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The History and Beauty of Ireland

The History and Beauty of IrelandThe History and Beauty of IrelandThe History and Beauty of Ireland

with Fr. Tom Nestor
The History and Beauty of Ireland
  Date 10 May 2022 Online Booking
  Depart from Boston  
  Arrive to Shannon  
  Duration 9 nights  
  Price $3479*  

*Due to heavy traffic on the site the flight prices here could differ from the actual flight price charged by the airline, affecting the overall pricing slightly. The office will ring/email you when you make the booking to confirm the final pricing.
  • Return flights from Boston
  • 2 nights in 4* Scotts Hotel in Killarney with breakfast & evening meal
  • 2 nights in 4* Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge Dublin with breakfast & evening meal
  • 3 nights in 4* The House Hotel, Galway City with breakfast & evening meal
  • 1 nights in 4* Bunratty Castle Hotel with breakfast
  • Breakfast on day of arrival
  • Luxury coaching with Services of Marian Pilgrimages Representative throughout
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage
  • Admissions to: Blarney Castle - Rock Of Cashel - Book Of Kells - Guinness Storehouse - Knock Tour - Ballintubber Abbey - Kylemore Abbey - Cliffs of Moher visitor centre - Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Killarney National Park Jaunting cars through the woodlands
  • Aran Island Ferry & Tour
  • Bunratty Banquet Meal
  • The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Meal and evening entertainment
  • Mass daily
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Lunches
  • Travel Insurance, if required please request a brochure. It is strongly suggested that all pilgrims be covered by Travel Insurance


The History and Beauty of Ireland Day 1 Tuesday, May 10
Check into Boston airport for overnight transatlantic flight to Ireland.

Day 2 Wednesday, May 11
We will leave Shannon Airport and head towards the Ring of Kerry, stopping for a hearty Irish Breakfast on the way. After Breakfast we will drive the breath-taking Ring of Kerry! The drive will include stops in some of the western-most towns in Europe. One of the many stops will be at the Ladies View, a popular place for professional photographers to capture the beauty of Kerry. Driving back to Killarney to check into the 4
Scotts Hotel for lunch and rest. We will have time in the afternoon to visits shops, pubs and restaurants in Killarney before our dinner in the hotel. After dinner we will have some time to meet in a local Killarney Pub for traditional Irish entertainment.

Day 3 Thursday, May 12
Today we visit the Killarney National Park. We start with Mass in Killarney Cathedral and then take a jaunting car through the woodlands and a boat trip on the lakes. On the edge of the park you can visit St. Mary Cathedral which is at the burial site of many locals who perished during the potato famine. There will be an opportunity to walk part of the Gap of Dunloe and continue up to Aghadoe Heights to view the magnificent Lakes of Killarney. Return back to the hotel in Killarney for some rest or shopping before dinner.

Day 4 Friday, May 13
After breakfast in the hotel we will drive to Blarney, Co. Cork. Climb the Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone to receive the gift of eloquence. With our new found eloquence we continue on to Cashel in Co. Tipperary and see the impressive Rock of Cashel seat of the Kings of Munster, visited by St. Patrick in A.D. 450. Hear the story of the Devils Bit and see the wall tomb of Archbishop Myler McGrath. Reboard our coach and continue to the Capital city, Dublin and check into the Clayton Hotel for 2 nights with dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 Saturday, May 14
After breakfast we will depart for a city tour of the nations capital. Among the sites are the General Post Office on OConnell Street, the place of the 1916 uprising, Phoenix Park, St. Stephens Green and the Hapenny Bridge. Continue to the Church of Mary Immaculate to celebrate Mass at the Lourdes Grotto. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Book of Kells in Trinity College before continuing to the Guinness Brewery in St. James Gate. After a tour of the Brewery and a pint of stout we will return to the Hotel. Tonight we will enjoy an evening dinner-cabaret show at the Merry Ploughboy.

Day 6 Sunday, May 15
After breakfast, we get an early start to the day as we leave Dublin to cross the country to County Mayo. There we will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock where the Blessed Mother appeared to the locals on the back of the Church gable in a driving rain storm. We will be able to have Mass at the site of the apparition and have the chance to walk around the beautiful grounds and visit the shops. After our visit, we will take in the restored ruins of Ballintubber Abbey and visit one of St. Patricks Wells where many were converted to Christianity. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Galway, the City of the Tribes. We check into the 4 House Hotel in the city centre and have time to have a look around. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Day 7 Monday, May 16
This morning we will tour the Galway Cathedral and then begin the ride through the bog lands of Connemara, where Irish is still the spoken language. This rugged and rural part of Ireland was the setting for the movie The Quiet Man. We will have the chance to visit the cottage used in the movie. We will stop at Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara Marble Factory. The afternoon is free to explore Galway City. Stroll the Prom along Salt Hill or visit the medieval collegiate Church of St. Nicholas. Be sure to catch the historical marker showing the place from which Christopher Columbus left to discover the new world!

Day 8 Tuesday, May 17
This morning we will travel to the ferry port of Rossaveal where we will take a ferry to Inis Mor, one of the three Aran Islands. Inis Mor is criss-crossed by dry stone walls and the landscape is bleak with soaring cliffs rising out of the Atlantic. Aran has retained much of the old Gaelic culture and Gaelic is still the spoken language of the Islanders. Traditional music and song have been well preserved there. From the traditional pubs, prehistoric Christian forts and heart warming locals, its not hard to wonder why this is the most popular of the Aran Islands. Explore the patchwork fields on foot, take a guided tour from a local resident, or hire a bicycle for the day for something a bit more independent. There is plenty to do and see whichever path you choose! Return to the main land and have dinner in the hotel back in Galway.

Day 9 Wednesday, May 18
After breakfast we visit the Cathedral and celebrate Mass. See the Salmon Weir, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Continue to The Burren an area of 50 square miles of bare limestone rock with very little soil, but remarkable amounts of various flora. We next arrive at one of Irelands outstanding features the Cliffs of Moher, towering 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Stroll along the cliffs to OBriens Tower and visit the interesting visitor centre. Travel via Lahinch to Bunratty and check into the Bunratty Castle Hotel for our final night. This evening we enjoy a Medieval Banquet with Irish entertainment in Bunratty Castle. To finalize our tour, in true Irish style, enjoy a Pint of Guinness in Durty Nellies famous pub.

Day 10 Thursday, May 19
A hearty breakfast begins the day. Mid-morning we board the bus for the short ride to Shannon Airport we will board our flight home.

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