September 3 - 11, 2017

Quilting Educator:
Mark Sherman
Mark Sherman

Package Price:
$2,886.00 | Air from NYC

(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.

  • TRIP-AT-A-GLANCE
  • OPTIONAL TOURS
  • PROJECT INFORMATION
  • TESTIMONIALS

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip international airfare from New York to Dublin.
  • All taxes and round-trip transfers in Ireland.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Galway, Killarney and Dublin.
  • Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners.
  • Sightseeing in Galway, Killarney and Dublin.
  • A visit the famous Cliffs of Moher.
  • A visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.
  • An optional tour to the Connemara to visit the a marble shop, the Celtic Crystal Factory and the stunning Kylemore Abbey & Gardens.
  • A visit the award winning village of Adare.
  • A tour to the town of Dingle & the Dingle Peninsula.
  • A visit to a family-owned weaving mill in Avoca.
  • An optional Irish cooking class.
  • A professional tour guide the entire time.
  • A professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • Traveling & workshops with our special guest educator, Mark Sherman.

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 centre 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 rank are amongst the top visited tourist sites in Ireland, and receive almost one million visitors a year.
Adare Adare Play Movie
In the early 19th century, the Earl of Desmond, laid the plan for the existing streets and townhouses of Adare. These lands and dwellings were rented to tenants, under various agreements, some of which still exist today.

Today, Adare village is an architectural wealth of scenic beauty. The mix of centuries is blended into everyday life as some of the thatched cottages are home to arts and crafts shops. The main street of Adare is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monastries and ruins and the picturesque village park.

Adare's streets are lined with original thatched cottages survived for hundreds of years. Some of the cottages are kept by local restaurants and Arts & Crafts shops, but many are still privately owned. As you stroll though Adare's streets you will become transported to a time in Ireland's history.
Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula Play Movie
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.
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.

WEATHER
The climate of Ireland can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. It is defined as a temperate oceanic climate, or Cfb on the Köppen climate classification system, a classification it shares with most of northwest Europe. The country receives generally warm summers and mild winters. It is considerably warmer than other areas on its latitude, because it lies in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, and as a result is warmed by the North Atlantic Current all year. For current weather go to weather.com or click here.

CURRENCY
The currency in Ireland is the Euro (EUR).
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Optional Tours:

Connemara Region 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.
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. They own and operate 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 our talented and creative yound Irish crafts people; reproducing the culture and history of Ireland by crafting the unique and intricate designs that are synonymous with Ireland's Celtic heritage on our exquisite crystal pieces.

The cost of this optional tour is $57.00 pp.




PROJECT INFORMATION:
I have worked for months on this project I will teach all of you in our ReMARKable Ireland adventure this September. I could not be more excited to share this with you all. Our Craftours experience is going to be fabulous, but unlike a cruise, on this land tour of Ireland we will not have sewing machines available. Instead we will be learning to do the following techniques that do not involve using a machine:
  • ReMARKable Hand Appliqué by Machine
  • Using 24K Gold Leaf on Fabric (my ORIGINAL idea)
  • Using Lumiere Paint
  • Using Tsukineko Markers
  • Remarkable Faux Appliqué
  • Designing your own quilting designs.
  • Perfect binding
  • Quilt blocking
  • Remarkable Machine Trapunto.

If this is not enough I will be teaching you the secrets of my design process. As is the case with all of my classes I will explode your minds with ideas that you can go home and use on your own quilt projects. The perfect time for you to go on this trip is now. We may never have such a Remarkable opportunity again! You will also be the first to see the Book of Kells Quilt Masterpiece that I've been working on. Come along and experience Ireland the REMARKABLE way!

- Mark

TESTIMONIALS:

Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Sew Many Places over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all the while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."
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 was excellent, the bus was comfortable and the meals were varied and of good quality. I would recommend Sew Many Places 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 Sew Many Places 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 havingSewMany Places arrange a room mate for me (a dear lady from Canada), arranging my air reservations and 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 Sew Many Places. When problems arose there was always one and often more to the "rescue" to make things right.

I have recommended Sew Many Places to all my guild 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 Sew Many Places."
Jan Bechle, Albany,Oregon-"In April of 2010, I traveled to Ireland with Sew Many Places. 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. Sew Many Places 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 & breath taking. The quilts were beautiful & inspirational. Thanks for a wonderful time."
Karen and Mike Holt, Grand Junction, CO- "My husband and I went on a Sew Many Places Tour to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival in 2012 and LOVED it. We both has 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 and 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 Sew Many Places!"
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 every thing ran smoothly"
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Wonderful experience. I wanted to stay another week and repeat everything. I would like to return. Sew Many Places 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 accomodations."
Marilyn Kennedy, Englewood, FL - "It was well planned and an exceptional trip."
LINDA EVANS, Farmington Hills, MI - "The trip to Ireland was the 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 travelling 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 escorts, Pam Holland and Brian Haggard 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. Pam and Brian 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 life time."
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. Agnes was the best tour escort!"
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 left your room) and all the sheep and Holstein cows as we drove through the country side 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 tour escort 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 adaptions 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 (Agnes and 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 sight seeing."
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! Agnes, 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, Agnes and bus driver, Con, 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 driver, Con 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, Agnes Warren was an excellent tour guide. The bus driver Con O'Leary 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 Agnes and Con 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 folk lore. Agnes and Con 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, Agnes and Con."
Joni Ostroff, Orlando, FL - "Thoroughly enjoyed Ireland."
Joann Przygocki, Bay City, MI - "I can't begin to say how wonderful this tour was! Agnes and Con are such an incredible team! They made the trip worth every dollar!"
Kris Young, Fredricksburg, VA - "This was my first tour - it was amazing. Con who was our 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! Agnes - 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 definately 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!!"