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"Autumn in the South"

Day 1
Atlanta GA - Marietta, GA

State Capitol Building in Atlanta
State Capitol Building in Atlanta

Your Tour starts at the Country Inn & Suites in Atlanta Ga., just a few miles from Marietta, Ga. your home for the next two nights. Arrival transfer is on your own by taxi or shuttle. We can arrange a private transfer for you if requested.

Relax in your room after check-in or explore your surroundings before meeting your tour escort and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby to provide a opportunity for tour members to get acquainted with each other.

Dinner is suggested at “Folks Southern Kitchen”…located near hotel in Windy Hill.

Day 2
Marietta, GA

Historic Ebenezer Church
Historic Ebenezer Church

Credit: Historic Ebenezer Church

Breakfast Buffet at the hotel. Today’s excursion is a Sunday service at the “Ebenezer Baptist Church” where Martin Luther King once was the Pastor. Depart church service for Marietta, Ga and lunch at the “Marietta Diner”.

After lunch visit “Tiny Stitches” a unique quilt shop where quilters come to find the best selection and highest quality of fabric in the southeast. Find a wide variety of fabric choices – batiks, seasonal, bright florals, flannels, wovens and novelties. This large 5000 sq. ft. store further features the latest in quilting patterns, books and notions in a warm and welcoming environment.

If time allows go to Stone Mountain Georgia Park named for the vast monolith at its center. Etched into the rock’s side, the Confederate Memorial Carving depicts Civil War generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, plus President Jefferson Davis.

Return to hotel to refresh and relax before departing for dinner at “Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen” for a welcome dinner. Joining you this evening is Marti Michell, a internationally acclaimed quilt expert. Marti will give a “trunk show” for you after dinner. (B, D)

Day 3
Atlanta GA-Griffin GA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

Credit: Amish Country Quilts

Buffet breakfast at the hotel then checkout. Depart for Griffin, Georgia for a full day workshop at “Shades Textiles” (Shades Textiles is a exhibitor at major international quilt shows in both Tokyo and Houston). Stacey Michell, the pioneer in developing the “Hawaiian Quilt” will conduct two private workshops – “2 for 1 Hula Lesson” – learn how to trace, cut and fuse a Hawaiian design quilt. After lunch have a” fabric dying class” that produces designs perfect for a Hawaiian style applique quilt. All working kits and materials will be furnished.

Overnight in Grffin at the Country Inn and Suites. Checkin and relax before departing for “J. Henrys Steakhouse” for dinner. (B,L)

Day 4
Griffin GA-McDonough Ga-Carrollton GA

Quilt Shop
A Scarlett Thread

Credit: All People Quilt

Breakfast at hotel then take the short drive to McDonough, for a visit to “A Scarlett Thread” the largest sewing and quilt shop in Georgia. The owner, Karen Taylor will greet you with her warm southern hospitality. The displays in this store are built vertically and lit by natural light through the many windows that shows off the vast inventory of more than 7,500 fabrics. Enjoy lunch at McDonoughs local “Cracker Barrell” restaurant.

Depart for a Carrollton, Georgia, home of the “Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum.” The museum is the only museum in Georgia singularly dedicated to quilting and textiles.  Check in at the Best Western Plus. Transfer to Adamson Square in Carrolltons historic district, where you have time to visit the shops and have dinner.

Just a short walk from Adamson Square is the Quilt and Textile Museum where you will have a tour of the quilts they have on display. Next just a few short blocks away you will meet with the South Georgia Quilt Guild and participate in their monthly meeting. The Guild members will shower you with some southern hospitality and QUILTS!!! (B)

Day 5
Carrollton GA – Montgomery, AL - Selma, Al

African American Quilt
African American Quilts

Checkout of  hotel after breakfast for the short drive to Carrollton.   Meet our local guide for a two hour tour of this historic area. Depart from Carrollton then continue the journey south, along Interstate Route 85, until we cross the Chattahoochee River into the State of Alabama.  The “Deep South” doesn’t get any deeper than Alabama. This is where cotton was king and where the Confederacy was born.

Arrive in the Alabama capital, Montgomery, and head directly to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Have a delicious lunch in the Museum Cafe overlooking the lake. After lunch meet your docent for a private showing of African American Quilts. Proceed to Selma and check in at the Holiday Inn Express Selma –  then meet with Jo Taylor in the lobby for a guided tour of Selma.(B)

Day 6
Selma AL-Camden AL-Mobile AL

Gee's Bend Quilters
Gee’s Bend Quilters

US Embassy Canadavia Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Full breakfast in the hotel. Travel today to Camden and Gee’s Bend just 40 miles south of Selma. Cross the Alabama River to the Boykin side of the river for a visit with the famous “Gee’s Bend Quilters”. Gees Bend is a isolated African American hamlet where the quilting tradition goes back to the 19th century when it was a cotton plantation owned by Joseph Gees. In the post-bellum years and into the 20th century the Gees Bend women made quilts to keep themselves and their children warm in the unheated shacks where they lived. View their quilts, listen to their stories. Cross the Alabama River on the 12 p.m. Gees Bend Ferry to Camden. Proceed to the Gaines Ridge Dinner Club for a lunch full of southern hospitality – a la “Gone With the Wind.” After your meal the owner/manager, Betty Kennedy, an avid quilter invites you to her log cabin house for a view of her magnificent and unique collection of quilts.

Proceed to “Black Belt Treasures.” Enjoy a hands-on print-making workshop with quilting designs. by using a simple print-making technique to take home for a memory quilt, all supplies are provided. After workshop browse the beautiful arts center.

Continue to Mobile Alabama and overnight in Mobiles historic district at the charming boutique hotel The Malaga Inn – located just a few blocks from Dauphin Street referred to by some as “Mini Bourbon Street” with its many bars and restaurants. (B)

Day 7
Mobile AL - New Orleans, LA

Quilt Design
Malaga Inn

Breakfast and checkout of the hotel then meet your local tour guide in the lobby for a tour of one of America’s oldest cities. Mobile has two of the oldest churches in the South: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, actually proclaimed a Minor Basilica by Rome, of which there are only 64 on Earth, and Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, which houses the finest collection of antique stained glass windows in the nation. See 600 square blocks of historic districts containing over 6,000 listings on the National Register of Historic Places and five antebellum museum homes.

Travel along the scenic coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. Pass the towns of Pascagoula, Biloxi and Gulfport before stopping for lunch at “Shaggy’s” a popular beachside Gulfport eatery.

Drive along Lake Pontchartrain in the direction of New Orleans. Arrive in New Orleans one of America’s favorite cities. Proceed to the famous French Quarter and check in at Hotel Maison DuPuy ***1/2 located just a few blocks from Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. The hotel features the distinctive tropical French Quarter courtyard. Evening at your leisure to enjoy all that the French Quarter has to offer.(B)

**For an evening of fun we suggest Mulate’s for dinner. Mulate’s serves genuine Cajun food, Cajun music and dancing. This is the place to go – Mulate’s serves as the ideal introduction to Cajun Country. (B)

Day 8
New Orleans LA

French Quarter New Orleans
New Orleans

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 9
New Orleans LA - White Castle, LA

Steamboat
Natchez Steamboat Cruise

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 10
White Castle LA - Henderson - Lafayette, LA

White Castle, Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation

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. Your destination this morning is Henderson Louisiana for a truly unique 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”.

Lunch in Henderson at Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant. Continue on to Lafayette and check in to your hotel the Drury Inn and Suites your home for the next two nights. Afternoon at leisure.

After you have freshened up we will 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 11
Lafayette LA

Evangeline Oak
The Evangeline Oak

After breakfast 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.

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 12
Lafayette LA - Houston, TX

Atchafalaya River
The Beautiful Atchafalaya Wilderness

Morning departure from Lafayette after for the two hour drive to Houston, Texas. Upon arrival in Houston you will check into the Springhill Suites Hotel (just a few blocks from the quilt show). Your day is at leisure until this evening where you will attend “Preview Night” of the International Quilt Festival. You have been registered for the show and will have your tickets in hand – Preview night is from 7pm to 10 pm. You can eat at one of the many food courts at the convention center if you have not already had dinner. (B)

Day 13
Houston TX (International Quilt Festival)

FULL DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL

Enjoy breakfast then take the short walk from your hotel to the convention center for a full day at the “International 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. (B)

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 14
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.

New England Quilt Tour

"Indian Summer for Quilters"

Day 1
Boston MA

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Credit: New York Times

Tour members arrive at Boston Logan Int’l Airport in the early afternoon. Take a short taxi ride to your downtown hotel, The Boxer Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located within a 5-minute walk of the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the waterfront.

Meet your tour escort at “Finch” located in the hotel this evening for a get acquainted drink and to meet your travel companions.

Dinner is suggested at McCormick & Schmick’s (Faneuil Hall Market Place) – a 5 minute walk from your hotel.

Day 2
Boston MA - Hampton NH

Boott Cotton Mill Museum
Boott Cotton Mill Museum

Jlpapple (Own work)/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Your local tour guide will join you in the lobby for a walking tour through historic Boston along the “Freedom Trail”. You will see 16 historically significant sites such as Boston Common and Paul Revere House. Have a quick lunch then check out of hotel and depart for the short trip to Lowell, Ma. known for its heritage connected to the textile industry. Proceed to the “New England Quilt Museum.” Enjoy a guided tour of the museum by a docent, followed by a quilting workshop with a professional quilter.

Next is a tour through Lowell National Historical Park, commemorating Lowell’s role in the American Industrial Revolution. Visit the Boott Cotton Mill Museum, including a 1920s weave room containing 88 looms operating with the help of belts, shafts and pulleys – self guided. Depart for the charming village of Hampton, New Hampshire. Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Lamie’s Inn, a traditional New England Inn known for its cozy atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Meet for drinks at “The Old Salt” followed by a festive Welcome Dinner. (B, D)

Day 3
Hampton NH - Portsmouth NH - Cape Neddick ME

The Cape Neddick Lighthouse
The Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Breakfast buffet from 7:30-8:30 in the “Old Salt”. Depart for Portsmouth, NH a delightful city on the ocean, driving along the scenic ocean Route 1A. Arrive in the Portsmouth downtown harbor area a busy and colorful area perfect for browsing and shopping. Visit Portsmouth Fabric Company, one of the largest and most unique fabric and quilt stores in New England.  Lunch is suggested at The Oar House Restaurant.  After lunch enjoy a short walking tour of old Portsmouth.

Next take the short drive to Cape Neddick, Maine to view The Cape Neddick Lighthouse that stands on Nubble Island about 100 yards (91 m) off Cape Neddick Point. Depart Cape Neddick for your last stop today – the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge for a refreshing walk along the saltwater marshlands, a wonderful experience during the fall foliage season. Return to Lamies Inn for the 2nd night. (B)

Day 4
Hampton NH - Canterbury NH - Henniker NH - Weston VT - Rutland VT

Keepsake Quilting
Keepsake Quilting

Credit: Google Maps

Early departure from Hampton for Canterbury Shaker Village (NH). A guided tour will explain how the Shakers lived a nearly monastic lifestyle that stressed pacifism, communal ownership, celibacy, gender equality, industriousness and plain, simple living. You will see 25 restored, original buildings and learn how the Shakers lived, worked and worshiped.

Continue on your journey to the village of Henniker for a visit to Quilted Threads, called a “Quilter’s Dream.” Within the walls of a converted farm house and barn – shoppers find the most carefully selected materials for all their quilting needs. After your visit its a must to see the beautiful covered bridge in Henniker for photos. Your next stop today will be Weston (VT)for a visit to The Vermont Country Store. The store offers a journey into the “general store of yesteryear” offering brands from the past…such a fun place to shop! You will overnight in Rutland, Vt at the Holiday Inn. (B)

Day 5
Rutland, VT - Burlington, VT

Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works
Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works

Credit: The Morse Farm (Facebook)

Breakfast and check out and continue via Route 7 to Burlington and arrive at the Shelburne Museum, a large complex of galleries and 25 historic structures spread over 45 acres. The museum’s quilt collection is known internationally for its exceptional artistic quality.This visit is one of the major highlights of your tour. Spend the remainder of the day at the museum including a guided tour of the quilt collection. After visiting the quilt galleries continue on to explore the many other collections the museum has to offer; a textile gallery; hooked rugs, fabrics; embroidery and American Folk Art. Lunch at the cafe where you can order sandwiches, soups and snacks. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Express. (B)

Day 6
Burlington VT - Montpelier VT - Woodstock VT - Ogunquit, ME

Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village

Depart for Montpelier, a picturesque New England town and the capital of Vermont. Upon arrival in Montpelier  you visit with “A Quilters Garden” for a short class or demonstration and shopping!   Next visit the Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works where you will see a video on  how maple syrup is processed and then enjoy the free samples in the store.

Take a short drive to what is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in America – Woodstock, Vermont. Downtown Woodstock is a fabulous place for shopping, dining, or simply walking. This turn-of-the-century village is loaded with charm especially during fall foliage season.

The final phase of today’s journey takes us east towards Portsmouth and to the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Ogunquit and check in for your last three nights at the Admirals Inn. The inn is just steps from the shops, restaurants the rocky coastline and “the beach” which have made the area a famous vacation destination. Dinner is at your leisure, we suggest “Jonathans Restaurant” located just a short walk from the hotel. (B)

Day 7
Ogunquit ME

Ogunquit, Maine
Ogunquit, Maine

Any tour should be well balanced to include ample leisure time for shopping or a walk on the beach. Today you’ll want to explore this cozy, ocean-side village whose streets are lined with white clapboard cottages and picket fences. Shore Road leads to Perkins Cove, a quaint working harbor with a footbridge spanning its entrance. Perkins Cove offers specialty shops, waterfront restaurants and art galleries. “The Front Porch Piano Bar and Restaurant” is a good choice for dinner this evening,

Day 8
Ogunquit ME

Perkins Cove - Ogunquit, Maine
Perkins Cove – Ogunquit, Maine

Your last day in New England to spend as you wish in beautiful picturesque Ogunquit. (B)

Day 9
Ogunquit - Boston MA - Home

Today our journey ends enjoy a leisurely breakfast then depart beautiful Ogunquit for the Boston International Airport and your flight home. We offer hotel accommodations for guests wanting to extend their stay in Boston. (B)

European Patchwork Quilter’s Tour

Day 1
U.S.A. to Iceland

Begin in Iceland
Begin in Iceland

Departures from various airports in the U.S.A. including:

Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Seattle, Washington, DC, Toronto & Vancouver for your nonstop/overnight flights to Keflavik Airport via Icelandair. The airline will be adding more departure cities and we will update this list as they come on board.

A tour with Mary Kerr to Iceland-Germany and France. Mary is an American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser. She is a quilt historian who lectures and does workshops focusing on quilt history. On arrival in Iceland meet Eythor Bjorgvinnson, your local tour guide. Eythor will be proud to show off his homeland Iceland, featuring many of the attractions of this unique country – majestic waterfalls, boiling hot springs, volcanos and glaciers.

After your Iceland visit continue tour to Heidelberg, Germany // St. Marie aux Mines (Alsace-Lorraine, France) // & European Patchwork Meeting // Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik

Early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport. Clear customs and then take a short drive to Viking World, a museum that features exhibitions about the time of the Vikings. Breakfast is served at the museum. Depart from the museum for Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, located just 32 miles from the airport. Once in Reykjavik, head directly for Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest and largest church in Iceland. You’ll get a great view of the city, the ocean, and the surrounding mountains from the top of the water tanks that supply the city with hot water.

After tour check-in at the Center Hotel Plaza, located on the main square in the heart of the old city, The hotel is perfectly situated to enjoy all that the Reykjavik city center has to offer. Enjoy a “Welcome Dinner” at Restaurant Apotek. (B,D)

Day 3
Reykjavik, Iceland

Downtown Reykjavik
Downtown Reykjavik

Today is free to enjoy on your own without regimentation to pursue your own interests. Reykjavik is a lively, colorful city with plenty to do to keep you busy. Many options are available to you such as: (B)

* The Whale Museum and a Whale Watching Tour
* Visit the National Museum of Iceland or the Harpa Concert Hall
* The Saga Museum
* The National Gallery + many other art museums to choose from
* The famous geothermal spa “The Blue Lagoon”

Day 4
Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - The "Golden Circle"

Gulfoss
Gullfoss

Depart Reykjavik after breakfast for todays tour of the “Golden Circle” which includes:

* Thingvellir National Park – this national shrine of Iceland has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thingvellir is the location of the oldest Parliament in the world, first assembled here in 930 A.D.
*Geysir Geothermal Area – the hot springs area famous for the first geyser ever mentioned in text: the one for which all geysers are named. The Strokkur Geyser erupts every 4 to 8 minutes.
*Gullfoss – the roaring and magnificent waterfall “Gullfoss”, a major highlight on the tour

Check in at Country Hotel Laekur for dinner and overnight stay. Time to hit the outside hot tub to round off a busy day. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Thorsmork

Heydalur Activities”
Thorsmork

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, an 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.” Continue to Thingborg Wool Center where high quality Icelandic sweaters and other wool products can be found. Drive by shortest route to Keflavik. Check in at Hotel Keflavik****. Dinner at KEF Restaurant. Dinner at KEF Restaurant. Wake up calls for Northern Lights if appropriate. (B,L,D)

Day 6 & 7
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany

Day 6
Early morning flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Clear customs and meet your guide, Angela, who lives in Heidelberg. Angela will tell you about the Rhine Valley, the mighty river, the Lorelei and the wine industry in Germany. Arrive in Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany and proceed to the Hotel Weisser Bock****. Dinner in the Alstadt at the Red Ox Inn, built in 1703 and still owned/operated by the same family for 170 years. Enjoy good German food and music…visitors who have raised a glass here includes Mark Twain, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe…an eclectic mix! (B,D)

Day 7
Visit Max Beck Textile Museum to view an extensive collection of antique quilts. The afternoon is free except for a White Fleet cruise on the River Neckar. On this 50 minute excursion you will get fascinating impressions of Heidelberg ad the castles of Neckar Valley.  (B)

Day 8
Colmar in Alsace, France

Kaysersberg, France
Kaysersberg, France

After breakfast at the hotel depart for a 2 hour walking tour through Heidelberg with Angela. Visit the Church of the Holy Spirit as well as Germany’s oldest university. Say goodbye to Heidelberg and drive south on the “German Wine Route” passing through the heart of the Palatinate (Pfalz).

Cross the border into France in the direction of Strasbourg, the capital and seat of the European Parliament. Continue west to the “Gateway to Alsace’s Wine Route”…lunch in the picture postcard town of Obernai. Afternoon arrival in St. Marie aux Mines, the venue of the Patchwork Meet (Quilt Show), the largest event in Europe that is devoted to quilting.  Transfer to nearby Colmar, a photographer’s dream, with its labyrinth cobbled lanes, flower lined canals and  timber-framed houses painted in a rainbow of pastel hues.  It is the quintessential Alsatian town, brimming with traditional restaurants and surrounded by vineyards and medieval castles. You wll stay at the 4 star Le Marechal Hotel, built in 1565 ad located in “Little Venice”, one of the most attractive quarters of the old town of Colmar. A  particularly charming feature of this hotel is the delightful restaurant “A l’Echevin”, where you will  enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9
St. Marie aux Mines, France

Marie aux Mines, France
St. Marie aux Mines, France

After breakfast at your hotel transfer to the show in St. Marie aux Mines. The entire day is devoted to the Patchwork Meet. Transfer to your hotel in Colmar. Dinner own your own in town.

24th EUROPEAN PATCHWORK MEETING
This important quilting event was launched 26 years ago to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Jacob Amman’s founding of the Amish community in St. Marie aux Mines. Quilting has played an important role in Amish life ever since, making St. Marie the perfect location to celebrate the best that contemporary patchwork quilting has to offer. The event has developed to become the largest festival in Europe attracting over 22,000 visitors. (B)

Day 10
Alsace Countryside - Paris, France

Alsace Countryside Paris, France
Alsace Countryside Paris, France

Breakfast at hotel then take a walking tour of  “Little Venice, the historic old town of Colmar. Proceed to the countryside and visit the village of Riquewihr, the most authentic and beautiful of France’s storybook towns.  Continue today’s journey  in the direction of Paris. Arrive in Paris and check in at Hotel Monsieur Cadet. This elegant boutique hotel is well located in the 9th district, close to shopping and entertainment. Dinner is suggested at one of the many nearby bistros. (B)

Day 11
Paris, France

Paris, France
Paris, France

Breakfast then depart for a 4 hour city tour of Paris that includes the old Marais district, the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne University, the Luxembourg Gardens and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The afternoon is free without a set program. If Paris is new to you just sitting in a sidewalk cafe sipping an aperitif or simple people watching in the splendid atmosphere of this remarkable city is a good choice. For the more ambitious a visit to the famous Louvre would easily fill the afternoon. Beneath the Louvre is a major shopping center.

Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 12
Paris, France

Paris, France
The Palace of Versailles

Today is the last day of your tour and is at your leisure to spend as you wish. For those in Paris for the first time and would like to see more of the many wonderful attractions that Paris has to offer – we offer optional tours to “The Palace of Versailles” and the “Moulin Rouge Dinner Show”.

Option 1) The Palace of Versailles – One of the most famous monuments in the world, the residence of the kings of France, Louis XIV, XV and XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. The Palace is over 721,000 square feet – for a comparison the White House is 55,000 square feet. The Coronation Room, the Queen’s bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, the Hall of Mirrors and the Gardens of Versailles are yours to explore on this tour.

Option 2} Moulin Rouge Dinner Show – A short drive from your hotel. Experience the most famous cabaret in the world in this atmospheric theater with a dazzling spectacle of drama, dance and music. Enjoy a fine french meal and champagne for a truly indulgent experience. (B)

Day 13
Paris to Home

A leisurely breakfast in your hotel then time to pack and say bye-bye to your new friends. Transfer from the Hotel Monsieur Cadet to Charles de Gaulle Airport. (B)

Late afternoon arrival in the United States and Canada.