Planning is well underway for next year's Encore concert tour to Ireland. For the third consecutive year, Encore will be partnering with Classical Movements to provide Encore's singers with not only a rich cultural experience, but great concert performance opportunities in top-quality venues.
Current plans for the tour include (subject to change) Galway and Dublin with at least two concerts. Concerts will be part of the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival - Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. This festival takes place in May throughout Ireland. Participants will also perform as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival. Current details follows. YOU MAY ALSO DOWNLOAD A FLYER WITH THE INFORMATION HERE.
Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival
Concerts on tour will be presented as part of the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival - Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Age & Opportunity is a national charitable organization established in 1988 to promote healthy, happy and productive aging in Irish communities. Each year they coordinate a Bealtaine Festival (http://www.Bealtaine.ie) during the month of May, a festival established to encourage and celebrate older adults’ engagement with the arts.
The Mayo International Choral Festival
May 24, 2020
We will be in Ireland on the last day of the 9th annual Mayo International Choral Festival (http://www.mayochoral.com). We are in discussions with them to present one concert as part of their festival. This concert may also be presented as part of the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. The festival is supported by Mayo County Council, Castlebar Municipal District Council, Ashford Castle and numerous other sponsors.
Itinerary (subject to change at this time)
Mayo, Galway, Killarney, and Dublin
We have had initial discussions with concert presenters, festivals and venues to create this sample itinerary. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change as tour planning proceeds. Arrangements such as the cities we stay in and sightseeing may be substituted as needed based on the final itinerary and to best suit the needs of the entire group.
12 Days/10 Nights, May 22-June 2, 2020
$4,999.00 USD Per Person with Round Trip Airfare
$3,732.00 USD Per Person without Round Trip Airfare (Land Only)
$1,200.00 USD Per Person for Single Supplement
$37.00 USD Per Person for Post Departure Insurance or Upgrade to Policy with Trip
Cancellation at Additional Cost.
Itinerary (Subject to Change)
DAY 1: DEPART USA
5:20 PM: Depart Dulles on an overnight flight to Dublin. There are no nonstop flights from the Washington, DC area to Shannon so we are flying to Dublin.
DAY 2: ARRIVE DUBLIN – COUNTY MAYO OR COUNTY GALWAY
5:20 am: Arrive in Dublin. Drive to County Galway or County Mayo. Lunch on your own. Sightseeing Tour of the city you stay in. Check-in to the hotel. Rooms will only be available for check-in from 3 pm on. Welcome Dinner. Overnight in County Galway or County Mayo.
DAY 3: COUNTY MAYO
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Tour in County Mayo. Lunch on your own. CONCERT I: Concert presented as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival and the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. Venues include splendid churches dotted all over Mayo County. Possible exchange and concert with a local choir. Group dinner. Overnight in County Galway or County Mayo.
DAY 4: CONNEMARA & KYLEMORE ABBEY
Breakfast at the hotel. We will travel through Connemara and visit Kylemore Abbey (possible informal singing in the Gothic Church). Lunch on your own. Group dinner. Overnight in Co. Galway or Co. Mayo.
DAY 5: CLIFFS OF MOHER AND BURREN REGION—TRAVEL TO KILLARNEY
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel. Drive to Killarney via the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Region. Lunch on your own. Continue to Killarney. Check-in to the hotel. Group dinner. Overnight in Killarney.
DAY 6: RING OF KERRY
Breakfast at the hotel. Today it's off on our full day journey around the Ring of Kerry where highlights include Moll's Gap, Ladies View, Leprechaun Crossing, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall, and much more. Lunch on your own. Return to Killarney. Group dinner. Overnight in Killarney.
DAY 7: KILLARNEY
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to rest or explore Killarney on your own. Lunch on your own. CONCERT II: Concert presented as part of the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. Possible venues include St. Mary's Church, Church of the Sloes and other churches in the Killarney area. Possible exchange and concert with local choir(s). Group dinner. Overnight in Killarney.
DAY 8: KILLARNEY – DUBLIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel. Drive to Dublin. We will stop along the route for rest breaks, sightseeing, free time to explore on your own, and lunch on your own. Check-in to the hotel. Group dinner. Overnight in Dublin.
DAY 9: DUBLIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Tour. Lunch on your own. CONCERT III: Concert presented as part of the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. Possible venues include Christ Church Cathedral, St. Anne’s Church and other churches in the Dublin area. Possible exchange and concert with a local choir. Group dinner. Overnight in Dublin.
DAY 10: DUBLIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Tour. Lunch on your own. Please note that there may be an opportunity to participate in another event presented as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Group dinner. Overnight in Dublin.
DAY 11: DUBLIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Malahide Castle and Gardens. Lunch on your own.
WORKSHOP: Workshop in Dublin or another city on tour with choral expert. Group farewell dinner with Irish Step Dancing and Music.Overnight in Dublin.
DAY: 12: DUBLIN – USA
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport. 12:35 PM: Depart Dublin. 3:35 PM: Arrive at Dulles.
The following items are included in the package price.
Ten (10) nights of twin or double room accommodations, including all taxes and service charges, at 3 to 4-star central hotels, based on the final itinerary.
Ten (10) breakfasts at the hotels.
One (1) welcome dinner.
One (1) farewell dinner.
Eight (8) other meals, lunches or dinners, as per the final itinerary.
Tour managers and guides from arrival in Dublin until departure from Dublin.
Motor-coaches and drivers as per the final itinerary.
Sightseeing tours and entrance fees with substitutions as per the final itinerary.
Tips to guides and drivers.
Tour book or app.
Workshop with local choral expert.
Three (3) concerts.
Physical Activity, Accessibility and Mobility Issues
Some of Ireland’s historic sites, such as abbeys, castles and ruins, may not be as accessible as modern attractions. Castles and towers may have a first floor that is accessible; however, they are less likely to have lifts. The itinerary includes long touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions (Ring of Kerry for example). You should be able to stand and walk for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and/or outdoor activities. There will be walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to us at the time the reservation is made. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but we are not responsible in the event we are unable to do so. As our coaches are not equipped with ramps, all tour members must be able to mount 3 or 4 steps into the motor-coach. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to atour member for walking, dining, getting on and off motor-coaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. Travelers who need such assistance must be accompanied by a qualified companion. At any time you wish not to continueor want to sit out an activity, you are certainly welcome to do so.