Exploring Landscape, History & Christian Faith of Ireland.
This escorted tour is accompanied by a professional tour guide with additional input from local Irish experts at Glendalough, Aran Islands & Croagh Patrick.
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
10 nights hotel accommodation
Modern luxury coach and all admission fees
The tour begins on the 18th to 27th July 2015.
Capital of Ireland
SATURDAY july 18TH
Arrive in Ireland and begin your Journey in Dublin, Capital City of Ireland. You will visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Overnight: O'Callaghan Stephens Green Hotel, Dublin, DBB.
PACKAGE PRICE (LAND ONLY)
Journey to Ireland - Cost per person for main land package:
€1561 per person sharing in a standard room, double occupancy
€1831 per person in a standard room, single occupancy
This price is based on 20-24 participants
Air is additional
Personal travel insurance is highly recommended
Spiritual Journey through Glendalough
SUNDAY july 19TH
This morning we will visit Glendalough in Wicklow and the setting of some of Ireland’s most important monastic settlements. We will meet Fr Michael Rodgers who will lead us on a spiritual journey along his Pilgrims walk through St. Kevin’s Monastic City.
Overnight: Glendalough Hotel (3 star). DBB.
Clonmacnoise and Aran Islands, West Coast of Ireland
MONDAY july 20th
Today we visit Clonmacnoise, the site of St. Ciaran’s Monastery, on the River Shannon at the crossroads of ancient Ireland. We continue to Rossaveal on the West coast of Ireland and part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We will board a ferry to the port of Kilronan on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. We will overnight in Guest House Accommodation.
Overnight: Aran Islands. DBB.
Wild Atlantic Way
This morning we will meet a local scholar, Padraigin Clancy who will give us intriguing information regarding the history and culture of these Islands. Together with Padraigin, we will visit the ruins of the chapel of St. Enda. We will see Arkyne’s castle, a Round Tower and a Celtic Cross. After lunch we will continue our exploration of Inis Mór at the exceptionally impressive Bronze Age fortress of Dún Aonghasa overlooking a sheer 300-foot drop to the Atlantic.
Overnight: Aran Islands. DBB
Croagh Patrick, Westport
& Ballintubber Abbey
WEDNESDAY july 22ND
This morning we will journey to Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo and is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Weather permitting, the group will have the option to climb the first leg to the saddle/plateau at the base of the summit of Croagh Patrick lead by a local guide from Westport. After lunch we will visit Ballintubber Abbey, founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor.
Wild & Rugged Connemara,
Dinner Cruise & Entertainment
THURSDAY july 23RD
This morning we journey through Connemara and experience what Oscar Wilde described as its “savage beauty” taking in Killary Harbour and Kylemore Abbey.
This evening we will enjoy a private dinner cruise with entertainment on board the Corrib Princess, a luxury river cruiser. Passengers will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the lake as we cruise the River & Lough (lake) Corrib.
Overnight: Galway, Connemara Coast Hotel. DBB.
Cliffs Of Moher, Burren, Poulnabrone & Adare
FRIDAY july 24TH
Overnight: Malton Hotel, Killarney. DBB.
SATURDAY july 25TH
Today we will explore the Dingle Peninsula along the way visiting the Early Monastic Site of Riasc and Gallarus Oratory (dated to the 10th Century) and Kilmalkedar Monastic Complex with it’s Ogham Stones, beautiful Sundial and wonderful Romanesque Church, built on the ancient pilgrimage path to Mount Brandon.
Overnight: Killarney. B
Ring of Kerry & Unesco World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael
SUNDAY july 26TH
The Ring of Kerry is one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. Beginning and ending in Killarney, it traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula. The combination of ocean, islands, mountains with its many towns and villages makes it an exciting journey of discovery. Along the route you will see Skellig Michael in the distance one of the most famous and impressive sites from the ancient Christian world which can still be seen today in its original and true form.
Overnight: Killarney, DBB.
Rock of Cashel
& Holy Cross Abbey
MONDAY july 27TH
Today we return to Dublin via the Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. We will also visit Holy Cross Abbey, a 13th-century Cistercian monastery widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Ireland.
Overnight: Maldron Hotel, Dublin Airport. DBB