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Destination : Ireland & Northern Ireland
Majestic scenery, ancient history, unique music, literary traditions, warm and inviting. [Read More]
The tours listed below are just a few samples of the types of cultural journeys you can take in Ireland – but the possibilities are limitless! We can create a tour around your group’s specific passion and ensure it is enriched by all the unique venues that Ireland and Northern Ireland have to offer!
Choir tour of Ireland
Perform with your choir as you discover the warmth and beauty of Ireland. There is a wide range of performance opportunities throughout the island. Sing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Handel’s Messiah was first performed, and in towns and villages throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. Consider making application to participate in the Cork Choral Festival, taking place every May since 1954.
Along the way, hear Irish music of all kinds, from Opera to pop music, and traditional Irish music with its unique accompaniment of bodrán, violin and harp. Literature and theater, history, language, music and heritage are all part of Ireland’s distinctive traditions. Cultural Tour Consultants will create a perfect blend of concert performances while immersing your group in the culture of Ireland.
Discovery Tour of Early Christianity
Follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick and St. Columba as you tour Ireland and Northern Ireland. In Dublin, see the Book of Kells, considered the most striking manuscript ever produced in the Anglo-Saxon world and one of the greatest masterpieces of early Christian art. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, named after the Patron Saint, is where he baptized converts from paganism to Christianity. See the monastic settlements and high crosses along the Meath Heritage trail, and Armagh, the city of Saint Patrick and the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. Visit Londonderry founded as a monastery in 546 by St. Columba. In Donegal, see breathtaking natural beauty of Slieve League (Sliabh a’Liag, and Glencolmcille), named in honor of St. Columba. This special corner of Ireland is home to a unique way of life where traditional culture lives on. The village of Glencolmcille is where St. Columba worshipped and his Holy well, which is a pilgrimage site.
As you tour you will also discover the traditions and modern history of Ireland and Northern Ireland along with the marvelous scenery of the Antrim coast, rated as one of the top five road trips worldwide. Here is where you will find Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site containing 40,000 columns of basalt.
Literary Tour of Ireland
In Ireland’s long history the oral tradition of story telling has passed through the generations from the oral tales of fairies to the tales of the legendary kings. Visit the places that inspired these stories, together with modern literary history. In Limerick take the Angela’s Ashes tour. See the tiny home of Nora Barnacle in Galway City, and spend a day with Yeats in Sligo. Finally in Dublin, visit the sites and museums dedicated to many Irish writers such as G.B. Shaw, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce. Take a literary pub crawl and enjoy an evening performance at the Abbey Theatre.
Top 10 Tour of Ireland
The Irish Tourist Board has compiled a list of the top ten things to see and do from its Facebook fans. Here they are in order from one to ten: Kiss the Blarney Stone, Make Friends with Locals, Sleep in a Castle, Discover Irish Roots, See the Cliffs of Moher, Walk in the Steps of a Giant, Taste Great Food and Drink, Tour the Ring of Kerry, Attend a Music Festival, Play Golf.
If you don’t have a specific focus or theme, why not get together with your club or organization and sample all that Ireland & Northern Ireland have to offer.