Ireland Tour 2017 with Westminster By-the-Sea Presbyterian Church

10 days
Starting from $3696*

Departs June 8, 2017 | Join Westminster By-the-Sea Presbyterian Church on a journey to Ireland! Enhance your journey with a Northern Ireland Extension.

What’s Included

  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Depart on your international overnight flight.

Day 2 Welcome to Ireland

Arrive in Ireland, where our representative will greet and escort you to your bus. Enjoy a cruise on Lough Corrib with tea and scones where you will see views of the historic monuments that make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. Continue to your Galway area hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Galway & Connemara

After enjoying a full Irish breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Galway to enjoy its atmosphere. During the tour, you will see Lynch Castle, home to the mayors of Galway, Saint Nicholas Church founded in the 13th century, and the famous Spanish Arch. Walk along the Corrib River to the Claddagh village or to the majestic cathedral. Then depart for Connemara, a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains, stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore there are spectacular views of the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour. Continue on to Kylemore Abbey, located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is its miniature Gothic cathedral, built in 1870. Stop in Cong for a stroll through the history of Ireland and its people. Return to your Galway area hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Adare

This morning, depart for the Burren. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses. Look out over the Cliffs of Moher, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Standing over 700 feet above the sea at their highest point, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. Walk the halls of Bunratty Castle, near the town of Limerick. Bunratty is Ireland?s most complete and authentic, elaborately furnished medieval castle. You?ll stroll the streets of Adare, regarded as one of Ireland?s most picturesque villages, with thatched cottages dotted throughout the town. Continue to your hotel in the Killarney area for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Ring of Kerry

Today, enjoy a full day tour of the Ring of Kerry, one of the most famous and panoramic routes in Ireland. You?ll pass the birthplace of national hero Daniel O?Connell and continue on to the town of Waterville. Visit Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion built in 1843. The gardens of Muckross House are famed for their beauty worldwide. Return to your Killarney area hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Blarney Castle and Kinsale

This morning, you?ll travel to Blarney Castle which is situated in Blarney village near Cork. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy?s, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney Stone, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Travel to the port city of Kinsale and enjoy a trip to the famed Charles Fort, one of the finest examples of a 17th century Star Fort. See Desmond Castle, home to the Earls of Desmond from 1500. St. Multrose Church was built here in 1190 and remains in use to this day. The courthouse was used for the inquiry over the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 Cobh

Start your day in Cobh, where transatlantic ships such as the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth used to stop. Thousands of Irish emigrants also transited through Cobh. You?ll visit St. Coleman's Cathedral that has a carillon of 47 bells. Enjoy a walking tour of Cobh and the Titanic Trail to see the buildings, streets and piers where Titanic passengers embarked. Visit the Titanic Experience, situated in the original offices of the White Star Line. Return to Kinsale for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Rock of Cashel and Dublin

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 to Dublin and enjoy a panoramic tour of ?Dublin?s Fair City.? You will also see Christchurch, built by the Anglo-Normans in 1172 and Phoenix Park with its many monuments. Continue to your Dublin area hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Dublin

Start the day at St. Patrick?s Cathedral, built next to the well where Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The present building is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (Anglican). St. Patrick?s is adorned with funeral monuments, including the grave of Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver?s Travels). In 1789, Stop for lunch (included) at the Church Pub, a church Wesley preached at in Ireland. This afternoon, visit Trinity College which houses one of Ireland?s most illustrious books, the 9th century Book of Kells. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Merry Ploughboys Pub, featuring contemporary Irish dancing and well-known guest artists. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 Farewell

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home, with memories of Celtic Christianity and the people of Ireland that share in this rich, Christian heritage or join the Northern Ireland Extension.

Enhance Your Journey

Northern Ireland Extension $998

June 17 – Malahide Castle This morning, depart Dublin. Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years. Continue to Downpatrick. Here, you will visit what is known as St. Patrick’s final resting place. The Heritage Center will open a window into the life of St. Patrick. Check into your Belfast area hotel for dinner and overnight.

June 18 – Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway Travel along the Antrim Coast. You will experience breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. 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. Pass through the Northern Ireland countryside back to Belfast for dinner and overnight.

June 19 – 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, see the remains of the famous ship yards where ships like the Titanic were built. Visit the East Belfast Mission where John Wesley's emphasis on reaching the poor and working class people is put into action! Travel back to Dublin for dinner and overnight.

June 20 – Return Home Transfer to the airport for your return flight home, with memories of Celtic Christianity and the people of Ireland that share in this rich, Christian heritage. 

Departure Dates

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount