Medjugorje and Ireland Tour

Queen of Peace in Medjugorje and Our Lady of Knock, two Marian Shrines in two such different countries, two so different cultures, history and yet so firmly bonded with the Mother Of God in two so different apparitions! Shortest in Knock and the longest in Medjugorje! We will be pleased to show you both places, to have you pray in a quiet and green Knock and so vibrant and rocky Medjugorje! One Mary one devotion, one pilgrimage!

 

                                                            Pilgrimage to Medjugorje & Ireland

                                                                           June 1 – 10, 2019
                                                                         October 7 - 17, 2019

 

                                   Medjugorje – Dublin – Knock – Galway – Cashel  – Glendalough – Dublin  


 



 

DAY 1 Flight to Croatia, Split,

Flight to Croatia, overnight flight from your departure city, meals served on board of the plane.

 

Day 2 CROATIA, Split – Medjugorje

Upon arrival to Split (or Dubrovnik) International Airport group will meet with the guide and the driver and their pilgrimage journey to Medjugorje and Ireland begins. The same day you are after short border formalities, the border between the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the group will arrive in Medjugorje. Check in to hotel, dinner and overnight!

 

Day 3, 4, 5, – MEDJUGORJE (B, D)

On your first morning in Medjugorje after the breakfast, your local English-speaking guide will give you an introduction, a little walk from your hotel to the Church St. James just before English Holy mass at 10:00 am. You will have a chance to participate in many activities during your stay in Medjugorje. 

Visiting Bijakovici village, all six visionaries come from it; you will go up the Apparition Hill, Podbrdo, place where Our Lady first appeared.   Each evening at 6:00 pm you and thousands of other pilgrims will pray the rosary. Every evening you will pray all three Mysteries during the evening program. In Our Lady’s messages, it was repeated many times how important is to come to mass where “we meet Jesus alive.” Messages of Prayer of the Rosary, Holy Mass, and Confession are the center of the evening program at St. James church. The apparition takes place at 5:40 pm or 6:40 daylight savings time, and even today according to the words of three visionaries the apparition takes place every day to Vicka, Ivan, and MarijaMirjana, Jakov, and Ivanka are the three visionaries who don’t have daily apparitions but once a year. During your stay, you will be able to attend the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Veneration of the Cross in the parish church. After the Holy Mass, there is the Blessing of the Sick and blessing of the religious items. Among other activities, you will have a chance to climb the “Cross mountain,” Krizevac as local people know it, visit the “Blue Cross,” another place of the apparition of Our Lady! Every pilgrim In Medjugorje will have time for private devotions, shopping, or simply enjoying your own “freedom of prayer.”

 

Day 6 CROATIA – IRELAND (B, D)

Flight to Ireland, flight to Dublin from Split International Airport!

At Dublin airport, we meet our Irish tour guide. He will help us discover this beautiful, picturesque and charming Emerald Island. We will have a panoramic city tour on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by General Post Office on the city's main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, Custom House. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College which is the oldest university in Ireland founded in 1592 by Elizabeth 1st. Time permitting we visit the ancient library containing over twenty thousand manuscripts, among which is Book of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th century written by the monks at St. Colombo's monastery on the island of Iona. Today we will also visit St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. This Gothic Cathedral has a splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs monuments and the ornate stained-glass windows in the Chancel. Later in the afternoon is our transfer to the hotel in the area for dinner and night rest.

 

Day 7 – Dublin - Knock Shrine, (B;D)

Today we will leave Dublin and head towards the Mayo County. On our Christian path is a visit to Knock and the shrine situated in the plains of East Mayo. It is one of the world’s leading Marian shrines. On 21st August 1879, at about 8 o'clock, fifteen people; women, men, and children, witnessed an Apparition. We will visit the Basilica, the largest church in Ireland. Knock is a very popular pilgrimage destination, and in 1979 Pope John Paul II visited this holy place. We will spend the afternoon on our own, after mass some private prayer time at the shrine, free time for lunch and shopping before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8 – Knock – Clonmacnoise – Galway, (B;D)

This morning we will leave Knock and, on the way, to visit Clonmacnoise, which is Ireland's most important monastic site, which is overlooking the River Shannon. The site was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century and consists of a walled field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers, and graves. In the afternoon we will drive to Galway, a city that has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and many authentic pubs, some free time before dinner at the hotel.

 

Day 9 – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Rock of Cashel, (B;D), Sept. 30th, 2018, Sunday  

After an excellent Irish breakfast, we will leave Galway. You will be going south through CLARE county beautiful landscapes, we visit the Cliffs of Moher and through Lahinch continue towards Limerick. Later in the afternoon visit to Rock of Cashel standing high in the middle of the "Golden Vale," these religious buildings, dating from the 12th century, form the most spectacular medieval set in Ireland. The Cathedral, the Round Tower, and Cormac Chapel, which is the first Irish Romanesque church, testify the importance of the site. This place used to be the seat of the High Kings of Munster, so once more we find here the two traditions and cultures meeting with one another where the story of St. Patrick's Cross will tell us more…! Dinner and overnight will be in one of the hotels in the area of Cashel.   

 

Day 10 – Rock of Cashel – Kilkenny – Glendalough – Dublin (B;D), Oct. 1st, 2018, Monday  

Today we are traveling to Dublin pass through Medieval Kilkenny; this route continues to Baltinglass where we find the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. The later journey will continue through Ireland’s true scenic treasures - Wicklow, called the 'Garden of Ireland.' Visit Glendalough, an ancient and fascinating monastic city, established in the 6th century by St. Kevin, in the heart of "the valley of the two lakes" (Gleann da Loch). It was a very important center of learning as well as a pilgrimage destination.

There are many legends concerning St. Kevin, and he is often compared to St. Francis of Assisi. The Interpretative Centre traces the history of its community through an exhibition and an audio-visual, which relates to the Golden Age of early Christian Ireland. Then we'll be taken on a guided tour of the site, which includes a Round Tower, the ruins of the Cathedral, and "St. Kevin's Kitchen" surrounded by an old cemetery. In the evening group will leave for Abbey Tavern (or similar place) for dinner.  The restaurant is in the fishing village near Dublin, where we will enjoy Irish singers and musicians in an authentic Irish atmosphere. Our last night will be at our hotel in Dublin.

 

Day 11 – Dublin, Ireland – Syracuse/ Rochester, NY USA, Oct. 2nd, 2018, Tuesday

This morning our tour to Ireland came to an end. Transfer to Dublin International Airport for the flight back home! We are arriving home to the USA same day.
 


 

Inclusive Medjugorje & Ireland tour:

  • Airfares, Syracuse – Medjugorje – Dublin – Syracuse
  • Airport taxes
  • 4 nights Medjugorje, 3* hotel, dinner, and breakfast, drinks incl., Sept. 23 – 27,
  • 5 nights Ireland, 3* & 4* hotels, dinner and breakfast incl.–no drinks, Sept. 27-Oct.2,
  • Transfers Split Airport – Medjugorje – Split/Dubrovnik Airport
  • Transfers in Ireland, high-class tourist bus whole time with the group
  • Tour escorts/guide in Medjugorje
  • Tour escort/guide in Ireland
  • Entrance fees in Ireland according to the itinerary

 

Not Included:

  • Travel Insurance – strongly recommended!
  • Personal expenses, visas, passport
  • Lunch daily & drinks in Ireland at the dinner
  • Tips for guides and drivers
     


DATES:
 

June 1 – 10, 2019
 

October 7 - 17, 2019


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