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9-DAY PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Cost of this Quiltville experience in Ireland is:
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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.
Celtic Crystal was founded in 1972. This family-run business has been pioneering the incorporation of Celtic Designs and Gaelic Motifs into its ornate Irish Crystal and it is proud to claim leadership in this field.
Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The current Mother Abbess of the Benedictine Community is Mary Margaret Funk.
The cost of this optional tour to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens and scenic drive through the stunning Connemara Region is $127.97 per person.
Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting became her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of ""Needle in a Haystack!", creating more than 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel.
Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into 7 languages and sold around the globe through fabric stores. But quilting has always been Bonnie’s first love. She has been machine quilting since 1989 and professionally long arm quilting for the public since 1995, retiring in 2009 when she no longer had the time due to her teaching, traveling and writing schedule. She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.
Bonnie received the 2012 “Teacher of the Year” award through a global internet poll hosted via Sew Cal Gal, and was completely flabbergasted, not to mention honored and humbled at the same time.
Dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting, Bonnie enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.
When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time piecing scrap quilts, enjoying the peaceful reward of English paper piecing and hand quilting as much as machine work, and loving life in her wooded surroundings in beautiful rural Wallburg, North Carolina, a suburb of Winston-Salem. She and her husband, Dave are the proud parents of two grown sons, Jason, and Jeffrey. They round out their household with Sadie the dog and two cats –Emmy Lou, who loves life inside only, and Chloe who only loves life on the outside—keeping Bonnie company while she designs, quilts and plays happily with her fabric.
Bonnie also writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine entitled "Addicted to Scraps" with the main intention to help you to put various aspects of your own Scrap Users System to good use!
Bonnie’s favorite motto? “The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!” of course!
Barbara Stanbro, Hillsboro, OR- "I attended the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in 2012, and I had a fabulous time. The hotels were lovely, the destinations interesting, and our tour guide/bus driver couldn’t have been more charming or knowledgeable. It was a wonderful trip and I have many good memories."
Dr. Jo Barnes, Hamilton, New Zealand - "This was my very first organized tour and I was a little apprehensive about spending 15 days with people I did not know with a tour company I had found by accident on the internet. BUT my friend Bev and I had an amazing time we had fun, we saw lots of new and exciting places, we visited some quilting stores and met some really nice people. The hotel accommodation were excellent, the bus was comfortable, and the meals were varied and of good quality. I would recommend Craftours tours every time and I am looking forward to the South American Expedition in 2015."
Nancy and Ken Burkhalter, Chelsea, MI- "My hubby and I had an absolutely wonderful trip sponsored by Craftours to tour Ireland and the 1st International Quilt Festival in Galway in 2012. It was a small group, and we really loved that tour. We are still in touch with many of the others who were on our tour. Very well organized! Great places to see, great places to stay, great quilt festival - wonderful time. It was our 50th wedding anniversary trip - so we went on to Paris after to have our final celebration!"
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA-" I was on the Ireland tour in Summer of 2013 with Bonnie Hunter. I can’t say enough about the wonderful experience I had. Examples include having Craftours arrange a roommate for me (a dear lady from Canada), arranging my air reservations, seating me next to "new" friends, being met at the airport by the most charming coach drivers, arranging truly "first class" accommodations in every town, offering wonderful sightseeing opportunities and historical information.
As with any major undertaking such as planning and executing a trip of this magnitude "hiccups" do happen. I was so impressed with the staff of Craftours. When problems arose there was always one and often more to the "rescue" to make things right.
I have recommended Craftours to all my quild friends and would love the opportunity to take more (and more) trips!"
Suzanne Novoselac, Coulterville, IL -"My daughter and I went on the trip to Ireland in 2008, and we had a completely wonderful time! My daughter does not sew or quilt, but she does do other forms of needlework, and she enjoyed herself very much. I’m a knitter and crocheter, and I enjoyed the trips to the woolen mill at Blarney and the weaving at Acoa (sp) near Dublin. Our tour host was excellent, we loved our bus driver, and both of us want to buy a place at the Dingle Peninsula! All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten experience, and we are both just dying to go to Ireland again!"
Bonnie Bloom, Duncansville, PA - "I was on one of your trips to Ireland with my sister. I was amazed at the care that was taken to make our trip flawless. Everything was seen to and everyone was so friendly it was a memory I will treasure forever."
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Schroder, Sweet Home, OR - "My husband and I truly had a trip of a lifetime visiting Ireland. We also received souvenirs that to this day remind me of the fun we had and the nice people we met including a few notables! Since our trip, every Christmas I hang ornaments on our tree that were swapped with fellow travelers... wool boots from Russia, a star from France and an Angel from New Zealand to name a few. The venues, traveling (great bus driver!), food, accommodations, all of it couldn’t be better. After arriving home, my husband and I agreed that we could not have planned it better than Craftours."
Jan Bechle, Albany,Oregon-"In April of 2010, I traveled to Ireland with Craftours. I was with three friends, two of us were celebrating our retirement. The night we flew to Ireland was the same night the volcano blew in Iceland stopping all air traffic in Europe and across the Atlantic for a week. Craftours planned ahead, making arrangements for us to stay on in Dublin if we needed to at a very reasonable rate. The flying ban was lifted the day we were to leave and we were delighted to be able to leave on time.
The entire trip was very well organized. We had a delightful bus driver, interesting tours and the time to do some wandering on our own. The four of us had a wonderful time and made new friends. I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with them again."
Trena Stephens, Missouri City, TX-"What a great trip to the IQFOI in June of 2012! Our coach driver/tour guide was fun & entertaining. The accommodations were luxurious & comfortable. The food was fabulous.
The countryside was picturesque & breathtaking. The quilts were beautiful & inspirational. Thanks for a wonderful time."
Karen and Mike Holt, Grand Junction, CO- "My husband and I went on a Craftours Tour to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival in 2012 and LOVED it. We both had so much fun. The hotels we stayed in were marvelous, our bus driver and tour guide took such good care of us, Ireland is amazing, beautiful, and fun and the people are wonderful. There were plenty of events for my husband to sign up and do while I was at the quilt show so he was happy and having fun too. The quilt show was great fun and I took a wonderful class there from a native Irish woman, using all Irish wools. We had the time of our lives and would love to go again - SOON! Thank you Craftours!"
Mary Mulcahey, Lake Forest, GA- "The Ireland tour was absolutely wonderful. I would sign up again in a heartbeat."
Sarah Ruth Bridges, Moultrie, GA- "Absolutely fantastic! One of the best coach tours that I have been on. Our driver/tour guide was wonderful. I would go again."
Judi Walsh, Sault Sainte Marie, MI- "I absolutely loved Ireland and would consider taking another tour."
Mary Kent Davidson, Cochran, GA- "The trip to Ireland was even better than my expectations! We were matched with a wonderful driver/tour guide, Derrick, who added so much to what was already there. Wish it had not ended!"
Mary Lavold, Pensacola, FL- "I was very impressed that everything ran smoothly"
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Wonderful experience. I wanted to stay another week and repeat everything. I would like to return. Craftours is top notch."
Bonnie Kipp, West Palm Beach, FL - "It was a fantastic trip. Very well done! Everyone was so friendly and everything seemed to be very well planned."
Caren Duggan, Susanville, CA - "Our trip to Ireland was WONDERFUL! Enjoyed the many beautiful sights. We had excellent accommodations. Our driver, Derek Ryan, was a wealth of history and local information. I hope to go to Ireland again, as soon as possible."
Louise Caron, Valleyview, Alberta- "Fantastic! A week is a bit short, 10-14 days would be ideal!"
Shannon Reed-Michon, Sunset House, Alberta- "Very magical tour. Great overview of what Ireland had to offer."
Kathy Dunn, Red Deer County, Alberta- "This is a wonderful overview of the Republic of Ireland. All of the highlights this country has to offer have been showcased in this lovely 10 day trip!"
Bonnie Trottier, Valleyview, Alberta- "My first time ever abroad was a wonderful experience. Someone asked what my favorite part of the trip was and I must say the people. It’s all about those connections with people. The Irish and their country are truly wonderful."
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, AZ- "This was a wonderful tour, scenic, informative and wonderful accommodations."
Marilyn Kennedy, Englewood, FL - "It was well planned and an exceptional trip."
LINDA EVANS, Farmington Hills, MI - "The trip to Ireland was wonderful! It was well planned and executed. I would encourage all my friends and family to take this trip."
Ami Peterson, Albuquerque, NM- "This was a wonderful way to whet your appetite about Ireland and traveling on bus tours in general."
Rebecca Gallen, Northway, AK- "I thoroughly enjoyed the planned out trip! Ireland was not my first choice of a country to visit, but I enjoyed the whole tour."
Joan Durbin - "Our trip to Ireland in 2012 was everything a dream trip should be. Excellent accommodations, great tour bus and driver, well planned. Itinerary and options for "side trips". I am anxious for another trip."
Marilyn Harding, Greenwood, IN- "The trip was perfectly planned. The travel managers were amusing and very congenial. Our driver, DB, was the icing on the cake. DB was funny and very knowledgeable. I spent a lot of the trip laughing. Isn’t fun the objective of a vacation?"
Nancy Lee Joyce, LaLuz, NM- "The tour was terrific! Especially our bus driver/tour guide BD."
Cindy Turner, Bedford, IN- "The tour was wonderful. Saw many amazing things. The travel managers were so much fun"
Karen Moorhead, Tarpon Springs, FL- "The tour was delightful. The accommodations, food, tour guide, selection of places to see, were all excellent!"
Nancy Joyce Dronek, Coarsegold, CA - "Fabulous trip with wonderful stops and activities!"
Donna Leichtenberg, Iroquois, SD- "Ireland was everything I expected and more!"
Rita Walter, Cresbard, South Dakota - "It was a trip of a lifetime."
Pauline Fitzgerald, Medicine Hat, Alberta - "Had never been part of a group trip before. I found the arrangements very satisfactory. My booking person was very helpful with flights, etc."
Carol Wells, Peabody, Massachusetts - "It was a great trip! I had a great time. Craftours travel manager was the best travel manager!"
Diane Graham, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - "This trip was a dream come true!"
Diana Bane, Buda, Texas - "I loved this tour! It was everything I hoped for and then some."
Brenda Swanson, Stony Mountain, Manitoba - "Awesome. Worth every penny"
Susan Green, Glen Allen, Virginia - "Great tour guide and driver. Carol Feller was fantastic."
Kris Conant, Westbrook, Maine - "A very unique travel experience."
Kathy Heydorn, Willoughby, Ohio - "Fabulous trip! We saw so many areas of Ireland, not just the standard tourist areas. The crafts were excellent."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, Michigan - "This was a great trip! Especially the sheep farm, what a visit! The crystal visit was enlightening, spent too much!"
Marlys Wiens, Edina, Minnesota - "The people of Ireland taught/confirmed the importance of taking care of the earth. There is history back to BC to the present (environmental issues (making ethanol on their farms to turning off your lights every time you leave your room) and all the sheep and Holstein cows as we drove through the countryside in the many shades of green pastures and trees. All surrounded with blue water of the Atlantic Ocean."
Phyllis Schicker, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin - "A very enjoyable and relaxing trip. Loved the crochet projects and slow pace of the trip. Our travel manager and driver were super."
Lisa Schicker, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin - "I really enjoyed this trip. I felt that the trip included just the right combination of workshops and site seeing. I loved how relaxed this trip was and how friendly everyone was. I felt that Jennifer was a great instructor and this trip really inspired my creative side."
Hazel Furst, East Northport, New York - "This was a wonderful tour. It was well planned, and the tour guides altered the agenda as needed and made it even better."
Grace Weiss, Glendale, New York - "The Emerald Isle Tour was the best trip I've ever taken."
Peggy Mott, San Antonio, Texas - "An informative, and entertaining tour. Our tour guide and the bus driver went over and above to see that we were entertained and well cared for. Jennifer Ryan, the instructor was well organized with her course materials and went out of her way to not only explain the technique but to make adjustments and adaptations for those of us who had vision, hearing and other physical problems."
Danny Olivia, Port St. Lucie, Florida - "too short, fun, new family"
Jessica Mileto, Glendale, New York - "The tour guides were amazing, they were so knowledgeable, friendly, easy-going and it helped that the entire trip was already planned and all I had to do was catch the bus in the morning. Amazing country, amazing people and I am so grateful I chose to come along."
Carrie Pearsall, Seattle, Washington - "It was terrific. I had a great time. All the visits & activities were a lot of fun. The time went so fast."
Ellen Gormley, North Bend, Ohio - "Craftours made the trip very easy by handling all the details!"
Darlene Pearsall, Seattle, Washington - "Very well organized. The tour guides (Alice), our driver (Brendan) and instructor (Jennifer Ryan) were all great."
Mary Travillian, Marshalltown, Iowa - "A beautiful and well-organized trip with a great exploration of the flora and geographically beautiful sites; PLUS the fun crochet projects"
Karen Anderson, Sandpoint, Idaho - "It was so much fun. A good balance of crochet and sightseeing."
Brenda Pokorny, Stafford Springs, Connecticut - "AWESOME!! Well planned and organized. Everything went like clock work"
Shereen Prochnow, - "This was an amazing trip! I love history, so it was great to be able to visit a lot of the castles and cathedrals that are several hundred years old. The hands on scone making was also a highlight."
Terri Englehaupt, Rochester, Minnesota - "It was a wonderful time. Enjoyed the crochet portion, but going to Ireland was such a thrill for me. I'm digging up all of the genealogy I have & will continue working on it, now that I have visited where my family once lived!"
Jean Mejerle, Woodruff, Wisconsin - "The tour was grand! We covered a lot of territory in the time available! Craftours travel manager, the tour guide, and Brendan, the bus driver, couldn't have been nicer. I'll certainly look at more Craftours!"
Elaine Shepard, Little Mountain, Queensland - "Most enjoyable tour and crocheting experience."
Marilee McQuarrie, Wallawalla, Washington - "The tour itself was wonderful. Our guide and bus driver were fantastic people who knew the area and history. We completely enjoyed the trip."
Meg Brotnov, Bellingham, Washington - "Ireland is a beautiful land of endless history. Craftours allowed us to visit as many places as possible in a short amount of time. The hotels were excellent and dinners superb! Our guide, Agnus was lovely and kept us organized and the bus driver/guide was very informative about the area. There was so much to see and so much history to absorb that I often didn't catch it all."
Sharon E. Posey, Everett, Washington - "I had a fabulous trip to Ireland, Craftours travel manager was an excellent tour guide. The bus driver/guide also was an educated bus driver who informed of the history of Ireland."
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "Lovely trip. Ireland is a beautiful country, but Craftours travel manager and the bus driver/guide really made the trip special. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, they made sure we saw plenty and had a great experience."
Holly Brown, Ave Maria, FL - "The treasures of Ireland tour was amazing. My soul was invigorated. I have never seen so many different shades of green. I loved all the history and folklore. Craftours travel manager and the bus driver/guide were a fantastic team. They are both a wealth of knowledge. My sister and I are already planning another trip."
Ellen MacLaughlin, Midland, MI - "Great tour guides, Craftours travel manager and the bus driver/guide."
Joni Ostroff, Orlando, FL - "Thoroughly enjoyed Ireland."
Joann Przygocki, Bay City, MI - "I can't begin to say how wonderful this tour was! Craftours travel manager and the bus driver/guide are such an incredible team! They made the trip worth every dollar!"
Kris Young, Fredricksburg, VA - "This was my first tour - it was amazing. Our bus driver had a wealth of information that just made you want to squeeze his brain so you could get all that information. He was very professional and beyond nice! Craftours travel manager - she was like family. She ran a tight ship but in such a caring way and was able to get everyone where we needed to be. They both went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. They offered things that were not on the itinerary but on the way. They are both a major asset to Craftours and because of them, I would definitely book a tour with you again."
Diane Felice, St. Augustine, FL - "Since this was my first tour with any company, I am very pleased to have taken with Craftours! Everything was thought out in advance and nothing was left to wonder about. I most certainly will be taking more tours in the future as I can! I have already been searching what is available and when they are so I don't miss out!!"
Cecelia Waye, Avon, IN - "The tour was a trip of a lifetime. I have so many wonderful memories. The itinerary was thoughtfully planned so that we were able to make the most of our time while there. I would highly recommend this trip!!"
Joan Hobbs , El Segundo, CA- "I had a great time, met a lot of people that I hope to take another tour with, learned new crafts, and saw many glorious sites."
Dodie Halter , Vincennes, IN- "This tour was awesome! We had many opportunities for "hands-on" crafts; needle felting, Brigit’s cross, cooking and we saw demonstrations of many more."
Diana Dingwall , Campbell River, British Columbia- "Excellent tour, loved the workshops"
Lisa Boyette , Las Cruces, NM- "Good value, I would consider taking another trip with them"
Ann Shibut , Richmond, VA- "I enjoyed the tour... the hotels were excellent, and the variety of events was very good as well... nice mix of travel and workshops and free time."
Carolyn Waller , Midlothian, VA- "I’ve traveled and lived overseas, but always with family or a partner, and never with a tour. I was a bit nervous about being a single traveler and letting them arrange a roommate, but honestly, this was the best trip ever! Even before leaving JFK, I connected with fellow travelers, including my travel manager, Holly. I was immediately put at ease. From that moment onward, the name of the game was FUN! I never felt a moment’s nervousness or awkwardness. My fellow travelers were fun, inclusive, and interesting. I no longer feel a need to hit "pause" on my bucket list ventures, waiting for a travel partner, as I can travel "alone" and know with Craftours, I’ll never be lonely! I’ve already booked Tuscany and am planning on Kenya after that! I’m loving living life out loud with Craftours!"
Kelly Anne Erben , Eureka, CA- "The 2018 Craft Tour to Ireland exceeded my expectations. Besides the beautiful scenery and the great food, I was truly impressed with the camaraderie developed in meeting crafters of like mind from all over the United States. If you did this trip on your own, you would miss this sense of belonging."
Kim Stirrett , Leander, TX- "Ireland was very interesting and not at all what I expected. Very wild country with beautiful coastal areas. People were very friendly and informative. I appreciated the history and age of the country. As our driver said, you can’t get lost in Ireland for long.... it is an Island! You can only go so far."
Candy Snipes , Mobile, AL- "We loved every minute of our tour of Ireland and plan to go on another Craftours trip!"
Jennifer Williams , Crittenden, KY- "Overall, I highly recommend a Craftour! It had a good balance of hands-on and observation, free time and set tour time, early and late. I haven’t traveled outside of Canada/Mexico before, so this tour felt very safe and had enough structure to make me feel like I wasn’t alone. The instructors for the craft projects were extremely high quality and each lesson FAR exceeded my expectations, creating a meaningful memory of my trip to Ireland."
Barb Peterson , Bremerton, WA- "I wouldn’t travel any other way, with any other tour group. Jim West puts together the best tours. I was busy as much as I wanted to be. The places we stopped were perfect for my arts and craft tastes. Everyone involved in making our tour great, Jim, our tour guide, the bus driver, and the people we visited, all made the trip fun, comfortable, and adventurous. I’d go again in a heartbeat."
Suzanne Doonan , Malvern, PA- "Ireland is pure magic. Spectacular scenery that never stops coming at every bend of the road. Quaint villages, exceptionally friendly people and exceptional crafts were everywhere."
Amy Armenta , Aurora, CO- "What an awesome fun and funny time we had in Ireland. Agnes and Pat were a wealth of information travel managering us through Ireland, their home."
Debbie Beach , Perry, FL- "It was a wonderful full experience. Something schedule everyday, but free time also. Everyone was so nice and always had time for each of us. The guided tours were well planned and fun. The Ring of Kerry was really nice. Dingle in the sunshine was just beautiful ."
Donnis Doyle , Austin, TX- "I had a wonderful time on the tour. Our guide, Agnes, was superb as was the bus driver, Pat. Both gave information that was useful and enlightening."
Janet Bigelow , Tacoma, WA- "Great guide/driver and Agnes wonderful. The country and the scenery spectacular. People friendly and helpful. Large group,but well organized."
Clyde Gabriel , Urbana, IL- "Ireland was beautiful. Our host Agnes was the best guide we ever could have had."
JoEllen Freida , Sunbury, PA- "Very enjoyable--- I had free time to shop or explore and interesting crafts to make! Could not ask for a better vacation!"
Linda Merhley , Kankakee, IL- "Ireland was wonderful - in spite of the late winter weather. Agnes and Pat gave us lots of information to help us understand what we were seeing and to appreciate a bit of Ireland’s history."
Donna Hale , Boise, ID- "This was a great tour of the highlights of Ireland. I enjoyed learning about the different crafts, beliefs and superstitions of the Irish people. There was just the right mix of scheduled events and free time. I would go again tomorrow if I could."
Mae B Kramer , Hemet, CA- "The tour was fantastic. It would have been nice to have more time to explore the small villages, and especially Adare. There were a few areas that could use tweaking, but overall it was a wonderful experience."
Jennifer - "I thoroughly enjoyed this trip; it provided the perfect introduction to Ireland and its history."
Cathy Pharr , Hedgesville, WV- "What a great trip! The classes were fun, well taught and inspiring.Our lodging and meals were top notch. Alice,our travel manager, and Mike, our tour bus driver, were great and added to the fun. Ireland was stunningly beautiful and it’s people were very friendly. I’m hoping to return there with my daughters for another visit!"
Annie Lancaster , Katy, TX- "The tour took us through so much of Ireland that I don’t feel as though I missed anything. The tour bus driver was so knowledgeable about the history, agriculture and towns which really enriched the experience."
Nancy Martinez , Orlando, FL- "The trip was very well planned. Alice was a fabulous tour guide and Michael our bus driver kept us laughing. The hotels were very accommodating and most of all the price was right."
Sheila Goldsberry , Oceanside, CA- "I fell in love with Ireland all over again, the people were so friendly. The places that we visited, the artisans that shared their knowledge and passions with us were incredible. Our bus driver and tour guide combo were amazing! Michael and Alice, were incredibly helpful, friendly and full of knowledge. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Jim West and Craftours are the best! I can’t wait for my next adventure!"
Susan Ostaseski , Boons Mill, VA- "The trip was fabulous, fun, and so interesting. I’ve never seen a tour so well organized. The crafts were great with gifted instructors."
Susan Morance , Chapel Hill, NC- "I enjoyed the Photography Expedition in Ireland very much. I learned a lot from the travel manager. The itinerary was excellent as were our hotels. Our driver Pat added a great deal to the enjoyment of the trip with all the commentary he provided about Ireland as well as his excellent sense of humor. Overall I found the trip extremely enjoyable."
Jill Gohr , Virginia Beach, VA- "Although I am not a quilter, the 2 friends that invited me, are quilters and have had several classes. I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed. It was the country I was interested in and I was not disappointed! Our tour guide Pat, was 1 in a million and his knowledge base was detailed and endless, as was his sense of humor! I would travel anywhere with him as a guide. I would go again in a heartbeat! Further, I would recommend this expedition to anyone interested in seeing and learning about Ireland. The trip and accommodations were first class from start to finish. Nothing was left to chance.I rarely had to deal with the beast (my huge suitcase) and even then, it was only to put it in outside my door, to be handled by leprechauns! I could add so much more, but hopefully my point is made ~ the trip and everyone that made it happen, was fabulous!"
Kathy Thompson , Virginia Beach, VA- "This trip certainly met all my expectations. It was superbly organized, had great accommodations, and had the most exceptional bus driver ever. Pat was a true gem. The travel manager’s wonderful personality and photography information and tips made you see more and realize more from the trip. It was a pure pleasure!"
Rose Rodriguez Stevenson , Elpaso, TX- "The tour guide was attentive to our needs, our whereabouts and instruction/guidance in photography. The sessions she provided were enjoyable and informative---excited us to experiment in photography and how it can be utilized in creating textile art."
Diane and Ronnie Herrington , Dripping Springs, TX- "Such an incredible trip with my brother and sister in law and all the new friends we made along the way."
Liz Berry , Chesapeake, VA- "I’m not much of a photographer but the travel manager was able to inspire me. She explained things in a way that made sense and has helped me look at things in a totally different way."
Mary Rogers , Edina, MN- "The places we visited were lovely, and the hotels were very good."
Julie Wickware , Clinton Twp, MI- "The travel manager gave excellent photography tips and the bus driver was exceptional with plenty of information and quips."
Larry and Frances Lynch , Waco, TX- "Well organized and the tours were great and informative. We met so many nice people on the tour and in Ireland."
Kristine Sirmons , West Allis, WI- "I enjoyed the tour. Our bus driver Pat was wonderful and very knowledgeable about everything we were going to see, and had a great sense of humor. The hotels chosen were nice. Jim was fun to work with and worked together well. It would have been nice to have our itinerary before the trip, as I came to the country a couple days beforehand and didn’t know what we were going to see so I wasn’t sure what to plan for myself. But it was fun and I would book the tour again."
Janet Cox , Yuma, AZ- "This was a Once in a Lifetime-Bucket List Filled-Adventure around every Corner- trip for me. So very blessed for this experience and so grateful for the memories along my journey."
Leslie Kemper , Deer Park, WA- "This was my husband and I first trip to Europe. We enjoyed every part of the trip. The guide, Agnes and bus driver, Pat were well informed of the history of Ireland. The tours of each stop we made; the castles, wool mills, and evening excursions were wonderful. The hotel accommodations were excellent."
Penny Harvey , Rock Springs, WY- "This trip was amazing. I was so pleased at all we were able to see and the way everything came together. The hotels we stayed at were beautiful and the people we dealt with were very pleasant and helpful. We saw so much! It was a wonderful trip that I feel very lucky to have been a part of."
Christyne Mills , Rancho Cordova, CA- "It was the experience of a lifetime. I don’t think this could ever be duplicated due to the combination of people involved. Our guide, Holly & driver, Pat, were so great. They even went out of their way to get us tickets to the Celtic Steps show which was amazing."
Diana Sillence , Lutz, FL- "The trip was more than I could have hoped for and was jamb packed full of sight-seeing, shopping, experiencing the culture through music and knowing Ireland’s history. Patrick was awesome in telling the history with his side jokes! The first reason I signed up was for the craft project but thread so much more!! Yes, I loved it and would love to return someday!!"
Sherry Kesselman , Albuquerque, NM- "This was my first trip over the Atlantic and because of having such a wonderful experience, will not be my last. I enjoyed everything from the group I was with to the food, sights, quilting class, shopping and informative and personal tour guide (Holly) and driver (Patrick). Both Holly and Patrick went way and beyond in making this trip truly an exceptional experience."
Ruth Robertson , Denver, CO- "Great tour!! So much to see & do - plus some tips on quilting."
Primrose Lowry , Lakefield, Ontario- "Loved Ireland it was as beautiful as they say, the size of the trip was nice number as we all got to know one another."
Carol Welsheimer , Galena, OH- "I had a wonderful time on this tour. I felt we got to see a lot considering we were only there for a week. It was all very well planned and organized. Our leader was very helpful and the participants were all so nice."
Chris Booth , Burlington, ON- "Everything was very well planned but flexibility was also built into the itinerary. Lots of free time to explore in Galway."
Mary Longie , Elgin, TX- "Ireland was amazing, people are fantastic, the food was awesome and the sites spectacular."
Sidney Finneran , Dublin, OH- "This was my first time flying without my husband and my second time flying to Europe. This tour was so well organized. I met fun and pleasant women who were all talented in their own way. I liked the combination of planned time vs. free time. I would recommend this tour to anyone!"
Nancy Mayak , Fremont, OH- "This was my first time touring Ireland and my first time with Craftours. I enjoyed the trip immensely. Ireland is as beautiful as I had heard. The people were friendly."
Angela Rowland , Catonsville, MD- "It was a blast. Agnes our your leader thought of everything and it went so smoothly. Pat our driver was a world of knowledge and kept us entertained as we rolled along. Definitely would recommend."
Susan Eldridge , Port Charlotte, FL- "Our tour director, Agnes, and bus driver, Patrick, were delightful. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and informative in an entertaining way. The hotels we stayed in were excellent - with all modern conveniences - and located in walkable areas. If asked to name my favorite site, I could not do it. Each one had its own unique way of giving me a little taste of Ireland’s cultures, history, and beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone."
Cheyenne Moondancer , Longmont, CO- "We were treated FIRST RATE for the entire trip: the best hotels, the greatest food, the best tour guide, motor coach and driver-every day brought so many new and amazing opportunities to explore the culture of the land and to sample local heritage from every class and outing."
Maydean Tilton , Cibolo, TX- "I have to admit I was apprehensive about a tour as I have always traveled independently but my fears were unfounded. We had a wonderful experience and saw the beautiful Irish countryside. Our group was a great group of talented ladies. Our bus driver, Pat Moynihan and our tour guide, Agnes Warren were beyond incredible. I cannot say enough good things about the two of them."
Liz Van Keuren , Copperas Cove, TX- "The tour was so much more than I was expecting. Our guide/bus driver and travel manager were great. We had some weather and construction issues and they were able to rearrange or offer alternatives. The hotels were really nice and the Irish breakfasts were wonderful!"
Doretta Herr, Bloomington, IL - "Great people and great value."
Cathy Howell, Eaton Rapids, MI - "Excellent trip! We were kept busy seeing a beautiful country and had the right amount of personal time to venture on our own."
Don Myers, Bloomington, IL - "Very well organized; printed materials get an A for presentation; Holly Gaines Brown was very fun; hotels were first rate."
Suzy Hutton, Seal Beach, CA - "This was my first trip to Ireland, and I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to Ireland in this enchanting way."
Terri Andrino Korte, Willits, CA - "This was an amazing trip! My second Craft Tour trip. Great price, very organized, and good accommodations. I found it relaxed enough to allow free time for our group of 25 in Bus #1. Our tour guide Agnes (genuine Irish gal) was perfect in making sure things went as planned... we also got an extra guide with Hika who was helping out. The group crafts were a lot of fun. Also, shopping at stores and having tours of the local Irish factories was a delight. Our bus driver Brendon was such a good driver, and helpful. I enjoyed talking to people in my group, and came away inspired by a few who were 70-80’s and had amazing courage and spirit to travel so far from home. To top it off... the weather was beautiful! a win win.."
Cindy Miller, Athens, AL - "This was my first tour and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. The tour was well balanced with activities and free time and the tour group leader and driver were well informed and very approachable. It was like being on tour with your friends. I’m already planning another trip back to Ireland. I just fell in love with the people and the place."
Catherine Suter, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada - "I really enjoyed my time there. The Tour guide Agnes was super, engaging, factual, humorous and obviously dedicated. Brendan the bus and tour guide was also very pleasant and knew his route."
Alice Rigg, Oceanside, CA - "It was a nice trip to the central coast section of western Ireland."
Frances Cummings, Pomona, CA - "Wonderful sights it was all very interesting."
Marquita Pierce, Simi Valley, CA - "I thoroughly enjoyed my tour."
Susan Pearson, Claremont, CA - "Great tour overall."
Dick Fermanian, Kansas City, MO - "This was our first tour and it was a good one. Nice way to get a taste of Ireland."
Linda Pringle, Grand Junction, CO - "Great trip. I appreciated the small group size."
Elaine Barrett, Bangor, NSW Australia - "Interesting tour as there is something for everyone due to the combination of gardens and castles."
Julia McGrath, Van Wert, OH - "Loved this tour. Most everything was wonderful and thought out for our benefit. Beautiful country- side. Nice hotels. Fun people. Great guides."
Janet Glaholt, West Sacramento, CA - "What a great way to see parts of a beautiful country. It was amazing to see actual castles and the gardens were stunning."
Nancy Laswick, Phoenix, AZ - "Had a great time in Ireland. Our tour leader Holly, was awesome."
Judy Gottsch, Eloy, AZ - "Ireland was so beautiful and the tours there were exceptional."
Rebecca Frederick, Greenwell Springs, LA - "Wonderful trip. Beautiful country and people."
Sandra Yeager, Peyton, CO - "The tour was exactly what was published and it was a fantastic trip. The tour guide was fantastic and was very knowledgeable and fun."
Lyn C. Ahboltin, Meadow Vista, CA - "Ireland is a beautiful country and I thoroughly enjoyed the many tours all around to see the 'green' of it all."
Di An Putnam, Winnemucca, NV - "A dream vacation - travel managered by guides that provided a fabulous history and culture of Ireland."
Barbara Murphy, Saratoga, NY - “Loved it! Our tour guide Agnes and our bus driver Pat were wonderful and really made the tour fun. Saw many great places, ate good food and drank wonderful whiskey. I would differently recommend using Craft Tours for your next vacation.”
Carol Stewart, Slingerlands, NY - “My trip was absolutely amazing. Agnes and Patrick were knowledgeable, humorous, caring and just a delight to be with. I would recommend this company to anybody. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.”
Barbara Clark, Lexington, KY - “This was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Holly, was excellent. She was very attentive to our needs and always available. Our driver, Brenden, managed to negotiate very narrow streets and windy roads with ease. Spending time in the city of Galway and the daily side trips truly gave a taste of Ireland. I loved every minute of this adventure.”
Susan Phillips, Linville, VA - “The trip details before the trip were clear and communication with the Craftours staff was quick and satisfactory. The trip was laid-back, but plans ran on time each day. The bus driver Brendan was a definite plus-pleasant and very knowledgeable.”
Patty Tufts, Mariposa, CA - “A wonderful introduction to What Ireland has to offer.”
Kathy Nester, Exton, PA - “Excellent and fun trip with Agnes as the guide and Patrick as the driver.”
Judy Clark, Port Orchard, WA - “Excellent tour. Loved the itinerary. Would like to see more cultural sites added to tour and less shopping. Tour coordinator and driver/guide were fantastic.”
Alicia Liermann, Downington, PA - “This was my first international visit and my first tour group. I was pleased with what we saw and did, and it was so much fun. Agnes and Patrick were simply awesome. I do wish we had one more day in Dublin to be able to do more on our own. Otherwise, every tour and visit were exactly what I expected.”
Carolynn Spies, Des Moines, WA - “I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Ireland is a beautiful country, and the guides, Agnes and Pat, made it come alive.”
Cheryl Dolence, Salem, OH - “The tour was far beyond expectations.”
Irene Dietlin, New Hartford, CT - “The tour was well planned and carried out. Our tour director and driver were excellent and made our trip a pleasure.”
Cathy Climpson, Sharon, Ontario - “Great time and wonderful scenery. A countryside of old-time charm.”
Nancy Davenport, Gig Harbor, WA - “Great Tour. Learned lots about Ireland and was amazed at how beautiful it was! Truly the Emerald Aisle. New Friends.”
Marsha Azorsky, Hailey, ID - “Craftours Ireland was an awesome tour. There was plenty of variety and diversity.”
Maureen Lamping, Olympia, WA - “I had such a great trip with Pat the driver and Agnes kept us entertained and informed of our surroundings on the bus stopping numerous times so we could take pictures to remember it all. I loved the classes, especially the journal class.”
Melody Cox, Raytown, MO - “Gorgeous country filled with friendly people!”
Jean Payne, Hyannis, MA - “From the office staff at Craftours to our guide and driver....all were exceptional.”
Joyce Raiskio, Yarmouth Port, MA - “A truly wonderful trip!! Agnes and Pat were so amazing.”
Hilory Boucher, Northport, NY - “This was my third trip to Ireland. The tour was very well thought out. Hotels were very accommodating. Our tour director and bus driver were very knowledgeable and caring. The days were very full of activity and wonderful side tours. I loved it!”
Joyce Outten, North Pole, AK - “Beautiful country and wonderful, kind and interesting people.”
Penny Terrell, Abilene, TX - “This was our first craft tour and we loved it. The size of the group and the staff were perfect.we also enjoyed the variety offered.”
Ann McConkey, Topeka, KS - “Great trip. Got to see more of Ireland than I could ever imagined.”
Lorraine Shonio, Terryville, CT - “Fully enjoyed the trip. Alice Ridge was a wonderful addition to the trip. She kept us all together and on time. Not an easy job to do. The places we visited gave a real picture of the country and the drivers had an excellent knowledge of the history of Ireland. Informative and enjoyable trip.”
Phyllis Smith, Lansing, IL - “The tour and the tour guide Alice, including the bus driver Donal were exceptional. The Hotels were very comfortable. ”
Bernice Sanders, Ashlan, NH - “I had a wonderful trip! I would love to go on another bus trip with craft tours. Alice was wonderful! She was helpful in making our trip run smoothly. She was always upbeat and friendly to everyone. Alice is a perfect leader. Our bus drivers were great. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw a great deal of Ireland in a short time.”
Evelyn Mayes, Campton, NH - “Everything was spectacular!”
Laura Covillon, Brooksville, FL - “This was my first time traveling alone and I had the most wonderful time. The tour leader, Alice, was organized and dealt with every situation in a calm and confident manner. She made sure that we all had a good experience. The trip was a balance of group outings and personal time. I cannot wait to be able to take another trip.”
Edith Mahoney, Bradenton, FL - “Our trip to Ireland was magical. It was very well organized. Our tour guide Alice was fun and caring and so very knowledgeable. Our bus driver was really great. He kept us all entertained the whole time.”
Lynette Holm, Hammond, IN - “The tour was wonderful. I was very glad that I went. I was able to see so many beautiful places.”
Diane Black, Colorado Springs, CO - “I had a wonderful time. There was a nice combination of city and rural countryside. Holly did a great job as did Shawn, both were delightful to work with. I enjoyed the crafts that we visited and saw. The food was also great. This trip was beyond my expectations.”
Becky Yurchiak, Barberton, OH - “Ireland - one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.”
Patricia Mills, Akron, OH - “I enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful countryside of Ireland.”
Adriana Dugo, Peyton, CO - “It was a great experience and the places we visited were great. The views of the land and the explanations of the tour guide and the local driver, very accurate and the driving was excellent!”
Sheri Knox, San Diego, CA - “This was a fantastic tour! We covered so much ground and loved Ireland so much. We circumnavigated the entire island experiencing so many different cities and towns and breathtaking landscapes. I was thrilled that the tour included Belfast – in past years, I never thought I would be able to travel there in my lifetime. I loved that so many of the places we visited were on the water. The tours offered enhanced the experience, and we had some time when we could schedule something additional, like a Black Taxi tour in Belfast (a must!), and a horse-drawn buggy ride and Whiskey tasting in Killarney. The people are delightful and charming, the food and drink (love that Irish Whiskey!) delicious and the shopping is endless and varied. I would encourage anyone to do this wonderful 14-day tour!”
Joan Ternovan, Akron, OH - “A great opportunity to see the majority of the country.”
Sue McCullion, Philadelphia, PA - “The Ireland Experience has peaked my interest in returning to Ireland in the near future. Since we literally circled the entire Ireland, I found the topography so beautiful and so distinct. A highlight of the tour was that we made a stop in Donegal and on the way we passed right through the town where my father was born ... Ballybofey!”
Gail Warnes, Ashland, OH - “I loved traveling around Ireland and seeing the natural wonders like The Giant’s Causeway and The Cliffs of Moher as well as the charming villages and the beautiful countryside. The dry stone walls in the north and east and the hedgerows in the south made the farmland memorable. The castles/palaces and cathedrals were beautiful. The crystal carving was amazing, and our cookery class making scones was really fun.”
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