by Ulsterbus Tours November 2017. Fair Trade Agreement

108 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 109 Departure Calendar Northumbria’s Gardens 29 Jul Stratford upon Avon & the Cotswolds 29 Jul Waterford & the Ancient South East 29 Jul Blackpool & Lake District 30 Jul Southport 30 Jul Lisdoonvarna 30 Jul Brighton & Sussex 4 Aug Staffordshire & Chester 5 Aug Valkenburg, Maastricht & Aachen 5 Aug Summer in Donegal 5 Aug Galway Garden Trail 5 Aug Ribble Valley & Haunted Lancashire 6 Aug Caernarfon & North Wales 6 Aug Lake Maggiore, Switzerland & Germany 7 Aug Bournemouth & Dorset 11 Aug London – English Heritage 12 Aug Blackpool & Lake District 13 Aug Peaks & Lakes 13 Aug Co.

Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands 13 Aug Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 13 Aug Kent 19 Aug London Super Saver 19 Aug Torquay & the English Riviera 19 Aug Stratford upon Avon & the Cotswolds 19 Aug Remembering the Somme 19 Aug Co. Mayo with Afternoon Tea 19 Aug Wexford & Kilkenny 19 Aug Lisdoonvarna 20 Aug London – English Heritage 26 Aug Northumbria & Lincolnshire 26 Aug Treasures of Tuscany & Florence 26 Aug Summer in Donegal 26 Aug Wild Atlantic Way 26 Aug Blackpool & Lake District 27 Aug Southport 27 Aug Western Highlands & Loch Lomond 27 Aug Killaloe & Co. Clare 27 Aug Seine River Cruise 29 Aug All Things Emmerdale & Harrogate 31 Aug September – October Eastbourne 1 Sep Stratford upon Avon & the Cotswolds 2 Sep Harrogate & Yorkshire 2 Sep Romantic Rhine 2 Sep Wexford & Kilkenny 2 Sep Caernarfon & North Wales 3 Sep Connemara 3 Sep Blackpool & Lake District 3 Sep Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise 7 Sep Norway & the Western Fjords 8 Sep Staffordshire & Chester 9 Sep Northumbria’s Gardens 9 Sep Blackpool & Lake District 10 Sep Waterford & the Ancient South East 9 Sep Sligo & Co.

Mayo 10 Sep Westport & Co. Mayo 16 Sep Blackpool & Lake District 17 Sep Ribble Valley & Haunted Lancashire 17 Sep Lake District & Yorkshire Dales 17 Sep Killaloe & Co. Clare 17 Sep Co. Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands 17 Sep Manchester, Liverpool & Chester Bargain Break 23 Sep Highlands Railway Adventure 24 Sep Killaloe & Co. Clare 24 Sep Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 24 Sep Renvyle House – Connemara Tranquility 30 Sep Co. Kerry Bargain Break 30 Sep Killaloe & Co. Clare 1 Oct The Rhine Ablaze 4 Oct Irish Whiskey Experience in Co. Clare 7 Oct Wexford & Kilkenny 7 Oct Blackpool Tribute Weekends 12 Oct Westport Bargain Break 14 Oct Arrochar Bargain Break 15 Oct Co.

Kerry Bargain Break 21 Oct Galway Bargain Break 22 Oct Manchester, Liverpool & Chester Bargain Break 28 Oct Waterford Bargain Break 28 Oct November – December Drams & Dances in Oban 5 Nov Donegal Winter/Autumn Fireside Cheer 5 Nov The Somme & the Armistice 8 Nov Westport Bargain Break 11 Nov Arrochar Bargain Break 12 Nov Galway Bargain Break 19 Nov Loch Lomond & the Highlands – 23 Nov Michael Buble Tribute & All Inclusive House Party German Christmas Markets 25 Nov Waterford Bargain Break 25 Nov Drams & Dances in Oban 26 Nov German Christmas Markets 29 Nov Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate 30 Nov Fizz and Fayre 3 Dec Donegal Winter/Autumn Fireside Cheer 3 Dec Valkenburg Christmas Market 6 Dec Winterval in Waterford 7 Dec Loch Lomond & the Highlands – 19 Dec All Inclusive Turkey & Tinsel Christmas in Donegal 24 Dec Christmas in Galway 24 Dec New Year in Sligo 30 Dec Departure Calendar January – February Winter Weekend in Donegal 5 Jan Winter Weekend in Donegal 19 Jan Winter Weekend in Donegal 9 Feb Arrochar Bargain Break 12 Feb Galway Bargain Break 12 Feb Waterford Bargain Break 18 Feb March – April Killaloe & Co.

Clare 5 Mar Loch Lomond & the Highlands – 9 Mar Michael Buble Tribute & All Inclusive House Party Manchester, Liverpool & Chester Bargain Break 11 Mar Westport Bargain Break 11 Mar Cheltenham Festival 12 Mar Donegal Winter/Autumn Fireside Cheer 12 Mar Co. Kerry Bargain Break 18 Mar Arrochar Bargain Break 19 Mar Galway Bargain Break 19 Mar Waterford Bargain Break 25 Mar Loch Lomond & the Highlands – 29 Mar Easter All Inclusive House Party Easter in Ennis 30 Mar Manchester, Liverpool & Chester Bargain Break 8 Apr Westport Bargain Break 8 Apr Killaloe & Co. Clare 9 Apr Co. Kerry Bargain Break 15 Apr Arrochar Bargain Break 16 Apr Renvyle House – Connemara Tranquility 22 Apr Wexford & Kilkenny 22 Apr Blackpool Tribute Weekends 27 Apr Irish Whiskey Experience in Co.

Clare 29 Apr Lake District & Yorkshire Dales 30 Apr Killaloe & Co. Clare 30 Apr May – June Harrogate & Yorkshire 6 May Summer in Donegal 6 May Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 7 May Staffordshire & Chester 13 May Wexford & Kilkenny 13 May Westport & Co. Mayo 13 May Blackpool & Lake District 14 May Killaloe & Co. Clare 14 May Brighton & Sussex 19 May The West Country 20 May Waterford & the Ancient South East 20 May Chelsea Flower Show 21 May Stratford upon Avon & the Cotswolds 27 May Northumbria & Lincolnshire 27 May Lake District & Yorkshire Dales 28 May Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise 28 May Killaloe & Co.

Clare 28 May Summer in Donegal 3 Jun Caernarfon & North Wales 4 Jun Wexford & Kilkenny 10 Jun Blackpool, & Lake District 11 Jun Killaloe & Co. Clare 11 Jun Torquay & the English Riviera 17 Jun Westport & Co. Mayo 17 Jun Waterford & the Ancient South East 17 Jun Killaloe & Co. Clare 18 Jun Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 18 Jun Wild Atlantic Way 24 Jun Peaks & Lakes 25 Jun Great Highland Railways 28 Jun All Things Emmerdale & Harrogate 29 Jun Bournemouth & Dorset 30 Jun July – August Romantic Rhine 1 Jul Blackpool & Lake District 2 Jul Caernarfon & North Wales 2 Jul Southport 2 Jul Connemara 2 Jul Lisdoonvarna 2 Jul Sligo & Co.

Mayo 2 Jul Germany & the Austrian Tyrol 5 Jul F1 British Grand Prix 6 Jul Eastbourne 7 Jul Wexford & Kilkenny 8 Jul The West Country 8 Jul Staffordshire & Chester 8 Jul Harrogate & Yorkshire 8 Jul Valkenburg, Maastricht & Aachen 8 Jul Blackpool & Lake District 9 Jul Cornwall 15 Jul Kent 15 Jul Torquay & the English Riviera 15 Jul Remembering the Somme 15 Jul Italian Lakes & Mountains 15 Jul Summer in Donegal 15 Jul Blackpool & Lake District 16 Jul Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 16 Jul RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 20 Jul London Super Saver 22 Jul Austria, Swiss Alps & the Glacier Express 22 Jul Co.

Mayo with Afternoon Tea 22 Jul Lake District & Yorkshire Dales 23 Jul Western Highlands & Loch Lomond 23 Jul Co. Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands 23 Jul Irish Midlands Garden Trail 23 Jul All Things Emmerdale & Harrogate 27 Jul Italian Dolomites 28 Jul

110 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre •  Hotels are two, three and four-star standard and are carefully selected for their quality and location, particularly when selecting overnight hotels. Dinner, bed and breakfast is included unless otherwise indicated. On Bargain Break tours menus tend to be set with no choice. Some hotels may only offer two courses, particularly on overnight hotels. Occasionally hotels will require you to select your evening meal up to 24 hours in advance. Most breakfasts, and increasingly evening meals, are buffet style – this is especially welcome on the Continent where set menus are still very much the norm and where meals are normally local, traditional and seasonal.

It is quite normal for the coach party to be seated together at meal times. Individual seating can never be guaranteed. See hotel directory for brief hotel descriptions on pages 100 to 101. For further details please check individual websites as shown. We reserve the right to change hotels when circumstances dictate. This is rare and we only accept transfers to similar or higher standard hotels. City centre hotel bedrooms tend to be more compact in size.

•  Coaches drive on-board all ferries. •  Overnight ferry crossings include outside, en-suite cabins with a combination of side-by-side and bunk- style beds. Dinner and breakfast is included. •  All tours start and finish at the Europa Buscentre, Glengall Street, Belfast. Please enquire about various en-route pick ups. •  Departure times are shown clearly in the brochure and on your tour ticket. Please consult your ticket as departure times and itineraries can be subject to change after booking.

•  Check in is 20 minutes before departure. •  All tours have a single room/cabin supplement.

If it is not shown on the relevant tour page, please ask our reservation staff at time of booking. •  Children under 12 years at time of travel will be offered a discount when sharing a room with two adults, subject to availability. •  Coach seat numbers are shown on your ticket. You retain the same seat throughout the tour. •  Luggage – one medium-sized suitcase is permitted per passenger (max size 18kg/40lb). Porterage is included at most hotels – not all hotels provide this service. If you need assistance just ask the driver. Small hand luggage is permitted on board, but remember that space is limited on the coach.

•  An overnight bag is essential for onward ferry crossings when overnight accommodation on board a ship is involved, and also for transit hotels used on European and English tours prior to arrival at main hotel. Overnight hotels do not provide porterage. •  Valid passports are needed on all Continental tours. Please bring photo ID, preferably current passport on all tours, in case of unforeseen emergency return by air. •  EHIC (European Health Insurance Cards) – this allows you to get state-provided health care in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at reduced costs or sometimes free of charge.

You can apply online free of charge at: www.ehic.org.uk •  Currency when abroad – please check currency needed for your holiday. Some hotels do not accept credit cards as the norm. Please check with the reservation staff. •  Holiday insurance – all passengers must have adequate insurance. A Special Holiday Travel Insurance Scheme is available – for details see page 107. If you choose not to take our holiday insurance you must take alternative cover which is as good or better than ours. •  We reserve the right to use third party coaches. •  Visits – admission to attractions included in tour itineraries and guide fees are included in the tour price.

Some guided tours may involve walking, sometimes over uneven ground or up flights of steps. Please enquire about suitability of individual tours if you have any concerns regarding personal mobility. Reservations staff will be happy to advise.

•  Additional needs – we try to provide holidays that all customers can enjoy. However, if you do have a disability or additional requirements it would be helpful if you could furnish us with details at the time of booking your holiday so that full consideration can be given to the suitability of the particular tour. •  Please take advantage of all comfort stops and ‘stretch your legs’ to help circulation – remaining seated without walking or doing in-seat exercises may lead to discomfort.

•  All information in this brochure is correct at a time of going to print. •  Ulsterbus Tours cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, and are not liable for the accuracy of information provided by third parties.

For up-to-date details, please contact the Travel Centre or visit our website www.ulsterbustours.com •  Free travel is available in Northern Ireland by scheduled Translink train or bus service when joining or leaving a tour. Please enquire at time of booking. •  Special discounted rates are available at the Holiday Inn beside the Europa Buscentre for nights before and after tours. This accommodation must be booked through the Ulsterbus Tours booking office with a valid credit/ debit card. Full balance is paid direct to the hotel on departure.

•  Car park discount vouchers are available on request for all tours – please ask at time of booking. Car park opens from 6am Monday to Saturday and 8am on a Sunday. For earlier entry please ring the telephone number displayed at the entrance. Please check public holiday arrangements. •  Tipping is at your discretion. Deposits for tours are as follows: •  UK and Ireland: £50.00 • Europe: £150.00 •  Air Tours: £250.00 •  Cheltenham Festival: £150.00* •  F1 British Grand Prix: £150.00* * Upgraded ticket requests are payable at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Entrance Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Toilet Exit 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 NB: Some coaches have a toilet at the rear.

We reserve the right to use coaches with an alternative seating plan. Useful Information A I L S E Ulsterbus Tours are members of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation Of Passenger Transport UK Ltd. This is a government approved consumer protection scheme. This ensures that in relation to the coach package holidays described in this brochure (or website) that the clients’ monies are protected by a Bond which may be called upon in the unlikely event of the Member’s Insolvency. Clients are recommended to inspect the current membership certificate at our registered office or alternatively go to www.bch-uk.org or telephone 020 7240 3131 to confirm current membership.

Your attention is also drawn to the Bonded Coach Holiday Group Trading Charter that will apply to these coach package holidays.

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