Gone With The Quilt

"Autumn in the South"

OCTOBER 19 /Day 1 (Sat)
Atlanta GA

State Capitol Building in Atlanta
State Capitol Building in Atlanta

Your Tour starts at the Country Inn & Suites in Kennesaw Ga., just a few miles from Marietta, Ga. your home for the next three 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.

OCTOBER 20 / Day 2 (Sun)
Atlanta 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.

Return transfer to the hotel where you can relax the rest of the day or 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.

Dinner suggested at the “Marietta Diner”. (B)

OCTOBER 21 / Day 3 (Mon)
Atlanta GA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

Credit: Amish Country Quilts

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to “Shades Textile Studios” in Marietta (Shades Textiles is a exhibitor at major international quilt shows in both Tokyo and Houston. Stacey Michell, the pioneer developing the “Hawaiian Quilt” will conduct a 3 hour private workshop – “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.

Marti Michell, Stacey’s mother, is one one the best known quilt experts in the U.S. will arrive in the studio for a showing of some of her beautiful quilts and also introduce her products and discuss the latest in the world of quilting.

Freshen up at your hotel then transfer to “Shillings on the Square” located in old town Marietta for your welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

OCTOBER 22 / Day 4 (Tue)
Atlanta GA - Carrollton GA

Quilt Shop
A Scarlett Thread

Credit: All People Quilt

This morning enjoy a “Atlanta Area Quilt Shop Hop” where you will visit “Tiny Stitches” a unique quilt shop where quilters come to find the best selection and highest quality fabric in the Southeast. Next visit “A Scarlett Thread” the largest sewing and quilt shop in Georgia.

Depart for a Carrollton, Georgia, home of the “Southeastern Quilt & 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.

After dinner take the short walk to the Quilt Museum and meet with the South Georgia Quilt Guild members for some southern hospitality and QUILTS!!  (B)

OCTOBER 23 / Day 5 (Wed)
Carrollton GA – 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.

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


Have lunch in the Museum Cafe on the terrace 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)

OCTOBER 24 / Day 6 (Thu)
Selma AL – Camden AL – Monroeville 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 o 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 for a view of her magnificent and unique collection of quilts.

Next is a visit to the Old Shoe Shop Museum where Betty Anderson will show you her daddy’s old shop and tell stories about Camden’s past. 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.

Depart for Monroeville where you will overnight at the Country Inn & Suites. (B)

OCTOBER 25/ Day 7 (Fri)
Monroeville AL – Hammond LA

Quilt Design
Collinswood Museum Quilts

After breakfast and checkout visit the “Old Monroe County Courthouse” the backdrop for the famous trial scene from the book and movie “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Members of the local quilt guild have come to greet you bringing heirlooms – a precious selection of beautiful quilts, which will be draped over the pews in the courthouse.

Depart Monroeville and have a lunch stop at the Stage Coach Cafe, a quaint and rural eatery featuring southern favorites like fried chicken, gravy and rice and fried okra. Continue to Ponchatoula home to the “Louisiana Quilt Trail”. Visit the antique stores, the arts and crafts in the Country Market or the quilts on display at the Collinswood Museum.

Overnight in Hammond at the Holiday Inn Northshore. (B)

OCTOBER 26 / Day 8 (Sat)
Hammond LA – New Orleans LA

French Quarter New Orleans
New Orleans

Checkout and depart for the Art Station in Ponchatoula. Meet Kim Zabbia who will be your guide for the tour of the Louisiana Quilt Trail. Lunch at Mittendorfs Seafood Restaurant then drive south towards 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.

OCTOBER 27 / Day 9 (Sun)
New Orleans LA

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)

OCTOBER 28 / Day 10 (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)

OCTOBER 29 / Day 11 (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.

                                                      Vermilionville – 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-1700s to 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.Check in at the Drury Inn & Suites for  overnight. Freshen up then depart for dinner at Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant with live Cajun Music and  Cajun/Creole food – “laissez les bons temps rouler” / “Let the Good Times Roll”.  (B, D)



OCTOBER 30 / Day 12 (Wed)
Lafayette LA - Houston, TX

Atchafalaya River
The Beautiful Atchafalaya Wilderness

After breakfast and check out depart for a morning adventure by boat into the Atchafalaya Wilderness for a 2 hour tour by boat into the Atchafalaya Wilderness. You are accompanied  with a naturalist expert  where you will 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 registered and will have your tickets in hand. Return to hotel and overnight. (B)

OCTOBER 31 /Day 13 (Thu)
Lafayette LA – Houston TX

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 and restaurants a the George Brown Convention Center. (B)

Houston International Quilt Festival
Houston International Quilt Festival

Credit: Texas Tripper

NOVEMBER 1/ Day 14 (Fri)
Houston TX - 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)

NOVEMBER 2 / Day 15 (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.

New England Quilt Tour

"Indian Summer for Quilters"

OCTOBER 4 / Day 1 (Fri)
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.

OCTOBER 5/ Day 2 (Sat)
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)

OCTOBER 6 / Day 3 (Sun)
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.

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. Continue for the short ride to Knight’s Quilt Shop. Owner Michele Knight is waiting to welcome the group. Knight’s Quilt Shop has a large inventory of fabrics, quilts and accessories! 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)

OCTOBER 7 / Day 4 (Mon)
Hampton NH-Center Harbor NH-North Conway NH

Keepsake Quilting
Keepsake Quilting

Credit: Google Maps

Depart after breakfast heading north on the back roads of New Hampshire towards the beautiful Lake District. Arrive at Center Harbor located on Lake Winnipesaukee for a visit to Keepsake Quilting – ” a quilters paradise”.  Take the short drive to Weirs Beach and board the MS Mount Washington for a scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee – lunch available onboard. Disembark from ship in Wolfeboro and then continue north through the foothills of the White Mountains and arrive in North Conway for a shopping trip at Settlers Green Outlet Village with over 60 major stores. Overnight at the Golden Gables Inn. Evening at leisure. (B)

OCTOBER 8 / Day 5 (Tue)
N. Conway-Montpelier, VT- Shelburne, VT-Rutland, VT

Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works
Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works

Credit: The Morse Farm (Facebook)

Travel through the spectacular White Mountains along the Kancamagus, one of the most scenic highways in America. Make a stop for a easy 1/2 mile hike to Sabbaday Falls. Continue on to Montpelier a picturesque New England town and the capital of Vermont and visit the Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works –  see how maple syrup is processed and enjoy the free samples. Continue via I-89 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.  Depart late afternoon for Rutland, Vt and overnight at the Holiday Inn – Rutland. (B)

OCTOBER 9 / Day 6 (Wed)
Rutland, VT - Weston, VT- Canterbury, NH - Ogunquit ME

Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village

After breakfast depart early  (7:30am) for the drive to 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! Continue to 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.

Your next stop is 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. Enjoy! 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. (B)

OCTOBER 10 / Day 7 (Thur)
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, turn-of-the-century 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. (B)

OCTOBER 11 / Day 8 (Fri)
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)

OCTOBER 12 / Day 9 (Sat)
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

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, WOW Airlines or Delta 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 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 Geysir Bistro. (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"


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 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 - Njals Saga Tapestry

Heydalur Activities”

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.” Continue to Selfoss & spend time with Gudrun’s family and friends. Dinner at famous Fjorubordid known for its magical lobster soup. Drive by shortest route to Gardur hamlet, located within a 10 minute drive to Keflavik Airport. Checkin at the Lighthouse Inn***. 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 new Star Inn Hotel. 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. P.M. free. (B)

Day 8
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. (B)

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

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. (B,L,D)

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! (B)

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. (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 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. (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 Monsieur Cadet Hotel to Charles de Gaulle Airport. (B)

Late afternoon arrival in the United States and Canada.

Iceland in Summer – A Tour For Quilters

Tour Leader: Icelandic Master Quilter 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 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.

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

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”

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

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 isalnds 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 at Canton Restaurant then have a afternoon of leisure with no program.  Optional horse ride on Icelandic horses is available at Lyngfell farm.  Visit Brothers Brewery for a fun lecture about the brewing of beet…followed by a tasting.  Good beer, good cheer with a welcoming atmosphere.  Dinner tonight at the “900 Grillhouse”.  (B,L,D)

Day 8
Westman Islands- Selfoss - 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)