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11 Days

Celtic Journey to Ireland

May

Celtic Journey to Ireland

Tour Price:

$4189

Travel with Seamus (Jim) on a transformative 11-day odyssey to Ireland, traversing from the vibrant streets of Dublin to the untamed beauty of the wild Atlantic Way You will be treated to an intimate experience of the emerald isle and you’ll also be introduced to the magic of this country and its Celtic philosophy – where the seen and unseen meet in wondrous magical moments – through the wisdom of the landscape, the blessing and poetry of the ages, and the joyful Presence of the Irish people. Through songs, poetry, and teachings of Jim’s friends you will gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual and cultural significance that continues to shape Ireland today. Traveling with Seamus to Ireland is not just a trip; it’s a transformative experience that will leave you with a profound appreciation for this captivating land’s beauty, history, and spirit.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 days in Dublin including a walking tour of Dublin’ with Mark Leinster, exploring the mythology of the early Irish, and the e remainder of day to enjoy Dublin on your own: hop on hop off the bus or Trinity College, or a pint at the famous Temple bar.
  • On our last day in Dublin we offer an optional scenic drive to the countryside of Glendalough and Wicklow famous for its sparkling lakes and a relaxing walk to the upper lake and monastic ruins. ½ day
  • We venture westward from Dublin, the landscape unfurls like a grand tapestry, revealing the patchwork of Ireland’s riches. We stop for lunch at Bunratty Castle and afterward make a pilgrimage to St. Brigid’s well before a walk along the sheer majesty of the Cliffs of Moher.
  • In the embrace of the Burren’s ancient stones and the festive atmosphere of the Doolin’s pubs we will find ourselves immersed in the heartbeat of Ireland. Two nights in the town of Doolin, staying at the Fiddle and Bow Hotel. The hotel is in the center of Doolin, famous for its scenery and music in the pubs.
  • A morning of Song and Stories with No’ir’n Ni Riain and a guided walk through the Burren, a world-renowned destination known for its unique Karst landscape, created by acidic rain dissolving limestone. We will visit John O’Donohue’s favorite sacred sites with guide Pius Murray.
  • Stop in Galway for lunch and sightseeing on our way to the Aran Island Ferry. Crossing the waters to the island of Inishmore with a 2-night stay at my friends Treasa and Burt’s Kilmurvey guest house.
  • Explore the ancient cliffside fort of Dún Aonghasa and other sacred sites on the island. Enjoy the island’s stark beauty with solitary walks along the beach or rocky paths.
  • As we leave the island our path leads us along the west coast and through Adare, a quaint haven in Limerick County, where history whispers through the cobblestone streets. Then we’ll meander further down the coast, stopping for a pint at the South Pole Inn, just before arriving in Dingle and 3 nights at Dingle Benners hotel
  • Dingle is a picturesque town cradled by the sea, known for its food and pubs and walks along the harbor and the spellbinding Slea Head Drive, where every bend reveals a vista more breathtaking than the last.
  • We’ll lose ourselves in the melodies of centuries-old pubs, where music is more than entertainment, it’s the soulful heartbeat of the nation.
  • Our journey is more than a tour, it’s a symphony of experiences, each note more soul-stirring than the last.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  May 16, 2025

Arrive in Ireland, check in at Camden Court Hotel, and have time to rest and enjoy Dublin in the evening have dinner on your own and perhaps a visit to a pub for a taste of Irish music.

Day 2:  May 17, 2025

We will start the day with a walking tour of Dublin with guide Mark Leinster, exploring the mythology of the early Irish, and then have a free afternoon to enjoy Dublin on your own: In Dublin, the vibrant capital city, you can meander through. At the Guinness Brewery, you will not only savor the famous stout but also learn about the centuries-old brewing process and the legacy of Ireland’s most celebrated export. its historic streets and iconic landmarks. A visit to Trinity College will bring you face-to-face with the exquisite beauty of the Book of Kells, a masterpiece of medieval artistry that embodies Ireland’s rich literary traditionStrolling through the serene oasis of Saint Stephen’s Green Park, you will find respite amidst lush gardens and tranquil ponds, a peaceful retreat in the heart of bustling Dublin. Exploring Grafton Street, you will be captivated by its lively atmosphere, eclectic mix of shops, street performers, and bustling cafes, offering a taste of the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

As the day draws to a close, we will have a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant. Afterward, your time in Dublin could culminate in the lively and atmospheric neighborhood of Temple Bar.  

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 3: May 18, 2025

Enjoy your morning in Dublin before we venture to the countryside for an afternoon tour (5 hrs) to Glendalough and Wicklow. known as the “Garden of Ireland”. We will see serene lakes, lush forests, and rich history. Exploring the monastic ruins  of St Kevin’s monastery is like a step back in time and the gentle walk to the upper lake offers some breathtaking views. Then enjoy the lush surroundings as you make your way through the Sally Gap before we return to Dublin.  

Day 4: May 19, 2025

Bid farewell to Dublin as your Celtic adventure unfolds towards the rugged west coast of Ireland. Pause at the ancient walls of Bunratty Castle, a living testament to the country’s storied past. Immerse yourself in the medieval ambiance of a 16th-century pub, one of the oldest in Ireland, and savor the flavors of a bygone era.

We continue westward toward the Atlantic coast and make a pilgrimage to St. Bridgid’s well. Brigid is the Lady of Healing Waters; many wells in Ireland are dedicated to Brigid and the waters are believed to be blessed with her healing grace. The wells are where the power of the underworld erupts to the surface. This connection points where the blood of Mother Earth is freely offered to heal the wounds of humanity and we will be given a red ribbon called” clouties” to tie to the trees around the well. This is a quiet, private act of communion between human beings and the local spirits of the land.

 Afterward, arrive at the Cliffs of The Cliffs of Moher! What a majestic sight they are, standing proudly against the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Walking along those cliffs is a soul-stirring experience, with the vast expanse of the ocean stretching out before.  The sheer beauty and raw power of nature are awe-inspiring. We will then check into our hotel Fiddle and the Bow in Doolin town before having dinner together. Meal Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: May 20, 2025

Enter a realm of spiritual enlightenment as you join the internationally acclaimed Nóirín Ní Riain, whose melodic voice and deep wisdom will elevate your soul. We will also be blessed to hear her son’s Michael wonderful poetry.

 The Celts aligned themselves with nature, invoking the primal energy that governed their lives. Through ritual and symbol, they sought to bring balance to their world.

After time with Nóirín, we will embark on a journey to the breathtaking Burren, a world-renowned destination known for its unique Karst landscape, created by acidic rain-dissolving limestone, making it one of Ireland’s most captivating landscapes and an internationally recognized sustainable tourism destination. We will visit John O’Donohue’s favorite sacred sites with guide Pius Murray. We’ll then return to our hotel in Doolin and have dinner on our own in one of the restaurants or pubs in the village. You’ll not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy traditional Irish music, a pint of Guinness, and a congenial crowd at one of the cozy pubs for which Doolin is famous.

Day 6:  May 21, 2025

 Today, after breakfast we will depart for Galway. Galway’s bustling streets and lively atmosphere make it a perfect stop for lunch and a stroll down Galway’s famous walking street filled with charming shops, cozy cafes, and talented street performers, is the heart of the city.

Then, onto the ferry terminal for the next leg of our adventure – Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Its mystical allure, ancient ruins, and rugged landscapes make it a truly captivating destination.  The time on the island seems to stand still and ancient legends whisper in the wind. Allow yourself to be carried away by the silence and serenity of this sacred place, where every stone tells a story of a bygone era.  We will have dinner at Kilmurvey’s guest house, owned by Treasa and Burt. Jim has been visiting with  Kilmuevey’s for nearly 10 years now.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: May 22, 2025

Awaken in the still silence of Inis Mór, where the echoes of ancient times reverberate through the rugged landscape. Join a soulful silent walk to the enigmatic Dún Aonghasa, a World Heritage site perched precariously on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Feel the power of the elements as you stand on the precipice of history, surrounded by the primal forces of nature. Spend the afternoon having lunch exploring the island’s hidden gems: a walk to the beach, a visit to a hermit’s hut, strolling a rock-walled path way or writing poetry and immerse yourself in its timeless spirit. This is the perfect setting to cultivate silence and solitude in the soul.

We’ll dine together and afterward take a bus back to our guesthouse or take the bus halfway and walk the last 2 miles along the coastal road.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8: May 23, 2025

Starting the morning with a walk to the beach sounds like a serene way to greet the day, or if you prefer returning to Dun Aonghasa to soak in the ancient mystique before we take the ferry back to the mainland.  Our next destination will be Dingle. We will take the ferry back to the mainland and will follow the wild Atlantic way as we travel south to Dingle. Arriving in Dingle, you’ll find yourself immersed in the heart of West Kerry, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Benners Hotel, situated in the center of town, provides a comfortable base for exploring all that Dingle has to offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: May 24, 2025

Today is a wonderfully freeing day! Taking the time to reflect and tune inward amidst the beauty of Dingle sounds like a perfect way to recharge and appreciate the journey thus far. Seamus will lead an optional Tower walk along Dingle Harbor. Take time to explore the charming streets of Dingle, browsing through its eclectic shops, and perhaps indulging in some local cuisine or a pint of Guinness at one of the cozy pubs can offer a true taste of Irish hospitality. Ending the day with traditional Irish music adds a magical touch to your time in Dingle, immersing you in the rich cultural heritage of Ireland.

Meal Included: Breakfast

Day 10:  May 25, 2025


Today, Visiting Saint Gobnaits’s holy well along the stunning Slea Head Drive promises to be a spiritually enriching experience, surrounded by the beauty of the Irish countryside. The journey itself along this iconic coastal route offers breathtaking views of rugged cliffs, rolling green hills, and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Visiting the Blasket Island Center for lunch provides not only a chance to savor delicious Irish cuisine and culture but also the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the Blasket islands.

Afterward we will take a short walk to Saint Gobnaits’s well with beautiful views of the Atlantic. We will next visit Kilmalkedar’s church where we may delve into the rich tapestry of Ireland’s spiritual heritage, surrounded by ancient walls and timeless beauty. Celebrating the tradition of journeying in the Irish culture at St. Brandon’s house is a fitting conclusion to a sacred and memorable pilgrimage through Ireland. Returning to Dingle for a farewell Dinner at Dingle Benners Hotel brings the journey to a full circle, offering a chance to reflect on the experiences and memories along the way.

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Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: May 26, 2025

We rise early today for our transfer to Dublin for our flight home; taking all that we’ve experienced together

Pricing

PRICING FOR 11-DAYS and 10-NIGHTS LAND PACKAGE:$4189.00

Whats included:

All hotels with daily breakfast

Transportation and Guides

Meals mentioned included in the itinerary

All entrance fees

Seamus leadership

Not included

Airfare to Ireland

Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
 as included

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