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Hosted By: Terry McFadden
Join fellow Notre Dame College football fans and discover the storied culture, ancient history, natural beauty, and warm hospitality of Ireland, including tickets to watch your team play in the epic Aviva Stadium. Begin with a visit to the otherworldly Giant’s Causeway and explore the rich history of the Titanic in Belfast. Journey back in time to experience the Ulster American Folk Park. Enjoy authentic Irish hospitality at Rathbaun Farm and learn all about Ireland’s most famous brew at the Guinness Storehouse. We return to Dublin to go deeper into the city and cheer on Notre Dame as they face off against Navy in part of the Aer Lingus College Football Series.
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August 19th, 2023 - August 28th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/16/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Ireland
Begin your Irish adventure with an overnight flight to the Emerald Isle.
Day 2 : Belfast
We arrive in Ireland today and depart the Dublin airport for Belfast. This evening, we get to know our fellow traveling companions during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner. Our accommodations for the next two evenings are in Belfast.
Day 3 : Giant’s Causeway
We experience our first glimpse of Northern Ireland’s majestic coast this morning and discover the beauty of Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique geological wonder offers unmatched landscapes and surreal views. After returning to Belfast, we enjoy a city tour with a local guide. Learn all about this vibrant city including the political murals and Belfast’s turbulent past. In the afternoon we explore Titanic Belfast, a museum commemorating the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship. Built to resemble the doomed vessel, the museum extends over nine interactive galleries and is frequently rated as one of the top museums in the world.
Day 4 : Ulster American Folk Park
We begin our day learning about three centuries of Irish immigration at Ulster American Folk Park, an open-air folk museum in Omagh. This museum highlights Irish immigration to the Americas. Explore up to 30 buildings and learn about skilled artisans from earlier eras by observing costumed interpretive guides scattered throughout the property. We then tour Belleek Pottery, known the world over for its delicate basketwork appearance and shamrock accents. We’ll tour the factory and learn how this enchanting pottery is created and hand painted.
Day 5 : Kylemore Abbey
We begin the day with a visit to the neo-Gothic Church of Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, home to a Benedictine Community of Nuns since World War I. While there, we explore the grounds and can stroll through the six acres of its Victorian Walled Garden. Later, we visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory in Moycullen, where Celtic motifs are expertly cut into colored crystal. This evening, we gather for an included dinner at the hotel and then are free to independently explore the city’s lively entertainment scene.
Day 6 : Rathbaun Farm & Irish Coffee
This morning we experience authentic Irish hospitality at the Rathbaun Farm in Ardahan. Here, sheep graze the fields and the fragrance of home-baked scones fill the air. We visit with our hosts in their charming, thatched cottage and sample freshly baked scones with a pot of Irish tea. Following the visit, we travel to Athlone for some free time and lunch. Then, we walk over to Sean’s Bar for an immersive Irish Coffee lesson and a taste of this classic beverage! In the afternoon, we travel to Clonmacnoise. This beloved ancient monastic site was once a major center of religion and education that attracted scholars from all over Europe. The grounds contain remains of nine churches, a round tower, and Celtic Crosses.
Day 7 : Guinness Storehouse
Today we have the opportunity to learn all about Ireland’s most famous brew: Guinness. We will experience interactive exhibits that explore the history and brewing process of this internationally-renowned Irish dry stout. Then enjoy a pint together afterward! The afternoon and evening are yours to explore Dublin and participate in any activities that have been arranged by the university for the game.
Day 8 : Game Day!
After an included breakfast, transportation will be provided to the Aviva stadium where we enjoy the Aer Lingus College Football Classic game in a shared suite that includes food and beverages. Our seats are in a covered area of the stadium, attached to the suite. The game package includes our early admission to the suite, a premium game ticket and lanyard, all day gourmet grazing menus, a commemorative game day program and VIP guest wallet and invitation. In-suite TV viewing and game highlight replays are also offered. After enjoying the game, transportation back to the hotel is included.
Day 9 : Dublin
Following breakfast and a leisurely morning, we embark on a guided tour of Dublin. View Dublin Castle, the Spire of Dublin, the Ha’penny Bridge, and visit the National Museum of Ireland. Tonight, we celebrate our amazing escape to the Emerald Isle at Taylor’s Three Rock Dinner & Show, complete with delicious food, great music, and award-winning Irish dancing.
Day 10 : Fly Home
WNDU TV Pickup Locations:
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
South Bend, IN - WNDU TV Station Office Lot
Terry McFadden, an award winning television journalist, co-anchors the early evening and late editions of 16 News Now.
Terry began his broadcasting career as a news and sports reporter with WNDU-TV in 1982. His street-smart, matter-of-fact style of reporting quickly made him one of Michiana’s favorite television journalists.
A native of South Bend, he holds both a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Notre Dame.
When he’s not spending time with his wife and children, Terry enjoys spending time on home-improvement projects, fishing and working on his 1967 Mustang Fastback.
Terry also gives back to the community and is active with Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana; he also serves as master of ceremonies for Real Services annual Age of Excellence Awards.
Join Terry and WNDU-TV viewers on this wonderful vacation!
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.