Shrines of Ireland
Connect with your faith on a poignant journey to Ireland's holy shrines and famous sites. Tour the 11th-century St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin with a local guide. Visit the medieval Down Cathedral, burial place of Ireland's patron saint. Explore Kylemore Abbey, founded by nuns fleeing Belgium in World War I. Cruise along the base of the stunning Cliffs of Moher. From the famed Book of Kells to the Marian Shrine of Knock, discover the most revered highlights of the Emerald Isle.
Call (215) 236-3660 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14849597
- Tour Operator
- Offer valid through 6/30/2020
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Dublin||Overnight Flight: From the famed Book of Kells to the Marian Shrine of Knock, discover the spiritually revered sites of the Emerald Isle. Make your way through Dublin, Belfast, Westport and Galway to experience Ireland's religious heritage, rich history, and natural beauty.|
|Day 2||Dublin||Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins: Arrive in the 'Fair City' of Dublin, Ireland's historic capital city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an evening of traditional Irish music and local cuisine.|
|Day 3||Dublin||Dublin: Begin the morning with Mass* before joining your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Dublin. Feel the spiritual magnitude of the 11th-century St. Patrick's Cathedral - the spiritual heart of the city - when a local expert details the rich history of this iconic building. Your tour continues on the grounds of Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. As one of the most famous religious masterpieces of the medieval world, stand in awe before this ornate Latin gospel. With the remainder of the day at leisure, relax or explore the cultural and spiritual offerings of Dublin on your own.|
|Day 4||Dublin||Dublin - Downpatrick - Belfast, Northern Ireland: Depart Dublin for 'Saint Patrick's country.' Feel the past come to life at the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick. On a privately guided tour, gain a glimpse into the history of Ireland's patron saint. Learn the story of his death as you explore St. Patrick's first Irish church at Saul. Celebrate Mass* this afternoon at a local church. The legend continues with a visit to the medieval Down Cathedral, the burial place of St. Patrick. A site of meditation and worship, this cathedral has become a symbol of the Irish people's deep connection to their religious past and Celtic roots. Make your way to Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city.|
|Day 5||Belfast||Belfast - Armagh - Westport, Ireland: Your journey takes you to the town of Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Discover the Armagh Cathedral and celebrate Mass* before winding your way through a patchwork of green to the charming coastal town of Westport where you settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay.|
|Day 6||Westport||Westport - Marian Shrine of Knock - Westport: Relish in the chance to worship at the Marian Shrine of Knock. On this site in 1879, fifteen witnesses saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin with St. John and St. Joseph. This revered spot is visited by 1.5 million pilgrims each year, including Pope St. John Paul II in 1979 on the 100th anniversary and Mother Teresa in 1993 to pray. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Westport to explore the town's quaint shops, historic pubs, and award-winning restaurants.|
|Day 7||Westport||Westport - Croagh Patrick - Kylemore Abbey - Galway: Start the day at Croagh Patrick, St. Patrick's holy mountain. In the 5th century, St. Patrick fasted for forty days on this mountain's iconic summit. Set off for Kylemore Abbey, a stunning Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 by nuns fleeing Belgium during World War I. Explore the Abbey and its historic Victorian Walled Garden, restored by the Benedictine community. Celebrate Mass* in a local church. Your day comes to a close in Galway, Ireland's historic 'City of Tribes.'|
|Day 8||Galway||Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Galway: After morning Mass,* get to know the city of Galway on a guided tour. Explore the city's winding lanes and historic Eyre Square, taking in the energy and excitement of the colorful shops and historic pubs that Galway is known for. Leave the city behind and travel along stunning vistas and rolling hills on the Wild Atlantic Way. Board a ferry and take in unrivalled views as you sail beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher. This evening, return to Galway and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to celebrate your spiritual journey through the Emerald Isle.|
|Day 9||Galway||Galway - Tour Ends: Your journey comes to a close today, leaving you with the spiritual reverence of Ireland in your heart forever.|
- The Wyatt Hotel Westport , Ireland
- AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast Belfast, Ireland
- Clayton Hotel Leopardstown Dublin 19, Ireland
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.