Ireland, “Luck Of The Irish” Quilt Tour September 7th – September 18th, 2022

Leprechauns, shamrocks and the colour green are truly a big part of Ireland itself. The beautiful landscape and mystical folklore is what brings people to this fabulous island.

We now add to that with visits to quilt shops and exciting excursions. If you believe in the luck of the Irish then this may be the tour for you.

$3695 Cdn per person double occupancy (includes all taxes)

$4495 Cdn per person single occupancy (includes all taxes)

Tour starts in Dublin, Ireland and ends in Dublin, Ireland

* Land Package Tour Includes:

  • 12 days 11 nights deluxe hotel accommodation double occupancy
  • Dublin, Waterford, Kinsale, Killarney & Galway
  • Visits to fabulous “Patchwork” quilt shops
  • Includes 18 meals – 11 Breakfast & 7 Dinners
  • Tour of the City of Dublin, Ireland
  • Spend time perusing the Trinity College, Book of Kells
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site – Newgrange Passage Tomb & Hill of Tara
  • Enjoy dinner & show of Traditional Irish Dancers
  • Tour Avoca Weaving Mill – oldest in Ireland
  • Visit the Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre
  • Cobh Heritage Centre – last port before the “Unsinkable Ship” Titanic sailed
  • Free time to explore quaint picturesque town of Kinsale
  • Visit to Blarney Castle & shop the Blarney Woolen Mill
  • Enjoy a talk and trunk show with guest speaker, Irish Quilter, Nikki Foley
  • Tour Dingle and Slea Head Drive on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Stop in Village of Adare
  • View the picturesque Cliffs of Moher
  • Guided tour of Galway
  • Tour of Kylemore Abbey & Walled Victorian Gardens
  • Tour of Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory
  • Visit the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, Kilbeggan Distillery
  • Admission to all venues
  • ALL excursions as listed on the final itinerary
  • Luxury coach transportation to all excursions
  • Services of a Professional Tour Manager who will remain with the group for your entire tour

*May be subject to change

*Your Land Package Tour does not include:

  • Airfare (We can book the flight for you)
  • Transportation to & from the hotel
  • Gratuities for the guides and bus driver.
  • Lunches and some dinners (unless indicated)
  • Insurance coverage, Medical and/or cancellation
  • Telephone calls, souvenirs, additional snacks or drinks
  • Excess baggage costs (overweight and over-sized luggage may have additional costs levied by the airline)

*May be subject to change

Itinerary*

B – Breakfast   L – Lunch    D – Dinner

Day 1 –  Dublin Airport, Ireland

(Wed) – “Fàilte go hÉirinn” (Welcome to Ireland) Today we will get ourselves acquainted to our new surroundings as we wait for fellow quilters to arrive and our exciting itinerary to begin. In the evening, we will all meet for some fun and excitement at our welcome dinner.

Stay overnight in Dublin, Ireland

Meal(s) – D

Day 2 – Tour of Dublin, View the Book of Kells

(Thurs) – After a hearty Irish breakfast, we will board our bus for a guided tour around Dublin where we will end our tour viewing one of Irelands most prize possessions, the 9th century manuscript, The Book of Kells. After lunch and some free time, we will head to our first quilt shop. Very exciting and it has over 5000 bolts. Oh my!  And a fantastic way to top off our first full day in Ireland, we will be entertained at a festive dinner and show featuring traditional Irish music and dancers.

Stay overnight in Dublin, Ireland

Meal(s) – B, D

Day 3 – Newgrange, Knowth and Hill of Tara – UNESCO World Heritage Site

(Fri) – Today we will travel way back in time to visit and walk tomb passages created over 5200 years ago, making Newgrange and Knowth even older than Stonehenge. We will continue on to the Hill of Tara, the seat of the high Kings of Ireland. All a must see. After the tour, we will head back to Dublin where you will have free time to walk around and enjoy the many shops and pick out your favourite pub for a pint. Our day will end back at the hotel where you can peruse the town for a fine dinner.

Stay overnight in Dublin, Ireland

Meal(s) – B

Day 4 – Weaving and Woven

(Sat) – This morning we are off to see what the rest of Ireland has to offer. We will start with fabric. Who can resist? We are off to our second quilt shop. Feeling satisfied and excited from fabric shopping, we will head to the Avoca Weaving Mill. Built in 1723, it is the oldest weaving mill in Ireland. Here we will have a tour and enjoy shopping for new treasures made right on the premises. You cannot get any more Irish than that. In the afternoon, the Ros Tapestries await us. These beautiful 15 panel tapestries, each approximately 6’ x 4’ in size depicts the romantic Norman history, linking many of the Norman sites in Ireland’s Ancient East. It is one of the largest series of embroidered tapestries in Europe. Once we arrive at our hotel and after dinner, you may want to take a stroll around the waterfront

Stay overnight in Waterford, Ireland

Meal(s) – B, D

Day 5 – The Unsinkable Titanic & Kinsale

(Sun) – As we wind our way along the beautiful coast, our first stop will be the Cobh Heritage Centre. Queenston (Cobh) was the last port where the ill fated Titanic set sail, April 11, 1912 on her final journey to America. From a beautifully restored railway station, the museum will share with us many immigration stories, photos and even a found message in a bottle from the Titanic and more. Our afternoon will be spent in the seaside fishing village of Kinsale.  Kinsale is not only one of the most picturesque and oldest towns in Ireland but it is also known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. With lots of pubs and restaurants, it is a colourful place to explore the shops of many talented artists and entrepreneurs before heading to our hotel and dinner for the night.

Stay overnight in Cork, Ireland

Meal(s) – B, D

Day 6 – Blarney Castle & An Irish Quilter – Nikki Foley

(Mon) – Visitors from all over the world come to visit this famous castle built in 1446 and we are no exception. Blarney Castle will be our first stop of the day where we will enjoy a tour and finish a short walk away at the Blarney Woolen Mill and Shop. Once you are finished, take time to relax with lunch (on own) at The Stable Yard Café. We will then board the bus and head to Killarney, where we will call home for the next two nights. One way to see Killarney is a ride in a Jaunting Car. This horse drawn cart will take us through Killarney National Park with awe inspiring views of Ireland’s highest mountain range. We will circle out to Ross Castle and Lough Léin where we will have some leisure time to look around before heading back into Killarney centre for some free time. This evening after our dinner at Heather Restaurant at the Gap of Dunloe, we will enjoy a talk and trunk show from our guest speaker, Nikki Foley, owner of The Sewing Shed. Nikki has owned her shop for over 15 years, is an established quilter and author whose work has been exhibited all over the world.

Stay overnight in Killarney, Ireland

Meal(s) – B, D

Day 7 – Dingle & Slea Head Drive

(Tues) – A beautiful drive this morning to our third fabric shop, of course, The Sewing Shed. Nikki and her friendly staff will greet us and help with any assistance you may need. After our goodbyes to our new found quilting friends, we will head to Dingle, a thriving fishing town and the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, where you can wander and have lunch. Some of Ireland’s finest coastal scenery can be found on the Dingle Peninsula. It is an area that is well known for its rugged coastline, which we will see, stop to admire and take photos of as we travel the Slea Head Drive. When we arrive back to our hotel, you may want to wander through Killarney to find a lovely place for dinner and Irish music.

Stay overnight in Killarney, Ireland

Meal(s) – B

Day 8 – The Windy Cliffs of Moher

(Wed) – For the next three days, we will make Galway our new home but first we will make several stops along the way. We say goodbye to Killarney and head to the story-book town of Adare, with its thatched roof cottages, stone bridges and medieval monasteries. Dubbed “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”, we will spend a little time exploring before moving onto one of Irelands most famous sites – The Cliffs of Moher.  Nearly 14 km of vertical cliffs rise up to meet us and on a clear day the views are spectacular. We will start at the interpretive visitor centre that is a large dome that has been built into the natural landscape.  From there we will follow the well built walk-able paths to view the cliffs. You can divide your time and have lunch (on own) at the “Puffin Nest Restaurant” or do a little souvenir shopping and take out from “The Cliffs View Café”. Tonight we will enjoy a dinner close to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Galway, Ireland

Meal(s) – B, D

Day 9 – Fun & Fabric

(Thurs) – This morning we will start with a guided tour of Galway. This time will be well spent getting to know your way around as you will have free time till mid afternoon to explore this wonderful city. Visit the popular 18th century Erye Square, The Latin Quarter and the Spanish Arch in or wander through the shops & restaurants just outside our hotel door. Later that afternoon, we will visit our fourth quilt shop. Lots more fun and fabric.

Stay overnight in Galway, Ireland

Meal(s) – B

Day 10 – Kylemore Abbey & Celtic Crystal Factory

(Fri) – Excitement reigns this morning as we head to the beautiful Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens. This romantic setting was built in the 1800’s by a wealthy business man for the love of his wife and his beloved Ireland. You may have a light lunch (on own) while we are there with time to browse the Craft & Design Shop afterwards. Chocolates, jams, soaps and pottery are all made by hand in Kylemore. In the afternoon we will be given a tour of the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory. A place where you can see unique Celtic designs come to life. We will learn all about the true Celtic design before we head back to the hotel for our last night in Galway.

Stay overnight in Galway, Ireland

Meal(s) – B

Day 11 – Kilbeggan Distillery

(Sat) – Today the bus will take us back towards Dublin but not without some great stops along the way. Our first stop, you guessed it another quilt shop. Our last shop to pick up any last special quilty finds. We will then head to lunch and then onto Irelands Oldest Licensed Distillery founded in 1757, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Distillery. Here we will be given a tour and a tasting. You may wish to take a small taste home as a gift to a special someone. After our time in Kilbeggan we will enjoy our scenic ride back to the Dublin area. Tonight we will share our last night at a farewell dinner.

Stay overnight in Dublin, Ireland

Meal(s) – B, D

Day 12 – An Irish Farewell

(Sun) – After a hearty breakfast, we will say our last goodbyes to our new friends and head across the water to share our excitement.  “Slán abhaile” and “Slán go foil.”  Have a safe trip home and goodbye for now.

“May your joy be as deep as the oceans

Your troubles as light as its foam

And may you find sweet piece of mind

Where ever you may roam”

*may be subject to change