Sandhill Cranes & Irish Fest in Omaha

Sandhill Cranes & Irish Fest in Omaha

Spend a long weekend in Omaha witnessing the beautiful Sandhill Cranes up close and personal and enjoying everything Irish just in time for St. Patty's Day!

March 8-11, 2018

 

Single $790 // Double $610pp

 

Spend a long weekend in Omaha witnessing the beautiful Sandhill Cranes up close and personal and enjoying everything Irish just in time for St. Patty's Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Tour includes:

• Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

• On-board Friendly Host

• Hotel Accommodations

• 6 Meals

• Early morning viewing of the Sandhill Cranes

• Performance by Irish Celtic Harpist Kim Meyer

• Concert by Emmitt Cahill - Professional Tenor from Ireland

• Luncheon Performance by Irish Fiddler Deborah Greenblatt

• Father Flanagan’s Boys Town Tour

• Free time in the Historic Old Market District

• Celtic Journey Performance at the Holland Center with The Omaha Symphony

 

Payment & Refunds:

A $125 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation.

Payment is due in full by February 1, 2018. No refunds will be issued after February 1, 2018.

 

Travel protection is available; please call 319-753-2864 x162 to inquire.

 

Activity level 2:

You may be required to walk on uneven surfaces and up to a distance of 1/2 mile at a time.

 

 

Day 1

Board a luxury coach from the available departure location of your choice and meet your friendly on-board host before departing for Nebraska. Enjoy an included lunch at Cracker Barrel, as well as rest and refresh breaks along the way today. Settle in to your hotel room in Grand Island, NE before enjoying dinner on your own and getting a good night’s rest for the exciting day in store tomorrow!

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Day 2

It’s a very early breakfast for us today as we set out to join our guide to view the Sand Hill Cranes from a viewing station in order to witness what is considered one of the continent’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Each spring, something magical happens in the heart of the Great Plains. More than 80 percent of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converge on the Nebraska Platte River valley. Be a witness to this magical sight, as you see and hear the cranes as they lift together and depart to dine in corn fields and wet meadows in preparation of their arduous journey to vast breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia.
We extend the viewing with a driving tour to give you more insight and some up close viewing of the Sandhill Cranes in the fields and wetlands along with a step-on guide providing great information on this annual, spiritual, event. A stop at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitors Center is a definite must as you learn even more about this endangered species and browse the many displays and art as well the gift shop before departing for Omaha.
Along the way, we will be stopping for lunch on your own, before arriving in Omaha at the Garden Rock Cafe in Rockbrook Village for a special treat of Irish Soda Bread and Coffee along with a performance by Irish Celtic Harpist, Kim Meyer. Here, your Irish weekend fully begins! Once we are checked into our hotel for the next 2 nights (The Doubletree Hilton Downtown Omaha), we will depart for an included traditional Irish dinner at Brazen Head Irish Restaurant. We end the evening with a great performance at the Omaha Conservatory of Music Concert Hall featuring Emmitt Cahill, a very renowned Tenor from Ireland. Enjoy a great night’s sleep in preparation of tomorrow’s adventures.

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Day 3

After a full breakfast this morning, complete with an omelet station, we head over to the Mormon Trails Center at Winter Quarters to enjoy Cherrie Beam Callaway, an 1860 Irish Immigrant Storyteller. Cherrie is an educational storyteller who speaks with an Irish brogue, dresses in period attire and delivers spell binding one-act plays that make audiences laugh and cry.
We’ll then head to the Boys Town hall for an Irish Lunch and a performance by Irish Fiddle Player Deborah Greenblatt.
After lunch, enjoy Father Flanagan’s Boys Town. Your tour will begin at the Visitors Center, where a step-on guide will greet us. From there, we will start a driving tour through the Village and see where the children live, play, work, go to school and pray.
Your first stop will be at the Hall of History. Other attractions include Dowd Chapel and the Father Flanagan Tomb, Chambers Chapel, the Garden of the Bible, the historic Father Flanagan House, the Rose Garden, the Gift Shop and Leon Myers Stamp Center.
After a short break back at the hotel to freshen up, we’ll depart for dinner, on your own, in the Historic Old Market District before heading to the Celtic Journey Performance at the Holland Center with the Omaha Symphony. This is an exclusive performance with Omaha-Broadway singers and Irish Dancers.

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Day 4

After breakfast this morning we’ll head back home with wonderful memories of a great weekend spent in Omaha!

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Coralville, IA Wal-Mart parking lot. North side of Interstate.
2801 Commerce Drive, Exit 240 off I-80
Davenport, IA CASI 1035 W Kimberly Road
Center for Active Seniors
Ft. Madison - Shopko Shopko, 4810 Ave. O.
Mediapolis, IA Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods
111 N. Wapello Rd.
Muscatine, IA Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61
Wapello, IA Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61
West Burlington West Burlington, IA Westland Mall
South Lot by AmericInn
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