Beads & Artisans of the Emerald Isle
A hearty Irish thank you to all of our guests on the Ireland tour. We had a great time getting to know each other and exploring the country. We truly hope to meet each of you again in our travels!
From the windswept coasts and miles of green sheep-filled pastures along the Ring of Kerry, to the heart-stopping heights of the Cliffs of Moher, to the hand-clapping rhythms of an Irish Jig in Galway, to the Irish Whisky, beer and woolen mills, join…
Anne Dilker & Helena Tang-Lim
on a 8 Day/7 night beading journey through the Emerald Isle and you will know why Ireland is the #1 most requested country of Creative Adventures guests.
Tour Dates: April 27 – May 5, 2019
With 2 day extension option to Belfast & Giant’s Causeway
We have a few spaces left on this trip!
Group Air deadline extended to January 23, 2019.
In addition to creating your own beaded masterpieces with Anne and Helena, your custom-created tour focuses on the Artisans of Ireland including:
- Yarn and wool making
- Beer production
- Basket weaving
- Whiskey distilling
- Stained Glass creation
- Marble cutting and
- Crystal carving
Your adventure will take you to:
- The towns of Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny
- The Ring of Kerry
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Newgrange Neolithic Tombs
- Powerscourt House & Gardens
- Glendalough Monastic settlement
- The Rock of Cashel (photo stop)
- Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery
- Avoca Woolen Mills
- Kilkenny Castle and
- Across the majestic Shannon River on a Ferry Ride
- Giant’s Causeway (Extension)
- Carrick-a-rede Bridge (Extension)
- Towns of Belfast & Bushmills with Bushmills Distillery option (Extension)
- Titanic Exhibit (Extension)
- Dunluce Castle (Extension)
- Land Only Tour Cost: $1949 per person double occupancy; $510 Single Supplement
- 2 Day Extension Cost: $575 per person double occupancy; $200 Single Supplement
- Extra Room Nights: Want to arrive early or stay longer, we are happy to make those arrangements for you.
US Group Air Main Tour or Extension: Only $695 for either itinerary.
Non-stop Delta 44 – JFK to Dublin – Departing 9:55 pm Apr 27. Arriving 9:40 am Apr 28.
Return from Dublin to JFK – Departing 11:25 am on May 5 for main tour or May 7 extension date. Arriving 1:45 pm.
(Note: Group air in not required. See below for information on non-group air guests. Group air must have a minimum of 10 registered guests. If group air falls below this number, it will be cancelled and other air arrangements made.)
Group Air deadline is Jan 23, 2019. After this date we may be able to get you on the flight, but the price is no longer guaranteed.
DISCOUNTS & DEPOSITS:
- $100 Non-Beader Discount – Not taking classes? We’ll deduct the kit and class fee.
- $300 fully refundable* deposit reserves your spot. *(Deposit is refundable until Dec 1, 2018)
- $400 reserves your space on Group Air. (Please note: $150 of group air payment is non-refundable.)
- (Note: 3.5% fee applies to all credit card & electronic payments.)
- To pay by check mail to:
P.O. Box 1255
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
- For payment schedule and refundable dates, see below.
Non-Group Air Guests
- You may book your own air from anywhere in the world. You should choose a flight that arrives on the morning of Sunday, April 28 or earlier. (We recommend arriving the day before the tour if not flying with group air to avoid missing anything created by flight delays. We have additional nights booked at our hotel for early arriving guests.) Once your air is booked, please send us your airline, flight number and arrival time so we can arrange for your airport transfer.
- Want help booking your air? A member of our staff would be happy to research and book a flight for you. We carefully research travel times, departure and arrival times, best rates and trusted airlines to give you a custom choice that suits your preferred level of travel. Fee – $100 per person for international flight.
This Tour will include:
- 7 nights at quality 3 & 4 star hotels in the Ireland. (2 in Dublin, 2 in Galway, 2 in Killarney, and 1 at Dublin Airport)
- 9 meals: 7 full breakfasts and 2 dinners
- Luxury Motor Coach transportation
- Touring in each town we visit with Irish guide
- Admission to all sites noted in the itinerary
- 2 Bead Classes with Anne or Helena including kits – See below.
- Creative Adventures Tour Escort – one of the company owners will be traveling with you on your trip to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Extension to Northern Ireland Includes:
- 2 nights 3 star hotel
- 2 breakfasts
- 1 class with Anne or Helena including kit
- Luxury Motor Coach transportation
- Touring in each place we visit
- Admission to all sites listed in the itinerary
Helena Main Tour Class – Infinity – a 6 hour Advanced class divided into two 3-hour segments. The Infinity Knot is a recurring theme in much of Celtic symbolism. What more perfect way to commemorate your trip to Ireland than with this lovely Herringbone/Peyote project. For pre-requisites and complete description click here.
Helena Extension Class – Arlecchino – a 4 hour Advanced class done in Right Angle Weave and Prismatic Right Angle Weave (For pre-requisites and full description click here)
Anne’s first class – Celtic Hearts Necklace Easier than it looks! A mix of glass, metal and crystal beads form the focal section of this necklace. It’s an easy project that can be finished in the 3-hour class session. That means you’ll be able to wear it while on the tour! Other colorways available.
Anne’s second class – Kumihimo in Leather Bracelet There’s a half round kumihimo structure that, when worked in leather, is remarkably reminiscent of Celtic knotting. A variety of colors will be available for you to choose from and you’ll learn how to use this “trailer hitch” clasp. You’ll receive a template for your disk and instructions as part of kit.
Tentative Daily Agenda (While the features of your tour will not change, the arrangement of them could. We reserve the right to move things around in order to accommodate necessary scheduling with exhibits and drive times.)
Sat, Apr 27 – Overnight flight to Ireland
Sun, Apr 28 – Your motor coach will meet you at the airport and begin your time in Dublin with a Panoramic Tour of the historic city past iconic sites like Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, the Liffey River and the always fun Temple Bar area. A visit to the Trinity College Library to view the Book of Kells begins our guided tour of Dublin (part walking, part bus), which will include a walk through the castle and cathedral area, and past the Dublin Post Office and O’Connell monument – the birthplace of Irish independence. After checking into our Dublin hotel – Jury’s Inn Parnell Street – you are then free to rest or explore on your own until our group Welcome Dinner that evening. (D)Mon, Apr 29 – Today we will head to the countryside to begin our day exploring the lovely house and gardens of Powerscourt voted #3 Garden in the world by National Geographic. A short drive away you will enjoy a tour of Avoca Woolen Mills, shopping and cafe for lunch. Then we will travel to the historic Glendalough – site of one of the earliest monastic settlements in Ireland founded by St. Kevin. Here you can explore the ruins, the grave markers and the walk around the lake provides lovely views of the Wicklow mountains and local scenery. Once back at our Dublin hotel you can have dinner on your own before your first class with Anne or Helena. Those not taking the class have another night to take in Dublin’s night life – maybe find a local pub with Irish musicians and join in a sing-along of your favorite Irish tunes. (B)
Tue, Apr 30 – Wave goodbye to Dublin as we head into Ireland’s neolithic past on our guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Newgrange Mound Tomb, famous for it’s passages that align on the winter solstice, the spiral rock carvings that form the foundation of much of Celtic art and it’s age which pre-dates Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt. You can grab a light lunch at the Newgrange Cafe where I found the best piece of rhubarb pie in Ireland on my last visit and then we will head for Tullamore Dew Whiskey Mills for a tour and tasting. Galway is our final destination where we will take a panoramic bus tour of the city before being dropped off at our Jury’s Inn Galway Hotel for the next two nights in the heart of my favorite city in Ireland. Walk out the door of your hotel and head in any direction and you will find great food, shopping, music, beer, whiskey and a lively street scene. (B)
Wed, May 1 – Today is a day to appreciate the many and varied crafts of Ireland. We begin with a demonstration of marble cutting and jewelry making at the world-famous Connemara Marble factory. Then we will get a private crystal cutting demonstration at Celtic Crystal. After lunch we will head to Spiddal Craft Village to explore the many craft shops and watch a stained glass demonstration and a basket weaving demo. Enjoy another evening in Galway to try out the local fare or walk down to the beach for an evening stroll. (B)
Thu, May 2 – If it’s windswept coasts you’ve been craving then today is your day as we head to the Cliff’s of Moher for breathtaking views of the high cliffs. Grab a sandwhich at the cafe and eat it on the top or on the bus as we experience the Shannon River up close on our ferry ride south. We will check into Scotts Hotel in the heart of Killarney. Anne will teach her second class tonight after dinner on your own. Helena’s class will be tomorrow night. (B)
Fri, May 3 – Transports us through the most idyllic scenery in Ireland – luscious green pastures, tidy Irish cottages, coastal vistas and even the famous Lady’s View where Queen Victoria was so charmed during her visit to Ireland. You will enjoy lunch on your own at a seaside restaurant and several photo stops along the drive. We’ll return to Killarney with time for you to take a walk to Muckross House and gardens or a carriage ride to Ross castle, or maybe catch a band at the outdoor courtyard restaurant at our hotel. Helena’s students will take their class tonight. (B)
Sat, May 4 – We begin the journey back toward Dublin with a photo stop at the Rock of Cashel before we arrive in Kilkenny – one of the best little gems in Ireland. Here you will have an included choice of taking a tour of Kilkenny Castle – a fully refurbished and furnished castle – or if beer is more your style, you can tour the Smithwicks Brewery with a tasting after. For the ladies who like to clothing shop, I had great success at a couple of local second hand stores and I’ve gotten dozens of inquiries about where I got my outfits bought at Goods – a 3 story boutique fashion shop. We will finish our evening and our tour at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel where we will enjoy our farewell dinner together. (B, D)
Sun, May 5 – For those doing the main tour only, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking the complementary shuttle to the airport for your flight home. We recommend a minimum of 3 hours at the Dublin airport as you will clear US customs BEFORE returning to the US. Safe travels! (B)
Northern Ireland EXTENSION:
Sun, May 5 – For those continuing with us, we will depart in the morning for Belfast. Our day will include a panoramic tour of Belfast, a guided walking tour of the sites of Belfast as well as a visit to the Titanic Museum. After checking into our Jury’s Inn Belfast hotel, and dinner on your own at a local restaurant, Anne & Helena will teach their 3rd class of the trip – a bonus class for extension travelers. For those of you looking for an historic eatery, try the Crown Bar complete with original stained glass windows, private oak-surround “snugs,” and gas lighting. (B)
Mon, May 6 – Giants and Thrones is the theme of the day as we head for the northern coast and some of the filming locations of the Game of Thrones. You can walk in the steps of giants at the Giant’s Causeway, a coastal rock formation unique in the world, then tread across a swinging rope bridge, if you dare, at Carrick-a-rede Bridge. A photo stop at Balintoy Harbor let’s you take in the views of Theon Greyjoy’s Iron Islands. Refreshment is in order and can be had in Bushmills where you can choose your restaurant and visit the Bushmill’s Whiskey distillery on your own for a tasting to compare to the Tullamore Dew. And no giants and thrones day would be complete without a castle visit to Dunluce Castle. After a magical day you will enjoy one more night in Belfast before we fly out in the morning. (B)
Tue, May 7 – After breakfast, transfer to the Dublin airport where you will begin your journey home. Safe travels until we meet again. (B)
PAYMENT SCHEDULE & REFUNDS
- A $300 per person deposit reserves your space.
- All land payments are fully refundable until Dec 1, 2018*.
- Oct 1, 2018 – Second land payment of $600 due
- Dec 15, 2018 – Final land payment due. You may send payments any time toward your tour, as long as the final balance is paid by Dec 15, 2018. *(We recommend travel insurance. See Travelex link below.)
- $400 minimum deposit.
- Final air payment Dec 1, 2018. Group Air payments are refundable except for $150 until Dec 1, 2018 at which time all air payments become non-refundable.*
Please use our on-line registration & payment form. (If you prefer to pay by check, you may still fill out the form on-line and indicate that you are mailing the check.)
Ireland is calling to you. What are you waiting for? Since your deposit is refundable until Dec 2018, you’ve got nothing to lose! Space is limited so register today to reserve your spot on this once in a lifetime trip!
Disclaimers, Legal Notices, Passports & Other Important things to know before you travel!
Notes about Walking, Bus Travel and Accommodations:
- WALKING: There will be a moderate amount of walking on this tour and many of the streets and sidewalks are cobblestone. Castles and other buildings in Ireland are centuries old and there are no “accessibility” laws there. Some buildings we tour will have stairs only, and hills or inclines to get up to them, no elevators, and sometimes no handrails. While this tour is suitable for someone with moderate mobility issues, we recommend traveling with a companion. Ability to board a motor coach bus, and with the understanding that some sites may not be handicapped accessible is required. Stability devices are encouraged. We recommend comfortable, solid-soled hiking-style shoes. If you are unsure if this is for you, please call us to discuss your options.
- BUSES: The #1 comment we hear about tours in Ireland is about the amount of time spent on the bus. While Ireland is not a huge country, it does take time to get you from one iconic location to the next, and some of the panoramic vistas can only be taken in by driving them. This tour will include bus time of up to 3-4 hours a day (broken in 2 or more segments) on a bus.
- HOTELS: Beds in Ireland are different than in the US. They are often two single beds moved together to form a double or pulled apart for a twin room. Single rooms could be either a double bed or a single bed.
- Not all of our hotels have air conditioning. Temperatures in April and May rarely get above 65 degrees and at night can drop into the 40’s. You may have to open a window. That’s Ireland!
Passports – Many European countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond your intended date of departure. Since you could fly through one of these regions, we strongly recommend your passport have at least six months validity remaining from return date whenever you travel abroad.
IMPERATIVE! The name given to Creative Adventures for air travel match your passport exactly.
* Want travel insurance? Now’s the time to consider purchasing a travel protection plan to protect your trip investment. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the logo. You may choose any insurance company you like, bur our preferred partner is Travelex.