ST PATRICK'S IRELAND

SEE THE EMERALD ISLE THROUGH THE EYES OF ITS PATRON SAINT
Destinations:

United Kingdom & Europe

$2,706.00 per person, twin share (Member)

$2,789.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

Includes

  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 dinners - Enjoy a special dinner at the Brazen Head, Ireland's oldest pub
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Dublin featuring a visit to St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Explore the stirring ruins of Clonmacnoise
  • Spend time at Croagh Patrick, St Patrick's holy mountain
  • Tour Kylemore Abbey, the stunning Benedictine monastery
  • Gratuities included

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Overnight flight from Australia Discover the most revered sites of the Emerald Isle. Visit Dublin, Westport, Galway and Belfast as you experience Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and religious heritage.

Day 2

Dublin, Ireland Arrive in the 'Fair City' of Dublin, Ireland's historic capital city. Begin your tour with a visit to Ireland's oldest pub - The Brazen Head. Join your fellow travellers for a fun filled welcome dinner and toast the start to an incredible journey. (D) Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin

Day 3

Dublin Celebrate Mass this morning. Then join your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Dublin, featuring a tour of St Patrick's Cathedral, the spiritual heart of the city. See O'Connell Street, Grafton Street and the city's magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Afterwards, enter the scholarly grounds of Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, one of medieval Ireland's religious masterpieces. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure; relax or explore the cultural and spiritual offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. (B) Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin

Day 4

Dublin - Kilbeggan- Clonmacnoise - Westport Embark on a cross country journey pausing along the way in Irish whiskey territory. The ancient towns of Tullamore and Kilbeggan have long been associated with the whiskey industry. Dive into the art of whisky making and enjoy a tasting of the final product during a visit to one of these historic distilleries. Continue to the stirring ruins of Clonmacnoise, once one of Ireland's most prominent monastic settlements. Tour the abandoned monastery and learn about the great Celtic Christian tradition of the Irish. Finally, settle into yor hotel to begin a relaxing 3 night stay in the charming coastal town of Westport. (B,D) Wyatt Hotel, Westport

Day 5

Westport - Knock Shrine - Galway - Westport Today you have a chance to worship at the Marian Shrine of Knock. Here, on August 21, 1879, fifteen witnesses saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin with Saint John and Saint Joseph. The revered site of this vision is visited by 1.5 million pilgrims each year. Pope Saint John Paul II worshipped at the Shrine in 1979 to mark the centenary of the vision. After this moving experience, we travel to Galway, the 'City of the Tribes'. Following a brief tour, enjoy some time at leisure to peruse Galway's historic streets and local shops (B) Wyatt Hotel, Westport

Day 6

Westport- Croagh Patrick - Kylemore Abbey - Westport Spend time this morning at Croagh Patrick St Patrick's holy mountain. It is on this mountain's iconic summit that St Patrick fasted for 40 days in the 5th century. Next, we set off for Kylemore Abbey, a stunning Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 by nuns fleeing Belgium during WWI. Explore the Abbey and its historic Victorian Walled Garden, restored by the Benedictine community. Return to Westport for an evening at leisure. Perhaps you'll choose to enjoy live music at one of the many historic pubs in town (B)

Day 7

Westport - Tobernalt- Belleek - Belfast Leave Westport behind for Tobernalt Holy Well, one of Ireland's truly hidden gems. At this serene spot, enjoy time to pray and reflect. During Penal times, this was a place of refuge for Ireland's Catholic community to celebrate Mass. Travel to Belleek Pottery, known internationally for its highly decorative Parian china. Tour the factory and learn how these original pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. Later, arrive in Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city. (B,D) Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Day 8

Belfast Start your day with a guided tour of Belfast. Learn about the city's struggles as you pass through several distinctive neighbourhoods. See 'Samson and Goliath' the massive cranes at the shipyard that built the legendary Titanic. This evening, celebrate a Vigil Mass at St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast. ( B) Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Day 9

Belfast - Downpatrick - Armagh - Dublin Depart Belfast for 'Saint Patrick's Country'. Your first stop is at the Medieval Down Cathedral, the burial place of St Patrick. A place of mediation and worship, this building has become a symbol of the Irish people's deep connection to the past. Then, explore St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, detailing the life and history of Ireland's patron saint. A privately guided tour of St Patrick's first church in Ireland at Saul reveals the story of his death on March 17th. Continue on to the county town of Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. (B, D) Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin

Day 10

Dublin Head home with many incredible memories (B) Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin

Prices based on 16 July 2017 departure. International airfares are additional. Book your airfares with Collette Tours and receive complimentary airport limo transfers in Australia (conditions apply) and airport transfers in Dublin. The tour activity level is Level 3 which includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Return airport transfers in Dublin can be purchased separately for an additional $120 per person. Alternate hotels may be used.