- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Guided Sightseeing with Top Guides
Day 1 Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Day 2 – Arrive in Dublin
On arrival at the Dublin Airport, meet your driver and guide. Travel to the Hill of Slane, where St. Patrick lit the first Paschal Fire in 434 in challenge to King Laoghaire’s fire. He first explained the Holy Trinity using the shamrock here. Stop at Monasterboice, one of the most famous religious sites in the country, which was built in the 5th century. Founded by St. Buithe, the site features two churches, a round tower, and the High Cross of Muiredach. Continue north to your Armagh hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Day 3 – Downpatrick and Armagh
Today, visit Downpatrick, home to the Saul Church - the first church that St. Patrick established in Ireland. Also visit Down Cathedral, the burial site of St. Patrick - Ireland’s patron saint, and a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Benedictine monks first established the site of the church in 1183. Visit the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, housing the exhibition, ‘Ego Patricius’. Return to the town of Armagh, that St. Patrick declared the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. See the two cathedrals dedicated to him here, the Church of Ireland’s dating back to the fifth century AD. Celebrate Mass here and then return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Day 4 – Sligo and Knock
Cross the north of Ireland to Sligo. You’ll visit Drumcliff Church and cemetery, where St. Colmcille founded a monastery in 574 AD. W. B. Yeats is buried here. Continue on to the remains of Sligo Abbey and walk the grounds of the church. Finish your day in Knock, where in 1879, the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist were seen at the gate of the parish church. Ever since, millions have made pilgrimage to the town. Celebrate mass at Knock, where you will spend the balance of the day enjoying a time of peace, prayer and contemplation.
Day 5 Day 5 – Croagh Patrick and Kylemore Abbey
This morning, you’ll stop in sight of Croagh Patrick. Here, St. Patrick fasted on the summit for forty days and built a church there. At the end of the fast, he threw a bell down the side of the mountain, banishing all the snakes and serpents of Ireland. Pass through the scenic mountains, bogs and grasslands of the Connemara region. Stop at beautiful Kylemore Abbey, run by the Benedictine Nuns. This granite and limestone structure is one of most photographed buildings in the country. Finish the day in Galway for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Day 6 – Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle
Pass through the Burren Region to the Cliffs of Moher. With sheer cliffs dropping 600 feet to the water below, it is one of the most impressive stretches of shoreline on the west coast of Ireland. Travel through the enchanting Irish countryside to Bunratty Castle near the town of Limerick. Bunratty is Ireland’s most complete and authentic, elaborately furnished medieval castle. Finish your day in Limerick for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Day 7 - Clonmacnoise
Visit Clonmacnoise, founded by St. Ciaran in 548-9. It was plundered six times between 834 and 1012, and burned 26 times between 841 and 1204, yet continued as a great centre of learning, with many manuscripts, including the Annals of Tighernach (11th century) and the Book of the Dun Cow (12th century) written here. Continue on to Dublin for a Panoramic tour of the city. Make your way to Phoenix Park with its Papal Cross. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Day 8– Glendalough and Dublin
Today you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Wicklow County, known as the ‘Garden County’ of Ireland. You will stop in Glendalough where St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century. From this beginning, the site grew to become famous as a center of learning throughout Europe. Return to Dublin for a visit to Trinity College, to see the 8th century Book of Kells and the long room with its 200,000 books. Continue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1192. It is one of Ireland’s largest cathedrals, made famous by its former dean Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels.” You will also visit Christ Church, built by the Anglo-Normans in 1172 to replace an earlier church built by the Vikings in 1038. It also is adorned with funeral monuments, including the tomb of Strongbow, Ireland’s first Norman Conqueror. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Day 9 – Return to the USA or continue on the Southern Ireland Extension.
Return to the USA or continue on the Southern Ireland Extension.
Enhance Your Journey
5-Day Post-Tour $1,298
May 5-9, 2020
May 5 – Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle
See the Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of Irish kings. Here, St. Patrick is thought to have converted the King of Munster. The present ruins are from structures built in the 12th and 13th centuries, during the Norman era. Travel to Cork to visit Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills Shop. At the Blarney Castle, you will see the fabled Blarney Stone. Legend says that those who kiss the stone acquire the gift of eloquence. Check-in for dinner and overnight in Kinsale.
May 6 – Cobh and Kinsale
In Cobh, you will visit the Heritage Center. From this port, between 1845 and 1860, 2.5 million people sailed to America. If you had an ancestor who came from Ireland to America, chances are they departed from this very place. Walk the streets of the city to see memorials to the Lusitania and Titanic. Enjoy the afternoon in the port city of Kinsale. Walk the restored 17th Century Charles Fort. Stop at the courthouse used for the inquiry over the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 7 – Ring of Kerry and Muckross House
Delight in some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery as you travel around the Ring of Kerry. Stop around lunchtime in Waterville. Charlie Chaplin brought his family here in the summers. This afternoon you’ll visit the 19th century Muckross House. Enjoy this magnificent Victorian mansion that is considered one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. Experience the elegance of the day when you see the elegantly furnished rooms. Downstairs, however, reveals the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. Check-in to your hotel in Killarney for dinner and overnight.
May 8 – Killarney National Park and Adare
Today you will travel and hike in portions of Killarney National Park. Stop to walk the beautiful streets of thatch-roofed homes in Adare. Check in to your Shannon area hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 9 – Return to USA