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Dialogue Series: Conversations in Northern Ireland | October 14, 2024

8 days
Ireland
Starting from $3448* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us for a Dialogue Series for Conversations in Northern Ireland starting at $3448* from October 14, 2024. You will see Belfast, Volunteer at the East Belfast Mission, Downpatrick, Armagh, Antrim Coast, Londonderry, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Museum and much more!

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Guided Tours
  • Hotel Gratuities
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary
  • Administrative fees

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 October 14 – Depart the USA

Depart on your international overnight flight.

Day 2 October 15 – Arrive in Belfast – Historic tour of “The 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 into your hotel, and then enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 October 16 – 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 on your own in the city, and then return to your hotel for overnight. (B, L)

Day 4 October 17 – 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 afternoon, you will review what we have experienced here and how this can be applied to our homes, churches and communities. Then, enjoy dinner on your own in the city. (B, L)

Day 5 October 18 – Journey to Downpatrick/Armagh - Evening Q and A with Catholic and Protestant leaders

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 on your own and then there is an opportunity to hear from a Catholic and Protestant leader, and then a question and answer session with them from the group. (B)

Day 6 October 19 – Antrim Coast/Londonderry/Giant’s Causeway

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 on your own. (B)

Day 7 October 20 – 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. Final dinner together prior to departure. (B, D)

Day 8 October 21 – Return to the USA

Return to the USA

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