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Legacy of St. Patrick

Call to Book Your Vacation! Nationwide, Toll Free: 1-855-391-3942On this Faith-Based vacation, enjoy the scenic vistas and fascinating history of Ireland. Your trip starts in Dublin with a welcome dinner and an orientation tour featuring visits to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. Travel through dairy-farm country in the center of the "Emerald Isle" to Knock, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the townsfolk in 1879 and today attracts pilgrims from around the world. Visit Knock Shrine, the Church of the Apparition, the basilica, and the Folk Museum, and maybe join the evening rosary processions.

On the way to Galway, stop to visit the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre in Murrisk and Kylemore Abbey, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. From Galway, enjoy an excursion to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Many Catholics fled to this island during Oliver Cromwell's conquest of Ireland in the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the island and visit clifftop Dun Aengus, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe.

Next, drive across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren and visit The Burren Centre at Kilfenora on your way to Killarney for your 2-night stay. Join the famed "Ring of Kerry" for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip and enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the National Park. Travel into County Cork and stop in Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, before arriving in Kilkenny. On your way back to Dublin, stop at Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. At the Glendalough Visitor Center, see its fascinating audiovisual show Ireland of the Monasteries. Return to Dublin for an overnight and the end of your wonderful Irish vacation.

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Meals

Full Irish breakfast (B); 4 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in DUBLIN, IRISH REPUBLIC
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in the Irish capital. At 6 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2 DUBLIN
An orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and visits to ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL and Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 3 DUBLIN-KNOCK
Head for dairy farm country in the center of the “Emerald Isle” before arriving in Knock, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the townsfolk in 1879 and today attracts pilgrims from around the world. Visit KNOCK SHRINE, the CHURCH OF THE APPARITION, the BASILICA, and the FOLK MUSEUM. Maybe join the evening rosary processions. (B,D)

Day 4 Knock-Murrish-Galway
This morning, visit the CROAGH PATRICK VISITOR CENTRE at the foot of St. Patrick’s Holy Mountain in Murrisk. Afterwards, visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, the massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. Arrive in the port city of Galway, where you will spend the next two nights. Tonight’s recommendation: join your Tour Director for an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme. (B)

Day 5 Galway. Aran Islands Excursion
At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Many Catholics fled to this island during Oliver Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland during the mid-17th century. In these harsh conditions, they developed a strong self-sufficiency in order to survive. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation on life on Inishmore by an island historian. After a lunch break, board a minibus to enjoy your driver-Local Guide’s commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry for the trip back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening. (B)

Day 6 Galway–Kilfenora–Bunratty–Adare–Killarney
Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren. At Kilfenora, visit THE BURREN CENTRE. The newly restored ancient cathedral and Celtic crosses in the churchyard form an important center of early Christianity. Continue to Bunratty, where there is a lot to see and do: visit the castle; stroll in the folk park, which depicts Irish life in the early 1900s; browse the complex of smart shops; or try a refreshment in famous Durty Nelly’s Irish pub. Skirt the metropolis of Limerick and continue south via quaint Adare with its thatched cottages to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion
Join the famed “Ring of Kerry” for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Have your camera ready to take photos of the spectacular scenery that includes both land and sea. In Killarney, enjoy a fun horse-drawn JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with beautiful vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle. (B)

Day 8 Killarney–Blarney–Waterford
Cross the Kerry Mountains and drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, and look forward to a guided tour of the WATERFORD CRYSTAL EXPERIENCE. Before dinner, why not join an optional pub tour? (B,D)

Day 9 Waterford–Glendalough–Dublin
An exciting agenda today: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; the Wicklow Mountains; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin your Tour Director will have dining suggestions for this evening. (B)

Day 10 Dublin
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (B)

Itinerary

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Included Features

Dublin:
Welcome dinner; orientation drive, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College

Knock:
Visit the Shrine, the Church of the Apparition, the Basilica, and the Folk Museum

Murrisk (Croagh Patrick):
Visit the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre

Kylemore:
Visit the Benedictine abbey

Aran Islands:

Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus

Kilfenora:
Visit The Burren Centre

Bunratty:
Take pictures of the castle

Adare:

Admire the thatched cottages

Ring of Kerry:

Scenic peninsula drive

Killarney:
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride

Blarney:
Visit the famous village

Waterford:
Guided tour of the Waterford Crystal Experience

Avoca:
Guided tour of the handweaving mill

Glendalough:
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

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