April 23 – May 2, 2025

$

5895

Per Person/Double Occupancy
$1200 Additional/Single Occupancy

French Tapestry

Featuring Bayeux Tapestry, Mont Saint-Michel, workshops, Monet's Garden

Dive into a French odyssey where quilting, art, and history converge. From iconic landmarks to the inspiring work of one of France’s beloved fabric designers, every moment is a tribute to France’s grandeur. Revel in textile art, historic wonders, and a captivating ambiance that only France can offer.

Locations

Nantes

Mont Saint-Michel

Normandy

Paris

Versailles

 

Our small group Tapestry Series tours, with an average of 25 guests, provide an intimate and personalized travel experience in some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Travelers can enjoy more freedom, forge lasting friendships, and engage closely with local experts and guides. Small groups also enable access to exclusive venues and the chance to delve deeper into specific interests.

This Tour Includes

TAPESTRY Series

Small groups, big experiences, independent spirit.

9 Nights

Hotel accommodations, including baggage handling

13 Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Admissions

Guided sightseeing, visits, and admissions as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

Airfare & Transfers

Round-trip international airfare from Chicago (ORD); Group transfer upon arrival and for departure. Premium Economy Upgrades available.

Tour Manager

Full time, English speaking throughout the trip

Hand-Selected Hotels

Nantes
Mercure Nantes Centre – Grand Hotel
Caen
Ibis Caen Centre
Paris
Paris Novotel Les Halles

Top-Rated Highlights

  • Kick-off Welcome Dinner
  • Nantes Tour
  • Nantes Shop Hop
  • Cholet Textile Museum
  • Private Demonstration with Odile Bailloeul
  • Mont Saint-Michel
  • Normandy City Tour
  • D-Day Landing Beach
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Bayeux Museum Lace Exhibit
  • Monet’s Garden
  • Paris Panoramic City Tour
  • Montmartre Fabric Shopping
  • Chocolate-Making Workshop
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • Eiffel Tower Farewell Dinner

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Visits, admissions, and special features are shown in bold.

Tour Begins: Nantes, France

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Tour Ends: Paris, France

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Day 1 Arrive Nantes – Tour Begins Breakfast, Dinner

Unwind and nestle into your cozy hotel located in the heart of Nantes, a city rich with inspirational patterns and textures. Tonight, you’ll meet your Tour Manager and travel companions and savor the culinary delights of France at your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Nantes Breakfast

After a lovely French breakfast, explore Nantes on a panoramic tour, revealing a captivating blend of history and modern creativity, from the medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne to the whimsical Machines of the Isle. Amidst these cultural delights, visiting local quilt shops adds a cozy, creative touch to your journey. These charming stores offer a chance to discover unique fabrics and designs while connecting with passionate artisans who embody Nantes’ rich artistic spirit.

Day 3 Nantes – Cholet Breakfast

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a journey to the Cholet Textile Museum, housed in a historic building showcasing the region’s textile history. Learn about Cholet’s evolution from weaving center to modern textile innovations through exhibits and a guided tour. After, enjoy some time for shopping and lunch, perhaps trying a savory galette, a traditional crepe-style lunch popular in the region. The day unfolds with a private visit to the workshop of Odile Bailloeuil, a French artist who’s bold patterns and bohemian inspiration will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the art and innovation in textile craftsmanship and is certain to inspire your next project.

Day 4 Nantes – Mont Saint-Michel – Caen Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a picturesque journey from Nantes to Caen, located in the Normandy region and know for its intricate lacework. En route, enjoy a captivating interlude at Mont Saint-Michel. A scenic drive unveils charming villages and lush landscapes, culminating in the awe-inspiring silhouette of Mont Saint-Michel rising from tidal waters. Explore the abbey’s medieval grandeur and wander the cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafes. As evening approaches, continue the voyage to Caen, reflecting on a day enriched by history, culture, and natural beauty.

Day 5 Caen – Bayeux Breakfast

Today, start your day with a visit to the Bayeux Museums, where you will see the Bayeux Tapestry. Crafted around 1070 AD, the tapestry is an embroidered masterpiece spanning 70 meters that vividly recounts the Norman conquest of England. Next, experience the Bayeux Lace Exhibit at the Bayeux Museum of Art, learning about the history of lace in the region. After time for shopping and lunch immerse yourself in history as you tour the area of the D-Day landings, poignant places that remind us of the tapestry of human courage and sacrifice. Pay homage at Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Day 6 Caen – Giverny – Paris Breakfast, Dinner

Depart this morning for Giverny, the enchanting home of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, a space brimming with colors that could inspire a thousand quilts. Later, travel to Paris, checking into our well-situated hotel and our home for the next four nights before enjoying dinner at a local Cafe.

Day 7 Breakfast

After indulging in a French breakfast, let our private guide illuminate the gems of “The City of Lights” on a panoramic city tour. Behold iconic landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the captivating Place Vendôme. This afternoon, dive into the ambiance of Montmartre, with its romantic streets reflecting centuries-old creativity. As you explore, peeking into shops bursting with fabrics, notions, and wearables, perfect for your next quilting project. The evening beckons you to experience Paris in all its glamour, perhaps taking in dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge with your evening at leisure.

Day 8 Paris Breakfast

Start your free day with a classic Parisian breakfast. Perhaps explore the Louvre in late morning, marveling at iconic artworks such as the Mona Lisa. Afterward, relax in the Tuileries Garden, soak in the Parisian ambiance, and then head to Galleries Lafayette for some shopping or a fun pastry class; enjoying stunning views of the city from the rooftop viewing deck. This evening catch a scenic sunset river cruise on the Seine, marveling at the sparkling Eiffel Tower. Finish your day with a delightful dinner at a typical french bistro, savoring French cuisine and reflecting on your unforgettable day in the City of Light.

Day 9 Paris – Versailles Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day exploring the Palace of Versailles, where the extravagance of the French monarchy is on full display. The journey begins with a stroll through the meticulously landscaped gardens, each pathway leading to a different facet of this sprawling estate. The palace itself is a marvel of Baroque architecture, with its ornate façade and grand interiors adorned with gilded trimmings, elaborate frescoes, and priceless artworks. Walking through the Hall of Mirrors is a highlight, where sunlight dances off the mirrored walls, creating an atmosphere of unparalleled luxury. After a day immersed in history, the experience culminates in a unique dining adventure: a gourmet dinner at the Eiffel Tower. The transition from Versailles to the iconic Parisian landmark is a journey through time and style. As night falls, the Eiffel Tower lights up, offering breathtaking views of the City of Lights. From the restaurant’s panoramic windows, you will savor fine French cuisine while admiring the twinkling lights of Paris spread out below. It’s a memorable finale to a tour steeped in textile history, cultural landmarks and inspiration.

Day 10 Paris – Tour Ends Breakfast

Reflect on the magical journey over breakfast before setting off to the airport and bidding adieu to the memories and inspirational tapestry of the past days.

Day 1
Arrive Nantes – Tour Begins
Breakfast, Dinner

Unwind and nestle into your cozy hotel located in the heart of Nantes, a city rich with inspirational patterns and textures. Tonight, you’ll meet your Tour Manager and travel companions and savor the culinary delights of France at your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2
Nantes
Breakfast

After a lovely French breakfast, explore Nantes on a panoramic tour, revealing a captivating blend of history and modern creativity, from the medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne to the whimsical Machines of the Isle. Amidst these cultural delights, visiting local quilt shops adds a cozy, creative touch to your journey. These charming stores offer a chance to discover unique fabrics and designs while connecting with passionate artisans who embody Nantes’ rich artistic spirit.

Day 3
Nantes – Cholet
Breakfast

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a journey to the Cholet Textile Museum, housed in a historic building showcasing the region’s textile history. Learn about Cholet’s evolution from weaving center to modern textile innovations through exhibits and a guided tour. After, enjoy some time for shopping and lunch, perhaps trying a savory galette, a traditional crepe-style lunch popular in the region. The day unfolds with a private visit to the workshop of Odile Bailloeuil, a French artist who’s bold patterns and bohemian inspiration will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the art and innovation in textile craftsmanship and is certain to inspire your next project.

Day 4
Nantes – Mont Saint-Michel – Caen
Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a picturesque journey from Nantes to Caen, located in the Normandy region and know for its intricate lacework. En route, enjoy a captivating interlude at Mont Saint-Michel. A scenic drive unveils charming villages and lush landscapes, culminating in the awe-inspiring silhouette of Mont Saint-Michel rising from tidal waters. Explore the abbey’s medieval grandeur and wander the cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafes. As evening approaches, continue the voyage to Caen, reflecting on a day enriched by history, culture, and natural beauty.

Day 5
Caen – Bayeux
Breakfast

Today, start your day with a visit to the Bayeux Museums, where you will see the Bayeux Tapestry. Crafted around 1070 AD, the tapestry is an embroidered masterpiece spanning 70 meters that vividly recounts the Norman conquest of England. Next, experience the Bayeux Lace Exhibit at the Bayeux Museum of Art, learning about the history of lace in the region. After time for shopping and lunch immerse yourself in history as you tour the area of the D-Day landings, poignant places that remind us of the tapestry of human courage and sacrifice. Pay homage at Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Day 6
Caen – Giverny – Paris
Breakfast, Dinner

Depart this morning for Giverny, the enchanting home of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, a space brimming with colors that could inspire a thousand quilts. Later, travel to Paris, checking into our well-situated hotel and our home for the next four nights before enjoying dinner at a local Cafe.

Day 7
Breakfast

After indulging in a French breakfast, let our private guide illuminate the gems of “The City of Lights” on a panoramic city tour. Behold iconic landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the captivating Place Vendôme. This afternoon, dive into the ambiance of Montmartre, with its romantic streets reflecting centuries-old creativity. As you explore, peeking into shops bursting with fabrics, notions, and wearables, perfect for your next quilting project. The evening beckons you to experience Paris in all its glamour, perhaps taking in dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge with your evening at leisure.

Day 8
Paris
Breakfast

Start your free day with a classic Parisian breakfast. Perhaps explore the Louvre in late morning, marveling at iconic artworks such as the Mona Lisa. Afterward, relax in the Tuileries Garden, soak in the Parisian ambiance, and then head to Galleries Lafayette for some shopping or a fun pastry class; enjoying stunning views of the city from the rooftop viewing deck. This evening catch a scenic sunset river cruise on the Seine, marveling at the sparkling Eiffel Tower. Finish your day with a delightful dinner at a typical french bistro, savoring French cuisine and reflecting on your unforgettable day in the City of Light.

Day 9
Paris – Versailles
Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day exploring the Palace of Versailles, where the extravagance of the French monarchy is on full display. The journey begins with a stroll through the meticulously landscaped gardens, each pathway leading to a different facet of this sprawling estate. The palace itself is a marvel of Baroque architecture, with its ornate façade and grand interiors adorned with gilded trimmings, elaborate frescoes, and priceless artworks. Walking through the Hall of Mirrors is a highlight, where sunlight dances off the mirrored walls, creating an atmosphere of unparalleled luxury. After a day immersed in history, the experience culminates in a unique dining adventure: a gourmet dinner at the Eiffel Tower. The transition from Versailles to the iconic Parisian landmark is a journey through time and style. As night falls, the Eiffel Tower lights up, offering breathtaking views of the City of Lights. From the restaurant’s panoramic windows, you will savor fine French cuisine while admiring the twinkling lights of Paris spread out below. It’s a memorable finale to a tour steeped in textile history, cultural landmarks and inspiration.

Day 10
Paris – Tour Ends
Breakfast

Reflect on the magical journey over breakfast before setting off to the airport and bidding adieu to the memories and inspirational tapestry of the past days.

Day 1
Arrive Nantes – Tour Begins
Breakfast, Dinner

Unwind and nestle into your cozy hotel located in the heart of Nantes, a city rich with inspirational patterns and textures. Tonight, you’ll meet your Tour Manager and travel companions and savor the culinary delights of France at your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2
Nantes
Breakfast

After a lovely French breakfast, explore Nantes on a panoramic tour, revealing a captivating blend of history and modern creativity, from the medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne to the whimsical Machines of the Isle. Amidst these cultural delights, visiting local quilt shops adds a cozy, creative touch to your journey. These charming stores offer a chance to discover unique fabrics and designs while connecting with passionate artisans who embody Nantes’ rich artistic spirit.

Day 3
Nantes – Cholet
Breakfast

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a journey to the Cholet Textile Museum, housed in a historic building showcasing the region’s textile history. Learn about Cholet’s evolution from weaving center to modern textile innovations through exhibits and a guided tour. After, enjoy some time for shopping and lunch, perhaps trying a savory galette, a traditional crepe-style lunch popular in the region. The day unfolds with a private visit to the workshop of Odile Bailloeuil, a French artist who’s bold patterns and bohemian inspiration will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the art and innovation in textile craftsmanship and is certain to inspire your next project.

Day 4
Nantes – Mont Saint-Michel – Caen
Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a picturesque journey from Nantes to Caen, located in the Normandy region and know for its intricate lacework. En route, enjoy a captivating interlude at Mont Saint-Michel. A scenic drive unveils charming villages and lush landscapes, culminating in the awe-inspiring silhouette of Mont Saint-Michel rising from tidal waters. Explore the abbey’s medieval grandeur and wander the cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafes. As evening approaches, continue the voyage to Caen, reflecting on a day enriched by history, culture, and natural beauty.

Day 5
Caen – Bayeux
Breakfast

Today, start your day with a visit to the Bayeux Museums, where you will see the Bayeux Tapestry. Crafted around 1070 AD, the tapestry is an embroidered masterpiece spanning 70 meters that vividly recounts the Norman conquest of England. Next, experience the Bayeux Lace Exhibit at the Bayeux Museum of Art, learning about the history of lace in the region. After time for shopping and lunch immerse yourself in history as you tour the area of the D-Day landings, poignant places that remind us of the tapestry of human courage and sacrifice. Pay homage at Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Day 6
Caen – Giverny – Paris
Breakfast, Dinner

Depart this morning for Giverny, the enchanting home of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, a space brimming with colors that could inspire a thousand quilts. Later, travel to Paris, checking into our well-situated hotel and our home for the next four nights before enjoying dinner at a local Cafe.

Day 7
Breakfast

After indulging in a French breakfast, let our private guide illuminate the gems of “The City of Lights” on a panoramic city tour. Behold iconic landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the captivating Place Vendôme. This afternoon, dive into the ambiance of Montmartre, with its romantic streets reflecting centuries-old creativity. As you explore, peeking into shops bursting with fabrics, notions, and wearables, perfect for your next quilting project. The evening beckons you to experience Paris in all its glamour, perhaps taking in dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge with your evening at leisure.

Day 8
Paris
Breakfast

Start your free day with a classic Parisian breakfast. Perhaps explore the Louvre in late morning, marveling at iconic artworks such as the Mona Lisa. Afterward, relax in the Tuileries Garden, soak in the Parisian ambiance, and then head to Galleries Lafayette for some shopping or a fun pastry class; enjoying stunning views of the city from the rooftop viewing deck. This evening catch a scenic sunset river cruise on the Seine, marveling at the sparkling Eiffel Tower. Finish your day with a delightful dinner at a typical french bistro, savoring French cuisine and reflecting on your unforgettable day in the City of Light.

Day 9
Paris – Versailles
Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day exploring the Palace of Versailles, where the extravagance of the French monarchy is on full display. The journey begins with a stroll through the meticulously landscaped gardens, each pathway leading to a different facet of this sprawling estate. The palace itself is a marvel of Baroque architecture, with its ornate façade and grand interiors adorned with gilded trimmings, elaborate frescoes, and priceless artworks. Walking through the Hall of Mirrors is a highlight, where sunlight dances off the mirrored walls, creating an atmosphere of unparalleled luxury. After a day immersed in history, the experience culminates in a unique dining adventure: a gourmet dinner at the Eiffel Tower. The transition from Versailles to the iconic Parisian landmark is a journey through time and style. As night falls, the Eiffel Tower lights up, offering breathtaking views of the City of Lights. From the restaurant’s panoramic windows, you will savor fine French cuisine while admiring the twinkling lights of Paris spread out below. It’s a memorable finale to a tour steeped in textile history, cultural landmarks and inspiration.

Day 10
Paris – Tour Ends
Breakfast

Reflect on the magical journey over breakfast before setting off to the airport and bidding adieu to the memories and inspirational tapestry of the past days.

April 23 – May 2, 2025

$

5895

Per Person/Double Occupancy

+$1200

Additional/Single Occupancy

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A non-refundable $200 deposit per person is required for booking. Before completing your reservation, be sure you read and understand our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions.

French Tapestry

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