Thursday, August 27, 2009

Occidental College Glee ClubPerformance Tour 2010 - First Itinerary

Intriguing Ireland
Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney,The Ring of Kerry,Cork and Dublin
also featuring: stops and overnights in smaller villages for a true immersion into local cultures

This is the Occidental College Glee Club's first performance tour itinerary, some details are subject to change to enhance the overall experience. Enjoy!

• A series of up to four professionally organized and promoted formal concerts in magnificent venues just for your choir and/or exchange concerts
• Educational and entertaining sightseeing
• Plenty of opportunities for immersion intothe local culture
• Exchange with local musicians
• Entrances to many sights, including the Guiness Storehouse (tasting not obligatory)
• Nice hotels in good locations

Your Concert-Venues
• St. Nicholas Church, University —GALWAY
• Gothic Church at Kylemore Abbey
• Muckross House, Cathedral, Danny Man Pub —KILLARNEY
• St. Augustine, University —CORK
• St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, St. Bartholomew —DUBLIN
The above listed venues have been carefully selected by Incantato‘s Concert Managers and will be requested for your choir and travel dates. Final confirmation is based on submission of repertoire and recording as well as final approval by the local music directors.

Accommodation and Meals
Incantato‘s Hospitality Managers take pride in working only with pre-inspected hotels that fit your budget and selected restaurants frequented by locals. We encourage you to stay and eat in typical, ideally locally owned properties for a true immersion into the local cultures. Irish breakfasts are included daily and four special dinners.


DAY 1 Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Overnight flight to IRELAND

DAY 2 Wednesday, May 19
Failté to Dublin
Your Incantato Tourmanager welcomes you to Ireland after an overnight flight to Dublin and you will take the bus to the West Coast. En-route to Galway you’ll stop in a picturesque town for tea and scones. After check-in, explore Galway, a lively university town, prior to your welcome dinner with typical specialties.

DAY 3 Thursday, May 20
Parks, Abbey & Concert
After an optional exchange with students at Galway University, start your excursion of Connemara National Park. It‘s highlight is the beautiful Kylemore Abbey where a home-made tea and scones await you prior to the choir‘s concert at the Gothic Church. An alternative performance can be scheduled in Galway.

DAY 4 Friday, May 21
Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Visit the breath-taking Cliffs en route to Killarney.
Today will be a day of scenic routes including
stops in some of Ireland’s prettiest villages. Upon arrival in Killarney, home of a myriad of music pubs, enjoy a free evening,or take an optional carriage ride to Muckross House and Gardens.

DAY 5 Saturday, May 22
“The Ring of Kerry” - Concert
This excursion is a must. The captivating mountain
and coastal scenery is dotted with slate-roofed fishing villages. The “Ring” encircles the Iveragh Peninsula, which features Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy Reeks, providing excellent views at Dingle Bay to the North and the estuary of the Kenmare River to the South. From Tralee, enjoy fine views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Dingle Peninsula. Alternatively, you can also chose to go on a full day excursion to Dingle. Upon return, concert opportunity in Killarney.

DAY 6 Sunday, May 23
Blarney Castle & Cork
Visit ancient Blarney castle and have opportunity
to kiss the stone which is said to impart the gift of eloquence. Continue to beautiful Cork for a relaxing remainder of the day and another performance opportunity.

DAY 7 Monday, May 24
Cork at leisure
There is lots to see and do in and around Cork - especially guide and coach at the group’s disposal. Another university visit is also an option
or just taking it easy by visiting museums, explore local shops etc.

DAY 8 Tuesday, May 25
to Dublin - Sightseeing
Complete your Ireland Circle by heading to the capital city. Visit Georgian Dublin, then see the Castle and Trinity College with the famous Book of Kells. Evening at leisure or next concert opportunity.

DAY 9 Wednesday, May 26
Dublin at leisure - Farewell
Do as you please today with coach and tour manager at the group#s disposal. You may decide to stay in town or visit Dublin Bay. In the evening, meet for a fun farewell in the lively Temple Bar district.

DAY 10 Thursday, May 27
Return Flight home