June 11 – 26, 2020
Beginning trip add-on, five-day/six-night in Iceland, June 6 – 11
We will be joined by knitting rockstar Olga Buraya- Kefelian in Iceland and Ann Budd for the whole trip.
Cre8tive Escapes is heading to Iceland and Ireland this summer! I’ve long dreamed of this unique trip! To change things up, we put our five-nights in Iceland add-on at the front of this trip. We did this to take advantage of special pricing from Iceland Air that allows us to create a stop-over in Iceland on your way to Dublin. I just couldn’t resist the opportunity!
Joining us for the whole trip is the prolific author and designer Ann Budd. Ann worked for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and is now a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of Interweave’s Style series books.
For the Icelandic add-on portion of our trip, Olga Buraya-Kefelian will join us. Olga has been knitting since age 4. She is the creator of the Olgajazzy brand of innovative knitwear designs and patterns that combined with her passion for European and Japanese design.
Ireland trip included:
- All breakfasts
- 6 dinners
- All tour tickets and entrance fees
- 12 hours of knitting instruction
- Accommodations in 4 and 5-star hotels
- All transportation following the wool festival including return transfer to an airport hotel the night of the 25th.
- Sheepdog demo
- Jamison Distillery tour
- Foxwood Mill
- Visit Hedgehog Fibres
- Beautiful memories
- So much fun!
Please note: There will be walking and possible hiking if you desire in both Iceland and Ireland.
For more information, see our detailed itinerary for Ireland.
Please note: This itinerary is subject to change according to weather and availability. We do ask that you be flexible and will let you know as soon as possible if there are changes.
Woollinn: Irelands Festival of Yarn
We’ll begin the Ireland portion of the trip with the Woollinn Festival in Dublin. Once the fiber festival is over we’ll head to Cork via Wicklow.
On the way to Cork, we’ll stop in the Glendalough glacial valley in County Wicklow. We’ll also visit the Avoca Store and Cafe on the banks of the Avoca River where the oldest surviving working mill in Ireland today dates back to 1723.
While we’re headquartered in Cork we’ll take a day trip to the Waterford Crystal Factory and have lunch in the Waterford as well. The following day we’ll head to the Jameson Distillery for a tour of the whiskey distillery. Following that tour, we’ll go to Hedgehog Fibre heaven! We’ll have the opportunity to see Beata’s dyeing studio and perhaps add to our stashes straight from the Dye studio!
Next, our tour takes us to Killarney for two nights. On the way, we’ll take the Ring of Kerry scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. We’ll experience the rudder coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages. In Killarney, we’ll have a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula renown for its rugged beauty and quiet clean beaches.
We’ll say goodbye to Killarney and head to Galway via the Cliffs of Moher which are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs rise 390 ft above the Atlantic at Hag’s head and tech to their maximum height of 702 ft just north of O’Brien Tower.
I’m excited about the sheepdog demo. I saw my first sheepdog demo in Scotland a couple of years ago and I’m fascinated how with a whistle specific to each dog they can be commanded to move a herd of sheep so quickly. It’s going to be a highlight for sure! After the demo, we’ll head to Kylemore Abbey for a tour and lunch.
Then we’ll depart for Sligo via the Foxford Woolen Mills where we’ll have a chance to explore the mill’s history and learn about the techniques that have been passed down through the generations. We’ll be staying at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo. We’ll also have a free afternoon to explore the city.
Donegal is next on our tour. We’ll be stopping at the Donegal Tweed Factory and Woolen Mill based in Kilcar, Co Donegal. They have a tradition of hand knitting and woolen textiles dating back to the 1700’s. Textiles provided an important income for rural dwellers in the cottage industry. Local farmers supplemented their income by handweaving tweed from the rough homespun woolen yarn, which had been spun by the women, from the indigenous blackface sheep.
In Donegal, we’ll be staying at the Lough Eske Castle. We’ll have a knitting class in the castle and you’ll have the opportunity for a free afternoon at the castle or a trip to Glenveagh National Park. We’ll have our farewell dinner together at the castle and return to Dublin the next day to an airport hotel for the last night so that you can plan your flights to leave at your leisure.
June 6 – 11
Join us for the optional stop-over through Icelandic Air on our way to Ireland. Icelandic air provides up to 7 days for a free stopover and then you may fly onto your destination. I’ve booked my flight on June 11 from Reykjavik to Dublin to leave at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at 1:50 p.m. From there we’ll transfer to a bus the hotel will have waiting for us.
In Iceland, we’ll go to the famous Blue Lagoon for a few hours and soak in the healing hot springs. Then we’ll head to our hotel in Reykjavik for a little R&R before dinner. Following dinner, we’ll have our first class with Olga.
While in Reykjavik we’ll have a city tour and a visit to a wool shop in addition to another class with Olga.
We’ll depart Reykjavik for a tour of the Golden circle. We’ll stay on the south shore for more fun the following days where we’ll visit national parks, see geysers, waterfalls, and diamond beach. We’ll learn more about Iceland’s horticulture with a visit to Friðheimar. We’ll have a boat ride in Jökulsárlón where we’ll ride in between the glaciers. There will be lots of opportunities for shopping for wool and learning about Icelandic wool companies and their processes. We’ll visit Víkurprjón Factory, one of the oldest wool factories in Iceland. The tour will also include a visit to Pingborg Wool Factory for a workshop and so much more!
Note: We’ll return to Reykjavik for our fifth and final evening in Iceland before we head on to Dublin for more fun! We’ll take the 10:30 a.m. flight to Dublin on June 11. When you’re scheduling your flight, make sure to chose that one on into Dublin.
Note: There will be opportunities for hiking and walking in these areas. You will be able to do as much or little as time at each stop affords us.
The cost includes all lodging in four and five-star hotels, porterage, tips (excluding a discretionary tip for the bus driver), transportation, breakfast each morning, six (6) dinners, classes with Ann Budd, transportation to the wool festival, multiple tours and more surprises and a whole lot more fun than you can imagine! Cost of airfare and transfers to and from the airport are not included.
Single Occupancy: $7,599 US (3 payments of $2533)
Double Occupancy: $5,999 US (3 payments of $1999)
This beginning trip add-on cost includes three (3) dinners, all breakfasts, all lodging in hotels, porterage, transfer to Dublin, classes with Olga Buraya-Kefelian, entrance into the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle tour, and admission to the Skaftafell National Park. Not to mention that the surprises and fun! Cost of airfare and transfer to the airport is not included.
Single Occupancy: $3,147 US (3 payments of $1049)
Double Occupancy: $2,697 US (3 payments of $899)
Payment may be made in full at time of registration.
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Participant Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel, the balance of your deposit will be refunded, sans a $500 cancellation fee, until January 31, 2020. After that date, no refund will be available, as the accommodations will have been paid.
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