Private group Tour:
CHRISTCHURCH, GREENWICH: A CELTIC PILGRIMAGE
22 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 2024
Christchurch, Greenwich: A Celtic Pilgrimage
22 August – 1 September, 2024
Welcome to Ireland!
Ireland is an ancient mythical land enriched with history, culture, magical sites, music and dance, and a warmth from the people that rivals few other places in the world. On our 10 night journey, we will experience this together as we visit holy sites bearing significance to Christianity, we will travel through rich, rural landscapes with their small towns and villages and visit places that have played an important part in Ireland’s history. We will stay in comfortable accommodation with good food and enjoy our time together as a group enriched by Irish hospitality, its culture, its music and its people.
♥ The Book of Kells, containing the four gospels dating back to the 8th century and hailed as one of the most sublime examples of medieval painting in existence.
♥ Kilmainham Gaol, known for incarcerating the political prisoners involved in Ireland’s struggle for independence.
♥ Newgrange, one of Europe’s most remarkable prehistoric sites, known for the illumination of its passage tomb during the winter solstice.
♥ The Hill of Tara, an ancient ceremonial and burial site and once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
♥ Glendalough, the former hermitage of St Kevin with its stunning landscape and monastic sites founded in the 6th century.
♥ The Rock of Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.
♥ The Dingle Peninsula, voted the most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic with its small town charm full of arts, crafts and music.
♥ The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above sea level and ascend over five miles of the rugged landscape.
MEET YOUR HOSTS
The Rev. Marek Zabriskie is Rector of Christchurch, Greenwich. He attended Emory University and the Yale Divinity School and has served churches in Nashville,
Richmond and Fort Washington. In 2011, he founded The Bible Challenge and the Center for Biblical Studies, which has helped nearly a million Anglicans read the entire Bible. He is the author and editor of ten books and has walked 1,600 miles
across Spain on seven Camino pilgrimages.
Having lived in Madrid for 19 years, Joanna is now based back in the UK from where she runs Insider’s Travel, working all over Europe, connecting guests with the people and places that make a country so special. After embarking on an 18 month trip through Asia and South America, Joanna moved to Spain where she first worked in television for the lifestyle channel, Canal Estilo in Madrid, and then the National Geographic Channel. Born from her love to travel and experience the real deal, Joanna started running tours, first through Spain and now through Europe. Joanna had the pleasure of hosting the Christchurch Greenwich Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in June 2022 with Marek and is looking forward to the Celtic Pilgrimage this coming August with Christchurch.
Looking after all her guests while helping them learn, experience and of course enjoy the journey is important to her on all the tours she hosts . She is also brushing up her Irish broom dance techniques especially for this trip!
Dara has worked for over 10 years as a guide both in Dublin and across Ireland. With a degree in History from University College Dublin and over 10 years of tour guiding experience, he works for the Irish tourist board as well as Rick Steves. Over the years, Dara has shown Ireland to political figures, journalists and actors and is looking forward to spending time with Christchurch Greenwich for our journey through Ireland.