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Ireland: Steps of St. Patrick


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10 Days / 8 Nights, Wicklow, Glendalough, Tipperary, Rock of Cashel, Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Shannon, Cliffs of Moher, Corcomroe Abbey, Galway, Corrib Lake, Clonmacnoise, Knock, Dublin


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – DUBLIN – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English speaking Catholic tour guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels • 8 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • 8 Days of sightseeing tours • Daily mass and spiritual activities • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The mountains of Wicklow, Ireland


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA / DUBLIN Depart from your hometown for an overnight flight to Ireland. Meals are served on board.


DAY 2: DUBLIN


Upon arrival in Dublin you will be greeted by your Homeric Tours guide and driver. Begin our panoramic city tour, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city’s main streets, O’Connell Street, Custom House, and the Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College the oldest university in Ireland founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. If time permits, we will visit the an- cient library containing over 20,000 manuscripts, among them the Book of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th-century written by the monks at St. Colombo’s monastery on the island of Iona. Also visit St. Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 3: WICKLOW / GLENDALOUGH / TIPPERARY This morning we will travel through the mountains of Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland” and arrive at Glenadalough, an ancient monastic city, established in the 6th-century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest often compared to St. Francis of Assisi. Glenadalough was a very important center of learning, as well as a pilgrimage destination. A guided tour of the site includes a Round Tower, the ruins of the Cathedral and “St. Kevin’s Kitchen” surrounded by an old cemetery. We continue to


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Baltinglass where the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey are found. Then we pass by Castledermot to view the remnants of a Franciscan Abbey, before arriving in Tipperary for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: ROCK OF CASHEL / KERRY Today we will visit the “Rock of Cashel,” and the “Golden Vale,” which are religious buildings dating back to the 12th-century. The Cathedral, the Round Tower and Cormac Chapel, which is the first Irish Romanesque church, testify to the importance of the site. In the afternoon continue to Kerry. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 5: KERRY / DINGLE PENINSULA After breakfast, head towards the Dingle Penin- sula, the most northern of the Kerry peninsulas. Travel from Inch, the last part of the country where Gaelic language is spoken, to the Eagle Mount and the cliffs of Slea Head. In Early Christian Ireland, monks were looking for isolated places such as Gallarus Oratory, dated from the 9th-century, and well preserved. Next stop is Kilmalkedar Church, built in the 12th-century, once part of a complex of religious buildings in Romanesque style. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 6: SHANNON / CLIFFS OF MOHER / GALWAY Enjoy an Irish breakfast and then travel north through Listowel to embark on the ferry at Killimer and cross the Shannon estuary. County Clare is a beautiful landscape, with a Victorian seaside resort and where we visit the Cliffs of Moher. We con- tinue on to Galway, which has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and authentic pubs. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group.


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DAY 7: GALWAY / CORRIB LAKE / CLONMACNOISE After breakfast enjoy a cruise on Corrib Lake, which is the best way to see Galway and its surroundings. A visit to Clonmacnoise, Ireland’s important monastic site, which overlooks the River Shannon is included. Founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century, the site consists of a walled field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers and graves. Overnight and dinner is in Galway. (B,D)


DAY 8: KNOCK Today visit Knock and one of the world’s leading Marian shrines, where on August 21, 1879 fifteen women, men and children, witnessed an Apparition of Mary. We will visit the Basilica, the largest church in Ireland. Afternoon at leisure. Mass and private prayer time at the shrine. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 9: KNOCK / DUBLIN After breakfast depart Knock for Dublin. Afternoon arrival. Visit the National Museum with its collec- tion of golden prehistoric jewelry which is without a doubt the most beautiful in Europe. Of great interest is the Celtic finery as well as numerous early Christian ornaments and relics. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 10: DUBLIN / USA After breakfast, then transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home. (B)


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