TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST IRELAND TOURS:
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 were excellent, the bus was comfortable, and the meals were
varied and of good quality. I would recommend Craftours 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 Craftours
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 having
Craftours arrange a roommate for me (a dear lady from Canada), arranging my air
reservations, 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 Craftours.
When problems arose there was always one and often more to the
"rescue" to make things right.
I have recommended
Craftours to all my quild 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
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
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 Craftours."
Jan Bechle, Albany,Oregon-"In April of 2010, I traveled to Ireland with Craftours. 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. Craftours 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.
was picturesque & breathtaking. The quilts were beautiful & inspirational.
Thanks for a wonderful time."
Karen and Mike Holt, Grand Junction, CO- "My husband and I went on a Craftours Tour
to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival in 2012 and LOVED it. We both
had 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, 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 Craftours!"
Mary Mulcahey, Lake Forest, GA- "The Ireland tour was absolutely wonderful. I would sign up again in a
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 everything ran smoothly"
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Wonderful experience. I wanted to stay another week and repeat
everything. I would like to return. Craftours 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
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
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, AZ- "This was a wonderful tour, scenic, informative
and wonderful accommodations."
Marilyn Kennedy, Englewood, FL - "It was well planned and an exceptional trip."
LINDA EVANS, Farmington Hills, MI - "The trip to Ireland was wonderful! It was well
planned and executed. I would encourage all my friends and family to take this
Ami Peterson, Albuquerque, NM- "This was a wonderful way to whet your appetite about Ireland and
traveling 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 lifetime."
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.
Craftours escort 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
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 leave
your room) and all the sheep and Holstein cows as we drove through the
countryside 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
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
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 adaptations for those of us who had vision, hearing and other
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 (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
Karen Anderson, Sandpoint, Idaho - "It was so much fun. A good balance of crochet and sightseeing."
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! Craftours escort, the tour guide, and Brendan,
the bus driver, couldn't have been nicer. I'll certainly look at more
Elaine Shepard, Little Mountain, Queensland - "Most enjoyable tour and crocheting
Marilee McQuarrie, Wallawalla, Washington - "The tour itself was wonderful. Our guide and bus
driver 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 the bus driver/guide was 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, Craftours
escort was an excellent tour guide. The bus driver/guide 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 Craftours escort and the bus
driver/guide 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 folklore. Craftours escort and the bus driver/guide 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, Craftours escort and the bus driver/guide."
Joni Ostroff, Orlando, FL - "Thoroughly enjoyed Ireland."
Joann Przygocki, Bay City, MI - "I can't begin to say how wonderful this tour was! Craftours escort
and the bus driver/guide are such an incredible team! They made the trip worth
Kris Young, Fredricksburg, VA - "This was my first tour - it was amazing. Our bus
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! Craftours escort - 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 definitely 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!!"
Cecelia Waye, Avon, IN - "The tour was a trip of a lifetime. I have so many wonderful memories.
The itinerary was thoughtfully planned so that we were able to make the most of
our time while there. I would highly recommend this trip!!"
Joan Hobbs , El Segundo, CA- "I had a great time, met a lot of people that I hope to take another
tour with, learned new crafts, and saw many glorious sites."
Dodie Halter , Vincennes, IN- "This tour was awesome! We had many opportunities for
-on" crafts; needle felting, Brigit’s cross, cooking and we saw
demonstrations of many more."
Diana Dingwall , Campbell River, British Columbia- "Excellent tour, loved the workshops"
Lisa Boyette , Las Cruces, NM- "Good value, I would consider taking another trip with them"
Ann Shibut , Richmond, VA- "I enjoyed the tour... the hotels were excellent, and the variety of
events was very good as well... nice mix of travel and workshops and free
Carolyn Waller , Midlothian, VA- "I’ve traveled and lived overseas, but always with family or a
partner, and never with a tour. I was a bit nervous about being a single
traveler and letting them arrange a roommate, but honestly, this was the best
trip ever! Even before leaving JFK, I connected with fellow travelers,
including my tour escort, Holly. I was immediately put at ease. From that
moment onward, the name of the game was FUN! I never felt a moment’s
nervousness or awkwardness. My fellow travelers were fun, inclusive, and
interesting. I no longer feel a need to hit "pause" on my bucket list
ventures, waiting for a travel partner, as I can travel "alone" and
know with Craftours, I’ll never be lonely! I’ve already booked Tuscany and am
planning on Kenya after that! I’m loving living life out loud with
Kelly Anne Erben , Eureka, CA- "The 2018 Craft Tour to Ireland exceeded my expectations. Besides the
beautiful scenery and the great food, I was truly impressed with the
camaraderie developed in meeting crafters of like mind from all over the United
States. If you did this trip on your own, you would miss this sense of
Kim Stirrett , Leander, TX- "Ireland was very interesting and not at all what I expected. Very
wild country with beautiful coastal areas. People were very friendly and
informative. I appreciated the history and age of the country. As our driver
said, you can’t get lost in Ireland for long.... it is an Island! You can only
go so far."
Candy Snipes , Mobile, AL- "We loved every minute of our tour of Ireland and plan to go on
another Craftours trip!"
Jennifer Williams , Crittenden, KY- "Overall, I highly recommend a Craftour! It had a good balance of
hands-on and observation, free time and set tour time, early and late. I
haven’t traveled outside of Canada/Mexico before, so this tour felt very safe
and had enough structure to make me feel like I wasn’t alone. The instructors
for the craft projects were extremely high quality and each lesson FAR exceeded
my expectations, creating a meaningful memory of my trip to Ireland."
Barb Peterson , Bremerton, WA- "I wouldn’t travel any other way, with any other tour group. Jim West
puts together the best tours. I was busy as much as I wanted to be. The places
we stopped were perfect for my arts and craft tastes. Everyone involved in
making our tour great, Jim, our tour guide, the bus driver, and the people we
visited, all made the trip fun, comfortable, and adventurous. I’d go again in a
Suzanne Doonan , Malvern, PA- "Ireland is pure magic. Spectacular scenery that never stops coming at
every bend of the road. Quaint villages, exceptionally friendly people and
exceptional crafts were everywhere."
Amy Armenta , Aurora, CO- "What an awesome fun and funny time we had in Ireland. Agnes and Pat
were a wealth of information escorting us through Ireland, their home."
Debbie Beach , Perry, FL- "It was a wonderful full experience. Something schedule everyday, but
free time also. Everyone was so nice and always had time for each of us. The
guided tours were well planned and fun. The Ring of Kerry was really nice.
Dingle in the sunshine was just beautiful ."
Donnis Doyle , Austin, TX- "I had a wonderful time on the tour. Our guide, Agnes, was superb as
was the bus driver, Pat. Both gave information that was useful and
Janet Bigelow , Tacoma, WA- "Great guide/driver and Agnes wonderful. The country and the scenery
spectacular. People friendly and helpful. Large group,but well organized."
Clyde Gabriel , Urbana, IL- "Ireland was beautiful. Our host Agnes was the best guide we ever
could have had."
JoEllen Freida , Sunbury, PA- "Very enjoyable--- I had free time to shop or explore and interesting
crafts to make! Could not ask for a better vacation!"
Linda Merhley , Kankakee, IL- "Ireland was wonderful - in spite of the late winter weather. Agnes
and Pat gave us lots of information to help us understand what we were seeing
and to appreciate a bit of Ireland’s history."
Donna Hale , Boise, ID- "This was a great tour of the highlights of Ireland. I enjoyed
learning about the different crafts, beliefs and superstitions of the Irish
people. There was just the right mix of scheduled events and free time. I would
go again tomorrow if I could."
Mae B Kramer , Hemet, CA- "The tour was fantastic. It would have been nice to have more time to
explore the small villages, and especially Adare. There were a few areas that
could use tweaking, but overall it was a wonderful experience."
Jennifer - "I thoroughly
enjoyed this trip; it provided the perfect introduction to Ireland and its
Cathy Pharr , Hedgesville, WV- "What a great trip! The classes were fun, well taught and
inspiring.Our lodging and meals were top notch. Alice,our escort, and Mike, our
tour bus driver, were great and added to the fun. Ireland was stunningly
beautiful and it’s people were very friendly. I’m hoping to return there with my
daughters for another visit!"
Annie Lancaster , Katy, TX- "The tour took us through so much of Ireland that I don’t feel as
though I missed anything. The tour bus driver was so knowledgeable about the
history, agriculture and towns which really enriched the experience."
Nancy Martinez , Orlando, FL- "The trip was very well planned. Alice was a fabulous tour guide and
Michael our bus driver kept us laughing. The hotels were very accommodating and
most of all the price was right."
Sheila Goldsberry , Oceanside, CA- "I fell in love with Ireland all over again, the people were so
friendly. The places that we visited, the artisans that shared their knowledge
and passions with us were incredible. Our bus driver and tour guide combo were
amazing! Michael and Alice, were incredibly helpful, friendly and full of
knowledge. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Jim West and Craftours are the
best! I can’t wait for my next adventure!"
Susan Ostaseski , Boons Mill, VA- "The trip was fabulous, fun, and so interesting. I’ve never seen a
tour so well organized. The crafts were great with gifted instructors."
Susan Morance , Chapel Hill, NC- "I enjoyed the Photography Expedition in Ireland very much. I learned
a lot from Pam. The itinerary was excellent as were our hotels. Our driver Pat
added a great deal to the enjoyment of the trip with all the commentary he
provided about Ireland as well as his excellent sense of humor. Overall I found
the trip extremely enjoyable."
Jill Gohr , Virginia Beach, VA- "Although I am not a quilter, the 2 friends that
invited me, are quilters and have had several classes with Pam. I immediately
felt comfortable and welcomed by Pam. It was the country I was interested in
and I was not disappointed! Our tour guide Pat, was 1 in a million and his knowledge
base was detailed and endless, as was his sense of humor! I would travel
anywhere with him as a guide. I would go again in a heartbeat! Further, I would
recommend this expedition to anyone interested in seeing and learning about
Ireland. The trip and accommodations were first class from start to finish.
Nothing was left to chance.I rarely had to deal with the beast (my huge
suitcase) and even then, it was only to put it in outside my door, to be
handled by leprechauns! I could add so much more, but hopefully my point is
made ~ the trip and everyone that made it happen, was fabulous!"
Kathy Thompson , Virginia Beach, VA- "This trip certainly met all my expectations. It
was superbly organized, had great accommodations, and had the most exceptional
bus driver ever. Pat was a true gem. Pam’s wonderful personality and
photography information and tips made you see more and realize more from the
trip. It was a pure pleasure!"
Rose Rodriguez Stevenson , Elpaso, TX- "The tour guide, Pam Holland, was attentive to our
needs, our whereabouts and instruction/guidance in photography. The sessions
she provided were enjoyable and informative---excited us to experiment in
photography and how it can be utilized in creating textile art."
Diane and Ronnie Herrington , Dripping Springs, TX- "Such an incredible trip with my brother and
sister in law and all the new friends we made along the way."
Liz Berry , Chesapeake, VA- "I’m not much of a photographer but Pam was able to inspire me. She
explained things in a way that made sense and has helped me look at things in a
totally different way."
Mary Rogers , Edina, MN- "The places we visited were lovely, and the hotels were very
Julie Wickware , Clinton Twp, MI- "Pam Holland gave excellent photography tips and the bus driver was
exceptional with plenty of information and quips."
Larry and Frances Lynch , Waco, TX- "Well organized and the tours were great and
informative. We met so many nice people on the tour and in Ireland."
Kristine Sirmons , West Allis, WI- "I enjoyed the tour. Our bus driver Pat was wonderful and very
knowledgeable about everything we were going to see, and had a great sense of
humor. The hotels chosen were nice. Pam and Jim were fun to work with and
worked together well. It would have been nice to have our itinerary before the
trip, as I came to the country a couple days beforehand and didn’t know what we
were going to see so I wasn’t sure what to plan for myself. But it was fun and
I would book the tour again."
Janet Cox , Yuma, AZ- "This was a Once in a Lifetime-Bucket List Filled-Adventure around
every Corner- trip for me. So very blessed for this experience and so grateful
for the memories along my journey."
Leslie Kemper , Deer Park, WA- "This was my husband and I first trip to Europe. We enjoyed every part
of the trip. The guide, Agnes and bus driver, Pat were well informed of the
history of Ireland. The tours of each stop we made; the castles, wool mills,
and evening excursions were wonderful. The hotel accommodations were
Penny Harvey , Rock Springs, WY- "This trip was amazing. I was so pleased at all we were able to see
and the way everything came together. The hotels we stayed at were beautiful
and the people we dealt with were very pleasant and helpful. We saw so much! It
was a wonderful trip that I feel very lucky to have been a part of."
Christyne Mills , Rancho Cordova, CA- "It was the experience of a lifetime. I don’t
think this could ever be duplicated due to the combination of people involved.
Our guide, Holly & driver, Pat, were so great. They even went out of their
way to get us tickets to the Celtic Steps show which was amazing."
Diana Sillence , Lutz, FL- "The trip was more than I could have hoped for and was jamb packed
full of sight-seeing, shopping, experiencing the culture through music and
knowing Ireland’s history. Patrick was awesome in telling the history with his
side jokes! The first reason I signed up was for the craft project but thread
so much more!! Yes, I loved it and would love to return someday!!"
Sherry Kesselman , Albuquerque, NM- "This was my first trip over the Atlantic and because of having such a
wonderful experience, will not be my last. I enjoyed everything from the group
I was with to the food, sights, quilting class, shopping and informative and
personal tour guide (Holly) and driver (Patrick). Both Holly and Patrick went
way and beyond in making this trip truly an exceptional experience."
Ruth Robertson , Denver, CO- "Great tour!! So much to see & do - plus some tips on
Primrose Lowry , Lakefield, Ontario- "Loved Ireland it was as beautiful as they say,
the size of the trip was nice number as we all got to know one another."
Carol Welsheimer , Galena, OH- "I had a wonderful time on this tour. I felt we got to see a lot
considering we were only there for a week. It was all very well planned and
organized. Our leader was very helpful and the participants were all so
Chris Booth , Burlington, ON- "Everything was very well planned but flexibility was also built into
the itinerary. Lots of free time to explore in Galway."
Mary Longie , Elgin, TX- "Ireland was amazing, people are fantastic, the food was awesome and
the sites spectacular."
Sidney Finneran , Dublin, OH- "This was my first time flying without my husband and my second time
flying to Europe. This tour was so well organized. I met fun and pleasant women
who were all talented in their own way. I liked the combination of planned time
vs. free time. I would recommend this tour to anyone!"
Nancy Mayak , Fremont, OH- "This was my first time touring Ireland and my first time with
Craftours. I enjoyed the trip immensely. Ireland is as beautiful as I had
heard. The people were friendly."
Angela Rowland , Catonsville, MD- "It was a blast. Agnes our your leader thought of everything and it
went so smoothly. Pat our driver was a world of knowledge and kept us
entertained as we rolled along. Definitely would recommend."
Susan Eldridge , Port Charlotte, FL- "Our tour director, Agnes, and bus driver,
Patrick, were delightful. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and informative in
an entertaining way. The hotels we stayed in were excellent - with all modern
conveniences - and located in walkable areas. If asked to name my favorite
site, I could not do it. Each one had its own unique way of giving me a little
taste of Ireland’s cultures, history, and beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it and
would recommend it to anyone."
Cheyenne Moondancer , Longmont, CO- "We were treated FIRST RATE for the entire trip: the best hotels, the
greatest food, the best tour guide, motor coach and driver-every day brought so
many new and amazing opportunities to explore the culture of the land and to
sample local heritage from every class and outing."
Maydean Tilton , Cibolo, TX- "I have to admit I was apprehensive about a tour as I have always
traveled independently but my fears were unfounded. We had a wonderful
experience and saw the beautiful Irish countryside. Our group was a great group
of talented ladies. Our bus driver, Pat Moynihan and our tour guide, Agnes
Warren were beyond incredible. I cannot say enough good things about the two of
Liz Van Keuren , Copperas Cove, TX- "The tour was so much more than I was expecting. Our guide/bus driver
and escort were great. We had some weather and construction issues and they
were able to rearrange or offer alternatives. The hotels were really nice and
the Irish breakfasts were wonderful!"
Doretta Herr, Bloomington, IL - "Great people and great value."
Cathy Howell, Eaton Rapids, MI - "Excellent trip! We were kept busy seeing a beautiful country and had
the right amount of personal time to venture on our own."
Don Myers, Bloomington, IL
- "Very well
organized; printed materials get an A for presentation; Holly Gaines Brown was
very fun; hotels were first rate."
Suzy Hutton, Seal Beach, CA - "This was my first trip to Ireland, and I thoroughly enjoyed being
introduced to Ireland in this enchanting way."
Terri Andrino Korte, Willits, CA - "This was an amazing trip! My second Craft Tour trip. Great price,
very organized, and good accommodations. I found it relaxed enough to allow
free time for our group of 25 in Bus #1. Our tour guide Agnes (genuine Irish
gal) was perfect in making sure things went as planned... we also got an extra
guide with Hika who was helping out. The group crafts were a lot of fun. Also,
shopping at stores and having tours of the local Irish factories was a delight.
Our bus driver Brendon was such a good driver, and helpful. I enjoyed talking
to people in my group, and came away inspired by a few who were 70-80’s and had
amazing courage and spirit to travel so far from home. To top it off... the weather was beautiful! a win win.."
Cindy Miller, Athens, AL - "This was my first tour and I
couldn’t have been more impressed. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. The tour
was well balanced with activities and free time and the tour group leader and
driver were well informed and very approachable. It was like being on tour with
your friends. I’m already planning another trip back to Ireland. I just fell in
love with the people and the place."
Catherine Suter, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada - "I really enjoyed
my time there. The Tour guide Agnes was super, engaging, factual, humorous and
obviously dedicated. Brendan the bus and tour guide was also very pleasant and
knew his route."
Alice Rigg, Oceanside, CA - "It was a nice trip to the central coast
section of western Ireland."
Frances Cummings, Pomona, CA - "Wonderful sights it was all very
Marquita Pierce, Simi Valley, CA - "I thoroughly
enjoyed my tour."
Susan Pearson, Claremont, CA - "Great tour overall."
Dick Fermanian, Kansas City, MO - "This was our first
tour and it was a good one. Nice way to get a taste of Ireland."
Linda Pringle, Grand Junction, CO - "Great trip. I
appreciated the small group size."
Elaine Barrett, Bangor, NSW Australia - "Interesting tour
as there is something for everyone due to the combination of gardens and
Julia McGrath, Van Wert, OH - "Loved this tour. Most everything was
wonderful and thought out for our benefit. Beautiful country- side. Nice
hotels. Fun people. Great guides."
Janet Glaholt, West Sacramento, CA - "What a great way
to see parts of a beautiful country. It was amazing to see actual castles and
the gardens were stunning."
Nancy Laswick, Phoenix, AZ - "Had a great time in Ireland. Our
tour leader Holly, was awesome."
Judy Gottsch, Eloy, AZ - "Ireland was so beautiful and the
tours there were exceptional."
Rebecca Frederick, Greenwell Springs, LA - "Wonderful trip.
Beautiful country and people."
Sandra Yeager, Peyton, CO - "The tour was exactly what was
published and it was a fantastic trip. The tour guide was fantastic and was
very knowledgeable and fun."
Lyn C. Ahboltin, Meadow Vista, CA - "Ireland is a
beautiful country and I thoroughly enjoyed the many tours all around to see the
'green' of it all."
Di An Putnam, Winnemucca, NV - "A dream vacation - escorted by
guides that provided a fabulous history and culture of Ireland."
Barbara Murphy, Saratoga, NY - “Loved it! Our tour guide Agnes and our
bus driver Pat were wonderful and really made the tour fun. Saw many great
places, ate good food and drank wonderful whiskey. I would differently
recommend using Craft Tours for your next vacation.”
Carol Stewart, Slingerlands, NY - “My trip was absolutely
amazing. Agnes and Patrick were knowledgeable, humorous, caring and just a
delight to be with. I would recommend this company to anybody. Thank you for
such a wonderful experience.”
Barbara Clark, Lexington, KY - “This was a wonderful experience. Our
guide, Holly, was excellent. She was very attentive to our needs and always
available. Our driver, Brenden, managed to negotiate very narrow streets and
windy roads with ease. Spending time in the city of Galway and the daily side
trips truly gave a taste of Ireland. I loved every minute of this adventure.”
Susan Phillips, Linville, VA - “The trip details before the trip were
clear and communication with the Craftours staff was quick and satisfactory.
The trip was laid-back, but plans ran on time each day. The bus driver Brendan
was a definite plus-pleasant and very knowledgeable.”
Patty Tufts, Mariposa, CA - “A wonderful introduction to What Ireland
has to offer.”
Kathy Nester, Exton, PA - “Excellent and fun trip with Agnes as the
guide and Patrick as the driver.”
Judy Clark, Port Orchard, WA - “Excellent tour. Loved
the itinerary. Would like to see more cultural sites added to tour and less
shopping. Tour coordinator and driver/guide were fantastic.”
Liermann, Downington, PA - “This was my first international visit and
my first tour group. I was pleased with what we saw and did, and it was so much
fun. Agnes and Patrick were simply awesome. I do wish we had one more day in
Dublin to be able to do more on our own. Otherwise, every tour and visit were
exactly what I expected.”
Carolynn Spies, Des Moines, WA - “I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Ireland
is a beautiful country, and the guides, Agnes and Pat, made it come alive.”
Cheryl Dolence, Salem, OH - “The tour was far beyond expectations.”
Irene Dietlin, New Hartford, CT - “The tour was well
planned and carried out. Our tour director and driver were excellent and made
our trip a pleasure.”
Cathy Climpson, Sharon, Ontario - “Great time and
wonderful scenery. A countryside of old-time charm.”
Nancy Davenport, Gig Harbor, WA - “Great Tour. Learned lots about Ireland
and was amazed at how beautiful it was! Truly the Emerald Aisle. New Friends.”
Marsha Azorsky, Hailey, ID - “Craftours Ireland was an awesome tour.
There was plenty of variety and diversity.”
Maureen Lamping, Olympia, WA - “I had such a great trip with Pat the
driver and Agnes kept us entertained and informed of our surroundings on the
bus stopping numerous times so we could take pictures to remember it all. I
loved the classes, especially the journal class.”
Melody Cox, Raytown, MO - “Gorgeous country filled with friendly
Jean Payne, Hyannis, MA - “From the office staff at Craftours to our guide and driver....all were
Joyce Raiskio, Yarmouth Port, MA - “A truly wonderful trip!! Agnes and Pat were so
Hilory Boucher, Northport, NY - “This was my third trip to Ireland. The tour was very well thought out.
Hotels were very accommodating. Our tour director and bus driver were very
knowledgeable and caring. The days were very full of activity and wonderful
side tours. I loved it!”
Joyce Outten, North Pole, AK - “Beautiful country and wonderful, kind and interesting people.”
Penny Terrell, Abilene, TX - “This was our first craft tour and we loved it. The size of the group and
the staff were perfect.we also enjoyed the variety offered.”