PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST PATRICK
Flights to Dublin. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.
Upon your arrival at Dublin Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Dublin for dinner and overnight.
Travel north to Ulster, enjoy the scenic beauty and the variety of the landscape of Northern Ireland. Stop en route in Downpatrick. Visit 19th Century Gothic Cathedral built on the Hill of Down, one of the holiest Christian sites in Ireland. Its graveyard contains the traditional burial place of St. Patrick, St Bridget and St. Colmcille. Visit also St Patrick Center, exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint. In the afternoon orientation tour of the Victorian city of Belfast. Mass in the local Catholic church. Dinner and overnight in the area of Belfast.
After Mass in the local church depart Belfast, pass through the Glens of Antrim for our visit of the Giant’s Causeway, containing over 40 000 columns of basalt. The Giant’s Causeway is a World Heritage site National Nature Reserve and Northern Ireland’s premier tourist attraction. The Grand Causeway is an astonishing complex of basalt columns packed together, whose tops form 'stepping stones' leading from the cliff foot and disappearing under the sea. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Travel to the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armaugh. Celebrate Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of Armaugh where Oliver Plunckett was Archbishop. Continue on to Cavan, the most southerly of the Ulster counties to enjoy afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in the area of Knock.
Celebrate Mass in Our Lady's Chapel and explore Knock, Ireland's National Marian Shrine, where the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared to fifteen witnesses on August 21, 1879. In the Afternoon visit Ballintubber Abbey, Ireland's only royal Abbey that marks the start of the old pilgrim road to Croagh Patrick. The road is known as "Tochar Phadraig" and each year many make the journey by foot from the Abbey to the holy mountain. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD. Continue to Galway for dinner and overnight.
Full day excursion to Connemara Mountains. Mass will be celebrated in Kylemore Abbey which is the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. The balance of the day at leisure in Galway. Dinner and overnight in Galway.
Morning tour of Galway includes Spanish Arch and the main streets of the capital of the West. In the afternoon excursion to Clonmacnoise Monastery- spiritual and cultural center of medieval Ireland. We will celebrate Mass on the spot visited by John Paul II during his pilgrimage to this country. Dinner and overnight in Galway.
After morning Mass at the Cathedral of Galway departure for Killarney. Drive through the Burren region and enjoy its dramatic scenery including the Cliffs of Moher. Dinner and overnight in Killarney.
After Mass at St Mary Cathedral in Kilarney depart for a full day tour of the Ring of Kerry. Here you will see the splendor of the lakes and streams, mountain ranges and lush vegetation and some of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Dinner and overnight in Killarney
Celebrate Mass at the Franciscan Friary in Killarney. Then leave Killarney to Blarney. Stop to visit Blarney Castle where you climb to the battlements and kiss the famous “stone of eloquence.” End with a scenic drive along the coast to Waterford. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Waterford area.
Today begins with a visit to the famous Waterford Factory. Here you will see the production of Waterford Crystal. Afterwards continue to Dublin via Kildare. The Town dates from the 5th century when it was the site of the original Church of the Oak and monastery founded by St. Brigid. This became one of the three most important Christian foundations in Celtic Ireland. Visit St. Brigid’s Cathedral where Mass is celebrated. Dinner and overnight in Dublin.
Explore Dublin, an elegant and artistic city. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and 400-year-old-Trinity College. Mass is celebrated at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure to explore or relax. Dinner and overnight in Dublin.
Transfer to Dublin Airport for you return flights.