The Emerald Isle with George Graphos

July 21, 2017 to July 30, 2017

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Discover the magic and beauty of the Emerald Isle as you make your way through Ireland’s charming cities and breathtaking landscapes with WBAY Chief Meteorologist, George Graphos.

Begin and end your adventure in Dublin, the heart of Irish culture and charm. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes of Killarney as you tour the Ring of Kerry, take in the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher along the Wild Atlantic Way and kiss the Blarney Stone of Eloquence. Enjoy a magnificent night stay at the stylish, distinguished and luxurious Ashford Castle. Tradition, culture and charm await you just across the pond as you join us exploring the Emerald Isle, Ireland.

 

 

 

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare (with our air-inclusive package), where you will board your flight to Dublin.

Welcome to Dublin! On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfer to your hotel by motorcoach. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and investigate the beautiful city of Dublin.

Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane Hotel, Dublin

After breakfast, join your Tour Director for a city tour that brings to life Dublin's architectural treasures and history stretching back more than 1,000 years. Tour Dublin's beautiful Georgian squares, walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its famed library and see the 9th century Book of Kells. Upstairs, in the magnificent barrel-vaulted Long Room, 200,000 of the library's oldest books are housed in a procession of oak bookcases. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a friendly Welcome Reception, with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane Hotel, Dublin
Meal: Breakfast, Welcome Reception and Dinner

Depart Dublin and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. While driving south, stop to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings, dominating the flat countryside for miles around. Continue to Blarney Castle where you can climb to the ramparts and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Continue on to Killarney. If you fancy a ‘pint of porter', this town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs, so why not join in the ‘craic' tonight.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza
Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. This area is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all of Ireland. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Stopping at Torc Waterfall for photos, there is a chance to join a hike with a local along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the spectacular scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay and visit Muckross Abbey. (While there are no mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear.) For those who do not want to join the hike, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney, where the remainder of the day is free.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza
Meal: Full Breakfast

This morning, cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Centre and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then, travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape. Drop in for afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm and meet a Galway farming family as they carry out their everyday chores. Watch as the farmer shears a sheep and maneuvers his flock with the help of his dog. Next, on to your tour of Galway, the “City of the Tribes,” which includes the lovely Galway Cathedral. Tonight, your hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.

Hotel: Connemara Coast, Galway
Meals: Full Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

After a peaceful night's rest, embark upon a superb excursion through a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Stop at lakeside Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I.

Hotel: Connemara Coast, Galway
Meal: Full Breakfast

Board the ‘Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive scenic cruise of Loch Corrib with lunch. The captain, also the author of “A Voyage of Discovery” (the history of Ashford Castle), will share his wealth of local knowledge with you. As you disembark, a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. This timeless icon is owned and managed by our sister company, the multi award winning boutique hotel collection Red Carnation Hotels.

The castle has recently undergone a $75 Million dollar magnificent and respectful restoration, which matches the latest in modern facilities and technology with timeless elegance. The castle provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering guests both relaxation and comfort.

There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel's Falconry School.

Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Their creative cooking, seasonal ingredients and innovative menus await at your Highlight Celebration Dinner tonight. (Gentlemen, a jacket and tie required).

Hotel: Ashford Castle
Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate. Then cross the midlands to Dublin, where the balance of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping.

Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane Hotel, Dublin
Meal: Full Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast before your transfer from the hotel to the Dublin airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.


Air-Inclusive Package Inclusions

  • 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

General Inclusions

  • Join George Graphos and his wife Kathy on this beautiful trip to the Emerald Isle!
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • 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

Hotel Accommodations:

Eight (8) nights hotel accommodations in Ireland to include two nights Dublin, three nights Killarney and two nights Limerick
  • Two nights in Dublin at Clayton Cardiff Lane Hotel (or similar)
  • Two nights in Killarney at The Killarney Plaza (or similar)
  • Two nights in Galway at Connemara Coast (or similar)
  • One night at Ashford Castle
  • One night in Dublin at Clayton Cardiff Lane Hotel (or similar)
 Hotel accommodations for eight nights include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling. Similar hotels may be substituted.

Meals and Dining

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • One lunch and Afternoon Tea
  • Four dinners including a Welcome Dinner, two 3-course dinners, and a final evening Celebration dinner

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dublin: Breathe the air thickened by the musty tomes of Trinity College Library and admire the lavish Book of Kells, written and decorated by Celtic monks in the 9th Century
  • Cashel: Visit this historic site, former seat of Irish kings
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry; Join a local guide for a two and a half hour hike over wooded paths and along lakeshore trails or return to hotel by motorcoach
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs
  • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again
  • Rathbaun Farm: Join the Connolly family for an Irish afternoon tea and glimpse the daily workings of a traditional sheep-farm
  • Connemara: Visit the turreted neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey
  • Lough Corrib: The magnificent five-star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Join a local historian to cruise the serene waters of Lough Corrib. While enjoying lunch, take in the breath-taking scenery.

Tour-Only

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $660.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
 No later than April 14, 2017

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $114.27 per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change.

Past Passenger Discount – $120.00 per person

(Must have traveled with Insight Vacation or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan   Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years)

Departing from Chicago O’Hare
Depart July 21
Aer Lingus Airlines #124 – Depart Chicago O’Hare at 8:20 p.m. and arrive in Dublin at 9:45 a.m. on July 22
Return July 30
Aer Lingus Airlines #123 – Depart Dublin at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 1:55 p.m.
Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

George Graphos TripGeorge Graphos – WBAY Chief Meteorologist

George doesn’t have one of those classic young meteorologist stories of spending his youth engaged in the search for the true actual air temperature by counting the chirps of a lone cricket and thus was born his penchant for “the perfect forecast.” Truth be told, George’s love of all things weather came quite by happenstance. A friend contacted George, offering him a crew position aboard a sailboat returning to the Great Lakes from the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Possessing neither the skills required to save oneself from a body of water deeper that six feet nor the ownership of a rich history of deep water sailing, George keenly surmised that being single — and ignorantly fearless — he would seize the opportunity with little or no delay. After all, it was college summer break and this favorable combination of circumstances seemed to be exciting. It wasn’t long before George became smitten with sailing and soon discovered his passion for “all things weather,” and thus initiated a mid-course correction toward the study of Meteorology and the Geosciences. After completing his studies at Northern Michigan University and the University of Texas at Dallas, he landed his first position in broadcast news as Meteorologist for WLUC-TV in Marquette, Michigan. He then worked as on-air Meteorologist for KPNX-TV in Phoenix before arriving at WBAY in Green Bay in 1985 as Chief Meteorologist. George says, “I feel blessed that these twists of fate have brought me and my family to northeast Wisconsin. WBAY has become a wonderful professional partner, and the fine people here in northern Wisconsin have become dear friends.” George can be found speaking in school classrooms, to clubs and organizations, as well as emceeing various events in the area. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family to locales as near as Door County and as far as anywhere in Europe. He says, “I have way too many hobbies and interests, and far too little time to enjoy them. Painting, watercolors, computer graphics, photography and, most importantly, sports car racing at one of my favorite places in the world, Elkhart Lake’s Road America, both as a race fan and a racer!” And now we come back to “What is the temperature?” George says, “Count the number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. Example: 30 chirps+40=70°F.” By the way, to convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count the number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get the temperature. Example: 48 chirps/(divided by) 3+4=20°C

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Not Included:

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.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to April 14, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • April 15 to May 19, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 20 to June 20, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • June 21, 2017 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.