March 2 - 10, 2019

Package Price:
$2,293.00 | Air from Chicago

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip international airfare from Chicago to Dublin, Ireland.
  • Private motor coach and driver/guide.
  • Professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Galway, Killarney and Dublin.
  • Daily Irish breakfast and two dinners.
  • Optional tour to Kylemore Abbey & drive through the stunning Connemara Region.
  • A crystal carving demonstration by a master artist.
  • A short talk and shopping opportunity at the family owned Connemara Marble facility.
  • Panoramic city tours in Galway, with a stop at the beautiful Galway Cathedral.
  • Panoramic city tour of Dublin including driving past Trinity Collage, Croke Park, the city center and Grafton Street.
  • Jameson and Guinness factories are at your disposal for a tour and free samples.
  • A Panoramic drive through the famous Dingle Peninsula and a stop in the town of Dingle.
  • Optional tour to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
  • Sightseeing at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and drive through the "Burren."
  • A stop in Killarney to see the ruins of Ross Castle.
  • A short visit to the award winning "tidy town" of Adare.
  • Shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills and an opportunity (for a small fee) to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone.
  • Photo stop at the Rock of Cashel.
  • An optional Irish Scone Making class.
  • Free time for shopping on the famous Grafton Street in Dublin.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and commemorative gifts.
  • Traveling with Cindy & Don Myers and the One Nighters II & Friends Group.

IRELAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Dublin Dublin Play Movie
Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Act of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland. It is a historical and contemporary center for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.
Cliffs of Moher Play Movie
The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 metres just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres to the north. The tower is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien. From the cliffs and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs are among the top visited tourist sites in Ireland, and receive almost one million visitors a year.
Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is the northernmost of the major peninsulae in County Kerry. It ends beyond the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland and arguably Europe.

The Dingle Peninsula is named after the town of Dingle. The peninsula is also commonly called Corca Dhuibhne even when those referring to it are speaking in English. Corca Dhuibhne, which means "seed or tribe of Duibhne", takes its name from the túath of Corco Dhuibhne who occupied the peninsula in the Middle Ages and who also held a number of territories in the south and east of County Kerry.
Ross Castle Play Movie
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend has it that O'Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives. The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O'Donoghue's prison. Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
Blarney Castle Play Movie
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle.


OPTIONAL TOURS:

Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Play Movie
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.
Celtic Crystal Factory Play Movie
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.

Today, this tradition is continued by talented and creative young Irish crafters; reproducing the culture and history of Ireland by crafting the unique and intricate designs that are synonymous with Ireland's Celtic heritage on exquisite crystal pieces.
Connemara Marble Shop Play Movie
Stephen Walsh and his family will welcome you to Connemara Marble. His family have worked the beautiful, green Connemara marble for three generations and take great pride in the Irish jewelry and Irish gifts that they produce.

Connemara marble is over 900 Million years old and is unique to Ireland. The Walsh family owns and operates the oldest marble quarry, which was first opened in the 19th Century, and visited in 1903 by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra during the Royal tour of Connemara.
Cost of this optional Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Tour is only $57 per person.

Bunratty Castle Bunratty Castle Play Movie
Bunratty Castle is a large 15th century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the center of Bunratty village, between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. The Castle and the adjoining Folk Park are run by Shannon Heritage as tourist attractions.

The present castle, was built by the MacNamara family around 1425. Its builder may have been one Maccon Sioda MacNamara, chieftain of Clann Cuilein (i.e. the MacNamaras). He died before the castle was completed by his son Sean Finn (who died in 1467). Around 1500, Bunratty Castle came into the hands of the O'Briens (or O'Brians), the most powerful clan in Munster and later titled Earls of Thomond. They expanded the site and eventually made it their chief seat, which had previously been in Ennis.
Cost of this optional Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Tour is only $55 per person.


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