Join Bishop Sullivan for a grand tour of the Emerald Isle.
Cost – $4,450 including airfare
Single space is available for a supplemental payment of $869
Departure Day – July 5, 2022
Depart Philadelphia (PHL) for Dublin (DUB) non-stop group air. Flights will be on American Airlines with special group pricing. Transportation to/from Philadelphia airport is not included.
These are the expected flight details, subject to change by the airline prior to departure.
PHL – DUB AA 722 departs at 9:10 pm on July 5 and arrives in Dublin on July 6 at 8:55 am.
DUB – PHL AA 723 departs at 11:15 am on July 17 and arrives in Philadelphia on July 17 at 1:55 pm.
Wednesday, 6 July
Céad míle fáilte! Arrive in Dublin at 8.55am. Meet our Irish driver/guide in the arrivals hall and start our Irish journey. Stop for complimentary tea & scones and an opportunity to stretch our legs a little after our international flight. On our way to Donegal we will step back in time and visit The Ulster American Folk Park.
See the boyhood home of Thomas Mellon, who emigrated to Pittsburgh in 1818 and later founded the Mellon Bank. The Park traces the story of Ulster emigrants by showing how they lived in the “Old Country” and sailed across the Atlantic to settle in the “New World” in Colonial times. Arrive in Donegal where we will spend the next three nights. Take a walk or relax at the hotel before joining the group for dinner. Overnight: Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (B, D)
Thursday, 7 July
After a hearty breakfast this morning we head west to the town of Killybegs, the largest fishing port in Ireland. You will notice on the journey, the rugged coastline and mountains which are a part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Our first stop will be at Slieve League. This is one of Europe’s highest sea cliffs rising almost 600 meters from the Atlantic. The view is breathtaking. On our way back to the hotel we will stop at wonderful tweed shop in Ardara to learn about the heritage of spinning and weaving. We’ll watch Master Weavers working on looms that have been used for centuries. We will then make our way back to Donegal to our hotel for dinner. Overnight: Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (B, D)
Friday 8 July
Today we’ll visit the walled city of Derry for a firsthand and on-site analysis of the Bloody Sunday story. A local guide will take us on a walking tour which will begin at Free Derry Wall and take us around some of the Bogside murals, the site of the massacre and finish at the Bloody Sunday monument in view of the Derry Walls. We will look at the key periods leading up to and during the Irish-British conflict.
After the tour there will be some free time for lunch and to explore the city on our own. Perhaps a stroll across the Peace Bridge to the Walled City Brewery. Dinner on our own this evening. May be a good opportunity to explore the local pubs and enjoy some live music. Overnight: Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (B)
Saturday, 9 July
After breakfast, we will leave Donegal and travel south to Galway. Our first stop will be Sligo – known as Yeats Country – here see Drumcliffe Churchyard at the foot of Ben Bulben Mountain – W B Yeats is buried here and we will see great examples of a round tower and high crosses. Our next stop is Ireland’s largest place of Pilgrimage Knock Shrine. The Story of Knock began on Thursday evening of the 21st of August 1879, Our Lady, St Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church of Knock, County Mayo.
Continue our journey into the beautiful Connemara region. Arrangements will be made to attend Mass this evening. Overnight: Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden (B, D)
Sunday, 10 July
Travel through the famed Connemara region with gorgeous views of bogs and misty mountains. Visit the Connemara History & Heritage Center which offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this beautiful part of the West of Ireland. See how turf (peat) is cut and sample a drop of ‘poitín’. Free time this afternoon in Clifden. Time to stroll through the lovely town to do some shopping or enjoy some music in one of the many pubs. Overnight: Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden (B, D)
Monday, 11 July
Today travel into Galway City for some free time to explore the ‘City of the Tribes’ on foot. See the Spanish Arch and Claddagh area explore the nearby cobblestone streets with their quaint boutiques, cafes, and pubs. Our next stop will be Rathburn Farm. See the resident border collie round up the sheep and learn about the life on the farm. Enjoy some homemade scones with tea/coffee before departure.
Overnight: Strand Hotel, Limerick (B, D)
Tuesday, 12 July
After a leisurely breakfast travel to the coast of Clare. We will have a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Carved by a river delta an estimated 320 million years ago, the Cliffs of Moher are now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site and a Special Protection Area for Birds (Common Gulls, Chough, Razorbill and Atlantic Puffins are all common sights). Return to Doolin for lunch on our own and some time to relax in one of the local pubs. Gus O’Connors and McGanns and favorites. Overnight: Strand Hotel, Limerick (B)
Wednesday, 13 July
This morning visit King John’s Castle in the heart of Limerick City. It’s a mighty fortress with a dramatic history and over 800 years of stories within its walls, which is brought to life in a stunning exhibition. Touch-screen technology will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. Watch out for a dazzling array of CGI animations and ghostly projections.
Next stop the iconic Rock Of Cashel, a large mound of limestone bristling with ancient fortifications including an ancient cathedral, chapel and castle, some of which date back to the 12th Century. A brief photo-stop here before arriving in Waterford.
Overnight: Towers Hotel, Waterford (B, D)
Thursday, 14 July
Our first tour of the day will be with Jack Burtchaell on his award-winning walking tour of Waterford. He will take us through the regional capital and Ireland’s oldest city, including two cathedrals, four national monuments, and a gallery of rogues and rascals, delivered in a witty, entertaining style, by a master storyteller. In the afternoon visit the House of Waterford Crystal which comprises a visitor center and opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. We’ll observe skilled craftsmen blow, cut, and polish this Irish keepsake. Peruse the exquisite showrooms and shop for the perfect piece to bring home. Waterford is Ireland’s oldest center of continuous urban settlement and is consequently Ireland’s oldest city. Overnight: Towers Hotel, Waterford (B)
Friday, 15 July
This morning stop in New Ross in County Wexford to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840’s famine to transport emigrants to North America. One notable fact about the port of New Ross is that it is the port from which Patrick Kennedy, the great-grandfather of President John F. Kennedy departed for America. JKF returned to New Ross and gave a memorable address from the quay in 1963. Our next stop will be Highbanks Orchard located just outside Kilkenny. It is Ireland’s smallest legal (and the only organic) spirit distillery who produce spirits from raw materials grown on their own farm. We will have a tour and tasting here and see the beautiful copper still, in action. Some free time in Kilkenny to see the Castle and explore on foot. Overnight: Kilashee Manor, Kildare (B, D)
Saturday, 16 July
This morning our first stop will be Powerscourt House and Gardens. Step inside and explore the magnificent 47-acre gardens, voted 3rd best garden in the World. Marvel at the sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Enjoy a coffee or light lunch in the café overlooking the beautiful grounds or do some shopping in the Avoca store. Next stop Newgrange Silver and enjoy a tour of the factory. See first-hand the intricate craft of creating quality sterling silver and silver-plated tableware as well as the many jewelry and gift items which Newbridge Silverware is renowned for worldwide. Arrangements will be made to attend Mass this evening at the Church of Our Lady in Naas. Return to Killashee for your farewell dinner. Overnight: Killashee Manor, Kildare (B, D)
Sunday, 17 July
After an early breakfast depart for the Dublin Airport for your return flight to Philadelphia on American departing at 11.15am, arriving in Philladelphia at 1.55pm. (B)
Weather and circumstances beyond our control may suggest or require changes to the itinerary.
This tour is subject to the terms and conditions listed on www.isleinntours.com. Mobility requirement is moderate.
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner
Admissions Included/Tour Highlights
Round-trip air on American Airlines from Philadelphia
Driver/guide for 11 days
10 Nights 4-star accommodations including 2 nights in a Castle
10 Full Irish breakfasts (B)
8 Group Dinners: Table d’hôte dinners at your hotels (D)
Admissions as highlighted in the itinerary
Porterage of one suitcase per person
Meals where not indicated
Gratuity to the Driver/Guide
Travel Insurance – we strongly encourage all customers to consider travel insurance.