Bands & Choirs - Escorted 8 Night Land Package
$1,995 Per Person (Twin or Double) / $2,770 Per Person (Single)
- 8 Night Hotel Accommodation – 3 Star Stays (Taxes and Service Charges Included)
- Hotel Porterage for 1 Bag Per Person
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily (Except Morning of Arrival)
- 5 Hotel Dinners
- Admission into 11 Sightseeing Tours (Detailed Below)
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach w/ Professional Cara Group Travel Tour Director Throughout
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is more than just a televised show. It is a weeklong celebration jam packed with vivid performances and colorful spectacles so it is not surprising that the lively sounds of bands from around the world have been the soundtrack for many past visitors. Like music is to Ireland, bands are an integral part of the festival so much so that musicians are featured during mornings, afternoons and evenings throughout the festival. As the official travel partner of Rose of Tralee and a well-rehearsed tour operator for music groups ranging from rock bands to classical orchestras, trust in Cara Group Travel to plan your logistics, take care of travel arrangements and create opportunities for additional performances – all you should worry about is remembering your instruments and notes!
Whilst in Ireland, take time for play. Delve deeper into Co. Kerry and discover sights, sounds and memories across Ireland with 11
- Panoramic Dublin Sightseeing Tour with visit to the Guinness Storehouse
- Visit to the Garden of Ireland & Glendalough Monastic Site
- Band/Choir Event in Dublin
- Participation in the Rose of Tralee International Festival
- Sightseeing on the Ring of Kerry
- Visit to Ardfert Cathedral & Blennerville Windmill
- Sightseeing on the Dingle Peninsula & boat trip to see ‘Fungi’ the Dolphin
- Visit to Ross Castle in Killarney
- Visit to Blarney Castle and Gardens
- Ferry Ride Across the River Shannon
- Visit to the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic Edge Exhibition
August 15 – Welcome to Ireland
This morning we land in Dublin airport. Once you go through passport control, you collect your bags and head out into the arrivals area where your very friendly Irish Tour Director will meet and transfer you to your first destination, Dublin City in County Dublin.
We will check-in to our accommodation and step out to take a panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin’s Fair City. As we drive through the main thoroughfare we see historic buildings like the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street and Trinity College, housing the Book of Kells, we see the vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s house can still be found (today owned by the American College. We will see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed greatly to Irish life throughout its long history (it was founded in 1191). Jonathan Swift was Dean from 1713-1745 and is buried inside the Cathedral. We also see the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe and home to Aras an Uachtarain (the Irish President’s Residence) as well as the American Ambassador’s Residence.
At the end of our tour, we take a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness Storehouse. This historical site is central to Dublin’s and Ireland’s heritage, and has been continually updated to create a blend of fascinating industrial tradition with a contemporary edge. The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of Guinness, telling the story from its origins at St. James’s Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world.
When you reach the 7th floor enjoy a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ in the Gravity Bar while taking in the breath-taking panoramic 360° views of Dublin city and beyond.
You are then free this afternoon to further explore the city as you wish:
Suggestions (Optional Tours):
- Explore the lush expanses of the National Botanic Gardens or Phoenix Park and find Dublin Zoo.
- Enjoy the peace of a quiet stroll through St Stephen’s Green.
- Engage in unique experience of the National Museum of Ireland or Jameson Distillery.
- Marvel at the ancient illuminated manuscripts on show at Trinity College.
- Visit Ireland’s famous shop street and experience the craic of Grafton Street.
- Discover the symbolic importance in Irish history of The General Post Office.
- Walk the streets of Temple Bar and check out some of the best Irish hospitality.
- Receive a history lesson at the former prison, Kilmainham Gaol.
- Explore all the main attractions of Dublin at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour.
- Learn about the Irish sporting and cultural organization at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.
- Call into the Chester Beatty Library or Glasnevin Cemetery Museum for an intriguing distraction.
Afterwards, check out the many restaurants and bars in Dublin on your first night in Ireland and toast to the start of a memorable vacation. Overnight: Dublin
August 16 – The Garden of Ireland & Glendalough Monastic Site
After breakfast this morning, we will visit the ‘Garden of Ireland’ – County Wicklow. As with many other parts of Ireland, Wicklow is drenched in history and heritage and one of the most famous examples of that is the Monastic Settlement of Glendalough. St. Kevin founded this ancient Monastery in the 6th century and he chose this location for its beautiful and remote setting. The settlement is set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the remains of a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. Also on this site you will find a Celtic High Cross, St. Mary’s Church and St. Kevin’s Church.
Afterwards, we will return to Dublin to perform at a pre-organized event. Later, we will enjoy our last night in Dublin together. Overnight: Dublin
August 17th – On to Tralee
Once breakfast is finished up, we will make our way to the town you are well familiar with – Tralee in Co. Kerry. Tralee will be a lively hub over the next week, with festival activities taking place daily and traditional music session held nightly. We will bid farewell to Dublin’s Fair City and set off for Tralee for the next five nights – where we enjoy and partake in – The Rose of Tralee International Festival – one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.
It is sure to be action packed in Tralee! Today we will partake in local events – like The Marching Band Parade, which involves performances from some of the 15 Marching Bands in attendance.
Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
August 18th – Tralee Festival & The Ring of Kerry
Refuel on a hearty breakfast as we will set out to explore the beauty of an area that has attracted visitors for centuries. We travel west where we will see countryside surrounded by mountains, lakes, woods and rugged coastline as we meander around the 110 mile route of the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is the mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland with its spectacular beauty which is beyond question. It is a natural center for outdoor pursuits and it also contains some of the Europe’s finest beaches. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland – see the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Once we return to Tralee, we perform again this evening. The Family Saturday Parade will take place, which is sure to be as enjoyable as it is vibrant as other weekend performances taking place in Tralee. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
August 19th – A Day Well Spent in Tralee
This morning offers the opportunity to ‘Run the Kingdom’ – (registration separate and not included for those wishing to participate) – a 10k run through the streets of Tralee combining a fantastic route with the glamour and atmosphere of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Roses, their families, locals, first time runners and seasoned athletes are amongst the participants in this spectacular event that combines fun with serious racing!
If you are not for running the 10k – you may decide to visit Ardfelt Cathedral, a monastery which was founded in Ardfert by St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’ in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, two ogham stones and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today. Next, we visit ‘the dominant landmark’ in Tralee, Blennerville Windmill. Climb to the top of the history drenched windmill and experience the workings of a traditional windmill in all its sustainably powered glory. This afternoon, returning to Tralee to participate in today’s events along with enjoying all that the town has to offer, from the Stunning Sunday Parade to the Marching Band Parade and so much more. Overnight: Tralee
August 20th – Famous Sites and Sounds of Kerry
After breakfast this morning, we will head out to enjoy a scenic day of beautiful beaches and mountains of the Dingle Peninsula. National Geographic once called it “ the most beautiful place on earth”. It suffered the Vikings, welcomed Hollywood and has its own famous Dolpin called “Fungie”. Since 1983, this friendly chap has entertained every man, woman and child off the coast of Dingle, a picturesque seaside town in County Kerry. In fact, he’s so adored by the townspeople they even built a statue in his honour. The Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland’s most rugged Peninsulas with breathtaking views and mysterious huts called ‘clochans’ that line the road built by 7th century monks. Stop in the small fishing town of Dingle with its eclectic little fashion and jewelry shops on Green Street and the intimate cozy pubs such as Ashes and Foxy Johns, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A very special place, with a great atmosphere where you can hear Irish Gaelic being used fluently.
Later on, we will return to Tralee to get ready for an exciting evening participating in the Festival. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
August 21st – Ross Castle & Blarney Castle
Enjoy your hearty Irish Breakfast this morning as we head out to discover more of the sights and sounds of Co. Kerry and its neighbor Co. Cork. Our first stop this morning is at Ross Castle, which sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The castle is considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century.
We continue onto the village of Blarney to gain the ‘Gift of the Gab’ with a visit to Blarney Castle. Climb the winding stairs of this nearly impenetrable fortress, kiss the Blarney Stone and be granted the “Gift of Gab”. Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens that lead to Rock Close, Blarney Castle’s secret treasure. Once we have walked up an appetite for shopping, head inside the “Blarney Woolen Mills”—30,000 square feet of retail space within one of Ireland’s oldest and most authentic woolen mills. After our scenic day, we return to Tralee to join in on the evening celebrations as the 2017 Festival comes to a close. Go out in style at the 2017 Celebration Parade, where the winner and all Roses celebrate a successful week. Dance the night away with all your new found friends in Tralee. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
August 22nd – The Cliffs of Moher & First City of Culture
This morning, we depart Tralee and bid farewell to the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Over breakfast, reflect on the great memories created here and get ready to create even more as we travel to the Irelands first Irish City of Culture, Limerick City.
On route to Limerick, we will visit the mighty Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. The Cliffs are over 700 feet high at the highest point and range for over 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
Later, we will reach Limerick City where we shall check-in at our hotel and spend the evening experiencing Irish hospitality. This vibrant place hosts many quality restaurants, cafes and pubs so you are sure to find the perfect place to celebrate your last night in Ireland tonight. Dinner & Overnight: Limerick
August 23rd – Homeward Bound
Pack your bags and head for Shannon Airport where you will board your flight for home. Carry on your photos and memories and bring a bit of the Emerald Isle home with you. ‘The Land of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ will be expecting you again soon!