European Patchwork Quilter’s Tour

Tour Lead By Icelandic Master Quilter Gudrun Erla

Day 1
U.S.A. to Iceland

Begin in Iceland
Begin in Iceland

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

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 WOW Airlines. Both airlines will be adding more departure cities and we will update this list as they come on board.

A tour with 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.

After 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. 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. You get a great view of the city, the ocean and the surrounding mountains from the church.

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 Geysir Bistro.

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:

*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

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

Gulfoss
Gulfoss

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 AD.
*Geysir Geothermal Area – the hot springs area famous for the first geyser ever mentioned in text: the one for which all geysers are named. Geyser erupts every 4 to 8 minutes.
*Gulfoss – the roaring and magnificent waterfall “Gullfoss”, a major highlight on the tour

Check in at Country Hotel Laekfur for dinner and overnight stay. Time to hit the outside hot tub to round off a busy day.

Day 5
Gardar, Iceland

Heydalur Activities”
Heydalur Activities

Depart Laekur to the horse farm “Hestheimar” (horse world) located nearby. This is a family operated horse farm with over 100 Icelandic horses. This is definitely the way to go if you want to experience the Icelandic countryside and admire the horses. You can lunch at the farm. For the more ambitious we offer you the choice between 2 optional tours:

Option 1) Visiting with and riding Icelandic horses
Option 2) A Jeep Adventure into the Wilds.

Continue to Selfoss & spend time with Gudrun’s family & friends. Overnight at the Lighthouse Inn, in Gardar near Keflavik Airport.

Day 6
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany

Early morning flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Clear customs and meet your guide, Angela, who lives in Heidelberg. You will head for the historic town of Oppenheim on the Rhine River. Angela will tell you about the Rhine Valley, the mighty river, the Lorelei and the wine industry in Germany. Arrive in Oppenheim a town from the middle ages known for its wines and festivals. Lunch at “Weingut Dr. Dahlem”, followed by a wine tasting. Continue on your journey passing through Worms, a town with a legendary past. Arrive in Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany and proceed to the Parkhotel Atlantik which overlooks historic Heidelberg. 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!

Day 7
Kaysersberg, 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. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at the show. Transfer to the small village of Kaysersberg located on the Alsace wine route and check-in to the charming Le Chambard Hotel & Spa a traditional French manor house located in the heart of the Alsatian wine growing area, your home for the next two nights.

Day 8 & 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. Spend a full day at the Quilt Show and then transfer to your hotel in Kaysersberg. Dinner own your own in town.

24th EUROPEAN PATCHWORK MEETING
This important quilting event was launched 24 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.

Day 10
Paris, France

Alsace Countryside Paris, France
Alsace Countryside Paris, France

Breakfast at hotel then take a walking tour of Kaysersberg followed by a visit to the castle ruins that tower above. Depart Kaysersberg and visit the historic villages of Equilheim, Riquewihr and Colmar – Colmar is the largest and most popular of France’s storybook towns. Enjoy lunch and a tour of Colmar then proceed to Strasbourg where you will board the French TGV to Paris – enjoy rail travel French style.

Arrival in Paris and transfer from the train station to the Monsieur Cadet Hotel****. This elegant boutique hotel is well located in the 9th district, close to shopping and entertainment. Dinner at the Petit Cadet Restaurant – superb service and food. They speak English!

HOTEL MONSIEUR CADET
Your hotel is located in a tiny, quiet street in the theater district of Paris. The hotel has 29 rooms that come with a flat screen TV, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and free WiFi.

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.

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 10 minute 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.

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 Monsieur Cadet Hotel to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Late afternoon arrival in the United States and Canada.

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 & Suites. 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 a 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 extravagaza 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

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Depart Paducah for Nashville and check in to your hotel The Comfort Suites 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)

Amish Springtime Tour

"Amish Impressions"

Tour Day 1
Philadelphia

Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Check into your hotel, the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel (3:30 pm check-in). This hotel puts you where the city’s’ main attractions are all within walking distance. Meet in the hotel lounge for a get acquainted drink!

Day 2
Philadelphia

Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House

Breakfast in hotel then enjoy exploring Philly on your own. Meet in hotel lobby at 2pm and depart for a 2 hour guided walking tour through America’s most historic area that includes sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Christ Church and the Betsy Ross house.

Meet tour escort at 6 pm in the lobby and walk to one of the local restaurants located just a short distance from hotel for a festive “Welcome Dinner”. (B,D)

Day 3
Philadelphia-Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)

Winterthur Museum & Gardens
Winterthur Museum & Gardens

Credit: Winterthur Museum

Early departure for the Brandywine Valley in Delaware. You will be visiting the Winterthur Museum which was the country estate of the Dupont family. The estate houses a premier collection of American furniture, decor and fiber arts, including rare and valuable antique quilts that are rarely seen by the public. Your group will be met by a docent and will give you a behind the scenes presentation of these quilts and also a private viewing of select rooms of the house featuring the quilts.

Proceed to nearby Chadds Ford, known in the history books for the Battle of Brandywine where George Washington and our American forces were defeated by the British. Lunch is suggested at Hank’s Place, nothing fancy just down to earth home cooking.

Continue on the back roads of Pennsylvania to Lancaster County, home of the Amish. Arrive in downtown Lancaster for a visit to the Lancaster Central Market touted to be one of the best 10 fresh markets in the world. Lancaster was once capital of the nation “for one day”, when congress stopped in Lancaster as it fled Philadelphia after the Battle of Brandywine. The market is the oldest enclosed market in the country. Late afternoon check- in to the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village & Suites (Intercourse, Pa). Relax for a while then proceed to dinner at historic Revere Tavern in the nearby town of Paradise. (B)

Day 4
Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)

Burkholders Fabrics
Burkholders Fabrics

Credit: Quilt Stalking

The truly wondrous aspect of Pennsylvania farm country is that the highways and byways don’t reveal all their secrets at once. Around each turn lies a splendid view of fields, forests, hills, lakes or a glimpse of a Amish Horse & Buggy passing by. This morning we start our day with a drive to the town of Lancaster. Proceed to the Lancaster County Historical Society, for a “White Glove Tour” – a private showing of Amish Antique Quilts led by a museum docent. The quilt collection reflects the influences of Lancaster’s 18th century English and German origins.

A short afternoon drive takes us to Denver, Pa. to shop at the best fabric store in the Amish area “Burkholders Fabrics”. Return to Intercourse and your hotel. Dinner on your own at one of the local family style restaurants . (B)

Day 5
Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)

Laundry Day
Laundry Day

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Enjoy breakfast then we are joined by Fay Landis, our local guide today for some intensive and fascinating touring. A short drive down scenic a country lane takes us to Zooks Fabric Store known for a great selection of fabrics with good prices. Visit the Old Country Store just across the street with more fabric and beautiful quilts. Lunch at Stoltzfus Deli where you might be tempted to sample tasty Amish desserts like Shoofly Pie, Apple Crumb Pie or a Whoopie Pie.

Another short ride takes us to a beautiful Amish farm, where Katie Stoltzfus has sold quilts out of their barn for many years. Country Lane Quilts is where you’ll find a mind – boggling selection of quilts in all categories and price ranges. Katie offers the best prices in the Lancaster area for her quilts, quillows, pillows and table runners.

During our busy drives through Lancaster county Fay will provide information on the history of the area. She welcomes your questions about their faith, traditions and lifestyle. Say bye bye to Fay then proceed to the village of Paradise where you will have dinner with a Amish Family at their farm. Enjoy dinner and conversation with the family as young Amish girls assist their mother with cooking and serving. (B, D)

Day 6
Ronks - Annapolis, MD - Williamsburg, VA

Historic Annapolis, Maryland
Historic Annapolis, Maryland

Say goodbye to Pennsylvania and hello to Annapolis, Maryland. Arrive in the center of Annapolis where we will join our guide who is decked out in full 18th century attire at the Annapolis State House for a walking tour of this historic area. Annapolis has history around every corner and is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. The tour ends at the wharf where you can enjoy the famous Maryland crab cakes at “Mike and Kenny’s Place.”

Our next stop today is a local Annapolis fabric shop the “Cottonseed Glory” with a huge selection of quilting fabrics to choose from.

Depart Maryland and head south to Williamsburg, Virginia. We arrive in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel for the next two nights the Park Inn by Radisson – Williamsburg Historic District. Relax for a while then depart for the living history museum of “Colonial Williamsburg”. Step back in time to the 18th century and find yourself enthralled by the costumed residents and historical buildings. We will have dinner at “Chowning’s Tavern”. Every day at 5pm while dining you can join in to Chowning’s tradition of colonial drinks, colonial games, and live colonial songs – including bawdy ones if children are not present. (B)

Day 7
Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg

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The first settlers from England arrived on the banks of the James River in 1607 to establish the first permanent colony (Virginia) in the New World. These settlers were here thirteen years before the pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts. Virginia’s capital was named Jamestown. The colonial capital was later moved to Williamsburg in 1699. ” Colonial Williamsburg” is a representation of a colonial city within the city of Williamsburg. Costumed employees work and dress as people did in that era. Prominent buildings include the Governors Palace (featured above), Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol, the Courthouse, William and Mary College and Bruton Parish (all originals).

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum features a exhibit of 18th century Textiles including gowns, mens waistcoats, curtains, bed furnishings and “QUILTS”. Spend the full day and enjoy! (B)

Day 8
Williamsburg - Alexandria, VA (Washington, D.C.)

Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.

Early morning departure from Colonial Williamsburg. Proceed by shortest route to the historic town of Alexandria located in Northern Virginia across the Potomac River from Washington D.C.

Meet our tour guide for our morning tour of the nation’s capital brings- The White House and Gardens, the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon and the Washington Monument are all on your schedule. Today’s tour ends at The Mall, where you may wish to explore the spectacular National Air and Space Museum.

Check in at the Best Western Old Colony Inn Historic District. The hotel provides a shuttle to and from the hotel to the Old Town from 2 pm to 10 pm as well as a airport shuttle to Reagan National Airport.

You will want to spend the rest of the day in this delightful old city, walking along colorful King Street, with its many shops, boutiques, galleries with a superb selection of restaurants. Close to the river explore “The Torpedo Factory”, with 82 studios, where visitors can watch artists and craftsmen at work.

We suggest that you enjoy dinner (optional) at the Fish Market Restaurant, located on King Street just a few steps from the Torpedo Factory. it’s a lively place; often with live music. Try Gadsby’s Tavern for a different more upscale experience, in operation since 1770. George Washington’s favorite choice at Gadsby’s is still on the menu. Alexandria existed as a major harbor city long before there was a Washington, D.C. and was the local stomping grounds of our first president – George Washington. (B)

Day 9
Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial
Cherry Blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial

Full day to explore Washington on your own. We suggest you take a short taxi ride to “The Mall” and visit the quilt collection at the Museum of American History and the DAR Museum (Daughers of the American Revolution) and visit the galleries containing furnishings, paintings and textiles. Pentagon City Shopping Mall and historic Georgetown offer great shopping choices. (B)

Day 10
Washington, D.C. - Home

Breakfast at the hotel then prepare for checkout and transfer to Reagan National Airport for your return flight home. (B)

Amish Patchwork

“The Plain People of Lancaster County"

Day 1
Philadelphia

Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Afternoon check-in at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District where the city’s’ main attractions are within walking distance. Rest for a bit after check-in and then meet your tour escort in the lobby to and take the short walk to the “Common Wealth Old City” restaurant for dinner to get acquainted with your travel companions.

Day 2
Philadelphia (Lancaster County)

Amish Quilt Country
Amish Quilt Country

Breakfast and checkout of hotel then depart for Wilmington, Delaware and the Winterthur Museum for a private showing of antique quilts from their collection. Lunch at Hanks Place in nearby Chadds Ford. Travel to Lancaster where we have a appointment at the Lancaster Historical Society for a private showing of Amish Antique Quilts, led by Wendall Zercher, the museum curator. The collection reflects influences of Lancaster’s 18th century English and German origins. Visit Zook’s Fabric Store in Intercourse, Pa which offers one of the largest selections of fabrics in the area, with over 25,000 bolts. Overnight at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village your home for the next 3 nights. (B)

Day 3
Lancaster, PA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

Credit: Amish Country Quilts

After breakfast depart for the AQS Quilt Show located nearby at the Lancaster Convention Center. We’ll be ready for registration when the doors open. The quilt exhibits and merchant mall areas will be located in Freedom Hall, the Commonwealth Ballroom, and the Heritage Ballroom – all in the Convention Center. Quilters from around the world will display their finest work, and you’ll learn all about the latest in quilting. You’ll enjoy quilts of the highest quality and you’ll meet other quilters from all over the world. We’ll stay at the show the entire day. Depart Convention Center – dinner (optional) is suggested at historic Revere Tavern in Paradise. (B)

Day 4
Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Central Market
Lancaster Central Market

Credit: City of Lancaster

Have a early breakfast then take off for the short drive to Lancaster for a visit to the Lancaster Central Market, the oldest enclosed market in the country. Take in the sights and sounds and smells of the market. Later we will meet our guide, Fay Landis, at the Strasburg Creamery for lunch and then we are off for some intensive and fascinating touring in Lancaster county. Visit a Amish bake shop and sample Amish specialties such as: Shoofly Pie, Apple Crumb Pie, or Whoopie Pies.

A short ride takes us to a farm, where Katie Stoltzfus has sold quilts out of a barn for many years. Katie only offers the genuine article and now has 40 to 50 local quilters working for her. This is Country Lane Quilts, where you’ll find a mind boggling selection of quilts in all categories and price ranges. During our busy drives through Lancaster County Fay will provide information on the history of the area. She will expand on the history of the Amish and the Mennonites; their faith, traditions and lifestyle. You are encouraged to ask questions about their education, church services, transportation, communication or how the Amish relate to “the English” and the outside world. You will learn that the Amish are successful in today’s society both in Pennsylvania and in many other states.

Tonight visit a Amish farm for dinner and conversation (in old German dialect – if you like). The family will answer any questions you may have about the Amish. (B, D)

Day 5
Philadelphia International Airport - Home

Early breakfast and check out – depart Lancaster County for Philadelphia for a 2 hour tour of the Philadelphia historical district. Transfer to airport & your flight home. Clients taking the New York City Extension will continue on to Manhattan. (B)

Gone With The Quilt – Short

"Autumn in the South"

NOVEMBER 3 / Day 1 (Sat)
Hammond LA – 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 with genuine Cajun food and live Cajun music and dancing dinner at Mulate’s is the place to go. Mulate’s
serves as the ideal introduction to Cajun Country.

NOVEMBER 4 / Day 2 (Sun)
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)

NOVEMBER 5 / Day 3 (Mon)
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)

NOVEMBER 6 / Day 4 (Tue)
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 will fill you in on the history of Lafayette, St. Martinville and the history of the Cajuns. Visit the Evangeline Oak, the St. Martin de Tours Church and the Acadian Quilt.

Vermillionville – History Comes Alive

Lunch at La Cuisine Maman in Vermillionville prior to touring the park – it’s part of the authentic experience.  This heritage and folk-life park brings to life the early days of Cajun and Creole settlers in Louisiana from the mid 1700’s to late 1800’s.  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. Check in at the Drury Inn & Suites for overnight.  Freshen up then depart for dinner a Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant with live Cajun Music and Cajun/Creole food – “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!” (Let the Good Times Roll!). (B, D)

NOVEMBER 7 / Day 5 (Wed)
Lafayette LA

Atchafalaya River
The Beautiful Atchafalaya Wilderness

After breakfast and check out depart for a morning adventure by boat  into the Atchafalaya Wilderness. You are accompanied with a naturalist expert to see birds, alligators and other animals in this unique environment with its beautiful nature.

After your tour depart in the mid-afternoon by the shortest route to Houston. Check in to your hotel The Best Western Inn & Suites Galleria your home for the last three nights of your tour. This evening you will attend preview night at the “International Quilt Festival”. You have been pre-registered and will have your tickets in hand. The convention center has many food courts and restaurants where you can have dinner.

Return to hotel and overnight. (B)

NOVEMBER 8 / Day 6 (Thu)
Lafayette LA – Houston TX

FULL DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
Enjoy breakfast then depart by the shortest route to Houston for your early afternoon arrival at the “International Quilt Festival”.
This is a full day at the show where you can have both lunch and dinner at one of the many food courts or restaurants at the George Brown Convention Center.

Return to hotel and overnight. (B)

Houston International Quilt Festival
Houston International Quilt Festival

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NOVEMBER 9 / Day 7 (Fri)
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)

NOVEMBER 10 / Day 8 (Sat)
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.