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The Music & Magic of Ireland

The Music & Magic of Ireland

4 - 29 June 2023

With the fantastic team of Karl Perigo, Marian Burns and Russell Dixon, discover the real Ireland, an irresistible Ireland, with glorious countryside of green, green, green and low stone walls, rugged coastlines, majestic castles, quirky pubs and the friendliest people in the world!

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per person
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Initial Deposit On Booking
$2,000 NZD
Second Deposit Due 13 December 2022
$3,000 NZD
Final Balance Due 7 March 2023

The Music & Magic of Ireland

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  • • We enjoy numerous traditional Irish musical experiences presented by local musicians and Karl, Russ and Marian, plus special Irish concerts and pub music visits and shows (subject to availability) including Riverdance and Gaelic Roots Show and medieval show at Bunratty Castle.

  • • City tours including Dublin, Killarney and Galway plus visits to small towns along the way like Adare, Dingle, Kinsale and Kenmare plus tours of Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher.

    • Visits and tours to historic castles plus many special flavours including Jaunting Cars, Muckross House, Waterford Crystal Factory tour, lace making demonstrations, Irish linen shops, Christ Cathedral, Viking World, Glendalough Tower, Bantry House, whiskey tastings and free time to wander these wonderful towns and cities.

  • • With the fantastic team of Karl Perigo, Marian Burns and Russell Dixon we experience the music, the culture, the zest for life and have all the fun of the Irish. We simply feel like we have come home!

  • • Brooks Hotel, Dublin (4 nights) offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Dublin, ideally located to visit Temple Bar and Trinity College.


    • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night) is the birthplace of Thomas Francis Meagher, the man responsible for the Irish National Flag. A 4 star family run hotel overlooking the River Suir.


    • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (2 nights) is a boutique 4 star hotel overlooking the River Bandon and Kinsale Harbour.


    • Great Southern Killarney, Killarney (4 nights) Built in 1854, Great Southern Killarney still stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel and is situated on 6 acres of beautiful gardens right in the heart of Killarney town centre.


    • Dingle Benners Hotel, Dingle (1 night) is an old-world boutique style hotel. With over 300 years of history, its rustic charm will captivate you from the moment you arrive.


    • Bunratty Castle Hotel (2 nights) is nestled in the heart of historic countryside, a short stroll away from the famous 15th century Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.


    • Park House Hotel, Galway (4 nights) is an upscale hotel in a grand Victorian-style stone building situated in the heart of Galway.


    • Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, Westport (3 nights) Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest 4 star hotels which sits proudly overlooking the pretty town of Westport and Clews Bay.

This trip includes

  • • Direct economy flights Emirates Auckland Dublin return via Dubai.

    • Fabulous character accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels.

    • Visits to numerous cities and towns including Dublin (4 nights), Waterford (1 night), Kinsale (2 nights), Killarney (4 nights), Dingle (1 night), Bunratty (2 nights), Galway (4 nights) and Westport (3 nights).

    • Numerous traditional Irish musical experiences presented by local musicians and Karl, Marian and Russell, plus special Irish concerts and pub music visits.

    • City tours including Dublin, Killarney and Galway plus visits to numerous small towns along the way like Adare, Dingle, Kinsale and Kenmare.

    • All tours and entrances as listed in itinerary including Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher.

    • Special shows subject to availability including Riverdance and Gaelic Roots Show and medieval show at Bunratty Castle.

    • Visits and tours to historic castles plus many special flavours including Jaunting Cars, Muckross House, Waterford Crystal Factory tour, lace making demonstrations, Irish linen shops, Christ Cathedral, Viking World, Glendalough Tower, Bantry House, Westport House, whiskey tastings and free time to wander these wonderful towns and cities.

    • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 1 morning tea, 1 high tea and 11 dinners, some in traditional Irish pubs with music.

    • Hosted by the fantastic team of Marian Burns, Karl Perigo and Russell Dixon.

Please note: No booking will be accepted for this trip without the initial deposit. At the time of printing all Operatunity travellers will be required to be vaccinated. In Europe, all regulations are subject to change, but at present vaccine passes are required for all travellers in Europe.

MODERATE WALKING TOUR
This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs
or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get
the coach close. We also will have much longer flights and long
walks through airports.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

• All trips are subject to change but any changes will be of equal or greater value.
• Deposits refundable until final payment date minus any costs incurred, or an administration fee of up to $300.
• Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel.
• Travellers are required to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for all international trips.
• Please refer to terms & conditions on our booking form.

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. We have our own travel insurance broker and we invite you to ring direct for your insurance requirements.

Phone Harriet on 09 3629038 Or email Harriet.lawrence@aon.comYou are of course welcome to make your own insurance arrangements for travel, just be sure that your insurance policy covers you extensively especially when travelling to certain countries such as USA with its high health costs.

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • 2021/2022
    NZ TRIP COVID POLICIES

    We understand the need for flexibility at present but there is also the need to have something to look forward to. Operatunity has put the following in place for our trips to protect your health and financial security.

    Financial

    1. Generally as a policy if we are unable to proceed with a trip due to
    COVID-19 restrictions, we would, if possible, transfer the trip to new dates.
    2. However we will refund you IN FULL if this trip is unable to be transferred due to Covid restrictions, even once you have paid finals for this trip.
    3. This does not mean we would refund you if you simply changed your mind and decided not to go at the last minute.
    4. It does mean, however, that if you had a medical certificate to say you were unwell to travel that we would work very hard to get as much of a refund back for you depending on hotels and other costs involved.
    5. If we have booked your flights and the trip was unable to proceed, we will work hard to get you a credit or refund, but if the flights have already been ticketed this would be a credit for you to use on another occasion. We would be unable to get you a full refund for your airline tickets.

    Health and Safety
    Please do not travel if you are unwell.

    · We are one of the first companies to receive approval to use Rapid Antigen testing. We have purchased a number of tests and can administer these on tours if needed to check when someone is unwell. All escorts will be tested and be required to receive a negative rapid antigen test the day before travelling with you.

    · All travellers and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated to enjoy Operatunity tours.

    · All support staff including our coach drivers will be required to be fully vaccinated.

    · All event venues and restaurants will be required to have mandated vaccine passports, where applicable, before we book and enjoy events at these venues. This is for travel within New Zealand. We will have the same objectives for international travel but this may be more difficult to police due to protocol in each specific country.

    · All Operatunity travellers will be required to fill out a short questionnaire 72 hours before travelling with Operatunity. Questions will include any symptoms regarding COVID plus if you have visited any listed places of interest prior to travelling with Operatunity. If the answer is YES to any of the questions you may be required to have proof of a negative COVID test to travel with us.

    · If you become sick on tour, you will be required to isolate and be asked to get a COVID test. Other Operatunity health and safety protocols are already in place including use of sanitiser, masks, hugging and enjoying our own group bubble while on tour. We will, of course, adhere to all government regulations and recommendations when travelling together.

    These policies have been compiled to allow you to travel with confidence and with utmost enjoyment as well as keep you safe and keep our New Zealand bubble safe! Let’s go and have some fun and experience the most beautiful country in the world!

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people.
    It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • While we will endeavour to provide the best possible experience and care, all travellers must be fit to travel and be independent. All trips are catering for a senior market but some trips will suit better than others. Some trips also carry an advisory note as they require a higher level of fitness.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus any costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim. We do not charge a cancellation fee.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

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