Day One – Arrival to the Emerald Isle
Céad míle fáilte go hÉirinn
Arrival to Dublin Airport from your transatlantic flight.
Meet with your Tour Director & Driver/Guides and begin your Irish adventure, first enjoy a panoramic Dublin City Tour including a visit to Trinity College.
Visit Trinity College
Welcome to the Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition – a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript which is world famous.
Some free time and lunch under own arrangements in Dublin.
Continue to your hotel and check in.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at your hotel in Dublin
Depart your hotel after breakfast for Navan, Co. Meath, be sure to pack old clothes for this day!!!
Over a three hour period the group will take part in a number of Irish Farm Activities such as:-
- Cutting turf
- Making a Sugan Rope
- Milking a cow
- Sheepdog demonstration
- Baking brown Bread
Or – Irish Cultural Activities such as:-
- Dancing a jig
- Playing a bodhran (Irish Drum)
- Enjoy a Traditional Irish ceili
- Play hurling
Light Lunch of soup & brown bread will be served on-site before departing and returning to Dublin
This afternoon meet with the Artane Band for an exchange, time to get to know each other in the Artane Music School. Rehearse a piece of music together, then perform some pieces separately and finished with a combined final.
The Artane School of Music is the home of the world famous Artane Band which was founded in 1872 and has grown and developed to become a centre of excellence in music learning and performance in North Dublin. Students are given the opportunity to develop as musicians and as people while performing locally, nationally and internationally. The Artane Band perform regularly, from parades in small towns around the country, to a packed Croke Park to concerts in the National Concert Hall, and everywhere in-between! The Artane Band is one of the busiest performing groups in Ireland.
The Band has toured the USA on seven occasions, as well as trips to Canada and Russia. They have also shared a stage with performers such as Perry Como, Neil Diamond, U2, and James Last, as well as the Boston Pops Orchestra. More recently, the Artane Band was asked to open the Oxegen Rock Festival with up and coming rock band, “The Brilliant Things”. But it is perhaps through their performances in Croke Park, the Home of Gaelic Games, that the band is best known, although this makes up less than half their public performances throughout the year.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at your hotel in Dublin.
St. Patrick’s Day
The Band will have the opportunity to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin today.
Optional participation in a local parade in Celbridge afternoon at 4pm
Return to your hotel after the Parade to freshen up.
Dinner & Entertainment at Taylors Three Rock or similar
Taylors Irish Night involves a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish song and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your pallet.
Return to the hotel.
Bed & Breakfast at your hotel in Dublin.
Today the Band will perform in the International Band Competition in Limerick. A large conference room will be reserved for the group at their hotel for the group on this morning from 08h30 – 11h00 to facilitate rehearsals etc.
Lunch under own arrangements
This afternoon visit Bunratty Castle & Folk village, step back in time and enjoy exploring this ancient castle dating back to 1425. Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop and McNamaras Pub.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at your hotel in Clare.
Visit the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top visitor sites. Looming over Country Clare’s west coast, the cliffs stretch foe 8 kilometres and 214 meters over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Unchanged for millennia, the landscapes of the cliffs have for centuries welcomed visitors, who come to marvel at their splendour and be at one with nature. The cliffs are the largest mainland colony for nesting seabirds in Ireland. Visitors can see puffins, kittiwakes, fulmar and many others. The new visitor centre is covered by the grass hillside. It features a virtual reality cliff face adventure, the ledge that provides a WOW factor for visitors and is a must for all ages, together with the coffee shop, tourist information desk and retail shop.
Afternoon arrival in Galway.
Enjoy a historic walking tour of Galway city centre which commences on Eyre Square and takes you too many historic sites including, Lynches Castle, St Nicholas Church, Nora Barnacles House (James Joyces wife) and the Spanish Arch.
Return to your county Clare hotel.
Dinner, Bed & Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel in Clare
Depart on full day tour of Connemara visiting Kylemore Abbey.
"Connemara is a savage beauty", Oscar Wilde
From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
At Maam Cross turn onto Lough Inagh Valley at Recess and onto Kylemore Abbey for a guided Tour.
Set in the heart of the Connemara mountains is the Kylemore Abbey Estate, home of the Irish Benedictine Nuns. Visit the picturesque Abbey (reception rooms, video and exhibition) and enjoy a stroll to the beautifully restored Gothic Church; browse in the craft shop and sample our home cooked food in the restaurant.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at your hotel in Athlone
This morning depart Athlone to visit Clonmacnoise ancient monastic site.
In the afternoon enjoy a final performance with the Raven’s Marching Band Athlone.
Free time for shopping in Athlone under own arrangements
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at your hotel in Athlone. Enjoy live Irish music entertainment with traditional Irish dancers.
Day Eight Farewell
After a final breakfast this morning we depart for Dublin Airport where we say a final farewell to the Emerald Isle before our return transatlantic flight.