Ireland 2023

Ireland in 2023

Minnesota Milk is pleased to offer an international travel opportunity to the Emerald Isle--- Ireland!

Ireland is a global dairy player, exporting nearly $2.2 billion of butter, milk and cheese as of 2017. Butter accounted for over 40% of the export value of these dairy products. The neighboring United Kingdom is Ireland's largest export market for dairy products from Ireland. The United States lists Ireland in the top ten trading partners, as we receive over 72,000 tons of potatoes, 21,000 tons of coffee and millions of liters of varous non-alcoholic drinks, beer, mineral water, and even wine and other liquors.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Monday, June 19 Depart U.S.

Our adventure begins as we depart Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on our international flight, and wing our way over the Atlantic to Dublin, Ireland! Meals and beverages are served inflight as per airline offerings. INF

Day 2: Tuesday, June 20, 2023 • Dublin

Upon arrival in Dublin, we clear customs and then meet our coach and driver. Our local guide takes us on a city tour of Dublin to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, home of Ireland's largest and most beautiful organ as well as memorials to Dean Jonathan Swift. We also visit the famed Trinity College, Ireland's oldest college founded in 1592 by England's Queen Elizabeth I. Of course, while at the college we see the Old Library and the Treasury that houses the Book of Kells, the ancient manuscript of the four gospels in Latin on vellum dating back to the year 800. We end our afternoon with a tour of the Guinness Brewery Museum. After viewing the displays that chronicle a humble 200-year history of brewing at St James Gate, we finally have a chance for a taste. We check into our hotel and enjoy dinner together and an early bedtime. D

Day 3: Wednesday, June 21, 2023 • Kilkenny

Our scenic drive through Ireland begins today, as we drive south through the lush, green countryside. En route we visit the Japanese Gardens & Irish National Stud Farm, where we can learn how the lands around Tully have been associated with the breeding of horses since about 1300, when it is likely that war horses were bred here for the Knights of Malta. The gardens are a living monument to the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures and tell of "The Life of Man" from the Cradle to the Grave. Next, we continue to Bailey’s Farm for a tour and tasting. The farm’s owners bring 150 years of their family's passion for farming tradition to life on their personally guided farm visits around their 135-hectare award winning farm. Hayden's Family Farm is home to their 175-cow dairy herd, which produces 1.2 million liters of milk for Baileys Irish Cream. Best practice in modern farming techniques has brought this family run farm to both national and international prominence. During our visit, we learn detailed information on cattle breeding and husbandry, grassland management, production costs, food traceability and much more. Environmental integrity is perfectly preserved and maintained. Five hectares of fen bog, natural woodland and wild meadow are protected under Irish and EU law to protect the large and unique variety of flora and fauna which also exists there. On arrival in Kilkenny, we have free time in the afternoon to explore the slips and alleys that make this city special. B,D

Day 4: Thursday, June 22, 2023 • Cork

After breakfast, we drive towards Cork County where we explore Ireland’s dairy industry and issues of sustainability and current practices. We visit a local dairy farm. Later we continue to the Cork area in the heart of southern Ireland and stop at Jameson Whisky Distillery in Midleton for a tour and a taste. Time permitting, before checking into our hotel, we admire the view from Blackrock Castle, a fortification overlooking the banks of the River Lee near Cork. B, D

Day 5: Friday, June 23, 2023 • Killarney

Between 1840 and 1950 over six million men, women and children emigrated from Ireland. The Queenstown Story is a museum about that wave of emigration, including the story of Annie Moore, the first emigrant to be processed at Ellis Island when it opened in 1892. There's information too, on the Titanic, and the Lusitania, as well as the maritime history of Cork. Next, we continue on to Blarney Castle. Of course, we want to kiss the "Blarney Stone" and acquire the "gift of eloquence." We also visit the renowned Blarney Woolen Mills. We then continue to Killarney, one of the most picturesque towns in the beautiful Southwest. B,D

Day 6: Saturday, June 24, 2023 • Killarney

The Ireland we have always imagined awaits us today as we wind our way around the Ring of Kerry through landscapes of lush green fields separated by quaint rock fences and dotted with colorful sheep. We indeed feel part of a world which has changed but little in the past two centuries. Names such as Ladies' View, McGillicuddy Reeks, and Cahirciveen come to life as we negotiate four hours of never to be forgotten views! We arrive back in the Killarney area in time to shop and explore the town a little, or perhaps take a horse-drawn jaunting cart ride to Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. After a day of wild, breathtaking scenery, we have much to discuss at dinner time! B,D

Day 7: Sunday, June 25, 2023 • Shannon area

After breakfast, we continue our drive through the scenic “Emerald Isle” and Ireland's "west country", and head north. We take a ferry ride over the Shannon River and arrive at the Cliffs of Moher; dark, limestone cliffs that stretch for five miles dropping down to the raging, foaming sea! Our next stop is at Bunratty Castle to stroll in the Folk Park. A living reconstruction of the homes and lives of Ireland a century ago, we delight in the rural farmhouses, village shops and Bunratty House, all furnished as they were then. In the evening we are treated to a traditional Irish Ceili (banquet) featuring traditional food, music, song and dance. B,D

Day 8: Monday, June 26, 2023 • Dublin

We depart for Dublin today, but first make a stop at Rathbaun Farm, an 80-acre working sheep farm. We get a glimpse of the farmers at work, gain insight into farming life both present and past, and have a demonstration of the dogs herding the sheep in from the fields and have a chat over a cup of coffee. Later we return to Dublin. B

Day 9: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 • Dublin

Today we showcase the excellence of food production and
farming within the Boyne Valley region. On our full day
Boyne Valley Food Tour, we meet with artisan food
producers, hear the story of their product and production, tour
the premises, and of course, sample the goods of three food
producers! We leave with an appreciation of why these food
producers, their products and their flavors are intrinsically
linked to the Boyne Valley, along with an understanding of the
history of the region. B,L

Day 10: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 • Return to USA

Regretfully, it's time to say "Slán agat" (Goodbye) and transfer to the Dublin Airport, where our international flight is waiting to return us to the USA. We return, however, with memories of lovely landscapes, verdant fields, fabulous castles and farms, interesting pubs and people, enchanting music and most importantly, a wealth of new friends! Welcome home! B

Trip Costs

Tour Cost: $4,669 per person

Single Supplement +$575

Registration

This tour is being coordinated by Bursch Travel.

Download the registration form that is available in the above brochure or this individual registration form page.

Print and complete registration form by January 31, 2023. Mail check for deposit and signed registration form to Bursch Travel.

For questions regarding travel insurance, contact Jill or John in the group department with Bursch Travel at 1-800-645-2331.