Tour Overview

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.

What's included

  • 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

Tour highlights

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dublinia
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Skellig Experience
  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Blarney Castle
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • Trinity College Dublin & Book of Kells
  • Glendalough
  • Hill of Tara
  • King Johns Castle
  • Knock Shrine
  • Newgrange
  • Rock of Cashel

Overnights for this tour

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

Accomodation options

  • Superior & First Class Hotels
  • 4-Star Country Manor Houses
  • 4 & 5 Star Irish Castles
  • Any Combination of the above

Day 1 - Dublin City

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.

Day 2 - Boyne Valley

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.

Day 3 - Glendalough Valley, Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle

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.

Day 4 - Ring of Kerry

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.

Day 5 - Cliffs of Moher

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.

Day 6 - Croagh Patrick

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.

Day 7 - Ballintubber Abbey and St Mary's Cathedral Limerick

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.

Day 8 - Dublin & National Stud and Gardens

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.

Day 9 - Depart Dublin

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.

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