Package price includes:
•Round-trip airfare from San Antonio Intl.
•Daily breakfasts and dinners
•Transfers, as per itinerary
•Sightseeing & Admissions fees, as per itinerary
•Passion Play ticket
•Professional tour guide for the group
•Meals not specified in the program (lunches)
•Travel insurance (optional)
•Passport & visa costs, if any
•Personal Items (telephone calls, room service, etc.)
•Any other items not specifically mentioned above
Day 1 – Depart to Munich
We board our international flight to Germany. Enjoy complimentary meals and beverages aboard the flight.
Day 2 – Munich
We arrive in Munich, Germany. Upon arrival at the Bavarian capital, you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver at the airport. Enjoy a panoramic tour on the way to your hotel. Relax and settle in as you enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow pilgrims.
Day 3 – Oberammergau
Today we continue to Oberammergau, where the afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous Passion Play. This play is only celebrated every 10 years!
Day 4 – Oberammergau – Munich
Today we will spend a leisurely morning in Oberammergau. In the afternoon, we will visit Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops.
Day 5 – Fáilte (Welcome) to Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Westport
Today we board our flight to Ireland. Upon arrival in Dublin, you will be greeted by your guide. We will visit the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise, one of Ireland’s most celebrated holy places, where we see the 12th century round tower and ancient High Crosses, as well as the many churches and temples at this hollowed site. Afterwards, we continue to Westport for a panoramic tour of this charming town. Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 6 – Westport: Excursion to Knock & Ballintubber
This morning we enjoy an excursion to Knock, visited each year by more than 1.5 million pilgrims. Upon arriving here as a pilgrim in the autumn of 1979, Pope John Paul II declared: “Now I am at the goal of my pilgrimage to Ireland!” We will enjoy a guided tour of the Shrine’s grounds to learn the story of the apparitions here. We celebrate Mass then afterwards make our way to Claremorris, we visit Ballintubber Abbey where Mass has been celebrated daily for over 800 years! St. Patrick baptized converts at a well, and this was the traditional starting point for the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick.
Day 7 – Westport – Burren – Cliffs of Moher
Today we leave Westport and head south, passing through the mesmerizing landscapes of The Burren region. Its stone formations have lain unspoiled since the ice age. We stop at the town of Ballyvaughan for Mass this morning. We then drive to the Cliffs of Moher, sheer cliffs dropping 600 feet to the water below. We continue our journey to Killarney.
Day 8 – Ring of Kerry & Cruise on the Lake Killarney
This morning we join the local community in Killarney for Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Then we are off for a scenic ride around a portion of the famed Ring of Kerry. This afternoon we enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lough Leane, the most famous of the Lakes of Killarney. Dinner tonight is on our own to explore the local pub scene.
Day 9 – Cahir Castle – Rock of Cashel
This morning we travel first to County Tipperary to visit Cahir Castle, one of the largest castles in Ireland, sited on an island in the River Suir. Construction of the castle began in 1142 AD by Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond. After our visit, we continue on to the Rock of Cashel. Possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions. Here, in 450 AD, St. Patrick baptized King Aengus. We tour the ruins here, including Cashel Cathedral, still in very good condition given its age. Granted to the church in the 12th century, the Rock became the seat of the archbishop of Cashel. Today, impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, a cathedral, a 12th century Romanesque chapel, and high crosses.
Day 10 – Dublin – Guinness Storehouse
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city. We will see Georgian Dublin, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland), and also Christ Church Cathedral. We will also visit Trinity College, where the famous Book of Kells is kept. We celebrate Mass at Whitefriar Street Church. Afterwards, we enjoy a guided tour to the famous Guinness Storehouse.
Day 11 – Dublin – Glendalough
We depart for Glendalough – the Glen between the Two Lakes, one of Ireland’s most beloved early Monastic sites. According to legend, St. Kevin retired to this spot to be alone, living as a hermit for years. We celebrate Mass at St. Kevin’s Church. We return to Dublin for the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12 – Dublin
Today we board our return flight home. This concludes our services. Thank you for traveling with us!
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