Join us on this 10-day Celtic Christianity in Ireland tour departing May 13, 2019!
Starting at $3698 per person from the New York area
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Dublin Driving tour of City / St. Patricks Cathedral / National Museum of Ireland
Our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your bus. Enjoy a driving tour of the city that includes a visit to St. Patricks Cathedral and also to the National Museum of Ireland to familiarize you with the early roots of Christianity in Ireland. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Glendalough / Trinity College & Book of Kells
This morning youll pass through the forested countryside of Wicklow County to Glendalough. Here Saint Kevin established a Monastic community in the 5th century that lasted through Viking invasions until its destruction by English troops in 1398. Return to Dublin this afternoon and visit the Trinity College Library and their display of the Book of Kells, an ornate 9th Century example of the Gospels. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Newgrange / Hill of Tara / Monasterboice
This morning head north through the rich history of Celtic life to the kidney shaped mound of Newgrange, covering an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. From the time of the first Celtic influence until the 1169 invasion, the Hill of Tara was the island's political and spiritual capital. It contains a number of ancient monuments, and according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland. Walk the grounds of Monasterboice Monastery, where some of the finest 9th century High Crosses can be seen. Founded in 521 AD by St. Buite, the ruins remain a testament to their Christian heritage. Finish the day in Armagh and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Downpatrick / Armagh
Youll journey into the soul of Christian Ireland at Downpatrick. See the church and grave of St. Patrick, as well as a visitors center that will present the saints life and the conversion of Ireland. Then return to Armagh and visit the Church of Ireland Cathedral to St. Patrick here. With foundations dating back to 445 AD, this church represents one of the oldest places of continuous worship in Ireland. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Kells / Clonmacnoise / Galway
This morning youll cross Ireland, stopping to visit the Monastery of Kells. Here the Book of Kells was created by monks before being hidden in a bog from Viking invaders. Continue on to Clonmacnoise, an important monastic site and the burial place of kings. Among these ruins are the famous thousand-year-old cross and the most important collection of tombstones in the country. Three high crosses, two hundred graves and the ruins of a 13th century ring-fort also remain. Finish the day in Galway, whose main thoroughfare is lined with buildings that date back to the 15th Century, when Christopher Columbus visited the city in search of support for his search or trade routes to India by crossing the Atlantic. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 The Burren / Cliffs of Moher / Bunratty Castle / Killarney
As you travel through the Burren Region, you'll arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, sheer cliffs dropping 600 feet to the water below, one of the most impressive stretches of shoreline on the west coast of Ireland. The eroded limestone rock through the Burrens has flowers popping up through the crevices. Continue to Bunratty Castle, near the town of Limerick. Bunratty is Irelands most complete and authentic, elaborately furnished medieval castle. Finish the day in Killarney and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Ring of Kerry / Sheepherding Demo / Staigue Ring Fort
Delight in some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as you travel around the Ring of Kerry where the sea crashes into the soaring coastline. Weather permitting; you'll take in a sheep dog demonstration. Stop around lunchtime in Waterville, where Charlie Chaplin routinely brought his family during the summers. You can choose from several seafood restaurants along the shore. After lunch you'll visit the Staigue Ring Fort, linking the Celtic past into the Christian era. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Blarney Castle / Rock of Cashel / Dublin
Youll travel to Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills Shop. At the Castle of Blarney you will see the fabled Blarney Stone. Legend says that those who kiss the stone acquire a gift of eloquence. Visit the Rock of Cashel, possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, towering over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot-high outcrop of limestone. Today, impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, a cathedral, a twelfth century Romanesque chapel and high crosses. Continue on to Dublin for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Return to USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flights.
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Northern Ireland $1398
May 22 – Malahide Castle
This morning depart Dublin and visit Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years. The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died. Continue to Belfast and enjoy a driving tour of the city, including areas affected by “The Troubles”. Check into your Belfast area hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 23 – Antrim Coast and Giants Causeway
Travel along the Antrim Coast. You will experience breathtaking views of the Irish Sea as well as hauntingly beautiful moorlands. The grand finale however is 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. Pass through the Northern Ireland countryside back to Belfast for dinner and overnight.
May 24 – Belfast
Today you will enjoy a morning walking tour of Belfast to visit C. S. Lewis’ birthplace and other childhood sites. Belfast has been the scene of much conflict between the Roman Catholics and Protestants, culminating in "The Troubles". While visiting Belfast, we will see the remains of the famous ship yards where ships like the Titanic were built. Visit the East Belfast Mission where Wesley's emphasis on reaching the poor and working class people is put into action! Travel back to Dublin for dinner and overnight.
May 25 – Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
May 13, 2019