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Irish Delights - Dublin & Cork

To enjoy this fantastic opportunity to visit the ‘Emerald Isle’, you can fly into Dublin en route from North America to the London Festival, or from many other international airports. Budget airlines also have regular flights from London to Dublin and Cork to London in just over an hour. 

The Pre-tour starts with registration on Tuesday 22 May 2018, with two nights in Dublin, and the 5 star Merrion Hotel will be our festival hotel. Alternative hotels to suit your budget are available in Dublin. Our opening dinner will be at a two Michelin starred restaurant, close to St Stephen’s Green in the Georgian area of Dublin Town. 

Tours of Dublin including lunch, on the second day, will relay its history, architecture and culture. In contrast to our first night, our second night will be casual and destined to enjoy the ‘Crac’, a gaelic word meaning fun. We will dine in the highest Pub in Ireland, a chance to sample Irish beer, Irish Whiskey or imported wines and we will be entertained at a ‘Hooley Show’ with Irish music and dance. 

On the third day we leave by coach towards Cork, enjoying the green countryside and stopping en route at places of interest for photo opportunities and lunch at a country house. St Patrick travelled in this area and we will learn his history. We stay together for three nights at a Central Cork hotel. Our first dinner will be prepared for us in a local restaurant. 

Next day we head to the South West, Killarney and the beautiful Kerry peninsular, known as the outer edge of Europe, or the Wild Atlantic Way. We will stop for lunch and return to Cork for a free evening.

We explore Cork the next morning, taking in the English market before heading for a wine/whiskey tasting, visits, and lunch in the Kinsale area. Our festival finishes with a farewell dinner in Cork celebrating Irish produce matched with fine wines. 

On Sunday 27 May 2018, you are free to stay on, or take a flight to London, which as previously mentioned, takes just over one hour.)


Cancellation by members: If you cancel within 14 days of making the deposit, it will be fully refunded.   No deposit will be refunded after 14 days.
After 28 February 2018, no refund will be made and the final balance, if not already paid, will still be payable.  You are advised to have personal travel and cancellation insurance.


Cancellation by IWFS: In the event that it becomes necessary to cancel one or more events within the Festival the organisers will repay any uncommitted funds to registrants. 

Tour price of 1,750 euros per person includes

2 dinners and 1 lunch in Dublin, plus all visits and coach transportation

Coach transfer to Cork and local coach tours

3 nights hotel accommodation in Cork (no single supplement), plus 2 dinners and 2 lunches

Wine/whiskey tastings and visits 

Accommodation in Dublin and transport to and from Ireland are not included, and will need to be booked separately.



photo courtesy of @storytravellers