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This tour has everything needed to appreciate Ireland’s Pilgrimage 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.
Arrive at Dublin Airport and after clearing customs and immigration meet with your professional driver/guide or driver and guide. Proceed to Dublin for a tour of the city which will include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublinia and the Viking World, Christ Church Cathedral, The National Museum and Trinity College and the Book of Kells exhibition. Mass will be celebrated during the tour. In the afternoon check into your hotel where you will enjoy a welcome cocktail party prior to dinner.
After breakfast enjoy a full day visit of the Boyne Valley which will include Monasterboice Monastery, Hill of Tara, St. Brigid’s Shrine and Knowth Neolithic Tomb. On your return travel via Drogheda to visit St. Peter’s Church. Mass will be celebrated during the day.
Check out of your hotel and enjoy the stunning scenery on your way to the ancient monastic settlement at Glendalough that was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and is renowned for its Monastic Site with Round Tower, to its scenic lakes and valleys. There will be no doubt as to why Wicklow is known as The Garden of Ireland once visited. Onwards then to the iconic Rock of Cashel, home of the world famous St. Patrick's Rock which rises high above the surrounding plain. After the visit, travel south to Blarney Castle where those that are brave enough can climb the ramparts of the castle and kiss the stone that is fabled to grant the gift of eloquence. For those not that brave, why not visit the Blarney Woollen Mills opposite the castle which houses many Irish goods and souvenirs. Finally after this long day, travel to Killarney arriving in time for dinner. Mass will be celebrated during the tour.
Today you will discover the wonderful scenery of Killarney as you drive around the famous Ring of Kerry. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast. You will be amazed at the breathtaking views and you will stop for photos at the most dramatic scenes and the Skellig Experience. Continue through the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville. On the return, pass through the colorful village of Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney. Stop for a stroll through the splendid Muckross Gardens on the shores of Muckross Lake. Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 6.15 pm before dinner in your hotel.
Check out of your hotel and travel northwards through County Kerry, crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry and visit one of Ireland’s natural wonders, The Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 200 meters along 8 kilometres of the Clare/ Atlantic coastline and the Atlantic Edge Exhibition brings to life the story of the Cliffs. Travel through the karst like landscape of the Burren and take a short tour of Galway before arriving at your hotel in time for dinner.
This morning visit Croagh Patrick the most important Catholic pilgrimage destination in Ireland. Onwards to Kylemore Abbey, home of the Benedictine Nuns and after marveling at this beautiful location travel to Knock, Ireland’s National Marian Shrine and join the evening Rosary Procession. Mass at Knock Shrine. Time permitting; also visit Our Lady, Queen of Ireland Basilica.
Check out of the hotel early today and visit Ballintubber Abbey where Mass will be celebrated and then start your journey back south calling at Ennis and Limerick. In Ennis enjoy a 1 hour walking tour of this 12th century market town and learn of its history, legends, mythology and ghosts. Onwards then to Limerick where you will visit King John’s Castle, the Treaty Stone and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Check into your hotel and travel the short distance to the 15th century Bunratty Castle where you will be entertained at their Medieval Banquet.
After breakfast start your return journey to Dublin stopping at Holy Cross Abbey where Mass will be celebrated. Continue onwards to Dublin calling at the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens and Shrine of St. Valentine. The stud is the only one open to the public in Ireland and has bred many classic winners. The Japanese Gardens are considered as the best of their kind in Europe and recently celebrated their centenary year. Check into your hotel and then visit Jameson’s Distillery for a tour followed by a four course meal and Irish Show.
After breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport arriving in time to complete check in formalities and that last minute duty free shopping before your flight departs.
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat of both the Ch...
The Cliffs of Moher boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as are the valleys and hills of Connemara.
Dublinia Museum in Ireland is a heritage center located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Irelands capital city. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia and a...
Visit Kylemore Abbey, a 19th century mansion with an exquisite chapel and reception rooms. The Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Originally called Kylemore Cas...
The Skellig Islands are two small, steep and rocky islands. They are famous for their thriving gannet and puffin populations, and for an early Christian monastery that is a UNESC...
Ballintubber Abbey is situated two kilometres northeast of the village of Ballintubber, County Mayo in Ireland. Ballintubber Abbey has been used continuously for worship since it...
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, bu...
Visit the Old Jameson Distillery is much more than just a tour it is an exciting and engaging experience guaranteed to entertain and enlighten any visitor.
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 opposit...
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