Join us as we explore the Christian roots of Ireland and learn how the light of the gospel impacted this fascinating land and eventually spread across Europe. During this 11-day Study Tour, Dr. Derek Thomas will explore the depths of God’s grace in Ireland.

Itinerary

October 8 – DAY 1

Belfast


Meet us for dinner and lecture at our Belfast Conference hotel or arrival at Belfast International Airport*, where you are met by a Sovereign representative and transferred to your hotel in Belfast. Spend the remainder of the day settling into your hotel and enjoying the beautiful surroundings before attending our dinner and lecture with the Ligonier Teaching Fellow.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Dinner

*Airport arrival in Ireland is subject to change.

October 9 – DAY 2

County Louth


After enjoying a full breakfast, we depart for an adventurous day to explore the history and legends of St. Patrick and his successors. You will visit Patrick’s Island hospital where he used his skills as an ambulatory physician, learned while he was a slave for Rome, to heal the people of Ireland and bring a new light, a new understanding, and a new faith to the land.

You will then learn of the great Colm Cille, later known as Saint Columba, who in the 5th century A.D. visited the monastery at Dromyn, near Ardee, County Louth, where Finnian was an abbot. He asked to borrow a book and it was given to him. He would stay behind to copy the book after mass, without Finnian’s knowledge. Finnian demanded the manuscript and copy back, and hence, the first copyright case in recorded history began. In the end, over 3,000 men were slain over the copied manuscript, Colm Cille was exiled to Scotland where he converted the Pict tribes and introduced Christianity to Britain. The “copy” of the manuscript from Colm Cille was used in every major battle between Ireland and Britain until the 18th Century.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

October 10 – DAY 3

County Donegal


After enjoying a traditional Irish Breakfast, we will explore Donegal Castle, the stronghold of the feudal Lord system of Ireland from the 5th century to the 16th century. We will then depart for the Slieve Leagues and view the highest cliffs in all of Europe from above the clouds. The afternoon is on your own to enjoy the grounds of our resort and to rest before we again gather for dinner and our time of sharing and reflection.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

October 11 – DAY 4

Galway


After enjoying a traditional Irish Breakfast, we will depart for Galway via Sligo and Ben Bulben. It was at the foot of Ben Bulben that nearly three thousand men were slain at the Battle of Cul Dreimhne when Colm Cille and Finnian could not resolve their differences over the Cathac of St. Columba. We will arrive in Galway, enjoy dinner and a lecture and then provide an opportunity for our guests to explore the famous Whiskey Street traditional Irish music venues.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

October 12 – DAY 5

Galway


Set out today with our drivers to explore Galway and the magnificent cliffs of Moher. You will pass through the beautiful countryside around Limerick as we arrive this afternoon in beautiful Killarney. After a dinner and lecture, enjoy the genuine Irish music and pub culture in downtown Killarney.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

October 13 – DAY 6

The Ring of Kerry


The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula) is one of the most scenic and best loved coastal drives in Europe and has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Your driver-guide follows the ragged shoreline, passing beautiful mountain and moorland scenery. An ideal area for outdoor activities and freshwater fishing, the Ring of Kerry offers insight into Ireland’s ancient heritage, with its Iron Age forts, ogham stones and old monasteries. Pass Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O’Connell, the “Great Liberator” of Ireland. Muckross House, with gardens and traditional farms, rests on the shores of the Lake of Killarney in the shadow of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland. You will enjoy a relaxed jaunting cart ride through the gardens at Muckross. Tonight, we enjoy a traditional Irish meal with a rousing Irish dance show.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

October 14 – DAY 7

Waterford


After an early breakfast, we will set out today to travel the south of the Emerald Isle as we head towards our destination of Waterford. We will drop by the famous Blarney Castle where you will have the opportunity to inherit the “gift of gab” by kissing the iconic stone. We then make our way up to Waterford where you will have a special factory tour and the opportunity to purchase the most exclusive crystal in Europe.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast

October 15 – DAY 8

Dublin


After enjoying a full breakfast, we will drive up through the Wicklow Mountains and discover the charm and beauty of this majestic area. We will then arrive early in the afternoon in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin and tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral before enjoying tonight’s dinner and lecture with the Ligonier Teaching Fellow.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

October 16 – DAY 9

Dublin


After a traditional breakfast and lecture in Dublin, we will explore the greatest collection of ancient manuscripts and artwork in Europe at the Chester Beatty Museum. Discover the most important document in modern western civilization, the magnificent Book of Kells at Trinity College Library. We will enjoy a brief presentation and a private time with some of the more important manuscripts such as the highly regarded P66 before allowing our guests to have a “night on your own” in Dublin’s culinary scene.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

October 17 – DAY 10

Armagh


We depart for Armagh and take time to appreciate the beauty of Northern Ireland along the winding way. Upon arrival in Armagh, we will journey to St. Patrick’s country. Our journey would not be complete without exploring Downpatrick and Armagh. We will take the ferry from the fishing village of Portaferry over to Strangford. Discover the quaint and peaceful Saul Church (the first ecclesiastical site in Ireland), where Saint Patrick began his crusade to convert the Irish. Three miles from Saul is the magnificent Down Cathedral, where Saint Patrick is buried. Other sites of interest include: The Ruins of St. Tassach’s church (near Raholp), where Saint Patrick was given the last rites, or the holy wells at Struell (Ireland’s first), where Patrick is said to have sung psalms.

HOTEL: Five Star Luxury Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

October 18 – DAY 11

Belfast


After a full breakfast, Sovereign representative will assist with your limousine transfers to Belfast International Airport.

MEALS: Breakfast

 

Please Note: Schedule of tour events is subject to modification without notice.

To fully participate in this tour, you must be able to walk long distances, have good balance capabilities and be able to walk on uneven terrain. There will also be some climbing involved as well as long periods of standing. Due to the historical nature of some of our destinations, not all facilities will be ADA compliant.

Parents are welcomed to register children above 16 years of age with at least one accompanying adult. We apologize that children under the age of 16 years of age cannot participate in the tour.

Speakers

Derek Thomas

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas is senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and author of many books, including How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Calvin’s Teaching on Job, and, with Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, Ichthus: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour. 

Pricing & Travel Information

October 8 – October 18, 2018
  • Early Bird Price (Expires 09/15/2017) Standard Price
  • Double Occupancy Early Bird Price: $5,965.00 Price: $6,477.00
  • Single Occupancy Early Bird Price: $7,312.00 Price: $7,825.00

About Ligonier Tours

One of the best ways you can learn about a person or even an event is being there—to be on site. We can certainly learn from reading and studying. We can even create the scene in our mind’s eye. But nothing brings a person or an event to life like being there. Ligonier Tours takes you to the places where significant events occurred, events that have shaped history. You can literally walk in the footsteps of our heroes of the past, of Luther, of Calvin, of Jonathan Edwards. You will meet these figures in ways you have never met them before.

Ligonier’s teaching fellows and other ministry leaders serve as your guides as you explore these important sites. On these tours, you’ll have time with these trusted teachers over a meal or at the sites along the journey. You will also have rich times of fellowship with your fellow travelers, meeting kindred spirits and making friendships.

Ligonier Tours brings the past to life, they serve to encourage us as disciples in our own day, and they offer us reminders that we are not alone, but that we are on our pilgrim journey together.