Daily Itinerary for the 21 September 2019
Day 1 – Saturday, September 21
Evening check-in at Orlando airport for Aer Lingus flight to Dublin.
Day 2 – Sunday, September 22
Afternoon arrival at Dublin airport. Meet coach and guide for a morning panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin including O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Government Buildings, Georgian Squares, Dublin Castle, Christchurch & St Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness’ Brewery, Kilmainham Jail, and the Phoenix Park. Mass at the Oblate Lourdes Grotto. Check into hotel, for 3 nights with dinner & breakfast. Take the afternoon to rest or explore the surroundings.
Day 3 – Monday, September 23
Morning Mass at the Pro-Cathedral followed by visit to the shrine of St Valentine. We will continue our tour of Dublin with a visit to the famous Kilmainham Jail and of course the Guinness Brewery. There will also be an opportunity to walk the grounds of Trinity College and see the Book of Kells. In the evening we will see a theater production in one of Dublin’s fine venues. (optional - not included in the price).
Day 4 – Tuesday, September 24
After a traditional Irish breakfast, we depart Dublin for the Wicklow mountains and will visit Glendalough, the 6th century monastic city of St. Kevin the place where Christianity survived the dark ages. The afternoon is free to walk the city and experience the local cuisine in one of Dublin’s fine restaurants or local pubs. Dinner & overnight in the hotel.
Day 5 – Wednesday, September 25
Morning drive to Knock – Ireland’s major Marian Shrine, where the Blessed Virgin appeared in 1879. Afternoon Mass in the Apparition Chapel followed by a tour of the Shrine. Check into Hotel for 1 night, dinner & breakfast.
Day 6 – Thursday, September 26
Drive to the 13th century Augustinian Abbey of Ballintubber for Mass and tour of the Abbey. Continue to Ireland’s most popular pilgrimage mountain – Croagh Patrick where St. Patrick spent the 40 days of Lent. Afternoon drive to Attymass and visit the home of Fr. Patrick Peyton – the Rosary priest. Continue to hotel in Bundoran for dinner & breakfast.
Day 7 – Friday, September 27
Morning drive to Lough Derg and see St. Patrick’s Purgatory from a boat trip round the island. Continue to Armagh – the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland – for Mass in the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Drive to Downpatrick, where we see the grave of our National Saint. “In Down, one grave three Saints do fill, – Patrick, Bridget, and Colmcille”. Overnight, dinner & breakfast in Belfast.
Day 8 – Saturday, September 28
Mass in St. Patrick’s Church and venerate a Relic of St. Patrick. Short sea crossing from Belfast to Cairnryan in Scotland. Drive to Oban and check into hotel for 2 nights, dinner & breakfast.
Day 9 – Sunday, September 29
Day trip by boat to the Island of Iona – centre of Irish monasticism for 4 centuries. Here, a monastery was founded by St Columba (or Colmcille) in AD 563. Return to Oban for dinner & overnight.
Day 10 – Monday, September 30
Morning drive to Edinburgh. Afternoon Mass in the Cathedral, followed by city sightseeing tour including : Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood Palace, Princes Street, St Giles Cathedral, City Chambers, and Arthurs Seat. Check into hotel, breakfast. Evening Scottish banquet with music & entertainment.
Day 11 – Tuesday, October 1
Transfer to Edinburgh airport for morning flight to London Stansted. London panoramic city sightseeing tour including: Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral – where we celebrate Mass, Downing Street, Houses of
Parliament, Tower of London, Marble Arch, Kensington Palace, Nelsons Column, Covent Garden, Museums and Parks. Some free time in London. Check into hotel for 2 nights, dinner & breakfast.
Day 12 – Wednesday, October 2
Day trip to Walsingham – national shrine of Our Lady. See the Old Abbey Grounds, the Anglican shrine, and the Friary ruins. At the Catholic shrine, celebrate Mass in the Slipper Chapel and see the Chapel of Reconciliation, Cloister, and Way of the Cross. Return to London.
Day 13 – Thursday, October 3
Morning transfer to London airport, for transatlantic flight to Orlando via Dublin due to arrive in the evening. Please note this itinerary is subject to change and should not be considered.