LEGACY OF ST. PATRICK – FAITH-BASED TRAVEL 10 DAY TOUR FROM DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

The “Emerald Isle” offers spectacular beauty and a rich cultural history. Explore this spectacular island as well as following in the footsteps of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and among the first missionaries to spread the Christian faith here during the 5th Century. Visit key religious sites such as the final resting place of St. Patrick in Downpatrick, pray and reflect at the famous Marian apparition site of Knock and visit the remarkable Kylemore Abbey. This inspirational journey also includes visits to experience some of Ireland’s most dramatic scenery such as the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway and the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher—the perfect setting for peaceful prayer and reflection.

DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

DUBLIN
Welcome dinner; orientation drive, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral
DOWNPATRICK
Visit the Saint Patrick Centre, St. Patrick’s grave, Down Cathedral, the High Cross Galleries and Saul Church
BELFAST
Visit the Titanic Experience
COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway
ARMAGH
Visit the ecclesiastical metropolis of Ireland
KNOCK
Attend  Mass, visit the Shrine, the Church of the Apparition, the Basilica and the Folk Museum
MURRISK (CROAGH PATRICK)
Visit the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre
KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey
GALWAY
Attend  Mass
ARAN ISLANDS
Ferry to and from Inishmore; hear a presentation about life on the island by a local historian; take a minibus tour with a driver-guide; visit Dun Aengus; enjoy lunch at a local pub
RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work and enjoy morning coffee at the farmhouse
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
KILKENNY
Explore this pretty county town
GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of the medieval monastic settlement

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion, we recommend you bring suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of Vienna

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Aran island ferry and minibus. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 MEALS

Full Irish breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin

 ITINERARY

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

DAY 1 Arrive In Dublin, Irish Republic

Welcome to Dublin! The rest of the day is free to relax and prepare yourself for your upcoming spiritual journey on the Emerald Isle. At 6 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

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DAY 2 Dublin

Today’s orientation drive introduces you to the vibrant Irish capital. See statue-lined O’Connell Street with its landmark Spire of Dublin, bustling town squares surrounded by elegant Georgian architecture and colorful doorways, and Trinity College—Ireland’s oldest university and home to the legendary Book of Kells. Visit ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. Founded in 1191, St. Patrick’s has served as the country’s national cathedral since 1870. As you explore, take a quiet moment to reflect and marvel at the magnificent stained glass that told the stories of the Bible at a time when most people were unable to read and write. Why not join an optional dinner this evening at the Guinness Storehouse?

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DAY 3 Dublin—Downpatrick, Northern Ireland—Belfast

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River, whose waters have recently revealed remains of an ancient log-boat and a Viking ship. Continue in the peaceful lee of the Mountains of Mourne, which inspired C.S. Lewis to write his Christian allegory The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. On to Downpatrick, the final resting place of St. Patrick. Stop at the SAINT PATRICK CENTRE for a fascinating interactive journey through Patrick’s world and the introduction of Christianity in Ireland. Visit ST. PATRICK’S GRAVE and the medieval DOWN CATHEDRAL followed by a guided tour of the HIGH CROSS GALLERIES at Down County Museum. For the conclusion of your visit, drive to SAUL CHURCH, which was founded by St. Patrick in 432 AD, and where he died on March 17, 461. Later, travel to Belfast for a fascinating visit to the TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn about the construction of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.

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DAY 4 Belfast. Giant’s Causeway Excursion

After a leisurely start to the day, make your way north to the Antrim Coast to visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Hear the legend of Finn McCool, the Irish giant whose battle with a rival Scottish giant created the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns here—then, learn how they were really formed! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the Creator’s most impressive natural wonders. Back in Belfast this afternoon, there’s time to discover the city on your own.

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DAY 5 Belfast—Armagh–Knock, Irish Republic—Claremorris

First on the agenda is a stop in Armagh, the island’s Ecclesiastical capital. It is said that St. Patrick established his primary church here, and decreed that only those educated in Armagh could spread the gospel. Continue west through rolling hills and reed-fringed lakes to Knock, a major pilgrimage site since 1879 when 15 townspeople saw apparitions that included the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as the Lamb of God. Attend  Mass, then visit KNOCK SHRINE, the CHURCH OF THE APPARITION, the BASILICA, and the FOLK MUSEUM. Overnight is at Claremorris.

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DAY 6 Claremorris—Murrisk–Kylemore Abbey—Galway

This morning, visit the CROAGH PATRICK VISITOR CENTRE at the foot of the holiest mountain in Ireland, where St. Patrick fasted on the summit for 40 days in 441 AD. Next, visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, a graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. Arrive in Galway, a popular seaside destination and Ireland’s “cultural heart.” On the west bank of the Corrib River is the ancient Claddagh fishing village, which has produced the famous Claddagh Rings since 1700.

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DAY 7 Galway. Aran Islands Excursion

At Rossaveal, board a comfortable FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the primary language. Your fascinating day features a presentation by an island historian about life on Inishmore. After LUNCH at a local pub, board a minibus for a tour of the island that includes fascinating commentary by your driver/Local Guide and a visit of clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Return to the mainland and attend  Mass in Galway before enjoying an evening at leisure.

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DAY 8 Galway—Cliffs Of Moher—Limerick

A special treat this morning as you glimpse rural Irish life at RATHBAUN FARM. Watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog, then enjoy your morning coffee or tea and scones, fresh out of the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb dating back to the Neolithic Period. Bask in the fresh coastal breezes as you gaze out over the breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight in Limerick, why not join an optional medieval castle banquet?

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DAY 9 Limerick—Kilkenny—Glendalough—Dublin

Travel eastward to pretty Kilkenny and then to GLENDALOUGH, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See an engaging audiovisual presentation, then your Local Guide will show you the remains of the settlement, including the Round Tower, St. Kevin’s Kitchen, and more. Back in Dublin, consider joining your traveling companions for a final evening of fellowship and fun at an optional cabaret dinner featuring Irish music, song, and dance.

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DAY 10 Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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May 2018

Monday 14 May 18-Wednesday 23 May 18

$2,744

June 2018 Monday 11 Jun 18-Wednesday 20 Jun 18

$2,753

July 2018

Monday 30 Jul 18-Wednesday 08 Aug 18

$2,753

August 2018

Monday 27 Aug 18-Wednesday 05 Sep 18

$2,753

September 2018

Monday 24 Sep 18-Wednesday 03 Oct 18

$2,744


Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$625

Triple room reduction per person:
$35