Pictures from Ireland

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

A Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

Whitney Bender
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Richmond, VA

June 19 – 25, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, June 19, 2010 - Depart from Washington’s Reagan Airport to Newark, NJ where we will connect to our non-stop trans-Atlantic flight to Dublin.  Meals on aircraft. D

DAY 2: Sunday, June 20, 2010 - Our Pilgrimage to Ireland begins:  Upon arrival in sDublin, we will clear customs, meet our driver and transfer to our accommodations at Sli An Chroi (the way of the heart in Gaelic) retreat center set in the Wicklow MountainsSli An Chroi caters to the spiritual need in all of us for peace, rest and reflection.  En route, we will stop to shop and stock up on our supplies and will visit Avoca Handweavers for lunch.  This evening we will have a group meeting and a light supper at the centre.  Dinner and overnight Sli An Chroi Retreat Center. D

DAY 3: Monday, June 21, 2010 - St. Kevin’s Monastic City:  The day begins with a visit to the Heritage Centre and Museum in Glendalough where we will see a video, entitled "Ireland of the Monasteries", followed by the pilgrim's walk through Kevin’s Monastic City.  We will visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, The Cathedral, The Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.  After a picnic lunch we continue on to St. Kevin’s Desert and the Upper Lake for the pilgrim's walk.  We will visit St. Kevin’s Cell, The Reefert Church and Teampall Na Skellig (The Church of the Rock).  Dinner and overnight Sli An Chroi Retreat Center. B

DAY 4: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - We depart for Newgrange with a stop along the way at Monasterboice which was founded by Saint Buite, who died in 521 AD.  This site contains two of the finest High Crosses in Ireland, both of these Crosses are made of sandstone and date to around the 9th century.  The site also has a round tower, which is in excellent condition.  Later we will visit Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142 and the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland.  We continue to Brú na Bóinne, the cradle of Irish civilization.  The most significant Neolithic monument here is Newgrange, one of the three passage graves.  We will see the Hill of Tara where disputes between clans were settled; new laws were passed; and eventually Christianity was proclaimed from the summit by St. Patrick.  We will also visit Knowth to see the partially excavated tombs there.  Dinner and overnight Sli An Chroi Retreat Center. B

DAY 5: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - This morning we travel to Dublin where we visit Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old Book of Kells, the beautifully illuminated version of the Gospels, designed by monks in the 9th century.  Then on to the National Museum, which houses a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period.  The afternoon will be free for shopping and personal exploration in Dublin.  Our last site today will be a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Evensong.  We enjoy a traditional Fish and Chip dinner before returning to Sli An Chroi Retreat Center for overnight. BD

DAY 6: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - After breakfast and cleanup of the house, we depart Wicklow via Clonmacnoise where we will visit St. Ciaran's Monastery, a tiny 9th century church believed to contain the tomb of the founder.  After lunch in Clonmacnoise we depart for Shannon.  Dinner and overnight Park Inn Hotel, Shannon Airport. BD

DAY 7: Friday, June 25, 2010 - After breakfast we walk to the Shannon Airport for our return flight home.  A hotel porter will arrange for trolleys to transfer our luggage to the airport. B

Price: $2,299.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Washington's Reagan airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of August 13, 2009 $140.40 per person.

* The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.41830 to the Euro. *

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Final Payment due by March 19, 2010.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ August 14, 2009 – March 19, 2010 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 20, 2010 – May 4, 2010 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 5, 2010:  NO REFUND

During this itinerary, you will shop and plan for your meals while in the Glendalough area. You will be preparing your own breakfast, packed lunches and dinners while in the Glendalough area.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.