Pilgrimage to Knock and Westport
Led by Fr Dominic McKenna, 15 - 19 June 2020
Scheduled morning flight from Luton to Knock. On arrival, regroup and transfer to our accommodation in Westport. Dinner will be in our hotel on each night of our stay.
This morning Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of Apparitions before we join our guide for a tour of the Shrine, which is visited by 1.5million pilgrims every year. Afterwards we visit the Knock Folk museum which is located in the grounds of the Shrine. The museum houses a large collection of artefacts dealing mainly with life in rural Ireland during the 19th and early 20th centuries. After time for lunch we join the public ceremonies following the Stations of the Cross and Rosary Procession which ends at the Basilica.
After breakfast we drive to Ballintubber Abbey, a 5th century abbey and the only one left in Ireland that was founded by an Irish King, Croabhdearg O’Conner the King of Connaught. Here we will have Mass and a tour before time for lunch. After lunch we will travel to Croagh Patrick which is set on the top of a mountain. In 441 St Patrick spent Lent on Croagh Patrick in prayer and fasting. Legend has it that it was from this mountain that St Patrick sent the reptiles of Ireland crawling to their doom. First of all, he rang a bell on the top of the mountain which attracted the reptiles, he flung the bell over the edge of the mountain and the reptiles followed. On the top of the mountain there is a small chapel and some breathtaking views.
Today we experience the inspiring landscapes and coast of the Connemara peninsula, on a day excursion from Westport. Highlights of the trip will be the eight mile “Sky Road" which takes in some beautiful coastal scenery on a spectacular loop between Kingston and Clifden. Our second highlight is a visit to Kylemore Abbey, originally run by Benedictine nuns as a school. A gothic church, Victorian walled gardens, and a cafe and tea house are features of the Abbey, which is perched on the stones of Pollacapall Lough. Return to Westport in mid- afternoon.
After breakfast and time at leisure, we transfer to Knock Airport for our return flight to Luton.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Single room supplement:£140
Return scheduled flights from London Luton to Knock. Current UK and Ireland airport departure taxes. 1 piece of checked-in luggage per person. 4-nights accommodation in shared twin rooms with private facilities at the Mill Times Hotel (or similar), Westport. Meal plan: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners. Coach transfers as per the itinerary. Guided tours at the Knock Shrine and Ballintubber Abbey. Entrance fees as per the itinerary. ATOL and ABTA financial protection. Religious services arranged on request.
Travel insurance. Single room supplement at £140 for the 4 nights (limited number of single rooms available). Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. UK coach transfers. Lunches and drinks. Gratuities to guides, coach driver and hotel staff.
Terms of Payment:
TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON THIS TOUR you will need to complete a booking form and return it to Pax Travel with a non-refundable deposit of £200 per person. Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. The tour price is guaranteed** for bookings Pax Travel receives by 29th November 2019. You can of course submit a booking after this date, but any bookings Pax receives after 29th November may be subject to a flight surcharge. If this arises, we would advise you before processing your booking.
The balance payment is payable no later than 15th April 2020.
**The guarantee does not cover fuel surcharges, increases in airport departure taxes or currency surcharges. Please read our Booking Conditions for details.