Available dates : 9 - 22 May 2019

Join Mark and Nicole Conner as they journey through Scotland, England and Ireland to discover the ancient pathways of Celtic Christianity. You will make your way to the early monastic sites of Iona, Lindisfarne and sites in Ireland such as Monasterboice and Glendalough learning of the early ways of the Saints such as St Patrick, St Columba, St Brigid and Cuthbert.
 
Celtic Christianity is known for its deep love and connection with nature and God's creation, the presence of God and artistic impressions with manuscripts, lyrical prayers and high cross carvings. Gain firsthand knowledge about the physical places which gave birth to Celtic spirituality during the early Middle Ages, become familiar with some of the key aspects of Celtic mission and devotion, and gain insight into more creative ways to share the love of Jesus in our own post-Christian culture. 

Itinerary

Thursday 9th May 2019 ARRIVAL GLASGOW


​We start the tour with a Pre-Tour Welcome Dinner and overnight accommodation in ​​​Glasgow.​

HOTEL: The Hilton Hotel, Glasgow
​​MEALS: Dinner

Friday 10th May 2019 GLASGOW

Our first day will start with an introduction to Celtic Spirituality with John and Olive Drane. In addition to being experienced church practitioners, authors and educators, they both have a passion and interest in exploring Celtic Christian heritage (they even spent their honeymoon on the island of Lindisfarne many years ago). Together they will bring insight and introduction to Celtic Spirituality. This will be followed by lunch and the afternoon exploring areas of Glasgow, such as the Cathedral.

​​HOTEL: The Hilton Hotel, Glasgow
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday 11th May 2019 GLASGOW – ISLE OF MULL

After breakfast we depart Glasgow and make our way through the beautiful scenery and ​​mountains of Scotland towards the Isle of Mull in preparation for our coming days on Iona.
​​We will stop on the way at Kilmartin Museum and Gardens, located around 2 hours out of ​​Glasgow. Here we will explore the artefacts in the museum with a guided tour (lunch ​​​available in the café at own expense).
We will then continue our journey towards Oban where we take the ferry to the Isle of Mull. ​Following our late afternoon arrival, we will have dinner and an overnight stay on the Isle of Mull.

HOTEL: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Sunday 12th May 2019 ISLE OF MULL - IONA

After breakfast we make our way for a short ferry ride (travelling by foot) to the Island of ​​Iona. The Island of Iona was significant in establishing Christianity in the UK ​​​​with the Monastery founded by St Columba and his companions.
​​We will have a guided tour of the Island including the Abbey and the Nunnery that St ​​​Columba founded. We will participate in morning and afternoon prayers at the ​​​​Abbey learning about the Celtic roots of Christianity and the ‘thin places’ as well as learning ​​more about St Columba. We will make our way back on the ferry to the Isle of Mull ​​​for dinner and accommodation.
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HOTEL: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner including packed lunch on Iona

  

  

Monday 13th May 2019 ISLE OF MULL - IONA

After breakfast we will head back over to Iona by ferry.
​​Today will be an opportunity for you to have personal reflection time on Iona, continue to ​​explore the sights or take a walk/bike ride around the Island. There will be no set local ​​​guide on this day.
​​We will make our way back to the Isle of Mull for a relaxing evening with dinner and​​​ overnight stay before our departure in the morning.​

HOTEL: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

  

  

Tuesday 14th May 2019 ISLE OF MULL- EDINBURGH

After an early breakfast, we depart Isle of Mull via Oban for our journey to Edinburgh.
​​We arrive in Edinburgh late morning with a guided tour of this beautiful City with the Royal ​​Mile, St Mary’s Cathedral and a guided visit to Edinburgh Castle.
​​Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

HOTEL: The Leonardo Hotel, Edinburgh, Murrayfield
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

   

Wednesday 15th May 2019 EDINBURGH - LINDISFARNE - DURHAM

After breakfast, we’ll depart Edinburgh for our bus trip to Lindisfarne, known also as the Holy Island just off the coast of Northumberland. We will make our way over for teaching and guided prayer with reflection from Ray Simpson on Celtic Christianity. Ray is an ordained Anglican priest and a founding Guardian of the International Community of Aidan and Hilda who until recently lived on Lindisfarne. He has authored forty books on Celtic and general spirituality, fresh expressions of Church, prayer and society.
​​Lindisfarne was established as an important Celtic Christian community in 6 AD here we will ​​learn about the Saints, Cuthbert, St Aidan and St Hilda.
We will make our way back from Holy Island by mid-afternoon.  We'll then take a coach trip to Durham,  followed with dinner and overnight accommodation in Durham.

HOTEL: Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday 16th May 2019 DURHAM

After breakfast we'll make our way by bus to the City of Durham. We arrive ​​mid-morning for a visit to Durham Cathedral. St Cuthbert and a community of monks settled ​​in Durham from Lindisfarne and built an Anglo Saxon Cathedral.
​​We will explore the sites of Durham Cathedral and Castle followed by dinner and overnight​​accommodation.

HOTEL: Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

   

Friday 17th May 2019 DURHAM – DUBLIN

​After breakfast we’ll travel by bus to Newcastle Airport for our mid-morning flight to Dublin.
​​We will arrive in the beautiful City of Dublin around lunchtime.
​​After lunch is ‘free time’ for the rest of the day and evening to explore the City of Dublin ​​before our official sightseeing tour tomorrow.

HOTEL: Trinity City Hotel or similar, Dublin
MEALS: Breakfast (Dinner at own expense)

Saturday 18th May 2019 DUBLIN

Breakfast followed by a full day of sightseeing in Dublin, a cosmopolitan and traditional ​​​City of vast heritage.  St Patrick introduced Christianity to the Celts around 431 AD,many ​​were converted to Christianity through his speaking and influence across the country.

​​Highlights of the day include:

St Patrick’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Trinity College and the Book of Kells, a lavishly illustrated version of the gospels
The National Museum
Guinness Storehouse

​​On return we will have dinner at the hotel followed by overnight accommodation.

HOTEL: Trinity City Hotel or similar, Dublin
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

 
Sunday 19th May 2019 DUBLIN and surrounds

After breakfast we travel by bus visiting Celtic sites such as Monasterboice, with remains from early Celtic settlers with the impressive High Cross and Round Tower. We then make our way to Hill of Slane, with ancient Celtic remains of an early church and college where St Patrick and others had their community.
​​We then travel towards Newgrange which was constructed 3200BC including a guided tour. ​​We make our way back to Dublin for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Trinity City Hotel or similar, Dublin
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday 20th May 2019 DUBLIN - KILDARE

Breakfast will be followed by our bus trip to the City of Kildare. Here we have a guided walk of the city and the magnificent sites of St Brigid and her work including St Brigid Cathedral. St Brigid was founder of a number of Monasteries and was influential to many people at this time across Ireland, working closely alongside St Patrick.

There will be free time in the afternoon to explore Kildare before making our way back to Dublin.

Tonight is free to go and have leisure time and dinner at your choice of restaurant (at own expense).

HOTEL: Trinity City Hotel or similar, Dublin
MEALS: Breakfast

Tuesday 21st May 2019 GLENDALOUGH - DUBLIN

After breakfast we take a scenic bus journey to Glendalough Monastic City founded by St Kevin in the 6th Century. We will explore the visitor centre and ancient churches and Round Tower set in a backdrop with two beautiful lakes and magnificent scenery. ​​

We will have a picnic lunch followed by a guided scenic short walk around the surrounds and landscape. We will then make our way back via the Wicklow Mountains to Dublin in preparation for our last evening.

We finish the tour with our last dinner together at a Traditional Celtic Show and dinner in Dublin at the Arlington Hotel.

HOTEL: Trinity City Hotel or similar, Dublin
MEALS: Breakfast plus Traditional Celtic Show & Dinner

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 DUBLIN

​​Breakfast and checkout

Mark and Nicole Conner 

Mark and Nicole Conner are a dynamic couple, well known in the Australian Christian landscape.  Mark is a speaker, author and coach, and Nicole is an avid blogger and story-teller.

Mark has a  Masters of Arts degree in Theology from Ridley College in Melbourne and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, while Nicole has a Bachelor of Theology degree from Tabor and a Masters of History from the University of New England. She is currently working on a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Development at Melbourne University. 

They have been involved in church leadership as well as contributing to the broader not-for-profit world. Together they share an interest in history and particularly Celtic Christianity. They have been married for 32 years and have both travelled to the UK a number of times and are very excited about hosting this new tour with Mission Travel.

Read Mark's blog on Celtic Christianity here.

*Based on 23 passengers travelling

**Passengers who are travelling alone, or who wish to have a single room will be charged a single supplement. If you are travelling alone, and wish to share with someone else of the same sex, we will happily make these arrangements for you. Please note, being paired up with another traveller is strictly subject to availability, and is on a first come, first serve basis. 

 

Inclusions

  • Flight with Aer Lingus from Newcastle (England) to Dublin
  • 13 nights' accommodation in 4 star hotels in Scotland, England and Ireland
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner x 11 nights
  • Includes Traditional Celtic Dinner & Show on the last evening
  • Packed Lunch x 4 days
  • All sightseeing tours with a licenced English speaking tour guide 
  • Lectures from John and Olive Drane and Ray Simpson
  • Ferry crossings to Isle of Mull and Iona/return over 2 days
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • Mark and Nicole Conner as your hosts
  • Tips for guides and drivers

 Exclusions

  • Travel insurance click HERE for a quote with a 20% discount
  • Lunches (apart from packed lunches on 4 days), drinks
  • Personal expenses - laundry, internet, spending money
  • Any other items not specifically mentioned
  • Airfares from Australia to Glasgow and return from Dublin to Australia 
  • Airport transfers (for group flights)

Bookings

Space on this tour is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can.

Please complete an online Mission Travel Booking Form and send to us with a $500 deposit to:

Mission Travel - Groups Department 
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd 
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

Tel: 61 (0)3 9890 6555 or 1300 554 654 
Email:groups@missiontravel.com.au 

Direct deposit into our account: 
BSB 033 039 
Account 829132 Mission Travel Pty Ltd 
Reference: CELTIC2019+ surname

Payment by credit card is accepted. Visa/Mastercard 1.5% surcharge, American Express 3.5% 
Please complete the credit card field on the booking form and your card will be charged.

You will receive a letter confirming your place on the tour.

FAQs

How do I book?

Space on this tour is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Please complete an online Mission Travel Booking Form and send to us with a $500 deposit to:

Mission Travel - Groups Department
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

Tel: 61 (0)3 9890 6555 or 1300 554 654
Email:groups@missiontravel.com.au

Direct deposit into our account:
BSB 033 039
Account 829132 Mission Travel Pty Ltd
Reference: CELTIC2019+ surname

Payment by credit card is accepted. Visa/Mastercard 1.5% surcharge, American Express 3.5%
Please complete the credit card field on the booking form and your card will be charged.

You will receive a letter confirming your place on the tour.

Travel Extensions

You are very welcome to extend your stay or continue on elsewhere after the tour. We do however strongly recommend that all additional arrangements only be made once the tour is GUARANTEED to depart (having met minimum numbers).

Mission Travel is a full service travel agency and can assist you with all additional arrangements. This makes your holiday experience much easier with all bookings held by the same agent.

Passports/Visas

Australian passport holders DO NOT require a visa for travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Most countries require your passport to be valid 6 months after your return date. 

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit. For a quote and automatic 20% discount we recommend QBE Travel insurance and offer a 20% discount if purchased HERE  

Rooming
Prices are based on a twin shared room containing two single beds or 1 double bed. A request to share is accepted at the time of booking. Clients electing to twin share with an unknown partner of the same gender do so in the full knowledge that Mission Travel cannot guarantee the compatibility or medical fitness of your room mate. A single supplement surcharge will apply at the time of booking. This surcharge will be refunded if Mission Travel is able to provide a suitable partner.
Mobility for travel
Travelling on tour to ancient sites requires healthy physical mobility. The street surfaces are often uneven and can be slippery and is some places there will be many steps to climb. On average you can walk 4-8 kms per day on tour. If you are concerned about your mobility, please speak to our agents before committing to the tour.
Booking and Payment Deadlines

To secure your place on the tour you will be required to pay a $500.00 deposit

Final payment is due on Monday 4 February 2019.

An invoice will be forwarded to you prior to this date. 
Payments made by Credit cards incur fees (1.5% for Visa/Mastercard & 3.5% for American Express). 
Direct deposits into our Bank account & cheques are welcome.

Account details:
BSB 033 039 Account number 829 132
Mission Travel Pty Ltd
Reference: Celtic + surname

 

Cancellation Penalties

The $500 deposit is non refundable.
If the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel (due to lack of numbers or security concerns) your deposit will be refunded.

Cancellation 90-45 days prior to departure – 50% cancellation fee of total tour cost

Cancellation less than 45 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced – NO REFUND

It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.


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As a first time overseas traveller, Mission Travel were patient and thoughtful. The flights, accommodation, food, transfers all went absolutely flawlessly. All the people they organised; their guides and drivers, were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and I felt safe and well looked after at all times. I don’t feel I have enough adjectives to describe how good this experience was.

Robyn Keller, Bethsaida Dig

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