Ireland Orchestra Trip

Ireland's history dates back to 6,000 BC and with its breathtaking landscapes, rocky shorelines, vibrant cities, and historical sights, there is something for everyone.

Itinerary

Day One
Monday, May 27th 2019 - Departure Day
  • Meet a VaFeltre Tours  staff member at the airport. Our staff will be there to help you check in.
  • Board, Depart, Enjoy!
Day Two
Tuesday, May 28th 2019 - Welcome to Ireland
  • Arrive airport
  • Meet your Tour Director, Lorna Holland. Time to freshen up and board your motorcoach.
  • Depart to Belfast . Driving time: 2.5 hours.
  • Arrive at your hotel in Belfast 
  • Check in and time to freshen up.
  • Meet your local guide for an intro tour of the city.
  • Dinner
  • Hotel
Day Three
Wednesday, May 29th 2019 - Game of Thrones
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • All day tour to Giants Causeway
    • Embark on an epic journey through the Seven Kingdoms on this full-day tour of Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones filming locations from Belfast. Immerse yourself in the real-life locations seen on-screen in the hit series and follow in the footsteps of characters like Arya Stark, Sansa Stark and Jon Snow. Along the way, marvel at natural wonders like the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway and walk the notorious Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.​
  • Dinner 
  • Return to hotel
Day Four
Thursday, May 30th 2019 - Performance Belfast
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Depart for Sightseeing
  • Titanic museum: Delve into the fascinating history of the Titanic at Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, on a self-guided tour of the magnificent museum. 
  • Lunch & shopping
  • VaFeltre Tours will arrange a workshop and a place for group to perform in surrounding area
  • Dinner
  • Return to Hotel

Galway

Day Five
Friday, May 31th 2019 - Depart to Galway
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Check out and board bus to Galway,  a vibrant traditional Irish music scene and a history of producing some of the most successful traditional irish musicians. De Dannan, were once based in Galway and other figures in traditional music like Dolores Keane, Frankie Gavin and Mairtin O'Connor, also hail from Galway. Popular bands including the The Saw Doctors and The Stunning, were formed in Galway too. The wealth of musicians performing on the streets and in local venues is a testament to the strong music scene here.  Driving time: 4.5 hours
  • Lunch on the way
  • Arrive and check in our hotel 
  • Meet our local guide for an intro tour of Galway
  • Dinner in a traditional Pub in downtown Galway
  • Return to hotel
Day Six
Saturday, June 1st 2019 - Galway
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Day Trip to Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway including Cliffs of Moher Cruise
  • Visit two of Ireland's top natural attractions—the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher—in one day on a tour from Galway
  • Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way and pass through quaint villages on route to Doolin
  • Travel by ferry beneath Cliffs of Moher and see the sights from the water
  • Return to Galway
  • Medieval Dinner at Bunratty Castle
  • Return to Hotel

Bunratty Castle

Day Seven
Sunday, June 2nd 2019 - Killarney
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Check out of hotel
  • Depart to Killarney
  • Lunch on the way
  • Check in to our hotel in Killarney
  • Intro tour of the city
  • Dinner 
  • Theater: Celtic Steps The Show, brings together the raw talent of popular Irish dance with the authenticity of traditional Irish music.
  • Hotel

Killarney Theater

Day Eight
Monday, June 3rd 2019 - Ring of Kerry and Skelligs Awaken Tour from Killarney
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Get a chance to see some of the areas that were used in filming Star Wars' 'The Force Awakens' on this all day tour of the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Islands.

  • First take a boat tour around the two islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, and hear stories about what celebs have also visited the islands.

  • We head back to the Ring of Kerry for stops in the Valentia Island area, Portmagee and Killarney.

  • Dinner

  • Return to Hotel

Day Nine
Tuesday, June 4th 2019 -  Go to Dublin
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • We check out our hotel and head to Dublin
  • Stop at Kinnitty Castle for lunch and entertainment
  • Arrive Dublin
  • Check in to our hotel
  • Time to freshen up and meet our Local guide for an intro tour
  • Dinner
  • Return to Hotel
     
Day Ten
Wednesday, June 5th 2019Performance in Dublin
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning tour in Dublin. TBD - History, Music related activity.
  • Lunch
  • Free time early afternoon in Dublin
  • VaFeltre Tours will arrange a workshop and a place for group to perform in surrounding area
  • Dinner & Music
  • Return to Hotel
Day 11
Thursday, June 6th 2019 -  HALF DAY TRIP
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Half Day Trip to:​​
    • Malahide Castle, Dublin Bay and Howth Village Half-Day Trip from Dublin: Experience the beauty and mysticism of the Irish countryside on this 3.5-hour castle tour from Dublin. Visit the beautiful 12th-century Malahide castle and surrounding gardens. With an expert guide, tour the beautifully adorned rooms and authentic Medieval-age decor, then head to quaint village of Howth for a taste of Irish culture that dates back to the Viking Era.
  • Return to Dublin for final dinner at a Dinner Theater: Traditional food and entertainment at the Irish House Party in Dublin. You’ll experience one of the city’s best ways to spend an evening at this dinner-and-show event complete with authentic Irish fare, diverse music, dancing and storytelling.
Day 12
Thursday, June 7th 2019 -  RETURN HOME
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Airport
  • Cry
  • Arrive Airport, check in and Return Home

Meet your

Tour Director

Dante Zambrano Cassella

Master Tour Director, Guru,

Sloth Whisperer

Tel. 703.209.0669

info@VaFeltre.com

Lorna Holland

Tour Director, Consultant

Tel 571.239.3889

lornanpep@aol.com

What's Included:

Cost of Tour

Land Only

45 to 53 People
(3 Free Spots)
$3,200
 
54 to 70 People
(4 Free Spots)
$3,300
71 to 85 People
(5 Free Spots)
$3,035
86 to 100 People
(6 Free Spots)
$2,996
At this point we cannot provide Airline Pricing as it is too early to book or see any prices. 
We strive to make prices as fair as possible for our guests. For this reason, we offer land pricing for our tours, and do not markup the price for airfare.

FAQ

24/7 Tour Director from VaFeltre Tours

24/7 Irish local Tour Guide Escort

5 Local Guides as listed on Itinerary

3 Nights in Belfast Hotel 3*+

2 Nights Hotel in Galway 3*+

2 Nights Hotel in Killarney 3*+

3 Nights Hotel in Dublin 3*+

All Breakfasts as listed 

Motor Coach and Professional Driver throughout the tour (11 Days)

7 Traditional Dinners

3 Dinners with entertainment

Lunch on Day 3 and Day 9

Entrances as listed on Itinerary

 

Instrument Rental for Performances (15 Cellos and 3 Bases)

 

1 Guest Conductor for Clinic

Travel Insurance

The temperature in Ireland between May and September tends to be in the 60s -- sometimes a bit warmer (into the 70s) and sometimes a bit cooler (high 50s). Planning to wear layers is key to smart packing for Ireland. Also, Irish weather is quite changeable - it can be windy, sunny, and rainy all in one day!


We recommend you bring one medium-sized suitcase (smaller is fine!) and a day bag (example: small back pack or purse). A medium-sized suitcase is about 28 in. (height) x 17 in. (width). You can keep the day bag with you on the mini-coach (there's a nice overhead area above your seat) and your other suitcase will go in the back of the mini-coach which you can access during the day if needed.

To enter Ireland, you need a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after your return date. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a Visa to enter the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (U.K.).

Tipping
Ireland is somewhat of a non-tipping country. If you think someone did an excellent job and you want to tip, people would accept the tip with much gratitude.
In pubs, the bartender does not expect a tip. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.
In nicer restaurants, you may see a "Service Charge" on the bill. This equals a tip.
For your tour guide, tipping is optional. If you decide to tip, a suggested amount is €5 - 10 per day of the tour.

 

WiFi
Ireland is a very connected country! WiFi is available in the majority of your accommodations and at bars, coffee shops, etc.

Ireland Facts & Customs
From the 2011 census, there are about 4.6 million people in the Republic of Ireland and about 1.8 million people in Northern Ireland (U.K.) making the total population of the isle approximately 6.4 million people.
 
Facts

Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland (commonly abbreviated ROI) and the most populous with approximately 1.1 million people.
Dublin was originally a Viking settlement and was founded in approximately 800 A.D.


The official Irish name for Dublin is Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford". 
The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name 'Dubhlinn' meaning "black pool". Dublin is situated in the province of Leinster near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.
 
Irish and English are the official languages of Ireland. In primary and secondary schools, children are taught both languages.
 
There are four provinces in the Republic of Ireland: Leinster (in the east), Ulster (in the north), Connacht (in the west), and Munster (in the south).
There are 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland and 6 counties in Northern Ireland.


Largest cities on the island by population:


Dublin (1.1 million)
Belfast (286,000)
Cork (198,500)
Limerick (91,000)
Galway (76,700)
 
Ireland achieved independence from Great Britain in 1922 and ratified the Republic of Ireland constitution in 1937.
Ireland's head of government is the Taoiseach and has a parliamentary system.
 
Driving is on the left side of the road. The steering wheel is mounted on the right.


A good tip to remember to stay left: Keep the driver in the center of the road and the passenger on the edge.
Driving speeds are in kilometers per hour in the Republic and in miles per hour in Northern Ireland.

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