Join us on this Celtic Christianity in Ireland tour in 2021. This tour leaves on May 10, 2021 and returns on May 19, 2021. On this tour you will see sights like Dublin, Glendalough, the Cliffs of Moher, and many more! This tour starts at $3,748* including flights from New York.
*All prices reflect the 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
- Study Guide
Day 1 May 10 – Depart USA
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 May 11 - Arrive in Dublin – Driving tour of City / St. Patrick’s 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. Patrick’s Cathedral. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 May 12 – Glendalough / Trinity College & Book of Kells
This morning you’ll 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 May 13 – Bru na Boinne Prehistoric Monuments / Hill of Tara / Monasterboice
This morning head north through the rich history of Celtic life to Bru na Boinne Prehistoric Monuments. You will see one of the Passage Tomb sites here, that includes sites such as Newgrange and Knowth (lesser known but more expansive). They 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 in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 May 14 – Downpatrick / Armagh
You’ll journey into the soul of Christian Ireland at Downpatrick. See the church and grave of St. Patrick, as well as a visitor’s center that will present the saint’s 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 May 15 – Kells / Clonmacnoise / Galway
This morning you’ll 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 in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 May 16 – 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 Ireland’s most complete and authentic, elaborately furnished medieval castle. Finish the day in Killarney and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 May 17 – 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. You’ll visit one of the many ring forts, linking the Celtic past into the Christian era. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 May 18 – Blarney Castle / Rock of Cashel / Dublin
You’ll travel to Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills Shop. At the Castle of Blarney we 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 May 19 – Return to USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Northern Ireland Starting from $1148
May 19 – 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 in to your Belfast area hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 20 – 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 21 – 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 shipyards 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 22 – Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.