Sample Itinerary: 8 Days | 6 nights
Day 1 – USA / SHANNON
The journey to Ireland begins by boarding an international flight across the Atlantic to the town of Shannon in County Clare, Ireland. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2 – SHANNON / KILLARNEY
Upon arrival in Shannon, you will be greeted by the friendly Perform International representatives. You will begin your time in Ireland with a trip to Killarney. On the way, you will stop to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Bunratty Castle, a large tower house, lies in the center of Bunratty village in County Clare outside of Limerick. The first dwellings on this site were constructed in the year 970, but the present castle was built in 1425. The Folk Park is adjacent to the castle and is popular with locals and tourists. You will end the day in Killarney in southwestern Ireland. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 3 – KILLARNEY
On this morning in Killarney, you will embark on the Ring of Kerry excursion. The Ring of Kerry is probably the most popular tourist attraction outside of the city of Dublin. Along this 111 mile one-way circular drive, you will see many popular sites, including Muckross House, Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Derrynane House, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, St Mary’s Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, the Franciscan Friary, Kellegy Church and the Stone Pillars. After you arrive back in Killarney, you will have an evening concert performance. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 4 – KILLARNEY / KILKENNY
A journey to Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland, is planned for this morning. En route the bus will take you through the beautiful Irish countryside to Cork to visit the Blarney Stone and Castle. Irish legend says that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be given the gift of eloquence! Blarney Castle is more than just the “stone,” however. You will enjoy the landscape gardens known as “Rock Close,” the ruins of the castle and Blarney House. From Blarney, you will travel to Kilkenny. Overnight in Kilkenny.
Day 5 – KILKENNY
To begin this day, you will visit Kilkenny Castle. Built on the ruins of a 12th century fort, the castle still stands as a beautiful example of medieval architecture and history. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the castle and a series of walls were built to protect the town. Other notable sites in Kilkenny are St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Francis Abbey and Grace’s Castle. In the evening, your group will perform a concert. Overnight in Kilkenny.
Day 6 – KILKENNY / DUBLIN
On this day you will journey from Kilkenny to Dublin. There will be a stop at the Glendalough Visitor’s Center. Glendalough is a 6th century monastic settlement where you will visit the ruins of the monastery with its round tower. The settlement is set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic ruins, stone churches and decorated crosses. The picturesque site will provide an enjoyable day outside of the city and a look at the ancient spiritual heritage of Ireland. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 7 – DUBLIN
On your first morning in Dublin, you will enjoy a half-day city tour which may include such sites as the Mansion House, the Molly Malone statue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Francis Xavier Church, the Custom House and Poolbeg Towers. You will get to visit the Books of Kells exhibition at Trinity College, considered a “must see” for any visitor to Dublin. The Books of Kells is an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels written in Latin. It contains the four Gospels of the New Testament and was penned in the 9th century. It is a masterpiece of calligraphy and is one of Ireland’s national treasures. In the evening your group will perform a concert. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 8 – DUBLIN TO USA
After breakfast you will go to the airport to begin your journey back to the USA. You will take with you lifelong memories of exploring and performing in Ireland, sharing your own culture and encountering the rich artistic culture of this beautiful country.
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