June 6 - 14, 2020

Celebrity Instructor:
Bonnie Hunter
Bonnie Hunter

Package Price:
$3,773.00 | Air from New York JFK

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

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip International airfare from the New York JFK Airport to Dublin.
  • All taxes and roundtrip transfers to and from the hotels.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Galway, Killarney & Dublin.
  • Daily breakfast and some dinners.
  • Sightseeing and shopping in Galway and Dublin.
  • A visit to the famous Cliffs of Moher.
  • An optional tour to Connemara Region to visit the Connemara marble shop and Celtic Crystal Factory.
  • A visit to the award-winning village of Adare.
  • A tour of St. Kevin’s Monastic Settlement.
  • An optional tour of Kylemore Abbey and Gardens.
  • A visit to Ross Castle.
  • A tour of the port town of Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Shopping & sightseeing in Avoca.
  • A visit to the Blarney Woolen Mills and Castle.
  • A professional tour guide the entire time.
  • A Professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • Workshops with our special guest, Bonnie Hunter.
  • Craftours Lanyard, luggage tag, and commemorative gift.

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.
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.
Galway Cathedral Galway Cathedral Play Movie
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, commonly known as Galway Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Galway, Ireland, and is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city.
The Mill at Avoca Village The Mill at Avoca Village Play Movie
The Mill is a clothing manufacturing, retail and food business in Ireland. Started in Avoca, County Wicklow, it is the oldest working woollen mill in Ireland and one of the world's oldest manufacturing companies. It is also Ireland's oldest surviving business.


Optional Connemara Region tour:

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.
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.

The cost of this optional Connemara Region tour is only $86.00 per person.

Optional Kylemore Abbey and Gardens tour:

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.

The cost of this optional Kylemore Abbey and Gardens tour is only $57.00 per person.







BONNIE HUNTER

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!



TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST IRELAND TOURS: