Join Seamus Kennedy’s

Celtic Cultural Excursion

June 7 – June 17, 2025

 $3,525 – Land Only

Group Air details will be available in August, 2024

Very limited single accommodations available for a supplemental payment of $895
Simply click on the “Book Now” button to the right and begin the secure booking process

 

Flight Information

Group airfare will be available, with transportation by United Airlines from Newark, NJ (EWR).  Schedule details (subject to change) will be published by United airlines and available by August, 2024. Connecting flights from your local airport may available at an additional cost, call our office for details.

 

 

Those who prefer to make flight arrangements outside of the group flights  please take note.  You must be at Shannon Airport by 10am on 8 June to meet the driver and join this tour.  At the conclusion of the tour, you may utilize transportation to the Dublin airport with the group. Please book your return flight after 1:30pm.  Please provide flight details as early as possible to Isle Inn Tours.

 

Our Itinerary

Departure Day
Saturday, June 7

Depart the USA this evening aboard United Airlines from Newark. Group Air details will be published by United before August of 2024.

Day1
Sunday, June 8

Céad míle fáilte! Arrive in Shannon Airport. We meet our driver/guide, Corkman Lesley Daunt, board our luxury coach and head north to Westport, overlooking Clew Bay. Stop for tea/coffee and scones along the way.  Time to relax before tonight in our hotel.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel, Westport (D)

 

Day 2
Monday, June 9

Today 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.  Dinner on your own this evening. Explore some of the many fine pubs in town. Perhaps Mr. Kennedy he will regale you with some songs.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel, Westport (B)

 

Day 3
Tuesday, June 10

After breakfast travel to Sligo to visit the Yeats’ Center – Hear the Nobel prize-winner’s poetry spoken in the place it was imagined. There will be time to look at artefacts, photos, books and ask questions about Ireland’s National Poet.  Enjoy a short visit in Sligo town.  Arrive in Donegal in the early afternoon. Visit Donegal Castle towering over the River Eske. Red Hugh O’Donnell built the castle as his personal fortress in the fifteenth century.  Some time to enjoy a stroll along Rossnowlagh beach before dinner.  Overnight: Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal (B, D)

Day 4
Wednesday, June 11

This morning visit Slieve League and experience a view that is guaranteed to take your breath away. A sheer drop of roughly 2,000 feet separates the Atlantic Ocean from the highest point of the cliffs.  Next stop the Triona Design Center in Ardara. See the tweed making process from start to finish.  Some time to shop and enjoy complimentary tea and freshly baked scones.

Overnight: Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal (B, D)

Day 5
Thursday, June 12

Today on route to Derry stop to visit The Stone Fort of Grianán of Aileach which sits on a hilltop. The view from Aileach is breathtaking.  Arrive in Derry where a local guide will take us on a walking tour of its medieval city walls. Learn about the city’s fascinating history.  Some free time to have lunch. After hotel check in visit the Walled City Brewery to learn about the brewing process and enjoy a pint of their most popular beer, ‘kicks’.

Overnight: Ebrington Hotel, Derry (B, D)

Day 6
Friday, June 13

After a hearty Ulster fry visit step back in time and visit The Ulster American Folk Park.

See the boyhood home of Thomas Mellon, who emigrated to Pittsburgh in 1818 and later founded the Mellon Bank. The Park traces the story of Ulster emigrants from the “Old Country” to the “New World” in Colonial times. Next stop  Glenshane Farm to see the sheepdogs at work.  Enjoy the view of the Slieve Gallion, Lough Neagh and the Mourne mountains.

Overnight: Overnight: Ebrington Hotel, Derry (B)

 

Day 7
Saturday, June 14

This morning visit the Giant’s Causeway.  After an audiovisual presentation, we will view the spectacular hexagonal volcanic basalt columns.  Learn about the mythical giant Finn McCool, who created the Causeway. We next journey along the coast, with a brief photo stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, originally a fisherman’s crossing and at Dunluce Castle, one of the most photographed spots on the entire island. Arrive in Belfast.  Who knows what musical interlude Seamus has planned for this evening? But it will be fun!

Overnight: Europa Hotel, Belfast (B, D)

 

Day 8
Sunday, June 15

Today visit the Titanic Museum located in the heart of the city. Inside this iconic building, we will re-live the entire Titanic story from her birth in Belfast to the fateful maiden voyage.  Next, a bus tour of the city with a local guide. We’ll see the imposing City Hall on Donegall Square and learn about the diverse history of this ancient city. Free afternoon. Perhaps a visit to award-winning St George’s Market (open 10am – 4pm), housed in a charming Victorian building or drop into the Crown Pub dating back to the 1880s. (across the street from your hotel)

Overnight: Europa Hotel, Belfast (B)

Day 9
Monday, June 16

After breakfast meet local guide Dara Barrett for a tour of Milltown Cemetery.  Stop in Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland with two imposing cathedrals, both named for St. Patrick – one Catholic, one Church of Ireland. Arrive at the Castle Leslie Estate in the afternoon with some time to relax before your farewell dinner at Snaffles, a 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant.

Overnight:  Castle Leslie Lodge (B, D)

Day 10
Tuesday, June 17

After breakfast drive to Dublin Airport. You will clear US Customs, Border Protection (Passport) and TSA in time for a little last minute Duty-Free shopping. You’ll arrive back in the U.S. as a “domestic” passenger making it convenient to connect to an onward flight or to exit the airport with ease.  Slán abhaile! – Safe home! (B)

 

Tour Highlights

  • Achill Island
  • Walking Tour of Westport
  • Yeat’s Center
  • Slieve League
  • Triona Handweavers
  • Donegal Castle
  • Glenshane Farm
  • Walking tour of Derry
  • Walled City Brewery
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (Photo Stop)
  • Guided Tour of Belfast
  • Titanic Museum
  • Milltown Cemetery
  • Armagh City

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, climbing stairs/steps should be expected.

Safety and comfort is our primary concern while on tour, weather and other circumstances beyond the 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

 

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

Admissions Included/Tour Highlights

  • Breakfast daily (B)
  • 6 table d’hôte dinners inc. (D)
  • 9 Nights 4 Star hotels
  • Fully escorted via deluxe motorcoach and Irish Driver Guide
  • Gratuity to driver/guide
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person
  • Musical entertainment by Seamus and friends
  • Service charges and tax on included features
  • Admissions and entry as described in the itinerary

 

Our Hotels

  • 2 Nights Plaza Hotel, Westport
  • 2 nights Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal
  • 2 nights Ebrington Hotel, Derry
  • 2 nights Europa Hotel, Belfast
  • 1 night The Lodge at Castle Leslie

 

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.  Please note driver/guide gratuity is included.
  • Airline upgrades, special seating requests, excess/overweight baggage, connecting flights, or club access

 

Payment Schedule

  • A $750 per person non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking to secure your spot on the tour
  • Final Payment must be received no later than February 28, 2025

Payment may be made online any time by credit card using our secure 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

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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