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Quilt Tour of Ireland

Quilt Tour of Ireland

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Itinerary for this June 5-14, 2024 Tour

Cost for Land Only: $2,599 per person, double occupancy, $2,450 per person triple, $2,775 single.  Fully refundable through March 30, 2024.  Final payment due April 30, 2024.

Group Air Option: Nonstop from Cleveland to Dublin - $1,428

Payment and Cancellation Policy: A $300 per person deposit due to reserve your space.

Final balance is due April 30, 2024. All payments are refundable through March 30, 2024, after which the tour is non-refundable. 

 

June 5 - Depart Cleveland for our non-stop overnight flights, with dinner and light breakfast service.  

 

June 6 - Arrive in Dublin early this morning and board our bus and meet our driver/guide. We will enjoy a panoramic Dublin tour to see Christchurch Cathedral, the General Post Office, scene of the Easter Uprising, St. Stephen’s Green, and much more, ending up at Ireland’s top attraction, the Guinness Storehouse, for on-your-own lunch and tour topped by an included pint at the Gravity Bar with sweeping views of Dublin and the Dublin Mountains. We will check into our city-central hotel, the Leonardo Christchurch Hotel, across from the famous cathedral.  We’ll have a short walking tour of the neighborhood this afternoon, including Temple Bar, Dublin’s entertainment district.  You will have some free time to explore Dublin before our welcome dinner. (D)

 

June 7 - After our breakfast buffet, we head west to Athlone in the center of Ireland to board a replica Viking ship and cruise down the River Shannon to the 6th century monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise. Explore the ruins of the stunning churches, round towers, high crosses and the cathedral before we return to our coach and head to Westport to check into our hotel in the heart of town for the next 3 nights. We’ll enjoy a group dinner and then attend the opening concert at the Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival going on this weekend. (B,D)

June 8 - Today we will have a morning excursion to an Irish farm to see a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy some farm fare, turf-cutting and more. Next we will tour Westport House, ancestral home site of Grace O’Malley, the famous Pirate Queen, who built one of her castles here in the 1500s. Her dungeon still remains in this magnificent Palladian mansion which was built in 1730 by her descendants. We will stop at Croagh Patrick, the mountain that St. Patrick climbed and fasted on for 40 days and banished the snakes from Ireland. Across the street is the National Famine Memorial.  Then we'll take a cruise in beautiful Clew Bay with its more than 300 islands and home to a seal colony with over 400 harbor seals. When we get back you can explore the town and check out some music at one of the local pubs after our group dinner. (B, D)

June 9 - Today is a fun day of leisure or fun activities right in Westport. You can choose to relax and explore, or attend one or more special events, including the music festival Gospel Hour at 11:30 a.m., a concert at 12:30 p.m. by rising American bluegrass star Martha Spencer, followed by an Irish & American Quilt Show and Tell at 2 :30 p.m. and a Square Dance at 4:30 p.m. Do what you like and we'll see you at dinner, followed by more wonderful music this evening, or just relax and enjoy the town. (B, D) 

June 10 - After breakfast we will pack our bags and head south along the Wild Atlantic Way through the moonscape of The Burren to the Cliffs of Moher. At over 700 feet high and having been featured in films such as Harry Potter, Leap Year and the Princess Bride, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenes. Our next stop is Quin Abbey which is actually a friary (what is the difference?) founded by the McNamara Clan in the early 1400s where you will have time to explore and get lunch on your own at the Abbey Tavern across the street. Onward to Limerick where we’ll spend the next two nights at One Pery Square, overlooking the handsome, tree-lined People’s Park in Limerick’s historic Georgian Quarter. Tonight you will have free time for dinner and exploring Limerick City. (B)

 

June 11 -  Today we will visit Bunratty Castle, a 15th century castle - the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland where you will have time to explore the castle, the folk village and shop across the street at Blarney Woollen Mills and have your lunch at Durty Nellie’s Pub. We will also enjoy a quilt workshop at the Giddygoat Sewing Studio.  Having been in Limerick for 2 days now, you should be ready to participate in the world famous ETS limerick contest!  Enjoy dinner at your choice of Limerick restaurants or in our hotel restaurant. (B)

 

June 12 - Today will be a relaxing day as we do a panoramic tour of the Irish countryside on our way to our ancient castle hotel.  We will plan to arrive at our hotel early for the evening - a stunning castle originally built in 1209. Tonight we will enjoy a group dinner fit for a king or queen.  You will have the rest of the evening to relax in the castle bar or explore the lovely castle grounds and walking trails in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.  Since sunset isn't until 10 pm this time of year, you will have plenty of hours to enjoy the flora and fauna of this rich area. (B,D)

 

June 13 - After breakfast, we’ll make our way across the heart of Ireland and will stop in Cashel for lunch on your own and time to visit the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most incredible structures - the home of the great Irish High King Brian Boru - and the place of his coronation. We will continue to Kilkenny and tour Kilkenny Castle with its stunning architecture and art gallery. The Kilkenny shops across the street are a favorite place to shop for locally made products. We’ll go to the center of Kildare to visit St. Brigid’s Cathedral, the site where the saint herself founded a nunnery in the 5th century. Our final night will be in Killashee Hotel, an enchanting Victorian House where we will have our farewell dinner and enjoy the lovely hotel and grounds. (B,D)

 

June 14 - On our way to the airport for our afternoon flight, we will visit Newbridge Silverware, a favorite place to shop and visit the Icons of Style Museum featuring some of the most famous outfits in history worn by the likes of Princess Diana, the Beatles and Elvis. Guests may have tea and scones or an early lunch on your own in their gourmet cafe, or choose to eat at the airport after check-in. Our bus will arrive at Dublin Airport 3 hours ahead of your 3:30 flight to ensure plenty of time to check bags and get to your gate. Group air will have a nonstop flight with dinner, and will arrive in Cleveland at 6:50 pm.

 

Note:  Itinerary subject to change at the discretion of ETS. based on weather, traffic or other factors.

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