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 country and meet the real people and experience the local culture.

All tours are led by myself along with expert, enthusiastic local guides as required. Our accommodations are hand-picked for their comfort and location.

Whether your interest is traditional Gaelic Culture on the Dingle Peninsula and the Blasket Islands, or exploring our Monastic Celtic past on Skellig Michael we'll stay at traditional local farm houses and sample traditional Irish cooking along the wild atlantic way.

Each year in June we make the Trip of a Lifetime to the Holy Land, accompanied by Fr. John Newman, a renowned Bible Scholar.

All our tours comprise small, like-minded groups who become friends and enjoy camaraderie as well as the cultural experience.

What are you waiting for? Seize the Day: Carpe Diem!

Mícheál de Barra
Tour Director

What our Pilgrims Say...

I have been on a pilgrimage to the rock off the south west coast of Kerry – Skellig Michael. You may not be very taken by pilgrimage, but it is possibly the only 'growth sector' of religious activity at the moment, now that the 'new age' spiritualties are rapidly fading or assimilating to mainstream culture. What image does the word 'pilgrimage' bring to your mind? Parish worthies piling off the bus in a damp car park at knock - shuffling off in search of a cup of tea? This was different. Firstly there are nine miles of sea to cross – and the sea is the open Atlantic... Gillies

Words like excellent, stunning, wonderful come to mind. The measure was full and running over. It had great variety and depth. Thanks for stretching our imagination. The grub was A1 (and I'm a vegetarian). The accommodation just got better and better. The driver, Director, Spiritual Director and guide formed a formidable team. Us folk in our strengths and weaknesses became an instant functional community. I loved all the elements and would not drop any. The riches of the area are so vast. Mar a duirt an té a duirt re Rome: One week perfect! One year, not enough. Lean ort faoi bhláth, A Mhichíl. Mo mhíle bhuiochas, Seán 2017

Mícheál, you are amazing. Words cannot express our gratitude for all you have done to make this trip a trip of a lifetime for everyone. We've had a fantastic learning experience. Thank you for your insights and guidance. I hope we have many more opportunities to meet and it has been so wonderful sharing your culture with you. Tiniki come to Saskatoon and we will introduce you to our Cree Culture and hospitality and laughter. Jennifer, Bill, Vicky & Wanda 2017

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