Come to Ireland with Glen Roethel, Sloan Wainwright, and Sue Riley!
Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Clare
October 24 – November 2, 2024
(travel should start on Oct 22)
Traveling in a small luxury coach, we will visit three counties for three days and nights each. For these nine glorious days and nights, you’ll experience the best music and scenery, walking through the velvety green of Ireland’s rich land, culture, and history.
By day we visit ancient sites, stone circles, ring forts, fishing villages, beaches, heritage centers, and more. I may even have a guitar for an occasional song along the way. We return to our hotel each afternoon, freshen up, have dinner, and by night we share music with Irish songwriters, poets, and musicians at traditional “sessions” with fiddlers, penny whistlers, guitarists, box accordionists, tenor banjo players – all playing jigs, reels, and songs. At night we rest in small, quality hotels, with our heads still reeling from the day’s excitement.
Our tours are small enough that they feel more like a group of friends traveling together in Ireland. We explore beautiful places during the day, some of the top tourist attractions in Dublin City, we include the beautiful Glendalough Valley in Co. Wicklow; walking tours of Waterford, Waterford Crystal, the ancient city of Kilkenny, and The Burren in County Clare. There are also visits to ancient sites such as castles and abbey ruins, a round tower, and possibly a stone circle or ring fort. Traditional music fills the evenings in the form of great sessions in some of the local pubs and private concerts from some of the best Irish musicians. Itineraries can vary depending on a number of factors, so these are just general guidelines. Detailed itineraries are provided a few weeks prior to each tour. Here are some other highlights you’ll enjoy:
Private music concerts from local musicians
Private concerts by Glen, Sloan, and Sue
Tradition and culture
Irish history and greater understanding shared by locals
Music and camaraderie
The tour is guided by a charming local expert and a skillful driver, and is musically co-hosted by yours truly (Glen Roethel), Sloan Wainwright, and Sue Riley. (Honestly, I don’t know who to credit for the most fun…maybe you?!)
Sloan, Glen, and Sue will sing for you too, in two intimate concerts and pop-ups in between 🙂
LOGISTICS AS WE APPROACH DEPARTURE DATE:
We highly recommend that you arrive two days early to help alleviate your jet lag and to minimize stress caused by the risk of flight delays. Aer Lingus is a wonderful airline, by the way (just sayin’). Guests usually stay in a recommended place the first day/night; Inishfree can help you with those arrangements. The tour starts the next morning. You’ll enjoy meeting your travel mates that first day/evening as we prepare for our next-day departure.
Your flight departure from Ireland at the end of your tour should be scheduled no earlier than 9 a.m.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: There is a minimum of 16 guests for the tour. Please do not book your flight until you have been notified that the tour has met that minimum.
This tour is appropriate for people who have a fair to moderate degree of fitness since we do walk on uneven ground at some of the sites. That said, most of the activities are easily accessible to all guests. Opportunities for more strenuous activities can be taken during “free” time which is built into the tour. Please inquire for additional information.
The fee for this exciting experience is $2,800 (US Dollars) per person based on two people sharing a room. Airfare is not included. The cost of a single room is $3,300, which includes $2,800 plus a single supplement of $500. The number of single rooms is very limited but don’t worry, we can help match you with another guest if needed. Please notify Inishfree if you need a roomma
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
The cost of the tour includes:
- ground transportation beginning the day of the tour with pick-up either from one of the selected B&Bs in Bunratty or from Shannon Airport,
- all breakfasts and three group dinners,
- nine nights of accommodation in quality hotels and the occasional B&B (all with en-suite rooms),
- entrance fees to include sights, heritage centers, island ferries,
- live scheduled music cover charges,
- ground transportation from the final hotel back to Shannon Airport (as long as the flight departure is no earlier than 9 a.m.).
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
The tour cost does not include:
- flights to and from Ireland (guests fly in and out of Shannon International Airport),
- B&B or hotel stays prior to the start of the tour,
- Other pre- or post-tour costs such as transportation, meals, or accommodation,
- all lunches during the tour,
- six dinners during the tour,
- optional activities,
- drinks, tips, souvenirs, etc.
Your comfort and safety are paramount to Inishfree Tours, Inc. Guests travel in a small (30 seat) luxury coach. There are no restroom facilities on board but frequent stops are made for guest comfort. The bus has large windows and height—perfect for good viewing—small enough to safely travel the small back roads for which Ireland is famous and big enough for comfort and safety on the major highways. Your driver is a professional and your safety is his foremost concern.