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Monsignors' Pilgrimage
to Ireland 2025

Join Monsignor Joe Corbett (Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle) and Monsignor Frank McNamee (Rector of Christ the King) on a memorable nine night tour of Ireland in 2025.

Monsignor Frank and Monsignor Joe will each celebrate Mass in his hometown church to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ordination. In addition to traveling with them for these special events, we'll travel throughout the Emerald Isle and follow Saint Patrick's Trail, take a train ride through the Irish countryside from Waterford to Dublin, explore the Marian Shrine of Knock, and see the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway. We'll also visit Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, and enjoy a walking tour of Galway.

SUPER EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

Price reflects an extra $100 discount off early bird pricing for registrations before 8/7/24

A group flight will be offered once flight schedules are available in September 2024.
Priority for seats in group air block based on registration date.

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Galway (3 Nts), Waterford (2 Nts), Belfast (2 Nts), Dublin (2 Nts)
10 Days/ 9 Nights

Depart US on Sunday, June 29, 2025
Return on Wednesday, July 9, 2025

Land Only Package:

$5,679 per person, double occupancy {Payments by Check or Zelle}
$5,889 per person, double occupancy {Payments by Credit Card}       
                 Single occupancy is $1,940 additional

Highlights

Highlights


  • Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • St. Patrick’s Trail – Down Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Grave, Saul Church
  • Marian Shrine of Knock
  • Train ride through the Irish countryside from Dublin to Belfast
  • Walking tour of Galway
  • Sightseeing in Dublin including Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum 
  • See classic Ireland sites including Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, and Waterford

Inclusions

Inclusions


TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Professional Irish driver
  • Professional Failte Ireland trained guide 
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 9 nights
    • Galway (3 nights): Radisson Red Hotel (4-star)
    • Waterford (2 nights): Towers Hotel and Leisure Centre (4-star)
    • Belfast (2 nights): Grand Central Hotel  (4-star)
    • Dublin (2 nights): Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (4-star)
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at arrival and departure of hotels
  • On-site Recess 4 Grownups event staff
  • Travel backpacks, ticket wallets, baggage tags
  • Electric adapter for Ireland
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City stay taxes

DINING

  • Full Irish breakfasts (9)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinners (6):
    • 30th Anniversary Celebration Receptions (2)
    • Table d’hôte dinners (3)
    • Farewell Dinner

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT, TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT

  • Daily Mass    
  • Pilgrimage town of Knock to visit Knock Shrine
  • Visit to Adare village
  • Catamaran ride through the Killary Fjords
  • Guided walking tour of Galway
  • Train ride from Dublin to Belfast
  • Guided panoramic tour of Dublin with local guide
  • Scenic drive along the Glens of Antrim
  • Panoramic tour of Belfast
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • Kylemore Abbey
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Giant's Causeway
    • Saint Patrick's Centre
    • Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick's Grave
    • Saul Church
    • Titanic Belfast
    • Waterford Treasures
    • Glasnevin Museum 
    • EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance

Itinerary

Itinerary


SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2025: UNITED STATES TO SHANNON IRELAND

Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight* across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.


MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2025: ARRIVE IN IRELAND | KNOCK SHRINE

Ireland Knock Shrine

After customs and immigration formalities at Shannon Airport, your CIE Tours guide and driver will welcome you to Ireland and take you to your motorcoach.

Depart Shannon and drive north toward County May. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch and your first experience with the fabulous Irish hospitality.

Continue on to the pilgrimage town of Knock to visit Knock Shrine, one of the world's leading shrines, where the Virgin Mary appeared to 15 people in 1879. Today it is a Church-approved Marian pilgrimage destination, with over 1.5 million pilgrims visiting the Shrine annually. Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens at Knock Shrine and learn the story of this sacred site. We will have Mass while at the Shrine.

The Story of Knock in East Mayo began on the evening of August 21,1879, when people whose ages ranged from five years to seventy-five and included men, women, teenagers, and children, witnessed what they claimed was an apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph, and St John the Evangelist at the south gable end of the local small parish church, the Church of St John the Baptist. Behind them and a little to the left of St John was a plain altar. On the altar was a cross and a lamb (a traditional image of Jesus, as reflected in the religious phrase "The Lamb of God") with adoring angels.

Continue on to Galway, Ireland's Cultural Heart! As we explore this lively city, you'll see why the historic Claddagh ring, a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship, calls Galway its home. Known for its vibrant arts scene and lively festivals, Galway proudly holds the designation of a UNESCO City of Film. Get ready to soak in the artistic and cinematic charm of this enchanting city. Check into your hotel where you will have free time before dinner. After settling in, enjoy dinner in your hotel. (L & D)

OVERNIGHT: Radisson Red Hotel, Galway


TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2025: GALWAY | MONSIGNOR FRANK'S CELEBRATION 

This morning, join a local guide for a gentle walking tour of Galway, 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 Galway.

Late this afternoon, depart Galway and drive west through County Galway to Loughrea, which means "town of the grey lake". Loughrea sits on the shore on Loughrea Lake, and 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 Monsignor Frank's hometown.

Monsignor Frank will celebrate Mass today to mark 30 years as a priest, in the church where he was ordained. Afterward we'll have a celebration reception in a local establishment. Return to your Galway hotel after a fun evening in Loughrea. (B & D)

OVERNIGHT: Radisson Red Hotel, Galway


WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2025: KILLARY FJORDS | KYLEMORE ABBEY

Ireland Connemara Kylemore Abbey

Drive into the scenic Connemara region to the town of 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.

Continue on to visit Kylemore Abbey, an impressive mansion that is home to an order of Benedictine nuns. We’ll celebrate Mass before having independent time to explore this fascinating site. Tour elegant rooms in the mansion, explore the beautiful small Gothic church set beside a tranquil lake, and stroll through the 6-acre, magical Victorian Walled Garden. Learn of the tales of tragedy and romance, royal visits, and the Abbey's former role as a boarding school. You'll also discover that Kylemore Abbey is home to Notre Dame University's Ireland studies program, with students studying on-site. An intriguing piece of history is that the Benedictine nuns settled here after fleeing from Belgium during World War II. Enjoy exploring this remarkable and historic sanctuary!

Return to Galway. Enjoy a free evening tonight to try out one of the restaurants in town, and visit some pubs. (B)

OVERNIGHT: Radisson Red Hotel, Galway 


THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2025: CLIFFS OF MOHER | ADARE

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

Depart Galway and head down the coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most beloved, natural landmarks. This impressive wall of rock rises to almost 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic breakers - Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breathtaking.

Next, travel to Adare, Ireland's "prettiest and friendliest village." Adare was founded on the river Maigue in the 13th century. Adare is famous for its attractive main street of thatched houses and colorful gardens. Celebrate Mass and then stroll through the village and enjoy free time for lunch and shopping.

Depart Adare and continue to Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, dating back to 853, renowned for its rich Viking heritage and stunning medieval architecture. Our hotel has a perfect city-center location, and is named after the adjacent 12th century tower, Reginald’s Tower. The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford is the oldest cathedral in Ireland. Waterford is also famous for being the home of Waterford Crystal, conveniently located near our hotel. Waterford was home to Saint John’s College, the now closed seminary that both the monsignors attended. In recent years, the cruise industry has begun bringing passengers to a nearby port, adding to the lively atmosphere of this historic city.

Check into your hotel; you may wish to relax or freshen up before dinner with the group in the hotel. (B & D)

OVERNIGHT: Tower Hotel, Waterford


FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2025: WATERFORD | MONSIGNORS JOE'S CELEBRATION

This morning explore Ireland's oldest city through the captivating Waterford Treasures Museums, nestled in the heart of the Viking Triangle. Uncover millennia of history, from the medieval ages and Viking days to the splendor of Georgian times. Marvel at Waterford's rich heritage in its many city attractions, and discover the stories that shaped this historic hotspot and experience its timeless allure.

After exploring the museums based on your interests, you'll have independent time for lunch and wandering.

Depart Waterford and travel along the south coast to Stradbally, Monsignor Joe’s hometown, for the celebration of Mass in the church where Monsignor Joe was ordained 30 years ago. Afterward gather in a local venue for a celebration dinner, before returning to Waterford at the end of the evening. (B, D)

OVERNIGHT: Tower Hotel, Waterford


SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2025: TRAIN RIDE | TITANIC BELFAST 

This morning celebrate Mass in Waterford before driving north to Dublin, where we will board the train for a ride to Belfast (no carrying luggage- it will be driven to Belfast).

Enjoy the pleasure of a comfortable train ride, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing scenery of the Irish countryside unfold.

When you arrive in Belfast, your motorcoach is waiting to take you to visit Titanic Belfast, a truly remarkable visitor center. Embark on a journey through the life of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. Through state of the art technology, the exhibition's nine interactive galleries take you back to the sights, sounds and stories of Titanic as well as the City and people which made her.

Continue to your city center hotel to check in and settle into your room. You may wish to relax before dinner with the group in the hotel. (B, L & D)

OVERNIGHT: Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

 

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2025: GLENS OF ANTRIM | GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

This morning set off on a panoramic tour of Belfast, where every turn reveals both the city's vibrant culture and poignant history. Our tour will guide you past iconic landmarks and delve into the stories behind significant sites shaped by Belfast's complex past. Discover powerful murals, historical buildings, and landmarks that have played a crucial role in the city's narrative.

Drive along the coast today to experience one of Ireland's popular scenic routes. Here, you'll see the "Nine Glens of Antrim", a scenic region with lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline where scenes from the “Game of Thrones” were filmed.

Visit the natural wonder that is Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed more than 60 million years ago by the slow and even cooling and contraction of molten lava. The Visitors Centre has some very interesting exhibits and background on the folklore associated with this incredible site. Celebrate Mass at a nearby church and return to Belfast for a free evening trying out some local restaurants.

OVERNIGHT: Grand Central Hotel, Belfast


MONDAY, JULY 7, 2025: SAINT PATRICK'S COUNTRY

Depart Belfast and follow the Saint Patrick’s Trail to Downpatrick. Arrive in Downpatrick which is the burial site of Saint Patrick and the medieval capital of County Down.

Visit the Saint Patrick Centre, which tells about his life, work and the founding of many monasteries which had a profound influence on Ireland’s development in the early Christian era.

After exploring the Saint Patrick Centre, visit the Medieval Cathedral of Down: Church of the Holy Trinity and Saint Patrick’s Grave. We'll celebrate Mass and then have lunch at a nearby venue.

Depart for Saul Church, known as the Cradle of Christianity in Ireland, and where Patrick died on March 17, 461. Depart County Down and continue on to our hotel in Dublin.

This evening we gather together for a festive farewell dinner. (B, L & D)

OVERNIGHT: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin


TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2025: GLASNEVIN MUSEUM | EPIC

This morning, gather to celebrate Mass, and then take a panoramic tour around 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 various economic, political and artistic influences.

Uncover the rich tapestry of Ireland's history at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, a resting place for some of the nation's most iconic figures. Wander through the beautifully manicured grounds and discover captivating stories of poets, revolutionaries, and statesmen that shaped Ireland’s past.

Continue to EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, Emigration Museum, an award-winning, high-tech museum that chronicles the journeys made by Irish emigrants around the globe, and details the stories of the new lives they made abroad.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for you to finish your shopping and enjoy one last meal in Ireland at one of the many traditional or modern dinner venues located throughout the city. (B)

OVERNIGHT: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2025: DEPART TO U.S.

After breakfast you will transfer to the Dublin Airport for return flight home to Atlanta.

Terms and Conditions

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 professional Irish tour guide throughout the tour, specific lunches and dinners as specified in the itinerary, visits and admission fees as described in the itinerary, hotel porterage, service charges, and taxes, and backpacks, baggage tag, and identifying strap. Airfare will be offered as an optional add-on in September 2024 and will include a block of coach class group air seats.

Not included: Airfare if not purchased as add-on option or in a 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. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included.

Tour Group Participants: 40 participants are needed to operate the tour. 

All tours are based on a minimum number of participants.  We make every effort to ensure that tours meet their minimum requirements.  However, if the tour drops below the minimum number of participants cancellation of the tour may occur at the sole discretion of Recess 4 Grownups.  In such case, guests will be advised at least 75 days prior to departure.  We reserve the right to change the departure date or cancel the tour. We may offer alternative tour dates or other travel arrangements.  You may choose to accept these arrangements or cancel; in case of cancellation, you will receive a full refund.  Any air cancellation, including air fare the client purchased, will be in accordance with the terms of the carrier and We will not be liable for the carrier’s refusal to make any refund whatsoever.  In such case We will not be liable for any additional costs incurred outside of the tour prices such as visa and passport fees, travel insurance or any other purchases made by the guest in anticipation of the tour.

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  • $1,100.00 per person and a completed Guest Reservation Form (“Reservation Form”) are required with this Participant Agreement to reserve space for the Tour.
  • Full payment is due March 5, 2025

Client Cancellation & Refund Policy: If you choose to cancel your reservation, we must receive written notice of said cancellation either via certified mail, overnight courier, or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from us in order to be effective), and you will be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule:

  • If we receive written notice on or before September 30, 2024, we will retain $450.00 per person.
  • If we receive written notice on or after October 1, 2024, but before March 5, 2025, you will incur a cancellation fee of $800.00 per person.
  • If we receive written notice on or after March 05,2025, 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.

As described above, we are required to pay all suppliers well in advance of your tour date.  Some suppliers do not offer any refund. You are subject to the supplier’s terms.  Any refund owing under the cancellation schedule above will be less any additional fees or non-refundable deposits of Suppliers.  We will, when available, tell you about these fees or deposits in advance. If you are entitled to a refund, please note that the supplier is responsible for this refund, not Recess 4 Grownups.  Suppliers may choose to provide a travel voucher or credit in lieu of refund.  We are not responsible for a supplier’s failure to pay a refund or for supplier bankruptcy or insolvency.

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.

Any cancellation refund will be less credit card fees.

Name Changes: We cannot change names on airline reservations or tickets. For the Land Tour:

  • If we receive written notice on or before August 31, 2024 there will be no fee or charge.
  • If we receive written notice on or after September 1, 2024 but on or before January 31, 2025, you will incur a fee of $300.00 per name change.
  • No name changes will be allowed after February 1, 2025.

Operator Cancellation or Substitution: We will make commercially reasonable efforts to keep the itinerary as it has been published; however, the final itinerary may vary due to factors beyond our control. We may in our sole discretion substitute services or goods of similar quality for any service or good stated in the Itinerary. These changes will not be considered material changes and will not be considered cause for cancellation by the participant.  If we suggest alternate activities in place of a planned stop or in case of leisure time, such suggestions do not constitute our endorsement.  In such a case you will be subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier of the activity and your only recourse in case of damage will be against the supplier of the alternate activity. During local or national holidays or special events, peak seasons, on certain days of the week, and during religious occasions, certain facilities such as museums, churches, restaurants, sightseeing tours, hotels, and shopping may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered whenever possible. We cannot be held responsible for any closures, necessary itinerary changes, or curtails for any reason. These changes will not be considered material changes and will not be considered cause for cancellation by the guest. Normal cancellation penalties still apply to the program that has been changed.

If a tour is cancelled, except for cases of Force Majeure, our liability is limited to a full refund of your deposits, and we will not be liable for any other costs, damages, or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment, or expense whatsoever in such circumstances.  Should Monsignor Frank McNamee and Monsignor Joe Corbett be unable to participate in this event, other than reasons due to a force majeure event every effort will be made to secure a substitute to lead this pilgrimage/tour. Regardless of the participation of Monsignor Frank McNamee and Monsignor Joe Corbett the tour will proceed as scheduled on the dates listed. By signing this form to participate in this tour, you agree that the terms of the cancellation penalty will be binding upon you regardless of whether Monsignor Frank McNamee and Monsignor Joe Corbett are able to participate. Recess 4 Grownups, LLC will not be responsible for any loss incurred by traveler, including lost days of the scheduled tour, due to a cancelled flight or other means and modes of transportation. Please investigate purchasing travel insurance as recommended, to cover any type of loss associated with cancelled air or other transportation.

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Trip Cancellation Insurance: Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment. Please see the optional trip insurance offered for the Tour.  Such a plan at a minimum should cover Trip Cancellation or Interruption, Cancel for Any Reason, Medical Expense, Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, and Baggage. Travel protection plans can help protect you in the event of loss of non-refundable trip deposits and payments that result from cancellation or trip interruption (due to a covered reason such as injury or illness before or during the trip). It also helps with reimbursement for medical emergency costs (including very costly medical evacuation costs), missed connections and baggage loss.

We are not qualified to answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of travel protection plans. We cannot evaluate the adequacy of the prospective insured's existing insurance coverage. If you have any questions about your travel protection, call your insurer or insurance agent or broker.

Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. We cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Declining travel protection plan coverage could result in the loss of your travel cost and/or require more money to correct the situation. You also acknowledge that without this coverage, there may be no way to recoup any losses, costs or expenses incurred. If you choose to travel without adequate coverage, we will not be liable for any of your losses howsoever arising, for which trip protection plan coverage would otherwise have been available.    

Accommodations: Guest accommodations during the Tour are double or twin occupancy and will include fully equipped, en-suite bathrooms. We will charge an additional fee for any single room accommodations.  Rooms will be assigned by the respective supplier/s on a run-of-the-house basis, in category/ies as specified in the itinerary. Special requests such as lower floors, connecting rooms and smoking preference, bedding, must be made at the time of booking.  While we will make reasonable efforts to communicate your requests to the supplier, such requests are not guaranteed and are at the discretion of the supplier. There may be additional charges for such requests which will be solely the expense of the guest making the request.

Guests should be aware that hotel room sizes, standards and facilities can vary regionally and are often different from standards in the United States.  This can include differences in bed sizes and room sizes, bathroom amenities, amenities such as air-conditioning and compliance with other standards such as ADA and wheelchair accessibility.

Certification of Guest’s Health; Responsibility to Inform Us of Disabilities or Pregnancy: You hereby certify that you do not have any condition or disability that would create a hazard for you or other guests participating in the Tour, and that you understand that health care standards, facilities, and services abroad may be different or even inadequate for treating injuries or illness. You agree to inform us via certified mail or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from us) at the time you tender your first payment of the Tour Fee (or at such later time when you become aware of such a condition) of any existing physical or mental illness, disability, pregnancy or any other condition for which you may require medical attention or special accommodation during the Tour. We will make reasonable efforts to obtain accommodations but make no guarantee to be able to accommodate you for such condition during the Tour, and we make no representations or warranties regarding special accommodations or handicap accessibility on the Tour.  Due to liability reasons, we cannot assist you with any additional needs including but not limited to: taxi transportation, wheelchair rental, wheelchair attendant, etc. You are responsible to provide a travel companion at full cost to provide for any additional assistance. Any and all costs associated with additional needs will be at your expense.

Group Air: A group air block of seats will be made available for an additional cost after flight schedules are released. The group air seats will be available first-come, first-served, with priority based on the sign-up registration date. The flight schedule will depart Atlanta to Dublin on June 29, 2025 and return on July 08, 2025. The group air flight times and detailed information will be provided to all registered participants for priority booking by the end of September 2024.

Land Only: Those electing to make their own air arrangements will travel "Land Only". In this case, you must notify Recess 4 Grownups no less than 60 days before departure, be responsible for meeting the group at a specified location and time on the tour. The land tour starts at the time the group flight arrives at the Shannon Airport, whether it is early, on-time or late. The group will not wait for those traveling on different flight schedules, and those Land-only passengers are responsible for arranging and the cost of transfers to meet up with the group if they are delayed. Wait until you have received confirmation of tour reservation before making flight arrangements.

Responsibility/Liabilities: We act only in the capacity of agent for CIE Tours and the other suppliers of the travel services named in the itinerary or otherwise providing services or goods in connection with the Tour (the Suppliers”), such as hotels and other lodging providers, local hosts, sight-seeing tour operators, bus lines, car rental companies, driving services, restaurants, and providers of entertainment. We assume no responsibility for any personal injury, property damage, or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason (1) any act or omission of any of the Suppliers or airlines providing flights to or from your Tour, or (2) any matter beyond our exclusive control including but not limited to a delay or cancellation of a flight that causes you to miss any portion of the Tour. We have no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the Suppliers, unsafe conditions, health hazards, weather hazards, or climate extremes at locations to which you may travel. 

Travel to many parts of the world may involve the risk of a variety of hazards to health and/or safety, including but not limited to disease, crime, terrorism and warfare. Because each guest’s risk tolerance is different, we are not in a position to advise or recommend whether travel to any particular place at any particular time should take place. It is recommended that the guest should refer to objective third-party sources of travel information, such as that maintained by the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov). In addition, you should consult with government websites to ensure that you are in compliance with all requirements for admittance into that country as well as understanding local laws that govern travel within a country, such as tracking. Should you choose to travel to a country that has been issued a travel warning or advisory, we will not be liable for damages or losses that result from travel to such destinations. Should you choose to cancel a trip due to a travel advisory or warning our normal cancellation fees will apply.

You assume full and complete responsibility for checking and verifying all passport and visa requirements of the destinations and for complying with all laws of the country in the itinerary. When traveling abroad, your passport must be valid for at least six months following your visit. For more information, see the US Department of State website information on passports. You are also responsible for respecting the authority and following the directions of the Tour guide during a Tour.

For the safety of our guests, we reserve the right to request health information prior to travel and to exclude any participants we deem unfit for travel at our sole discretion. We may exclude you from participating in all or any part of the Tour if, in our sole discretion, your condition behavior renders you unfit for the Tour or unfit for continuation once the Tour has begun. Unfitness may include, without limitation, any behavior that, regardless of its cause, is inappropriate or offensive or interferes with the delivery of Tour services, or may constitute a hazard or embarrassment. In such case, our liability shall be strictly limited to refund of the recoverable cost of any unused portion of the Tour. Should you decide not to participate in certain parts of the Tour or use certain Goods included in the Tour, no refunds will be made for those unused parts of the Tour or Goods. You must be over the age of 18 to participate in the Tour. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from and against any costs, damages, losses, or liabilities arising out of your or your companions’ actions or omissions or (if you checked the box indicating that you are signing or agreeing on behalf of yourself and your traveling companions) arising out of your companions’ claims that you were not authorized to sign or agree.

Additional risks and dangers may arise including, but not limited to, hazards of travel by train, automobile, motor coach, aircraft and other means of conveyance, animal interactions, swimming, forces of nature, political unrest, other unrest, risks associated with water, food, plants, insects and differing animal regulation, and acts of national and local governments and unrest and acts of others against governments. These risks are not an exhaustive list but are examples of many kinds of risks. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge that there may be dangers involved, and you hereby agree to accept any and all risks. As lawful consideration for the agreement with Recess 4 Grownups to participate in such trips and activities you agree you will not make a claim against Recess 4 Grownups, its related companies or its personnel or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death, property loss or damage or other loss, cost or expense, however caused, as a result of or related to your contracting for, traveling to or from, or in any and every other way participating in the trip. You release Recess 4 Grownups, its related companies and its personnel from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from contracting for, traveling to or from, and in any and every way participating in a trip. This release of liability and assumption of risk agreement is entered into on behalf of you and all members of your family and party, also including minors. This agreement also binds your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.

Where the guest occupies a motor coach or other vehicle seat fitted with a safety belt, neither Recess 4 Grownups nor the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organizations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances.

General: Any dispute related to the Tour shall be governed by Georgia law without regard to conflict of laws principles. The federal or state courts in Georgia shall be the exclusive forum for any lawsuit related to the Tour, and you consent to the personal jurisdiction by said courts. You agree to present any claims against us within 30 days after the Tour ends and to file within six (6) months of the incident, and you acknowledge that this expressly limits the applicable statute of limitations to one year. Guest claims not submitted and received within this time shall be deemed waived and barred.

We are not responsible for typographical or pricing errors. You agree to grant us (and third parties with whom we may engage in joint marketing) a worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to use your photographic, video, or digital likeness solely for our promotional purposes. For a religious pilgrimage, your name will be shared with other participants prior to the tour; after the tour, you must notify Change@Recess4Grownups if you do not want your contact details shared with the group members. Facsimile transmission of any signed document shall be deemed delivery of an original. At our request, you shall promptly provide an original document as well. If there are any conflicts between this Participant Agreement, the Reservation Form, and the Itinerary, this Participant Agreement shall apply.

If any provision of these terms and conditions shall be held unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remainder shall remain enforceable.

For California Residents: We are a registered Seller of Travel in the State of California (CST 2103869-40). Registration as a Seller of Travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. California law requires certain sellers of travel to have a trust account, and we have a trust account at Bank of America. Upon cancellation of the transportation or travel services, where the guest is not at fault and has not canceled in violation of any terms and conditions previously clearly and conspicuously disclosed and agreed to by the guest, all sums paid to Tour Operator for services not provided will be promptly paid to the guest, unless the guest advises Tour Operator in writing, after cancellation. This provision does not apply where Recess 4 Grownups has remitted the payment to another registered wholesale seller of travel or a carrier, without obtaining a refund, and where the wholesaler or provider defaults in providing the agreed-upon transportation or service. In this situation, Recess 4 Grownups will provide the guest with a written statement accompanied by bank records establishing the disbursement of the payment, and if disbursed to a wholesale seller of travel, proof of current registration of that wholesaler.

For Florida Residents: We are registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST- 38287.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Top Questions:

  • Can I invite family members and friends who are not part of the parish?
    Yes, family members are welcome to join the pilgrimage as long as they also complete the registration process and agree to the terms of the pilgrimage.
  • Do I need to book my own flights?
    You are free to make your own flight arrangements, but we will also offer group air options once flight schedules are available in late August 2024.
  • Can I arrive a few days earlier or stay after the tour?
    Yes, you can choose to arrive 1-2 days before the tour or stay afterward. You can also consider tying this trip to other travel, like a river cruise or visiting another destination. Let us know and we can assist with these arrangements.
  • Are there any early booking discounts available?
    Yes, there is an early booking discount of $150 if you register by October 1, 2024, and an additional $100 Super Early booking discount if you register by August 7, 2024.
  • Is travel insurance included?
    Travel insurance is not included. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, and we will be sending a travel insurance quote after your registration.
  • How will I receive updates about the trip?
    We have an always-available Trip Essentials webpage with all the details and any new updates that is provided to trip participants after registering. We will share information periodically prior to the trip to update you with important trip details, general Ireland information, and travel tips. During the last two months, we will send a weekly newsletter to thoroughly prepare you for the pilgrimage.

Booking and Payment

  • How do I book the pilgrimage?
    You can book the pilgrimage by registering online and paying your deposit. Registration opens July 10.
  • What payment methods are accepted?
    Payments can be made by check, Zelle, or credit card. There are different pricing options depending on your chosen method of payment.
  • Is there a cash discount available?
    Yes, a cash discount amount is available for payments by check and Zelle.

General Information

  • When is the pilgrimage to Ireland scheduled?
    The pilgrimage will take place from June 29 to July 9, 2025.
  • Who are the group leaders for this pilgrimage?
    The group will be led by Monsignor Frank McNamee, Rector Cathedral of Christ the King, and Monsignor Joe Corbett, Pastor Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.
  • How long is the pilgrimage?
    The pilgrimage is 10 days and 9 nights.
  • What cities will we visit during the trip?
    The pilgrimage includes overnight stays in Galway, Waterford, Belfast, and Dublin. We will visit other towns along the way, including Adare, Knock, and Downpatrick.
  • What is the deadline for final payment?
    Final payment is due by March 5, 2025. Reminders and invoices will be sent out 3-4 weeks prior to the due date.
  • What is included in the pilgrimage package?
    The package includes: Daily Mass, Professional English-speaking licensed tour guide, 9 nights of accommodation at 4-star hotels with private bathroom, buffet breakfasts daily and specified lunches and dinners, sightseeing and visits per itinerary, including transportation by luxury motorcoach, porterage for one piece of luggage at hotel arrivals and departures. Other amenities as detailed in the itinerary

Logistics and Travel

  • How will we get around in Ireland?
    The group will travel via a luxury motorcoach with a professional Irish driver and Failte Ireland trained guide for the entire trip.
  • What type of accommodations are provided?
    Accommodations will be in 4-star hotels based on double occupancy with private baths in Galway, Waterford, Belfast, and Dublin.
  • What is luggage porterage?
    Luggage porterage is a service that transports your luggage between the motorcoach and your room upon arrival and departure. This means you don't have to handle your heavy suitcases yourself. A porter (hotel staff) will take care of moving your luggage to and from your room, ensuring a hassle-free check-in and check-out experience. This service is included to make your travel experience as convenient and comfortable as possible. Porterage is included for one large suitcase per person.
  • Do they use different electrical adapters in Ireland?
    Yes, an electric adapter for Ireland, plug type G, will be provided with your final travel documents.

Meals and Dining

  • What meals are included in the package?
    The package includes full Irish breakfasts daily, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners. This includes two 30th anniversary celebration receptions, three Table d’hôte dinners, and a farewell dinner.
  • Can I request special dietary meals?
    Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or special meal requests at the time of booking so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Activities and Spiritual Components

  • Will there be daily Mass?
    Yes, Mass will be celebrated daily at various significant religious sites.
  • What are some key religious sites we will visit?
    Key religious sites include the Marian Shrine of Knock and St. Patrick’s Trail featuring the Saint Patrick's Centre, Downpatrick Cathedral and the grave of Saint Patrick, and Saul Church.
  • Are there additional tours and activities beyond religious sites?
    Yes, other activities include the UNESCO Site Giant’s Causeway. the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, a catamaran ride through the Killary Fjords, a guided walking tour of Galway, a train ride from Waterford to Dublin, and sightseeing in Dublin.

Preparation and Communication

  • How will I receive updates about the trip?
    We have an always-available Trip Essentials webpage with all the details and any new updates that is provided to trip participants after registering. We will share information periodically prior to the trip to update you with important trip details, general Ireland particulars, and travel tips. During the last two months, we will send a weekly newsletter to thoroughly prepare you for the pilgrimage.
  • What should I bring on the trip?
    A detailed packing list will be provided closer to trip departure. Generally, bring comfortable clothing for varying weather, travel essentials, and any personal items you may require.
  • Is a visa required for travel to Ireland?
    US citizens do not need a visa for travel to Ireland. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates.

If you have any other questions not covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us!