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Enchanting Ireland

Experience the storied culture, ancient history, natural beauty, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Begin with a guided tour of Dublin, Ireland’s capital. Explore the ancient monastery site at Clonmacnoise and sample fresh scones and tea at Connolly's Rathbaun Farm. In Connemara, walk the gorgeous, green riverside gardens of Kylemore Abbey and visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory. Take in the beauty of the famous Cliffs of Moher and be delighted at a medieval banquet. We enjoy traditional music and dance at Kate Kearney's Cottage and relax on a scenic ride around the Ring of Kerry. We also visit the famous Blarney Castle, stunning Rock of Cashel, and Kilkenny Castle on the River Nord.


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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 lively modern city is brimming with historic landmarks and Georgian-style buildings. We view Dublin’s highlights including a guided visit through Christ Church Cathedral. We end our first exciting day on the Emerald Isle at our beautiful hotel.

Dinner

Day 3 : Clonmacnoise

We travel west this morning to Clonmacnoise. This beloved ancient monastic site, with its remains of nine churches, a round tower, and high Celtic Crosses, 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 authentic Irish hospitality at Connolly’s Rathbaun Farm. Here, sheep graze the fields and the fragrance of home-baked scones and a peat fire fill the air. We visit with our hosts Frances and Fintan in their charming thatched cottage and sample freshly baked scones with a pot of Irish tea.

Breakfast, Dinner

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 rugged rock formations. 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.

Breakfast

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 explore Ireland’s heritage at the folk park of Bunratty. Life in old Ireland comes alive during this evening’s merrymaking at a Medieval Castle Banquet!

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Killarney

Today begins 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. 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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Ring of Kerry

We spend today savoring one of Ireland’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. This evening is free to explore Killarney.

Breakfast

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 shop for some treasured gifts among the array of Waterford Crystal, Irish Sweaters and other locally made items at Blarney Woollen Mills Store. Then, at the stunning Rock of Cashel, we learn about the rise of this majestic fortress, once an assembly place for kings, and later, an important religious center.

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 : Fly Home

We fly home from Dublin with wonderful memories of the Emerald Isle.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night in the Dublin area (at beginning of tour)
  • 2 nights at The Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway
  • 1 night in Limerick
  • 2 nights in Killarney
  • 1 night at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny
  • 1 night in the Dublin area (before we return home)

Attractions & Highlights

  • Dublin guided tour
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Clonmacnoise monastic ruins
  • Connolly’s Rathbaun Farm
  • Connemara Crystal Factory
  • Connemara region
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Burren in County Clare
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Bunratty Folk Park
  • Adare, traditional Irish village
  • Jaunting cart ride in Killarney
  • Ring of Kerry scenic drive
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills Store
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kilkenny Castle tour

13 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Daily deluxe breakfasts
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
  • Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Evening
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Double

$5199

Single

$6199

Final Payment Date: 04/08/2023

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Departure Cities

KWQC TV Pickup Locations:

Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport

Davenport, IA - Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn

Maquoketa, IA - AmericInn (formerly Centerstone Inn & Suites)

Rock Falls, IL - Walmart

Kevin Phelps

Kevin has called the Quad Cities home for nearly 12 years now. Fun fact, Kevin has lived in the Quad Cities longer than any place in his life, so it is definitely his home. Prior to joining KWQC he spent time in Northern Michigan and Joplin, Missouri.

Kevin spent much of his high school years in southeast Virginia where his love for weather developed especially tropical meteorology which led him to Creighton University for his college degree. Creighton is a special place and where he met his future wife Christen Schulte Phelps. They now have two young boys and pups. You can see them all over the Quad Cities, especially at the Farmer’s Market, golf courses and local breweries.

Join Kevin and KWQC viewers on this wonderful tour!