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 postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will offer clarity on the rescheduled dates in due course.

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 during the summer. As we are currently living in uncertain times, we cannot yet confirm any dates. We remain hopeful that Carpe Diem Tours can visit this historical site at a later date in 2020.

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

We are delighted to announce that we remain hopeful that our 'Bring on the Balkans' tour will take place on the scheduled dates from the 19th - 29th October. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates regarding this tour.

'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 shelter; 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...

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

A Mhichíl, a chara, Tá súil agam go bhfuil tú i mbarr na sláinte agus gur éirigh go geal libh inniu chomh maith. Bhí lá iontach agam inné agus ba mhaith liom mo fhíorbhuíochas a ghabháil leat as ucht na hoibre a rinne tú chun an t-oilirtheacht iontach a chur i gcrích. D’éirigh thar barr leis agus bhí gach duine lán t-sásta le gach gné den turas go dtí an Sceilig. Comhghairdeas. le meas, Daithí

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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