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23 Day America Quilts Tour 2017 (Tour code: AQT)

Day 01, 23 April: Sydney – Chicago
Depart Sydney in the morning to Los Angeles on Virgin Australia or United Airlines and arrive into Los Angele in the morning. Connect Southwest Airlines flight to Chicago. Arrive in Chicago in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. Here you can unpack and relax for your leisurely 2-night stay. You are free in the evening to explore this exciting city.
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Oakbrook or similar

Day 02, 24 April: Chicago Sightseeing (B.D)
Our exciting day kicks off with a lively tour of the Windy City (where it’s not really windy at all, just nicknamed for long-winded politicians). We’ll get the latest scoop on Chicago’s most famous – from Al Capone to Oprah Winfrey, from fabled speakeasies to fabulous apartments. Our panoramic tour of Chicago’s dazzling architecture includes such highlights as the Wrigley Building, modelled after a cathedral in Spain, a water tower resembling a Gothic castle, an old-fashioned Ferris wheel on the boardwalk of Navy Pier, and artistic creations by Frank Lloyd Wright, Picasso, and Chagall. There’s so much to see in this sparkling city by the water. Of course, visiting Chicago would not be complete without sampling their famous food, so get ready for a fun-filled dinner at one of their legendary eateries.
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Oakbrook or similar

Day 3, 25 April: Chicago - Paducah (B.D)
After breakfast, check out and start our visit to Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for 1 hour and then a visit to the Field Museum. After Lunch, leave on a 6 hours drive to Paducah (13:00 – 19:00)

Day 4, 26 April: AQS Quilt Show (B)
Register to the Paducah American Quilt Show on its commencing day. At this AQS Show, hundreds of quilts are on display, along with the offerings of a myriad of merchant booths. You'll shop for everything from antique quilts to wearables, to books, to crafting and sewing supplies, sewing machines, yard goods, linens, buttons and trims, patterns – a seemingly endless array of great items! At 4:00pm you can continue to enjoy the show at your own pace throughout your stay there or go and visit Hancock Fabric Store, advertised as the largest fabric store in the nation.
Accommodation: Drury Suites Hotel or similar

Day 05, 27 April: AQS Quilt Show (B)
Full day for you to visit the Annual AQS Quilt Show at leisurely pace (transfers and tickets are included).
Accommodation: Drury Suites Hotel or similar

Day 6, 28 Apri: Paducah – Arthur (B.D)
Breakfast, then the tour guide will meet you at 08:00 and leave to Arthur. Upon arrival, you begin your visit to the annual Arthur Quilt Show in Amish Country (the quilt show dates in Arthur is not firmed up and if it is not available, we will visit some quilts shops in Arthur instead). Start your candy tour and dinner at the Flessors Candy Kitchen (101 West Sale St., Tuscola, IL.) at 17:00. After that, you will be transferred to hotel.

Day 07, 29 April: Amish Country (Brunch. D)
Meet your guide at 8:00am and proceed to an Amish Farm and have your brunch there at 9:30am. Your guide will inform you about the local Amish customs and lifestyle and help you get a feel for our rural lifestyle. On the farm your Amish host will take you around their farm and speak to you a bit about Amish life or answer any questions you may have. You will have an Amish Sunday style evening meal at about 5:30pm. After the meal, stroll around the farm and then return to your motel around 8:30pm

Day 8, 30 April: Arthur – Chicago - Washington DC (B.D)
Breakfast, tour guide meet you at 07:00 and drive to Chicago Midway Airport for the flight to Washington DC. Upon arrival, you will be met and start your sightseeing tours including Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History. After that, you are taken to your hotel to check and you will stay in Washington DC for two nights.
Accommodation: Marriott Bethesda or similar

Day 09, 01 May: Washington DC Sightseeing (B.D)
Today we will tour the major sights of Washington, including Capitol Hill, Ford Theatre, White House (photo stop only), the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington monument. Return to our hotel in the evening.
Accommodation: Marriott Bethesda or similar

Day 10, 02 May: Washington – Bird-in-Hand – Intercourse – New York (B.D)
Today we head north to Lancaster County and visit Bird-in-Hand. The town of Bird-in-Hand began its history as a place where famers met to converse and do business. The village was established in the 1700s, and at that time it served as a rest stop for travellers heading west. It was during this time that Bird-in-Hand earned its unique name. Inns were identified by painted signs (completed by a long-forgotten artist) since pictures could be understood by all travellers, no matter their nationality or education level. The 18th century inn sign that inspired this town's name literally depicted a man with a bird in his hand. Today, Bird-in-Hand remains a meeting place for farmers and locals, and they are joined by visitors passing through the area to experience the village's rich traditions. The village offers the flavour of Pennsylvania Dutch culture and history via its restaurants, bakeries, quaint local shops and old-fashioned farmers' market packed with fresh foods, handmade crafts and home-grown produce. Continue to its sister village of Intercourse, home of the Old Country Store. In Intercourse you will see the Amish going about their lives, and enjoy some shopping for a wide range of fabrics, notions, finished quilts and quilt tops. After some lunch, we will continue on to New York, arriving in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Newark Airport or similar

Day 11, 03 May: New York Sightseeing (B.D)
Drive to Liberty State Park. Enjoy a Liberty Island Cruise including the Liberty Island and Ellis Island. After that, you will have sightseeing tours in New York City including the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, City Hall, Wall Street and Trinity Church.  
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Newark Airport or similar

Day 12, 04 May: New York Sightseeing (B.D)
Drive to Central Park and enjoy the morning breeze. Visit New York Metropolitan Museum, St Patrick Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Fifth Ave. Afterward, check into hotel at Time Square area and you are free at leisure to explore Time Square and the surrounding areas.
Accommodation: Hotel RIU Plaza New York Times Square or similar

Day 13, 05 May: New York – San Francisco (B.D)
After breakfast, check out and you are taken to visit Century 21 outlet Mall in downtown New York. Century 21 sells lots of goods at bargain prices. Perhaps it is not as a big a name as the other department stores but worth going to if you want designer gear but can't afford Fifth Avenue prices. After that, you will fly to San Fransisco, California's gold country, where in 1848 the finding of a single nugget triggered a stampede of gold-seekers known as the 49'ers,. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. You will have 2-day stay in San Francisco.
Accommodation: Courtyard San Francisco Airport or similar

Day 14, 06 May: San Francisco (B.D)
Today you will explore the magnitude of Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman Wharf, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts and more. The fresh sea breeze and the beautiful ocean will enlighten you. You may take a tour boat at your own cost and sail around the Bay (Bridge to Bridge Bay Cruise costs USD36 for 90 minutes). If time permits, you will visit a quilt show in San Francisco.
Accommodation: Courtyard San Francisco Airport or similar

Day 15, 07 May: San Francisco – Yosemite National Park – Fresno (B.D)
This morning we take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region heading through Central California. You will have a chance to walk, or float through the extraordinary landscape of glacier- carved granite monoliths, spectacular waterfalls and groves of giant Sequoia trees - the largest living things on earth! After this visit, continue to Fresno and stay overnight there.
Accommodation: Radisson Hotel Fresno or similar

Day 16, 08 May: Fresno – Barstow – Grand Canyon (B.D)
We will head to Grand Canyon. On the way, stop at Barstow, a city in San Bernardino County, California. Barstow is a major transportation centre for the Inland Empire. After long journey, you will arrive in Grand Canyon. You will stay in West Rim of the Grand Canyon for the night.
Accommodation: Hualapai Ranch West Grand Canyon or similar

Day 17, 09 May: Grand Canyon – Las Vegas (B.D)
After breakfast, you will start to explore the Grand Canyon (western rim), one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will find out why it is called the Grand Canyon. Of course, you can chose to go on the helicopter over the Canyon (at your own cost) - no matter what; you will not believe your eyes. After that, head through California to the deserts of Arizona for the unique phenomenon of Las Vegas, where today’s fortune hunters try their luck at the 24-hour gambling tables of “The Strip”. You will stay in a four star hotel in the heart of Las Vegas. After dinner, you can choose to take optional LV Night Tour.
Accommodation: Monte Carlo Resort & Casino or similar

Day 18, 10 May: Las Vegas (B.D)
In the morning, enjoy the quilt tours of Las Vegas shop hop. You will have a great day with fellow quilters on a valley tour to some of the best quilt shops in the Las Vegas area. Each shop will extend a discount on their fabrics and you will take home a pin to commemorate your day. You will have an opportunity to pack and address a box if you would like your purchases to be shipped. In the afternoon, you will cruise "The Strip" in style with the included coach tour. After dinner, you can choose to take night show (Jubilee/Ka Show/O Show/Le Reve etc.).
Accommodation: Monte Carlo Resort & Casino or similar

Day 19, 11 May: Las Vegas – Los Angeles (B.D)
We will bid farewell to Las Vegas and head to Los Angeles, the world's "Capital of Glamour". En-route, you will visit outlet centre at Barstow. Upon arrival at Los Angeles, you will be transferred to hotel and free to explore Los Angeles on your own.
Accommodation: Double Tree Los Angeles Norwalk or similar

Day 20, 12 May: Los Angeles Sightseeing (B.D)
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Los Angeles. You'll drive to Hollywood; see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre, famous Hollywood Bowl, and the Kodak Theatre. Then continue on to elegant Beverly Hills followed by a drive down Sunset Strip. If time permits you will visit Santa Monica, a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California. Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives and is a mixture of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students.
Accommodation: Double Tree Los Angeles Norwalk or similar

Day 21, 13 May: Los Angeles – Sydney (B)
Do shopping at South Coast Bloomingdale. In the evening, you are transferred to airport for your flight homeward to Sydney, Australia.

Day 22, 14 May: On flight

Day 23, 15 May: Sydney
Arrive in Sydney, Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable America Quilt tour ends.

Tour price: $9,180 per person, twin share including airport tax and fuel surcharge (currently $890, subject to change)
Single supplement: $1,980

Tour price includes:
1. Return economy class air-ticket: Sydney to America and America domestic flights by United Airlines or Delta Airs (For people from other cities, they will have to fly to Sydney to meet up with the group and we can assist them in obtaining the best available domestic air-fare).
2. Transfers and transport by air-conditioned coach.
3. Twenty night accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels as indicated or similar.
4. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
5. Entrance for all the Quilt shows.
6. Sightseeing tours with entrance fees as specified in the itinerary.
7. A Quilter and tour leader from Australia.
8. Tour director and step-on guides in America.
9. Tips to guide and driver.

Tour price excludes:
1. Cost for America entry permit (currently USD14, subject to change).
2. Travel insurance.
3. Personal expenses.
4. Tips to room house-keeping and porters.
4. Meals and service not mentioned in the itinerary.

PS:
1. In USA, most of the hotels don’t have triple shared rooms and therefore we can’t organize rooms with three beds unless you accept to take the rooms with one king size bed plus one rollaway bed for your triple sharing.
2. We don’t normally do group check-in and/or make request for your seating assignment for your flights. However if you want us to request your preferred seating, we will do it in our booking system for you, but please be reminded no guarantee for your seating can be given as it is subject to availability.

 



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