Spiritual Director: Fr. Mike Vetrano
April 20 - 29, 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ Apr 21 - 23, | 2 nights: Trinity City Hotel, Dublin
- ~ Apr 23 - 24 | 1 night: Hotel Kilkenny River Court, Kilkenny
- ~ Apr 24 - 26 | 2 nights: Hotel Killarney, Killarney
- ~ Apr 26 - 28 | 2 nights: Salthill Hotel, Galway
- ~ Apr 28 - 29 | 1 night: Trinity City Hotel, Dublin
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily, Wine with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Tour Escort
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide and driver.
Day 1, Monday, April 20, Departure
Prepare for your departure to the airport and your overnight flights to Ireland. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2, Tuesday, April 21, 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.
Day 3, Wednesday, April 22, Dublins
Enjoy a half day of touring of Dublin to include Trinity College, Book of Kells and St. Patricks Cathedral. Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. 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 you will have some free time in Dublin before dinner and overnight.
Day 4, Thursday, April 23, Dublin - Glendalough - Baltinglass - Casteldermot - Kilkenny
Following breakfast, we will travel through the beautiful mountains of Wicklow, called the "Garden of Ireland" until we reach Glenadalough. This ancient monastic city, established in the 6th century by St. Kevin, is in the heart of "the valley of the two lakes." It was a very important centre of learning as well as a pilgrimage destination. There are many legends concerning St. Kevin and he is often compared to St. Francis of Assisi. You will be taken on a guided tour of the site, in which you will see the Round Tower, the ruins of the Cathedral, and "St. Kevin's Kitchen" that is surrounded by an old cemetery. The tour continues to Baltinglass where the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey are found. We will then pass by Castledermot, where we set eyes upon the remnants of a Franciscan Abbey, before arriving into Kilkenny for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Friday, April 24, Kilkenny - Cashel - Killarney
Today after breakfast, we are on to the "Rock of Cashel," standing high in the middle of the "Golden Vale." These religious buildings, dating from the 12th century, form the most spectacular medieval set in Ireland. The Cathedral, the Round Tower and Cormac Chapel, which was the first Irish Romanesque church, testify to the importance of this site which used to be the seat of the High Kings of Munster. So, once more we find two traditions and cultures meeting with one another where the story of St. Patrick's Cross will tell us more. Our journey continues towards Kilarney for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Saturday, April 25, Killarney - Dingle - Caherseveen - Killarney
After breakfast depart to the Dingle Peninsula, the most northern of the Kerry peninsulas making a stop at Inch Beach for views of the Iveragh Peninsula and rossbeigh Beach. Continue to Slea Head. From the town of Inch, where David Lean shot the movie "Ryan's Daughter," and the last part of the country where Gaelic language is spoken, we continue along the Eagle Mount and the cliffs of Slea Head. In Early Christian Ireland, monks were looking for isolated places such as Gallarus Oratory. It is dated from the 9th century, and excellently preserved. Oratory used to be a place of prayer for monks. Our next stop is the Kilmalkedar Church, built in the 12thcentury and once part of a complex of religious buildings in Romanesque style. Dinner and overnight in Kerry.. Later, transfer from Dingle to Cahersiveen before returning to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
Day 7, Sunday, April 26, Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Galway
After a good Irish breakfast we will be going north through Listowel and embark on the ferry at Killimer to cross the Shannon estuary. County Clare is 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. Later enter the visitor center at the Cliffs of Moher and see the spectacular landscape overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. From here we go on to Galway, a city that has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and authentic pubs. Dinner and overnight in Galway.
Day 8, Monday, April 27, Galway - Kylemore - Corrib River and Lake - Galway
After breakfast depart head to Kylemore Abbey and see the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden. After lunch on your own, enjoy a cruise on the Corrib River and Lakehich is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. (based on request, availability and confirmation). Afterward return to Galway for dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Tuesday, April 28, Galway - Clonmacnoise - Dublin
Depart Galway and travel to Clonmacnoise for a visit before continuing on to Dublin. Clonmacnoise is Ireland's most important monastic site, overlooking the River Shannon. This site was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century and consists of a walled field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers and graves. This afternoon we return to Dublin for a visit to the Museum of Ireland, to learn of cultural Decorative Arts & History. Enjoy some free time before dinner and overnight in Dublin.
Day 10, Wednesday, April 29, Departure
Prepare for your departure to the airport and your return home with wonderful memories of Ireland!
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