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Date: August 10 - 22, 2022
Duration: 13 Days
With: Brandy Maslowski

Prices

Price per person:
Twin share: US$4,350
Single room: US$5,700
Deposit: $500

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  • This 13-day tour of Wales and England 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.

    From there, it’s off to Bristol. Just one highlight in this locale is the American Museum & Gardens, a treasure trove of folk and decorative arts. From there, you visit Cardigan to explore Welsh fiber traditions and ancient architecture. The rural warmth of 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.

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

  • Day 1   Wed   August 10    Arrive London
    Arrive at the hotel for check in at 3 p.m. Meet your tour leader and enjoy a group welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

    Day 2   Thu   August 11  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 is the Tower of London amidst nearly 1,000 years of history and intrigue. (B)

    Day 3   Fri   August 12    London
    Visit fabric and quilting shops, Antique Textile Company and Taylors Buttons. (B)

    Day 4   Sat   August 13   London-Stonehenge-Bristol
    Depart London and journey to Bristol. En-route stop at Lady Sew & Sew followed by 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 in Bristol for overnight stay. (B)

    Day 5   Sun   August 14  Bristol-Bath-Bristol
    After breakfast, visit the Royal Crescent. 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 6   Mon   August 15    Bristol-Lacock-Bristol
    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. This morning, we visit the village of Lacock, the most beautifully preserved village in the Cotswolds. Return to Bristol and enjoy a free afternoon.  (B)

    Day 7   Tue   August 16  Bristol-Felindre-Cardigan
    Then visit St Fagan’s National History Museum, where we explore history through the everyday lives of people in Wales. Continue travel to Felindre where we visit the National Wool Museum. Wales is famous for its wool and yarn industries, as well as its blankets and throws. A gallery in the museum shows aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection. Arrive Cardigan for overnight. (B, D)

    Day 8   Wed   August 17    Cardigan-Lampeter-Aberystwyth
    Enjoy a day trip to Lampeter with shopping stops at the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Center, the center of the Welsh quilt and quilting tradition, Calico Kate Quilt Shop, and Red Apple Yarn Shop, the wool shop stocking high quality British wool. Jen Jones wishes to share her love of Welsh Quilts and to promote a wider understanding of the importance of this regional art form. The quilts at the center give everyone the opportunity to see, enjoy and learn about her remarkable collection as well as examples from other quilting heritages. Calico Kate has gained a reputation as an 'Aladdin's Cave' for patchworkers, dressmakers, knitters and many related crafts. In a building full of charm and character, you can wander through twelve rooms of fabric, haberdashery and yarn, in a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Continue to Aberystwyth for overnight. (B)

    Day 9   Thu   August 18     Aberystwyth-Birmingham
    After breakfast, we depart Aberystwyth to Birmingham. En route, visit the Minerva Arts Center in Llanidloes - 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. Also on show will be the annual exhibition. (B, D)

    Day 10-11    Fri August 19-Sat August 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 12   Sun   August 21   Birmingham-London
    Following breakfast, travel back to London. En route, visit Windsor Castle, the Queen's favorite weekend home. Windsor has a rich mix of history, culture, heritage, and fun. Witness the guards march through the streets for the Changing the Guard ceremony Enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel in London. (B, D)

    Day 13   Mon   August 22   Depart London
    Group transfer to London Heathrow Airport for your journey home. (B)

    Please note: tour itinerary may subject to change.

  • Dates:  August 10 - 22, 2022

    Price per person:            

    Twin share: US$4,350
    Single room: US$5,700
    Deposit: US$500

    Inclusions:

    • Coach and driver with the group from Day 2 to Day 13
    • 12 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed 3 or 4-star hotels with private bath or shower
    • Daily breakfast and 3 course dinners with tea/coffee at hotel on Day 1, Day 7, Day 9 & Day 12
    • Two-day entrances to the Festival of Quilts
    • Visits and experiences as stated in the itinerary
    • An English-speaking guide throughout the trip
    • Porterage of one piece of luggage in and out of hotels
    • Gratuities to guide and driver

    Not included:

    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Items of a personal nature

    Fitness level - Moderate

    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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