The Catholic Traveler’s tour through the heart of Ireland takes you from charming towns to seaside villages to lively city taverns. We’ll see the Cliffs of Moher, tour the Burren National Park, visit the Dingle Peninsula, travel the Ring of Kerry, hike in the Wicklow Mountains, and explore one of Europe’s oldest cities. We’ll dine in music-filled pubs, sample a little whisky, take way too many pictures, and celebrate Mass each day on this pilgrimage across the Emerald Isle.
The Catholic Traveler Experience
A well designed itinerary: The itinerary has been finely crafted to include must-see highlights and a few off the beaten path treasures. We’ll split our time between busy cities and lazy villages. We have a few days packed full of adventure and a few days with time for you to explore on your own.
Small groups: We travel with about half the size of a typical group tour.
Amazing hotels: We are staying in some of Ireland’s most beautiful four and five star hotels.
Excellent meals: In addition to daily breakfast, I’ve included eight meals for this trip. All our group meals are in great restaurants and authentic pubs, never hotels. We’ll have a varied menu throughout, focusing on the specialties of the region and the restaurant.
Drinks included: Wine, beer, soft drinks, and water are always included with group meals at no extra charge. I want you to stay hydrated and happy!
Tips included: Most tour companies expect you to tip as you go. Tips to restaurants, your driver, local guides, etc. As always, I’ve already included all the tips in the price. It’s just one less thing for you to worry about so you can focus on the fun.
Me: As with all my trips, I am available to answer all your questions and to help you plan and prepare for our trip. I’ll be with you throughout our entire pilgrimage to be sure you are well taken care of and that everything runs smoothly.
Saturday, July 15th
Delta flight 406 departs JFK at 10:53 p.m.
Sunday, July 16th
Delta flight 406 arrives Shannon, Ireland at 10:05 a.m. I’ll meet you at the airport along with our local guide and we’ll head straight to the pub. We’ll enjoy a traditional Irish lunch in a pub that dates back to 1620. You’ll have some time to freshen up at the hotel before we head out to Bunratty Castle and Park. Tonight we’ll have a Medieval Banquet.
We are staying at the five star Savoy Hotel. Located in the heart of Limerick, the Savoy is the city’s most luxurious boutique property.
Dinner included. Overnight in Limerick.
Monday, July 17th
This morning we set out to visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where we’ll stand on the edge of a cliff hundreds of feet above the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll have lunch together at a classic, and famous, roadside pub. Then we’ll join a local expert for a walking tour through the Burren National Park. You’ll have some time on your own this evening to explore Limerick.
Lunch included. Overnight in Limerick.
Tuesday, July 18th
Today we travel to the Dingle Peninsula, home to various tribes for over 6,000 years. We’ll see the Gallarus Oratory, a small church that dates back possibly to the 7th century. We’ll also visit the 12th century Kilmalkedar Church. This afternoon we’ll continue on to Killarney.
We are staying at The Lake Hotel. Situated directly on the lakeshore of Lough Lein, this four start hotel has been welcoming guests since 1820, with dramatic views of the mountains, islands, and woodlands.
Dinner included. Overnight in Killarney.
Wednesday, July 19th
This morning we’ll head out to the Ring of Kerry as we travel through 10,000 years of history. We’ll go from deep forests to the crashing waters of the Atlantic, see majestic landscapes and waterfalls. We’ll see mountains, islands, and medieval ruins. We’ll visit Valentia Island and have lunch in Portmagee, with its rows of colorful houses overlooking the coast, before returning to Killarney for the evening.
Lunch included. Overnight in Killarney.
Thursday, July 20th
Today we travel west to Cork. Along the way we’ll stop at the Blarney Castle, famous for the Blarney Stone, and visit the Old Jameson Distillery Midleton for a tour and tasting of this famous Irish whiskey. You’ll have the remainder of the evening free in Cork.
We are staying at the Imperial Hotel. Located in the heart of Cork City, the four star Imperial Hotel is luxurious and has the opulence of a by-gone age.
Lunch included. Overnight in Cork.
Friday, July 21st
Cork is one of Europe’s hippest cities. Much like Venice, Cork is built on water. The city center is on an island, there are beautiful views, lots of bridges, plenty of boutique shopping, and wonderful pedestrian-only walkways. This is the perfect place for our day of leisure!
If you’d like to escape to the sea today, a quick train ride to the town of Cobh is highly recommended. If you are into the Titanic, you may want to visit the Titanic Experience as Cobh was the last port of call.
If you just want to spend the day relaxing, our hotel has a lovely spa.
Overnight in Cork.
Saturday, July 22nd
This morning we’ll head north to Dublin. We’ll stop in the garden of Ireland, Glendalough. Located in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, this is one of Ireland’s most majestic sites.
Tonight we’ll join the locals in one of Dublin’s trendiest neighborhoods with an excellent dinner followed by a visit to a pub or two.
We are staying at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. One of Dublin’s newest properties, this four star hotel is located right in the city center.
Dinner included. Overnight in Dublin.
Sunday, July 23rd
We’ll explore Dublin today with a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room library. We’ll stop by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the heart of Dublin’s history for over 800 years. Next we’ll visit the Guinness Storehouse for a tour, tasting, and lunch. You’ll have a bit of time on your own before dinner this evening.
Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Dublin.
Monday, July 24th
Delta flight 045 departs Dublin at 11:25 a.m. and arrives JFK at 1:52 p.m.
Your deposit reserves your spot. These small group pilgrimages fill up fast, don’t wait!
April 1st, 2017: Final payment is due. Photocopy of your Passport is due – picture page only – can be emailed. Any special dietary or medical requests is also due at this time.
$4,200 per person
$1,000 deposit secures your spot. Tour deposit is fully refundable for 14 days from the time you make your deposit.
Final payment of $3,200 is due April 1st, 2017. Final payment is nonrefundable.
Space is limited!
This cost is for double occupancy. Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This usually works out well. If you really prefer to have your own single room, there is a single supplement of $800.
If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Many people go through InsureMyTrip.com. A Cancel for Any Reason plan will let you, well, cancel for ‘most’ any reason. Most plans should allow for at least a 75% refund should you need to cancel at any time before departure. Please review all your options to be sure the plan you pick is best for you.
Is this tour for you?
Please review the following before committing to this trip!
You must be able to carry your own luggage.
You are responsible for your luggage and getting it from the plane to the bus and the bus to your hotel rooms. We will not have porters on this trip, so keep that in mind when deciding how many pairs of shoes to bring! Here’s a post I wrote about packing.
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. We will cover several miles on some days.
You must be flexible!
This is Europe, things may close without notice, a protest could spring up without warning. But, it’s not all negative, great things come up unexpectedly as well. Being flexible is the key for happy travels!
Pre and post trip planning
If you are planning to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after the tour ends, I’ll help you with your itinerary.
Flights between JFK/Shannon and Dublin/JFK
July 15th: Delta flight 406 departs JFK at 10:53 p.m. and arrives Shannon at 10:05 a.m. on the following day.
July 24th: Delta flight 045 departs Dublin at 11:25 a.m. and arrives JFK at 1:52 p.m.
Accommodations for 8 nights
Limerick: The Savoy Hotel
Killarney: The Lake Hotel
Cork: Imperial Hotel
Dublin: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Breakfast daily plus 8 additional meals
As always, water and unlimited wine is included with our group meals.
All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.
Full time service of a tour director
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced Catholic American tour director (me!) with you at all times.
We will have a local guide with us throughout the trip.
No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for the meals you have on your own, souvenirs you wish to buy, and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, air taxes, drinks with meals? Already included!
Once we receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up!
All tips for group meals, guides, and drivers
Would you believe that many tour companies require you to tip as you go? Not only does that add to the advertised sticker price of a tour, it’s also a huge hassle to you! No need to worry about that here. Tips are already included and we take care of that behind the scenes.
Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities. Including: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, The Cliffs of Moher, Gallarus Oratory, Riasc Monastic Settlement, Skellig Chocolate factory, Blarney Castle, Old Jameson Distillery Midleton, Glendalough, Powerscourt House and Gardens, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse.
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour to give you a chance to meet before you meet!
We have a lot planned, but time on your own is important. We take our time in churches to give you the opportunity for prayer and reflection. We also include free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.
Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, you can email or call 404.330.9913.
Terms and Conditions
What you are getting by signing up, how much walking you will be doing, what happens if something changes in the itinerary, making your final payment, how we can send you home if you misbehave… and more!
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.