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23 Day Great America Paducah and New England Quilt Tour ( Tour code: ANQ)

Day 01, 08 Sep: Sydney – San Francisco - Chicago

Depart Sydney in the morning to San Francisco on United Airlines and arrive into San Francisco in the morning. Connect United 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, 09 Sep: 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 03, 10 Sep: Chicago – Amish Country (B.D)
After breakfast, check out and travel to Winfield to visit a quilt shop. After lunch, we’ll embark on a rare insider’s journey into the Amish country in Arthur. Come and explore the Amish heart-land. Upon arrival, check into your motel. Meet your Amish guide at 4:30pm at Flessors Candy Kitchen (101 West Sale St., Tuscola, IL.) for candy tour & dinner. Evening may be spent visiting the large Tanger Outlet Mall across the street from the motel. 
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Tuscola or similar

Day 04, 11 Sep: Amish Country (Brunch. D)
Meet your guide at 8:00am and leave to Arthur. 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 7:30pm
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Tuscola or similar

Day 05, 12 Sep: Amish Country – Paducah (B.D)
Have a continental breakfast in the motel. After breakfast, check out of your rooms and visit some quilts shops in Arthur. After that, board your coach proceeding toward Paducah. You will arrive at Paducah in the late afternoon and have your dinner in a local restaurant. After dinner, check into your hotel, home for two nights. Later get ready for this year’s legendary AQS Quilt Show.
Accommodation: Drury Suites Hotel or similar

Day 06, 13 Sep: AQS Quilt Show (B)
Today we will visit the American Quilters Society annual quilt show. 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 07, 14 Sep: AQS Quilt Show (B)
Another free 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 08, 15 Sep: AQS Quilt Show – Washington DC (B.D)
Half day for you to visit the Annual AQS Quilt Show at leisurely pace (transfers and tickets are included). After that, you are transferred to St Louis Airport, flight to Washignton. After arrival, you are taken to your hotel to check and you will stay in Washington DC for three nights.
Accommodation: Radisson Rockvill Hotel or similar

Day 09, 16 Sep: Washington DC Sightseeing (B.D)
After breakfast, you will be met and start your sightseeing tours including National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Apace Museum, Arlington National Cemetery. 
Accommodation: Radisson Rockvill Hotel or similar

Day 10, 17 Sep: 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 11, 18 Sep: 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: Hotel RIU Plaza New York Times Square or similar

Day 12, 19 Sep: 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. Also included is a visit to “The City Quilter”. 
Accommodation: Hotel RIU Plaza New York Times Square or similar

Day 13, 20 Sep: 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 14, 21 Sep: New York – Hampton, NH (B.D) 
After breakfast, board your motor coach for Hampton, New Hampshire. Travel along the rocky coastline enjoying the wonderful views of the fishing villages and the spectacular fall colours. Arrive at Lamie’s Inn, in Hampton, a traditional New England Inn known for its cozy atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Day 15, 22 Sep: Hampton, NH. (B.D)
Enjoy your breakfast then depart for Portsmouth, NH. Drive along scenic ocean Route 1A. Arrive in Portsmouth downtown harbor area. Visit Portsmouth Fabric Company, one of the largest and most unique fabric and quilt stores in New England. We are expected! Next you will proceed to the waterfront, only a few minutes away. You will take a Fall Foliage Cruise on the Cocheco River. The cruise is a two and half hour cruise which will put the splendid colors of Indian Summer into perspective. When the cruise returns to Ceres Street, board the bus and depart Portsmouth; cross Piscataqua River into the State of Maine. Follow routes 103 & 1A to York Harbor and Nubble Rd. to Sohier Park for a stop to admire and photograph the “Nubble Light”, – Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Continue for the short ride to Cape Neddick to visit Knight’s Quilt Shop. Owner Michele Knight is waiting to welcome the group. Knight’s Quilt Shop has a large inventory of fabrics, quilts and accessories! Depart Cape Neddick and return to Lamies Inn and overnight.

Day 16, 23 Sep: Hampton – Center Harbor – North Conway, NH (B.D)
Depart after breakfast for Center Harbor for a visit to Keepsake Quilting – “a quilters paradise” – an enormous fabric and quilt store. Continue the drive through the New Hampshire “Lake Country” to North Conway located in the White Mountains. Visit Settlers Green Outlet Village for shopping and lunch. Overnight at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Evening at leisure.

Day 17, 24 Sep: North Conway – Mount Washington – Littleton – Montpelier, VT. (B.D)
Depart North Conway on Rte 112 along the Kancamagus, one of the most scenic highways in America. The route leads north, through Franconia Notch, the most spectacular mountain gap in the east and on to Mount Washington where you will board the famous Cog Railway train to the top . Take a short drive to Littleton a picturesque New England Village with covered bridges and white steepled churches. Browse the village shops, have lunch then walk to the “One Stitch, Two Stitch” quilt store located on Main street for a quilting workshop with the owner, Beth Anderson. Local quilters may also participate with you. Continue on to the picturesque capital of Vermont, Montpelier, and overnight at the Comfort Inn Maplewood.

Day 18, 25 Sep: Montpelier – Bennington, VT. (B.D)
Enjoy breakfast then take a short drive to Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works. See how maple syrup is processed and enjoy the free samples. Continue to Bennington and arrive at the Bennington Museum. You will visit the Jane Stickle Quilt Exhibit in Bennington Museum. The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum right now. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. Quilters from around the country, and world, plan trips to the region during this time to see the 1863 quilt. The Jane Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books, and is the topic of Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt, by Brenda Papadakis which, along with the software program on the quilt and other merchandise is available in the Museum Shop. Stay overnight in Bennington.

Day 19, 26 Sep: Bennington – Tilton, NH (B.D)
After breakfast depart for the one and a half hour drive from Bennington VT. to the Canterbury Shaker Village (NH). A guided tour will explain how the Shakers lived a nearly monastic lifestyle that stressed pacifism, communal ownership, celibacy, gender equality, industriousness and plain, simple living. You will see 25 restored, original buildings and learn how the Shakers lived, worked and worshiped. You will have time for lunch and shopping in the museum store.

At 1:30 depart to the village of Henniker for a visit to Quilted Threads, called a “Quilter’s Dream.” Within the walls of a converted farm house and barn shoppers find the most carefully selected materials for all their quilting needs. Enjoy!

Overnight at the Hampton Inn & suites located in Tilton on beautiful Lake Winnisquam just a 45 minute drive from Henniker. A short walking distance from your hotel is a shopper’s paradise with multiple malls and over 400 factory outlet stores.

Day 20, 27 Sep: Tilton – Lowell, MA. – Boston, MA. (B.D) 
Enjoy your American breakfast then depart for Lowell, Ma. Arrival in Lowell, known for its heritage connected to the textile industry. Proceed to the “New England Quilt Museum.” Enjoy a guided tour of the museum by a docent, followed by a quilting workshop under the guidance of museum staff. Continue on a walking tour through Lowell National Historical Park, commemorating Lowell’s role in the American Industrial Revolution. Visit the Boott Cotton Mill Museum, including a 1920s weave room containing 88 looms operating with the help of belts, shafts and pulleys. Take the shortest route for Boston and arrive at the Boxer Hotel in downtown Boston. After check in you can spend the remainder of the day as you wish. Historic Faneiul Hall Marketplace is located just a 5 minute walk from your hotel a interesting conglomeration of shops, restaurants and a good place to people watch.

Day 21, 28 Sep: Boston, MA sightseeing – Houston – Australia (B)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and start a guided tour of this Historic and cultural city known fondly as ‘Bean Town’. Your tour will take you along the Freedom Trail seeing such sites as the Old South Meeting House, Kings Chapel and Burying Ground, Park Street Church and the Old State House. Perhaps you will make a picture stop at the Bull and Finch Pub - known to most as “Cheers”. See the beautiful Boston Common - the oldest public garden in America. You will spend some time at Faneuil Hall for lunch on own and time to browse through the shops. Afterwards you are transferred to Boston Airport for your return flight home via Houston.

Day 22, 29 Sep: On Flight
You are on your flight home.

Day 23, 30 Sep: Australia Arrival
You arrive in Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable America Quilt tour ends.

Tour price: $11,980 per person, twin or double share

Single supplement: $3,980

The price includes:
1. United Airlines airfare: Sydney – San Francisco – Chicago//Boston – Houston – Sydney;
2. Airport tax and fuel surcharge;
3. America domestic flight from St Louis to Washington DC;
4. 20 night accommodation at first class hotels as indicated in the itinerary or similar with breakfast;
5. Transfers and transport all through;
6. All the sightseeing tours with admission as mentioned in the itinerary;
7. Ticket for Quilt Festival in Paducah;
8. Admission to all the quilt museums as stated in the itinerary;
9. Meals mainly dinners as specified in the itinerary;
10. Step-on English speaking guides in some of the areas;
11. A professional English speaking tour manager;
12. Tip to guide and driver.

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



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