Itinerary for the September 17 - 28, 2018 Tour to England

Sunday, September 16 - Flying day

The journey begins! From the airport closest to your home, take your overnight flight to London, where the group meets and the tour starts. If you need help with your flights, check with our friend, quilter/travel agent Suzanne Cox. You can reach Suzanne at 707-864-1385.

Monday, September 17 - Day 1, ARRIVE IN LONDON

Welcome to England! After clearing customs and collecting your bags, make your own way to our London hotel. Please keep in mind that check-in at the London hotels is normally 2:00 pm. The hotel will try to accommodate earlier arrivals, but this is not guaranteed. The remainder of your day is free to explore on your own. We gather to meet and greet this evening.

Tuesday, September 18 - Day 2, LONDON

We start right off with a morning guided visit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the "world's leading museum of art and design". Their textile and fashion collection, holding more than 75,000 individual pieces, is absolutely fabulous.

The afternoon is free You may want to have lunch in the museum, then check out the Art-Deco collection or spend an hgour browsing in their museum shop, which in itself is a treat. In the past I've taken home lightweight jewelry and heavy books!

Wednesday, September 19 - Day 3, LONDON

This morning we ride the Tube to the William Morris Gallery on the outskirts of London. The gallery is the only public museum devoted to English Arts and Crafts designer William Morris. The collections illustrate Morris's life, work and influence, and include printed, woven and embroidered fabrics, rugs, carpets, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass and painted tiles.

Thursday, September 20 - Day 4, SISSINGHURST GARDENS, GREAT EDIXTER HOUSE & GARDENS

We meet our guide Hazel Docherty and our coach driver and head south to County Kent. Sissinghurst, one of England's well-known gardens, was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West. The garden was designed as a series of rooms, each with a different character, color or theme.

In the afternoon we visit Great Dixter House and Garden. The historic house, Great Dixter, was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. It was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm. The garden is in the Arts and Crafts style. The planting is profuse, displaying many bold experiments of form, color and structure.

Friday, September 21 - Day 5, HEVER CASTLE / THE COTSWOLDS

Still in County Kent, we travel a short distance to Hever Castle & Gardens the charming 13th century double-moated castle containing a comfortable Tudor manor house within its walls. Famous as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife and mothr of Elizabeth I, much of what you see today is the work of American millionaire William Waldorf Astor, who who lavishly restored and extended the Castle and groundns in the early 20th century.

The breathtaking gardens were laid out over 125 acres between 1904 and 1908, and include the Italian Garden, stunning Rose Garden, Tudor Garden, Yew Maze, a 110 meter herbaceous border and 35 acre Lake.

Saturday, September 22 - Day 6, THE COTSWOLDS / HIDCOTE GARDENS

The Cotswolds,a huge area of almost 800 square miles, runs through five counties. The defining features are the villages of honey-colored stone, lively markets, castles, country houses, gardens, and the rolling hills, the "wolds". Our guide Hazel will suggest our village stops.

Hidcote Gardens an Arts & Crafts garden in the north Cotswold, is anothere National Trust Property, created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston. Between 1907 and 1914, Johnston created narrow paths and secret garden rooms, borders and gazebos, along with magnificent vistas and plants that burst with color.

Sunday, September 23 - Day 7, LACOCK / BATH

Today we spend time in Lacock, a village owned almost entirely by the National Trust. The kpicturesque village is the setting for many films, the most famouse appearances include downton Abbey and the BBC's Pride and Prejudice. It is a quintessential English village with quaint cottages, the old workshouse, a medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and church. We visit the Abbey and town with Hazel, have some free time and end the day in Bath.

Monday, September 24 - Day 8, BATH

We've planned leisurely days in Bath, as we know you'll want to sighsee, relax and enjoy the town. In fact, you'll likely want to visit the Country Threads Patchwork and Quilt Shop. Two visits are scheduled today. Not far from our hotel is the Bath Fashion Museum formerly the Costume Museum. On display through 2018 is "A History of Fashion in 100 Objects", a major exhibition celebrating fashion from the 1600s to the present day. The exhibit showcases 100 star objects drawn from the Fashion Museum's world-class collection.

Our second visit in Bath is the Roman Baths, one of the finest Roman historical sites in Northern Europe. The complex has four main feathres, the Secred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum.

Tuesday, September 25 - Day 9, BATH

Claverton Manor, home of the American Museum, just outside Bath, is the only museum of American decorative and folk art outside the United States. Its many collections include Period Rooms, Folk Art, and American Heritage Exhibition, and Quilts and Textiles, of which the museum has over 250 items.

We have a guided tour of the Textile Room, where a collection of 50 quilts is on view, and afterwards, a group lunch befoer returning to central Bath.

Wednesday, September 26 - Day 10, STOURHEAD / LONDON

A treat is in store! We pack up, leave Bath and head a bit south to another National Trust property, world-famous Stourhead Gardens. The National Trust's description: "with hills, water and classical architecture, overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, Stourhead was described as 'a living work of art', when it first opened in the 1740s. Meandering paths offer vista through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn. Stourhead is breathtaking in any season, but on sunny fall days, the flaming autumnal colors of the trees reflected in the magnificent lake are breathtaking." Our guide Hazel, when I suggested a visit to Stourhead said, "Stourhead would be fabulous in late September. It is lovely at any time of the year, but autumn is special."

In the afternoon we head back to our hotel in London.

Thursday, September 27 - Day 11, LONDON

As there is so much to see and do in London, we've left the day free so you can plan your own visits. This evening we gather as a group for a farewell dinner in a local London pub.

Friday, September 28 - Day 12, HOME or more days in LONDON

 

It's departure day, so gather up your suitcase, souvenirs and memories, it's time to head home. OR, if you are interested in spending more days in London, the cost in our hotel is as follows:

Cost per person, per night plus breakfast, sharing a twin room is $142.

Cost in a single room, per night and breafast is $259.

Photo credits: Journeys Connect, V&A Museum, Sissinghurst Castle & Garden, Great Dixter, Hever Castle, American Museum, Lacock, Hidcote, Bath Fashion Museum Roman Baths