8 Night Pilgrimage Tour of Ireland

Overview for the 8 Night Pilgrimage Tour of Ireland

This tour has everything needed to appreciate Ireland’s Catholic Heritage and celebrate your own. Begin in Dublin visiting its two great cathedrals, St Patrick’s and Christchurch. The tour includes time in the Boyne Valley which is known for its pre-Christian heritage and the early Christian monastastic settlement at Glendalough. Onwards then to the iconic Rock of Cashel which is home of the world famous St. Patrick's Rock that rises majestically high above the Cashel countryside.  In Kerry discover the remote Ring of Kerry with its stunning coastal views before travelling North-West to Clare where you will visit Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Cliffs of Moher. Next, onward to Croagh Patrick which has been a site of Christian pilgrimage in Ireland as far back as anybody can remember.  Then journey to Mayo for no Christian tour of Ireland is complete without a visit to Knock, Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, here you will be able to take part in the evening Rosary Procession and celebrate mass.  On your way back to Dublin stop at the Holy Cross Abbey where catholic mass will be celebrated and the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

Included in This Tour:

  • Private coach transfers from & to the airport
  • Sightseeing in luxury coach with driver and guide as per itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation in hotels specified in rooms with private facilities
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 3 table d’hote hotel dinners
  • Medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle
  • Farewell Irish dinner & show at Jameson’s Distillery
  • Walking Tour of Ennis
  • Entrance fees to the following attractions: Ballintubber Abbey, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublinia & The Viking World, Christ Church Cathedral, Glendalough, Hill of Tara, Old Jameson’s Distillery, Knock Shrine & Museum, Kylemore Abbey, Newgrange or Knowth Neolithic Tomb, Rock of Cashel, Skellig Experience, King John’s Castle, Trinity College & The Book of Kells
  • Service charge & taxes at hotels at the current rate
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person at each hotel

Overnights For This Tour:

  • Dublin for 2 Nights
  • Killarney for 2 Nights 
  • Claremorris for 2 Nights 
  • Limerick for 1 Night 
  • Dublin for 1 Night 

Tour Highlights

Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber Abbey is situated two kilometres northeast of the village of Ballintubber, County Mayo in Ireland. Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O'Connor, Ballintubber Abbey is an important sacred Irish historical site which will celebrate its 800 year anniversary in 2016.  When St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in c.441AD, he founded a church at Ballintubber. The present Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor. It is the only church in Ireland still in daily use that was founded by an Irish king. Visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as “the Abbey that refused to die.” Through its many vicissitudes, including burning by Cromwell's army in 1653, the Abbey has remained a place of worship despite years of continuous attacks and religious repression. The abbey h...read more

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle ...read more

Dublinia

Dublinia

Dublinia Museum in Ireland is a heritage centre located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Irelands capital city. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia and a must see for any Vacation in Ireland. Viking Dublin takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. Investigate burial customs explore the Viking legacy and much more. Our Medieval Dublin exhibition includes a busy medieval market, a rich merchant’s house, and a noisy medieval street. Find out about death and disease and see what Medieval Dublin looked like with a fascinating scale model of the town. History Hunters brings our exhibitions full circle and shows the visitor how we know about ...read more

Knock Shrine

Knock Shrine

The Story of Knock in East Mayo began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the apparition, inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine and endorsed the indelible seal of Vatican approval. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. One and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually. On the evening of 21 August 1879, people whose ages ranged from five years to seventy-five and included men, women, teenagers,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 Churc...read more

Trinity College Dublin & Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin & Book of Kells

Known as one of the oldest and most famous universities in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin is located in the centre of our capital city, Dublin, Ireland, on College Green opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament (now a branch of the Bank of Ireland). The College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 and among its famous graduates are Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift. The campus occupies 190,000m² (47 acres), with many buildings, both old and new, ranged around large courts (known as "squares") and two playing fields. The Library of Trinity College is a copyright library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 4.5 million books and significant quantities of maps, manuscripts and music....read more