Daily Itinerary for the 12 June 2017
– Monday, 12 June
Check-in at San Francisco International for overnight flight EI146 departing at 5:30pm due to arrive in Dublin at 11:40am. (Hot meal served on-board)
– Tuesday, 13 June
Arrive in Dublin airport and meet our guide and coach. As part of our arrival to this historical city, that dates back to 988AD our coach will take us on a panoramic city sightseeing tour of the highlights of Dublin’s fair City – O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Squares, Government Buildings, Dublin Castle, Christchurch & St Patrick’s Cathedrals, Guinness’ Brewery, Phoenix Park, and Kilmainham Jail – After our gentle introduction we will visit the Shrine of St Valentine for Mass. Check into hotel for 1 night, dinner & breakfast. Afternoon free to rest, or for personal visits to places of interest.
– Wednesday, 14 June
Morning drive through Co. Wicklow – the Garden of Ireland – to Glendalough, the “Glen of the two Lakes” where we visit the 6th century monastery of St Kevin. Continue to Wexford (Lunch break) and on to Our Lady’s Island for Rosary, and walk in the waters. Drive via New Ross to the ruins of Jerpoint Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century. Continue to Kilkenny for overnight, dinner & breakfast.
– Thursday, 15 June
Morning visit to Kilkenny Castle. Drive to Holycross Abbey founded in 1169 – so named because it held a Relic of the True Cross. Lunch break. Continue to the famous Rock of Cashel and visit the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St Patrick in the 5th century. Cross the Vee Gap to Mount Melleray for Mass in the Monastery chapel. Continue via Lismore Castle to Cobh, for dinner & breakfast.
– Friday, 16 June
Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre – it was from here that over 6 million Irish Famine Exiles departed for the USA and Canada. Drive to Blarney to receive the gift of eloquence as we kiss the famous stone. Visit Blarney Woolen Mills. Continue to Ballyvourney and visit the Holy Well of St Gobnaith en route to Killarney. Dinner & breakfast.
– Saturday, 17 June
Mass in Killarney Cathedral. Drive via the picturesque village of Adare to Limerick city, where we see King Johns Castle, and the Treaty Stone. Lunch break at “Durty Nellies” famous pub. Afternoon visit to Craggaunowen – a recreation of pre-historic Irish homesteads, followed by visit to Quin Abbey. Check into hotel with breakfast. Evening dinner with traditional entertainment at the famous Bunratty Castle.
– Sunday, 18 June
Depart for the Cliffs of Moher, towering 600 feet above sea level. Continue to Galway, see the Spanish Arch, and visit the Cathedral. Lunch break. Afternoon drive to Knock and check into hotel. Visit Ireland’s major Catholic Shrine at Knock, where, on 21st August 1879, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, along with St Joseph & St John, and Jesus in the form of the Lamb of God. Mass. Return to hotel for dinner.
– Monday, 19 June
Depart for Ballintubber Abbey, founded in 1216, for Mass. Drive to Croagh Patrick, a popular pilgrimage mountain, where St Patrick fasted for 40 days, in the 5th century, and banished all the snakes from Ireland. Lunch break in Westport. Drive to Attymass, and visit home of Fr Peyton, the Rosary priest. Continue via Sligo Abbey and Yeat’s grave at Drumcliffe, to our hotel in Bundoran for 1 night, dinner & breakfast.
– Tuesday, 20 June
Morning visit to the famous Beleek Pottery factory. Drive to Lough Derg – St Patrick’s Purgatory. We take a short boat trip to the island, and partake in the traditional pilgrims program of penance. Lunch break. Return to the mainland and drive to Armagh – the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland – visit the Cathedral of St Patrick and celebrate Mass. Check into hotel for 1 night, dinner & breakfast.
– Wednesday, 21 June
Drive to Downpatrick, where, in the grounds of the Cathedral we see the grave of St Patrick. “In Down, one grave three saints do fill – Patrick, Bridget, and Colmcille” Visit the Holy Well of St Bridget in Faughert, where she was born in 454 AD. Remarkable cures have been experienced here, at the Well, the Head Stone, the Knee Stone, and the Back Stone. Lunch break. Visit the ruins of the “jumping” church of Kildemock, where the gable wall miraculously moved to exclude the grave of an excommunicated person. Continue to Drogheda, for Mass at the shrine of St Oliver Plunkett, martyred in 1681 – and see his head in a glass reliquary on a side altar. Drive to Dublin, for overnight and dinner.
– Thursday, 22 June
After breakfast we can enjoy a free day to discover all that Dublin has to offer.
– Friday, 23 June
After our final breakfast in Ireland, transfer to Dublin airport for our return flight to San Francisco. (Hot meal served on-board)