Needlepoint Now and Stitchery Tour – Ireland October 16th – October 29th

NEEDLEPOINT NOW AND STITCHERY TOUR OF IRELAND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 2022 TO OCTOBER 29 2022

Our tour of Ireland will start in its Capital, Dublin, where we will have an exciting program of visits and sightseeing. From there we will head southwest to Killarney and the Ring of Kerry and then pick up the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher and into the romantic region of Connemara. From there we continue northwards to Sligo and into Northern Ireland with some planned exciting visits using the historic city of Belfast as our base. Finally we will head back southwards and finish our tour in Dublin. This trip will give you a fantastic taste of the Emerald Isle as we will have a marvellous combination of both city and the beautiful wild countryside the island of Ireland has to offer. We will stay in lovely hotels, enjoy the best of Irish cuisine, and importantly, have a program of stitching classes and of course time to shop and relax.

Please note: Dublin is the city in which you will need to arrive for this tour. There are numerous flights direct to Dublin from many airline hubs in the United States. If you wish to arrive a day or two earlier, please let Jeremy know and he can organize extra nights accommodation.  Please email him at hamiltonco@btconnect.com. Should you wish to arrive and/or depart through London, Jeremy can organize accommodations and suggestions of things you can do if you are new to the city.

SUNDAY 16th October 2022

The tour will start with three nights at the Merrion Hotel, the capital’s most luxurious 5-star hotel and a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. The main reception rooms are set in a collection of Georgian Town Houses with a luxurious newer section to the rear.

At 5pm there will be a drinks reception for us all to meet, and Jeremy will talk about all the activities of which we will partake on our tour.  This will be followed by a welcome gourmet dinner.

MONDAY 17TH October

After our Irish breakfast we shall visit the Book of Kells, the most famous medieval illuminated manuscript and the library of Trinity College Dublin and in the afternoon the National Museum of Ireland to view the medieval Cross of Cong. Afterwards you will have time to shop in the famous Grafton Street area of Dublin. Dinner will be at a typical Irish restaurant.

TUESDAY 18th October

Today we will take a walking tour around the Georgian Doors of Dublin, very near to our hotel and in the afternoon we will have a fun visit to the Guinness Experience. In the evening we will take dinner in the hotel, and have some time afterwards to stitch.

WEDNESDAY 19th October

We shall depart on our clockwise circular tour of Ireland by bus, which will include Ulster and Belfast.  En route to Killarney, we will stop to see the Rock of Cashel, the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster, also known as the Rock of St. Patrick. From there we will proceed to Killarney for an overnight stay with Dinner.

THURSDAY 20th October

After breakfast we will take the scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, known as the Ring of Kerry. This will be a spectacular journey, with rugged coastline and scenic villages. Afterwards we will head northwards through Tralee to the Ferry across the Shannon Estuary and onwards for a night near Ennystimon in County Clare. Dinner at the hotel.

FRIDAY 21st October

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s famous sights. In the afternoon we shall continue on our trip up the Wild Atlantic Way, past Galway, into Connemara, one of the ancient Irish regions which has a strong Irish culture and the largest centre of Irish Language speakers, to stay near Clifden.

SATURDAY 22nd October

We will drive through this romantic landscape of Mountains and bog to visit Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. After our visit we will head northeast to Sligo for a night’s stay and dinner.

SUNDAY 23rd October

After breakfast we will call at the village of Mullaghmore, dominated by the Ben Bulben Mountain, and then continue our journey into Northern Ireland, staying in the Londonderry area.

MONDAY 24th October

We will take a tour around the Old Bush Mills Distillery and see how the world-famous Irish whisky is made.  In the afternoon we continue the few miles to the Giant’s Causeway, which comprises 40,000 basalt columns on the coastline of County Antrim. The Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards we shall continue to Belfast, where we will stay for 4 nights. Dinner at the hotel.

TUESDAY 25th October

Today we will visit the Titanic Experience and then a Black Taxi tour of the Troubles, which will give us a fascinating overview of the turbulent history of Ulster. Dinner at the hotel.

WEDNESDAY 26th October

Today we shall visit the Ulster Folk Museum which recreates the living history of Northern Ireland. In the afternoon we continue to Mount Stewart, a 19th Century House and Gardens, once the seat of the Marquises of Londonderry. Dinner at the hotel.

THURSDAY 27th October

After breakfast we will be joined by Nicola Jarvis, a world-famous embroidery designer and teacher, who was trained by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court. We are so pleased to welcome Nicola to teach for us, and we will no doubt be stitching a fantastic project. Dinner at the hotel.

FRIDAY 28TH October

Today we head south back into the Irish Republic, where we shall arrive in Dublin once more for our final night at the Merrion Hotel. You will have time to do some last minute shopping in the Capital. Finally we will take the famous Merrion Hotel afternoon tea. This will make a lovely end to our tour of Ireland.

SATURDAY 29th October

After breakfast, departures back to the USA, or your chosen country. If you wish to extend your stay in Dublin, or travel to London, or have any questions please contact Jeremy by e-mail  at hamiltonco@btconnect.com  or Elizabeth at editor@needlepointnow.com

Price:
Single occupancy room: $9850
Double occupancy room: $8950

A deposit of $3000 is due on sign-up and then you will be invoiced for the remaining payments.
The final payment will be due September 16th 2022.

As repeat tour guests know, you will make new friends and we always have lots of fun! Please note:

We are in the process of choosing some of the hotels for the tour, which will be of a very high standard with great cuisine. We can confirm all the addresses and contact details of these at a later date.

Jeremy will also add more detail in the coming months to make the Tour interesting and eclectic.

Prices include dinner, bed and breakfast. At the hotels you settle your own drinks charges. Normally we have a big traditional breakfast. We always have a lunch break where you can grab a sandwich or cake. We also have beverages, cookies and sweets on the bus. You will never be hungry!

 

 

Please contact the Needlepoint Now office if you have any questions.

 

 

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