Trip Highlights

  • Fully escorted from New Zealand by Donna Ward and Ashleigh Baars, co-hosted by Helen McKeown & Denise Lee
  • Museum and Palace visits throughout England and Scotland
  • A workshop with the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace
  • Visits to the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee
  • 2/3 days at The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham
  • 8 day/7 night Danube Cruise with all meals included
  • Donna and Ashleigh will be holding workshop sessions during the tour
  • Destination: England, Scotland and Continental Europe
  • Duration: 27 days/26 nights
  • Commence: 3/08/2018
  • Ends: 29/08/2018
  • Price: NZD $14,889



  • Fully escorted from New Zealand by Donna Ward and Ashleigh Baars, co-hosted by Helen McKeown & Denise Lee
  • A separate tour manager in the UK & Europe
  • All return flights from all major cities across Australia & New Zealand serviced by Emirates
  • 30kg Baggage per person throughout
  • All Hotel accommodation as detailed for 16 nights
  • Full breakfast daily at all Hotels throughout the UK & Germany
  • 3 evening meals
  • Visit to Windsor castle
  • Visit to Hampton Court Palace with a guided tour
  • A workshop with the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace
  • Visit to London including the Fabric Collection at Liberty of London
  • Visit to the V&A Museum with a special curator’s tour
  • Visit to Buckingham Palace State rooms
  • Visit to Bath, The Roman Baths and the Fashion Museum
  • Afternoon Tea in the Pump Rooms in Bath
  • Visit to the American Museum in Bath
  • Visit to Blenheim Palace
  • Visit to the Cotswolds
  • 2/3 days at The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham
  • Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • A behind the Scenes tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • A Visit to New Lanark Cotton Mill Village
  • Visit to Edinburgh
  • Visit to Glasgow
  • Rennie Mackintosh walking tour of Glasgow
  • Visit Scottish Opera to see the costumes and wardrobe
  • Visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • A workshop with Pat Archibald and a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Visit Dundee
  • A visit to Verdant works for the story of Jute
  • A possible visit to the V & A in Dundee (depending on opening date)
  • A workshop and lunch with the Wemyss School of Needlework
  • Flights from Edinburgh to Munich
  • 8 day/7 night Danube Cruise with all meals included
  • Soft drinks/Beer/Wine included with all lunches and dinners package on board the Danube Cruise
  • All tours during the Danube River Cruise as detailed in the Itinerary
  • Donna and Ashleigh will be holding workshop sessions during the tour
  • All entrance fees
  • All coach travel as detailed including all day tours and transfers


NZ$14,889 per person share twin.
Single Supplement: NZ$3,152

Australian clients pay the NZD amount at the Currency conversion rate on the day in question.

Add-ons are available (pre-tour or post-tour) as is a reduced tour.


An initial deposit of $2,500 is required to confirm your place on the tour. A 2nd instalment of $2,500 is required on or before 28 February 2018 and the final balance payment is due on or before 31 May 2018.


If you wish to arrange your own flights you can remove $2,500 from the tour price.

Tour Itinerary

Australia & New Zealand – Dubai – London with Emirates

Friday 3 – Saturday 4 August

Departs all major cities across Australia and New Zealand on Friday 3 August and arriving in London at 11.40am on Saturday 4 August. On arrival at London Heathrow we will be met and transferred to our Windsor Hotel and despite the long journey we will have an afternoon visit to Windsor Castle included as well as a group dinner this evening. The Hotel is immediately opposite Windsor Castle in the centre of this historic town.

Windsor Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa

Saturday 4 August – Tuesday 7 August

31 High St, Windsor SL4 1PQ

In Saturday 4 August Out Tuesday 7 August 3 nights in London. Non-smoking room, full breakfast included.

Day Hampton Court Palace

Sunday 5 August

Our first full day on the tour and after a leisurely breakfast we have a prompt 10am Coach departure for our especially designed tour of Hampton Court Palace where we are indeed privileged to include a workshop at the prestigious Royal School of Needlework (see ).

Day trip to London

Monday 6 August

A cracking day ahead as we include a visit to the capital with a special curator’s tour of the fantastic V & A Museum as well as a visit to the state rooms at Buckingham Palace (only available 6 weeks a year).

Windsor – Bath

Tuesday 7 August

We say farewell to Windsor and travel west to the beautiful city of Bath and include a visit to the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths, followed by afternoon tea in the Pump Room.


Tuesday 7 August – Wednesday 8 August

Apex Bath City Hotel – James St West. Bath BA1 2DA

In Tuesday 7 August Out Wednesday 8 August 1 night in Bath. Non-smoking room, full breakfast included.

Bath – Blenheim Palace – Birmingham

Wednesday 8 August

Our day starts with a visit to the fantastic American Museum in Bath (strong on textiles) before driving through the Cotswolds to Blenheim Palace, birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, where we have a tour to view the tapestries. We’ll find some time to get a sandwich and continue to our hotel at The NEC Birmingham, home for the next few nights. The Hotel is within easy walking distance to the Festival of Quilts exhibition itself as well as being close to the Resorts World shopping and cinema complex.

NEC Birmingham

Wednesday 8 August – Sunday 12 August

Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

In Wednesday 8 August Out Sunday 12 August 4 nights in Birmingham. Non-smoking room, full breakfast included.

Festival of Quilts Birmingham

Thursday 9 August

A full day at the Festival of Quilts. The Festival of Quilts is held at the NEC (National Events Centre) in Birmingham annually, is attended by up to 24,000 people each year, has 300 Exhibitors and 350 Workshops.

Festival of Quilts Birmingham

Friday 10 August

Full day at the Festival of Quilts.

Birmingham or Stratford-upon-Avon

Saturday 11 August

We’ll have a full day tour from our Birmingham base to visit Stratford–upon–Avon and during our time in Stratford we will have a private “behind the Scenes tour” of the Royal Shakespeare Company with special emphasis on the Wardrobe …. or for those who prefer, stay and have another day at the Festival of Quilts.

Birmingham – Scotland

Sunday 12 August

A big day ahead as we make our way to Scotland and our hotel in central Scotland. We’ll stop briefly to grab a sandwich & coffee before heading further north and calling in at the award-winning New Lanark World Heritage site Visitor Centre which tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century . New Lanark is 270 miles from NEC (approximately 6 hours drive) and the hotel is another 30 miles so our expected arrival time at our lovely central Scotland Hotel should be around 5pm. Time to check-in, a quick freshen up and tonight the group will have an evening meal at the hotel included.

Central Scotland

Sunday 12 August- Saturday 18 August

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa Grange Rd, Polmont, Falkirk FK2 0YB

In Sunday 12 August Out Saturday 18 August 6 nights in Falkirk area. Non-smoking room includes, full breakfast included.

Day trip to Edinburgh

Monday 13 August

What better time to visit Edinburgh than August! Our tour coach will take us into the middle of this stunning city and we’ll have a full day to explore Scotland’s Capital at our own pace, whether we choose to join a sightseeing tour, visit the castle, visit the tartan weavers, stroll along the shops and gardens of Princes Street or along the Royal Mile. The iconic Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing and those interested (especially those who’ve been to Edinburgh before) should see lots of performances in the course of the day.

Day trip to Glasgow

Tuesday 14 August

Today we visit Glasgow for a Rennie Mackintosh walking tour with the students of the Glasgow School of Arts. We will also visit the Scottish Opera for a talk on the costumes before heading to the excellent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Weymyss School of Needlework

Wednesday 15 August

We head to Fife for a full day with the ladies of the Wemyss School of Needlework. We will have the opportunity to visit the shop and museum, explore the area and create needlework of our choice, whether it is Crewelwork, Gold work or needlepoint. A kit up to the value of £30 is included but you can choose to upgrade on the day and we have an included lunch here together.

Day trip to Dundee

Thursday 16 August

Visit to Verdant Works (Jute Museum) The V&A Dundee is due to open in 2018 – the opening date is not yet
confirmed……if it is open we will visit!

Workshop & visit to the Britannia

Friday 17 August


A fabulous half day workshop with Pat Archibald as well as a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia (we will also view the famous Queensferry/Forth bridges).
Saturday 18 August – Falkirk via Edinburgh & Munich to Passau. A big day ahead as we depart our Falkirk Hotel sharp at 9am for the short journey to Edinburgh Airport where we catch a flight to Munich and on arrival are transferred straight to the beautiful German city of Passau, our home for the next 2 nights.


Saturday 18 August – Monday 20 August

Dormero Hotel Passau – Kapuzineistrasse 32, 94032 Passau

In Saturday 18 August Out Monday 20 August 2 nights in Passau. Non-smoking room, full breakfast included.


Sunday 19 August

A completely free day to explore this lovely city. Passau, a German city on the Austrian border, lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Known as the Three Rivers City, it’s overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century hilltop fortress housing a city museum and observation tower.


Monday 20 August

Another free day to enjoy this stunning city before in late afternoon boarding the MS Serenity and enjoying a magnificent Danube Cruise (all meals included) for the next 7 nights.

Melk & Vienna

Tuesday 21 August

This morning we will enjoy breakfast on board whilst arriving in the little town of Melk, where we include a visit the world famous Abbey. Melk Abbey is situated above the town with stunning views of the Wachau Valley and River Danube. It is a beautiful and elegant Baroque Monastry which is famous worldwide and has been occupied by Benedictine Monks for over 900 years. At lunchtime we continue our cruise through the scenic Wachau valley to Vienna. This evening the ship arrives on the outskirts of Vienna and is berthed here overnight.


Wednesday 22 August

Today we explore Vienna, the magnificent charming city of music with its Grand palaces, baroque castles, Imperial Squares and narrow medieval lanes. This morning we have a Vienna City Sightseeing Tour which takes you to the Ringstrasse boulevard, passing the majestic architecture and discover an atmosphere steeped in history. In the afternoon, we have an included a visit to see the most outstanding medieval textiles from the collection at the MAK Museum before visiting the best fabric shops in the city. If time allows, do visit one of the famous coffee houses whose pastries inspired our Viennese Whirls!


Thursday 23 August

This morning we arrive in Budapest – the best way to arrive in this stunning city is on the river so be sure that you are on deck as we arrive! We have the rest of the day and overnight to explore Budapest and we have included a tour to show you the highlights of this delightful city.

Budapest & Bratislava

Friday 24 August

We have the morning in Budapest and we take the opportunity to visit the Goldberger Textile Museum. This is a hidden gem offering a glimpse into Budapest’s role in textile history in the former home of The Goldberger family who established their textile business in 1784, it’s a visit not to be missed! At lunchtime we say farewell to Budapest as we set sail for the beautiful city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Bratislava & Durnstein

Saturday 25 August

We wake up in Bratislava! The capital of Slovakia – an intriguing and relatively new capital, topped with a castle which overlooks the lovely pastel coloured old town. We have an included visit to see the colourful Slovakian Embroidery and some free time in the old town before a visit to a fabric shop (or two!). In the afternoon we leave Bratislava and cruise in the afternoon and overnight towards Dürnstein.

Durnstein & Passau

Sunday 26 August

Wake up in Dürnstein in Austria back in the Wachau valley – a lovely sleepy town surrounded by Vineyards and overlooked by its castle (it was here that Richard the Lionheart was held captive in the castle by Duke Leopold V of Austria). Also worth a visit is the House of Colours, a shop of a local artist known for her jewellery and prints on textiles.

Passau – Munich – Dubai – home with Emirates

Monday 27 August – Wednesday 29 August

After arrival in Passau and breakfast on board, we’re met and our baggage looked after while we have one last day free to explore this most beautiful German city before a 6pm Coach transfer from the centre of Passau direct to Munich Airport to catch our Emirates flights. Departs Munich at 10.45pm and will (via Dubai) access all major cities across Australia and New Zealand arriving on Wednesday 29 August.

Your Guide for this Tour

Donna Ward and Ashleigh Baars

More than 25 years ago Donna Ward started her passion of patchwork and free-motion quilting. In those years she has taught in many places around New Zealand and Australia. As well as teaching her expert skills and designs, she has been awarded an array of national and international awards including the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Quilt Teachers in 2003.

From a very young age, Ashleigh was always found in her mothers sewing room, cutting into her precious fabric stash and sewing anything that came to her imagination. Ashleigh started teaching patchwork in her teens to children all around New Zealand. In 2006 Donna And Ashleigh turned their passion of fabric into a retail shop in Hamilton. Working as a fantastic Mother-Daughter team, they have grown their business into a nation wide hot spot for modern and funky fabrics and patterns. Along with beautiful free-motion quilting services, they both design unique and modern quilt pattern that they sell around the world.

PRICE: $14,889 NZD

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Single Room supplement is NZD$3,152

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Tour Cost

US$10,940 per person Share Twin US$3,420 Single Supplement

A deposit of US$4,000 required to confirm your place on the tour. A 2nd instalment of US$3,000 is required by 28 February 2019 and the balance is due on or before 31 July, 2019.

Costs do not include flights to/from USA
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