Celtic Christianity in Ireland | May 9, 2023
Join us for Celtic Christianity in Ireland, starting at $4095 from New York, NY, or $4443 from AUS, departing on May 9, 2023. Journey to Dublin, Trinity College, Galway, Kells, the Cliffs of Moher, and much more!
- 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
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Domestic Airfare
- Entrance Fees
- Select Meals on Itinerary
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 May 9 – Depart USA
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 May 10 - Arrive in Dublin
Our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your bus. Enjoy a driving tour of the city that includes a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 May 11 – Glendalough & Trinity College
This morning you’ll pass through the forested countryside of Wicklow County to Glendalough. Here Saint Kevin established a Monastic community in the 5th century that lasted through Viking invasions until its destruction by English troops in 1398. Return to Dublin this afternoon and visit the Trinity College Library and their display of the Book of Kells, an ornate 9th Century example of the Gospels. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 May 12 – Bru na Boinne, the Hill of Tara & Monasterboice
Head north through the rich history of Celtic life to Bru na Boinne Prehistoric Monuments. You will see one of the Passage Tomb sites here, that includes sites such as Newgrange and Knowth (lesser known but more expansive). They are richly decorated with megalithic art. From the time of the first Celtic influence until the 1169 invasion, the Hill of Tara was the island’s political and spiritual capital. It contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland. Walk the grounds of Monasterboice Monastery, where some of the finest 9th Century High Crosses can be seen. Founded in 521 AD by St. Buite, the ruins remain a testament to their Christian heritage. Finish the day in Armagh and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 May 13 – Downpatrick & Armagh
Journey into the soul of Christian Ireland at Downpatrick. See the church and grave of St. Patrick, as well as a visitor’s center that will present the saint’s life and the conversion of Ireland. Then return to Armagh and visit the Church of Ireland Cathedral to St. Patrick here. With foundations dating back to 445 AD, this church represents one of the oldest places of continuous worship in Ireland. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 May 14 – Kells, Clonmacnoise & Galway
This morning you’ll cross Ireland, stopping to visit the Monastery of Kells. Here the Book of Kells was created by monks before being hidden in a bog from Viking invaders. Continue on to Clonmacnoise, an important monastic site and the burial place of kings. Among these ruins are the famous thousand-year-old cross and the most important collection of tombstones in the country. Three high crosses, two hundred graves and the ruins of a 13th century ring fort also remain. Finish the day in Galway, whose main thoroughfare is lined with buildings that date back to the 15th Century, when Christopher Columbus visited the city in search of support for his search or trade routes to India by crossing the Atlantic. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 May 15 – The Burren, Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
As you travel through the Burren Region, you’ll arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, sheer cliffs dropping 600 feet to the water below, one of the most impressive stretches of shoreline on the west coast of Ireland. The eroded limestone rock through the Burrens has flowers popping up through the crevices. Continue to Bunratty Castle, near the town of Limerick. Bunratty is Ireland’s most complete and authentic, elaborately furnished medieval castle. Finish the day in Killarney and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 May 16 – Ring of Kerry, Sheepherding Demonstration & Staigue Ring Fort
Delight in some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery as you travel around the Ring of Kerry where the sea crashes into the soaring coastline. Weather permitting; you’ll take in a sheep dog demonstration. You’ll visit one of the many ring forts, linking the Celtic past into the Christian era. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 May 17 – Blarney Castle & Rock of Cashel
You’ll travel to Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills Shop. At the Castle of Blarney we will see the fabled Blarney Stone. Legend says that those who kiss the stone acquire a gift of eloquence. Visit the Rock of Cashel, possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, towering over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot-high outcrop of limestone. Today, impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, a cathedral, a twelfth century Romanesque chapel and high crosses. Continue on to Dublin for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 May 18 – Return to USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flight or journey to Northern Ireland on the optional extension
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May 18 - 21, 2023
May 18 – Malahide Castle
This morning depart Dublin and visit Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years. The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died. Continue to Belfast and enjoy a driving tour of the city, including areas affected by “The Troubles.” Check in to your Belfast area hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 19 – Antrim Coast and Giants Causeway
Travel along the Antrim Coast. You will experience breathtaking views of the Irish Sea as well as hauntingly beautiful moorlands. The grand finale however is the Giant’s Causeway. Sometimes dubbed “The 8th Wonder of the World”, the Causeway is an amazing sight with its 40,000 basalt columns rising from the sea. Legend has it that the Causeway was the path built by Irish giant Finn McCool to enable him to fight the giant across the Irish Sea in Scotland. Pass through the Northern Ireland countryside back to Belfast for dinner and overnight.
May 20 – Belfast
Today you will enjoy a morning walking tour of Belfast to visit C. S. Lewis’ birthplace and other childhood sites. Belfast has been the scene of much conflict between the Roman Catholics and Protestants, culminating in “The Troubles.” While visiting Belfast, we will see the remains of the famous shipyards where ships like the Titanic were built. Visit the East Belfast Mission where Wesley’s emphasis on reaching the poor and working class people is put into action! Travel back to Dublin for dinner and overnight.
May 21 – Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023From $3995