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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ireland

World Meeting of Families

Spiritual Director: His Excellency, Bishop John Barres

Spiritual Director: Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Brennan

August 20 - 27, 2018

Optional Post Tour to Knock & Galway: August 27 - 30, 2018

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His Excellency, Bishop John Barres and Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Brennan invite you to join them on a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland!

The Emerald Isle - land of Saints, Scholars, fabulous stories of the past, and a lively festive present. Ireland has been chosen to host the next World Meeting of Families, with Pope Francis accepting the invitation to attend. This will mark the first papal visit in 39 years (Saint John Paul II visiting in 1979). His Excellency has planned a pilgrimage that will not only allow you to take in the many Lectures, Events, Music and Festivities scheduled - but an opportunity to immerse the Diocese of Rockville Centre with the Diocese of Meath. A Post Tour is available - crossing through the beautiful countryside to the famous: Our Lady of Knock. A Shrine that is on the same level as Fatima and Lourdes. Not to mention the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, and so much more!

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His Excellency, Bishop John Barres


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Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Brennan


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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK Airport)
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodation Centrally located Four Star Hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 6 nights: August 21 - 27: Gresham Hotel, Dublin
  • Optional Post Tour to Knock & Galway:
      ~ 3 nights: August 27 - 30: Salthill Hotel, Galway
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing
  • Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • World Meeting of Family Registration and attendance to ALL Events
  • Arrangements for Mass Daily
  • Tips to Restaurants
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Gresham Hotel
Dublin

6 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide and driver.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage, both Pre-Existing Conditions and throughout your trip. From Medical and Dental Emergencies, Loss of Luggage, Trip Delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Monday - August 20, 2018 - Depart for Dublin

Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Ireland. Meals will be served on board.

Day2
Tuesday - August 21, 2018 - Arrive Dublin

Cead Mile Failte - Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. We will have a panoramic city tour on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city's main streets, O'Connell Street, Custom House, and Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College which is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Time permitting we visit the ancient library containing over 20,000 manuscripts, among which is the Book of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th century written by the monks at St. Colombo's monastery on the island of Iona. Today we will also visit St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. This Gothic Cathedral has a splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs and monuments. The ornate stained glass windows can be found in the Chancel. In the afternoon we transfer to our hotel for an early dinner, and then make our way to the Opening Ceremony. Return to the Hotel for a restful nights sleep.

Day3
Wednesday - August 22, 2018 - Opening Ceremony (World Meeting of Families)

Attend the 9th Annual 'Opening Ceremony' Following breakfast, we will make our way to the Opening Ceremony for the World Meeting of Families. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

*Schedule for Opening Ceremony: TBD

Day4
Thursday - August 23, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! We will meet back at our Hotel where we will make our way to enjoy a dinner at a restaurant near the famous, O'Connell Street. After dinner, you can stay and go for a walk on your own, or make your way back to the Hotel for overnight.

*Schedule for World Meeting of Families: TBD

Day5
Friday - August 24, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Start the day with breakfast, before we make our way back to the location of the Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! We will meet back at the Hotel in the afternoon, and then board our bus that will bring us to Mullingar. It is there that we will be joined by local Clergy and Parishioners to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King. While sitting in the Cathedral, you will feel a resemblance to our very own St. Agnus Cathedral. Following Mass, the Diocese of Meath and the Diocese of Rockville Centre will come together for dinner. You will have the opportunity to share stories and a few laughs with families that, by the end, will become newfound friends! Return to the hotel for overnight.

*Schedule for World Meeting of Families: TBD

Day6
Saturday - August 25, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Breakfast will be served early, and then we will return to the location of the Lectures and Events, with attendance to the Festival of Families with Pope Francis in the evening.

*Schedule for Festival of Families - TBD

Dinner: Free on your own:
"Craic" (pronounced - Crack) is a Gaelic term that describes the feeling you get in an Irish Pub - fun, good conversation, good music, food, and great people. This is your opportunity to visit one of the many restaurants and pubs that you have seen over the last few days. Get together with other friends in your group, and make an evening of it!

Day7
Sunday - August 26, 2018 - Closing Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families

Today is an early morning, which will start with breakfast, and then making our way to the Closing Ceremony (depending on location and attendance - we may walk). From there, we will continue on to attend the Closing Ceremony. Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

*Schedule for Closing Ceremony: TBD

Day8
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Depart Dublin

This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your return flights home.

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We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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2018 Dates & Prices

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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,119.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Post Stay - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Knock & Galway (Per Person) $999.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Knock & Galway - Private Room (Per Person) $259.00 (USD)

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel.
Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,119.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Post Stay - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Knock & Galway (Per Person) $999.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Knock & Galway - Private Room (Per Person) $259.00 (USD)

Special Clergy Discount

Discount is offered to ordained clergy in the Roman Catholic Church: deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively as well, as Catholic Sisters.

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Optional Post Tour to Our Lady of Knock & Galway:

August 27 - 30, 2018

$999 per person   |   Private Room: $259
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotel: (or similar)
      3 nights: August 27 - 30: Salthill Hotel, Galway
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Arrangements for Mass Daily
  • Tips to Restaurants
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Itinerary
Day8
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Dublin - Knock - Galway

This morning, you will have time to relax and get breakfast. We will check out, board our bus, before and enjoy a scenic drive to Knock. This is the drive that will allow you to see the famous rolling hills of Ireland. There will be moments along the way where we will be able to stop and take pictures. Knock and the shrine situated in the plains of East Mayo, which is one of the world's leading Marian shrines. On August 21, 1879 fifteen men, women and children witnessed an Ap- parition of Mary. We will celebrate Mass, followed by a tour the Shrine. Then visit the Basilica, the largest church in Ireland. Knock is a very popular pilgrimage destination. In 1979 - St. John Paul II visit- ed this holy place. There will be some time for personal prayer, re- flection, and the opportunity for you to collect Holy Water to bring back home. We will board our bus and make our way to Galway, a city that has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and authentic pubs. Dinner and overnight.

Day9
Tuesday - August 28, 2018 - Galway - Mamean - Kylemore Abbey - Galway

This morning will be an early breakfast before we make our way through the scenic Connemara, to Mamean, an ancient site of pil- grimage walk that dates back to the 5th Century. Like Croagh Patrick, Mamean has strong associations with Saint Patrick. We continue on and visit Kylemore Abbey, home of the Benedictine Nuns. View the famous Sacred Heart Statue, erected high about the Abbey, was erected by the Benedictine Community during the Eucharistic Con- gress as Thanksgiving for the Communities safe arrival to Ireland. Take a tour of the Gardens, and then celebrate Mass at the Abbey. Return to Galway in time for dinner, and overnight.

Day10
Wednesday - August 29, 2018 - Galway - Cliffs of Moher

Today will will have an early morning breakfast, and then travel south through County Clare, a beautiful landscape with a Victorian seaside resort, and where we will visit the Cliffs of Moher. The coastal road with Galway's intensely blue bay on one side - and natural rocky landscape on the other. We return to Galway for free time to spend at your own leisure. This evening, we will celebrate with a Farewell Dinner and overnight.

Day11
Thursday - August 30, 2018 - Knock - Return Flights Home

Today as we leave Knock, we will transfer to Dublin/Shannon Airport for your return flight home.

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel.
Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Optional Post Tour to Our Lady of Knock & Galway:

August 27 - 30, 2018

$999 per person   |   Private Room: $259
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotel: (or similar)
      3 nights: August 27 - 30: Salthill Hotel, Galway
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Arrangements for Mass Daily
  • Tips to Restaurants
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Itinerary
Day8
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Dublin - Knock - Galway

This morning, you will have time to relax and get breakfast. We will check out, board our bus, before and enjoy a scenic drive to Knock. This is the drive that will allow you to see the famous rolling hills of Ireland. There will be moments along the way where we will be able to stop and take pictures. Knock and the shrine situated in the plains of East Mayo, which is one of the world's leading Marian shrines. On August 21, 1879 fifteen men, women and children witnessed an Apparition of Mary. We will celebrate Mass, followed by a tour the Shrine. Then visit the Basilica, the largest church in Ireland. Knock is a very popular pilgrimage destination. In 1979 - Saint John Paul II visited this holy place. There will be some time for personal prayer, reflection, and the opportunity for you to collect Holy Water to bring back home. We will board our bus and make our way to Galway, a city that has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and authentic pubs. Dinner and overnight.

Day9
Tuesday - August 28, 2018 - Galway - Mamean - Kylemore Abbey - Galway

This morning will be an early breakfast before we make our way through the scenic Connemara, to Mamean, an ancient site of pilgrimage walk that dates back to the 5th Century. Like Croagh Patrick, Mamean has strong associations with Saint Patrick. We continue on and visit Kylemore Abbey, home of the Benedictine Nuns. View the famous Sacred Heart Statue, erected high about the Abbey, was erected by the Benedictine Community during the Eucharistic Congress as Thanksgiving for the Communities safe arrival to Ireland. Take a tour of the Gardens, and then celebrate Mass at the Abbey. Return to Galway in time for dinner, and overnight.

Day10
Wednesday - August 29, 2018 - Galway - Cliffs of Moher

Today will will have an early morning breakfast, and then travel south through County Clare, a beautiful landscape with a Victorian seaside resort, and where we will visit the Cliffs of Moher. The coastal road with Galway's intensely blue bay on one side - and natural rocky landscape on the other. We return to Galway for free time to spend at your own leisure. This evening, we will celebrate with a Farewell Dinner and overnight.

Day11
Thursday - August 30, 2018 - Knock - Return Flights Home

Today as we leave Knock, we will transfer to Dublin/Shannon Airport for your return flight home.

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at time of registration, we can adjust your airline reservation pending availability to add a pre or post stay of your choosing. Simply Contact Amanda or Gelsey:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  amanda@206tours.com or gelsey@206tours.com

About your trip

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Ireland

Long known as the "Isle of Saints and Scholars", Ireland was the epicenter of Christian learning while the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages. As the home of Saints Patrick, Bridget, Columba, and many more, Ireland also provides many faith-based attractions- from the Book of Kells, (an elaborately scripted 9th-century version of the Four Gospels), to the Knock Shrine (a leading Marian pilgrimage site), historic abbeys, cathedrals, churches, and high crosses.

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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