2022 British Landscapes

10 DAY TOUR FEATURING YORK, BATH, AND THE FESTIVAL OF QUILTS
August 16-25, 2022

Tour Begins & Ends in London, England

$5,095 Per Person Double Occupancy
+$1200 Additional
for Single Accommodations
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This Trip Includes

AIRFARE & TRANSFERS
Round-trip international airfare (Central Gateway); Group transfer upon arrival and for departure

9 NIGHTS
Hotel accommodations, including porterage

14 MEALS
American breakfast (B) daily; 5 dinners (D)

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Guided sightseeing with your Tour Manager as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; visits, admissions and special features are shown in bold.

PROFESSIONAL TOUR MANAGER
Full time throughout the trip

 

 

Tour Highlights

  • Full-time Tour Manager
  • Welcome Dinner
  • London Panoramic City Tour
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Docent Tour
  • Liberty of London Shopping
  • Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village
  • Country Threads Quilt Shop
  • American Museum & Gardens
  • Festival of Quilts Admission
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Walking Tour
  • Hall’s Croft Private Dinner
  • Shakespeare Aloud! Performance
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Quilters’ Guild of the British Show-n-Tell
  • Bowes Museum
  • Barnard Castle
  • York Minster Tour
  • Backstitch Fabric Store
  • Cities of York, Bath and Cambridge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Souvenir Shopping Bag
  • Baggage Handling
  • Fourteen Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

 

Hand Selected Hotels

London
Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

Bath
Apex City of Bath Hotel

Stratford-Upon-Avon
Hotel Indigo

York
Holiday Inn City Centre

Cambridge
Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Merry olde England and a quilt show – what a winning combination! Enjoy two days at Europe’s largest show, private tours of superb textile collections, a castle, dinner at a Shakespeare family home, and charming country villages.

Day 1

Arrive London – Tour Begins

Relax and unpack at your downtown London hotel before meeting your Tour Manager and travel companions at tonight’s Welcome Dinner. D

Day 2 

London

Begin with a private tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s world-class collections of linens, lace, furniture, textiles, silver, glass, ceramics and jewelry. Our local guide points out London’s most famous sights on our panoramic city tour including the Tower of London, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. We might even catch the changing of the guard. This afternoon, shop the legendary Liberty of London to discover the latest English fabrics.  B

Day 3

London – Bourton On The Water – Bath

More than just a pretty Cotswold village, Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the “Little Venice” of the Cotswolds. This charming riverside town is home to the historic Model Village, a 1/9th-scale replica model of the town itself. There’s time for shopping or tea before we continue our drive through the rolling Cotswold countryside to Bath.  B

Day 4

Bath

Start your day with a stop at the Country Threads quilt shop for shopping and exploration. This afternoon, we’ll explore textile collections at the American Museum, where vintage American quilts include 18th century examples by Sioux and Amish women, and slaves. After this fascinating day, dinner is served at the museum. B, D

Day 5 

Bath – Birmingham – Stratford upon Avon

Spend the day at The Festival of Quilts, the UK’s largest quilt gala. It’s all here: traditional to radically unconventional quilts, competitions, galleries and priceless historic pieces from around the world. Vendor stalls brim with needle arts and supplies. Step into Elizabethan England at a private dinner in Hall’s Croft, the elegant home of Shakespeare’s daughter. After our private home and garden tour, we’ll savor delicious traditional English favorites and hear excerpts from Shakespeare’s works. B, D

Day 6 

Stratford upon Avon – Birmingham – Stratford upon Avon

Shop at the quilt show, then travel through venerable stone villages with thatched roofs and gardens in bloom. Our first stop among the half-timbered 16th-century buildings of Stratford-upon-Avon is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, a thatched house amid much-photographed gardens.   Soak up “Merrie Olde England” in our afternoon of sightseeing and shopping amid well-preserved Tudor buildings. B

Day 7

Stratford upon Avon – York

Travel through green English countryside to York, where you can stroll through the narrow streets of this medieval city. After a visit to the Minster, meet with a member of the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles who specializes in North County quilts. Her private collection dates from the early 19th and 20th  century, and she has invited us to view the extraordinary detail of her pristine collection. B, D

Day 8

York – Barnard Castle – York

Visit an ancient market town and 19th century French chateau housing the Bowes Museum, Britain’s largest and best European textile collection, with tapestries, needlework, lace and quilts from the 15th to 19th centuries.  B

Day 9

York – Cambridge

After a proper English breakfast, depart for Burwash Manor whose eclectic collection of locally owned shops includes Backstitch Fabrics. Shop their selection of cotton fabrics, threads, patterns and knitting and crocheting supplies before enjoying lunch on your own. Next, depart for the City of Cambridge known for its namesake university founded by charter of King Henry III in 1209. Tonight, savor delicious cuisine at our special Farewell Dinner. B, D

Day 10

Cambridge – London – Tour Ends

Pack your treasures and say farewell to England and new friends as we depart for London’s Heathrow International Airport where our tour comes to a close. B

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