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Sacred Ireland

9 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

Encounter the island's centuries-old religious heritage, revealed in cathedrals, ancient towns and the lush green countryside. Journey West to East, tracing the footsteps of Ireland's devoted and faithful.

 

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      • Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Ireland's soul-stirring natural beauty provides the perfect backdrop for an engaging encounter with the island's centuries-old religious heritage, revealed in cathedrals, ancient towns and the lush green countryside. Journey West to East, tracing the footsteps of Ireland's devoted and faithful.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: RIRF

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 8 breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • ATTEND MASS in Knock

        • CITY TOUR in Waterford and Dublin

        • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING of Brigit's Celtic Garden and Ballintubber Abbey

        • ORIENTATION in Galway and Waterford

        • VISIT Galway Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh's Patrick Visitor Centre, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Blarney Castle, Glendalough Monastic City, Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin

        • VIEW the Victorian Walled Garden in Galway, the statue of St. Patrick in Westport, the Marian Shrine in Knock, the Cliffs of Moher and the Book of Kells in Dublin

        • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Shannon – Galway

      Europe's Capital of Culture extends a warm welcome as you prepare to discover a land where religious beliefs run deep in the hearts and minds of the locals. You'll enjoy an orientation of Galway with your Travel Director before paying a visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, built in the mid-20th century. This evening, you'll join your Travel Director and companions at a Welcome Reception to begin your trip.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Maldron Oranmore

      2. Galway – Westport

      'Dive Into Culture' and celebrate nature and the cycle of life when you visit the award-winning Celtic gardens at Brigit's Garden set within woodlands and wildflower meadows in Rosscahill. Join a weaving workshop and create your own Brigit's Cross. Leave your tranquil surrounds behind and continue to Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castle-like structure built as a family home and transformed into a Benedictine monastery. See its magnificent Victorian Walled Garden before continuing to Westport. En route, we'll stop at Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre to see the statue of St. Patrick at the foot of the 'Holy Mountain'. This evening, we'll dine at our hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Westport

      3. Westport – Knock

      Meet your 'Local Specialist' this morning for a walking tour during which you'll learn about the town's heritage - from its settlement 5,000 years ago to modern times. Next enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing guided tour of Ballintubber Abbey, the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in use. Then continue to the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady in 1878. This evening you will have an opportunity to experience Mass at the Parish Church.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      McWilliam Park

      4. Knock – Co. Kerry (2 Nights)

      Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way provides a beautiful backdrop for our visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of the country's most iconic archaeological and oldest megalithic monuments. Learn what lies below these mystical stones before a memorable encounter with the Cliffs of Moher, which plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean. We 'Connect With Locals' and join Oonagh to forage for ingredients that will be used to create our 'Be My Guest' lunch at Barrtra Seafood restaurant. Cross the Shannon Estuary next, keeping a keen eye out for dolphins as the Tarbert Ferry makes the brief crossing between Counties Clare and Kerry.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest
      Hotel
      The Rose

      5. Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside - unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      6. Co. Kerry – Blarney Castle – Youghal – Waterford

      Your first stop today is a memorable visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Now, it's on to the seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Later this afternoon, you'll arrive in Waterford, once a thriving Viking settlement and your home for the night.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Marina

      7. Waterford – Glendalough – Dublin (2 Nights)

      We journey to the peaceful 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough which survived repeated Norman attacks over the centuries. Arriving in Dublin later today, you'll embark on a sightseeing tour of the Irish capital. Walk the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, before enjoying a spiritual encounter, as many have for over 1,500 years, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Clayton Leopardstown

      8. Dublin

      Join an informative and poignant tour with a 'Local Specialist' at Glasnevin Trust this morning. Our visit will 'Make a Difference' to its efforts to preserve Irish history and we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Our pilgrimage nearing its end, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      9. Depart Dublin

      Say farewell to new friends and take a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Go foraging with Oonagh and enjoy the fruits of what you've found at a 'Be My Guest' lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay. (Day 4)

      • Dive into Culture
        Visit Brigit's Garden and learn about Celtic heritage and mythology amidst the surrounding woodlands and wildflower meadows. Weave your own Brigit's Cross. (Day 2)

      • Make a Difference
        Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, where you'll learn about the cemetery's importance to Irish history and how your visit helps to fund the cemetery's preservation. (Day 8)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Westport, Ballintubber Abbey and Glasnevin Trust.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      SacredIreland SightseeingHighlight Getty May2020 152887052
        • ATTEND MASS in Knock

        • CITY TOUR in Waterford and Dublin

        • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING of Brigit's Celtic Garden and Ballintubber Abbey

        • ORIENTATION in Galway and Waterford

        • VISIT Galway Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh's Patrick Visitor Centre, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Blarney Castle, Glendalough Monastic City, Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin

        • VIEW the Victorian Walled Garden in Galway, the statue of St. Patrick in Westport, the Marian Shrine in Knock, the Cliffs of Moher and the Book of Kells in Dublin

        • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


      SacredIreland DiningHighlight Getty May2020 684984542

      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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