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This is an itinerary and travel details from an actual musical performance tour designed and organized by David and Exploring Europe.  For more details and complete references, please contact us.

David plans, designs, and leads tours to European destinations for any sized group.  Individuals, families, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to send a request to David to get your adventure on the road.  david@davidmcguffin.com

 

 


 

Tour Itinerary

Saturday, March 9, 2013: Fly to Ireland

Depart Orlando International Airport at 7:30 p.m.  The entire group will fly Aer Lingus, Ireland’s  national air carrier, on a direct and regularly scheduled flight to Dublin arriving the next morning at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 10, 2013:  Arrival in Dublin

After clearing airport security and customs, join your Irish driver and Exploring Europe guide for a scenic coach and walking tour of Dublin.  Enjoy the sights of Dublin including: Trinity College, Merrion Square, Grafton Street, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and more. Later, arrive at your hotel to check-in, relax and enjoy a group dinner. Sleep 1 night in Dublin.  

 Monday, March 11:  Dublin and Galway

Your Concert Band and Orchestra will perform this morning at St. Andrew’s International School in Dublin. Additionally, experience a cultural exchange and a school visit with students and faculty.  This school is home to Ireland’s only IB Diploma Programme. Leaving Dublin, we will head toward the west coast of the island.  After several sightseeing opportunities along the way, arrive in Galway, situated on beautiful Galway Bay. You will have a few hours to settle into your hotel, explore the neighborhood, and have dinner with your chaperone groups.  Sleep 2 nights in Galway.

Tuesday, March 12:  Lough Corrib Sightseeing

Today, take a driving tour to Lough Corrib, Connemara, and Cong. Then, return to Galway for a leisurely afternoon and dinner on your own.

Wednesday, March 13:  County Clare and Country Kerry

Begin the day with a visit to the most photographed spot in Ireland. The rugged “Cliffs of Moher” drop more than 300 feet into the sea below, all surrounded by rolling green hills and the vast North Atlantic.  We then follow the River Shannon and ultimately make a crossing by ferry.  Enjoy the scenic beauty of County Kerry, Brandon Bay, and the Dingle Peninsula. After settling into your hotel, experience charming Dingle town and a group dinner.  Sleep 2 nights in Dingle.

Thursday, March 14:  The Dingle Slea Head Experience

Today, experience some of Ireland’s wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sights. We’ll travel the Slea Head road through endless fields of “40 shades of green,” ocean waves crashing on rocks, and all the sheep you’ll ever want to count. Visiting the Blasket Islands Heritage Centre, you will get a close look at a traditional Irish community at the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy dinner on your own followed by opportunities to experience traditional Irish folk music.

Friday, March 15:  Dublin

Leaving rugged County Kerry behind, we will travel across the island to Dublin.  As the sun goes down and the folks come out, we will devote our time to the “hip” Temple Bar area of town. Here, enjoy a tasty group dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, a lively mix of street entertainers, and plenty of traditional Irish music!  Sleep 3 nights in Dublin.

 Saturday, March 16: Dublin – 10:00 – 15:00

Your three Jazz Bands will perform in Merrion Square Park at a huge St. Patrick’s Festival event drawing 5,000+ spectators. Later, enjoy some free time for shopping and exploring more of the city. Return to the hotel for dinner. 

Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

Much of the day will be filled with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the Marching Band and Color Guard.  After a full day of music performance and festivities, enjoy a final few hours celebrating with the Irish in Dublin. Tonight, enjoy a private dinner and awards presentation at hotel.

Monday, March 18:  The Wicklow Mountains

After breakfast, prepare for a full-day excursion to the Wicklow Mountains.  Here, enjoy hiking in the mountains, an ancient monastic site, and the serenity and beauty only Ireland can provide.

Tuesday, March 19:  Fly home to Florida

Your tour ends today. Depart Dublin at 12:30 p.m. arriving in Orlando at 5:00 p.m.  Sláinte!

 

 


 What’s Included:

  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while in Ireland.
  • Round-trip Airfare, in economy-class, from Orlando to Dublin and return.
  • Accommodation in traditional first-class Irish hotels and guesthouses. All rooms have private en-suite baths.
  • All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff.
  • All breakfasts and six of your dinners. 
  • Traditional and gourmet dining experiences at some of David’s personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best the locale has to offer.
  • All tours and admissions at no extra cost: Comprehensive Dublin coach and walking tour covering all the essential sights in the city ▪ Trinity College and Book of Kells tour ▪ Wicklow Mountain driving tour ▪ Glendalough monastic site orientation and tour ▪ Dingle Town walking tour ▪ Slea Head coach tour ▪ Blasket Island Centre entrance ▪ The Cliffs of Moher Experience ▪ Galway walking tour ▪ Galway Bay and Connemarra coach tour ▪ and much more (itinerary specifics are subject to change).
  • fulltime Exploring Europe guides and local experts on each bus dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.
  • David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.
  • Free luggage tags and David’s custom designed drawstring backpacks.
  • Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in, will never change.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance providing full coverage for emergency medical, baggage loss, and trip delay from the moment you depart for your tour.
  • Incentives for Musical Directors and Staff: Director determines the number of free/complimentary seats for staff and guests ▪ Pre-tour familiarization site visit for director and guest** ▪ Complementary Exploring Europe tour for director and guest within one year of the performance tour**  ▪ Personal communication link with David and his staff making for a stress-free planning process and tour experience.  (** With 80 or more paying participants).

 

 


Slea Head is the most western part of Ireland and offers some of the most breathtaking views in the country. Time and time again travelers have told me it is a view that simply cannot be captured in a photo or video. The coast is spotted with beaches, historic famine houses, fields of “forty shades of green” and all the sheep you’ll ever want to count! The Blasket Islands,  off the coast, have a rich and unique history. Its inhabitants, who evacuated the islands in 1953, were previously isolated  from mainstream society for hundreds of years. The view is beautiful, the history rich. Your Adventure Starts Here!

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

  •  Private Group: Musical Performance Tour 
  • Authentic Traditional and Folk Music: Every destination features opportunities to experience grab some great traditional music. 
  • Gourmet Dining at some of David’s favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products
  • Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade 
  • Glendalough Monastic Site and the Wicklow Mountains.