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Thanks for your interest in touring Ireland with us.  Our tours are for people who don't like tours.  You'll experience the best music and scenery, and will be steeped in the rich Irish culture and history.  Ireland has a rhythm of its own and, when followed, magic happens.  Our tours run 9 days and nights. We bring 22 guests and travel in small luxury coaches. Each tour visits three counties for three days and nights each staying in small quality hotels. By day we visit surrounding ancient sites, stone circles, ring forts, fishing villages, beaches, heritage centers, and more. Leaders often bring their musical instruments for an occasional song along the way. We return to our hotel each afternoon, freshen up, have dinner, and and by night we share music with Irish songwriters, poets, and traditional musicians at traditional 'sessions' of fiddles, penny whistles, guitars, box accordions, tenor banjos, playing jigs, reels, and songs.

The tours are very relaxed and flexible. Guests come from all across the US. and Canada. Our groups tend to get very close making life long friendships.

Cost is $2250 per person based on double occupancy (two to a room). $2750 for single room rate (single room availability is limited). Cost covers nine nights lodging, the luxury coach, all breakfasts, three group dinners, music, island ferries, and heritage centers. Guests pay for their flight, lunches, six dinners, drinks and tips. All tours begin at Shannon Airport, SNN, 30 miles north of Limerick in west Ireland.

Refund policy: 100% of money refunded up to 4 months out. Less than 4 months out, 100% refunded only if the slot can be filled. If slot can't be filled, 50% of all money refunded up to 3 months out and no refunds less than 3 months out. I suggest guests purchase trip insurance such as http://www.travelguard.com

Here is a nice YouTube link of some of the places we visit in Ireland. Blackie, the piper, is a friend of ours and plays for many of our groups in Doolin County Clare. Enjoy!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uTxitmHzy0





2014 Dates

**Sold out tours are red.**

Dates

Counties

Tour leaders

website

May 13-22  

Cork, Kerry, Clare  

Ronny Cox

 http://www.ronnycox.com/ireland.html

May 27-June 5

Cork, Kerry, Clare  

Small Potatoes

 http://www.smallpotatoesmusic.com/

June 5-14

Cork, Kerry, Clare

Joe Crookston

 http://www.joecrookston.com/

June 10-19

Mayo, Galway, Clare

Small Potatoes

 http://www.smallpotatoesmusic.com/ 

June 14-23

Mayo, Galway, Clare

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

 http://www.sparkyandrhonda.com/ireland.html

July 2-11

Cork, Kerry, Clare  

Johnsmith

 http://johnsmithmusic.com/

July 5-14

Cork, Kerry, Clare  

Tim Grimm

www.timgrimm.com/

July 15-24

Mayo, Galway, Clare

Johnsmith 

http://johnsmithmusic.com/ 

July 16-26

Kerry, Cork, Clare

Chuck Brodsky

http://www.chuckbrodsky.com/ireland_10.htm

July 26-Aug 4

Mayo, Galway, Clare

Tom Kimmel

http://www.tomkimmel.com/toms-ireland-tour/ 

July 29-Aug 7

Cork, Kerry, Dublin

Anne Feeney

 www.annefeeney.com/

Aug 5-14

Cork, Kerry, Clare 

Vicki Belinoski

 vbelinoski@austin.rr.com

Aug 8-17

Cork, Kerry, Clare 

 David Roth

 www.davidrothmusic.com

Aug 17-26

Cork, Kerry, Clare 

Tom Kimmel

http://www.tomkimmel.com/toms-ireland-tour/  

     

 

Aug 29-Sept 6

Cork, Kerry, Clare 

Kate Campbell

http://www.katecampbell.com/ireland/  

Sept 1-10

Cork, Kerry, Clare 

Moors and McCumber

http://www.moorsandmccumber.com/ireland-tour

Sept 12-21 Mayo, Galway, Clare Johnsmith http://johnsmithmusic.com/
Sept. 16-25 Cork, Kerry, Clare David Francey

http://www.davidfrancey.com/irelandtour.html

Sept. 26 - Oct. 5 Cork, Kerry, Clare Buddy Mondlock

buddymondlock.com/

Contact John to inquire about tours in 2014 

We take 22 guests and travel in a small luxury coach/bus. We stay 3 nights in each county in small, quality hotels and the occasional B & B.

 

 


Stone Fort County Donegal - August, 2008 Group
 By day we hike scenic landscapes, visit old castles and abbey ruins,  Hikin on Inishbofin Island
Hiking on Inishbofin Island
 and stone circles,  
Ancient settlement on Dingle Peninsula
 sightseeing along gorgeous coastal scenery,  
on the road in County Kerry
 visiting beaches, mountain tops, bogs, small fishing villages, and islands.  Kinsale Village, County Cork
Kinsale Village, County Cork
 And by night we share music with local Irish singers and players.  A "session" at Ballyshannon in County Donegal
A "session" at Ballyshannon in County Donegal
 Some original music, some traditional, and songs by tour leaders and any others from the group who may wish to share a song or two.  Gerry O'Beirne & Rosie
Gerry O'Beirne & Rosie
 There's lots of great music in the pubs in Doolin, Country Clare.  Doolin, County Clare
Doolin, County Clare
 The trips to County Kerry include a tour of
the Dingle Peninsula, exploring the Sleas Head drive and other scenic destinations.
 Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
 Trips to County Clare include the Cliffs of Moher,  Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
 and the dramatic landscapes of The Burren.  The Burren, County Clare
The Burren, County Clare
 Stops in Galway include a walking tour of colorful 'Shop Street'  Shopping in Galway
Shopping in Galway
 Also in County Galway is the beautiful Connemara area and the village of Clifden. Some trips include a boat ride to Inishbofin Island where time has stood still. Gorgeous walking along one lane roads around the island.  The Village of Clifden, the "Twelve Bens" in the background
The Village of Clifden, the "Twelve Bens" in the background
   Sunset over the Irish Countryside

If interested contact:
john@johnsmithmusic.com

A $750 deposit is required to hold slots after confirmation from me. Balance is due in two payments, 6 months and 3 months prior to the tour dates.

Ireland does require a passport.

So let me know if you want to join us, and if you are alone or with family or friend/partner, male or female, and which tour you are interested in. There is a limited number of single rooms available, so having travel mate is preferred.  A moderate degree of fitness is required.

Any questions?  Just ask. 

 Sharing a song along the way.
Sharing a song along the way.
 We look forward to sharing Ireland with as many of you as possible.

 Thanks for the interest.


 Tom Pigott and Johnsmith
Tom Pigott and Johnsmith
 


Johnsmith
608-534-6656608-534-6656
johnsmithmusic.com


Thanks to Ann & Paul Schatzkin for the photos, taken on their tour of Ireland in October, 2006.

 

 Inishbofffin, painted by September 2005 tour guest Tom Browning of Bend, Oregon
Inishbofffin, painted by September 2005 tour guest Tom Browning
of Bend, Oregon

 

 

  • Dunmore Head
  • Aran Island Farm House
  • Ballyshannon Donegal
  • Ireland '08
  • Rosie & Gerry
  • Stone Circle

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