A Quilter's Journey to Ireland
Now expanded for more quilty fun!
A 14 day/13 Night Adventure
May 21 - June 3, 2018
This tour sells out each year,
please reserve early to hold your space.
This amazing Celtic journey is perfect for anyone, but especially a quilt
enthusiast as we've planned this visit to enjoy Ireland from a quilter's
perspective. Our comprehensive tour features the best of the Emerald Isle and
with our relaxed touring schedule we will have ample time for quilt and
fabric browsing as we sight-see along our way. Our special journey
together will highlight the beauty of the Irish countryside, diversity of
the Irish culture and allow us to meet and enjoy the company of Irish
This year, we've expanded our tour, adding an additional day and the
opportunity for you to take a quilting class with one of Ireland's most
Recent travelers said:
"I took your Ireland tour
mainly because of the small group size - I had sworn off tours where 50 quilters are piled onto a 50 seat
coach, which is how I did Ireland with a quilt group the first time.
I was more than thrilled at your tour itself, everything
was first class, organized well and went way beyond my expectations. So
many of us in the group will remain life long friends. I will be
going with you again."
"This was a picture-perfect
tour, truly a dream come true. Everything was beyond words wonderful
and then some. I will never forget it."
"Thank you Deb for providing this
wonderful tour. While other tours I looked into were less costly, I
went with you for the reputation of your company and found that dollar for
dollar the value of this tour was far better than I had anticipated. I could not have imagined
having a better first visit to Ireland. What made it so special to
me were the personal touches we had at the quilt shops, they treated us
like queens and kings. I will not hesitate referring your tours to
Join us an let the enchanting vistas and village scenery of Ireland lend itself to
endless inspiration, making this a trip of a lifetime.
We frequently welcome guests from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France,
Germany, England, S. Africa, Italy, Canada and more on our tours.
Wherever you are from, feel free and welcome to join us.
May 21, 2018 - OFF
TO DUBLIN! We welcome travelers from all over the world, however, if
departing from the USA, most
flights are overnight and our exclusive "Free to Fly" program
allows you to depart from the city of your choice, using mileage plans or
points if you prefer, and you do not have the hassle of having to meet up
with a group at an appointed airport. You may leave from where you want
and when you want. We welcome guests from all over the world
and our "Free to Fly" program makes it simple for everyone. If departing from the USA dinner should be served on
your flight with a light breakfast before arrival in the morning.
2018 - DUBLIN ARRIVAL: After landing at Dublin Airport, you will complete
customs and immigration formalities. After making our way to the
hotel, you are free to settle into your rooms. You may like to rest or explore
some of the city on your own before we meet for a welcome dinner with our group.
This eveningwe will enjoy dinner with Irishmusiciansanddancers inanintimate setting.It is a wonderful way
to begin our incredible Irish journey together.
2018 - Following our delicious breakfast, we will set off with our famous
local guide whose unique and humorous style will enhance our walking tour
through the city where we will see the prominent historic buildings and
monuments of Dublin. Dublin is an ancient settlement, founded by the
Vikings in the 9th century. The city has been molded through the centuries
with many architectural styles, reflecting the economic, political and
artistic influences. After lunch we will visit unique quilt shops in
the area to start the tour off right! The
remainder of the day is free for you to explore Dublin on your own.
We will meet at the hotel later in the evening for dinner together.
May 24, 2018 - Following breakfast, we will depart
Dublin andtravel northalongthecoastto Drogheda.We will
continuenorth,drivingthroughthetowns ofDundalkandNewryandpastthescenic MourneMountains driving into
Belfastwhichissituatedon thedeepinlet ofBelfastLoughsurroundedbyhills.
On our way we stop at a special antique emporium known for vintage quilts
in a charming village outside of Belfast.
thebalance ofthedayisfor individualpursuits.
May 25, 2018 - This morning,
we will drive
We will stop
We will return to our hotel this afternoon and the
remainder of the day is free for us to explore the lively city.
2018 - Today, we've arranged a special visit at a living history museum,
the focus here is on ways of life and traditions of the people of Northern
Ireland. We will be enjoying time with the textile curator as she shows us
several early Irish quilts in their collection.
Following our time here, we will make our
hotel via Belfast's favorite quilt shop.
May 27, 2018 -
Departing Belfast we will
south thenwestacrossIrelandthroughthefertilemidlandregion,dottedwithfarmsandmarketingtowns,wherewecanseehowmanyIrishpeoplemakealiving fromfarming,whichisofgreatimportancetotheIrisheconomy. In the afternoon we be
stopping at 2 wonderful quilts shop before arriving in Galway where we will
stay the night. Enjoythebalance ofthedayatleisureforindividualpursuits.
Tonight we will meet for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
May 28, 2018 - A wonderful and active day is planned as we drive around the shores of Galway Bay and
through the Burren Country, an unique region of limestone hills where many
We will stop at the
breathtaking CliffsofMoher,awallofrockthatplunges700feettothechurningAtlanticOcean below. Our day will
conclude in the breathtaking seaside town of Dingle where we will stay for
the next three nights. We will gather for dinner at the hotel and
later meet with a group of Irish quilters.
May 29, 2018 -
this morning we will embarkonatourofthetownofDingle.With a population of only 1200, Dingleserves
a larger population ofthesurroundingcountryside.Situatedbelow Slievanea Mountain,thetownfacescomfortablyontoa shelteredharbor.Foranumberofyears ithas beenpossibletorelyonaresidentdolphinnamedFungieshowingup for tourboatsoperatingfromtheharbor.As a market townandfishingport,Dinglehaslongbeenwellsuppliedwithpubs andmany opportunitiestoheartraditionalIrish music.
travel on the beautiful and noteworthy Slea Head Drive we willdiscover thebeauties oftheDinglePeninsula,madefamousbyDavidLean’s movie,“Ryan’s Daughter.”This is one of the most beautiful
areas in all Ireland and is packed with history from about 500 BC. Driving alongthesouthshore ofthepeninsulawill enjoyvistas ofheatherymountains,sandystretches ofbeachandrockyheadlands.We will make frequentstops atstrategiclocations to admiretheviews andtakephotos. Along our way we will be able to look across
the bay to the Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head. Not to be missed,
we will stop at the Blasket Center.
After our sightseeingtour,we enjoy lunch at a wonderful (and our
favorite) Irish Pub and then willhavesometimetovisittheSewingShed
quilt shop before returning to our hotel.
May 30, 2018 - We've traveled a long way since our
adventure began and today is a free day for us to relax, unwind a little
and enjoy the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. From walking, to bicycling
to fishing, there are many activities that await. You may also
choose to take an optional quilting class with Nikki Foley from the Sewing
May 31, 2018 - We're off to the Blarney Castle! This morning after
breakfast we will drive
intothe richfarmingcountryofCork.AtBlarney, we will stoptoclimb to
thebattlements ofBlarneyCastletokissthefamous "StoneofEloquence."
After enjoying the Blarney woolen mill, we will driveintothe city of Cork, Ireland's secondlargest city
setontheRiverLee,whichdividesintotwo branchesthroughthecity center.Corkis
check into our hotel, we will enjoysometimeatleisure.
2018 - Today we're planning some special surprises, including a visit to a
wonderful quilt exhibition. After our return to Cork you will have the
remainder of the day to explore the area.
2, 2018 - Following breakfast and our departure from Cork today, we
will visit the House of Waterford Crystal tolearnabouttheir special glassblowingandcutting process and to see
their one-of-a-kindmasterpieces. ContinuingnorththroughtheIrish countrysidetoDublin we will checkintoourhotelandfreshenupbefore afarewelldinner with
our fellow travelers.
June 3, 2018: All too soon, our Irish vacation has
come to an end. Independent transfers to the airport will be
arranged by our hotel which will provide a shuttle service to you.
Allow plenty of time to check into your flight and claim your VAT refund.
You may also want to do some last minute shopping at the duty free shops
before boarding your flight home.
our Ireland video and imagine the possibilities ~
See what our previous Ireland travelers have to say about this tour.
Full price of our 2 week amazing Irish
journey including everything below is only $3159 per
supplement spaces - $1250 additional
Your incredible adventure in Ireland includes
Private transport by luxury motorcoach
Private Irish Tour guide
throughout the tour
13 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
Full breakfast every day
Historic Pub Lunch
Curatorial behind the scenes
quilt visit at one of Ireland's most loved museums.
The famous Pat Liddy walking tour of Dublin
to see and learn about Dublin's most historic sites.
Belfast city tour including
commentary about the "troubles".
Entrances and visits to:
Ulster Folk Art and Transport Museum, Giant's Causeway,
Cliffs of Mohr, Slea Head Drive, Blasket Center, Blarney Castle, House of Waterford
Crystal, Quilt Exhibitions and more
Quilt shop hops at more
shops than you may have thought Ireland had
Meeting with local quilters
Quilt class with Ireland
quilt teacher Nikki
Foley (kit fee additional)
Service charges and government taxes
Special quilty gifts, exciting
surprises and more fun than you thought possible on a quilting tour.
unforeseen circumstances, there may be times when tours, teachers,
itinerary, inclusions, projects and schedules may need to change without
notice. In order to participate in related activities, all cruises and
tours offered through World of Quilts Travel must be booked through Deb
Roberts Tours. We cannot make exceptions, thank you for your
understanding. Deb Roberts' Tours is not responsible for typographical
errors or omissions.