Carpe Diem Tours is a unique tour company specialising in cultural tours and pilgrimages since 2007. We cater for the tourist who wants to get behind the scenes when they visit a destination, meet local people and experience the local culture.

'All changed, changed utterly; A terrible beauty is born.' - W.B. Yeats

Carpe Diem Tours wishes to announce that our annual trip to the Holy Land has been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to setting off on this once in a lifetime pilgrimage in June 2021.

We wish to advise that any decisions regarding our tours will be taken in accordance with official government guidelines as the safety of our pilgrims and cultural tourists is paramount.

Our annual pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry can no longer take place this year as the OPW has announced the closure of the site for the 2020 season. We are optimistic that Carpe Diem Tours can visit this historical site in 2021.

Our weekend tour to the majestic Dingle Peninsula including a trip to visit An Blascaod Mór has also been rescheduled to 2021. We hope to announce the rescheduled tour dates as soon as possible.

We regretfully announce that our 'Bring on the Balkans' tour can no longer take place this year as anticipated due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. We at Carpe Diem Tours look forward to running this spectacular tour at a future date.

'Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine' is an old Irish saying meaning 'In the shadow of each other, people live'. In essence, we rely on one another for support; people need one another. We sometimes lose sight of this with the hustle and bustle of modern day life. In these times, this saying is eerily prescient as we witness great kindness and community spirit in our battle against Covid-19.

We at Carpe Diem Tours hope everyone is keeping safe and well in these very uncertain times. We look forward to brighter days when we can once again gather and enjoy diverse cultural experiences together; laughing, praying, singing and reflecting on these strange and difficult times.

Mícheál de Barra
Tour Director

What our Pilgrims Say...

It was a highlight for me as I have wanted to go the Sceilig Mhichil for at least 10 years and my wish was realised. I enjoyed the group and Patrick, Sean and Noirin were wonderful. Each and every individual, contributing hugely to the unique experience. I enjoyed the second day equally; funny moments, the passion of Sean, the observation and wit of Patrick and the ability of Noirin to make anybody feel they can lift their heart and sing out loud. Many blessings, Geraldine

The trip to the Holy Land was exceptional in every way, the attention to detail was profound. I felt very accepted, minded and safe all the time. It was most prayerful and the little Red Prayer Book is a lovely keepsake, together with Fr John’s handouts. I would love a copy of the DVD. It would be lovely to play around Christmas, to remember the glorious weather and think of good memories. Gemma 2016

Thank you so very much for all your courtesy, generosity, helpfulness and attention to detail. It was one of the best organised events I have ever attended. Very special thanks for organising Tom as our 'chauffeur/tour guide' on the return journey to Killarney. He went way beyond the call of duty and provided ‘Icing’ on the whole pilgrimage 'cake'. Love, Joy and Blessings, Mari Anne

Read more Pilgrim's Stories