Shrines of Ireland and Switzerland From New Orleans (MSY) May 27 2018 - June 07 2018 (Join Father Rubin Reynolds and Saint Mark Catholic Church )
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Day 1: Departure
Today we depart on transcontinental flight to Dublin Ireland. Meals served on board of the plane. Arrival to Ireland is on the next day.
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin airport and meet our guide and coach. As part of our arrival to this historical city, that dates back to 988AD our coach will take us on a panoramic city sightseeing tour of the highlights of Dublin’s fair City – O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Squares, Government Buildings, Dublin Castle, Christchurch & St Patrick’s Cathedrals (Celebrate Mass), Guinness’ Brewery, Phoenix Park, and Kilmainham Jail – After our gentle introduction we will visit the Shrine of St Valentine for Mass. Check into hotel for 1 night, Afternoon free to rest, or for personal visits to places of interest. (B,D)
Day 3: Morning drive through Co. Wicklow – the Garden of Ireland – to Glendalough, the “Glen of the two Lakes” where we visit the 6th century monastery of St Kevin (Celebrate Mass). Continue to Wexford (Lunch break) and on to Our Lady’s Island for Rosary, and walk in the waters. Drive via New Ross to the ruins of Jerpoint Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century. Continue to Kilkenny for overnight, dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 4: Morning visit to Kilkenny Castle. Drive to Holycross Abbey founded in 1169 – so named because it held a Relic of the True Cross (Celebrate Mass). Lunch break. Continue to the famous Rock of Cashel and visit the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St Patrick in the 5th century. Cross the Vee Gap to Mount Melleray for Mass in the Monastery chapel. Continue via Lismore Castle to Cobh, for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 5: Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre – it was from here that over 6 million Irish Famine Exiles departed for the USA and Canada. Drive to Blarney to receive the gift of eloquence as we kiss the famous stone. Visit Blarney Woolen Mills. Continue to Ballyvourney and visit the Holy Well of St Gobnaith (Celebrate Mass) en route to Killarney. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 6: After breakfast, Celebrate Mass in Killarney Cathedral. Drive via the picturesque village of Adare to Limerick city, where we see King Johns Castle, and the Treaty Stone. Lunch break at “Durty Nellies” famous pub. Afternoon visit to Craggaunowen – a recreation of pre-historic Irish homesteads, followed by visit to Quin Abbey. Check into hotel. Evening dinner with traditional entertainment at the famous Bunratty Castle. (B,D)
Day 7: Depart for the Cliffs of Moher, towering 600 feet above sea level. Continue to Galway, see the Spanish
Arch, and visit the Cathedral (Celebrate Mass). Lunch break. Afternoon drive to Knock and check into hotel. Visit Ireland’s major Catholic Shrine at Knock, where, on 21st August 1879, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, along with St Joseph & St John, and Jesus in the form of the Lamb of God. Mass. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 8: Depart for Ballintubber Abbey, founded in 1216, (Celebrate Mass). Drive to Croagh Patrick, a popular pilgrimage mountain, where St Patrick fasted for 40 days, in the 5th century, and banished all the snakes from
Ireland. Lunch break in Westport. Drive to Attymass, and visit home of Fr Peyton, the Rosary priest. Continue via Sligo Abbey and Yeat’s grave at Drumcliffe, to our hotel in Bundoran for 1 night, dinner and overnight.
In due time, we will transfer to Dublin airport for your flight to Switzerland (B)
Day 8: Arrival in Geneve, in the evening, meeting with the guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight (D)
Day 9: Geneve After breakfast, we will enjoy free time in the morning. Start with a visit of the city, situated on the side of the Lemano Lake and carcterized by wonderful parks and commercial avenues. We will visit the international organization quarter and the old city (the “Vielle Ville”) and the St Pierre Cathedral (Celebrate Mass). Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 10: Montreux/Berna Breakfast in Hotel and departure to Berna. Stop in Montreaux on the other side of the Lemano Lake, guided tour of the city with the Church of St. Vincent (Celebrate Mass) and of the Chillon Castel, one of the most important of the whole Switzerland, montreaux is also famous for it’s international Jazz festival Arrival in Berna, administrative capital city of Switzerland, and world heritage Unesco site. Guided visit with the clock tower (Zyglogge), the Cathedral, the 100 fountains, the Barocco’s buildings, the Bärengraben and the 6 kilometers of arcades. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B,D)
Day 11: Basel/Zurich Breakfast in hotel and departure to Basel, meeting with the guide and visit of this important center for arts with its 40 museum, music and architecture. We will visit the Market square, the gothic/romanic Cathedral and the Open Church. We will continue to the Eisiedeln to visit the benedectine Monastry with is Klostetrkirke and the Black Madonna (Celebrate Mass). Arrival in Zurich where we will have a guided tour to the Hauptbahnoff, the big train station of the years ‘800 and the Bahnoffstrasse. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B,D)
Day 12– Zurich breakfast in hotel, time at disposal for shopping and transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (B)
Note: *While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide.
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Trip date: May 27 - June 07 2018
Departure City: New Orleans, LA (Other Cities Available)
Package Price: $4490.00
Single supplement is $1190.00 (Private room)
Package price includes the following:
- Meet & Assist at Ireland and Switzerland Airports upon arrivals and departures.
- Ten nights’ accommodation in centrally located first class hotels in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner.
- Special Wine with Dinners.
- Entrance fees to places of interests whilst on tour
- Mass Daily at different historical religious sights.
- Eleven days sightseeing in modern air conditioned private bus.
- English speaking government licensed Tour Escort on duty.
- 1 Free bottle of water per passenger per day.
- Meals on routes and Soft drinks.
- Tips for Guide, Driver .
- All Personal Expenses.
- Travel Insurance.
Notes: All prices are in US Dollars based on per person in a double room, Passengers rooming alone is subject to single supplement, and maximum capacity of the bus is 50 Passengers. All prices are VAT inclusive