Visit Ireland with DCFD Emerald Society

October 8 – 17, 2024

 $3,095 – Air Inclusive
$2,095 – Land Only

Above price is per person, based on shared accommodations.
Very limited single accommodations available for a supplemental payment of $525

Simply click on the “Book Now” button to the right and begin the secure booking process

Flight Information

8 Oct Dulles to Dublin Aer Lingus #118  8:45pm 08:50am
17 Oct Dublin to Dulles Aer Lingus #119 4:15pm 7:15pm

If you make your own flight arrangements outside of the group flights, please take note.  You must be at Dublin airport to join this tour at 9am on Oct 9th.  At the conclusion of the tour, you may utilize transportation to the Dublin airport with the group.  Please provide flight details to Isle Inn Tours as early as possible.

Itinerary

Departure Day, October 8th

Depart on your overnight flight from the Washington DC to Dublin, Ireland.

Wednesday, October 9th

Céad míle fáilte!

Meet our Irish driver/guide and start our Irish journey.  Stop at Johnston Estate for tea/coffee and scones. Travel northwest to the lovely town of Westport nestled safe at the foot of towering Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay and its enchanting islands.  Time to relax or take a stroll around town. Dinner tonight in our hotel.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel, Westport (D)

Thursday, October 10th

Meet a local guide this morning for a walking tour and enjoy some local treats along the way. Board our coach to see some of the most picturesque touring in the Northwest.  Starting at Clew Bay, reputed to have 365 islands, continue via Newport and across the Curraun Peninsula to reach Achill Island.  Travel along the Atlantic drive to capture scenic views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the Atlantic Ocean. See the Deserted Village, home to the remains of nearly 100 abandoned stone cottages.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel, Westport (B, D)

 


Friday, October 11th

As we travel north to Donegal, we will pause near the site of W. B. Yeats’s gravesite under the shadow of Ben Bulben for a few words about Ireland’s national poet. Next stop Donegal Castle which was built in the fifteenth century. It is located in the very heart of the town, towering over the River Eske and was once the principle residence of the O’Donnells one of the leading Gaelic Clans.

 

Overnight: Abbey Hotel, Donegal (B, D)

Saturday, October 12th

 

This morning visit Slieve League and experience a view that is guaranteed to take our breath away. A sheer drop of roughly 2,000 feet separates the Atlantic Ocean from the highest point of the cliffs, much higher than the better known Cliffs of Moher.  Our next stop will be the Triona Design Center in Ardara. See the tweed making process from start to finish.

 

Overnight: Abbey Hotel, Donegal (B, D)

Sunday, October 13th

Today we will visit Derry where a local guide will take us on a walking tour of its medieval city walls. Learn about the city’s fascinating history and see some.  Some free time in Derry to have lunch and visit some local sights, the Tower Museum, the Guildhall Museum or the Siege Museum are all in the city center and worth visiting.

Overnight: City Hotel, Derry (B, D)

 

Monday, October 14th

After breakfast drive north to the beautiful Antrim coast.  After a brief photo stop at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge it’s on to the Giant’s Causeway. After a short audiovisual presentation, we will have an opportunity to walk down and view the spectacular hexagonal volcanic basalt columns.  Learn about the mythical giant Finn McCool, who created the Causeway. There is a jitney bus which will take those who wish down to the Causeway and back; it can be a tough walk back. Return to Derry.

Overnight: City Hotel, Derry (B)

Tuesday, October 15th

Today we will travel from Derry to Dublin City. On route we will visit Glenshane Farm and see the sheepdogs at work.  Enjoy some tea and biscuits overlooking the Slieve Gallion, Lough Neagh and the Mourne mountain range.  Arrive in Dublin in the early afternoon.  The rest of the day will be free to explore the city on your own.

 

Overnight: Camden Court Hotel, Dublin (B)

Wednesday, October 16th

This morning meet your fellow traveler for a panoramic city tour where you will see elegant Georgian squares and houses, buildings of historical importance including The Bank of Ireland at College Green and Dublin Castle as well as the statue of Molly Malone on Grafton Street. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax or explore the city on foot.

Overnight: Camden Court Hotel, Dublin (B)

 

Thursday, October 17th

After breakfast drive to Dublin Airport in time for our return flight to Washington.

Slán abhaile! – Safe home!  And Go raibh maith agat! Thank you! (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

 

Emerald Society Membership is required to participate

One person in each booking must be an Emerald Society member.  Regular and Associate Memberships, along with renewals, are available by clicking here

Admissions Included and Sightseeing Highlights

  • Walking Tour of Westport
  • Achill Island
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Triona Donegal Handweaves
  • Donegal Castle
  • Walking tour of Derry
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (Photo Stop)
  • Glenshane Farm Sheep Dogs
  • Dublin City Tour

 

Our Hotels

  • 2 nights Plaza or Wyatt Hotel, Westport
  • 2 nights Abbey Hotel, Donegal
  • 2 nights City Hotel, Derry
  • 2 nights Camden Court Hotel, Dublin

 

What’s Included

  • Breakfast daily (B)
  • 5 table d’hôte dinners (D)
  • 8 Nights 1st class hotels
  • Admissions/attractions described in the itinerary
  • Porterage of 1 suitcase per participant

 

What’s not included

Elements NOT INCLUDED in the price of your tour/airfare

  • Travel insurance must be paid for at the time of deposit to cover any pre-existing conditions, if purchased after initial payment, pre-existing conditions are subject to exclusion.
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, admissions, not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages, including alcohol and soft-drinks, unless otherwise indicated
  • Tips, admissions, and other “out of pocket” items not designated in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to hotel/wait staff, etc.
  • Airline upgrades, special seating requests, excess/overweight baggage, connecting flights, or club access
  • Please note driver/guide gratuity is NOT included in the tour price.  While not required, it is customary to tip 10 Euro per person per day to acknowledge excellent service.

 

Payment Schedule

  • A $500 per person non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking to secure your spot on the tour
  • A $1000 per person payment will be due March 25, 2024
  • Final Payment must be received no later than June 10, 2024

Payment may be made online any time by credit card using our secure payment process.  If you prefer to pay by check, you may mail payment to:

Isle Inn Tours
PO Box 2559
Moorpark,  CA  93020

For FedEx/UPS

Isle Inn Tours
100 W. High Street # 2559
Moorpark, CA 93021

Details and other Things to Know about your tour

Your tour is subject to our terms and conditions. We strongly urge all travelers to become familiar with the details of your vacation investment before booking by reading our Terms and Conditions – simply click here.

Tour price is per person based on shared accommodation in double occupancy room.

Mobility requirement is moderate, walking along un-paved surfaces should be expected.

Weather and other circumstances beyond control of Isle Inn Tours, our drivers, or business partners may suggest or require changes to the itinerary without notice.

Scheduled flight times are subject to change and are set by the airline and will be communicated to participants.  Day of travel conditions are beyond the control or influence of Isle Inn Tours and are the sole responsibility of the airline.

A valid passport, with a minimum of six months remaining validity AFTER planned return date is required.  If you are a United States citizen and do not currently have a valid passport you should begin the process online with the US State Department as early as possible by clicking here

 

Protect your vacation investment

 Travel Insurance is STRONGLY suggested.

Trip insurance is available for additional cost through Travel Guard (approximately 8% of total tour price) and is strongly recommended.  Visit https://isleinntours.com/travel-protection/ to learn more. You can click through to Travel Guard’s website to purchase from here as well.

Circumstances beyond our control may require us to change the schedule. This tour is subject to the terms and conditions listed on www.isleinntours.com

 

Reserve your spot on the tour today!

Simply click on the “Book Now” button to the right and begin the secure booking process

Contact Fiona at Isle Inn Tours

By e-mail at Fiona@IsleInnTours.com or by telephone M-Th 10:00 – 4:00 703-997-6723

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