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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.

Hosted By: Frances Weller

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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.


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.


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.


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. 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 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
  • Castle Banquet
  • Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Evening
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

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Final Payment Date: 02/25/2023

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Frances Weller

Frances Weller is a proud Wilmington native, award-wining journalist, and community advocate. She recently celebrated 40 years at WECT and is a leader of the most trusted news team in Southeastern North Carolina.

She began her journalism career at WECT not long after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, joining the news team she grew up watching.

Despite winning countless professional awards as well as the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian award, Fran’s greatest joy is her community involvement. Through her two passion projects, Fran’s Fans and Weller’s Wheels, she has kept the elderly cool each summer by gathering fan donations and she has made countless Christmases brighter for local children through her bike collection drive.

Fran can’t imagine life without WECT and has no plans of retiring.

Join Frances and WECT viewers on this exciting trip!