10 Days / 8 Nights
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Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ… Comfort me when I am sick or lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the holy Mass (Portion of Prayer to Our Lady of Knock). Our journey through the spiritually rich Ireland will give us opportunity to come closer to God and gratefully consider the sacrifices and dedication of those who came before. As we visit the sites of the early Christian Church in Ireland, we will renew our commitment to the roots of our Catholic faith. The masses and meditations we celebrate along the way will draw us together as a community and will remind us of our blessings and the call to stewardship as followers of Jesus Christ.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart via scheduled air service to Shannon

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher / Galway Arrive in Shannon Meet your Faith Journeys Tour Manager who will assist the group to an awaiting chartered motorcoach. Travel along the Cliffs of Moher to enjoy the spectacular views that attract over a million visitors a year Continue to Galway via Corcomroe Abbey. The Abbey lies close to another monastic settlement, a group of three small early Christian Churches Late afternoon check-in at the hotel Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Connemara Breakfast at the hotel Visit the Connemara Region, famous for its scenic lakes and mountains. See Lough Corrib (the second largest lake in Ireland) then proceed through Maam Cross to the village of Leenane and Kylemore Abbey Lunch, on own Explore Kylemore Abbey, a monastery founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. A craft shop, pottery studio, restaurant, and gardens also surround the Abbey. Stop at the Celtic Crystal Factory for a guided tour and glass cutting demonstration Return to Galway for evening dinner and overnight

Day 4: Knock / Ballintubber Abbey Breakfast at the hotel We will start the morning at the Shrine at Knock, often referred to as the “Lourdes of Ireland”. We will also see a portrayal of the aspects of rural life in Ireland at the end of the 19th Century at Knock Museum Lunch, on own Visit Ballintubber Abbey, said to be the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in regular use. Indeed, Mass has been celebrated here continually for almost 800 years even after damage during the reformation Return to Galway for evening dinner and overnight

Day 5: Glenstal Abbey / Kerry Breakfast at the hotel Depart Galway and journey to Kerry En-route, enjoy a tour and tea and scones at Glenstal Abbey, a Benedictine monastery dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Columba Continue to Kerry for dinner and overnight

Day 6: Ring of Kerry Breakfast at the hotel This morning we will enjoy mountains, peat bogs, lakes, cliffs, and magnificent views of the ocean all in one drive. We will start in Killarney and pass through Killorglin, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff byway affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula Lunch, on own Continue through Cahirciveen and Waterville to Sneem Village and the magnificent mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney Return to Kerry region for time at leisure for additional sightseeing Evening dinner and overnight

Day 7: Kerry / Waterford Breakfast at the hotel Visit Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland. We will see Mount Melleray, a Cistercian monastery founded in 1833 and still fully functional. We will also visit Reginald’s Tower and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. Lunch, on own Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city’s former glassmaking industry. Evening dinner and overnight

Day 8: Dublin / Glendalough Breakfast at the hotel This morning we will stop at Glendalough en route to Dublin. This glacial valley is renowned for its Early Medieval Monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by the hermit priest, St. Kevin Lunch, on own The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, a graceful round tower, and various sites associated with the life of St. Kevin Continue to Dublin for evening dinner and overnight

Day 9: Dublin Breakfast at the hotel Enjoy a panoramic tour of vibrant, soulful Dublin. We will visit O’Connell Street, Phoenix Park, Trinity College, and Christchurch Cathedral Lunch, on own Visit the Guinness Brewery, Europe’s largest stout producing brewery which opened in 1904. We’ll learn about the craft and passion of brewing and enjoy perusing the retail store, gallery, and exhibition area, as well as sampling the wares at the restaurant and bars. Farewell dinner and overnight

Day 10: Depart for home Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Dublin Airport for return flight This is a very flexible itinerary. Except for confirmed appointments, the places of interest and the sequence of sightseeing might be changed if necessary or desirable

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A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a rare and privileged event. Every person of faith should make such a trip a priority in one's life. However, great care is needed to make sure the experience reflects the intent of the traveler. Without careful planning, advanced preparation and attention to details while in the Holy Land, the pilgrimage can fall short of expectations. Faith Journey's is a trusted, experienced partner who can make sure your journey is a critical step towards a deeper communion with Our Savior and his people.
Deacon Bill Garrett, Archdiocese of Atlanta and President Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School