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MISSOURI STAR, BIRTHDAY BASH QUILT TOUR September, 2024
Great Britain Quilt Tour 2025
Quilt Tour to Enchanting Itlay
MISSOURI STAR, BIRTHDAY BASH QUILT TOUR September, 2024

 

Tour Escorted by Edna Carroll

Itinerary

Day 1, September 17, 2024

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 or The Marshall House in Michigan before arriving at the Harrah’s Joliet Hotel late in the afternoon, where we will be staying for the night. Tonight we will enjoy a meet & greet dinner at the hotel. (L, D)

Day 2, September 18, 2024

After a hot buffet breakfast for our group we will be departing the hotel and be on our way. Today is a travel day and  we will arrive in Chillicothe at the Comfort Inn & Suites  later in the afternoon where will be staying the next 4 nights. (B)

Day 3, & 4, September 19 & 20, 2024

Everyone will be excited today as you will have the next 2 days to explore all the quilt shops in Hamilton Missouri, home of Missouri Star Quilt Company! This is the Disney Land for Quilters and there are plenty of games, prizes & giveaways at the birthday bash! These 2 days we will be attending events at the birthday bash and the Quilt Museum in Hamilton. (B,L)

Day 5, September 21, 2024

After breakfast  we will board the coach and head to Hannibal Mo, home of Mark Twain, where we will have lunch on board the Mark Twain River Boat, while cruise on the Mississippi. We will be entertained as Captain Steve tells us the story of the Mississippi. There are two wonderful quilt shops to visit here as well, Hickory Sticks and Bits & Pieces. (B,L)

Day 6, September 22, 2024

Today we will travel to Branson Mo, stopping for lunch in Springfield, where you be able to go to Joann Fabrics plus many more shops. (B)

Day 7, September 23, 2024

Today we will visit the fabulous Quilts & Quilts Shoppe or The Quilted Cow. This afternoon you will be able to visit the waterfront, with it’s quaint shops. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants then we are off to enjoy one of the many shows in Branson. (B,D)

Day 8, September 24, 2024

This morning you will be able to visit the other quilt shop you didn't get to yesterday. This afternoon we will be off to see one of the many shows. Tonight we will be dining at Keeter Centre! This is the fabulous College of the Ozarks, where students learn to be chefs and serve us a wonderful dinner. Then after dinner we will be off to be entertained at another fabulous show.(B, D)

Day 9, September 25, 2024

We will start our journey home stopping in Joliet for the night. (B, D)

Day 10, September 26, 2024

We will arrive home late in the afternoon or early evening. (B)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Amazing Tour Price
Priced per person in CDN Dollars

Double Occupancy—$2799.00

 Triple- $2599.00

 Quad- $2299.00

 Single- $3699.00

 Price includes taxes.

Shows and restaurants could change depending on availability.

Dates

September 17-26, 2024

Deposit of $450.00 at time of booking.

Payable by cheque to TravelOnly, e-transfer or credit card. Payment in Full after May 15, 2024

If paying by e-transfer please contact Edna for instructions.

Price Includes

Accommodations
Transportation
9 Breakfasts,  4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Surprise Event with Jenny Doan, plus one more event, Entrance to the Quilt Museum, 3 shows in Branson, River Boat Cruise on the Mississippi.

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To reserve your place, please contact:

Edna’s Travel/TravelOnly
Phone: 519-468-0129
Email: [email protected]

TravelOnly Corporate Office
325A West St.
Brantford, On., N3R 3V6
Phone: 519-752-4363

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TICO #04316071

 
 
Great Britain Quilt Tour 2025

England & Scotland Quilt Tour

 May 2025

Full Itinerary and Prices will be announced soon!

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Amazing Tour Price

Priced per person in CDN Dollars.

Double Occupancy - TBA Soon

Single Supplement - TBA Soon

Price Includes;

Accommodations, Breakfasts, 6 Dinners mentioned in itinerary, Transportation - transfers and comfortable coaches throughout the tour, Step on Local Guides, Taxes, Entrances to all attractions mentioned in itinerary.

Not Included in Price

Airfare, Travel Insurance, Gratuities to guides and driver, personal items, Meals not mentioned in itinerary.

Tour is dependent on 20 people. If 20 people are not booked and the tour has to be cancelled you will get a full refund.

Book Now!

To reserve your place please click on Book Now or contact:

Edna’s Travel/TravelOnly
Phone: 519-468-0129
Email: [email protected]

TravelOnly Corporate Office
325A West St.
Brantford, On., N3R 3V6
Phone: 519-752-4363

www.travelonly.com
TICO #04316071

Quilt Tour to Enchanting Itlay

Tour Escorted by Edna Carroll

Itinerary May 21-June 2, 2024

Day 1, May 21, 2024

We will depart from your closest International Airport and go to Venice, Italy.

Day 2, May 22, 2024 

You will be met at the Venice International Airport, where you will be met by Edna and taken to your lovely hotel in Venice. The rest of the day will be yours to rest up before our group dinner.

After dinner you will enjoy a sun set Gondola ride.

Included: Private meet & greet service, private boat transfer to the hotel, 30-minute gondola ride, dinner & overnight in Venice.

Day 3, May 23, 2024

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
Soon you will meet your tour guide in the hotel’s lobby. A quick walk across little bridges and several canals and islands will bring you to the massively impressive Piazza di San Marco. Your walking tour exploring the historic sites of Venice will begin here.
You will visit St. Mark’s Square - the great Byzantine Basilica, cross the Bridge of Sighs and admire the Doge’s Palace (only externals) and many more.
The tour ends at a perfect time for lunch on your own. Your tour guide will be happy to suggest special restaurants.

Soon after lunch you will walk over to one of the oldest Mask Making Schools. Here you will meet a Master Mask maker who will give a historic presentation and techniques in mask making. Then you will be given all the material and guidance to create a mask of your own. Indulge in all the beads, feathers, colors, and glitter to bring your own imagination to reality.
If you decide to bring your mask home, ask the attendant to pack it for travel.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, Private 4-hour guided tour of San Marco, approx. 2-hour Mask making class, overnight in Venice.

Day 4, May 24, 2024

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
Soon after breakfast, you will meet your local tour guide who will take you on an informative but delightful excursion to the Venetian Islands of Murano & Burano.
Your first stop today will be the island of Murano, famous for its more than a thousand years blown glass traditions. Attend a demonstration by a master artist as he/she create an amazing object right in front of you! Then you will have time to explore the quaint shops where these creations are sold and displayed! You will then stop at the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato and the island’s own Grand Canal.

This will be a good time to get a fried seafood lunch that this island’s restaurants are known for. Let you tour guide suggest some of the outlets.

You will then board another boat to proceed to the island of Burano. The highlight of this excursion is the sights of uniquely colored buildings and fishing houses. Visit the souvenir shops selling typical stuff like handcrafted jewelry, postcards and magnets in the form of houses.

Burano is known for is the long tradition of needle-lace making. Next you will proceed to the Atelier Martina Vidal, where you see the historical laces collection in the Family Museum and the lace makers at work while they realize elegant laces, completely handmade, which will become fashion accessories, wedding favors, and inserts on household linen.
After you’ve enjoyed your visit, you will take a boat ride back to your hotel in Venice.
The rest of the evening will be at leisure.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, a full day guided tour of Murano & Burano islands, roundtrip boat rides, overnight in Venice.

Day 5, May 25, 2024

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
Later this morning, you will check out of your hotel and meet your assistant in the hotel’s lobby. Board you private boat for a ride to the mainland at Tronchetto Pier. On arrival you assistant will coordinate with your private driver and a van for a road trip to the city of Bologna.
Your road trip ends on arrival at your hotel in Bologna. Check in for 2 nights. Relax and refresh for a while or explore the neighborhood cafes for lunch on your own.
Later this afternoon, meet a local tour guide for a guided tour of historic Bologna.

At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a lovely Bolognese dinner at a local restaurant with regional wines. The rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, private boat ride to Tronchetto, private van and driver to Bologna, private 2-hour guided tour of Bologna, dinner and overnight in Bologna

Day 6, May 26, 2024

Have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel!
This morning you are in for a treat! Italy’s renowned quilter Silvia Muzzarelli and proprietress of Ritagli d’Arte will be conducting a private quilting class only for your group.
For Silvia, color is emotion, uniqueness, harmony. From her studio and shop in Bologna, she shares her knowledge on fabric combinations and color in creating unique pieces of artwork. During your full day’s class, Silvia will supply all the raw material to create a souvenir under her expertise.

The rest of the evening will be at leisure.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, a full day quilting class with lunch, roundtrip transfer to the class/hotel (if applicable), overnight stay in Bologna.

Day 7, May 27, 2024

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will check out of your hotel and meet your private driver in the hotel lobby.
Once you are all on board your private van, you will depart from Bologna. Before driving in the region of Tuscany, you will enjoy a very culinary immersion with a visit to Parma and in the flavors of the most famous, traditional products of the region: Parmigiano, Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar.
On arriving in Parma, you will meet your local foodie tour guide who will conduct this 4 -hour tour. Your first stop on this tasting tour - an authentic cheese dairy of Parmigiano-Reggiano to watch how the cheese is freshly made. The next stop is a plant where the world-famous Prosciutto is made. The day concludes with a trip to a producer of Balsamic Vinegar in Modena to see how it's made and, of course, a tasting.
The tour ends with an authentic lunch at a local restaurant.
Soon after lunch you will drive on to Tuscany. Your stay in Tuscany is arranged in an authentic 400-year-old Villa Casagrande! On arriving at Figline Valdarno village, located 20 minutes outside the city of Florence, you will be impressed with the largest building with its own olive and fruit orchards, and vineyard and kitchen gardens.
Check in for 3 nights and relax or explore the Villa and the surrounding village until dinner time.
Tonight’s dinner will be in the restaurant at the Villa that serves authentic farm to table Tuscan cuisine.
The rest of the evening will be at leisure.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, private van & driver to Parma & Tuscany, full day Parma food tour and lunch, dinner and overnight at the Villa in Tuscany.

Day 8, May 28, 2024

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
Your day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo Complex built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors.
We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria.
“Breathtaking” is the only word to describe one’s first view of Michelangelo’s David. Yes, it’s quite large and detailed. But the real magic is in how Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man—full of pride, wary of his adversary, yet quietly confident. All with just a hammer and a chisel!
After the walking tour, you will board your van and drive into the Tuscany countryside to an authentic Tuscan winery. Here you will enjoy wine tasting, local olive oils, olives, cold cuts and a very typical Tuscan lunch.
When you are fully satiated, you will drive back to the Villa for a siesta!
The rest of the evening will be at leisure.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, roundtrip private van & driver to Florence, a winery visit , tasting & lunch, overnight at the Villa in Tuscany.

Day 9, May 29, 2024

Enjoy a full breakfast at the Villa.
Soon you will meet your driver in the Villa’s lobby for a 20-minute drive to The Museo del Tessuto located on the outskirts of Florence. It is the largest cultural center in Italy dedicated to the promotion of historical and contemporary textile production and art. The Museum represents the historical memory and the cultural interface of the Prato district, which has been identified with textile production since the Middle Ages. Today the district boasts over 7,000 companies operating in this sector.
After the tour of the Museum, you may choose to participate in knitting class. Soon you will transfer back to the Villa.

Around 4PM this afternoon, you will be attending a special cooking class at the Villa conducted by the Villa’s proprietor and head chef Countess Anna.
The home cookery course is not one of a professional nature and its aim is to provide knowledge of the alternative and, at the same time, informal way in which the Tuscans sit down for a meal. During the course, participants will gain practical knowledge of the basic principles of traditional cooking, like pasta, stews, bread, and pizza, etc. The course is held in the ancient kitchen of Contessa Anna and the active experience is delivered in the offer of a small, intimate lesson that lasts 3 hours, in which all participants are invited to work together in preparing a series of superb dishes. Then everyone will sit down for a family style dinner to relish the dishes you prepared with wines from the Villa’s private cellar. According to Contessa, the only requirement is a love for food and for our land.
The rest of the evening will be at leisure.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, roundtrip private van & driver to Florence, culinary experience at the Villa for dinner and overnight at the Villa in Tuscany.

Day 10, May 30, 2024

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the Villa.
Early this morning, you will check out of the Villa. Meet your private driver in the hotel lobby. Once your luggage and you have boarded your private van, you will depart for lovely Milan. On the way you will stop in one of the most scenic towns on the Italian Riviera – Portofino.
In Portofino, visit the square, the famous boutiques, and admire the unique views in front of the church of San Giorgio. You will also stop at an authentic seafood restaurant for a delightful lunch with local wines. Maybe treat yourself to gelato before driving on to Milan.

On arriving at your hotel in Genoa, check in for 2 nights. The rest of the evening will be at leisure. Overnight in Milan.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, private van & driver to Milan, seafood lunch in Portofino, overnight in Milan.

Day 11, May 31, 2024

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
This morning, meet your driver and guide in the hotel’s lobby. Today you will go further north into the Italian Alps to Como. This delightful drive is about an hour long.
On arriving in Como, you will enjoy a guided tour of the historic town of Como.
Later you will visit the Como Silk Museum. It is the only museum institution in the world capable of telling you about the entire production process, from the silkworm to the colored yarns, from hand printing to fashion collections. The Museum collects, preserves and displays evidence of the Como textile production tradition, such as machines, objects, documents, samples and work tools from the textile processes that gave rise to the golden age of silk in Como. At lunchtime, enjoy an authentic Piedmonte lunch at a local restaurant with local wines. Explore the town on your own, shop for silk etc. for a while before returning to Milan.
The rest of the evening will be at leisure.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, private guide and van & driver to Como, lunch in Como, overnight in Milan.

Day 12, June 1, 2024

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
Accompanied by a local fashionista guide, you will have a first-hand experience of Milan’s Fashion Industry.
Milano Fashion Tour will begin in Montenapoleone, the heart of Quadrilatero: every corner of this area hides a huge number of ateliers shops and fashion boutiques, where, for decades, the best Tailor Masters in Milan have been handed down the tailoring art from one generation to another. Our Fashion Guides, having worked for years for the most famous Italian fashion brands, are knowledgeable and have access to the best boutiques and promise the best fashion tour experience possible!
OR Visit the Aurifil Thread Factory – Details for this tour will be available only if the company administration approves the visit.
Tonight, you will enjoy an authentic Milanese dinner at a local restaurant with local wines.

Included: Full Breakfast at the hotel, either of the tour, farewell dinner, overnight in Milan.

Day 13, June 2, 2024

Today we will fly home.

Prices

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.

Double - $7129.00

Single - $8970.00

Deposit is $450.00 at time of booking.

Balance is due February 10, 2024

What is Included 

English speaking tour manager during the whole tour
Welcome dinner & farewell dinner.
1 dinner in Bologna
1 lunch in Bologna (the day of quilting class)
1 dinner in Villa
1 lunch in Portofino
1 lunch in Como
1 Tuscan winery visit with lunch.
Deluxe motorcoach at disposal during the whole tour
English speaking local guides: Venice half day + 1 full day, Bologna half day; Florence half day; Como half day; Milan half day;
Guided visit to The Silk Museum and Prato textile Museum
Food tour in Emilia
Entrance tickets: Doge Palace, San Marco Basilica; Accademia Gallery; Prato textile museum; Silk Museum.
Private boat to Burano r/t
Private boat for transfer arrival and departure in Venice
Gondola ride 30 minutes
Mask making class in Venice.
Knitting class in Prato
Quilting class with Silvia Muzzarelli in Bologna                                                      Porterage in/out in each hotel

Not Included in the Price

Flights to and from ________
Travel Insurance which I  highly recommend.                                                                Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.                                                                                  Tips for drivers and tour guides.

Hotels

3 nights in Venice in Hotel Palazzo San Lorenzo

2 overnight in Bologna in Starhotel Excelsior

3 overnight in Tuscany in Hotel Villa Casagrande

3 overnight in Milano in Hotel Una Scandinavia

Edna’s Tours are a must. Packed full of fun & laughter especially the Russell stories. The accommodations are top notch, food is excellent and all main attractions well planned & executed. Well worth every penny!! This is my fifth tour.

Heather D.

Edna always has a great tour. Lots of laughter and fun with us all. As a quilter she finds the best places for us. Her smiles and laughter goes a long way to make every trip memorable.

Sheila S

Very well organized with a great mix of venues. The theater shows were a pleasant addition to the trip. The food choices were excellent! One of the best trips I have been on!

Pat L

I will definitely recommend Edna’s tours for any trip. Well versed in her information. We will be telling all our friends about all the fun we had going to Shipshewana. Thank you Edna, you are terrific!

Carol A

Enjoyed it all, did everything on the list and more. Not rushed all the time and the best bus tour I’ve ever have taken. I have gone on 6 other bus trips.

Cathy T

Travelling with Edna & Gary (bus driver) was an exceptional experience. Both were very patient & courteous with us. Edna was very knowledgeable and a really wonderful guide. Love Love Love travelling with her.

Carol

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You provide a wonderful informative tour. Lots of fun & laughter, 2nd to none. Meals were 2nd to none. Shows were 2nd to none. Ladies fun & knowledgeable on this tour.

Rossalyn H

Once again Edna has shown superior organizational skills, leading with a gentle but firm hand. Always humorous, pleasant, accommodating and everything you could ask for in a tour escort. She insists on getting the best bus driver in Gary.

Betty M

Edna always have our interests at heart. So nice that she loves quilting as much as we do. Everything is so well planned ahead of time so the trip falls together completely. Totally recommend Edna’s travel.

Beth L

Edna has designed a wonderful quilt store trip. I was thoroughly impressed with each store, such a variety. I enjoyed a comfortable stay each night. The entertainment shows were great and that includes Edna's humorous stories!!  Missouri is a trip not to be missed.

Barbara

This was a wonderful tour. The stores we visited & the shows we saw were excellent. Even the long bus rides were entertaining with movies, games, and Edna's stories! Edna has done her research on sites and hotels very well and made the trip most enjoyable!

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