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Date: August 16 - 26, 2022
Duration: 11 Days
With: Sherri Falls

Prices

Price per person:
Twin share: $4,090
Single room: $5,200
Deposit: $500

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  • This 11-day tour of England and Wales takes in their rich textile history and breathtaking cultural landmarks. Beginning in London, you see some of that city’s most-loved sites, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    The rural warmth of the Cotswolds is your next stop, a locale known for its golden-hued limestone and bucolic rolling hills. In Birmingham, you spend two full days at the Festival of Quilts, Europe’s largest quilting event, renowned for presenting international quilters, an extensive exhibition of quilts, and an expansive vendor mall. Next, it’s off to Wales, a land of picturesque villages with hard to pronounce names, and a rich textile, wool and quilting history. The Jen Jones Welch Quilt Center welcomes you with displays of beautiful Welch Quilts and the National Wool Museum gives a look at the famous Welch wool trade.  Journey on to Bristol and visit Bath, named for the ancient, luxurious Roman baths. Just one highlight in this locale is the American Museum & Gardens, a treasure trove of folk quilts and decorative arts.

    As you return to London, you will have seen the best of the United Kingdom, including Stonehenge, and will have enjoyed some of the country’s most intriguing quilt shops and museums.

  • Day 1   Tue August 16    Arrive London
    Arrive at the hotel for check in at 3 p.m. Enjoy welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

    Day 2   Wed August 17   London
    Enjoy a panoramic tour of London.  Discover iconic landmarks, architectural and cultural diversity, and fascinating history that makes London the most visited city in the world. Your London sightseeing tour takes you on a non-stop procession of landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and much more. We visit Victoria & Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design that houses a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. On the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London stands the Tower of London and nearly 1000 years of history and intrigue. During a visit to the Tower see the famous crown jewels, meet the ravens who legends say have the fate of the Kingdom in their claws, talk to the distinctive Yoeman guards with their white ruffs, and learn about the gruesome torture that went on within the walls. (B)

    Day 3   Thu August 18    London-Cotswold-Birmingham
    Travel to Birmingham via Cotswolds. The Cotswold’s honey-colored limestone houses, historical market towns and rolling green hills framed by drystone walls represent an unspoiled idyll of quintessential England. Dotted amongst the picturesque rural scenery, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Camden and Lacock are only a few examples of a huge selection of postcard-pretty towns and villages. Many have remnants of the historic wool trade, old woolen mills and covered market squares have been reclaimed as shops, restaurants, and workshops. Stately homes built during the height of the wool trade still grace the Cotswolds. we visit the village of Lacock, the most beautifully preserved village in the Cotswolds. Arrive in Birmingham, dinner and overnight at hotel.  (B, D)

    Day 4-5    Fri-Sat August 19-20   The Festival of Quilts
    These days are dedicated to the Festival of Quilts, Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, included are a two-day ticket and return transfers.  (B)

    Day 6   Sun August 21    Birmingham-Llanidloes-Cardigan
    Travel to Aberystwyth, Wales. En route visit Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes. The Minerva Arts Centre is the home of the Quilt Association and its collection of heritage quilts. The collection contains a large number of antique quilts made in Wales during the 19th and 20th Centuries, along with various associated items such as quilting templates and frames. Arrive in Cardigan and check in our hotel. (B, L, D)

    Day 7   Mon August 22   Cardigan
    Journey from Aberystwyth to Cardiff via Lampeter and Felindre with an inspirational stop at the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre. Jen Jones’ wish to share her love of Welsh Quilts and to promote a wider understanding of the importance of this regional art form reached a new level in 2009 with the opening of the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter's old Town Hall. The quilts give everyone the opportunity to see, enjoy and learn about her remarkable collection as well as examples from other quilting heritages. It is the hope of the center to bring the attention of the world to this wonderful craft and to put the Welsh quilt into the context of the farms, valleys, and towns where they were made. The Centre also provides a focus for a historical archive of Welsh Quilting in Wales and the wider world. Next stop at Calico Kate Quilt Shop and Red Apple Yarn Shop for a little shopping. (B)

    Day 8   Tue August 23    Cardigan-Bristol
    This morning, we visit the National Wool Museum, showcasing Wales’ famous wool and yarn industries, including its warm blankets and throws. A gallery in the museum shows aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection. Then travel to Bristol, en route visit Manorbier Castle, overlooking the sea at Manorbier, birthplace of Giraldus Cambrensis. Arrive in Bristol in late afternoon.  (B)

    Day 9   Wed August 24   Bristol
    Today we visit the Royal Crescent, a Georgian architectural icon. The Roman Baths of the historical city of Bath, are some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, and it is even possible to wander around this vast leisure complex as the Romans did over 2,000 years ago. We stop at Country Threads before a visit to the American Museum & Gardens. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. (B)

    Day 10   Thu August 25  Bristol-Stonehenge-London
    Today travel to London. En-route we stop for a visit to Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge upright and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists, and visitors. Arrive London and enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)

    Day 11   Fri August 26    Depart London
    Group transfer to London Heathrow Airport for your journey home. (B)

  • Dates:  August 16 - 26, 2022

    Price per person:            

    Twin share:  $4,090
    Single room: $5,200
    Deposit: $500
     

    Inclusions:

    • 10 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed 4-star hotels with private bath or shower
    • Coach and driver with the group from Day 2 to 10
    • Group departure transfer to Heathrow airport on Day 11
    • Tour is led by a professional quilter
    • Visits and experiences as detailed in the tour itinerary, including the Birmingham Festival of Quilts
    • Tour manager in UK throughout the entire trip
    • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
    • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person in and out of hotels
    • Gratuities to guide and driver
       

    Not included:

    • International flights
    • Passport and visa fees
    • Travel insurance
    • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
    • Sightseeing and general expenses not specified in the itinerary
    • Items of a personal nature

     

    Fitness level - Moderate
    In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for a few hours at a gentle pace; use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities); undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces; stand for long periods in museums and other sites; embark/disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance; handle your own luggage.

     

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