THE SONGBIRDS Irish Tour 2019 October 1st-10th
Featuring The Burns Sisters and Kate Purcell with special guests Bobby Sweet
We will pick you up at Shannon airport on the morning of Oct 2nd Book and you can "hop on the bus, Gus!" We drop you back at Shannon Airport on Oct10th!
THE Songbirds are The Burns Sisters- Annie and Marie Burns from Ithaca, New York, and Kate Purcell, from County Clare, Ireland – join forces again for the fifth straight year to conduct a musical tour of the West of Ireland. Kate Purcell is a well known, seasoned vocalist in Ireland. She recorded Marie's song, Savannah, which is how The Burns sisters and Kate met. Add Bobby Sweet to the group and we have fun and music!
By day, the singing trio will bus with you to ancient ruins, castles, picturesque fishing villages, horse races, and so much more. Kate, one of Ireland's great singers, and native of County Clare knows the hidden gems along the way that makes this tour unique. By night, we settle into our rooms, then we join together for dinner where music, song, local talent, and laughter are also on the menu. We encourage our fellow travelers to bring an instrument and a favorite poem or song to share. Annie and Marie have taught many harmony workshops and will be thrilled to share their harmony secrets with anyone who would like to learn. Our tours are all about connection, both through music and immersion into the history of The Emerald Isle.
Our tours are created for people who are not fond of typical tours: the big buses, the name tags, constant hurrying & the large groups that you may feel disconnected from. In contrast, we create the best musical sessions, visit the best pubs and restaurants, and the find the most beautiful back roads, for the longest lasting memories. We try to stay in a hotel for 2 nights each so we can connect with a town and not be rushing. We also like to check out of our hotel at a reasonable hour. Leave time for coffee and breakfast, perhaps a little shopping and leave at check out time. UNLESS the group decides they want to leave early. Music, is our focus and in Ireland? Our sessions can go late into the night. It is all up to the group.
Our group of 20 or so guests will meet at Shannon Airport on the morning of Sept 29th. Travel arrangements from the US should be made individually. Take the redeye out of NYC /JFK or Newark Sept 28th a will pick you up the morning Sept 29! With our fabulous bus! We are happy to give you guidance. Priceline and Kayak are great ways to save $ on your flights. The trip is 10 days total. The first day is a travel day to fly to Shannon airport. There is overnight from Newark, NJ or JFK directly to Shannon. We sleep on the overnight/redeye and meet everyone at Shannon airport bright and early. We pick you up, go to Ennis or nearby hotel to rest up. Then dinner and music that night.
We generally stay two nights in one town, at the finest hotels. At the end of the trip, we drop you off at Shannon airport!
Our luxury coaches are just roomy enough to be comfortable but small enough to fit on the narrowest back roads. Our tours focus on the traditional arts and culture of Ireland, especially, MUSIC! Our group size and the way that we plan our tours allows us maximum flexibility. Want to take a walk, shop at a certain store, or take a nap? With us, that is all possible. We go at Ireland’s pace - just fast enough to pack in a lot of incredible experiences, but slow enough so that those experiences are meaningful.
The cost for the 2019 tour is $2,500 US per person based on double occupancy. We will do our best to match up roommates, and provide for handicap accessibility, should you require it. If you have health problems of any kind, we make arrangements to make your trip as comfortable as possible. Single rooms are an additional $500 per person for all nine nights. (The increase in the single room fee is necessary to fully cover the costs of accommodating single travelers. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.)
The fee covers all lodging including a full breakfast each day, five evening group meals, and the cost for our featured Irish musicians, poets, writers, artists & day passes to our featured destinations are also included. You will need personal money for drinks, the few meals you need to cover, some money in case of an emergency. Last but not least, money for shopping!!
Guests are to pay for their own flights to and from Shannon International Airport, as well as four dinners on your own, optional activities, all drinks, tips, and personal expenses. A $1,000 deposit is required to guarantee availability after confirmation of your reservation. The balance, payable to The Burns Sisters is due by July 15, 2019
Trip requirements include a current passport. It is also recommended that you inform your credit card companies of your destination and for how long you will be out of the country.
To get some great deals to Shannon Airport, you might try travel services like Priceline, Kayak, and Hotwire! And, you are always welcome to contact one of your hosts, Annie Burns, by e-mail for some personal help. She is always fishing for the best travel deals, especially from Newark International to Shannon.
So, please join us: Annie, Marie, and Kate! "The Songbirds tour of Ireland"
It’s important to contact as soon as you can! We are getting people signing up already!! To reserve your place on our Irish tour. Please contact us at Annieburns@gmail.com Theburnssisters.com phone 607 2802513 for any question