(Small Group) Shore Tour from Belfast

(Small Group) Shore Tour from Belfast

Small group tours are perfect for those seeking a semi- private experience on shore.
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Tour Operated by Elegant Irish Tours


This small group shore excursion follows exactly the same route as our popular group coach shore excursion from Belfast.

Operated by our 5 star sister company Elegant Irish Tours, the small group vans seat no more than 25 passengers and allow for a particularly intimate day on shore.

Our tour begins at the Belfast Cruise Terminal. We drive to the north coast and visit the Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage site. The area consists of approximately 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns, some believe to be formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. However, many of us Irish people believe that it was built by our Celtic warrior giant Finn MacCool as a walkway to Scotland.

NB: Your (small group) ticket includes the £8 Giants Causeway Visitor Centre entrance fee (lunch may be had at the Visitor Centre or in a number of different towns depending on our departure time from the boat).

Afterwards we will return to Belfast City, where we will enjoy a panoramic tour of this fine city, seeing highlights such as the City Hall, Queens College, Titanic Quarter, and Belfast Cathedral. If time allows there will be time for shopping and sightseeing in the City Centre. We will adjust all the timings on the tour to suit your ships departure time, and will have you back in ample time for the ship's departure.

The list of all ships and dates will be published here once finalised by the Belfast Port Authority.

In the meantime, if your dates have been confirmed by your cruise operator you can go ahead and book at 2023 rates on the booking calendar on this page - all dates for the new season have been made live for your convenience.

Rates will be increased for 2024 shortly. Book now for any date at the 2023 rate and cancel free of charge up to 24 hours prior to departure.

Arrivals confirmed by cruise lines and / or Port Authorities in Belfast so far:

3rd April 2024 - Ambition

25th April 2024 - MSC Poesia

30th April 2024 - Ambition

5th May 2024 - Norwegian Pearl

6th May 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

7th May 2024 - Regal Princess

7th May 2024 - Norwegian Getaway

8th May 2024 - Norwegian Prima

9th May 2024 - Borealis

10th May 2024 - Norwegian Star

11th May 2024 - Ambience

14th May 2024 - Spirit of Adventure

15th May 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

18th May 2024 - Holland America, MS Rotterdam

19th May 2024 - Regal Princess

20th May 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette

26th May 2024 - Jewel of the Seas

30th May 2024 - Costa Favolosa

1st June 2024 - Spirit of Discovery

2nd June 2024 - Queen Anne

2nd June 2024 - Regal Princess

8th June 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

12th June 2024 - Ambition

12th June 2024 - Regal Princess

14th June 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette

16th June 2024 - Jewel of the Seas

19th June 2024 - Carnival Legend

19th June 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

23rd June 2024 - Arcadia

24th June 2024 - Ambition

24th June 2024 - Oceania Insignia

30th June 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette

1st July 2024 - Norwegian Dawn

3rd July 2024 - Carnival Legend

5th July 2024 - Ambition

6th July 2024 - Ambience

10th July 2024 - Carnival Legend

12th July 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

16th July 2024 - Ambition

18th July 2024 - Regal Princess

23rd July 2024 - Carnival Legend

24th July 2024 - Arcadia

25th July 2024 - Jewel of the Seas

28th July 2024 - Ambition

29th July 2024 - Ambience

1st August 2024 - Arcadia

2nd August 2024 - Ambition

3rd August 2024 - Norwegian Dawn

4th August 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

6th August 2024 - Jewel of the Seas

9th August 2024 - Norwegian Dawn

10th August 2024 - Holland America, MS Rotterdam

10th August 2024 - Holland America, MS Zuiderdam

11th August 2024 - Regal Princess

12th August 2024 - AIDAbella

16th August 2024 - Carnival Legend

19th August 2024 - Spirit of Adventure

21st August 2024 - Norwegian Dawn

23rd August 2024 - Regal Princess

25th August 2024 - Mein Schiff 3

28th August 2024 - Norwegian Dawn

29th August 2024 - Costa Favolosa

31st August 2024 - Bolette

2nd September 2024 - Caribbean Princess

3rd September 2024 - Oceania Marina

4th September 2024 - Regal Princess

12th September 2024 - MSC Preziosa

14th September 2024 - Crystal Symphony

28th September 2024 - Regal Princess

3rd October 2024 - MSC Preziosa

4th October 2024 - Norwegian Star

14th October 2024 - Norwegian Star

If you do not see a tour scheduled for the ship and date you are traveling upon - please contact us - and we may decide to schedule a tour if there is likely to be enough demand.

Pick-up Points

  • We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. Where your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. - Belfast Cruise Ship Terminal


  • Departs Belfast Cruise Ship terminal at 8:00 am or should your ship dock later, 30 min after arrival

    We will collect you in style in a luxury small group van (maximum 25 passengers). Your tour begins with a scenic drive up through the Glens of Antrim to the North Coast of Ireland.
  • Scenic North Coast Drive

    We enjoy amazing sights as we take a panoramic drive along the North Coast of Antrim, - also known as the Causeway Coast. This area is recognized by the Government as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is truly breathtaking with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and wonderful views of Scotland.
  • Giants Causeway

    We allow ample time at the Giant's Causeway to make your way down to visit this famous World Heritage Site. It is a 20 minute walk from the Drop Off point to the amazing Causeway site, but there is a shuttle bus that operates for a small charge, ideal for those not comfortable walking up and down the steep gradient (hill) to the Causeway. The hexagonal basalt rocks really look like they were man made and this leads the people in Ireland to believe they were carved by Ireland's most famous Giant Warrior: the great Finn MacCoole. There is also a suggestion they may have been formed by Volcanic activity 60 million years ago.
  • Dunluce Castle: Photo Stop.

    We will stop for one of the most impressive photo opportunities in Ireland, the magnificent Dunluce Castle. Part of this impressive ruin crumbled into the sea in the 1600's. This castle is connected to the mainland by a bridge and was once the stronghold of the McDonnell clan. The backdrop of the ocean and North Coast make this a really dramatic photo stop!
  • Belfast City

    In the afternoon we return to Belfast City for a panoramic sightseeing tour. We will show you the highlights of this vibrant City, including City Hall, the River Lagan, Queens University, St Anne's cathedral and Prince Albert memorial Clock. After the panoramic tour, we will allow free time for more sightseeing and shopping if your departure time allows. PLEASE NOTE: If your ship is leaving earlier than normal we will have to alter the itinerary as necessary.
  • Return To Cruise Ship

    We structure each tour to make sure you are back on board in ample time for departure. The service ends back at the dockside after approximately 8 hours on tour. If the boat is leaving earlier we will amend the itinerary as necessary.

Additional Info

EnglishThis tour is exclusively in English.
You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email immediately at time of booking. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.
When to Book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities. You can book up to 60 minutes before departure if there are still places available.

Free Cancellation

With a free cancellation option up to 24 hours before departure you can book with confidence. Lock in your seats (any date for Spring / Summer 2024) at the early bird rate today.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the tour's start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the tour's start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the tour's start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the local time in Ireland.
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