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Exploring the Arts & Literature of Ireland

Explore historic and literary sites and learn about the creative arts of Ireland and Northern Ireland with CraftLit® Podcast host Heather Ordover. Come Away as they say in Ireland to witness the lush landscapes of Northern Ireland and encounter the Republic of Ireland that has inspired painters, poets, and other creative people throughout the centuries. Travel through Dublin, Belfast, Letterkenny, and Donegal including a Dublin city tour. Experience the Titanic Belfast, the world’s greatest attraction dedicated to the doomed ship. Explore “Brontë Country” where Patrick Brontë was born, the father of the renowned family of authors. See world-famous Irish Linen, Lace, and Belleek Pottery with museum, gallery and factory visits. Witness famed Giant’s Causeway and Brú na Bóinne, breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites and more! Conclude our crafty literary tour with a free day in Dublin for your own discoveries.

Hosted By: Heather Ordover

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Day 1 : Ireland Bound

Begin your Irish adventure with an overnight flight to the Emerald Isle.

Day 2 : Emerald Isle

Upon arrival in Dublin, meet your Tour Director in the Arrivals Hall who will assist you in boarding the transportation to our accommodations at the Maldron Hotel Kevin Street. Your host, Heather Ordover from the CraftLit Podcast, will meet you upon arrival at the hotel. The hotel will secure your belongings and you will be able to begin exploring Dublin.

Tonight meet your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Dinner

Day 3 : Dublin

Each morning of our journey begins with a full Irish breakfast.

Today in Dublin, view the amazing illuminated manuscript, The Book of Kells, and many other literary treasures at Trinity College's beautiful college library. We will then visit St Patrick's Cathedral where Jonathan Swift was Dean from 1713 - 1745.

After lunch, we will explore the National Museum of Ireland near the Collins Barracks and appreciate its decorative arts displays.

Finish the day at the Guinness Storehouse tasting room to learn how to pour a perfect pint before heading back to our hotel.

Breakfast

Day 4 : Brontë Country & Irish Linen

This morning we travel north to Belfast. On the way, we visit the tiny village of Drumballyroney to see the Brontë Homeland Interpretative Center. This village is where Patrick Brontë (originally Brunty), father to the famous Brontë family of authors, was born and lived until 1802 before moving to England.

After lunch, we learn about world-famous Irish Linen with a visit to the Lisburn Linen Center and Museum where we learn the history of this beautiful fabric.

We arrive at the Grand Central Hotel late in the afternoon before enjoying a delicious dinner at Robinsons Bar.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Belfast

We visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest tourist attraction dedicated to the Titanic. It celebrates the region’s maritime heritage and commemorates the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship, extending over nine interactive galleries.

This afternoon, Northern Ireland’s largest city comes alive on a sweeping tour of Belfast including notable political murals that we learn about to enrich our understanding of Belfast yesterday and today.

Breakfast

Day 6 : Giant's Causeway & Derry

This morning we drive through the beautiful Dells of Antrim on our way to visit Giant's Causeway, an amazing UNESCO World Heritage site and unique geological wonder of natural basalt columns that provide unmatched landscapes and surreal views.

Tonight we overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny, a bonny market town rated the country's "tidiest."

In the afternoon, we drive to the historic walled city of Derry. We'll walk the city walls with an expert guide and learn about the long and troubled history of this city.

Breakfast

Day 7 : Ulster American Folk Park

We begin our day learning about three centuries of Irish immigration at the Ulster American Folk Park, an open-air folk museum in County Tyrone. Explore up to 30 buildings and learn about skilled artisans from earlier eras by observing costumed interpretive guides scattered throughout the property.

We then tour Belleek Pottery, known the world over for its delicate basketwork appearance and shamrock accents. We'll tour the factory and learn how this enchanting pottery is created and hand painted.

Tonight our accommodations are in charming Donegal.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 : Irish Lace & Brú na Bóinne

On our ride back to Dublin, Heather Ordover will discuss several Irish authors including Yeats who frequented the area near Sligo, nearby. Her insights, observations, and quirky sense of humor will enhance your appreciation of Irish authors and surely add to your reading list!

We stop to visit the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery that showcases the 200-year-old Irish craft. Browse the enchanting pieces and even take home some of this elegance for yourself or purchase a kit to try your hand at this beautiful craft.

The afternoon brings us to UNESCO World Heritage Ireland, Brú na Bóinne on the River Boyne. We stop in the visitor centre and witness the archeological landscape home to three giant passage tombs. Dating back 5,000 years, these tombs are among the world's most fascinating Stone Age monuments.

Tonight we arrive back in Dublin for our last two nights where we stay once more at the Maldron Hotel Kevin Street.

Breakfast

Day 9 : Free Day in Dublin

Today is a full free day to explore all that Dublin has to offer. Your Tour Director will have many great ideas for you. You may visit the National Museum of Ireland to see the Celtic gold and bog bodies, visit the Kilmainham Gaol to learn about the fight for independence, the Irish Famine ship, explore the Dublin Writers Museum, or just stroll, shop, or drop into a pub to enjoy the craic with the locals!

Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner including entertainment by an Irish storyteller and musicians.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 : Homeward Bound

We venture homeward with a smile on our faces, memories to last a lifetime, and the Song of Ireland singing in our hearts.

Breakfast

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
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All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Maldron Hotel Kevin Street in Dublin
  • 2 nights at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast
  • 1 night at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny
  • 1 night in Donegal
  • 2 nights at the Maldron Hotel Kevin Street in Dublin

Attractions & Highlights

  • Dublin city tour including The Book of Kells and St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Trinity College & Library
  • National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks
  • Guinness Tasting Experience at the Guinness Storehouse
  • Drumballyroney Brontë sites
  • Lisburn Irish Linen Center & Museum
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Belfast city tour including the political murals
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Derry city walking tour on the city walls
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Belleek Pottery Factory
  • Literary insights by Heather Ordover
  • Carrickmacross Lace Gallery
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Full free day in Dublin

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Dublin
  • Daily Irish breakfasts
  • Dinner at Robinsons Bar in Belfast
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Dublin with Irish storytelling & music

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Heather Ordover

When home with her small children in 2006, Heather started the podcast CraftLit®: A Podcast for Busy People Who Love Books, where she curates the classics, treating history and literature with a light touch and serious enthusiasm.

Heather specializes in media and educational fun, particularly Audiobooks with Benefits™. She has dedicated her work life to finding and sharing wonderful things with her audience in digital and traditional formats. .

Heather invites you to join her on this incredible journey through the literary and crafty heart of Ireland. Designed with craft enthusiasts, book lovers, and Irish history buffs in mind, this is a fun-filled adventure not to be missed!