Spirit of Ireland - Fr. Tom Walker (1909)

September 23 - October 4, 2019

Must be Physically Able to Travel

Magi Travel tours require participants to be able to do a considerable amount of walking (3-5 miles per day), sometimes on uneven, rough or hilly terrain. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who is physically able to assist you and they will also need to register for the trip. Magi Travel Tour Coordinators, Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues. Please note that scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Daily Itinerary

Monday, September 23: United States to Dublin

Overnight flight across the Atlantic. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Tuesday, September 24: Welcome to Ireland, Blarney Castle, Killarney

Blarney CastleArrive at Dublin Airport; meet your Driver/Guide in the arrivals hall immediately after clearing immigration and customs. Board your luxury coach and travel a short distance to a local restaurant for a full Irish breakfast before traveling to Killarney.

Your first stop will be to the quaint village of Blarney outside Cork to visit Blarney Castle. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy’s, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney Stone, traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. There will be time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills.

Continue on to Killarney for a two-night stay. (B,D)

Wednesday, September 25: Ring of Kerry Highlights, Kenmare, Killarney National Park

KenmareIn the morning, tour some highlights of the Ring of Kerry. Spend time in Kenmare, one of the most beautiful towns in Ireland. The Gaelic name of the town is Neidin, meaning “the little nest.” Kenmare was founded in 1670 and the unique charm and inherent beauty remains unchanged.

Enjoy lunch in a seaside restaurant with magnificent views over Kenmare Bay. After lunch, continue to Moll’s Gap and travel along the Lakes of Killarney into Killarney National Park, passing Ladies View, with it’s views over the Lakes of Killarney. Old-fashioned horse-drawn jaunting cars will bring you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Killarney. (B,L)

Thursday, September 26: Cliffs of Moher, Galway

Cliffs of MoherTravel north though County Kerry. Take a short ferry ride at Tarbert to cross the mouth of the River Shannon to Killimer in County Clare.

Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way through the Burren country to visit the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the sea and extend five miles along the coast. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and offer some of the most amazing views in Ireland. Continue on along the southern shore of Galway into Galway city for a two-night stay.

Dinner and overnight in Galway. (B,D)

Friday, September 27: Kylemore Abbey, Ashford Castle

Kylemore AbbeyVisit Kylemore Abbey, stunningly located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Tour the elegant mansion and church set beside a tranquil lake. Learn of the tales of tragedy and romance, royal visits and the Abbey’s former role as a boarding school.

Take a walk through the magical victorian walled garden. Visit Ashford Castle for Afternoon Tea!

Return to Galway, where you will have the evening on your own. Consider a stop in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church on the main street where Columbus prayed on his way to find the New World.

Overnight in Galway. (B, Afternoon Tea)

Saturday, September 28: Ballintubber Abbey, Lough Eske Castle

Ballintubber AbbeyTravel towards Castlebar to visit Ballintubber Abbey which is known as “the Abbey that refused to die.” In 1653, the Abbey was left roofless after destruction and burning by Cromwell’s army. For 250 years the local people of the area attended Mass in wind, rain and snow. Ballintubber is one of the most impressive church buildings in Ireland today.

Continue on to Donegal for a two-night stay in the 5-Star Lough Eske Castle. Dinner and overnight at Lough Eske Castle. (B,D)

Sunday, September 29: Lough Eske Castle, Donegal

Lough Eske CastleToday will be a day at leisure to relax in the splendor and luxury of Lough Eske Castle or spend time in Donegal town. Enjoy the spa and pool facilities, or stroll the country roads along the shores of Lough Eske. Drop in to nearby Harvey’s Point Hotel for a coffee or a drink.

In the afternoon, for those interested, our coach will travel the short distance into Donegal town. Shopping is wonderful at the House of Magee in Donegal where you will find a great selection of Irish goods and a particularly great selection of the world-famous Donegal Tweeds.

Overnight at Lough Eske Castle. (B)

Monday, September 30: Giant's Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery, Belfast

Giant's CausewayTour north along the coast of Northern Ireland to visit Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2015 was awarded the UK’s Best Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards.

Visit Bushmills Distillery, the world's oldest whiskey distillery having received a license in 1608. See how whiskey is distilled and then try a sample at the end of your tour. Travel down the Antrim Coast Road, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland, through the villages of Cushendall, Cushendun and Carnlough to Belfast.

Dinner and overnight in Belfast. (B,D)

Tuesday, October 1: Belfast "Black Taxi" Tour, Titanic Museum

Belfast Black Taxi TourExperience a “Black Taxi” tour. You will be guided through sites of historical and political interest, learn about the significance of the Belfast murals and see key landmarks throughout the city. Learn about “The Troubles,” the 30-year conflict between Catholics and Protestants.

Visit the incredible Titanic Belfast Museum. Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new, iconic, six floor exhibition right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction.

Afternoon is free in Belfast. Overnight in Belfast. (B)

Wednesday, October 2: St. Patrick Centre, Guinness Storehouse, Dubliin

Guinness StorehouseTravel to Downpatrick to visit the St. Patrick Centre, located beside Down Cathedral in the medieval heart of Downpatrick. Discover the story of St. Patrick and his place in Ireland’s history. Visit the gardens which lead to the reputed grave of St. Patrick.

Continue to Dublin. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world-famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the rooftop bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city.

Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Dublin. (B)

Thursday, October 3: Dublin City Tour, Merry Ploughboys Irish Night

Trinity CollegeA local guide will show you around the prominent historic buildings and monuments of Dublin. Stop in Trinity College to view the 9th-century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the gospels.

The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing, shopping or relaxing before dinner this evening at the Merry Ploughboys Pub. Enjoy a traditional Irish night with music, song and Irish dancing.

Overnight in Dublin. (B,D)

Friday, October 4: Farewell

Transfer to Dublin Airport for your journey home. (B)

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Group Meals: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

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