Tour Escorted by Edna Carroll
Itinerary- May 1-8, 2019
May 1, 2019
We will depart Mississauga early in the morning stopping in Woodstock and London for a pick up on our way to Joliet Il. We will be stopping at one of my favorite quilt shops, Country Stitches in Lansing Michigan before arriving at the Harrah’s Joliet Hotel late in the afternoon, where we will be staying for the night.
May 2, 2019
After a hot breakfast we will be departing the hotel and be on our way. Lunch will be on the Mark Twain Riverboat, then after we will enjoy a cruise up the mighty Mississippi. This historic town is the home of Mark Twain, where he wrote his famous novels. This is also the home to the Hickory Stick quilt shop and Bits & Pieces quilt shops as well. You will have a few hours to explore the quaint shops in Hannibal. Later in the afternoon we will arrive in Chillicothe at the Comfort Inn & Suites where will be staying the next 2 nights. (B, L)
May 3, 2019
Everyone will be excited today as you will have the day to explore all the quilt shops in Hamilton Missouri, home of Missouri Star Quilt Company! This is the Disney Land for Quilters! Today we will have a group supper then Jenny Doan will be entertaining us with a trunk show. (B, D)
May 4, 2019
Today we will spend the morning in Hamilton Missouri so you can visit the quilt shops you missed yesterday. After lunch we will leave Hamilton and head to Branson. A trip wouldn’t be complete to Missouri without going to Branson! We will arrive at the Grand Plaza Hotel early in the evening, where we will be staying for 3
May 5, 2019
After breakfast you will have free time on your own to rest or explore the shops at the Grand Village Shops, or the Outlet Mall. After lunch we will be going to the New Jersey Nights show to hear all those old favorites. Dinner will be included today as we dine at the Pasghetti’s Italian restaurant. After a delicious dinner you will surely be entertained by the Clay Cooper’s Express. Clay Cooper's Country Express has something for everyone with 24 entertainers on stage, great visual effects and a variety of music - old and new country, rock, current hits, gospel, and patriotic! (B,D)
May 6, 2019
Today we will visit the fabulous Quilts & Quilts Shoppe. This afternoon you will be able to visit the outlet mall or the waterfront, with it’s quaint shops. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at Stage Door Café then we are off to enjoy the Million Dollar Quartet show to be entertained by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl
May 7, 2019
Today we will leave Branson and start home. (B)
May 8, 2019
We will arrive home early in the evening today. (B)
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
Amazing Tour Price
Priced per person in CDN Dollars
Price includes taxes.
Shows and restaurants could change depending on availability.
Payable by cheque to TravelOnly, e-transfer or credit card. Deposit of $300.00 & final payment are non-refundable but can be transferred to another person. Balance is due by January 15, 2019. Trip is dependent on 24 people by January 15, 2019.
7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Trunk Show by Jenny Doan, 3 shows in Branson, River Boat Cruise on the Mississippi.
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Tour Escorted by Edna Carroll
Itinerary—September 9-16, 2019
September 9, 2019
We will depart early in the morning stopping along the 401 for quilters on our way to Shipshewana Indiana. Country Stitches will be our quilt shop where we will be stopping at today. At this stop we will enjoy lunch by Vicki's Grillin. We will arrive at the Essenhaus Inn late in the afternoon in time for you to enjoy the quilt shop plus many other shops on the grounds of the hotel. Dinner will be on your own at the restaurant on the grounds of the hotel where dinner is served family style. (L)
September 10, 2019
Today we will have an early start and make our way to Paducah! (B)
September 11, 2019
Today we will start our day off with a tour of Paducah by Quilt Man himself! Then we will be visiting the National Quilt Museum, Calico Country, and Hancock’s of Paducah.
September 12-14, 2019
The next 3 days are yours to spend at the Paducah Quilt Show and explore the town of Paducah. There are many artisan’s shops to explore, along with other quilt shops, restaurants and entertainment.
September 15, 2019
After breakfast we will depart the hotel to make our way to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby! This is going to be an exciting stop with lunch in the Derby Café. We will enjoy a tour of the track and you will be able to visit the Churchill Downs museum. Today there is a surprise for you at the track as well! After this once in a life time stop we will make our way to the hotel.
September 16, 2019
After breakfast we will head home. We will arrive home late in the day.
Amazing Tour Price
Priced per person in CDN Dollars
Double - $1869.00, Triple - $1569.00, Quad - $1419.00, Single - $2797.00
Payable by cheque to TravelOnly, e-transfer or credit card.
Deposit of $300.00 at time of booking, second payment of $500.00 due March 1, 2019 and the final payment are non-refundable but can be transferred to another person. Balance is due by May 1, 2019.
I highly advise to purchase Travel Insurance. Please contact Edna for a quote.
Accommodations, Transportation, Registration to the Paducah Quilt Show & souvenir package, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, tour at Churchill Downs.
The tour must have 24 booked by March 1, 2019 for this to go.
To reserve your place, please contact
Travelonly Corporate Office
Houston Quilt Festival & New Orleans
October 27 - November 9, 2019 OR October 30 - November 6, 2019
October 27, 2019
If travelling by coach we will depart Mississauga early in the morning with pickups in Woodstock, London and Windsor. Today is a travel day so we will stop for breaks and lunch arriving at the hotel near Indianapolis in the late afternoon.
October 28, 2019
After a wonderful breakfast we will travel to Memphis TN home of the late Elvis Presley and the blues music. Arriving later in the afternoon at the Sheraton, in downtown Memphis where we will say for the next two nights. The night is free for you to enjoy the night life and wonderful cuisine of the musical city. (B)
October 29, 2019
After a delicious breakfast we will enjoy the Memphis Mojo Tour plus a guided tour of Sun Studio, the studio that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison...the list goes on and on! Get your photo taken at the microphone where Elvis recorded or next to Jerry Lee’s piano! You can't go to Memphis with visiting Graceland so this afternoon we will visit the home of Elvis. So get your groove on! Dinner is on your own tonight. (B)
October 30, 2019
Today is a travel day so after an early breakfast we will board the coach and travel to Houston Texas, home of the Houston Quilt Festival. Who knows we might even find a quilt shop along the way. We will arrive at the Whitehall Hotel late in the afternoon/early evening. The Whitehall Hotel is right on the shuttle route for the Houston Quilt Festival. (B)
October 31, 2019
Happy Halloween! We will start the day with a get acquainted group breakfast so anyone who has decided to fly in can get to know the rest of the group. Today we will take the coach to the Quilt Festival to be there when the doors open then the shuttle is there for you to return back to the hotel when ever you want. (B)
November 1 - 2, 2019
These two days are yours to enjoy the festival. The shuttle will be your transportation for these two days so you can go to the Festival as you like. The shuttle runs early for early classes and the last run is when the classes finish at the end of the day. (B)
November 3, 2019
Today we will enjoy a shop hop and visit to the Texas Quilt Museum, which provide a fine showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art with their high ceilings, brick walls, and original hardwood floors. (B)
November 4, 2019
Today we give our feet a rest and drive to New Orleans, home of Mardi Gras! Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. We will arrive at the Best Western Plus, a French Quarter Hotel landmark, late in the afternoon. Bourbon Street is steps away and favorites like Brennan's are right around the corner. Sample jambalaya, turtle soup, bananas foster and gumbo in the region where it was born. Dinner is on your own so you can experience this fabulous cuisine. (B)
November 5, 2019
This morning we will be visiting and having a tour of the Oak Alley Plantation, a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. From its 28 Oaks to its open spaces, to its hidden nooks and crannies, Oak Alley’s Landscape tells the story of a plantation in its evolution. Wide pastures stand where a Pecan Grove once thrived. A 1920’s formal garden quietly preserves the remains of a 1830’s kitchen hidden under its turf. Almost 200 years of history is impossible to absorb in one visit. Today we will enjoy authentic Cajun/Creole cuisine in the Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant. The afternoon will be yours to explore New Orleans. Today we say goodbye to everyone that fly to meet the tour. (B,L)
November 6, 2019
After a delicious breakfast we make our way to Nashville TN, home of the Grand Old Opry! We will arrive late in the afternoon at the Inn at Opryland, a Gaylord Hotel where we will spend the next 2 nights. (B)
November 7, 2019
Today we will have a tour of this great city and learn all about the home of country music. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. Today we will have a step-on-guide give us a tour of Nashville & a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. Tonight we will enjoy a Dinner Cruise & Show on the General Jackson, One of the largest showboats ever built, the grand General Jackson is an elegant triumph of American ingenuity. With its elegant lacy filigree and stately design, the boat is reminiscent of the opulence of the American Victorian era. (B,D)
November 8, 2019
After breakfast we will get an early start to head towards home. We will be stopping at the Fabric Shack quilt shop today before we reach our hotel in Dayton OH. (B)
November 9, 2019
We will arrive in London late in the afternoon then Woodstock and Mississauga.
Amazing Tour Price - October 27 - November 9, 2019
Priced per person in CDN Dollars Single - $4259.10, Double - $2999.00, Triple - $2589.00 and Quad - $2369.00
All Taxes, All accommodations, 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 1 lunch, tour of Memphis, admission to Graceland, Oak Alley Plantation, Texas Quilt Museum, Ryman Auditorium, tour of New Orleans, Nashville, Dinner Cruise & Show on the General Jackson, admission to the Houston Festival and souvenir pack
October 30 - November 6, 2019 (Joining the tour in Houston Priced per person in CDN Dollars Single -$3099.00, Double - $2199.00, Triple - $1959.00, Quad - $1799.00 Price does not include flights.
Price Includes (October 30-November 6, 2019)
All accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, transfers from airport to hotel, admission to Texas Quilt Museum, Oak Alley Plantation, Houston Quilt Festival & souvenir pack, tour of New Orleans,
Payable by cheque to TravelOnly, e-transfer or credit card. Deposit of $300.00 & final payment are non-refundable but can be transferred to another person. Deposit is due at time of booking. The balance is due August 1, 2019. Tour is dependent on 24 people by August 1, 2019
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Tour Escorted By Edna Carroll
August 6-9, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
We depart from Mississauga early in the morning with pickups in Woodstock & London. After stopping for lunch at one of my favorite quilt shops in Michigan, Country Stitches, we will make our way to the Essenhaus Inn where we will be staying for the next three nights. Tonight we will enjoy a buffet dinner then a live show at Essenhaus Theatre. (L,D)
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Today we have a step on guide joining us for the local tour of the Shipshewana area. This will be a full day stopping at the Dutch Co. market & Katie's Homemade Noodles, Teaberry Wood Products where they make wooden quilt blocks and hand crafted seam rippers. There will be a few quilt shops along the way plus goodies for the brown bag and fat quarters. Lunch will be at Yoder's Homestyle Cooking. The day will finish off with a Thrasher's Dinner at the Carriage House. After a delicious dinner we will have a trunk show by Rebecca Haarer. (B, L, D)
Thursday August 8, 2019
Our step on guide will join us again today to continue our tour of this beautiful area. We will see antique quilts at our first stop at the Elkhart Museum where we will be having a behind the scenes tour. The rest of the day we will be stopping at more quilt shops, collecting fat quarters and goodies for our brown bags. Lunch will be at the Nappanee Bakery in Coppes Commons. Tonight we will be having another delicious dinner at Amish Acres then it is on to the theatre. (B, L, D)
Friday August 9, 2019
We leave this beautiful hotel and head for home. We should arrive home late afternoon. (B)
Amazing Tour Price
Priced per person in CDN Dollars
Double Occupancy - $959.00
Triple Occupancy - $889.00
Quad Occupancy - $849.00
Single Occupancy - $1219.00
Price Includes taxes.
Payable by cheque to TravelOnly, e-transfer or credit card. Deposit is $300.00 and final payment are non-refundable but can be transferred to another person if you find someone to take your place. Balance is due May 15, 2019. Trip is dependent on 24 people by May 15, 2019.
Accommodations, Transportation, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 shows, Trunk show by Rebecca Haarer.
Knitting and Northern Lights Tour
Itinerary - October 7-11, 2019
Arrival, Breakfast at Viking Museum - Reykjavik Sightseeing tour (B, D)
Meet & greet at the Airport – breakfast upon arrival, Reykjavík City Sightseeing
You will be met by your guide in the arrival hall, who will take you to your private coach. The route leads from Keflavík airport to a local exhibition museum displaying the Viking Ship Icelander (Íslendingur), there you will enjoy the exhibiton as well as breakfast to regain some energy after your flight.
Your day will then begin with City Sightseeing, from the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík, where more than a third of the Iceland's population lives. During this tour we will see the old town centre, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the Pearl, the National Museum and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. We drive past the city's salmon river, an indication for Reykjavík´s low - pollution levels, and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings of the most recent part of Reykjavík. Drive continues past Reykjavik's largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city, the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). There‘s no better way to get to grips with what Reykjavík has to offer in just a few hours.
The tour ends at the city center where your guide will walk with the group to the “Hand Knitting Association of Iceland”, a small shop located in a downtown shopping street, for the first glimpse of the Icelandic wool. It opens at 9 am on weekdays and Saturdays but at 10 am on Sundays.
The rest of the day is free for your leisure.
Overnight in Centerhotel Arnarhvoll or similar: Welcome dinner in a downtown restaurant.
Exploding Geysers – The beautiful Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) The Golden Circle is probably the most popular day tour out of Reykjavík and for several good reasons. This is a full-day round tour of the south-west of Iceland and includes three of the best known attractions Iceland has to offer: Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon; The Geysir Area, with numerous hot springs, fumeroles and geysers, including the 30 meter spouting world known Strokkur; Þingvellir, a remarkable geological site and a historic site as well. Þingvellir is the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 and the beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. At the end of the day we head back to your accommodation in Reykjavík.
Enroute we will stop at an interesting shop called Þingborg Wool Center. The Þingborg building used to be a school and the local gathering place. The oldest part of the house is from 1927. In 1990 a new building took over and in 1991 a group of local women in the area started to meet in Þingborg and work with wool.
Soon the local ladies took over the house and opened a shop to sell their crafts. A carding machine was put up and they developed methods to work the wool and many articles took shape as can be seen in a wide collection of products.
You will return to Reykjavik in the afternoon.
This morning we will drive to the Istex factory located in the small town of Mosfellsbær. Here the group will have an interesting guided tour around the factory to see first-hand the process of how the wool enters the factory and ends up packaged and ready to be shipped off around the world! Wool processing has been a trade in Mosfellsbær since 1896, previously with the company Álafoss of Iceland. In 1991, the company Ístex was formed and took over the wool processing. Ístex stands for “Íslenskur Textiliðnaður” which translates into “Icelandic Textile Industry”. Istex is the company producing and selling the famous Alafosslopi and other Lopi yarns for hand knitting such as Plötulopi, Bulkylopi and Léttlopi. They are manufacturers of industrial yarns for knitting, weaving and carpet manufacturing. All products are made out of high quality Icelandic wool. Istex
buys the wool directly from the farmers in Iceland and then process it to yarn.
The wool scouring is located in the town Blönduós in north of the country and the spinning mill in the town Mosfellsbaer nearby Reykjavik. Istex products are sold all over the world through local distributors.
After the Istex visit we walk to the nearby Alafoss outlet shop located in the old wool factory building. Continue to the farm Bjarteyjarsandur, located in the bottom of the Whale Fjord (Hvalfjördur). At Bjarteyjarsandur, sheep and horses are raised; free running hens are on the farm, cats, dogs and special wool rabbits. In addition to that, experiments are being made with mussel farming. Three families live in Bjarteyjarsandur, two of them working on the farm. Here the group will be able to walk around in the farm area, get an introduction on the Icelandic sheep and the unique wool. The group will be able to taste their products. Their sheep stock contains about 600 sheep in total and it is well possible by the time the group is travelling that the sheep have started to have lambs, but it is not sure, as this at its first possible days of the lambing season.
We continue to the community of Hvanneyri, which also houses the Agricultural University of Iceland, the Agricultural Museum as well as a local Wool Center displaying beautiful handmade quality products from the Icelandic wool. There is also a Wool Shop there offering herbal dyed yarn and other unique products.
From Hvanneyri we drive to your hotel for the next night in Húsafell. The Húsafell guests have access to the local swimming pool, which is just few metres away.
Evening activity can be a walk around the pretty area of Húsafell, visit the local church, do a cave exploration, where you can be picked up at the hotel and more.
Dinner and overnight in Hótel Húsafell or similar.
Borgarfjörður is known for the many ancient Sagas and in particular the 13th Century Icelandic saga “Egil’s Saga” which took place in the area. The area is also known for its natural beauty and you will visit the hot spring of Deildartunguhver and the stunning waterfalls of Hraunfossar. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 meters out of the lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges of less porous rock in the lava.
We will visit Háafell, which is well-known in Iceland as a goat farm. The Icelandic goat is an endangered species and the Icelandic Goat Centre at Háafell is working towards protecting and maintaining the goat stock in Iceland. Visitors receive a warm welcome from the goats, which are very people-friendly. We continue to Borgarnes, where we will visit the Settlement museum included is entrance to one of the two exhibits and the Ljómalind farmers market (the market may be closed in winter).
Lunch en route.
Back to Reykjavík for the last night
Departure Transfer via the Blue Lagoon. Your private bus will pick you up at your hotel. The route leads to the Blue Lagoon; a lagoon with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden, restaurants and other services. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is invigoration whether one bathes there surrounded by snow in the middle of the winter or in the long summer daylight. We stop there for approximately two hours for a memorable swim. You will then continue to the Keflvik International Airport approximately 3 hours before flight departure.
Cost of Tour
Starts at Double Occupancy - $4955.00
For details on pricing please contact me as the price changes on the number of people that are booked.
Private Coach and guide as per itinerary
Viking World museum with breakfast on arrival day
3 nights stay with breakfast at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll 3 star Deluxe rooms
1 night stay with breakfast at Hotel Húsafell 4 star Standard rooms
2 x 3 course dinner in Reykjavík
1 x 3 course dinner in Countryside 2 x lunches days 2 and 4
Comfort package Entrance fee at Blue Lagoon Ístex entrance fee day 3
Bjarteyjarsandur farm visit and lunch day 3 Hvanneyri Agricultural Museum entrance fee Háafell Goat Farm entrance fee day 4
The Settlement Center fee for one exhibition day 4 Þingborg entrance fee day 2
Sit in Coach Northern Lights Tour (only in Reykjavík) Parking fees and tunnel fees as per itinerary
Travel insurance (highly recommended)
Airport transfers if not arriving or departing with group
bulk air Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless
otherwise noted Room outside of normal checkin/
Porterage at aiport /hotel
Optional excursions, activities, museums or pre and post trips not mentioned
above Unforeseen admission to nature sites is not included in the price
Anything not specifically mentioned under price includes