8 Day Ireland Tour Package Scotland Northern Ireland Extension Christian Guided Ireland Tours 2019
Dear Traveling partner:
“Hills as green as emeralds cover the countryside. Lakes as blue as sapphires are Ireland’s special pride. And rivers that shine like silver make Ireland look so fair. But the friendliness of her people is the richest treasure there.”
We invite you to join us as we explore the FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PATRICK and much much more. In looking over the full itinerary, we are quite certain that you will not find another tour to Ireland that is as comprehensive, combining the historic, geologic, cultural and spiritual diversity.
We also invite you to join our post extension to Scotland. We will visit Glasgow, Loch Ness, Inverness, Pitlochry and Edinburgh.
May our best Irish wishes find you able to join us, and that’s no blarney!
8 Day Ireland Tour Package Scotland Northern Ireland Extension Christian Guided Ireland Tours 2019
PRE-EXTENSION TOUR TO NORTHERN IRELAND
DAY 1 – Sunday, June 09, 2019
NEWARK / DUBLIN
Today we will meet at Newark International airport for our flight to Dublin, Ireland via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.
DAY 2 – Monday, June 10, 2019
DUBLIN / BELFAST
This morning we arrive in Dublin where we will be met by our escort. Upon arrive will head north to Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land. This was fortress where the Talbot family lived from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died. Continue to Downpatrick where we will visit what is known as St. Patrick’s final resting place. Here we visit the Heritage Center, giving you a glimpse into the life of St. Patrick. Check into your Belfast area hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019
This morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Belfast to view C. S. Lewis’ birthplace and other childhood sites. Belfast has been the scene of much conflict between the Roman Catholics and Protestants, culminating in the “Troubles”. While visiting Belfast, we will see the remains of the famous ship yards where ships like the Titanic were built. Visit the East Belfast Mission where Wesley’s emphasis on reaching the poor and working class people is put into action. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 4 – Wednesday, June 12, 2019
BELFAST / LONDONDERRY
Today we travel along the Antrim Coast where we will experience breathtaking views of the Irish Sea as well as hauntingly beautiful moorlands. The grand finale however is the Giant’s Causeway. Sometimes dubbed “The 8th Wonder of the World”, the Causeway is an amazing sight with its 40,000 basalt columns rising from the sea. Legend has it that the Causeway was the path built by Irish giant Finn McCool to enable him to fight the giant across the Irish Sea in Scotland. We end our day in Londonderry where our tour will help us discover the history of this ancient city which retains its medieval fortification walls dating from 1613. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – Thursday, June 13, 2019
LONDONDERRY / LIMERICK
This morning we travel through the charming town of Donegal, with its windswept hills, on our way to Slingo, described by William Butler Yates as the “land of heart’s desire”. Here surrounded by the Ox Mountains, the great poet spent many years of his life. Continue south to Knock, where it is said that villagers saw the vision of the Virgin Mary in 1879 and then on to Galway for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city. Continue on to Limerick where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – Friday, June 14, 2019
This morning we will join those arriving from the USA and begin our tour of Bunratty Castle.
IRELAND 8 DAY TOUR BEGINS HERE
NEW YORK / SHANNON
SHANNON / BUNRATTY / LIMERICK
This morning we arrive in Shannon and are met by our escort. Our first stop in Ireland is Bunratty Castle a Viking Trading Camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. We will see the Bunratty Folk Park a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Continue on to our hotel where we check in for dinner and overnight.
LIMERICK / KILLARNEY
This morning we depart for the Cliffs of Moher, where we look out over the Atlantic Ocean. Standing over 700 feet above the sea, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. Continue on to Adare, one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages with thatched roof cottages throughout the town. It was here that John Wesley preached to the people of Adare in 1765 from the shade of an ash tree. Today a stone makes the spot where the tree stood. Our next stop will be Ballingrane where we visit the Embuty Heck Memorial Church, built in 1766, where John Wesley visited thirteen times over the years. Continue to Killarney, ‘Heaven’s Reflex’, one of Ireland’s most lovely districts. Poets, painters, writers and musicians have never fully succeeded in conveying the varied beauty of form and color of this wonderland of mountains and lakes. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
KILLARNEY / RING OF KERRY / KILLARNEY
Today after breakfast enjoy a jaunting car ride through part of Killarney National Park, ending at Ross Castle. Next we will enjoy a sheepdog demonstration at Kissane Sheep Farm. Continue our day with one of the most beautiful rides you will ever have as we drive the Ring of Kerry, a scenic contrasts from golden coastline to majestic mountains. En route you will see in the distance, The Great Skellig, an enormous mass of precipitous rock rising sheer out of the ocean to a height of 700 feet, where stone steps, hewn by the ancient monks lead from the ocean to the monastic ruins on the summit. Visit the Skellig Experience before we continue our Ring of Kerry tour. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
KILLARNEY / BLARNEY / CORK
Today we begin our day with a to visit to Blarney Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. Here we can visit the Gardens and the famous Blarney Stone, believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woolen Mills. Continue on to the port city of Kinsale where we will visit St Multose Church, built in 1190 and which remains in use to this day. The courthouse was used for the inquiry over the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Continue on to Cobh where we will visit the Cobh Heritage Center, situated within a beautifully restored Victorian railway station. Here we will learn about Irish Emigration and hear about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania. Continue on to Cork for dinner and overnight.
CORK / KILKENNY / DUBLIN
We begin our day with a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Continue on to Kilkenny. The medieval heritage is evident in the city’s treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, exemplified by the magnificent Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is arguably the pre-eminent medieval city in Ireland. Our tour of the city will include the Castle and Cathedral, and the Church of St. Canice. Continue on to Dublin where our panoramic tour of the city will include Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1172, and Phoenix Park with its many monuments. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today our tour of “Dublins Fair City” includes St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built next to the well where Patrick baptized converts on this visit to Dublin. In 1789, Wesley led a large number of Dublin Methodist to the Cathedral for Holy Communion. Next we stop at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, the first Methodist chapel in Ireland, and visit St. Mary’s Church, where John Wesley’s first sermon was preached in what was called Evening Prayer. Continue on to view Church Pub, once a church Wesley preached at in Ireland. We will view the National Gallery of Ireland, O’Connell Street, then a visit to Trinity College, housing the 9th century Book of Kells. The remainder of the afternoon will be free to explore on your own before transferring back to the hotel. This evening we will enjoy a special evening with dinner followed by a show with Irish music and entertainment. Return to the hotel for overnight..
DUBLIN / USA
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.
6 DAY POST EXTENSION TOUR TO SCOTLAND
DAY 8 – Thursday, June 20, 2019
DUBLIN / LARNE / GLASGOW
This morning head north through scenic countryside to Northern Ireland, making our way to Larne where we will board a ferry across the Irish Sea to Cairnryan, Scotland. Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 – Friday, June 21, 2019
GLASGOW / LOCH NESS / INVERNESS
This morning our tour of Glasgow begins at the Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow, and then on to Kelvingrove Art Galley and Museum. We continue on through Scottish Highlands to Loch Ness, fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Here we will enjoy a 1 hour cruise on Loch Ness. Continue on to Inverness for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10 – Saturday, June 22, 2019
INVERNESS / PITLOCHRY / EDINBURGH
This morning we make our way to Pitlochry, visiting Blair Castle, where you will see Scottish history through the collection of the Atholl Family, and it’s Gardens with impressive walled gardens, wooded groves and sculpture trail. Continue through cenic countryside for a visit to Dunkeld Cathedral, begun in 1260 and completed in 1501 and on to Perth where we visit St. John’s Kirk, one of Scotland’s most important burgh churches, and Perth’s most ancient building. It was here that John Knox preached before the Lords of the Congregation in 1559. Continue on to Edinburgh where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11 – Sunday, June 23, 2019
Today our tour of the city will include a visit to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood House Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen of Scotland. Next we visit John Knox House, reputed to have been owned by John Knox in the 16th century, Princes Street, and St. Giles Cathedral with its distinctive crown steeples. Return to the hotel for overnight. This evening we will enjoy the Spirit of Scotland Show with dinner, featuring Scottish dancing and music.
DAY 12 – Monday, June 24, 2019
Today will be free to explore the city on your own, shop, or to relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 13 – Tuesday, June 25, 2019
EDINBURGH / USA
This morning we transfer to the airport where we board our flight home, filled with fond memories of the places we have seen and the friends we have made.