Private group tours also available. Email Ken O'Malley here: Private Tour info 

 

The Ancient East: April 4 to 13, 2020

 
 
This tour will be a first for me and will take us to castles, monasteries, and ancient sites in the East and Southern Coasts of Ireland including Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford and Cork. The group will visit Newgrange, Kilkenny Castle, Jerpoint Abbey, Waterford Crystal, Cobh Titanic Exhibit and Heritage Center, Cork City, Birr Castle, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin CIty and much more.
 

The tour begins on Saturday 4 April, 2020 at Dublin Airport and ends on Monday13 April at Dublin Airport. The tour includes 3 nights in Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, 3 nights in Cork, Co. Cork. and 3 nights in Dublin, Co. Dublin. Cost is $2,500 per person. (Sharing a room, Double or Twin) and $2,900 per person. (Single - LIMITED AVAILABILITY). Included: 9 nights Hotels, Breakfast and Dinner, Luxury Coach, Porterage, Meal gratuity and Site tickets.


Not Included: Air travel, Lunches, Driver gratuity and Travel Insurance. For more information, see me at a show, email me at ken@kenomalley.com or call me at (310) 569-1062.

Full Itinerary here: The Ancient East Itinerary and Application

 

 

The Wild Atlantic Way: April 18 to 27, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year's tour included a wonderful group from Butte, Montana visiting the lands of their forebears, the copper mines of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and touring on up the West Coast to Co. Mayo. The group will visit Bantry, Castletownbere, Dunboy Castle, Gougan Barra, Mizen Head Lighthouse, Cliffs of Moher, Galway City, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Achill Island, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin City.

The tour begins on Saturday, 18 April, 2020 at Dublin Airport and ends on Monday, 27 April at Dublin Airport. The tour includes 3 nights in Bantry, Co. Cork, 1 night in Galway, Co. Galway, 3 nights in Westport, Co. Mayo and 2 nights in Dublin, Co. Dublin. Cost is $2,500 per person. (Sharing a room, Double or Twin) and $2,900 per person. (Single - LIMITED AVAILABILITY). Included: 9 nights Hotels, Breakfast and Dinner, Luxury Coach, Porterage, Meal gratuity.

Not Included: Air travel, Lunches, Driver gratuity and Travel Insurance. For more information, see me at a show, email me at ken@kenomalley.com or call me at (310) 569-1062.

Full itinerary here: Wild Atlantic Way Itinerary and Tour Application

Comments from previous tour guests

"Going to Ireland on one of Ken O'Malley's tours is a far more moving and captivating experience than any typical trip to the Emerald Isle.  As any fan of Ken knows, he embodies everything he sings about--and all of his songs are richly filled with his whole heart and soul.  Ireland comes alive on one of Ken's trips as it never could on other tours--for he lives and breathes the land as he gives you his word's-eye-view of all his favorite sights.  Seeing Ireland through the eyes of a deeply passionate man who was born and raised there makes all the difference....every town, or road, or church, or graveyard becomes something unforgettably beautiful, painful, boisterous, amusing, sorrowful....all because you live each step of the journey with a man whose very blood is made up of the rivers of his homeland." M.D.

"A Ken O'Malley tour feels like a family affair. not your typical bus caravan from one tourist trap to another. Rather, a return with Ken to the places he loved when he lived here. Hearing, directly from him, the history and his own personal impressions of the sites we visited made for a memorable tour of this beautiful country." L.R. and J.R. (three time tour guests with Ken O'Malley)

"This is my third trip to Ireland. All have been with bands and fans. I have enjoyed this trip with Ken O'Malley the most. It was like touring Ireland with family. We visited sites that the other tours did not. John Costelloe was an excellent local guide as well. I would definitely recommend a trip to Ireland with Ken O'Malley to anyone who is interested in seeing more than just pubs and tourist attractions." A.M.

"We had a fantastic time.  Call it 'The Luck of the Irish" if you will. I wanted to connect with our family's Irish roots and sought out a tour that wasn't the usual.  We wanted a genuine experience with genuine people, not the large overpowering and out of control generic tours that we found again and again through large and corporate travel agents. Fortunately, going to the internet and finding this small, unique and genuine adventure sounded exactly what I wanted for my daughter and myself to be comfortable and fulfilled. The small, music based experience, appealed to us and the cost and itinerary matched or exceeded any other we could find. We were not disappointed! Ken O'Malley and his friends, are genuine people. Not knowing anyone soon was lost in the welcoming and warm group that met us at the airport in Dublin. We will never forget the Irish hospitality and the fantastic experience and friends we found on this tour." J.N. and L.N. (Chicago)


"This is our third trip to Ireland and second with Ken. Even so, there was so much new to see. The experience was immeasurably richer with Ken's music" S.W.

"Our second trip to Ireland and it was definitively the best yet." J.P., D.P. and G.P.

"We loved the trip. I just wish there was more time! We loved all the stops we made and we loved hearing Ken the most." J.R. and S.R.

"Ken O'Malley's tours of Ireland are different from other tours in that he takes great pride in bringing people to his homeland and making them feel at home.  He goes to different places than many of the other tours;  one example is Clare Island just off Westport to see one the castles owned by pirate queen Grace O'Malley, whom he proudly claims as an ancestor.  Through it all, Ken shares his vast knowledge of Irish history and brings to life the tales told in traditional Irish ballads.  His performances while on the tour are at small, intimate locations, and make the entire group feel like family.  I would highly recommend any of his tours as you may come a stranger, but will leave as a friend." D.T.

©Ken O'Malley 2019