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Soul of Ireland 2019/2020

Catholic Pilgrimage through Ireland.

Prepare yourself for a unique encounter into Ireland’s heart and soul. Traverse the ancient paths of our Catholic heritage from St’s Patrick, Brendan, Kieran and Kevin in the footsteps of pilgrims past and present. Pray at the grace-filled shrine of Knock and experience the unsurpassed beauty of Ireland’s monasteries, rugged coastline, historic cities and their legendary hospitality.

8 Days / 7 Nights: Dublin (1) / Clonmacnoise / Westport (3) / Shrine of Knock / Ashford Castle / Croagh Patrick / Kylemore Abbey / Cliffs of Moher / Tralee (2) / Dingle Peninsula / Rock of Cashel / Glendalough (1) / Optional Dublin City Stay (2).
 
Pilgrimage to Ireland

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1: ARRIVE DUBLIN (D)
Cead Mile Failte – Welcome to Ireland! Meet up with fellow pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: VIA CLONMACNOISE TO WESTPORT (BD)
Our cross-country journey towards Westport brings us first to colourful Athlone, a vibrant historic town with the River Shannon splitting it in two. We travel on to Ireland’s most important monastic site founded in 548 by St Kieran; the ruins of Clonmacnoise, the very epitome of early Irish monastery. Our day ends in the buzzing town of Westport in County Mayo situated on the banks of the beautiful Carrowbeg River where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

Day 3: KNOCK & BALLINTUBBER ABBEY (BD)
We journey east to Knock and arrive at the Marian Shrine in the Church of Apparitions where Our Lady appeared in 1879 with St John and St Joseph to fifteen witnesses. Thousands began flocking to the site including the first Pope to set foot on Irish soil – St John Paul II. Here, we celebrate a moving Mass before enjoying a guided tour of the shrine’s highlights. We head south to Cong for a royal adventure through the grand stone gates of 800-yearold Ashford Castle and delve deep into its medieval history with a guided tour. Continue on to visit nearby Ballintubber Abbey where Mass has been celebrated continuously for almost 800 years!

Day 4: CROAGH PATRICK & KYLEMORE ABBEY (BD)
We follow in the Footsteps of St Patrick and ascend the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick where the saint spent forty days and nights in prayer and fasting in 441, banishing all demons and snakes from the mountain. At the summit we enter St Patrick’s Chapel built in 1905 to commemorate his fast. We set off to explore historic Kylemore Abbey – a stunning Benedictine monastery founded during World War I by nuns fleeing Belgium. After being captured by its breathtaking Neo- Gothic chapel and Victorian Walled Gardens we return to Westport in time for dinner.

“I have been most fortunate to have enriched my spirituality beyond words! The highlight of my life!” — Dorothy West

Day 5: VIA CLIFFS OF MOHER TO TRALEE (BD)
A day full of surprises awaits us as we drive by the floral wonders of Burren and along the majestic 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on the Clare Coast. Prepare for a breathtaking seascape adventure as we walk the iconic edge of Ireland’s most popular landmark. We continue our pilgrimage with the exploration of Ennis where we will celebrate Mass at its historic Franciscan Friary before setting out to Limerick to discover its beautiful sites. We continue on to picturesque Adare renowned for its pretty thatched cottages and this evening we arrive in charming Tralee.

Day 6: DINGLE PENINSULA (BD)
We make our way into the stunning Dingle Peninsula where we find a vast number of Christian sites mostly belonging to the cult of St Brendan, the famous navigator. We travel along the spectacular coastal road heading to Slea Head and visit the ruins of 12th century Kilmalkedar Church and the famous Gallarus Oratory built without mortar in fine masonry. We continue on to discover beehive huts and the lively fishing port of Dingle before passing the 3,000-foot Mt Brandon on our journey back to Tralee.

Day 7: VIA ROCK OF CASHEL TO GLENDALOUGH (BD)
We travel east to the foreboding Rock of Cashel, an impressive great rock emerging from the Golden Vale plain and becoming Ireland’s first Romanesque Church. With time to explore this unique landmark we also explore Cormac’s Chapel which retains traces of Ireland’s earliest frescos. We travel on to County Wicklow and the holy village of Glendalough – ‘Valley of Two Lakes’. This renowned place of pilgrimage is where the monastic settlement was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin whose life we will delve into here.

Day 8: GLENDALOUGH TO DUBLIN (B)
Departing Glendalough this morning, we journey north by coach towards energetic Dublin. En route we make a special visit to Powerscourt Gardens, one of the most beautiful in Ireland and voted #3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. Be enchanted by the secret hollows, ornamental lakes and rambling walks of the various coloured gardens scattered across the estate. Our pilgrimage comes to an end this afternoon on arrival back in Dublin.

“From not wanting to be a part of the pilgrimage and dragged along by my husband, to enjoying it immensely and finding a spiritual connection with the Lord.” — Leonie Moody


Ireland Map
 
Pilgrim Highlights
+ Begin in Ireland with the great city of Dublin as we gather and prepare for the amazing week of pilgrimage that lies before us.
+ Explore the stirring ruins of Clonmacnoise Monastery dating back to the 6th century.
+ Retreat in prayer at the grace-filled Marian shrine of Knock - Ireland’s most revered shrine dedicated to Our Lady.
+ Spend time at Croagh Patrick, St Patrick’s holy mountain - a place of pilgrimage for more than 1,500 years.
+ Admire charming villages and breathtaking scenery in Ireland as we explore the Dingle Peninsula and view the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher.
+ Savour an overnight stay in the renowned monastic settlement of Glendalough founded in the 6th century by St Kevin.

pre-tour options
+ Assisi + Rome (7 Nights)
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post tour options
+ Dublin City Stay (2 Nights)
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Inclusions
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Most meals – 7 Dinners / 7 Full Breakfasts.

TOURING & TRANSPORTATION: Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees.

OTHER: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet.

Insurance
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cost
Tour Code
Tour Begins: Budapest
Tour Ends: Prague
Twin Share
Single Room
 
GE0119
25 Jun 2019
04 Jul 2019
AUD $3690
AUD $890
GE0120
23 Jun 2020
02 Jul 2020
AUD $3790
AUD $950
TIPPING MADE EASY: $10 per person/per day.
AIR & TOUR PRICES FROM: AUD $5590


 
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