Join us on a 8 day Conversations in Northern Ireland, starting at $3,298* from New York, NY departing on October, 10, 2022. Visit places such as Downpatrick, Belfast, Londonderry, Antrim Coast, Titanic Shipyard, and much more!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Transfers
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
Day 1 October 10 – Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 October 11 - Arrive in Belfast – Historic tour of “Troubles” area / Dinner and overnight – Welcome Gathering
Our representative will greet you at the airport and escort you on a tour of Belfast with an emphasis on the areas most affected by the confrontations between Catholic and Protestant locals that came to be known as “The Troubles”. Check in to your hotel, and then transfer to the East Belfast Mission for dinner and a welcome meeting.
Day 3 October 12 – C. S. Lewis Tour of Belfast/Afternoon Session on history of Northern Ireland and present context of the Catholic/Protestant animosity
This morning, walk the streets of Belfast with Alexander Smith, author and authority on C. S. Lewis and his childhood in Belfast. After lunch in the city, transfer to the East Belfast Mission for an afternoon session on the history of Northern Ireland and how that affects the present community and its issues. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with locals from both sides of the conflict who were injured during the struggles and learn about their paths to reconciliation. Dinner at the mission, and then return to your hotel for overnight.
Day 4 October 13 – Journey to Downpatrick / Armagh – Evening Q and A with Catholic and Protestant leaders
Today you will travel to Christian sites and learn of their importance to faith. Visit Downpatrick and Down Cathedral. Saint Patrick was buried here in 461. Walk through the visitor center to learn how Christianity came to Ireland through his efforts and others. Then stop in Armagh, home to the Church of Ireland (Protestant) Cathedral dating back to the Fifth Century and the more recently built Catholic Cathedral. Return to Belfast for Dinner at the mission and an opportunity to hear from a Catholic and Protestant leader, and then a question and answer session with them from the group.
Day 5 October 14 – Volunteering at the East Belfast Mission / Evening – Applying the lessons learned when you return home
This day is reserved for your opportunity to experience the mission efforts of the East Belfast Mission. You will have opportunities to interact and serve here or in the community. This evening, you will review what we have experienced here, and how this can be applied to our homes, churches and communities.
Day 6 October 15 – Antrim Coast / Londonderry / Giant’s Causeway – Post 1998 Northern Ireland
Today cross Northern Ireland to the Antrim Coast. Look out over the city of Londonderry, a border town that is infamous for its prison and the events of the Troubles. Continue past Dunluce Castle to the Giant’s Causeway. Sometimes dubbed “The 8th Wonder of the World”, the causeway is an amazing sight with its 40,000 basalt columns rising from the sea. Legend has it that the causeway was the path built by Irish giant Finn McCool to enable him to fight the giant across the Irish Sea in Scotland. Return to Belfast for dinner and a discussion on post-1998 Northern Ireland.
Day 7 October 16 – Church Service / Titanic
This morning you can attend a church service at the East Belfast Mission. This afternoon you will travel to the shipyards that produced many of the turn of the century ocean liners, including the RMS Titanic. Tour the museum and learn about how the separation of the classes in 1900’s Europe met a common fate.
Day 8 October 17 – Return to USA
Return to USA