8 Days

Catholic Grandparents Association

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families

Dubline, Ireland  |  August 20 - 27, 2018

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Join Us as we celebrate the 9th Annual World Meeting of Families in the Emerald Isle! "The Gospel of Family, Joy to the World!"

Long known as the "Isle of Saints and Scholars", Ireland was the epicenter of Christian learning while the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages. As the home of Saints Patrick, Bridget, Columba, and many more, Ireland also provides many faith-based attractions- from the Book of Kells, (an elaborately scripted 9th-century version of the Four Gospels), to the Knock Shrine (a leading Marian pilgrimage site), historic abbeys, cathedrals, churches, and high crosses.

Many wonderful events will be taking place at the World Meeting, as well as throughout Dublin. That includes Liturgical and Cultural Events, Testimonies, Lectures, and Workshops during the week - as well as Special Masses and Events in the evening! Not to mention the Opening and Closing Celebrations, and Concerts.

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Catherine Wiley
(Founder of Catholic Grandparents Association)

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK Airport)
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 6 nights: Aug 21 - 27 | Gresham Hotel, Dublin
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • World Meeting of Family Registration and Event Fees
  • Arrangements for Mass Daily
  • Tips to Restaurants
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Gresham Hotel
Dublin

6 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage, both Pre-Existing Conditions and throughout your trip. From Medical and Dental Emergencies, Loss of Luggage, Trip Delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Monday - August 20, 2018 - Depart for Dublin

Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Ireland. Meals will be served on board

Day2
Tuesday - August 21, 2018 - Arrive in Dublin (Attend the Opening Ceremony)

Cead Mile Failte - Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. We will have a panoramic city tour on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city's main streets, O'Connell Street, Custom House, and Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. 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 I. Time permitting we visit the ancient library contain-ing over 20,000 manuscripts, among which is the Book of Kells, a manu-script from the 9th century written by the monks at St. Colombo's monas-tery 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 and monuments. The ornate stained glass win-dows can be found in the Chancel. In the late afternoon we transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
*Opening Ceremony at Croke Park

Day3
Wednesday - August 22, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Following breakfast, we will make our way to attend the first day of the Pastoral Congress for the World Meeting of Families. Over the next three days, there will be a series of major panels, workshops, keynote speakers, testimonies and activities. Each day, the Pastoral Congress will explore themes from The Joy of Love under a particular heading. After a full day, return to your hotel for dinner. You will have the evening free to spend at your own leisure.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme - The Family and Faith

Day4
Thursday - August 23, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the loca-tion for the second day of the Pastoral Congress. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Re-turn to the Hotel for dinner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme - The Family and Love

Day5
Friday - August 24, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

After breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the final day of Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel for dinner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme - The Family and Hope

Day6
Saturday - August 25, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Make your way to breakfast, and prepare to celebrate one of the most significant and beautiful events within every World Meeting of Families. Today will be a spent gathering with pilgrims around the world, and cele-brating the gift of "family". A cultural celebration will be taking place throughout the day, in the form of music, dance, song, and prayer. Stories will be given by families representing the five continents - along with many other activities. Dinner and overnight.
*Attend the Festival of Families

Day7
Sunday - August 26, 2018 - Closing Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families

Today is an early morning, which will start with breakfast, and then mak-ing our way on foot to the Closing Ceremony (location: TBD.) Starting with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity, and for the gift of family and for its sanctification. This Mass will mark the conclu-sion of the World Meeting of Families, along with the next Diocese to host the event in conjunction with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will be announced. This is expected to be a full day event. Return to the Hotel for your final dinner in Ireland, and a restful nights sleep.
*Schedule for Closing Ceremony - and - Solemn Eucharistic Celebration

Day8
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Dublin - Return Home

This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your return flights home.
*Stop at Dardistown Cemetery on the way to Dublin Airport - TBD

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2018 Dates & Prices

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*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,069.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

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Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel.
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Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,069.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Special Clergy Discount

Discount is offered to ordained clergy in the Roman Catholic Church: deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively as well, as Catholic Sisters.

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Ireland

Long known as the "Isle of Saints and Scholars", Ireland was the epicenter of Christian learning while the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages. As the home of Saints Patrick, Bridget, Columba, and many more, Ireland also provides many faith-based attractions- from the Book of Kells, (an elaborately scripted 9th-century version of the Four Gospels), to the Knock Shrine (a leading Marian pilgrimage site), historic abbeys, cathedrals, churches, and high crosses.

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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