Monday 9/12 ~ After mass and a Full Breakfast at the Scotsman Hotel you will be free to explore Edinburgh. Enjoy the pubs, restaurants, and shops on the Royal mile. Dinner and a show will be at the "Spirit of Scotland Show".
Tuesday 9/13 ~ After mass and a Full Breakfast at the Scotsman Hotel we'll board our
coach & tour; The Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Queen's home Holyroodhouse. Diner location this evening T.B.D.
Wednesday 9/14 ~ After mass and a Full Breakfast at the Scotsman Hotel we will pack up and check out! Our coach will take us to the docks, and we'll catch the ferry back to Belfast. We will check back in at the Europa Hotel. Patrick will be celebrating a successful jaunt to Scotland in the Crown Liquor Saloon across the street from The Europa. If you show up, He might buy you a drink or two! Dinner tonight will be either at 'The Flame Restaurant' or on the second floor of 'The Crown Liquor Saloon', Anne’s decision.
Thursday 9/15 ~ After mass and a Full Irish Breakfast at the Europa Hotel we will explore the mysteries of the Titanic. We will go to the museum that was built on the site where they built the Titanic. "Titanic Belfast" Anne will tell us where to eat before then.
Friday 9/16 ~ After mass and a Full Breakfast at the Europa Hotel we will check out and board our coach. It is about a 2-hour ride to Dublin. We'll stay in the outskirts of Dublin because tomorrow we have a flight home! Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
UPDATE! We have a tentative ok to attend the 'Taylor 3 Rock' Irish show. We need to fill 44 seats at the show. If we have the required 44 travelors, on our final night we will attend the best Irish dinner show in Ireland! Taylors 3 Rock's'! click on the video below to sample 'Taylor 3 Rock'.
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Join Fr. Santhosh on
the St. Mark Faith and Fun Tour!
in 3 Countries
Sunday 9/4/2022 ~ A luxury coach will take us from Baltimore County to the Philadelphia Airport. We will fly overnight to Dublin, Ireland.
Tuesday 9/6 ~ After a Full Irish breakfast at the Eyre hotel we'll attend mass then we board our coach to travel inland to the Clonmacnoise Monastic Site. A spectacular monastery on the banks of the River Shannon. We will enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Clonmacnoise Settlement. You will hear stories of how Vikings and other Irish raided and plundered the settlement! St Ciarán founded his monastery on the banks of the River Shannon in the 6th Century. The monastery flourished and became a great seat of learning, a University of its time with students from all over Europe. The ruins include a Cathedral, two round Towers, three high crosses, nine Churches and over 700 Early Christian graveslabs. We will leave Clonmacnoise and stop at "Sean's Bar" for a light late lunch. Sean's Bar is the oldest bar in Europe! We will hear the story of the pub and how they believe Whiskey was first introduced to the Irish on the location! Patrick will pick-up the check for our light lunch! You are on your own for your drinks. We will return to Galway where we will have dinner as a group in a restaurant to be determined.
Wednesday 9/7 ~ After mass and a Full Irish breakfast at the Eyre hotel we will check-out board the coach and drive North towards Ballina. On the way we will visit Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey is a community of Benedictine nuns, women committed to witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus through the monastic life of prayer, work, and community according to the Rule of St. Benedict at Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway and within the Archdiocese of Tuam.
Since arriving in Kylemore on 4 December 1920, their community has been anchored in the spiritual, social, educational, and cultural life of Connemara and of Ireland through their monastic life, their mission, and their stewardship of Kylemore Estate.
For over three hundred years the community expressed its outreach of hospitality primarily in the education of Catholic girls in Ypres and later in Kylemore. The closure of their school in 2010 gave us the opportunity to explore our understanding of their mission . Today, they are engaged in developing a mission of Benedictine hospitality at Kylemore for the future.
A visit to Kylemore is more than an enjoyable outing. It is an encounter with a unique place that invites the visitor to relax and attend to what she is experiencing:
• a place of stunning natural beauty
• a warm welcome, catering in a simple yet excellent manner to the needs of the visitor;
• a history of the human stewardship of this estate – land-use, architecture, horticulture – balancing respect for the environment and the needs of human beings;
• a beautiful place, demonstrating what can be created and maintained by endeavour, resilience, and optimism of the owners of the estate and the local people through the vicissitudes of 200 years in Connemara;
• discovering that behind this experience is a faith community living a life of prayer centred on God the Creator, and an invitation to experience their worship.
Tonight, and the next 3 nights we will be staying at The Ballina Manor Hotel. We will dine tonight at the Ballina Manor hotel.
Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Saturday 9/17/2022 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast we will be taken directly to Dublin airport. We will say our goodbyes to Ireland and fly to the land of the brave and the land of the free. For those of us who took the coach to the Philadelphia Airport from Catonsville, that same coach will meet you in Philly to take you back to your car where you were picked-up on September 4th 2022.
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Sunday September 4th through Saturday Sept 17th 2022.
Monday 9/5 ~We land in Ireland. After collecting our bags, we will board our first class coach. We will have mass at St Sylvester in the town of Malahide. Malahide is only 5 minutes from the airport. Our driver will take us to The Bunratty Castle and Folk Park . We get to stretch our legs in Bunratty Folk Park before before boarding our Coach to head to Adare where we will visit Trinitarian Abbey Trinitarian is the order of Fr. Santhosh. After a prayer of thanks at Trinitarian Abbey we will continue our journey North to 'The Cliffs of Moher'. The Cliffs are over 700 feet above the Atlantic and will leave us excited and humbled. We will depart from 'The Cliffs' and travel North to Galway. Galway historically is known as "The City of Tribes" more currently it is known as a college town alive with the spirit of young Irish students. Galway has many points of interest not the least of which is the pubs and restaurants. Your guide, Anne will help you find things most interesting to you. For the next two nights we will be staying at the Eyre Square Hotel in center city Galway. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
This Tour includes:
*You can start your trip from almost any U.S. or Canadian airport.
*Transportation from St. Mark's in Baltimore County to the Philadelphia Airport.
* Roundtrip Airfare to Dublin? (if selected)
* Luxury Coach Transportation in Ireland with a professional driver.
* Anne, our seasoned and knowledgeable Guide. Anne will share her knowledge of Ireland's recent and ancient history throughout the Tour.
* A full Irish breakfast every morning, except the day we arrive.
* Dinner every evening at a Local restaurant or at your hotel.
* A visit to The Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
* a visit toTrinitarian Abbey.
* A stop at 'The Cliffs of Moher'.
* Admission to the Clonmacnoise Monastic site.
* 2 Nights in Galway.
* A light lunch atThe world's oldest Pub!? Sean's Bar
* A Tour of"Stirling Castle"
* Admission to the Royal Yacht Britannia
* The return To Belfast via the Ferry.
* 2 Nights in Belfast at The Europa Hotel
* Admission to Titanic Belfast
* A Night in Dublin and a live Irish Show at 3-Rocks
* Transportation from your hotel to, the Dublin Airport.
* Airfare to The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave! (If you selected the air option).
* Transportation from the Philadelphia airport to St. Marks in Catonsville (where you were picked-up on 9/4/2022 in Baltimore County).
$3,393 Per Person Sharing. Land Package doesn't include airfare.
$4,138 Per Person Sharing. Full Package includes airfare.
$1,326 Single Supplement.
This Tour is at Activity Level one,
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Patrick's Custom Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment, hotels and other features when they cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.
Thursday 9/8 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast we'll attend mass at the Ballina Manor Hotel we'll board our coach and we will stop at "Ballintubber Abbey the Abbey that refused Die". The Mass has been said in the Ballintubber Abbey without a break since the year of it’s foundation in 1216. We have often heard of the heroic struggle of the Irish people to keep the faith in spite of dungeons, fire and sword. Nothing emphasises this fact more for us than the story of Ballintubber Abbey. For 236 years the people were attending Mass in the unroofed Abbey exposed to the cold and the wind and the rain. This is not mere conjecture; the photographs of 1865 show the congregation kneeling on the grass covered ground. The priest has finished Mass; the vestments may be seen on the altar while the priest continues the instruction of the children. Though the Mass is over the people still continue to kneel, drinking in the word of God. In this modern age of heated air-conditioned churches it is good for us to meditate on what our forefathers endured to practice the faith which Saint Patrick planted so deeply in Baile tobair Phádraig- the townland of the well of Saint Patrick. You will not want to leave the abbey; it possesses you with warmth. But we will! It's back on our coach to head to the "The Wild Atlantic Way" Via Achill Island. Along the way, we will view some of the world's most scenic beauty. We will stop to take photos enjoy the fresh sea air. The breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and shoreline will remain with us for a lifetime. This evening on our way back to Ballina, we’ll stop for dinner at Nevin’s Inn. A family owned and operated restaurant known for their food and hospitality. We should arrive in Ballina early enough for those who might like a last call in the hotel's pub.
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Friday 9/9 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Ballina Manor Hotel we'll board our coach and go to the 'Holy Shrine of Knock'. On the evening of the 21st of August 1879, a heavenly Apparition occurred at the gable wall of the Parish Church when Our Lady appeared, in the company of St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. Unique to the Knock Apparition was appearance of a Lamb standing before a Cross on a plain altar and surrounded by angels. The Apparition lasted for about two hours and 15 official witnesses gave their testimonies to a Commission of Enquiry in October of that year. After taking the time to say your prayers to the Blessed Mother, we will board our coach and go to "The Foxford Woolen Mill" When most people think of gifts from Ireland they think of Wool Sweaters, etc. The Foxford Woolen Mills usually have their big in-store sale in September. If you find something you like they will ship it. Patrick's Mother is from Foxford, and 1/2 mile away is the town where his dad grew up. We'll stop at Boland's Bar in Swinford, it's owned by our cousin Shamus. After seeing all the fancy Pubs it's a chance to relax in a real Irish Pub with real Irish people. Help keep Ireland green! When we get back to Ballina we'll have dinner at Dillons in Ballina.
Saturday 9/10 ~ After mass and a Full Irish Breakfast at the Ballina Manor Hotel we'll Check-out and board our coach and head North to Sligo. We'll stop at Drumcliffe Church where William Butler Yeats lies. Then we will cross the border into Great Britain. Our first stop in will be Enniskillen, UK (A.K.A. Northern Ireland!) at the Belleek Pottery factory. We will be traveling East towards Belfast where we will bed down at the Europa Hotel. Dinner tonight will be at the Europa Hotel.
Sunday 9/11 ~ After mass and a Full Irish Breakfast at the Europa Hotel we will check-out board coach and head towards the docks. We will catch the ferry to Scotland. Our coach driver is fully licensed to operate in all 3 countries and will be taking the coach on the ferry! While on the ferry you are free to de-board our coach and go to the Ferry lounge. We will land in Scotland and go to Stirling Castle for a private tour. Information on Mass will follow. Our Hotel for the 3 nights in Edinburgh is 'The Scotsman Hotel'. We will check in to the Scotsman have a chance to freshen-up and have dinner at our Hotel. Mass Time will be posted ASAP.