Ireland Tour Packages Christian Guided Ireland Tours 2020
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 pre extension to London. We will have the opportunity to enjoy two days of touring this beautiful city. We will be seeing Westminster Abbey, London Bridge and enjoy a boat ride on the River Thames.
May our best Irish wishes find you able to join us, and that’s no blarney!
Ireland Tour Packages Christian Guided Ireland Tours 2020 Post Extension to Soctoland
DAY 1 – Thursday
NEWARK / SHANNON
Today we depart the USA on our transatlantic flight to Shannon.
DAY 2 – Friday
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.
DAY 3 – Saturday
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 Embury Heck Memorial Church, built in 1766, where John Wesley visited thirteen times over the years. Continue to our hotel in 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.
DAY 4 – Sunday
KILLARNEY / RING OF KERRY / KILLARNEY
Today after breakfast we make our way to Kenmare where we will enjoy a sheepdog demonstration. Next begin one of the most beautiful rides you will ever have, a full day tour of scenic contrasts from golden coastline to majestic mountains. En route you will see in the distance, 9 miles off Valentia Island, The Great Skellig, an enormous mass of precipitous rock rising sheer out of the ocean to a height of 700 feet. Stone steps, hewn by the ancient monks lead from the ocean to the monastic ruins on the summit. As you continue your Ring of Kerry tour, you will see Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, who was known as ‘The Liberator’ because of his efforts to secure Catholic Emancipation in the 18th-19th centuries. Time permitting we will enjoy a stop in the unique and lovely country town of Tralee before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – Monday
KILLARNEY / BLARNEY / WATERFORD
Today we begin our day at 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 Blarney Castle , one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. We will 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. Continue on to Waterford for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – Tuesday
WATERFORD / KILKENNY / DUBLIN
We begin our day with a visit of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, including a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Here we will tour the factory where we see Master Blowers give shape to molten crystal, a craft that has changed little over the centuries. Continue on to 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 parnoramic 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.
DAY 7 – Wednesday
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 the Church Pub, 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 – Thursday
DUBLIN / USA
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.
POST EXTENSION TO SCOTLAND
DAY 8 – Thursday
DUBLIN / BELFAST / GLASGOW
This morning head north through scenic countryside to Northern Ireland, making our way to Belfast, birthplace of C.S. Lewis. Belfast has been the scene of much conflict between Roman Catholics and Protestants, culminating in the “Troubles”. Our city tour will include City Hall and Titanic Quarters. Continue to Larne where we will board a ferry to Cairnryan, Scotland. Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to Glasgow where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9- Friday
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 the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, housing one of Europe’s great art collections. We continue on through Scottish Highlands to Loch Ness, fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Here we will visit the Visitor Centre and Exhibition and take a 1 hour cruise on Loch Ness. Continue on to Inverness for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10- Saturday
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 scenic countryside to Perth where we will visit Dunkeld Cathedral, begun in 1260 and completed in 1501, and St. John’s Kirk, one of Scotland’s most important burgh churches, and Perth’s most ancient building. Continue on to Edinburgh where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11 – Sunday
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 dinner and overnight.
DAY 12 – Monday
Today will be free to explore the city on your own, shop, or to relax at the hotel. This evening we will enjoy the Spirit of Scotland Show with dinner, featuring Scottish dancing and music. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 13 – Tuesday
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.