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Discover Ireland 2017 – A Celtic Adventure with Ron and Gary Matthews

About Tour

August 09 - 17, 2017 (9 Days / 8 Nights - optional pre-trip extension August 7th-8th)
Dublin & Belfast, Ireland

About Tour

August 09 - 17, 2017 (9 Days / 8 Nights - optional pre-trip extension August 7th-8th)
Dublin & Belfast, Ireland

Hosts

Ron and Gary formal high res    -Ron and Gary Matthews

phil-barfoot    -Phil Barfoot


About the Hosts

  • Ron Matthews is Professor of Music & Chair of the Music Dept. at Eastern University, St. Davids PA and Pastor of Worship Arts at Church of the Savior, Wayne, PA.
  • Gary Matthews is the Pastor of Worship & the Arts at Christ Memorial Church, Holland, MI.
  • In sacred and classical music, Ron and Gary are one of the most gifted and dynamic duet teams in North America.  They are duo vocalists, pianists, organists and trumpeters.  With this combination of superlative talent, these brothers bring to every concert a rare and uplifting musical experience, but most importantly a rich spirit of worship.
  • Phil Barfoot is a composer and CEO/President of Celebration Concert Tours International

Ministry

CONCERTS in ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL and CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL in DUBLIN, ST. KEVIN’S PARISH in GLENDALOUGH and ST. ANNE’S CATHEDRAL in BELFAST!

Highlights

EXPERIENCE the SIGHTS AND SOUNDS of DUBLIN and BELFAST, including TRINITY COLLEGE, MALAHIDE CASTLE, TITANIC BELFAST EXPERIENCE, GUINNESS STOREHOUSE, PHOENIX PARK!

ENJOY the UNPARALLELED BEAUTY of the IRISH COUNTRYSIDE, including GLENDALOUGH, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY!

INDULGE in the fine CUISINE and UNIQUE shopping experiences that IRELAND has to offer!


Daily Itinerary

(Subject to change)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

  • Departure the USA for Ireland

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

  • Morning arrival into Dublin
  • Welcome by local Irish guides
  • Tour of Malahide Castle/lunch on own
  • 2:00pm – Panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin
  • 3:30pm – Check-in to Jurys Christchurch Hotel
  • 5:00pm – Walk to Welcome dinner at Bull and Castle (upstairs)
  • 7:30pm – Evening free (get some sleep!)

Friday, August 11th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:45am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Buses leave for continued sightseeing of Dublin
  • 10:00am – Visit Trinity College
  • 11:30am – Depart for St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • 12:15pm – Choir warm-up
  • 1:00pm – Concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • 2:00pm – Depart for Guinness Storehouse
  • 2:15pm – Lunch on own and tour of Guinness Storehouse or free afternoon
  • 5:00pm – Depart for hotel
  • 5:15pm – Dinner on own and evening free to enjoy Dublin

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:45am – Breakfast 
  • 9:00am – Buses leave for Phoenix Park
  • 9:15am – Tour Phoenix Park
  • 11:00am – Lunch on own at Phoenix Park
  • 11:45am – Depart for Christchurch Cathedral
  • 12:30pm – Choir warm-up
  • 1:15pm – Concert at Christchurch Cathedral
  • Afternoon and evening free

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:15am – Breakfast
  • 8:30am – Buses leave for St. Kevin’s Parish, Glendalough
  • 10:45am – Arrival and choir warm-up
  • 11:30am – Sing for Mass
  • 12:30pm – Lunch on own in Glendalough
  • 1:30pm – Tour of Glendalough
  • 3:30pm – Depart for Dublin
  • 5:30pm – Included dinner at Brasserie Sixty6
  • Evening free

Monday, August 14th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:30am – Breakfast
  • 8:30am – Check out of our hotel
  • 9:00am – Buses leave for Belfast
  • 12:00pm – Arrival in Belfast, lunch on own/free time
  • 3:00pm – Panoramic sightseeing tour of Belfast
  • 4:00pm – Check-in to Malone Lodge Hotel
  • Dinner on own/evening free

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:45am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Depart for Corrymeela Community
  • 11:30am – Arrive at Corrymeela Community
  • 12:00pm – Presentation 
  • 12:30pm – Lunch at Corrymeela Community
  • 1:15pm – Depart for Giant’s Causeway
  • 2:00pm – Tour of Giant’s Causeway
  • 4:00pm – Depart for Belfast
  • 6:00pm – Dinner on own

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:30am – Breakfast
  • 8:45am – Buses leave for the Titanic Belfast Experience
  • 9:00am-12:15pm – Tour Titanic Belfast Experience (lunch on own here)
  • 12:15pm – Depart for St. Anne’s Cathedral
  • 12:30pm – Choir warm-up
  • 1:00pm – Benefit concert for Corrymeela Community
  • 2:00pm – Depart for downtown Belfast for free time
  • 5:30pm – Meet at Deanes Meat Locker for farewell dinner
  • 7:30pm – Depart for hotel/evening free

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

  • Breakfast
  • Check out of our hotel for transfer to airport for return flights home

Optional Southern Ireland Pre-trip Extension

Monday, August 7th, 2017

  • Departure the USA for Ireland

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

  • Morning arrival into Dublin
  • Welcome by local Irish guides
  • Tour of Limerick and King John Castle 
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue sightseeing enroute to Galway via the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
  • Arrival into Galway
  • Panoramic orientation tour of Galway
    • (includes famous Spanish Arch and the Church of St. Nicholas)
  • 5:00pm – Check-in to Jurys Hotel – Galway
  • 6:00pm – Welcome dinner in Hotel
  • 7:30pm – Evening free (get some sleep!)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:45am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Buses leave for Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Norwich Cathedral, etc.
  • Lunch on own
  • 5:30pm – Return to hotel/dinner on own and evening free to enjoy Galway

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

  • 7:00-8:45am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Depart for Malahide Castle to continue tour with those not taking the pre-trip extension

What’s Included

  1. Transportation by modern motor coach.
  2. Accommodation at 4-star hotels.
  3. Airport transfers to and from hotel.
  4. Buffet breakfast each day.
  5. Three (3) dinners.
  6. A CCT final packet, including itinerary, all details pertaining to the trip and luggage tags.
  7. Rental fees of performance venues and promotion costs.
  8. Individual health insurance coverage.
  9. Tour management, and coordination of all items related to the tour.
  10. Assistance from local Irish Guides throughout the tour.
  11. Admissions to Malahide Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Glendalough, Giant’s Causeway, Guinness Storehouse and Titanic Belfast Experience. (Extension includes admission to King Johns Castle, Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey)

What’s Not Included

  1. Tips to drivers and guides
  2. Airfare
  3. Travel to and from your home to departure airport.
  4. Meals not specified in itinerary.
  5. We suggest you obtain Trip Cancellation Insurance through Travel Guard. To register, click on the link below. If you prefer to register for this insurance by phone, call 1-800-826-4919 and tell the operator that you are traveling with Celebration Concert Tours. If calling in, you will also need to give the operator our ARC reference number, which is #325579.

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