Heritage Journeys Family History Research & Historic Sites Tour of Northern Ireland
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3
Complimentary transfers and a one day bonus tour in Northern Ireland for those booking both the Dublin and the Belfast tours
Experience the treasures of Ireland!
Experience the treasures of Ireland. Join us for a family history research extravaganza and enchantingly inspiring sites of the whole of Ireland. Receive instruction and research guidance from premier genealogists and historians. Learn of the rich history of the Emerald Isle from enthusiastic experienced guides. We will have top notch accommodations and comfortable transportation. There will be plenty to do with and for those partners who are not smitten with the genealogy bug.
The first half of our tour is presented by ancestryireland.com
- Small group tour (15- 20 people)
- All ground transportation including transfers to/from airport
- Accommodations at 4 star hotel centrally located
- Breakfast daily at hotel
- Some other meals including welcome & farewell dinners
- One of a kind unique historical and heritage tours as indicated on itinerary
- All applicable entrance fees
- Professional Genealogist Expert Guide
- Local Professional historical guide
Sept 27 – Oct 3, 2015
Our tour moves to Northern Ireland and the grand City of Belfast.
- We are privileged to have specially arranged and designed “Tracing your Irish Ancestors” conference for Heritage Journeys. We will meet with the Ulster Historical Foundation staff at an informal get-together at Ramada Encore, Talbot Street, Belfast (or similar facility).
- 19:30 – Informal get-together at Ramada Encore (Talbot Street, Belfast)
After a morning at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), you may choose to begin their ancestral search in the first session of assisted research or enjoy a visit to Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction ‘Titanic Belfast’. The day will conclude with an evening meal at the Private Members’ only Ulster Reform Club; the most prestigious, social and dining club in Northern Ireland and one of Belfast’s hidden gems.
- 09.15 – Introductions, registration, tour and lectures at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
- 14:00 – Assisted research at PRONI – OR – trip to Titanic Belfast
- 18:30 – Evening meal in Ulster Reform Club followed by talk
Participants will be given the choice of further research at PRONI with our team of expert genealogists or a visit to beautiful County Tyrone taking in the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. This daytrip also includes a visit to Barons Court, one of Northern Ireland’s stately homes and the private residence of the Duke of Abercorn, for afternoon tea and a tour of the house.
- 08:45 – A day of assisted research at PRONI – OR – visit to the Ulster American Folk Park/Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and Barons Court.
- 21:00 – Return to Ramada Encore
Wednesday sees a return to PRONI for another day of assisted research.
Alternatively you can visit the beautiful Glens of Antrim. As well as enjoying the sights of the Glens you will also visit Bonamargy Friary, the world famous Giant’s Causeway and the cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Castle.
- 8:45 – A day of assisted research at PRONI – OR – visit to the Glens of Antrim, Bonamargy Friary, Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.
- 20.30 – Return to Ramada Encore
Fintan, Our group will have already spent a week in Dublin. So, If you are able to replace that portion of your tour with other attractions in Northern Ireland or we may offer the group a free day for exploring Belfast it may save time and money.
Friday sees our final day of assisted research in PRONI with our expert genealogists.
Alternatively enjoy a trip to the beautiful Boyne Valley with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne, the largest and one of the most important complex of megalithic sites in Europe. This site includes Newgrange Passage Tomb, which is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
- 08:45 – A day of assisted research at PRONI – OR – trip to the Boyne Valley, and Newgrange.
- 18:00 – Return to Ramada Encore
On our final day we will tour to Derry/Londonderry and Donegal. Walk the famous City walls and visit St Columb’s Cathedral and 1st Derry Presbyterian Church, both located within the walls. Travelling on to County Donegal we will then visit one of the royal sites of Gaelic Ireland, Grainan of Aileach stone ring fort, seat of the O’Neills from the 6th century.
- 08:45 – Outing to Londonderry and Donegal visiting First Derry Presbyterian Church, St. Columb’s Cathedral and the City Walls and the Grianan of Aileach at Burt, county Donegal
- 18:00 – Return to Ramada Encore and conclusion of “Tracing your Irish Ancestors”
Optional personal touring and visits to Ancestral Home Sites as previously arranged or participants return home.
a. Belfast (warn participants to keep their opinion to themselves)
b. PRONI (Not available online: estate papers, church records of)
c. Belfast downtown very interesting
d. Presbyterian Historical Society
e. Ulster Museum and Botanical Gardens
f. Transport Museum
g. Ulster Transport museum (Day trip to in Holywood)
h. Ulster American Folk Park (Day trip to Omagh) with emigration
i. Derry (port of departure for many ulsters to America)
j. Museum of the wall Donegal to Ardara (woolen mills) West of Belfast Lisburn has “Irish linen centre and Lisburn museum” Giant’s Causway near Bushmills ( there is a wiskey distillery)
- There is a $500 per person non refundable deposit. Please see terms and conditions for all details regarding refund policies and guest’s responsibilities.
- Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several time a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.
- Travel insurance is available
Single Supplement available upon request for an additional cost.
- Many people have already been to London that will be joining our tours, so we have included very special tours and allow time and the option to do some of the tourist favorites, for the first time visitors.