Enchanting Ireland

Experience the magnificent culture, natural beauty, warm hospitality, and top-rated accommodations of 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.

Hosted By: Maxwell Schaeffer

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $636 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & Irish driver/guide
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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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.

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Day 3 : Clonmacnoise

Check out of hotel.

We travel west this morning to Clonmacnoise. This beloved ancient monastery 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 10 : Fond Farewells

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 (minimum value of $636 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & Irish driver/guide
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel in the Dublin area
  • 2 nights at the Galmont Hotel in Galway
  • 1 night at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick
  • 2 nights at the Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa in Killarney
  • 1 night at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny
  • 1 night at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel 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
  • 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
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kilkenny Castle tour

13 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Medieval banquet
  • Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Evening
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Tour Dates & Pricing

September 14th, 2020 - September 23rd, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$4999

Single

$5999

Final Payment Date: 06/11/2020

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Maxwell Schaeffer

Maxwell is a long time Des Moines radio personality, celebrating more than 40 years in broadcasting! He hosts the popular Saturday morning “Maxwell & Friends” show on WHO Radio, and can be heard each weekday afternoon on 100.3 THE BUS FM.

Maxwell represents the stations at a variety of events and appearances each year. In addition to his on-air roles, he leads Marketing and Promotions for iHeartRadio in the central Iowa market. Maxwell’s Iowa broadcast career also earned him the distinction of being inducted into the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

In addition to his broadcast endeavors, Maxwell is a well-known Des Moines Community Playhouse “Legend” where he has performed in, and directed, many theatrical productions. He is active in the community, sharing his talent and lending his voice to numerous not-for-profit organizations and successful businesses.

Maxwell has been a Des Moines resident for more than 30 years, where he and his wife, Karen, raised two sons. He enjoys spending time with family, gardening, walking, home improvement, playing guitar and composing music, and occasionally performs in local night club and music venues.

Join Maxwell and other WHO Radio listeners on this incredible trip of a lifetime!