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Intro | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Music, Theatre & History in Ireland

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Intro | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Music, Theatre & History in Ireland

9–22 OCTOBER 2018 | THREE OPERA AND TWO THEATRE PERFORMANCES, A PRIVATE RECITAL, GUIDED TOURS OF ICONIC HISTORIC SITES AND THE DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES OF IRELAND

Attend three operas at the renowned Wexford Festival Opera and attend world-class theatre performances at Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre in Dublin. Journey through Ireland visiting its most iconic historical sites, delighting in its spectacular scenery, and relishing the delicious Irish food and fascinating Irish customs encountered along the way.

AUD$9450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1850

Final payment due: 6 August 2018

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tour leader

elizabeth hayllar

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Overview | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Overview

Overview | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Overview

performances

  • Three opera performances at the renowned Wexford Festival Opera.

  • A theatre production at Abbey Theatre in Dublin, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland

  • A theatre production at the prestigious Gate Theatre in Dublin

  • A private recital in spectacular Dromoland Castle.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to three opera performances at the renowned Wexford Festival Opera including a sumptuous dinner before two of the performances and a champagne and canapé interval function at the third performance.

  • Premium seats to theatre productions at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and at the prestigious Gate Theatre in Dublin

  • Background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar on the music we will hear.    

  • Private guided tours of Ireland’s important historical sites, Monasterboice, Newgrange, the Rock of Cashel and Glendalough.

  • Visits to castles and stately homes, including Ross Castle and Muckross House.

  • Guided tours of Ireland’s awe inspiring and iconic landscapes, including Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry.

  • Visits to enjoy famous Irish specialties such as Guinness at the Stone House in Dublin, and Waterford Crystal at the factory and showrooms in Waterford.

  • Gourmet meals featuring Irish specialties.

  • 13 nights staying in four-star and five-star luxury hotels.

  • Travel in a small group (maximum 20 people), attend exclusive events, stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.

tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar has enjoyed an international career working and touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, collaborating with renowned opera houses and festivals. Drawing on her vast experience she crafts expertly planned tours which provide guests with unique and unforgettable experiences of classical music as well as rich encounters with history, art, architecture and culture.

hotels

The Westbury Hotel, Dublin

The luxurious five-star Westbury Hotel has spacious and sumptuously furnished bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. On Dublin’s Grafton Street, the Westbury has fantastic restaurants, a bar and a fitness suite. Positioned between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green, the Westbury is close to all Dublin’s attractions. Temple Bar, Dublin Castle and the Gaiety Theatre are all within a 5-minute walk.

Drumoland Castle

Built in the family palace of the Dromoland O’Briens, Kings of Thomond with lineage tied back thousands of years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland, the Dromoland Castle is a quintessential landmark of Ireland tradition, culture, and class. The repurposed castle, now a five-star hotel, boasts elegant 5th Century relics, such as sparkling vintage chandeliers, mysterious castle corridors and lavishly decorated common areas.

Killarney Park Hotel

Built in 1992, the five-star Killarney Park Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the Killarney Train Station. This family-run hotel boasts an indoor pool and spa, an award-winning restaurant and elegant rooms with free WiFi.

Talbot Hotel, Wexford

Overlooking Wexford Harbour, the four-star Talbot Hotel features local art and an indoor swimming pool and spa bath. Wexford Rail Station and town centre are a 10-minute journey on foot.

9–22 OCTOBER 2018

AUD$9450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1850

Final payment due: 6 August 2018

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Itinerary | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Itinerary

Itinerary | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2018

1ST OF 4 NIGHTS IN THE WESTBURY HOTEL, DUBLIN

ARRIVE DUBLIN:

Arrive at our luxury five-star hotel, The Westbury Hotel Dublin, which offers old world elegance with all the modern conveniences. The rooms are custom designed and spacious and the staff are friendly and professional. The Westbury Hotel is conveniently located in Dublin City Centre. 

In the evening we will meet for a gourmet three-course dinner and for an introduction by our Tour Leader, Elizabeth Hayllar, who will outline what is to come over the duration of the tour.

DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS IN THE WESTBURY HOTEL, DUBLIN

DUBLIN:

This morning we enjoy a guided tour to see the Book of Kells, located in 16th-century Trinity College Library. This special tour held without any crowds allows us greater enjoyment of this masterpiece, described in the Annals of Ulster in 1007 as ‘the most precious object in the western world’. It is considered by many as the greatest example of medieval illumination for over 1,200 years. 

In the early afternoon we go on a guided walking tour of the city, starting from Trinity College and moving on to such places as Dublin Castle, the Old Irish Parliament and Temple Bar. We stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about medieval Dublin, about its stately 18th-century architecture and about its thriving contemporary cultural scene. 

In the evening we attend a play at Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland.

DAY 3 | THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER 2018

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS IN THE WESTBURY HOTEL, DUBLIN

DUBLIN:

This morning we have a guided tour of the National Museum of Ireland–Archaeology. Our tour includes items from prehistoric Ireland, and from the Viking and medieval periods. Following our visit we have a delicious lunch, which includes Irish specialties. 

In the afternoon we visit the famous Guinness Storehouse, the seven-floor exhibition space at St James Gate Brewery, where Guinness was first brewed in 1759. We hear about and taste delicious varieties of this iconic Irish beverage. On the top floor we relax and enjoy a drink of Guinness in the glass walled Gravity Bar, with its spectacular 360-degree views over Dublin. 

In the evening we attend a play at the prestigious Gate Theatre.

DAY 4 | FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS IN THE WESTBURY HOTEL, DUBLIN

EXCURSION FROM DUBLIN: 

This morning we travel by private coach to Glendalough, home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. It was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th-century and developed into a ‘Monastic City’. The Round Tower, which stands 33 metres above the ground, was built almost 1000 years ago. Today you can see Celtic crosses, monastery ruins, the round tower and beautiful, peaceful views. 

Following our visit, we travel to Powerscourt, an historical estate in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, encompassing 47 acres and containing a blend of formal gardens, ornamental lakes, sweeping terraces, and meandering pathways, which wind their way through 200 varieties of shrubs and trees. Originally a 13th-century castle, the house was extensively altered in the 1730s, when a Palladian facade and two circular domed towers were added. The mansion is mainly a retail outlet, offering the best in Irish design, and featuring craft and interior shops. We have two hours to pursue our own choice of activity, to explore the stunningly beautiful gardens, to have lunch and, if we choose, to shop.

After our visit we return by private coach to our hotel in Dublin.

In the evening we meet for a three-course dinner to celebrate our final evening in Dublin.

DAY 5 | SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS IN DROMOLAND CASTLE

TO THE WEST OF IRELAND:

In the morning we depart Dublin and travel by private coach to Ireland's Boyne Valley, an area of great historical importance. There we visit Monasterboice, a former monastic settlement dating back to AD 923, to see the largest collection of carved stone high crosses in Europe. The historic ruins are of an early Christian settlement founded in the late 5th-century. 

We then travel to an even more ancient site, Newgrange which is a 5,200 year old passage tomb built by Stone Age farmers. The 19 metre passage leads into a chamber and both are aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice. Newgrange is surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art. 

Time is allowed to have lunch. Following lunch we relax and take in the beautiful Irish countryside as we travel to Dromoland Castle, the ancestral home of the O’Briens whose lineage goes back 1,000 years. This is a fairy-tale hotel, providing glittering antique chandeliers, grand staircases, large, ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires and beautifully furnished rooms. The grounds are extensive and beautiful and the walled garden is breathtaking.

In the evening we have a gourmet three-course dinner at the restaurant in our hotel.

DAY 6 | SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS IN DROMOLAND CASTLE

DAY TRIP TO CONNEMARA: 

In the morning we set out for a picturesque day tour to Connemara, one of the most scenic and unspoiled areas in Ireland. Connemara is Irish for 'Inlets of the Sea' and the coastal roads follow the small bays and coves of this part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara’s interior has bogs, lonely valleys and shimmering black lakes, and at its heart are the Maumturk Mountains and the pewter-tinged quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Everywhere the land is laced by stonewalls. 

Our journey will take us to Clifden and to beautiful Kylemore Abbey in its stunning setting by a lake. 

We return to Dromoland Castle, where we have the privilege of a private recital, exclusively for the guests on the tour.

DAY 7 | MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2018

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS IN KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL

FROM DROMOLAND CASTLE TO KILLARNEY VIA CLIFFS OF MOHER:

In the morning we travel west to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. They reach their maximum height of 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean near O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower offering wonderful views of the coastline. 

Presenting further testimony to the dramatic and fearful appearance of the cliffs is the number of movies filmed here. In Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, (2009) Harry and Professor Dumbledore visit forbidding sea cliffs and enter a cave to find one of the Horcruxes. In the Princess Bride (1987) the Cliffs of Moher double as the Cliffs of Insanity, and in The Mackintosh Man (1973) a thrilling car chase ends in a white Mercedes van plummeting over the edge of the cliffs. 

From the Cliffs of Moher we enjoy a restful and scenic drive south through the Irish countryside to Killarney. On our way we stop for a delicious two-course lunch. 

We arrive at our luxury five-star hotel, Killarney Park Hotel. Elegant and luxurious, and set in mature grounds framed by spectacular Killarney National Park, this family owned hotel is conveniently located in Killarney’s town centre. 

Our evening in Killarney is free.

DAY 8 | TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2018

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS IN KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL

KILLARNEY: 

Today we enjoy the town of Killarney and its immediate environs. In the morning we visit Ross Castle, where we have a private guided tour. Built in the late 15th-century, the castle sits in a majestic position overlooking Lough Leane and Inisfallen Island. A typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages, it is reputed to be one of the last strongholds to fall to Cromwell’s forces in the 1650s.

We next visit Muckross House for a guided tour of this 19th-century Victorian mansion set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park and the shores of Muckross Lake. The principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th-century landowning class. After the tour there will be time to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

On our return to the hotel our evening is free.

DAY 9 | WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2018

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS IN KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL

KILLARNEY & THE RING OF KERRY:

Today we enjoy a tour of the renowned Ring of Kerry, a wonderfully picturesque route, which follows the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is a road that takes you through 10,000 years of dramatic history, through forests, rugged, majestic landscapes and villages. We visit the colourful and charming villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem. 

We stop for a delicious two-course lunch and we return via ‘Ladies View’ in Killarney National Park. This spectacular panorama was given its name to record the exclamations of delight made by Queen Victoria’s entourage of ladies when she visited in 1861. We return to Killarney via the Killarney National Park, famous for its native habitats and rugged mountains encompassing lakes, rivers, forests and waterfalls. 

Our evening is free.

DAY 10 | THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018

1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT TALBOT WEXFORD

KILLARNEY TO WEXFORD, VIA THE ROCK OF CASHEL:

This morning we travel to County Tipperary where we will enjoy a private guided tour of the Rock of Cashel, a giant sandstone outcrop crowned with medieval ruins. It was the seat of kings from about AD 360 to AD 1101 and was almost certainly a centre of druidic worship at the same time. According to legend this is where, in approximately AD 432, St Patrick gave his famous explanation of the Holy Trinity to the pagans by showing them a shamrock to illustrate the relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

This impressive group of medieval buildings includes the shell of the 13th-century St Patrick’s Cathedral, the well-preserved 28 metre high 12th-century round tower, the unique St Patrick’s cross (a replica, the original is in the museum), and the Romanesque Cormac’s Chapel, which is decorated with carved beasts and human figures. 

Time is allowed to have lunch and in the afternoon we travel to Waterford. There we go on a guided tour of the Waterford crystal factory. Our guide explains the step-by-step manufacturing process as we see the different techniques used and observe a few of the high-end crystal makers at work. Before we leave we visit the retail store where we see one of the world’s largest displays of Waterford Crystal.

Following our visit we continue by private coach to our hotel, the Talbot Wexford, conveniently located in the centre of Wexford overlooking the River Slaney. This is a contemporary hotel, with parts of the building converted from a warehouse and mill. The hotel has an Irish/European restaurant and a casual bar-and-grill. There is also a leisure centre which offers an indoor pool, and a steam room and sauna. 

Our evening is free.

DAY 11 | FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT TALBOT WEXFORD

WEXFORD:

In the morning Elizabeth Hayllar gives a talk on the opera we are to attend in the evening.

After this our day is free. This allows us to choose our own favourites among the many festival and fringe festival activities available in Wexford. 

Since the first ‘Festival of Music and the Arts’ in October 1951, Wexford Festival Opera has introduced audiences to unjustly neglected works, many of which have since found a place in the canon. For 65 years the festival has breathed new life into forgotten masterpieces, establishing a reputation for high-quality productions that, every year, bring thousands of opera-lovers flocking to Wexford from all over the world.

This ancient Viking town on the banks of the River Slaney is a key part of what helps to make the festival unique, because during the festival the streets, pubs and restaurants are abuzz with excitement and activity.  

One delightful opportunity is the chance to go on one, or more, of the Wexford Festival Historical Tours. Affiliated with the festival since the 1950s and, led by expert guides, the tours explore some well-known and some lesser known places of interest throughout County Wexford. The tours leave the Talbot Hotel at 10:30am sharp and return by 1:00pm, just in time for the lunchtime recitals. The tours are free and open to all, and no booking is necessary. 

In the early evening we will meet for a four-course pre-opera supper. We will then attend our first opera in the festival.

DAY 12 | SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT TALBOT WEXFORD

WEXFORD:

In the morning Elizabeth Hayllar will give a talk on the opera we are attending in the evening.

We will then travel to a national treasure close to Wexford, the Irish Agricultural Museum and Johnstown Castle Gardens. Housed in the Johnstown estate farm buildings the museum presents a comprehensive display of farming and rural life in Ireland’s past, with exhibitions covering The Great Famine, village trades and crafts, farming, Irish country furniture, transport and kitchens through the ages. The gothic revival castle is surrounded by spectacular ornamental grounds, including sculptured walks, lake walks and an Italian ornamental garden. We have a few delightful hours in which to enjoy the museum and gardens before our return to Wexford and the festival.

The afternoon is free. 

In the evening we will attend our second opera and during the interval we will attend a champagne and canapé interval reception.

DAY 13 | SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER 2018

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT TALBOT WEXFORD

WEXFORD:

In the morning Elizabeth Hayllar will give a talk on the opera we are attending in the evening.

Following the talk we will visit Wells House & Gardens. We will have a private guided tour of the magnificent building which has been standing for over 350 years and has associations with Cromwell, the Rebellion and the Famine. The tour emphasises the everyday lives of the families who lived in the estate, and also the lives of their tenants and workers, giving visitors a unique insight into the lives of previous generations. We will also have time to enjoy the beautiful gardens, a verdant landscape of mature plants and trees with woodland walks, Victorian terrace gardens and beautifully restored formal gardens. The old stables have been converted into a craft courtyard, which perfectly showcases contemporary arts, crafts & a recently opened art gallery. 

The afternoon is free. 

In the early evening we will meet for a four-course pre-opera supper followed by our third opera in Wexford Festival Opera.

DAY 14 | MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018

Following our final buffet breakfast we travel by private coach to Dublin. The coach will drop guests at Dublin airport and to The Westbury, for guests wishing to return to Dublin City Centre. 

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Inclusions | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Inclusions

Inclusions | Music, Theatre & History in Ireland


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

9–22 OCTOBER 2018

AUD$9450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1850

Final payment due: 6 August 2018

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for a play at Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre, and premium tickets for three opera performances at Wexford Festival Opera.
    Please note: The venues and festival will announce their 2018 seasons in late 2017 and early 2018. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances. 

  • Tour Leader and Talks:
    - Tour leadership and background talks on the operas we attend, by Elizabeth Hayllar.

  • Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation in a combination of four-star and five-star hotels including:
    - four nights at The Westbury Dublin
    - two nights at Dromoland Castle
    - three nights at Killarney Park Hotel 
    - four nights at Talbot Wexford 
    - Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. 

  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. Three lunches and five dinners, wine with each meal. A champagne and canapé function.

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites. 

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost. 

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Ireland. 

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact them at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000

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