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Catholic Grandparents Association

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families

Dublin, Ireland  |  Aug 20 - 27, 2018

*Optional Post-Tour to Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick & Galway    |    Aug 27 - 30, 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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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
Gresham 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 for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

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 – Opening Ceremony (World Meeting of Families)

Following breakfast, we will make our way to the Opening Ceremony for the World Meeting of Families. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

*The Family and Faith: Chapters 1 to 3 of The Joy of Love

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

Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the 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 din- ner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own. Time for NIF/CFM/NACFLM meeting & forum will be scheduled

*The Family and Faith: Chapters 4 to 6 of The Joy of Love

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

Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the 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 din- ner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own. Time for NIF/CFM/NACFLM meeting & forum will be scheduled

*The Family and Faith: Chapters 7 to 9 of The Joy of Love

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 making 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 conclusion 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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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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2018 Dates & Prices

Dates

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Aug 20
Monday
Aug 27, 2018
Monday
Aug 21
Tuesday
Aug 27, 2018
Monday
Options & 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)

Post-Tour to Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick & Galway

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Croagh Patrick, Westport, & Knock (Per Person) $779.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Croagh Patrick, Westport & Knock - Private Room (Per Person) $139.00 (USD)

Would like to stop over in Europe?

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.
Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

Options & 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)

Post-Tour to Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick & Galway

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Croagh Patrick, Westport, & Knock (Per Person) $779.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Croagh Patrick, Westport & Knock - Private Room (Per Person) $139.00 (USD)

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Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

Optional Post Tour to Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, and Galway:

August 27 - 30, 2018

  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights | Aug 27 – 30:
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing
  • Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Arrangements for Mass Daily
  • Tips to Restaurants
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Itinerary
Day1
Monday - August 27, 2018 – Dublin - Galway

This morning meet with your driver and guide and depart from Dublin for Knock. En route we will visit Glendalough. We will make a stop at Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site. Founded by St. Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became the great centre of religion, and learning. In a stunning setting, the site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, and the largest collection of early Christian graveslabs in western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display at the visitor centre. Continue on to Galway and check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Galway or area.

Day2
Tuesday - August 28, 2018 - Galway - Westport

This morning depart Galway for Westport. Journey through the Conne-mara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and moun-tains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Connemara is a real paradise for Nature lovers and those in search of strong emo-tions. Next, visit Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey is stunningly locat-ed in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. Continue to Westport and visit Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre. Croag Patrick is one of the most famous pilgrim-age sites in Ireland, where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441 AD in his efforts to convert Ireland to Christianity and the custom has been handed down faithfully from generation to generation. You can climb the steps to the first Station while enjoying spectacular views of Clew Bay and its islands. Check in to your hotel. Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Westport. Special buffet supper hosted at the home of Catherine and Stewart Wiley, at the foot of Croagh Patrick.

Day3
Wednesday - August 29, 2018 – Westport - Knock

This morning we will depart for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Enroute, we will visit Aughagower. Aughagower is situated mid-way along the Tochar Phadraig ancient pilgrimage route from Ballin-tubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick. One of the monuments still in existence is the “Leaba Phadraig” (St. Patrick’s Bed) where the saint is reputed to have slept. Pilgrims performed stations between the bed and the holy well, “Tobair na nDeachan” (the Well of the Deacons) which has now dried up. St. Senach, who was created Bishop of Aughagower by St. Pat-rick, was the founder of the first monastery here. The lovely historic vil-lage of Aughagower is dominated by the striking tenth century round tower and a medieval church, both partly restored. We will also visit Ballintubber Abbey. Built in 1216 for the Canon Regulars of St Augus-tine, Ballintubber Abbey is the only church in Ireland that was founded by an Irish King and which is still in use today. It was built next to the site of an earlier church founded by St Patrick in the 5th century. It is also known as "the Abbey that refused to die" as through its many vicissi-tudes, including burning by Cromwell's army in 1653, the Abbey has remained a place of worship despite years of continuous attacks and reli-gious repression. Ballintubber retains an air of ancient beauty and spiritu-ality and has been restored with simple elegance. Ballintubber is one of the most impressive church buildings in Ireland today. There is a video display and an interpretative centre at the Abbey and the grounds are landscaped to portray spiritual themes. Continue to Knock for Holy Mass. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Knock.

Day4
Thursday - August 30, 2018 - Farewell

Transfer to Shannon or Dublin Airport for return flight home.

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

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.
Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Optional Post Tour to Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, and Galway:

August 27 - 30, 2018

$779 per person
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights | Aug 27 – 30: International Hotel Killarney, Kerry
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing
  • Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Arrangements for Mass Daily
  • Tips to Restaurants
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Itinerary
Day8
Monday - August 27, 2018 – Dublin - Galway

This morning meet with your driver and guide and depart from Dublin for Knock. En route we will visit Glendalough. We will make a stop at Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site. Founded by St. Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became the great centre of religion, and learning. In a stunning setting, the site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, and the largest collection of early Christian graveslabs in western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display at the visitor centre. Continue on to Galway and check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Galway or area.

Day2
Tuesday - August 28, 2018 - Galway - Westport

This morning depart Galway for Westport. Journey through the Conne-mara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and moun-tains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Connemara is a real paradise for Nature lovers and those in search of strong emo-tions. Next, visit Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey is stunningly locat-ed in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. Continue to Westport and visit Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre. Croag Patrick is one of the most famous pilgrim-age sites in Ireland, where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441 AD in his efforts to convert Ireland to Christianity and the custom has been handed down faithfully from generation to generation. You can climb the steps to the first Station while enjoying spectacular views of Clew Bay and its islands. Check in to your hotel. Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Westport. Special buffet supper hosted at the home of Catherine and Stewart Wiley, at the foot of Croagh Patrick.

Day3
Wednesday - August 29, 2018 – Westport - Knock

This morning we will depart for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Enroute, we will visit Aughagower. Aughagower is situated mid-way along the Tochar Phadraig ancient pilgrimage route from Ballin-tubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick. One of the monuments still in existence is the “Leaba Phadraig” (St. Patrick’s Bed) where the saint is reputed to have slept. Pilgrims performed stations between the bed and the holy well, “Tobair na nDeachan” (the Well of the Deacons) which has now dried up. St. Senach, who was created Bishop of Aughagower by St. Pat-rick, was the founder of the first monastery here. The lovely historic vil-lage of Aughagower is dominated by the striking tenth century round tower and a medieval church, both partly restored. We will also visit Ballintubber Abbey. Built in 1216 for the Canon Regulars of St Augus-tine, Ballintubber Abbey is the only church in Ireland that was founded by an Irish King and which is still in use today. It was built next to the site of an earlier church founded by St Patrick in the 5th century. It is also known as "the Abbey that refused to die" as through its many vicissi-tudes, including burning by Cromwell's army in 1653, the Abbey has remained a place of worship despite years of continuous attacks and reli-gious repression. Ballintubber retains an air of ancient beauty and spiritu-ality and has been restored with simple elegance. Ballintubber is one of the most impressive church buildings in Ireland today. There is a video display and an interpretative centre at the Abbey and the grounds are landscaped to portray spiritual themes. Continue to Knock for Holy Mass. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Knock.

Day4
Thursday - August 30, 2018 - Farewell

Transfer to Shannon or Dublin Airport for return flight home.

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at time of registration, we can adjust your airline reservation pending availability to add a pre or post stay of your choosing. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

About your trip

  • Dublin
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.

Read More

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