MAP - Legacy of St. Patrick – Faith-Based Travel 2016

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

10 Day Tour from Dublin to Dublin

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Enjoy the “Emerald Isle’s” scenic vistas and fascinating history. Begin in Dublin with a welcome dinner and orientation tour featuring a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Cross the Boyne River and stop in Downpatrick to visit the Saint Patrick Centre. In Belfast, your Local Guide takes you on a “Living History” tour before you visit the fascinating Titanic Exhibition. The next day, enjoy an excursion to awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Then, 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 lunch at a local pub, a tour of the island, and a visit to clifftop 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 stop for photos of Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb dating back to the Neolithic Period. Next, admire the spectacular views from the Cliffs of Moher. For the conclusion of your tour, 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.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DUBLIN
Welcome dinner; orientation drive, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral
DOWNPATRICK
Visit the Saint 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
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
KILKENNY
Explore this pretty county town
GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

NOTE:

  • 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

 Meals & Itinerary

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.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

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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?

Breakfast Breakfast

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, whose Down Cathedral is 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. Later, arrive in Belfast for a guided “Living History” tour that shows off the city’s most famous landmarks: 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 and learn about the construction of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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. Visit the KNOCK SHRINE, the CHURCH OF THE APPARITION, the BASILICA, and the FOLK MUSEUM. During free time here you may choose to attend Mass, pray the Rosary or Stations of the Cross, or simply light a candle and pause for silent contemplation.

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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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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, with time to attend Mass and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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?

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LIZ MCKENNA

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Being a Tour Director has increased my passion and enthusiasm for the beautiful verdant islands of Britain and Ireland with their rich and varied history, culture and heritage. Sharing this with the many visitors is a pleasure and a privilege. Come and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Tour Director - LIZ MCKENNA

 Accommodations

Dublin
Belfast
Claremorris
Galway
Limerick

Dublin

The Gibson

Superior First-Class

The Gibson Point Village, Dublin,  Ireland

Point Village
Dublin, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Belfast

Europa

First-Class

Europa Great Victoria Street, Belfast,   United Kingdom

Great Victoria Street
Belfast, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The world-famous Europa hotel Belfast is home to some pretty important people when they visit Belfast. It's no surprise, really, the elegant décor, contemporary bistro, bustling bar and relaxing piano bar lounge make for a one-of-a-kind hotel located next door to the superb city center with shops, restaurants, theaters and more!

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access

Claremorris

McWilliam Park Hotel

First-Class

McWilliam Park Hotel Knock Road, Claremorris,  Ireland

Knock Road
Claremorris, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The McWilliam Park offers 1001 beautifully decorated bedrooms. Every bedroom offers the highest standard of comfort & style with enchanting colors, rich textures & furnishings that creates an atmosphere of peace & tranquility.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer

Galway

Radisson Blu Galway

Superior First-Class

Radisson Blu Galway Lough Atalia Road, Galway,   Ireland

Lough Atalia Road
Galway, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

You are guaranteed the best of all worlds when you stay at the luxury 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway. One of the finest Galway Hotels with scenic Galway Bay views, luxury city center hotel accommodation, excellent food and world class spirit one spa & leisure facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television

Limerick

Limerick Strand Hotel

Superior First-Class

Limerick Strand Hotel Ennis Road, Limerick,   Ireland

Ennis Road
Limerick, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Attractive 2-story Hotel situated in garden on the banks of the Shannon River, a short walk from city's business & shopping center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Dublin
Limerick

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper
Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness is known the world over - located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening
Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening

Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening

The enchanting evening starts with a three-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland's leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.

Approximate value: €87 EUR per person

Limerick

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

A memorable evening of entertainment at Bunratty Castle, once the home of the Earls of Thomond. Starting with a mead reception in the Great Hall you will then be led into the Main Guard for a four course meal with wine. The Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, will lead the wonderful entertainment which is provided by the renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers and accompanied by harp and violin.

Approximate value: €81 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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