You’ve just spent the last week touring Belfast in the iconic black cabs, exploring the Titanic Belfast, visiting murals on Falls Road and hiking Cave Hill to catch a glimpse of the northern fringes of the city. Belfast, like the rest of Northern Ireland, is a mystical place with stunning landscapes and inspirational locations. It's time to leave but to where?
Belfast International Airport is centrally located in Northern Ireland, making it easily accessible by taxis and buses from the city centre. You can easily take the inexpensive Airport Express 300 from the Belfast Europe Buscentre to the airport. A 24-hour help desk is available at the airport if you need information on flights or have any other general enquiries. Shops include WH Smith, which sells books and magazines, or Aelia for duty free items (for passengers leaving the EU). Head to the Irish Quarter to get Guinness souvenirs, SD Bells Tea or a “Kiss-Me-I’m-Irish” t-shirt for your loved ones.
There are a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can eat at in the main departure lounge. Head to Lagan Bar where you can watch some rugby while sipping on your pint of Guinness. Other facilities available at the airport include a money changer, pharmacy, children’s play area, travel agencies and a small quiet room.
Take a flight to London to explore this architectural and cultural treasure. Go on a free walking tour that will take you to top attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral. Get your picture taken with Winston Churchill at Madame Tussauds. Have lunch by the riverside facing the London Eye, before museum hopping. Admissions to public museums are free. Catch the tube to London Bridge Station and end your day at the Le Pont de la Tour, which offers an impressive view of the Tower Bridge and is popular for its modern French cuisine.
There is more to England than London. EasyJet airline offers flights to Manchester from Belfast International Airport. Football fans should not miss a visit to Old Trafford stadium. Head to Lancashire County Cricket Club for a game of cricket. End the day with a pint of beer at Mark Addy and a plate of classic British fare -- pork chop with honey roasted brambly apple.
Relax in the sun at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh with a book and a cup of tea and enjoy the stunning floral displays. Climb 287 steps to the top of Scott Monument to get a magnificent view of the city. Catch an Edinburgh Bus tour to places like the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle. Indulge in retail therapy at Jenners, also known as the Harrods of the North.
Hop on a flight to Amsterdam for a multi-sensorial experience. It is impossible to walk a kilometre around the city without bumping into a masterpiece. The Rijks Museum holds a number of works by the Dutch Masters including Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Hop on the free ferries behind Centraal Station for a cruise down the canals and waterways. A short bus trip from Amsterdam will bring you to the world’s most famous flower garden, Keukenhof. Spend the day ooh-ing and aah-ing on your bicycle as you wind through rows of colourful tulips and orchids.
Alternatively, if you’re an outdoors enthusiast, board a plane to Greece. Spend the day under the Mediterranean sun, sipping wine and chomping on freshly caught fish and lobster. You can hike up volcanoes, cycle through lush forests, rock-climb boulders, or swim with dolphins and turtles in the glittering blue ocean. Take a ferry to Oia, a city carved out from a cliff, to watch the sunset, which will leave you spellbound. Head to Athens to explore the ruins within the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Panathenaic Stadium.
Belfast International Airport offers long-haul flights to Dubai. Stop over in Dubailand on your way back to India for some self-pampering. Stay in a seven- star hotel and be treated like royalty with spa treatments and massages. As your plane lands, look out for the artificial palm-shaped islands, which look unbelievably like the real thing. This is a city of extremes when it comes to ostentation. Apparently, the atrium of the Burj Al-Khalifa is so high the Statue of Liberty would be able to fit very nicely into it. It is undoubtedly a playground for the rich and famous.
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