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Departs: June 8th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Ireland. Begin the tour with a relaxing guided tour of Dublin, Ireland’s capital. Explore the ancient monastery site at Clonmacnoise and sample fresh pastries and tea at Connolly's Rathbaun Farm. In Connemara, stroll the beautiful riverside gardens of Kylemore Abbey and visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory. Take in the beauty of the famous Cliffs of Moher and enjoy a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. Enjoy traditional music and dance at Kate Kearney's Cottage and relax on a scenic ride around the Ring of Kerry. We will also visit famous Blarney Castle, the stunning Rock of Cashel, and Kilkenny Castle on the River Nord.
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Hosted By: Lisa Cownie
KEYC News 12 This Morning Anchor
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Day 1 : Fly to Ireland
Our journey to the Emerald Isle begins with a pleasant overnight flight to Dublin.
Day 2 : Dublin
This beautiful modern city is brimming with historic landmarks and Georgian-style buildings. We view Dublin’s highlights during a tour including a guided visit through Christ Church Cathedral.
We end our first exciting day in Ireland at our beautiful hotel in the Dublin area.
Day 3 : Clonmacnoise
We travel west this morning to Clonmacnoise. This beloved ancient monastic site, with its remains of nine churches kept tidy by preservationists, was long a major center of religion and education and drew scholars from all over Europe. It’s truly a magical place with a scenic setting on the River Shannon.
Later, experience true Irish hospitality at Connolly’s Rathbaun Farm. Here, sheep graze the fields and the fragrance of home-baked scones fills the air. We visit with our hosts Frances and Fintan in their charming thatched cottage and sample fresh lightly sweetened scones over a pot of Irish tea.
We enjoy two nights in Galway.
Day 4 : Kylemore Abbey
We begin the day at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where Celtic motifs are expertly cut into colored crystal.
Then, enjoy the opulent canvas of Connemara, dense with gleaming rivers and lakes, stunning coastal views, and soaring mountains.
Later, stroll the vibrant gardens and Neo-Gothic Church of Kylemore Abbey, home to a Benedictine Community of Nuns since World War I.
Back in Galway this evening, take in some local culture by stepping into the city’s lively entertainment scene.
Day 5 : Cliffs of Moher
Our scenic morning drive takes us into the otherworldly beauty of the Burren in County Clare. Here, limestone has eroded over the ages to form moonscape patterns called karren.
Next, we stop at the Cliffs of Moher. This mighty coastal wall, extending five miles along the coast and plunging 700 feet to the sea, once gave assurance to World War II pilots that they had reached European shores.
Later, we witness Ireland’s heritage at the folk park of Bunratty. Life in 19th-century Ireland comes alive during this evening’s merrymaking at a medieval banquet!
Tonight we stay in Limerick.
Day 6 : Killarney
Begin today in Adare, often called Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages and beautiful stone buildings.
We spend the next two nights in Killarney, a vibrant little town surrounded by incredibly beautiful countryside.
Later we enjoy a traditional jaunting cart tour of Killarney National Park.
Day 7 : Ring of Kerry
We spend today savoring one of Ireland’s, or even the world’s, most scenic drives, the Ring of Kerry. Undulating hills, rugged mountains draped with green forest, shimmering lakes, emerald valleys, dramatic seascapes, and quaint villages all mark an unforgettable day.
Tonight, our cultural experience continues with traditional Irish folk music and dancing at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. We always receive a hearty welcome when we walk through the doors of this 150-year-old family-run establishment.
Day 8 : Blarney Stone
At Blarney Castle this morning, you can kiss the fabled stone and be rewarded with the gift of gab.
If you still want something to talk about, there is time to view some of Ireland’s largest collections of Waterford Crystal and Belleek China at Blarney Woollen Mills.
Then, at the stunning Rock of Cashel, we learn about the rise of this majestic castle, once an assembly place for kings, and later, the church.
We overnight in Kilkenny.
Day 9 : Kilkenny
We start the day at Kilkenny Castle. This palace was originally built to guard against crossings of the River Nore in the 13th century.
Explore the medieval city’s narrow winding streets at leisure, then visit the National Design & Craft Center or enjoy lunch at a local pub.
We return to Dublin for our special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 : Fond Farewells
We fly home from Dublin with wonderful memories of the Emerald Isle.
June 8th, 2020 - June 17th, 2020
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Lisa first joined KEYC back in 1992 as the 10 pm news anchor. Her career went on to criss-cross the country, before she landed back in Mankato with her family 10 years ago where she was an anchor of KEYC News 12 Midday. Having covered nights and mid days, she has expanded her role to mornings as a co-host of KEYC News 12 This Morning.
Her love of the region shines through in all she does not only in her role delivering the news to Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, but in her community endeavors as well. Lisa serves as a strategic writer for the nonprofit MRCI. She is also an active volunteer including at her children’s schools, and through other local organizations such as Greater Mankato Rotary, Greater Mankato Growth, and S.S. Boutique. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department at Minnesota State University Mankato and is Editor of Connect Business Magazine.
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