Date: September 2022
Duration: 13 Days
With: Kimberly Einmo


Price per person:
Twin share: $5,495
Single supplement: $1,185
Deposit: $500 

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  • The beauty and elegance of France is found at every turn on this lively textile tour. It opens with two days at the European Patchwork Meeting, an international quilting event with upward of 1,000 exhibited works, artist talks, and an amazing variety of vendors.
    From there, a nod is given to the rich tradition of burgundy winemaking with an en route stop in Beaune. Continuing to Lyon, the focus returns to cloth with a visit to the Textile Museum, the world’s first such collection that traces 2,000 years of textile history. 
    Then it's on to sunny Provence, steeped in textile production and art. Fascinating stops include the Souleiado Museum, dedicated to the famous Indian prints produced in Provence; the Olivades factory and outlet shop, where the art of fabric printing is still in practice; and Soierie Vivante, where the last remaining 19th century weaving workshops are preserved. Adding inspiration and interest is a visit to Paul Cézanne’s studio and a tour of the ocher quarries in Roussillon, all part of the cultural and historical milieu of France.
  • Day 1   Wed     Arrive Paris

    Welcome to France!  Meet in the hotel lobby at 11:00am to meet your tour leader for an excursion to the fabric district.  It will be a fun time of shopping, strolling, and snacking along the way.  For those not arriving in time, everyone will meet in the lobby at 6:30pm to get acquainted and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

    Day 2   Thu      Paris-Strasbourg-Colmar

    After breakfast, transfer to the train station to travel to Colmar. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Enjoy a guided walking tour in Colmar this afternoon. (B)  

    Day 3-4    Fri-Sat     Colmar

    The European Patchwork Meeting is the focus of these two days. Enjoy daily breakfasts in the hotel before exploring the internationally renowned quilt show, which is   dedicated to both traditional and modern work. Travel via coach transfer to and from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines; local coaches shuttle visitors between the four villages where the show takes place. (B)

    Day 5     Sun    Colmar-Beaune-Lyon

    After breakfast, we depart Colmar and travel to Lyon by coach. En route, visit Beaune at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region. Surrounded by the Côte d'Or vineyards, the cobbled town is famous for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). Recognized by its colorful, geometric-patterned tile roof, this 15th-century former hospital is now the Hôtel-Dieu Museum, showcasing works like "The Last Judgement" altarpiece by Van der Weyden. (B, L)

    Day 6   Mon     Lyon

    After breakfast, depart hotel to visit the Textile Museum. The Textile Museum covers 2,000 years of textile history, and is the first such collection in the world. In the heart of the Croix-Rousse district, visit the Soierie Vivante (an association dedicated to preserving the last remaining 19th-century weaving workshops), the municipal trimming workshop, and the municipal weaving workshop.  (B, D)

    Day 7   Tue     Lyon-Aix-en-Provence

    Depart by coach to Aix-en-Provence. Blessed with a temperate, Mediterranean climate, Aix-en-Provence is a refined destination as evidenced in its busy cityscapes. In the afternoon, explore Aix-en-Provence with a walking tour that includes the Saint Savior Cathedral, Cézanne’s Studio, and the Town Hall. A sacred place for thousands of years, the Aix Cathedral is a religious and national landmark. The painter Paul Cézanne is Aix-en-Provence’s most famous resident. A visit to his studio is a great opportunity to access his creative energy and his intimate environment. (B, D)

    Day 8   Wed     Aix-en-Provence

    After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Marseille and Cassis. Marseille is the oldest city in France and indeed one of the oldest in western Europe. One of the most alluring resorts on the Provence coast, Cassis boasts a stunning location, a lovely harbor, a sprinkling of beaches, exceptional wines, and an intimate, small-town feel. (B, L)

    Day 9   Thu      Aix-en-Provence-Avignon

    Today is Le Grand Marché (Farmer’s Market), the ultimate must-visit for locals and visitors. Here artisans sell tablecloths, embroidery, and fabric by the meter. In the afternoon, discover Les Entrepots-Agniel, a specialty store in Nîmes that comprises 4,300 square feet.  Madame Auday and Thierry welcome you to explore fabrics, clothing, furnishings, a range of canvas products, haberdashery, and technical products. Then see the Pont du Gard, the sleek  Roman-built, three-tiered aqueduct. Arrive in Avignon in late afternoon. (B, D)

    Day 10   Fri      Avignon

    After breakfast, depart hotel by coach to discover the town of Uzès. In the morning, on your own visit the Duchy of Uzès, where you are free to discover its beautiful shops and galleries, the Duke's castle, or the medieval garden. In the afternoon travel to Saint Quentin la Poterie to visit a number of artisans and potters' studios and galleries. (B, L)

    Day 11   Sat    Avignon

    After breakfast, we depart for the town of Apt to explore its huge, lively Saturday market. Apt market takes place on Saturday morning year-round and has been going for some 900 years. Continue to Tarascon for a visit to Souleiado Museum. Founded in 1988, this unusual museum mingles memories of the Souleiado production and the history of textile printing. Our next visit will be at the Olivades factory and outlet shop. In 1977, Pierre Boudin created, with the help of his wife Paule, LES OLIVADES, a company still controlled by their children and grandchildren and who set themselves one goal: perpetuate the ancestral art of printing on fabrics in the south of France, while making it evolve and adapting it to current life. (B, L)

    Day 12   Sun    Avignon

    After breakfast, visit the Sunday market in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. On Sundays, it hosts the biggest antique and collectables market in Provence. The afternoon is spent in Roussillon with a discovery walk of the old ochre quarries and a demonstration of the uses of ochres as pigments in the old ochre factory, “Usine Mathieu”, now called Okhra. Enjoy a hands-on workshop in the factory.  Farewell dinner tonight. (B, D)

    Day 13   Mon  Depart Avignon

    Our tour concludes after breakfast. (B)


  • Dates: 
    September 2022

    Price per person:            
    Twin share:  $5,495
    Single supplement: $1,185
    Deposit: $500


    • 12 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
    • 2-day pass to the European Patchwork Meeting
    • Train ticket from Paris to Strasbourg
    • Chartered coach transport from Colmar to Avignon
    • Entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
    • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
    • An English-speaking local guide accompanies the group (except at the European Patchwork Meeting) 


    Not included:

    • International airfares to France
    • Arrival & departure transfers
    • Drinks at meals
    • Travel insurance
    • Porterage and gratuities
    • Personal expenses


     Fitness to participate:

    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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