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This tour will be a journey of self-discovery as we tour the beauty of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We will explore ancient traditions and the roots of Celtic Christianity. As we encounter “thin places” found on this beautiful island that inspired Patrick, Columba, and Brigid, we will examine how these traditions are so important today in this critical time of being good stewards of our world. An evening at Siamsa Tire, home of the National Folk Theater, and a boat tour to Skellig Michael (weather permitting) are just a couple of many customized experiences to be enjoyed. After-tour extensions to spend more time in Ireland can also be arranged.
Scott Dunfee has been a pastor for 38 years, including 25 years serving as a Navy Chaplain. He has been to many places around the world, including two trips to Ireland, and is excited to share its history and culture, people and places–especially what Celts call the “thin places,” or wild places, that give refreshment and new life to spirituality and to one’s own journey.
John Reutter-Harrah is a long time pastor as well, and has been to Ireland and found the music, stories, and land forms touched his soul in a new way. He is a man who enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and found in Ireland a land that spoke to him. Scott and John are co-directors of Celtic Spirit Northwest, an organization designed to share the Celtic Christian tradition through retreats, classes, worship, and other resources. They are a fun-loving duo that would love to share “a wee dram” of Irish Whiskey or a pint of Guinness with you as we sing together or listen to live music in a real Irish pub!
Patti Ryall is a travel advisor who specializes in crafting religious travel and sabbaticals for people of faith. This will be her first time to Ireland and she is looking forward to visiting a land of poetry, music, and mystery.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, September 13, 2020: Departure
Our journey will begin as we board our international flight bound for Shannon, Ireland. (IF)
Day 2: Monday, September 14, 2020: Shannon, Tralee
On arrival in Ireland, we will meet our tour director Samuel, who will welcome us to Ireland and escort us to our waiting motor coach. We will drive the short distance to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which is an excellent introduction to Ireland. Built in 1425, the Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. We will continue our journey to Tralee, where we will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 3: Tuesday, September 15, 2020: Ring of Kerry, Tralee
Today we will explore the southwest of Ireland’s County Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsular at the end of which is Skellig Michael, a rocky island with a 7th century monastery. We will take a boat over there if weather conditions permit. The Skellig Visitors Experience is also an option, or leisure time in Dingle. This evening, we will have dinner together, then attend the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theater of Ireland. (B/D)
Day 4: Wednesday, September 16, 2020: Cliffs of Moher, Galway
This morning we travel up to Doolin on the Atlantic coast and enjoy lunch at Gus O’Connors Pub. In the afternoon we explore the majestic Cliffs of Moher standing 705 feet at their highest point. Following some free time to view the cliffs we travel through the lunar landscape of the Burren which takes its name from the irish word , “bhoireann” which means “stoney place” or “rocky place”. The Burren was much beloved by John O’Donohue and much of his writing took place in that area. We have a free evening in Galway tonight. (B/L)
Day 5: Thursday, September 17, 2020: Galway, Croagh Patrick, Sligo
In the morning, we will have a walking tour of Galway, then we will travel up the coast to the Croagh Patrick Visitor Center. St. Patrick is said to have spent 40 days fasting at the top of Croagh Patrick, which is known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain. It’s now a popular hike to visit the chapel at the summit. We will continue on to Sligo, with a visit to the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. We will dine together in Sligo this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Friday, September 18, 2020: Sligo Abbey, Londonderry/Derry
Sligo Abbey was founded in 1253 and some of the original medieval building can still be seen, although it mostly dates back to the 15th century. Sligo is the arts capital of this part of Ireland and the poet WB Yeats spent much of his childhood here. The partitioning of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was finalized on 3 May 1921 and today we will travel up into Northern Ireland, which is part of United Kingdom. Londonderry, also known as Derry, dates back to 536 AD, when St. Columba founded a monastery here. We will have a walking tour around the walls and end at the Peace Bridge. Tonight’s dinner will be in the Walled City Brewery Restaurant. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday, September 19, 2020: Antrim Coast, Belfast
The coastline of North Antrim is breathtaking. One of the most stunning sites is the Giant’s Causeway, a geological outcropping of hexagonal basalt columns, which are fun to climb. We will also hear the legend of the giant, Finn MacCool. In nearby Old Bushmills Distillery, we’ll sample some Irish Whiskey. In the afternoon, we will continue on to Belfast and the evening will be at leisure. (B)
Day 8: Sunday, September 20, 2020: Belfast
This morning we will have the opportunity to attend church in Belfast or have leisure time. In the afternoon, we will tour the award-winning Titanic Museum. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. The rest of the day will be at leisure and we’ll meet up for a pub meal with music this evening. (B/D)
Day 9: Monday, September 21, 2020: Downpatrick, Dublin
We will depart from Belfast this morning and take the Strangford ferry to Downpatrick. We will tour the St. Patrick Centre and learn more about the life and ministry of this early missionary. In County Louth, we will see the Monasterboice High Crosses. Founded in the 5th century by one of St. Patrick’s disciples, this monastic settlement is in a secluded spot near Drogheda. The 18ft Muiredach’s High Cross dates back to the 10th century and features Biblical scenes that are still visible today. We will then visit the Fourknocks megalithic passage tomb and hear about the history of this unique site. We will dine in Dublin this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Dublin
Our morning city orientation tour of Dublin will include viewing the magnificent Book of Kells and the library in Trinity College. We will also visit Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedrals and view the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century houses. The afternoon will be at leisure to visit the Epic Immigration Museum, stroll along Grafton Street, or maybe visit the Guinness brewery. We will meet up late afternoon for a communion service followed by an evening of food, folklore, fairies, and music at Dublin’s Oldest Pub. (B/D)
Day 11: Wednesday, September 23, 2020: Depart
We will transfer to the Dublin Airport for our return flights. Post-tour options are available. (B)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
September 14-16, 2020
The Grand Hotel
Tralee V92 NDT8
September 16-17, 2020
Galway H91 E8D7
September 17-18, 2020
The Glass House Hotel
Swan Point Abbeyquarter North
Sligo F91 NCA4
September 18-19, 2020
Derry BT48 6HL
September 19-21, 2020
Ten Square Hotel
10 Donegall Square S
Belfast BT1 5JD
September 21-23, 2020
The Green Hotel
1-5 Harcourt Street
Dublin 2 Ireland
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Various flight booking options are available for this tour. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: We have reserved group air flights on American Airlines and they are currently $1,150 per person round-trip. We will continue to monitor options and will switch to another airline if we can get a lower rate. Payment is due with final payment in June 2020. The last day to sign up for group air is May 19, 2020.
|AA 488||Sept 13||Portland||New York||11:00 AM||7:27 PM|
|AA 206||Sept 13/14||New York||Shannon||10:52 PM||10:10 AM|
|AA 177||Sept 23||Dublin||Atlanta||12:00 PM||3:52 PM|
|AA 503||Sept 23||Atlanta||Portland||8:15 PM||10:26 PM|
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 3: Book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of September 14, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Shannon. You are welcome to depart at any time on September 23. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Shannon and post-tour nights in Dublin, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Insurance during the tour (pre-tour coverage upgrade available)
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation (group air is available from Portland for $1,150)
• Transfers for those not on the group flights
• Single supplement ($550)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Pre-tour cancellation insurance
• Gratuities for tour director and driver
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please make all checks payable to “Reformation Tours” and mail to Patti Ryall, And Away We Go Travel, 8 Mountain Circle, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.
• Final invoices will be sent in May 2020
• Final payment is due by June 30, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after June 30, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $3,299 – $500 x 6.14% = $172. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $4,449 – $500 x 6.14% = $243. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab (under the images) or click here to download the form.
You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to Patti Ryall, And Away We Go Travel, 8 Mountain Circle, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 or click here to pay by credit card (additional 3.5% fee).
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
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