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Here at Ulster Travel our mission statement is simple, to provide excellent client service which is underpinned by the quality travel arrangements that we organise for our clients. By understanding our clients we forge relationships with you and this gives us the ability to design tours that exceed all your expectations.

We have been specialising in bespoke luxury tours for decades. We have a dedicated professional tour guide who understands our clients needs and works tirelessly to ensure that you have the ultimate experience that you deserve.

Please contact us for further details on any of our scheduled tours. If you would like us to design a bespoke luxury tour for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.






Titans & Tombs – Irish Escorted Tour 2020

The tour will commence with flights into Irelands capital city Dublin, where upon arrival we will transfer you to The Gresham, a 4 star hotel in Dublins magical city centre for 2 nights (25th & 26th July 2020). Included will be a tour of the historic Trinity college and a viewing of the legendary Book of Kells.

Following breakfast the tour will continue north and visit Newgrange to view the Stone Age Passage Tomb. En route to Belfasts historical city centre you will stay overnight with breakfast in the 4 star Titanic Hotel (27th July 2020).

The next morning you will journey to the Causeway hotel (28th July 2020)and experience first hand one of the seven wonders of the world that is the Giants Causeway. We follow this with a visit to Beaghmore Stone Circles mythical ruins en route to the historic Mid Ulster Town of Cookstown to stay in the delightful Glenavon House Hotel (29th July 2020).

Following breakfast we will take in the Wild Atlantic Way and travel west to the beautiful town of Westport in Co Mayo. Here we will stay overnight with breakfast at the prestigious Westport Plaza (30th July 2020). The next morning the tour will proceed down the coast to Clifden in Co Galway and spend a night in the ancient Abbeyglen Castle (31st July 2020). During our stay in Clifton, the group will have the opportunity to visit the world famous Cliffs of Moher which you will want to photograph.

The following morning the tour will continue on to visit the cultural old town of Ennis, including a visit to the Dolmen Ruins and will overnight in The Old Ground Hotel Ennis (1st August 2020). The next morning after breakfast the tour will continue on to the charming little town of Birr Co Offaly for a relaxing two night stay at Dooleys (2nd & 3rd August 2020) where you will have ample time to relax with your tour friends and gently digest the beauty of the tour so far.

During your two night stay in Birr, we will give you the opportunity to visit The Earl of Ross Castle and enjoy a relaxing lunch as a group.

Following our two nights in Birr the group will gather after breakfast to return to Dublin for a final night in the beautiful 4 star Radisson blu hotel (4th August 2020)to reflect on the memories you and your new friends have gathered.

Why not join us for this wonderful tour and experience memories that will last a lifetime.






Chasing the Aurora – Discovering the Northern Lights Escorted Tour

Allow us to fly you from anywhere in the world right to the heart of our Tromso Chasing the Aurora Tour.

One of our most popular annual tours, and its popularity never dwindles. Our Professional tour guides will guide you in the search for nature’s most fantastic natural light show.


A convenient overnight flight from your International Airport will whisk you across the globe to Oslo.

After a short stop for immigration formalities you’ll continue northward on a regional flight  across the mountains and fjords to cross the Arctic Circle and then onwards for 200 miles to touch down in Tromso.

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred by luxury coach to the Radisson Blu hotel just 15 minutes away.

The Radisson group features some of the best hotels in Scandinavia. They are clean and comfortable and provide a very hearty breakfast included in the cost. The hotel is one of the best in Tromso and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and local museums.

It’s about 20 minutes away from a good dark sky. You might be lucky enough to catch an aurora from the town centre as happened on our last trip.

The trip includes regular courses in sky photography for everyone no matter what their photographic background or experience.

There is no hiking required on this trip. On four nights a luxury coach with a restroom and coffee stand will be provided to take the group to favored locations, depending upon the local weather, the space weather and aurora conditions.

At night outside the City there are no shops or other facilities so the coach stays with us and is a real lifeboat. Providing a warming zone, dry storage for cameras and a shelter from the wind.

Included is a day time tour around the Troms region by coach to view some of the rugged sights along the coast. On another occasion we will head to the Norwegian mainland, cross a large fjord by ferry and enjoy views of the Lyngen Alps and the surrounding areas.

On other occasions, you’ll be free to have other adventures with some of the many other tour operators operating around Tromso who offer all kinds of experiences both day and night. These include whale watching and other Arctic adventures.

After six nights above the Arctic Circle you will head back to Newark on November 1.

Places are limited. Book now and take this chance of a lifetime to try to experience one of nature’s grandest spectacles.



The northern lights are caused by interactions between the Earth’s magnetosphere, the Earth’s atmosphere and particles streaming off the sun known as the solar wind.

Ejections of these particles from the sun into space and out toward the Earth occur as a result of eruptions on the sun know as coronal mass ejections.  However, a second phenomenon can also produce auroras.  These are known as coronal holes which are regions in the sun’s atmosphere where the sun’s magnetic field is weak and thus the solar wind can also escape into space.  

Recently, sunspots and coronal mass ejections have been on the decrease but many large coronal holes have formed producing spectacular auroras. Rarely seen at the lower latitudes on Earth, where most of humanity lives, they are more common near the high Arctic or Antarctic. The high Arctic is much easier to visit than the Antarctic. The lights are most often seen during the winter simply because the sky is darker than during the long days of the Arctic summer.

Tromso is one of the few inhabited places with a good infrastructure where if the sky is clear the chances of seeing an Aurora are extremely high. Due to its extreme northerly position, the huge circular band of energy, that carries the lights, passes over Tromso every night.  This is not the case in some places in Canada or Alaska, which are not so easy or inexpensive to reach Being near the coast the temperature in Tromso is somewhat milder with average November daytime temperatures around a high of 36Fand nighttime low of 27 F. 


Three photography experts, Michael Zawadski , Dr William Gutsch and Terence Murtagh, will help with your Aurora photography 

They have taken many hundreds of thousands of aurora photographs with a variety of cameras from tiny hand held to the large SLR’s.  Terence Murtagh’s time-lapse photography from around the Arctic Circle was the basis for the 4K by 4K 360 degree “Experience the Aurora” movie produced by Evans & Sutherland, which has entranced many tens of thousands of viewers across the globe.

In addition Dr. Gutsch will give a talk on the science behind the visual spectacle. Dr Gutsch is an astronomer, university professor and former long time Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium in New York. Join the adventure now.

So get organized, get your cameras sorted and join us on an expedition to the high Arctic and the greatest Cosmic Light Show on Earth.  This will be a small group so book now and get ready to trip the light fantastic.  If you need expert camera advice you may also contact  Mike Zawadski at info@mikezawadzki.com.  He has also prepared a very useful guide to Auroral Photography. A copy will be sent  to each person booking.


I find that I am constantly thinking of Norway . . . . . . . the city of Tromso, our day trips viewing magnificent/scenic mountains, the fjords, the quaint homes and villages, and the stellar Auroras 

I must say that this was one of the best and enlightening traveling experiences I have ever had.    …..LYN

We chased and captured the Aurora with two enthusiasts backed with abundant knowledge and experience. Truly experts in their field. This was an adventure of a lifetime filled with five beautiful nights of colors and movement of the Aurora, and beyond anyone’s imagination. LUCINDA

Your expertise and endless enthusiasm contributed to our sighting of Aurora in five nights against all odds.  I just started learning how to take photos at night.-during the trip. Thank you for showing me how to make time-lapse video using my Nikon D810.  I am glad to report that I have made three 30-second videos (30fps) as results of your teaching. I would encourage all my friends who are anxious to see Northern Lights to join your trip next year.  Thank you and hope to see you guys again. LOU

I have vague memories of some of my photo trips but this will not be one of them. RICHARD

The time and energy you spend in selecting the locations for our aurora-chasing in addition to all of the onsite photographic support you provide guarantees that we all leave with great memories and pictures.  Even though this was my third trip, I can still say it was unforgettable NANCY

This experience was amazing!!!!!  Words cannot express the beauty and awesome grandeur of the Northern Lights.  It will leave a lifetime of memories (especially toes in the Arctic Ocean). VENISSE






African Safari


July 26 – August 6, 2019

Once again, Dr. William Gutsch, former longtime Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium and veteran filmmaker Terence Murtagh will be leading a select group of amateur astronomers and photographers to an exciting photographic safari in Africa.

The trip includes:

— Round trip economy airfare to Johannesburg

— All hotels including six nights in luxury lodges in the African bush

— All transfers: airport to hotels and from lodge to lodge

— Six days of big game photo-safaris with two safaris most days. Greatvariety of wildlife.

— Nighttime, dark sky photography of the spectacular southern Milky Way

— Huge, hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning … plus all dinners at the lodges

— Expert guides and photographic advice

For complete details including: itinerary, pricing and registration information, Early Bird Specials and pictures of the accommodations, contact billgutsch@gmail.com

Deepest discounts end April 15.

Note: For US citizens, there are no visa, inoculation or anti-malaria requirements for the portions of South Africa we will visit.

Images © Dr. William Gutsch and Terence Murtagh

Claire Smith

Tour team Support



With many highly successful tours experience, Claire is highly qualified to handle all facets of your dream tour with us. All questions no matter how small will be treated with the greatest of respect and you can be fully confident of getting the best guidance.



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