Enjoy the “Emerald Isle’s” scenic vistas and fascinating history. Begin in Dublin with a welcome dinner and orientation tour featuring a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Cross the river Boyne and stop in Downpatrick for a visit to the Saint Patrick Centre. In Belfast, your local guide takes you on a “Living History” tour before you visit the fascinating Titanic Exhibition. The next day, enjoy an excursion to awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Then, travel via Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, to Knock. The Virgin Mary appeared to the townsfolk in 1879 and pilgrims today come from around the world. Visit Knock Shrine, the Church of the Apparition, the Basilica, and the Folk Museum—also attend mass if you wish. Stop to visit the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre in Murrisk and the massive Benedictine Kylemore Abbey, then spend two nights in Galway. From here, enjoy an excursion to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, including a tour of the island and a visit to clifftop Dun Aengus, one of Europe’s most dramatic prehistoric stone forts. After a coffee stop at Rathbaun Farm, where you see the farmer maneuver a flock with the help of his sheep dog, travel across the limestone plateau known as The Burren and visit The Burren Centre at Kilfenora. Next, admire the spectacular views from the Cliffs of Moher. For the conclusion of your tour, explore pretty and vibrant Kilkenny, and then visit Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Return to Dublin for an overnight and the end of your wonderful Irish vacation.