Performance ensembles, artistic team, TAP Board and family members land at Dublin Airport: Board a luxury coach for your introduction to Ireland's Ancient East. Learn about Ireland's oldest historic sites through private tours of the 5,000 year old Neolithic passage grave of Knowth, the seat of Ireland's ancient High Kings at the Hill of Tara, and the 12th century Norman stronghold of Trim Castle in County Meath. End the day with a relaxing evening at Bloomfield House Hotel in the bucolic countryside of Westmeath. After a full-course dinner, either take advantage of the hotel's pool, spa, sauna, or gym, or take an evening stroll around the lake and 20 acres of parkland, or catch up on your jet lag with an early bedtime. Yesterday was the summer solstice, so the sun will be up much longer than you'd expect!
Tuesday June 23
After a full complimentary breakfast at the hotel, the Teen Angel Performers board the coach for a local nursing home where they will stage their first show in Ireland! Directly after the show, everyone boards the coach and heads back east into Dublin City for a free day of exploring. Choose to visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells Exhibit, the Guinness Storehouse and its rooftop Gravity Bar with the 360° view of the city, St Patrick's and Christchurch Cathedrals, Dublinia: The Viking Experience, EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum, or just enjoy the cobblestone streets and sights of Temple Bar. Meet for dinner and a night of Fairy & Folk Tales at the Brazen Head Pub, officially Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. After a full day and evening, the coach returns us to the Bloomfield House Hotel for a much needed good night's sleep!
Wednesday June 24
After a full complimentary breakfast at the hotel, check out and board the coach for a trip across Ireland's midlands to tour Clonmacnoise Abbey, a medieval monastic site founded in 544 by St. Ciarán, in County Offaly on the River Shannon. Next stop: Loughrea, County Galway to meet and perform with and for the Loughrea Youth Theatre. That evening, check in to the elegant Park House Hotel in Galway City. Before the sun sets, the TAP performers may stage a flash mob on Shop Street, Galway's pedestrian street and the heart of the city's artscape.
Thursday June 25
After a full complimentary breakfast at the hotel, the TAP ensembles perform at a local nursing home, then we all spend the afternoon meandering around the mountains, lakes, bogs and heath of Connemara on Ireland's western shore with local award-winning photographer, Trevor Dubber. We return to Galway City for a show of traditional Irish music and dance at "Trad on the Prom" in the Salthill section of Galway, the seaside resort overlooking Galway Bay. Sleep at Park House Hotel.
Friday June 26
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach for County Clare and the Burren, Ireland's lunar landscape! Stop for lunch in Doolin, a tiny seaside village with an outsized reputation for Irish music, then on to the iconic Cliffs of Moher and Poulnabrone Dolmen, the oldest dated megalithic monument in Ireland. Enjoy a sheepdog demonstration at Caherconnell and end a full day with a medieval feast at 15th century Bunratty Castle. Sleep at Treacy's West County Hotel in Ennis, County Clare's capital town.
Saturday June 27
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach for the Kingdom of Kerry. Travel through County Limerick with a stop for lunch in the picturesque village of Adare. Check in to the Grand Hotel in Tralee. Meet local teacher and legend John Stack and the teen musicians and dancers of the Ballydonoghue-Lisselton Comhaltas-Ceoltoiri Eireann. Enjoy an evening of music and dance.
Sunday June 28
Optional 9 am Catholic Mass at St John the Baptist on Castle Street.
After a full complimentary breakfast, board the coach for a day trip out to the Dingle Peninsula and the Gaeltacht (the Irish-speaking region). Visit medieval monastic beehive huts, hold a lamb, have lunch in and putter about Dingle town, drive along the coastline to Slea Head and see Skellig Michael on the horizon, the rocky island that was Luke Skywalker's last home. Return to Tralee to sleep at the Grand Hotel.
Monday June 29
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel. Ensemble members perform at a local nursing home and then board the coach to leave Kerry via the Lakes of Killarney for photo opps and Killarney town for lunch. Check in to Clayton Hotel in Cork City and enjoy a full dinner before a relaxing night.
Tuesday June 30
After a complimentary full breakfast at the hotel, TAP ensemble members perform at a local nursing home then board the coach for an afternoon trip to the picturesque fishing village of Kinsale, and the Titanic and Emigration Museums in Cobh. Return to Cork City for the evening and take advantage of the bustling city centre or relax at the Clayton Hotel.
Wednesday July 1
After a complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach for Kilkenny via County Tipperary (it's not really a long way to Tipperary!) for a guided tour of the seat of the High Kings of Munster and medieval ecclesiastical site: the Rock of Cashel. Check in to Lyrath Estate Hotel, a 17th century manor house with 170 acres of countryside, lakes, gardens and woodland. Bonus point: two friendly golden retrievers in residence, Reilly and Rudy! TAP ensembles stage an afternoon performance in Kilkenny City. Enjoy a multi-course farewell dinner at Lyrath.
Thursday July 2
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel for a beautiful drive through the Wicklow Mountains to the early medieval monastic site of Glendalough, "the valley of two lakes", founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. After the guided tour, walk down to the lake and enjoy a tranquil moment in Kaya's favorite spot on the planet! Board the coach for our journey back to Dublin Airport and our last night together, at the Holiday Inn Express.
Friday July 3
Fly home. Plan your next visit to The Emerald Isle, because... Ireland Beckons!