Legacy of St. Patrick – Faith-Based Travel (TZ) - 2014 / 2015

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10 Day Tour from Dublin to Dublin


Legacy of St. Patrick – Faith-Based Travel
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
St. Patricks Cathedral
Cliffs of Moher
Kylemore Abbey
Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views
Kylemore Abbey, the massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland
Giants Causeway
Ross Castle in Killarney
Malahide Castle near Dublin, Ireland

Vacation Overview

Enjoy the “Emerald Isle’s” scenic vistas and fascinating history. Begin in Dublin with a welcome dinner and orientation tour featuring visits to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. Stop in Downpatrick for a visit to the Saint Patrick Centre. In Belfast, enjoy a “Living History” tour, visit to the fascinating Titanic Exhibition, and included excursion to awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Travel via Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, to Knock. The Virgin Mary appeared to the townsfolk in 1879 and pilgrims today come from around the world. Visit Knock Shrine, the Church of the Apparition, the Basilica, and the Folk Museum—also attend Mass if you wish. Stop to visit the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre in Murrisk and the massive Benedictine Kylemore Abbey, then spend two nights in Galway. From here, enjoy an excursion to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, including a tour of the island and a visit to cliff-top Dun Aengus, one of Europe’s most dramatic prehistoric stone forts. After a coffee stop at Rathbaun Farm, where you see the farmer maneuver a flock with the help of his sheep dog, travel across the limestone plateau known as The Burren and visit The Burren Centre at Kilfenora. Admire spectacular views from the Cliffs of Moher, explore pretty Kilkenny, and visit Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Return to Dublin for an overnight and the end of your wonderful Irish vacation.

     

DUBLIN
Welcome dinner with wine; orientation drive, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College

DOWNPATRICK
Visit the St. Patrick Centre

BELFAST
Guided “Living History” tour; visit the Titanic Exhibition

COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway

ARMAGH
Visit the ecclesiastical metropolis of Ireland

KNOCK
Visit the Shrine, the Church of the Apparition, the Basilica, the Folk Museum, and attend Mass

MURRISK (CROAGH PATRICK)
Visit the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre

KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey

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

KILFENORA
Visit The Burren Centre

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

KILKENNY
Explore this pretty county town

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

NOTES:

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


DAY 1Arrive in Dublin, Irish Republic

Welcome to Dublin! The rest of the day is free to relax in the Irish capital. At 6 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at the hotel. (Dinner)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland 
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DAY 2Dublin

An orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and visits to ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL and Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Why not join an optional dinner this evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 
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DAY 3Dublin–Downpatrick, Northern Ireland–Belfast

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the River Boyne, then drive in the lee of the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick. Stop at the SAINT PATRICK CENTRE, an exciting interpretative exhibition that tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s patron saint. Then, travel on to Belfast for a “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide. See all the famous landmarks, including the Parliament House at Stormont, City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Finish the day with a fascinating visit to the TITANIC EXHIBITION, where you learn all about the construction of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of
April 14, 1912. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Belfast. Giant's Causeway Excursion

After a leisurely start to the day, make your way north to the Antrim Coast, where you visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Hear how millions of years ago the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Back in Belfast this afternoon, you have time to discover the city on your own. (Breakfast)

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

First on the agenda is a stop in Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Then, travel along the rolling hills and reed-fringed lakes of the border counties to Knock, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the townsfolk in 1879. Today, the site attracts pilgrims from around the world. Visit the KNOCK SHRINE, the CHURCH OF THE APPARITION, the BASILICA, and the FOLK MUSEUM. You will also have time to attend Mass. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 6Claremorris–Murrisk–Kylemore Abbey–Galway

This morning, visit the CROAGH PATRICK VISITOR CENTRE at the foot of St. Patrick’s Holy Mountain in Murrisk. Afterwards, visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, the massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. Arrive in the port city of Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Kylemore Abbey, the massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland 
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DAY 7Galway. Aran Islands Excursion

At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation about life on Inishmore by an island historian. After LUNCH at a local pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide’s commentary and tour of the island, ending with a visit of clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your FERRY for the trip back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 8Galway–Kilefenora–Cliffs of Moher–Limerick

A special treat this morning: 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 with scones, fresh from 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. At Kilfenora, take in THE BURREN CENTRE and learn about the time when this area lay beneath a warm tropical sea. In the nearby churchyard of the ancient cathedral, see the greatest concentration of high crosses in Ireland. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Tonight, why not join an optional medieval castle banquet? (Breakfast)

Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views 
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DAY 9Limerick–Kilkenny–Glendalough–Dublin

Travel on to the pretty and vibrant county town of Kilkenny, and then to GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual presentation Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin, consider joining your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry to/from Inishmore; minibus on the Aran Islands



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


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