April 8 - 15, 2024


Harmony of Ireland: A Musical Journey

Join us for an extraordinary musical adventure as Ensemble Ibérica’s Artistic Director, Beau Bledsoe, along with the talented Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny, and Irish multi-instrumentalist Brendan McCreanor, guide you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Ireland.

County Clare’s Springtime Serenade

In the heart of spring, County Clare welcomes you with open arms and a symphony of traditional Irish music. Set against the backdrop of iconic towering cliffs, ancient limestone landscapes, and charming towns, this is the perfect stage for an enchanting performance. Let the melodies of County Clare sweep you into the soul of Ireland.

Dublin’s Thousand-Year Songbook

Our journey continues to the bustling streets of Dublin, where history and music intertwine. Experience the lively pubs and vibrant nightlife that have thrived for over a millennium. From age-old traditions to contemporary beats, Dublin’s music scene is a vibrant part of the city’s DNA.

Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of music, history, and natural beauty. Let the enchanting melodies of Ireland be the soundtrack to your unforgettable adventure. Join us and discover the heart and soul of Ireland through the eyes and ears of these remarkable artists.

Monday, April 8th: Arrival at Shannon Airport, where your adventure takes flight. Relax as we whisk you away to the Falls Hotel & Spa, nestled in the captivating town of Ennistymon in scenic County Clare. 

A Timeless Haven

Step into history as the Falls Hotel & Spa reveals its secrets—a hidden gem boasting an eighteenth-century mansion and a late medieval castle. With a formidable history spanning four and a half centuries, this is your chance to dwell in the past while surrounded by contemporary comfort. Notably, the Falls Hotel is proudly certified as a carbon-neutral oasis, drawing its power solely from the hydroelectric currents of the adjacent Inaugh River.

As the sun sets over Ennistymon, join us for a captivating cocktail reception and dinner on the front terrace of the Falls Hotel & Spa. Delight in culinary excellence while the enchanting melodies of uilleann piper Eoin Ó Briain fill the air. Tonight is not just an event; it’s an immersive symphony of history, sustainability, and cultural richness.

Tuesday, April 9th: Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast, a perfect prelude to the unforgettable experiences that await. Every morning, indulge in a delightful breakfast included in your stay, setting the stage for a day of exploration.

A Day of Spectacular Sights 

Board our private coach for a mesmerizing day trip to the iconic Cliffs of Moher, where nature’s grandeur unfolds before your eyes. Marvel at the breathtaking cliffs and explore the Neolithic dolmen in the mystical Burren, County Clare—a journey into the ancient past against a backdrop of unparalleled beauty.

Dinner with a View at Barrtrá 

As evening descends, gather at Barrtrá, a charming family-run seafood and steak restaurant nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the picturesque Liscannor Bay. Immerse yourself in the soothing melodies of singer/songwriter and educator Roisín (Rosie) Ní Ghallóglaigh, accompanied by the enchanting tunes of harpist Aisling Lyons. 

Wednesday, April 10th:

McKernan Woollen Mill: Unveiling Artistry

Embark on a journey of craftsmanship at the McKernan Woollen Mill studio in the charming village of Tuamgraney. Witness the magic as they breathe life into unique designs, from concept to hand-finished pieces. Immerse yourself in the artistry and take home a piece of Ireland, available for purchase.

Enchanting Ennis: Capital of County Clare

Our adventure continues to Ennis, the heartbeat of County Clare. Nestled on a bend in the River Fergus, Ennis is a picturesque haven with narrow, winding streets, historical buildings, and a bustling market town atmosphere. Lose yourself in the rich history and vibrant energy of this captivating center.

Irish Trad Session: An Evening of Melodies

As the sun sets, join us for an authentic Irish trad session led by the talented Brian O’Loughlin. Let the tunes transport you to the heart of Irish culture, creating an atmosphere that encapsulates the soul of the Emerald Isle. Tonight is not just about music; it’s about immersing yourself in the rhythmic heartbeat of Ireland.

Thursday, April 11th:

Your Day, Your Way: Embrace Freedom in County Clare 

Today is all about embracing freedom and exploring County Clare at your own pace. We’ve got you covered with a curated list of suggested site visits and activities, ensuring you make the most of your day.

Friday, April 12th

Board our private coach for a leisurely three-hour drive, soaking in the scenic beauty along the way. As the landscapes change, anticipation builds for the vibrant cityscape awaiting us.

Iveagh Garden Hotel: Your Urban Retreat

Arrive in Dublin and step into the embrace of the Iveagh Garden Hotel, an urban oasis just a stone’s throw from the renowned Grafton Street. Check-in and let the city’s pulse blend seamlessly with the tranquil ambiance of this exceptional haven.

Dublin’s Welcome: Elle’s Bar and Bistro

Tonight, we gather for a delightful dinner at Elle’s Bar and Bistro, a culinary haven situated on the hotel grounds. Indulge in gourmet delights as you unwind from your journey, surrounded by the lush tranquility of the Iveagh Gardens.

Saturday, April 13th: 

Embark on a captivating expedition as we delve into the ancient wonders of Ireland. Today, our adventure takes us to the prestigious World Heritage Site, Newgrange—an awe-inspiring Irish passage tomb that traces its roots back to 3,200 BC.

Timeless Beauty, Time-Worn History

Step into the hallowed grounds of Newgrange, where history breathes and echoes through the millennia. This remarkable passage tomb, older than the pyramids of Egypt, stands as a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of Ireland’s ancestors.

Solar Alignment Marvel 

Marvel at the celestial sophistication of Newgrange, known for its remarkable solar alignment. Witness the mystical illumination that occurs during the winter solstice, as sunlight penetrates the tomb’s inner chamber—a phenomenon that has captivated minds for centuries.

Sunday, April 14th: 

Discover Dublin Your Way: A Day of Exploration and Freedom

Today, Dublin is your playground! Enjoy the freedom to explore this vibrant city at your own pace with our carefully curated list of suggested site visits and activities. Whether you’re drawn to historic landmarks, cultural treasures, or the lively streets of Temple Bar, Dublin awaits your personal touch.

Closing Dinner Extravaganza

Tonight, we come together for a memorable closing dinner party, where the sounds of Ireland will surround you. Enjoy the enchanting melodies of Irish multi-instrumentalist Brendan McCreanor, making our farewell evening a celebration of the rich cultural tapestry that defines Dublin.

Monday, April 15th: Travel Day from Dublin back to U.S

April 8 - 15, 2024

Price $3,965


How it works

Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit refundable until 90 days prior to departure. Pay deposit here.

Pay remaining balance 90 days before date of departure. Financing available through AffirmPay in full here.

You will be contacted for an orientation/meet and greet a few weeks before departure and given a detailed travel itinerary with recommendations, detailed time frames and transportation information to and from the airports.

per person/ dbl. occupancy PLUS AIRFARE

Trip is strictly limited to 27 people

Participants will need to be able to walk moderate distances unassisted, climb stairs and manage uneven surfaces.

Schedule and activities may slightly change if unforeseen circumstances arise.

Arrange your own flight. Flights are not included in the cost of the trip.

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