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Depart from Detroit via Newark, for your overnight flight to
Dublin, Ireland. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Upon arrival, you are met, assisted and transferred to your coach for the drive to Dublin City Centre to enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Visit St. Michan's Church and Crypt and the Guinness Storehouse before checking into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
Today in Dublin your sightseeing includes Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and the Book of Kells. Continue on with a visit to the gothic style St. Patrick's Cathedral which is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Afterwards return to your hotel. Dinner on your own this evening. (B)
Depart Dublin as you journey to County Wicklow. Visit the early Christian monastic site Glendalough. On your way to Limerick visit the Rock of Cashel probably the most photographed site in Ireland perched over the town of Cashel. Once the seat of the Kings of Munster, St. Patrick visited the rock in 450 AD and the current Queen Elizabeth visited this site on her historic first visit to Ireland in 2011. Continue on to your hotel in Limerick for overnight. Dinner on your own. (B)
Morning visit to Bunratty Castle one of the most complete and authentic medieval castles in Ireland. Continue on to Glenstal Abbey, a very scenic Benedictine monastery for a visit which includes tea and scones. Depart Limerick for Killarney. En route stop at Adare, one of Irelands most picturesque villages with thatched cottages thoughout the town. Continue to your hotel in Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Today enjoy a tour of the Ring of Kerry, the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. Take in the spectacular scenery of mountains, peat bogs, lakes and views of the Atlantic Ocean. Pass thru villages with views of the Dingle Peninsular and Bay. A special treat today will be a sheepdog demonstration at Kissane, set in the spectacular scenery of Molls Gap. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)
Morning departure for Galway. Enroute, take the Shannon Car Ferry. Visit St. Brigid's Well, the birthplace of Saint Brigid. In a church nearby one can see a relic of the Saint. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, situated on the Atlantic Ocean rising 230 meters above the ground and boast one of the most amazing views in all of Ireland. You can see Scotland on a clear day. End our journey in Galway for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Today you will explore the Connemara Region, a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time. Next is a visit to Ballintubber Abbey. Built in 1216 for the Canon Regulars of St Augustine, Ballintubber Abbey is the only church in Ireland that was founded by an Irish King and which is still in use today.Return to your hotel in Galway for overnight. (B)
Depart Galway for Dublin. Along the way visit Bru na Boinne and Knowth. Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre is designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the fascinating megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, the one you will visit. Tonight enjoy farewell dinner and show. Overnight in Dublin. (B, D)
Morning breakfast before your transfer to the airport for you flight back to the USA arriving the same day. (B)
*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. is the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. The Rev. Dr. Susan Carter is associate rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing, Mich. She teaches journalism at Michigan State University.
***Extend your trip with an excursion into Northern Ireland. Special 4 day/3night package will be available at special rates for a minimum of 10 passengers. Advise if you would like info sent to you.