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.

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.

Dinner

Day 2 Dublin

Today, enjoy an orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Visit ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, which has been at the heart of Dublin’s and Ireland’s history and culture for more than 800 years. This is the final resting place for one of Ireland’s most famous men, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and Dean of the cathedral. Why not join an optional dinner this evening at the Guinness Storehouse?

Breakfast

Day 3 Dublin–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

Day 4 Belfast. 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

Day 5 Belfast–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

Day 6 Claremorris–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

Day 7 Galway. 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. You will have time to attend mass before deciding on your dining preferences for this evening.

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 8 Galway–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 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

Day 9 Limerick–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

Day 10 Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Years of Experience: 18

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.

 Accommodations

Dublin
Belfast
Claremorris
Galway
Limerick

Dublin

The Gibson

Superior First-Class

Point Village
Dublin, Ireland

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

Great Victoria Street
Belfast, United Kingdom

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

Knock Road
Claremorris, Ireland

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

Lough Atalia Road
Galway, Ireland

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

Ennis Road
Limerick, Ireland

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

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