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The 2015 Ireland Tour with Kate is SOLD OUT!

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COME EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF IRELAND WITH KATE!

Counties included in the tour:  Cork, Kerry, and Clare

Dates TBD for 2016

HOW DO I GET ON THE TOUR?

To sign up for the 2016 tour or to request more info, send an email here.

TOUR INFORMATION:

Our tours are small enough that they feel more like we are showing a group of friends around Ireland. Some of the most important concepts of this tour are:

  • Tradition and culture
  • History and understanding
  • Music and camaraderie
  • Breath-taking scenery and appreciation of the color green!

THE TOUR:

This is a 9-day tour of Counties Cork, Kerry, and Clare in the Republic of Ireland. These counties are known for their significant musical traditions, are home of some of the most breathtaking scenery, and have great historical relevance in Ireland.  The tour is guided by staff of Inishfree Tours, Inc. and is hosted by musician Kate Campbell. The maximum number of travelers, including the host, is 24. This small size allows guests to get to know and interact with the other guests, the host, and the Inishfree Tours staff.

Tour dates: TBD for 2016

ACCESSIBILITY:

This tour is appropriate for people who are physically fit and also for those who have physical limitations. Some guests like to keep busy and others like to rest and relax on their holiday. Most of the activities are easily accessible to all guests. Opportunities for more strenuous activities can be taken during “free” time built into the tour. Please inquire for additional information.

COST:

The tour costs will be determined soon.  Airfare is not included.
There are sometimes people looking to share a room for the tour. Please let us know if you would like to consider a roommate.
There is a small surcharge for a single room.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

The cost of the tour includes:

  • 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 3 dinners
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in 3+ Star hotels (all with en suite rooms)
  • entrance fees to included sights
  • live scheduled music cover charges

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

The tour cost does not include:

  • flights to Ireland (guests fly in and out of Shannon Int’l Airport)
  • all lunches
  • 6 dinners on your own
  • ferries and optional activities
  • drinks, tips, souvenirs, etc.

TRANSPORTATION:

Your comfort and safety are paramount to Inishfree Tours. Guests travel in a small (24 seat) luxury coach. There are no restroom facilities on board but frequent stops are made for guest comfort. The bus has large windows for good viewing and is small enough to safely travel the small back roads for which Ireland is famous, as well as the major highways. Your driver is a professional and your safety is his foremost concern.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Guests stay in 3+ Star hotels. There are three nights spent in each county, generally having to move your luggage only once every three days. Rooms are all en suite (with private bathroom facilities), and WiFi is usually available in each hotel.

If you are interested in this tour, please read on for more detailed information.

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MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

From the above summary, you can see the structure of the tour and get answers to the most important basic questions. This tour is operated by Inishfree Tours in Ireland. They don’t consider the participants as mere “tourists,” instead, you are “guests.” Over the years, many guests have returned several times, sometimes even entire groups have returned to tour together.

If you are interested in going on this tour, please contact us by email. Vicki Belinoski, Kate’s liaison, will be in contact with you and all of the guests on your tour throughout the planning time before your trip. Once it gets closer to the tour date, Vicki will be facilitating introductions between all of the guests so you’ll get to know a little bit about each other before you get to Ireland.

First of all, here are some answers to some of the most basic questions about the tour in a little more detail. Kate’s tour starts on TBD for 2016.  It is highly recommended that you come in a day early to help with the jet lag, and to alleviate any delays if flights are running late. That would mean that you would arrive on TBD. In order to arrive on TBD, you would leave the US the day before and arrive the next morning. All flights to Ireland that originate in the US are overnight flights. If you choose to arrive on Day 1 of the tour, Date TBD, you will need to leave on TBD, and choose a flight with an arrival in Shannon no later than 8:30 a.m. since you have to go through customs upon arrival in Shannon. If you arrive a day early, we will help you arrange for accommodation at a specific Bed and Breakfast in the village of Bunratty, not far from the Shannon Airport. Inishfree Tours works with the one of the proprietors who will book you into one of two B&Bs that are next door to each other. The proprietors take extra special care of our guests and while the fee for the B&B is an additional cost not covered by the tour, the costs are in line with other B&Bs in the area. If you stay at the specified B&B, you will be collected there at 9 a.m. on Day 1 of the tour. Most tour participants stay at one of these specified B&Bs and often spend the pre-tour day getting to know each other and touring around the village, which is home to the 2nd most visited castle in Ireland, Bunratty Castle and the wonderful adjoining Bunratty Folk Park. If you act early, you can even secure a seat at the Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet Dinner with lots of singing, harp playing and merriment. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you will need to return to the Shannon Airport to be collected there at 9 a.m. on Day 1 of the tour.

This tour is 9 full days and nights of sightseeing, and incredible Irish music. Day 1 starts with picking you up at 9:00 a.m. at the Shannon Airport or at the B&B in Bunratty. On Day 10, you will be delivered back to the Shannon Airport for your departure. The earliest drop off at the airport is at 8:00 a.m. If you choose an earlier flight, we will assist you in arranging a taxi to take you to the airport. The last night of the tour generally is about a 45-minute drive to the airport, so a taxi ride could be costly. Choosing a departure time of 10:00 a.m. or later is a good idea.

As mentioned before, our tours are small enough that they feel more like we are showing a group of friends around Ireland. You won’t find any written-in-stone itineraries for our routes like the big-bus companies. Of course, we know where we are sleeping and eating, and, of course, where to find the music. And we have several tried and true options lined up at all times. But Ireland moves at its own pace, and if you follow it, wonderful things happen. This style of travel is not for everyone – but for those who are open to the adventure, the rewards are many.

Kate will be heading the tour that goes to three of the most beautiful and historic counties in The Republic of Ireland: Cork, Kerry, and Clare. Keep in mind that the tour is flexible and any itinerary may change a little, depending on weather or local activities or other issues.

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This trip is something you will remember for years to come. You will be able to experience Ireland, see things that most tourists never get to see, hear music that you may never get to hear anywhere else. And if that weren’t enough, you get to do it all with the wonderful Kate Campbell. It will be the trip of a lifetime. I hope you will be able to come.

Please let us know what other questions you might have. We are happy to help you prepare for this enchanted journey to Ireland!

To sign up for the 2016 tour (Dates TBD) or to request more info, send me an email.

PRE-TOUR EXCURSION IN DUBLIN 

Because a number of current guests are interested in seeing Dublin, Ireland’s largest city, Kate is offering a pre-tour excursion to Dublin. This is not part of the official Inishfree Tours trip. It is a 3 day add-on to your trip to spend a few days in Dublin with Kate. You arrive in Dublin on the morning of Date TBD, spend 3 nights there and leave on Date TBD for Bunratty to spend the pre-tour night at a B&B. All charges for this pre-tour excursion are separate from the official tour charges. If you are interested, please ask for additional information. This Dublin excursion is only being offered to people who are signed up for the official tour. The charges are what you will spend in Dublin, including your accommodation, food, tickets, transportation, and any other relevant charges you incur.  Keep checking this website for more info to follow about the pre-tour excursion to Dublin.

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All Ireland photos courtesy of Vicki Belinoski

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  • August 1 – 7

    Kate will be teaching songwriting at SummerSongs at the Ashokan Center
    Olivebridge, NY

    Address:

    City: Olivebridge

    State: NY

    Website: Website

    More Info:

    SummerSongs East at the spectacular Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY

    Registration Options

    $579 for the weekend (Saturday, August 1 – Tuesday, August 4)

    $899 for the full week (Saturday, August 1 – Friday, August 7)

    Savings Opportunities!

    $50 discount if signed up before 6/1/15 with full payment ora $200 deposit. You will have the option to reserve with just a deposit on the payment page.

    Receive an additional $25 discount for each newbie you bring to camp! (Reimbursed to you when they come to their first camp.)

    Note: Private rooms are available, $40-$80 per night.

    Join us this summer for the 17th anniversary SummerSongs songwriting camp and camper reunion, where we will again explore many aspects of songwriting, music, singing & the music business. Listen and learn from nationally known artists, attend workshops & concerts, network, perform, collaborate, swim, jam, and relax at a beautiful summer camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York…and enjoy the best “camp food” you’ve ever had. Classes will include songwriting, song arranging, performance/stagecraft, harmony singing, co-writing, guitar, keyboard, creative process and more, and you’ll have many opportunities to share you music in song circles, coffeehouses, concerts, and feedback sessions. Class descriptions (below) and bios (to the right) are being added as we receive them. ALL levels are welcome! So come, join the creative musical family at SummerSongs.

     

     

  • August 19-21

    Tour Ireland with Kate - Pre-tour Dublin Excursion
    Dublin, Ireland

    Address:

    City: Dublin

    State: Ireland

  • August 23-September 1

    Tour Ireland with Kate
    Counties of Cork, Kerry, and Clare, Republic of Ireland

    Address:

    City: Counties of Cork, Kerry, and Clare

    State: Republic of Ireland

    Website: Website

    More Info:

    This Tour is SOLD OUT.  2016 dates will be announced soon.

  • September 3-5

    Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at Mount Timpanogos Park
    Orem, UT

    Address: US 189

    City: Orem

    State: UT

    Website: Website

  • September 12

    St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
    Bay Village, OH

    Time: 3:00pm

    Address: 468 Bradley Road

    City: Bay Village

    State: OH

    Phone: 413.531.5083

    Website: Website

    More Info:

    This event is a celebration service for a new ministry.  A concert by Kate will follow.

    Call the church for more information.

  • October 3

    Trinity House Theatre
    Livonia, MI

    Address: 38840 West Six Mile

    City: Livonia

    State: MI

    Phone: 734-464-6302

    Price: $15.00 / $12.00 for members

    Website: Website

  • October 15

    Ashland Coffee and Tea
    Ashland, VA

    Time: 8:00pm

    Address: 100 North Railroad Ave.

    City: Ashland

    State: VA

    Phone: 804-798-1702

    Price: $15.00 in advance/$20.00 day of show

    Website: Website

  • October 17

    Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse
    Perkasie, PA

    Address: 320 West Chestnut Street

    City: Perkasie

    State: PA

    Website: Website

  • October 24

    The Orpheum Theatre
    Memphis, TN

    Time: 7:30 pm

    Address: 203 S. Main Street

    City: Memphis

    State: TN

    Phone: 901-529-4221

    Website: Website

  • October 25

    Faith Hope Love House Concerts
    Brownsville, TN

    Time: 7:00 pm / doors open at 6:30 pm

    Address: 808 Hatchie

    City: Brownsville

    State: TN

    Phone: 901-268-3395

    Price: $15.00

  • November 7

    Woody Hawley Concert Series / The Clay Center / Walker Theater
    Charleston, WV

    Time: Doors open at 7:00, concert begins at 7:30

    Address: One Clay Square

    City: Charleston

    State: WV

    Phone: 304-561-3570

    Price: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on line at www.theclaycenter.org, by phone at 304-561-3570, in the lobby of the Clay Center during business hours, or at the door on the night of the performance.

    Website: Website

  • December 12

    Linden Tree Coffeehouse
    Wakefield, MA

    Time: 8:00 pm

    Address: Unitarian Universalist Church at 326 Main Street

    City: Wakefield

    State: MA

    Phone: 781-246-2836

    Website: Website

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