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The Best of the Emerald Isle

August 23 - September 2, 2018

Join Stan Turner on an unforgettable trip to Ireland. We will experience the very best of the Emerald Isle on this circle Island tour. Visit heritage cities of Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny and Dublin. Our trip experience includes Northern Ireland with Belfast. Giant's Causeway and Derry. We feature breakfast and dinner daily as well as a number of exciting stops and included ex- cursions. Join Roger and KASM listeners on this unique and special itinerary through the very Best of Ireland!



  • All airfare & taxes included from Minneapolis

  • Fully Escorted Tour

  • City tours of Dublin, Belfast & Galway

  • See the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin

  • Titanic Shipyard and Museum Tour in Belfast

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site at Giant's Causeway

  • Old Sod Farm Tour

  • Historic Connemara Region of Ireland

  • Kylemore Abbey & Garden tour

  • Cliffs of Moher

  • Ring of Kerry Tour

  • Muckross Garden Tour

  • Rock of Cashel

  • Blarney Castle (Kiss the Blarney Stone)

  • Kilkenny Castle

  • Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains

Accommodations & Meals

  • Comfortable Lodging included throughout

  • 18 Meals including Daily Breakfast & Dinner

  • Traditional Irish Evening with Music and Dancing


Day 1:
Fly To Ireland

Depart the United States for an overnight flight to Europe and the charm of Ireland.

Included Meals: Light Dinner & Breakfast on Plane

Day 2:

Dublin City Tour

Upon arrival in Ireland we are joined by a local guide as we discover Dublin on a panoramic tour of the city’s sights, which will include a stop at Trinity College to view the ancient Book of Kells. Believed to have been designed in AD 800, the Book of Kells is a beautifully illustrated collection of the four Gospels of the New Testament. Enjoy free time to explore Dublin which may include a visit to the Guinness Brewery. Tonight, we mingle with fellow travelers during our delicious Welcome Dinner.

Included Meals: Dinner


Day 3:
Belfast - Titanic Shipyards

This morning we are off to Northern Ireland and Belfast, birthplace of Titanic. We will see iconic structures of the city including St. Peter’s Cathedral and the City Hall. You will have free time to explore Donegall Place and the Cathedral Quarter before a visit to the Titanic Museum and the docks where this iconic ship was built. Late afternoon we check-in at our hotel in Belfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4:
Giants Causeway & Derry

We depart Belfast for the northern coast of Ireland and the UNESCO World Heritage site at Giant’s Causeway. View the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns set on the dramatic and beautiful coastline of Northern Ireland. This afternoon we visit Old Bushmills Distillery, open since 1784. Later, we arrive in Derry for the night.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5:

Sligo & Galway

We depart for the south of Ireland through stunning countryside before arriving in the village of Sligo, known for an “authentic Ireland” feel. Our scenic drive continues until we arrive in Galway. We will have free time to explore Galway which is quaintly nestled on Ireland’s west coast. Tonight we overnight in the Galway area. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Our morning finds us touring the Connemara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes, rivers, bogs and mountains. This is an area of small villages and where Gaelic is still the spoken language. Connemara is one of the wildest and most romantic parts of Ireland. Later we tour Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920. We continue our drive through the scenic Connemara Region before returning to the hotel near Galway.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7:
Cliffs Of Moher

We visit a true Irish highlight, the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs tower more than 700 feet above the ocean at their highest point— enjoy panoramic views of Ireland’s Atlantic coast and neighboring islands. We continue our way south towards the village of Killarney. Tonight we stay in the Killarney area.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8:
Ring Of Kerry & Muckross House

After a delicious Irish breakfast, we depart on one of Ireland’s most popular and beautiful drives, the Ring of Kerry. Our drive takes us through spectacular scenery with wind-swept cliffs, lakes, stunning valleys; making this one of Ireland’s most scenic regions. This afternoon we visit Muckross House and Gardens. This Victorian mansion dates from 1843, an idyllic location on the edge of Killarney National Park. Tonight we return to our hotel near Killarney.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 9:
Rock Of Cashel & Blarney Castle

This morning we depart our hotel for Rock of Cashel. Rock of Cashel is one of the most photographed sites in Ireland including a historic visit by St. Patrick in 450. We continue to Blarney Castle where you have an opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone before getting the ‘gift to gab’. Tonight we make our way to the hotel in Kilkenny.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10:

Kilkenny Castle

This morning we depart our hotel for Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is one of the best preserved medieval Irish cities. The town is dominated by the 12th century Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans on their arrival to this part of Ireland. Later, we make our way to Wicklow Mountains, known as the “Garden of Ireland”. We visit the early Christian site of Glendalough to learn about St. Kevin’s 6th century monastery and see the ancient round tower, church ruins and Celtic crosses. Tonight, we gather for a Farewell Dinner, featuring traditional Irish music and entertainment.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 11:
Rock Of Cashel & Blarney Castle

Today, we head for home with new friends and experiences from Ireland!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Light Meals on Plane

Stan Turner

Stan Turner’s distinguished career in broadcasting goes back to 1965, when he joined the news department at KDWB Radio. He moved to KSTP Radio News in 1966, but rejoined KDWB as news director a year later. He returned to Hubbard Broadcasting in 1968, taking a job as government reporter for KSTP TV.

Positions as associate news director, weekend anchor, news director, and then weekday co-anchor, followed. In 1989 he took on the additional responsibilities of helping to launch a new satellite news operation: CONUS / All News Channel. Stan became the primetime weekday anchor and writer at All News Channel, whose broadcasts were available in eleven million homes.

In 2004, Stan joined the MNN Radio Network as news director, reporter, and newscaster. In addition to his broadcasting duties, Stan has devoted many hours to teaching young people interested in journalism. He is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Journalism Department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a former adjunct professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, and a former president of the Minnesota Press Club. Since 2006, Stan has hosted the Stan Turner Show on KLBB Radio. Stan has hosted numerous tours with Defined Destinations and look forward to joining you on the Best of Ireland!

Tour Price:




(based on 2 people sharing a room)

Includes airfare & taxes out of MSP airport (other airports may be available)




(does not include airfare).

Based on 2 people sharing a room




Add $500 to double rate Includes airfare out of MSP

Trip Deposit

A $300 deposit per person is required at booking - it is fully refundable until May 23, 2018 After May 23, 2018 deposit is nonrefundable

Final Payment
23, 2018

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