Festival of Quilts in Britain

Tour Leader: Master Quilter Gudrun Erla

Day 1
Fly to London, England

Icelandair Plane

Tour members check in for flights by ICELANDAIR in the late afternoon and evening for an overnight flight. 

Departures are from about 20 US and Canadian cities, including Boston, New York, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, DC, Portland, WA, Seattle, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. These are overnight flights that arrive in Iceland the following morning. This is where tour members meet and travel together to London after a short stop.

Day 2
London

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik

Departure of Icelandair flight for London. Transfer from Heathrow Airport to central London.

Check in to the Strand Palace Hotel. The Strand is surrounded by the best that London has to offer. Set in the heart of London, the hotel is mere moments from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the river Thames, making it the perfect location for discovering cultural icons, entertainment or shopping. 

Meet this evening at Haxells Restaurant for a “Welcome to England” dinner. & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy great food, cocktails and more in the heart of London. Guests can enjoy British inspired cuisine with modern art deco décor throughout the restaurant, bar, afternoon tearoom and private dining room. With so much to do right on the hotel´s doorstep, the Strand Palace puts you at the center of the action. With that in mind, all rooms are fully furnished to ensure your downtime is as comfortable as possible. You will be staying 2 nights at this hotel. (D)  

Day 3
London

Christmas Market

Breakfast is served in your hotel. 

Today‘s excursion takes you to London‘s famous Victoria & Albert Museum, one of the world‘s largest museums of decorative arts and design. Here you‘ll enjoy the special Textile, Quilting Embroidery and Fashions tour, led by one of the museum‘s curators.

The visit to Victoria & Albert Museum will be one of the highlights of your tour. The V&A is the world‘s leading museum of Art and Design. It houses an amazing collection of antique quilts, including some of the earliest examples of European quilting, dating back to the late 14th century. From luxurious courtly robes to a quilt stitched by 21st-century prison inmates, the V&A holds a rich variety of objects created through quilting and patchwork.

Your second visit is to Buckingham Palace State Rooms, the London residence and headquarters of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

There will be time for lunch during the day and a visit to Liberty of London, one of the capital‘s iconic stores. In a beautiful Tudor-revival building you‘ll find high-end fashion, luxury homeware and Liberty‘s own fabric line. (B)

Day 4
London - Windor - Bath

Munich

Breakfast is served in your hotel.

Check out of the hotel and head for Windsor, a drive of about 1 hour (24 m).

Arrive at Windsor Castle, one of the oldest and largest occupied castles in the world. Since it was founded in the 11th century it has been home to 39 monarchs. Queen Elizabeth II spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.

Here a multi-media tour will take you through the State Apartments and Semi-State rooms, sharing the history and highlights of Windsor Castle.
A visit to the fabulous Windsor Castle is a royal treat! Since William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress here over 900 years ago, this has been a royal palace and residence.

After a lunch break we continue the journey through the English countryside, to arrive in Bath after a 2-hour (96 m) drive. Check in at the Apex City of Bath Hotel for a 2-night stay.

Bath – the original wellbeing destination

Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermal Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in.

Bath is one of England‘s most beautiful, elegant and historic cities, full of spectacular architecture and Georgian streets. It is actually classed as a World Heritage City. Bath‘s compact, visitor-friendly center, where your hotel is located, is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain. (B)

Day 5
Bath

Rothenberg”

Breakfast is served in your hotel.

Today you‘ll explore the beautiful city of Bath on foot. You‘ll visit the Fashion Museum, which is housed in the former Assembly rooms. The collection was started by Doris Langley Moore, who gave her collection to the City of Bath in 1963. Today the museum houses iconic attire from the 18th century to the modern day.

The Roman Baths at the heart of the City of Bath are the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas in the ancients world. Using the audio guide you‘ll explore this fascinating Roman Bath complex recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. It will be interesting to visit these Roman Baths after having enjoyed the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

The final visit of the day is to Bath‘s Victoria Art Gallery. Housed in a Grade II listed building, the museum was opened in 1900 to commemorate Queen Victoria‘s diamond jubilee. The collection has over 1500 objects of art including a collection of oil paintings from British artists dating from 1700 onwards.

There will be time for lunch during the day and the evening is at leisure.

The Apex City of Bath Hotel

Your hotel, one of the best in Bath, is located in the very heart of the city, on the corner of James Street West – close to the Thermal Baths. All the contemporary, spacious bedrooms include comfortable king-size beds, large TVs, tea and coffee makers, iron and board, hair dryer, mini fridge and en suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and baths.

The hotel offers impressive spa facilities with a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and a state-of-the-art gym. The stylish restaurant serves up classic British cuisine with a twist, and the chic and contemporary bar is the perfect place to unwind and let the expert team of bartenders pour you a drink. (B)

Day 6
Bath - The Cotswolds - Blenheim - Birmingham

Nuremberg

Breakfast is served in your hotel.

After checking out of the hotel you‘ll join the tour bus for a short drive to the only Museum of American Decorative and Folk Art outside the United States – The American Museum and Gardens at Claverton Manor. It is located just a 3 mile drive from your hotel, a matter of about 15 minutes. Here your visit will focus on the museum‘s collection of Quilts and Textiles. Quilts range from the 18th to the mid-20th century and at least 50 of the 250 quilts at the museum are always on display. In the textile room you‘ll also see a selection of Navajo weavings, hooked rugs and woven coverlets.

Your tour then continues through the Cotswolds, one of the most charming and uniquely picturesque regions of England. Famous for its gentle hillsides and a delightful tangle of golden villages, evocative churches and honey colored mansions.

It is a drive of about 100 miles and will take 2 hours.

Arrive at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Here your tour will take you through the Palace State Rooms with their priceless collection of portraits, furniture and tapestries.

There will be free time for lunch and after the visit to Blenheim Palace the tour continues to the City of Birmingham – another 60 miles / 1 hour +.

Arrive at The Crown Plaza Hotel at the NEC Convention Center and check in for a 3 night stay. (B)

Day 7
Birmingham - The Festival of Quilts Show

Northern Lights

The Festival of Quilts is Europe‘s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting over 25,000 visitors annually from around the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential suppliers, galleries of quilts from leading international makers, workshops, talks and demos, plus a magnificent display of over 800 competition quilts.

You’ll have a two day ticket for the show, which you can enjoy at your leisure. (B)

Day 8
Birmingham - The Festival of Quilts Show

Icelandic Horses

This is your second day to visit the Festival of Quilts. In the evening you are invited to a “Farewell Dinner” at the hotel. (B,D)

 

 

 

 

Day 9
Birmingham - London - Home

Renowned Icelandic Quilting Master Gudrun Erla

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Check out of your hotel.

Depart for London Heathrow Airport – a drive of 117 miles – about 2 hours.

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport for check in for your flight to the United States.

Most clients will fly by ICELANDAIR via Iceland.

Depending on the US destination other airlines may be offered.

Arrive home in the late afternoon or evening.

Blue Lagoon Hot Springs

Iceland in Summer – A Tour For Quilters

Tour Manager / Gudrun Erla

Day 1
United States – Iceland

Godafoss “Falls of the Gods”

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik

Departures from:

Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Dallas Airports for your nonstop/overnight flight to Keflavik Airport via Icelandair or Delta Airlines. Both airlines will be adding more departure cities and we will update this list as they come on board.

Tour #1 will be lead by quilt designer Gudrun Erla Gisladottir to her homeland Iceland, featuring many of the major natural attractions of this unique country. – the majestic waterfalls, boiling hot springs, mountains and glaciers.

Tour #2 will be lead by Rona Herman. Rona is a quilt designer, teacher and has a popular quilters travel blog “Rona the Ribbeter”

Day 2
Keflavik – Reykjavik – Thingborg - Hella

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik
Icelandic Horses

Arrive at Keflavik Airport in the early morning. Clear customs then take a short drive to Viking World, a museum that features exhibitions about the times of the Vikings – Breakfast is served at the museum. Depart from the museum for Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, located just 32 miles north from the airport. Once in Reykjavik head directly for Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest and largest church in Iceland. A statue of Leif Eiriksson is aligned directly in front of the church, a gift from the U.S. commemorating the 1,000 anniversary of the Icelandic parliament and a tacit acknowledgement that Leif beat Christopher Columbus to North America by almost 500 years.

Your tour will include the Parliament Building, the National Theater and the main seat of government. Visit the harbor area, where older buildings have been retrofitted as boutiques and restaurants.  Leave Reykjavik and travel along the main route through southern Iceland.  Pass green farmlands where the Icelandic horses will be grazing along the roadside.  Arrive in Thingborg and visit the Wool Center, a good source for the genuine Icelandic woolen products.    Continue on to the hamlet of Hella and check in to the Hotel Laekur your home for the next 3 days. “Welcome to Iceland” dinner this evening and get acquainted with your fellow travelers.(B,D)

Day 3
Hella - Thorsmork - Gigjokull Glacier - Hella

The Adored Puffin
Thorsmork

Rise and shine-enjoy breakfast at Hotel Laekur.  Depart for  Eyjafjallajokull, the 6th largest glacier in Iceland, beneath its cap hides the volcano that erupted in 2010 and disrupted air traffic throughout the northern hemisphere.  Today you will visit Thorsmork, a hidden valley between three glaciers. You reach this verdant nature reserve by crossing lava fields and glacial rivers in a modified “Monster” truck – a exhilarating but safe experience, a adventure of a lifetime. Thorsmork  is a popular place for hikers, the “Ring of Basar” is a easy 1.5m walk.  Buffet lunch is served at Volcano Huts in Husadalur. On your return visit Gigjokull glacier with its giant icicle ravines – a good introduction to the “Land of Fire and Ice.” Dinner at Hotel Laekur. Enjoy the outside “hot pot” or the sauna. (B,L,D)

Day 4
Hella - Gulfoss - Geysir - Fridheimar Farm - Hvolsvollur - Hella

Beautiful Icelandic Landscapes
Magnificent Gullfoss

Depart the Hotel Laekur after breakfast for a full day’s excursion that includes some of the major natural attractions in Iceland. Gulfoss is the majestic waterfall that spans the Hvita River, known as one of the world’s most beautiful gorges.  A short drive will then take you to the west lakes to the next phenomenon, the “Geysir Geothermal Area”.  The Geysir is the first geyser ever mentioned in text;  the one for which all geysers are named.  Though it rarely erupts the nearby “Strokkur” keeps the show alive erupting every 4 to 8 minutes.

Drive on to Fridheimar Farm, an amazing greenhouse and horse breeding complex.  Tour the greenhouses to gain insight into the uses of geothermal heating in Iceland.  Savor a delicious lunch then enjoy a horse show that provides insight into the remarkable Icelandic horse breed.  The final destination today is Hvolsvollur, a small town, the scene of Njal’s Saga, the masterpiece of the famous Icelandic sagas. You are invited to participate in an ongoing project here where  the goal is to sew Njal’s Saga in tapestry form.  Return to Hotel Laekur for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Hella - Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls - Skaftafell National Park

Heydalur Activities”
Skogafoss

Depart Hella after breakfast for southern Iceland.  Todays visit will include Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the Skogar Folk Museum.  Lunch break in Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland.   Continue  driving east across the vast Myrdalssandur glacial plain where the immense Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe will offer spectacular views.  Arrive at Jokulsarlon a glacial lagoon that is 1500 deep making it Iceland’s second deepest lake.  Enjoy a amphibian boat excursion where you sail among the icebergs and enjoy this unique scenery.  You may be lucky and catch seals sunning themselves on the floating ice.  Overnight at the Hotel Skaftafell located just outside Skaftafell National Park.  (B,D)

Day 6
Skaftafell Ntl Park - Reynisfjara - Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)

Icelandic Horses
Herjolfur

After breakfast enjoy the environment of Skaftafell National Park where the glacier is literally on the doorstep of your hotel.  Enjoy a 1-1/2 hour walk through the park with a expert tour guide or a more adventurous glacial hike (optional) of Falljokull.  Take the short drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a small village that has been shaped by catastrophic natural events that has created a stunning landscape.  Lunch then depart for Reynisfjara with its black sand and crushing  waves one of the most photographed attractions in Iceland.  Board the Herjolfur ferry for the short sail to Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands.  Check in at the Hotel Vestmannaeyjar. (B,D)

Day 7
Westman Islands

Geysir Geothermal Eruptions
The Adorable Puffins

You have not been to Iceland if you have not been to the Westman Islands, a archipelago of 15 islands – off the beaten path of most tours.  The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 11,000 years ago; the youngest island island is Surtsey.  The biggest island, Heimaey is the only permanently inhabited one and is the home to appx. 4300 people.  Your tour tour guide today is Pall, once the mayor of Heimaey.  Visit the Volcano Museum and the lava fields.  Lunch is at “Gott Restaurant”. Continue after lunch to the Beluga Whale Sanctuary, the world’s first open water whale sanctuary, located in Klettsvik Bay.This is where two female Beluga Whales – “Little White” and “Little Grey” were moved from a entertainment park in China in June 2019. The last 14 months have been getting the whales ready for open water swimming and gaining weight to cope with the colder waters in their new home.   Dinner tonight at the “900 Grillhouse”.  (B,L,D)

Day 8
Westman Islands- Selfoss - Reykjavik

Reykjavik
Reykjavik

Today take a exciting excursion by boat around Vestmannaeyjar.  With a excellent view from the ocean you can view the cliffs teeming with puffins and other birds.  Surtsey, a newly formed volcanic island with a rugged lava coastline and colorful caves will also be in your view.  Depart by ferry to the mainland, upon arrival transfer to Stokkseyri a charming fishing village renowned for its magical lobster soup. Proceed to Selfoss, Gudrun Erla’s home town. Enjoy meeting family and friends of your fearless leader, a excellent opportunity to experience how Icelanders live.

Continue to Reykjavik by shortest route and check in at Hotel Arnarhvoll located across the street from the Harpa Concert Hall.  Your location is in the heart of the city with restaurants, shopping and nightlife on your doorstep.  Remainder of day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 9
Reykjavik - Free Day

Renowned Icelandic Quilting Master Gudrun Erla
Reykjavik In Summer

Credit: GE Quilt Designs

Breakfast at the hotel – morning at leisure without a program. There is lots to choose from on how to spend your free day. You may visit the Whale Museum, the Museum of Iceland or attend a concert at the Harpa Concert Hall. (B)

Day 10
Reykjavik - Quilting Workshop

Blue Lagoon Hot Springs
Renowned Icelandic Quilting Master Gudrun Erla

Breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure without a program.  Early afternoon transfer to the Hotel Midgardur where there will be a Quilting workshop in their conference room where our Gudrun Erla Gisladottir will teach the class. The class will include both the American group as well as Icelandic quilters who will all mingle and learn together as Gudrun gives her instructions in both languages, English and Icelandic. Sewing machines will be provided and shared. Gudrun will bring her latest creations of designs and quilts that have not been seen before.

After the workshop attend a Quilt Show & Tell in the hotel. Show will feature quilts made by Icelandic quilters, quilts brought by tour members and quilts designed and made by Gudrun Erla.  After the show attend a “Farewell To Icelandic” dinner served at Islenski Barinn, located next door to your hotel.  Tour members and Icelandic Quilters will participate – about 40 guests are expected. (B, D)

 

Day 11
Reykjavik - Return to the United States

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

This is your last day in Iceland.  After breakfast check out of the hotel Arnarhvoll for the Reykjanes peninsula, where both the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik Airport are located.

Upon arrival at the Blue Lagoon (optional) we will spend two hours enjoying the lagoon and the adjacent facilities.  the rent of towels is included with your admission.  For those that do not participate in the Blue Lagoon visit you can have a few more hours for shopping or take a last walk through the pretty city of Reykjavik before departing for the airport and your flight home. (B)

Paducah Patches Tour

“Quilt City, USA”

Day 1
Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN

Arrive in Nashville in the afternoon and check- in around 4 p.m. to your hotel, the Country Inn Nashville. Meet your tour manager and other travel companions in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Tonight we will go to downtown Nashville for a welcome dinner to meet your travel companions. After dinner we will take a short walk to Broadway for a evening of fun and entertainment on Honky Tonk Row.

The clubs of lower Broadway have long been the breeding ground for musicians, song writers and performers all yearning to make it big in Music City USA.

The entertainment is free but the performers would appreciate a tip left in the glass jar if you enjoyed their performance. (B,D)

Day 2
Nashville - Paducah, KY

AQS Paducah Quilt Show
AQS Paducah Quilt Show

Have an early breakfast at your hotel and then proceed to Paducah Kentucky, a small town of 26,000 people located in a scenic area where the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers meet.

Arrive around 9:00 a.m. at the doors of the Paducah Convention and Expo Center the location of the AQS Quilt Show. You have until 5 p.m. at the show then proceed to downtown Paducah a charming small town with a quaint historic district where we will have dinner while watching the “buzz” going on in town. After dinner depart for your hotel for the next three nights the “Kenlake State Resort” located just a short drive from Paducah. (B)

***** The AQS Quilt Show *****Near the end of April each year, the American Quilters Society (AQS) hosts a quilting extravaganza that brings quilting enthusiasts from all over the world to Paducah, Kentucky. During these four days the town of Paducah eats, sleeps and breathes Quilting and extends its hospitality to thousands of visitors. Quilters and textile artisans make their trek to Paducah each year to view the finest in workmanship and creativity as the best of the best compete for $150,000 in cash rewards. In addition to the exhibits, the show includes a Merchant Mall with over 500 vendor booths offering the latest quilting supplies and gifts.

Day 3
Paducah, KY

Depart for another fun filled day in Paducah. Today’s highlight is a visit to the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world, the National Quilt Museum. The museum showcases breathtaking exhibitions in this 30,000 square foot contemporary gallery. Their collection features a vast array of quilt art by internationally renowned artists.

Next stop at the 27th annual Rotary Antique Quilt Show, another Paducah quilt event sanctioned by the AQS.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon browsing Paducah…shop in the many boutiques and antique stores. Check out all the things the “quilt vendors” are selling all over town. You may find a charming courtyard restaurant for lunch or a sidewalk cafe, or take a horse drawn carriage ride. There is lots to see and do in this small Victorian town with its brick paved streets. Take a walk by the river to see the beautiful wall of murals.

The last stop of the day is a visit to Hancock’s of Paducah a truly mind boggling store for fabric and notions. Hancock’s is a gigantic fabric store that sells and ships to 72 countries. Here you will find any kind of fabric imaginable. The mail order division with over 40 employees serves a customer list of 400,000 avid quilters.

Dinner in Paducah then return to your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. (B)

National Quilt Museum
National Quilt Museum

Credit: National Quilt Museum

Day 4
Paducah, KY

Today will be your final day at the quilt show. Spend the entire day.

Tonight we will have a delicious dinner at Patti’s 1880 Settlement located a short distance from Paducah.

Patti’s is a log cabin village tucked away in the Kentucky lake country. Enjoy the beautiful gardens at Patti’s with unique gift shops and winding streams. (B)

Day 5
Paducah - Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry

Credit: Expedia Viewfinder

Depart Paducah for Nashville and check in to your hotel La Quinta Opryland conveniently located close to the Grand Ole Opry and the Opry Mills Mall (with over 200 outlet stores). You will have time to shop at the mall and have a leisurely lunch before returning to your hotel to get ready for this evenings entertainment.

Meet your travel companions in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. and transfer to the Grand Ole Opry for the show that made country music famous, the Carnegie Hall for country music. This is a true entertainment treat! (B)

Day 6
Nashville - Home

Breakfast at the hotel then checkout and transfer to Nashville International Airport for your flight home. (B)

Christmas Markets In Bavaria & Northern Lights In Iceland

Tour Leader: Master Quilter Gudrun Erla

Day 1
United States - Iceland - Munich

Icelandair Plane

Tour participants travel to the nearest airport/gateway to Germany and check in for a flight by United Airlines or Lufthansa German Airlines to Munich Germany. These are direct overnight flights which arrive in Munich the following morning.

Day 2
Munich

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik

Morning Arrival in Munich. You will be met by your illustrious Bavarian tour guide Maximilian Bukszpan. Transfer to the traditional 4-star Hotel Platzl, located in the heart of the city. Hotel Platzl is located in the historic old town between famous Hofbrauhaus the Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz, where the Christkindlmarkt takes place.

Spend time this afternoon with Max exploring the Christkindlmarkt. The traditional Christmas Market at Marienplatz dates back to the 14th century and is considered the most original and authentic in Munich, where about 40 such markets take place annually.

Rest and relax at your hotel before a “Welcome to Germany” dinner at Hofbräuhaus, “The World‘s most famous Tavern” – built in 1589 and accommodates up to 5,000 revelers. Have fun! (D)

YOUR TOUR MANAGER:  Gudrun Erla Gisladottir, the well known designer and owner of GE Quilt Design is born and raised in Iceland. Gudrun started quilting at a young age has been addicted to the craft ever since. Gudrun has been designing and publishing patterns and books from Chaska Minnesota since 2003.

GERMAN TOUR GUIDE:  Maximilian Bukszpan is the Bavarian expert tour guide who will meet the group on arrival in Munich and stay with the group until you leave Munich for Iceland. “Max” is a native “Münchner” who has traveled the world. For the last 20 years he has offered his services as private tour guide throughout Bavaria, – including Munich, Rothenburg and Nuremberg.

ICELAND TOUR GUIDE:  Eythor Bjorgvinsson is born and raised in the Westman Islands.  Eythor operates a tour company by the name of Icepath ahd have successfully done so for the last 15 years. Eythor holds a adventure guide deiploma from Thompson Rivers University in Canada. Eythor will join the group on arrival at Keflavik Airport and stay with the group until you depart back to the United States.

Day 3
Munich-Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace day tour

Christmas Market

Today visit the fairy tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, created by Germany’s 19th-century King Ludwig II. Admire Bavaria’s magnificent scenery as you journey to Linderhof, Ludwig’s rococo-style hunting lodge and last home. Take the interior tour of Linderhof before continuing to Neuschwanstein. Upon arrival at Neuschwanstein you will see a picture book castle of turrets and chambers that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Maximilian will be in his element during this tour where his local knowledge will be of great value. Lunch at Alpenstuben then return to Munich and the Hotel Platzl.

You are on your own for dinner. (B, L)

Day 4
Munich – Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Munich

Proceed from Munich along the Romantic Road for further adventures. Visit  Fortress Harburg for a guided tour of one of the oldest, original fortresses in Europe. Your next stop is historic Dinkelsbuhl. Tour Dinkelsbuhl then enjoy lunch at the Deutsches Haus, known as one of the most beautiful hotels in southern Germany. The final phase of today’s journey takes you to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Check in at Hotel Altes Brauhaus located in the midst of the medieval walled town, surrounded by winding cobbled streets. Dinner at nearby Restaurant Glocke – one of the best in town. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Rothenburg to Nuremberg

Rothenberg”

You will be enjoying an early Christmas in Bavaria and all the wonderful festivities that are described on these pages. It is a fact, however, that you will be traveling in the middle of winter, when mother nature may not always accommodate.

The morning is free, and you may decide to take off on your own to explore this lovely city – described by many as the most beautiful in Germany. You also could join Maximillian and Gudrun to the Christmas Market while others may sign up for a quilt class with Susan Nagy. Lunch is on your own.

Depart Rothenburg for the short drive to  Nuremberg, Bavaria’s 2nd largest city after Munich.  Upon arrival in Nuremberg check in to the Park Inn Hotel ****located in the heart of the city. (B)

Day 6
Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Take a tour of Nuremberg – Max is in charge. Proceed to the infamous former Nazi Party Rally grounds of  immense proportions that stand as vivid testimony of the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. Visit Courtroom 600 at the Palace of Justice, the site of the  “Nuremberg Trials”, where Nazi war criminals were sentenced to death by the International Military Tribunal in late 1945.

Enjoy a walking tour through  Old Town Nuremberg.   Once a center of the Holy Roman Empire, and a cradle of the German Renaissance Explore the enchanting Old Town with its fantastic regional food and drink, and the greatest Christmas Markets in Germany.

Dinner at Zum Gulden Stern will be the perfect finale to your Germany visit.   (B,D)

Day 7
Nuremberg – Munich – Iceland Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Depart Nuremberg for Munich Riem Airport. Say your goodbyes to Maximilian. Checkin for your flight to Iceland by Icelandair.  You will arrive in the afternoon at Keflavik Airport, Iceland.  Your Iceland guide, Eythor Bjorgvinsson will meet you upon arrival at Keflavik. Eythor will be your guide for your entire stay in Iceland. Drive 2 hours to Southern Iceland and arrive at cozy Hotel Laekur. Your hotel is located in the perfect place to observe the Northern Lights – away from all city lights.  Enjoy a hearty “Welcome to Iceland Dinner”. Before turning in after an eventful day you have a choice between a seat at the bar, sauna or outdoors hot tub – a perfect place to gaze at the spectacular Northern Lights. (B,D)

Day 8
Geysir Geothermal Area – Gullfoss – Reykjavik

Icelandic Horses

Drive to Geysir Geothermal area, where you will see any number of bubbling, spouting and boiling hot springs in eerie moonlike landscapes. Visit Geysir, the first geyser for which all geysers are named. See Strokkur geysir erupting every 4-8 minutes. Drive on to nearby Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall, one of the world´s most scenic.  Lunch at Friðheimar Farm an amazing greenhouse complex, followed by a horse show that provides an insight into the story of the remarkable Icelandic horse breed.  Enjoy a “Meeting with the Horses.”  Continue to the Thingborg Wool Center where you can buy beautiful Icelandic sweaters, scarfs, mittens, etc.

The final drive will take you to Reykavik, Iceland’s lively and colorful capital. Check-in to the Center Hotel Plaza on Main Street, within walking distance to shopping and attractions. Dinner at Geysir Bistro located around the corner from your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9
Reykjavik

Renowned Icelandic Quilting Master Gudrun Erla

Breakafast at Hotel Plaza and be off with Eythor for a tour of Reykjavik and see all the major city attractions. The afternoon is free without a program.  You might wish to try an Icelandic hot dog for lunch; a treat with a difference. Ask for a hot dog with everything – absolutely superb and a must do while in Reykjavik.

Your “Farewell to Iceland” dinner will be served at Matarkjallarinn (the Food Cellar).  This is a popular meeting place for locals, “where Food is for the Body and Music for the Soul”.  (B,D)

Day 10
Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon – Return Home

Blue Lagoon Hot Springs

Breakfast at the Center Hotel Plaza and then depart Reykjavik for Reykjanes Peninsula, where both the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik Airport are located. Arrive at the Blue Lagoon for a optional visit and dip (2 hours) in this spectacular outdoor spa oasis. Tour members who opt not to visit the Blue Lagoon will proceed to Keflavik Airport and early check-in for their flight to the United States.

There is lots of interesting shopping as well as a wide choice of restaurants for lunch to enjoy prior to your afternoon flight to the various destinations in the U.S. and Canada. (B)

Gone With The Quilt – Short

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"Autumn in the South"

Day 1
New Orleans LA

French Quarter New Orleans
New Orleans

Afternoon check-in to the historic “Maison Dupuy” hotel located just blocks from Jackson Square and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. (B)

**For an evening of fun we suggest Mulate’s, enjoy Cajun food, live music and dancing. Mulate’s serves as the ideal
introduction to Cajun Country.

Day 2
New Orleans LA

Steamboat
Natchez Steamboat Cruise

Breakfast at “Vacherie” located close to the hotel and then depart on a walking tour of the French Quarter with your guide. Lunch aboard the “Natchez” for a steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi with a live jazz band. Afternoon at leisure. New Orleans, the home of the Francophone Creole and the Anglophone American has over 85 square blocks designated as a National Historic District. Much to see, Jackson Square to Bourbon Street world famous restaurants such as Paul Prudhomme’s, Emeril LaGasse or Arnaud’s..take your pick! Exploring the French Quarter by night is a must, visit a jazz or blues club for the best local music or listen to a street musician who plays for tips . (B, L)

Day 3
New Orleans LA – White Castle LA

White Castle Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation

This is your last morning in New Orleans, breakfast at Vacherie then checkout. Depart from New Orleans then drive along the banks of the “Ole Miss” passing the “Great River Road Plantation Parade”. Today’s visit is the “Oak Alley Plantation” – “The Grand Dame of the Great River Road.” Imagine Scarlet O’Hara having barbecue at Twelve Oaks Plantation and charming the red headed Tarleton boys – Oak Alley fulfills that visual image. What a beautiful way to spend a fall day than at one of the most spectacular settings in the old south. Tour the mansion, the slave quarters and the civil war encampment. Enjoy a luncheon buffet and then explore on your own. Depart in the afternoon for Nottaway Plantation located in White Castle for your overnight accommodation. (B)

Day 4
White Castle LA – Lafayette LA

Evangeline Oak
The Evangeline Oak

Enjoy a plantation style breakfast then depart for the heart of Cajun Country. Travel the back-road’s of Louisiana through swamp lands and tall cypresses trailing Spanish moss, vast expanses of sugarcane and small communities with old cajun style cabins.

Arrive in Lafayette and meet your “Cajun” guide, Danny Bonaventure who is of Cajun descent and has over 35 years experience. Danny is well qualified to help you appreciate some of the treasures that this region has to offer.

Visit Vermillionville a heritage and folk-life park that brings to life the early days of Cajun and creole settlers in Louisiana (mid-1700-late 1800s).
Costumed crafts people and artisans conduct demonstrations of their talent. Several historic homes and numerous artifacts from the time period are laid out as they would have been if someone were living there.

Check in at the Drury Inn & Suites your home for the next two nights. Freshen up then depart for dinner at Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant with live Cajun Music and delicious authentic Cajun/Creole food. (B)

“laissez les bons temps rouler” – “Let the Good Times Roll”.

Day 5
Lafayette LA

Atchafalaya River
The Beautiful Atchafalaya Wilderness

Breakfast then depart for Henderson Louisiana for your morning adventure into the Atchafalaya Swamp Wilderness. You are accompanied by a naturalist expert where you will see birds, alligators and other animals in this unique environment with its beautiful nature. A peaceful and beautiful tour by boat in one of the worlds natural wonders. Truly a tour for your “bucket list”.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in at one of Lafayettes local eateries.

Your last stop today is to J & B Quilting Fabric located in Sunset a few miles north of Lafayette. Dinner tonight at the “Cracker Barrel Country Store” located right next door to your hotel. (b)

Day 6
Lafayette LA – Houston TX

FULL DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
Depart Lafayette after breakfast for the two hour drive to Houston, Texas. Upon arrival in Houston you will go directly to the quilt show at the George Brown Convention Hall. You have been registered for the show and will have your tickets in hand.

Lunch on your own at one of the many food courts located in the convention hall.

Your hotel is located just a few blocks from the convention hall. After spending the day at the show you will check-in to the Springhill Suites Hotel. Freshen up and then transfer to “Maggianos” a top rated Italian Restaurant for a farewell dinner. (B)

Houston International Quilt Festival
Houston International Quilt Festival

Credit: Texas Tripper

Day 7
Houston TX - International Quilt Festival

LAST DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
The International Quilt Festival Houston is one of the premier quilting trade events in America with over 60,000 visitors each year.Talented quilt artists are present in huge numbers at this convention.There are over 500 varieties of quilts represented not to mention quilting machines, sewing tools, fabrics and over 22 special exhibits. Enjoy a full day at the show.

Return to hotel and overnight.(B)

Day 8-Houston TX – Home

Full American Breakfast at the hotel. If time allows take a cab from the hotel to The Galleria for shopping or relax at the hotel. Group transfer provided to George Bush Intercontinental Airport for your return flight home. (B)

We offer additional days at both the beginning of tour and at end for clients that wish more time at quilt show. Also can arrange your arrival transfer in Atlanta. Ask for details.