Join WBAY’s Bill Jartz and his wife Mary, on this magical tour to Ireland. You’ll experience the lush, green Irish landscapes, savor authentic Irish food, and see stunning views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Our tour includes overnights in Dublin, Claremorris, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, and Waterford.
Your travels take you along sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, and a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney as you drive the Ring of Kerry. You’ll also get a taste of Irish life when you visit a sheep farm, where you’ll learn to make scones, and enjoy with coffee. So many special experiences await on this Ireland circle tour. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing tour through the Emerald Isle!
Early booking discounts available.
Your adventure begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare airport, where you will board your overnight flight to Dublin.
Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Upon arrive you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel and at 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Hotel: The Gibson (or similar)
Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Then, north to Longford for a visit to STROKESTOWN HOUSE for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Stop in Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions, then arrive in Claremorris, in the heart of beautiful County Mayo, for your overnight stay.
Hotel: McWilliam Park Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Via Westport, head for the unspoiled region of Connemara, an area known for its hardy breed of ponies. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. At Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their MARBLE WORKSHOP before arriving in the port city of Galway. Tonight’s recommendation: an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Galway (or similar)
At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation about life on Inishmore by an island historian.
After a light LUNCH at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide’s commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Galway (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
A real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of prehistoric Poulnabrone Dolmen. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. This evening, why not take part in a unique optional dinner excursion to Bunratty Folk Park?
Hotel: Limerick Strand Hotel (or similar)
On this morning’s Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St. Mary’s Cathedral, and visit KING JOHN’S CASTLE in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the only Boeing B314 “Clipper” full-size replica in the world, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. Later, maybe an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre.
Hotel: Killarney Towers Hotel (or similar)
Join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a fun-filled horse-drawn JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.
Hotel: Killarney Towers Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Across the Kerry Mountains, drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork, Youghal, and Dungarvan to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Here, enjoy a visit to the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL.
Hotel: Tower Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today’s agenda includes Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
Hotel: Hilton Dublin Kilmainham (or similar)
All too soon, your vacation in Ireland has come to the end. Transfer to the Dublin Airport in plenty of time to check-in for your flight. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach will transfer you back to your departure city.
- Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
- Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Dublin, including current air taxes and fees
- Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Dublin
- Air-conditioned motorcoach with on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
- Added Fox Tour Experience (to be determined)
- Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
- Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
- Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
- Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information
- DUBLIN: Welcome dinner; orientation drive of the city
- KILDARE: Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
- STROKESTOWN HOUSE: Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens
- KYLEMORE: Visit the beautiful Benedictine abbey
- CONNEMARA: Visit a marble workshop
- ARAN ISLANDS: Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, enjoy lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus
- RATHBAUN FARM: See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse
- CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savor the spectacular views
- LIMERICK: Orientation drive, visit King John’s castle
- FOYNES: Guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum
- KILLARNEY: Horse-drawn jaunting car ride and Ring of Kerry drive
- BLARNEY: Visit the famous village and castle
- WATERFORD: Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
- AVOCA: Guided tour of the handweaving mill
- Daily Buffet Breakfast
- One lunch at a local pub
- Four three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin
Hotel Accommodations for Nine Nights
- One night in Dublin
- One night in Claremorris
- Two nights in Galway
- One night in Limerick’
- Two nights in Killarney
- One night in Waterford
- Final night in Dublin
Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling.
Not included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.
* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
Single Supplement: $405.00
Triple Reduction: $34.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due: No later than March 12, 2018
*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $116.34 per person are included and subject to change.
WBAY TV-2 News Anchor Bill Jartz
Raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Bill Jartz earned All-State recognition as a high school football player, which took him to Northwestern University on an athletic scholarship. Graduating with a degree in journalism, Bill began his career as a sports anchor in Wausau, then came to WBAY in 1983. After receiving various accolades for sports broadcasting, he became a news anchor in 1998. In addition to anchoring Action 2 News weeknights at 5, 6, and 10, Bill is also the Voice of Lambeau Field at Green Bay Packers home games, joining them as public address announcer in 2005. Bill is very involved in a number of charities and has been married to his wife, Mary, since 1984.
Depart from Chicago to Dublin (June 14 – 15)
- Depart from Chicago O’Hare on Aer Lingus 124 at 8:20 PM and arrive in Dublin at 9:50 AM
Return from Dublin to Chicago (June 24)
- Depart from Dublin on Aer Lingus 123 at 11:30 AM and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 1:55 PM
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- From date of deposit to March 12, 2018: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
- March 13 to April 9, 2018: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- April 10 to May 14, 2018: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- August 21, 2018 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund
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A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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