Ireland in the Footsteps of St. Patrick Pilgrimage
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage to Ireland as we follow the Steps of St. Patrick: including Wicklow, Glendalough, Tipperary, Rock of Cashel and more.
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Upon arrival in Dublin, we’ll enjoy a tour of Ireland’s capital. We will begin with a main thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. We’ll see the General Post Office (GPO), the Custom House, and Phoenix Park. This part of the city is also dominated by Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, a splendidly illuminated version of the Christian Gospels. We’ll also explore Christchurch Cathedral, site of Dublin’s first wooden church. We’ll have ample time this afternoon to further explore the city before checking into our hotel and enjoying Dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight Dublin (D)
This morning we depart Dublin continuing to County Cork. We will see the Rock of Cashel, which contains one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art. We continue on to Blarney’s Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous castles. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens with paths along the grounds. Cork is the day’s final destination where we’ll stop for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight Cork (B, D)
Our day will begin with a tour of beautiful Cork city, a major Irish seaport. We’ll explore the English Market or properly named Princes Street Market. As we head for Killarney, we’ll stop by Gougane Barra, whose name derives from St. Finbarr. Today, Gougane Barra is best known for its fine forest park which sports many roads and walking paths, and is home to many animals and bird species. We’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Killarney.
Overnight Killarney (B, D)
Today we travel to The Dingle Peninsula, famous for its Christian churches. The road around the peninsula passes through Slieve Mish and allows us to admire Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach. As we drive around the coast to Slea Head, we’ll have a dramatic view of Basket Islands. We will also see in the distance the rocky Skellig islands where the ruins of an early Christian Monastery can be found. We travel to the excavated monastery at Riask and dwellings at Fahan. Finally, we explore the impressive Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian monument built in the shape of an upturned boat and was used as a place for prayer and reflection. We enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a hotel in the Kerry area.
Overnight Kerry Area (B, D)
Burren Region/Cliffs of Moher
Today we travel by car ferry from Tarbert to the Clare shore at Killimer. Our drive along the coast will thrill us as we behold the Cliffs of Moher, which in 2009 were named one of 28 global finalists in the “New Seven Wonders of Nature.” We then make our way to Galway through the Burren Region. We will stop at at Corcomroe Abbey, once known as “St. Mary of the Fertile Rock” to appreciate its detailed carvings and other rich ornamentation.Corcomroe Abbey lies close to another interesting monastic settlement, a group of three small early Christian Churches which nestle in the pass of Oughtmana and which are dedicated to St. Colman. At the end of a memorable day, we find ourselves in Galway for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight Galway (B, D)
Today we depart Galway to the Connemara Region, consisting of a broad peninsula. Today we’ll see beautiful Lough Corrib, then proceed westward through Maam Cross to the village Leenane and Kylemore Abbey. Main areas of interest include the Abbey, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens, and much more. Tonight, we’ll return to Galway for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight Galway (B, D)
Today, we’ll enjoy a tour of Galway. Points of interest may include Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, and Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. We’ll journey on to Clonmacnoise where there is much to see, including ruins of churches, the largest of which is the Cathedral. Originally standing in front of the Cathedral is the remarkable Cross of the Scriptures. Also preserved in the museum and replaced with a replica in its original position is the South Cross. The North Cross, dates from about 800, but only the shaft and base survive. We’ll continue to Dublin for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight Dublin (B, D)
Our travel this morning takes us through Boyne Valley, a complex of tombs, and prehistoric enclosures. Our next stop is The Abbey of Kells, a former monastery located in Kells, County Meath. In the churchyard, we’ll find the Round Tower and several of the High Crosses. The day’s last stop is Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Ireland. We return once more to Dublin where we might have time enough to enjoy a bit of shopping or personal sightseeing before our Farewell Dinner and last stay in Ireland.
Overnight Dublin (B, D)
After a final Irish breakfast, we transfer to the Dublin Airport for our departure flight home.
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