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- Jubilee Celebrations for Bishop Ned and Father Paul
- The Marian Shrine at Knock
- Aran Islands
- Glendalough monastic ruins
- Tour and tasting in Armagh apple orchards and cidery
- Killary Fjord cruise
- The two St. Patrick's Cathedrals of Armagh
- See classic Ireland sites such as the Cliffs of Moher and a visit to Kylemore Abbey
- Professional Failte Ireland tour guide escort for 10 days
- Transport by luxury motorcoach
- Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 9 nights
- Dublin (2 nights): Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (4 star)
- Ennis (2 nights): Temple Gate Hotel (4 star)
- Galway (3 nights): Galmont Hotel (4 star)
- Armagh (2 nights): Armagh City Hotel (4-star)
- Porterage of one piece of luggage at arrival and departure of hotels
- Airport transfers on tour dates for scheduled group air flights
- Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags
- On-site Recess 4 Grownups event staff
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- City stay taxes
- Full Irish breakfasts (9)
- Lunches (5)
- Dinners (5):
- Jubilee Celebration Receptions (2)
- Dinner and evening entertainment at Merry Ploughboy Pub
- Table d'hote dinners (2)
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT, TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT
- Daily Mass
- Guided walking tour of Galway
- Visit and tour of Glendalough monastic ruins
- Visit to Adare village
- Catamaran ride through the Killary Fjords
- Guided tour and ceremonial experience of the Navan Centre and Fort
- Tour of the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary
- Visit the Clonmacnoise monastic settlement on the shore of the River Shannon
- Ferry ride and day tour to Aran Islands
- Guided tour of St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Registry, and Library
- See the Cliffs of Moher from the sea and from the heights
- Visit to the Marian Shrine of Knock
- Tour of Armagh apple orchards with tasting and lunch
- Tasting experience at Micil Distillery
- Guided tour of St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral
- Guided panoramic tour of Dublin with local guide
- Visits and admission fees to:
- Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walls Gardens
- Trinity College and the Book of Kells
- Glendalough Visitor Centre
- Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
- Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, the Registry, and Armagh
- Robinson Library
- Navan Centre & Fort
- Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance
MON, MAY 17: UNITED STATES TO DUBLIN IRELAND
Depart Atlanta on an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Start your vacation with in-flight entertainment and meal service.
TUES, MAY 18: DUBLIN | BOOK OF KELLS
Once you complete customs and immigration formalities at Dublin Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your tour host, who will guide you to your luxury motorcoach.
We'll celebrate our first Mass together at St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, where Father Paul attended college. Known as the "National Seminary for Ireland", the college chapel is known for its stunningly beautiful stained glass windows and wood carvings.
Drive to Dublin for a panoramic tour with a local guide who will show you around the prominent historic buildings and monuments of Dublin. Dublin is an ancient settlement, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. The city has been molded through the centuries with many architectural styles, reflecting the economic, political and artistic influences. Stop in Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells, the 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. The intricacies of the illustrations make this one of the top sights to see in Dublin. The visit includes a walk thorugh the Long Room at Trinity College’s Old Library which is a spectacular architectural site housing 200,000 of the collection’s oldest books.
Continue to our hotel in Dublin and settle in; enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant and get to know your fellow traverlers. (Lunch, Dinner)
OVERNIGHT: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
WED, MAY 19: GLENDALOUGH | MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB
This morning travel through the scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. There you’ll explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, Glendalough, with its ruins of a round tower, churches, and Celtic crosses. We'll celebrate Mass at the nearby parish named after St. Kevin, then go to a local restaurant for lunch.
Return to Dublin for a little free time. This evening drive to the town of Rathfarnham to The Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs, dancing and music. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
OVERNIGHT: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
THU, MAY 20: ROCK OF CASHEL | ADARE
Depart Dublin and drive west to the Rock of Cashel, also known as St. Patrick’s Rock or Cashel of the Kings, a collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in County Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel is an ancient royal site of the kings of Munster and first attained importance as a fortress. It includes the 12th-century round tower, a high cross, the Romanesque Cormac's Chapel, and 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Tour the site and hear stories of its key role of Christianity in Ireland.
Continue on to visit Ireland's "prettiest and friendliest village". Adare was founded on the river Maigue in the 13th century. We'll celebrate Mass and then enjoy free time to explore and have lunch. Adare is famous for its attractive main street of thatched houses and colorful gardens. Stroll through the village and take some photos.
Continue to Ennis, and check into your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure to try some of the restaurants and pubs in town. (Breakfast)
OVERNIGHT: Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
FRI, MAY 21: ARAN ISLANDS
Drive to Doolin for your day excurion to the Aran Islands. Take a short ferry ride across Galway Bay to Inis Oirr, a name derived from "Inis Oirthir" meaning island of the east, which is the smallest and most eastern of the Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. The Irish language is still spoken widely amongst islanders today. These islands are divided up into tiny fields by stone walls but farming is difficult as the winds tend to carry away the soil. Less than 3 square kilometres in size Inis Oirr is a walkers and bikers paradise, with little motor transport, breath-taking scenery, and flora that is unique to the island and the Burren area. The island is an isolated exposure of the Burren, in County Clare, consisting of bare limestone pavement, rising at one point to 60 meters above sea level. We'll celebrate Mass in the small local church and then enjoy lunch at one of the local pubs.
On the return trip of the ferry, enjoy unequaled views of the famous Cliffs of Moher from the sea, with these prehistoric cliffs towering above you (weather permitting). After returning from a fabulous day at Inis Oirr, drive a short distance to see the view from the Cliffs of Moher from the other direction, overlooking the water. Enjoy this other perspective of this impressive wall of rock that rises to almost 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic breakers - Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breathtaking.
The evening is free for dining on your own at the many restaurants and pubs within easy walking distance; look for an impromptu trad session at local pubs. (Breakfast, Lunch)
OVERNIGHT: Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
SAT, MAY 22: KNOCK | GALWAY
Depart Ennis and drive north to visit the church-approved Marian pilgrimage site of Knock, where local people saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the gable wall of the church in 1879. Experience a guided tour of the beautiful grounds and gardens at Knock Shrine, while your guide narrates the story of Knock in fascinating detail. We'll celebrate Mass and provide free time for prayer and lunch on your own in the village of Knock.
Continue to Galway and enjoy a panoramic drive around the city, which will take you to see the large modern cathedral set on an island on the River Corrib. See the Spanish Arch in the Claddagh area, formerly a fishing village, the City Museum, National University of Galway and the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is built on the site of the former county jail. Explore the restaurants, pubs, and shops around Eyre Square.
Enjoy a visit to Micil Distillery and learn about the history of poitin (illegal moonshine!) in Ireland and how Irish spirits are made today. Tour this working distillery and taste samples of these family recipes handcrafted in Galway.
Check into your Galway hotel, which has a great city center location so you can explore the area and try some of the fresh seafood or farm-to-table cuisine at one of the local restaurants. (Breakfast)
OVERNIGHT: Galmont Hotel, Galway
SUN, MAY 23: KYLEMORE ABBEY | KILLARY FJORD CRUISE
Drive into the scenic Connemara region to visit Kylemore Abbey, an impressive mansion that is home to an order of Benedictine nuns. Mass will be celebrated and then enjoy free time to tour elegant rooms in the mansion, explore the beautiful small Gothic Church set beside a tranquil lake, and stroll through the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden. Have lunch on your own at one of the dining options on the grounds.
Continue to nearby Leenane and stop to take a catamaran cruise aboard the “Connemara Lady” through Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. You can see great views from this narrow inlet, which is surrounded by hills and cliffs. Also observe the seabirds, seals and otters that live in the waters.
Return to Galway where your evening is free to explore some of the local restaurants and enjoy music in the pubs. (Breakfast)
OVERNIGHT: Galmont Hotel, Galway
MON, MAY 24: GALWAY | FATHER PAUL JUBILEE CELEBRATION
This morning join a local guide for a gentle walking tour, where you will see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets. After your leisurely walk, enjoy free time for lunch and exploring more of Galway.
Late this afternoon, depart Galway and drive west through County Galway to Loughrea, which means "The town of the grey lake". Loughrea sits on the shore on Loughrea Lake and is the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Clonfert. St. Brendan's Catholic Cathedral is arguably one of the country's greatest contributions to European art of the twentieth century. Loughrea also happens to be Father Paul's hometown. Father Paul will celebrate Mass today on the 25th anniversary of his ordination. Afterward we'll have a celebration reception in a local establishment. Return to your Galway hotel after a fun evening in Loughrea. (Breakfast, Dinner)
OVERNIGHT: Galmont Hotel, Galway
TUE, MAY 25: CLONMACNOISE | ARMAGH
Depart Galway and head to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes and explore the grounds where we will celebrate Mass. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe.
Drive north through Ireland's hidden heartlands where we'll stop at local restaurant for lunch. Continue into Northern Ireland to Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, where St Patrick founded his first large stone church in 445AD. There are two cathedrals bearing his name – the Church of Ireland cathedral on Sally Hill, and on the opposite hill the twin-spired Catholic St Patrick's Cathedral. Armagh is the ancestral home of Bishop Ned. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
OVERNIGHT: Armagh City Hotel, Armagh
WED, MAY 26: ARMAGH | BISHOP NED’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION
This morning take a guided tour of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, which contains many relics of history, among them a true stone High Cross and the grave of Brian Boroimhe (Boru), an Irish King who ended the domination of the O’Neill kingship in Ireland. The church’s history begins in the year 445 when, according to tradition, St Patrick built a church on the hill from which the city derives its name, Ard Mhacha – The Height of Macha. Continue to No.5 Vicars’ Hill, built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry for the Cathedral and Diocese of Armagh; it displays examples of historical records along with ancient coins, gems, significant prints, and early Christian artifacts. Next visit the Armagh Robinson Library, one of the oldest libraries in Ireland. Its fascinating collections include books, manuscripts, prints, coins and gems.
County Armagh is known as the Orchard of Ireland and St. Patrick is said to have planted the first apple tree at the ancient settlement of Ceangoba in Armagh. Visit local farms to experience the whole process of cider making. Tour the orchards and cidery, taste the cider flavors, and enjoy lunch.
Discover more about Armagh's sacred history when you visit the place from which Ulster's ancient kings once ruled, Navan Fort, and one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. Saint Patrick is thought to have healed a local chieftain, Daire, who then gave him the site on the hill in Armagh to build his church. In Ard Mhacha, or Armagh, Saint Patrick established the city as a great seat of Christianity, as it remains today, and the city grew around his church. Learn about Celtic history before St. Patrick’s arrival. Enjoy a guided tour of the Navan Centre & Fort with an expert guide and meet Celtic characters who will transport you back to ancient history. Be welcomed into the clan with a cleansing ceremony and traditional purification involving smoke and fire. Enjoy story telling by thefire including the tales of Ulster’s greatest heroes and warriors.
Atop a hill on the other side of the valley is the twin-spired Roman Catholic Cathedral also dedicated to St Patrick. Ascend the huge stone stairway and be prepared to be awed by the ornate. Tour the Cathedral and admire its design, stained glass windows, mosaics and shimmering gold leaf sculptures, which are a serene and breath-taking experience of St Patrick yesterday and today. Bishop Ned will celebrate his Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving today at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Afterward we'll have a celebration reception in a local establishment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
OVERNIGHT: Armagh City Hotel
THU, MAY 27: RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
All too soon, your time in Ireland has come to the end. Depart Armagh and transfer to Dublin Airport with plenty of time to spare for checking in for your flight and clearing security. Browse or purchase some last-minute souvenirs at the duty-free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying back across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.
Terms and Conditions
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What the Tour Price Includes: hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (we will charge an additional fee for any single room accommodations), full Irish breakfast each morning (after the first overnight), transport by luxury motor coach with a driver and tour escort on tour days, table d’hôte dinners and specialty Irish dinner with entertainment as specified in the itinerary, visits and admission fees as described in the itinerary, hotel porterage, service charges, and taxes, and flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tag, and identifying strap. Airfare will be offered at an additional cost as an optional land/air tour package after August 2020 and will include a block of coach class group air seats.. Not included: Airfare if not purchased as land/air tour package option; meals not specifically identified; alcohol with included dinners unless specifically identified; gratuities payable to escort, guides and drivers; airport transfers for travelers not on group flights; other personal expenses; and anything not specifically listed in inclusions. If you would like to add additional nights to your tour, we would be happy to arrange this at additional cost and subject to availability of accommodations. 30 participants are needed to operate the tour
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• $500.00 per person and a completed Guest Reservation Form (“Reservation Form”) are required with this Participant Agreement to reserve space for the Tour.
• $900.00 additional is due on October 29,2020
• Full payment is due February 05, 2021
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• If we receive written notice on or before October 28, 2020, we will retain $300.00 per person.
• If we receive written notice on or after October 29, 2020 but before February 04, 2021, you will incur a cancellation fee of $800.00 per person.
• If we receive written notice on or after February 05, 2021, or if you are a no-show, you will incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the Tour price. If a flight or other delay for any reason prevents you from joining the Tour on the Tour start date, you will be considered a no-show, and we cannot provide a full or partial refund or credit toward a future Tour, but you may join the Tour late if you wish.
Please note that airline cancellation and change fees are not included. Please also note that your decision not to travel due to State Department advisories, fear of travel, price of airfare, or any other reason will constitute cancellation by you. No refund or credit will be given for any unused features or early departures for any reason. No refund or credit will be given for any unused features or early departures for any reason.
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• If we receive written notice on or before July 19, 2020 there will be no fee or charge.
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