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24 Day UK and Balkan Quilts, Embroidery, Castles and Gardens Tour (Tour Code: EQT)

Day 01, 04 Aug: Australia – London

QR 909, 04 Aug. Sydney – Doha 21:25/05:20 (05 Aug.)   

Depart Australia to London via Doha on Qatar Airway in the evening and fly overnight. 

Day 02, 05 Aug: London (D)

QR 7, 05 Aug. Doha – London 06:35/12:00 

Connect your Qatar Airway flight to London in the morning and arrive in London Heathrow airport at noon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. Rest unpack and enjoy your free time in London or explore local area on your own. Have your dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

Day 03, 06 Aug: London (B.D)

Enjoy an orientation tour of London by bus. Stop off at various famous sights for photo shoots. Sightseeing Houses of parliament, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Pall Mall etc. In the afternoon free time to explore the Victorian & Albert Museum, Harrods, Madame Tussauds at your own choice. Have lunch at your own cost. Have your dinner at hotel or local restaurant.    

Day 04, 07 Aug: London (B.D)

Today you will first visit Hampton Court. Explore the palace, the gardens, the maze, the tennis court, the kitchens etc. (Entry cost Hampton Court included, all other entry costs at your own expense). Take short bus drive to Kew Gardens (only entrance cost included and mini train fee at your own cost). View the Gardens. Then enjoy a visit to Tikki Patchwork in the town of Kew. Have your dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

Day 05, 08 Aug: London – Windsor Castle – Bristols (B.D)

After breakfast we will travel by coach to visit the largest castle in the world Windsor Castle.  This is the stately home of the Queen. Afterwards we will travel by coach to the historic city of Bath. Visit the Royal Crescent and the Circus, Queen Square, Abbey Churchyard, Abbey Green or the Cross Bath tucked away down Bath Street. Also visit the “Fashion Museum”, Pulteney Bridge and the Weir, along with the colourful Parade Gardens. If we still have energy, walk up Lansdown Hill and turn into Camden Crescent for some of the best views of Bath. Stay overnight in Bristols.

Day 06, 09 Aug: Bristols – Roman (B.D)

Enjoy a guided tour around Bath. Leave Bath to visit the American Quilt Museum and grounds (request a special viewing). Our personal tour guide will give you some time to study the wonderful quilt collection they have on display. After this visit, have your lunch at your own cost. Visit a quilt shop and do some shopping. Have your dinner at hotel or local restaurant. At your free time, you may wish to visit Jane Austen House.

Day 07, 10 Aug: Bristols – Birmingham (B.D)

After breakfast, you are transferred by coach to Birmingham, where we will book into our hotel for the next two nights and then transfer to the Exhibition Hall for the first day of the FESTIVAL OF THE QUILTS. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 08, 11 Aug: Quilt Show in Birmingham (B.D)

After breakfast at the hotel we make our way back for the 2nd day of the FESTIVAL OF THE QUILTS. Return to the hotel for dinner.  

Day 09, 12 Aug: Birmingham – Kent – Sissinghurst Gardens – Dover (B.D)

After breakfast, travel to Kent where we will visit Sissinghurst Garden today. It is close to landscape designated of outstanding natural beauty. The garden was created by Vita Sackville – West & Harold Nicolson in the 1930's. A stone manor surrounded by a moat was built in the Middle Ages. Two legs of the moat survive - a third leg originally ran where the 'Moat Walk' lawn is now. The original building was replaced in the 15th century by a large manor built by the Baker family - related by marriage to the Sackvilles of Knowle. The garden is in fact a series of some ten separate gardens, all delightfully different. Walls and hedges separate the gardens, giving the visitor the impression of peace and seclusion. On a sunny day there is almost nowhere better to be. Stay overnight in Dover or nearby town.

Day 10, 13 Aug: Dover – Canterbury – London - Zagreb (B.L)

Head southwest to Canterbury and have a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral. Have your free time to wander the city and visit the local quilts shop. In the afternoon transfer to the London airport and fly to Zagreb, Croatia. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel in Zagreb downtown. You will have your dinner in your hotel.

Day 11, 14 Aug: Zagreb – Ptuj – Maribor (120 km) (B.D)

Zagreb city tour in the morning: walking through Dolac market and visit to the Cathedral. Scroll aroung Ban Jelacic square and take a ride with funicular to St Mark's Square with parlaiment and presidential palace, Stone Gate. Afternoon departure from Zagreb, crossing border to Slovenia and arrival to Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia. Walking tour through old city centre (Minorite monastery, City Hall, Orpheus Monument, City Tower, Presern's Street. In the evening, you will arrive at Maribor, the second biggest town in Slovenia. Have your dinner at your hotel.

Included: ride with funicular in Zagreb.

Day 12, 15 Aug: Maribor – Zice – Ljubljana (160 km) (B.D)

Morning city tour through the old centre of Maribor: Franciscan church, castle, Slomsek square, Theatre, University, Main square and visit to the old Vine – the oldest in the World. Departure from Maribor and arrival to the famous Carthusian Monastery in Zice (over 800 years old) and visit to the ruins of the monastery. Afternoon arrival to Slovenian capital Ljubljana and city tour. walk through the streets of Ljubljana, described by many visitors as the most beautiful capital in the world. Walk along its lively streets, feel the life in the central market and in numerous picturesque squares. See the famousTripleBridge, make a stop at theDragonBridge, ascend to the mightyLjubljanaCastlevia funicular railway, and visit one of the many pubs along the Ljubljanica embankment. Have your dinner at your hotel.

Included: entrance to the Carthusian Monastery in Zice, return ticket for cable car (funicular) to the Ljubljana castle. 

Day13, 16 Aug: Ljubljana – Postojna - Idrija – Ljubljana (160 km) (B.D)

Morning departure to Postojna and visit to the World famous Postojna cave with train and local guide.

Continue to Idrija and visit to the famous lace school there. We will also admire lace exhibition in the town castle. Return to Ljubljana. Dinner with traditional folklore programm will follow (Slovenian evening).

Included: entrance fee to the Postojna cave, entrance fee for lace school and castle exhibition in Idrija.

Day 14, 17 Aug: Ljubljana – Bled – Biograd (470 km) (B.D)

Morning trip to the nothwest part of Slovenia to lake Bled. Visit Bled, the pearl of the Alps with more than a thousand years of history. Drive and walk along the famous Lake with its island and the castle high above its clear surface. Boat trip to the Bled Island in a traditional Pletna boat, ring the wishing bell and let some of your wishes come true. You will also have a chance to taste famous dessert – [the Bled cream cake]. After that, depart to the south for border crossing to Croatia passing the city of  Karlovac and continue on the highway to the coastal region of Dalmatia. Accomodation in Biograd or nearby.

Included: boat trip to Bled island in a traditional Pletna boat, entrance to st. Mary church on the Bled island.

Day 15, 18 Aug: Biograd – NP Krka – Dubrovnik (330 km) (B.D)

Morning drive to Krka National park, named after the river Krka that it encloses. Beautiful park with breathtaking scenery. Walking tour over the wooden path to see stunning waterfalls. Continue to drive to the southern part of Dalmatia partly on the highway, continue through the very scenic valley or river Neretva, for shorter crossing Bosnia and Herzegovina and travel along the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. Late afternoon arrival to Dubrovnik – pearl of the Adriatic and protected by Unesco World Heritage.

Accomodation at the hotel**** in Dubrovnik or nearby.

Included: entrance fee to Krka National Park

Day 16, 19 Aug: Dubrovnik (B.D)

Whole day in Dubrovnik. As museum city and at the same time a live stage, it represents a perfect cross between the past and the present. Visit to the old town centre of Dubrovnik with Stradun, St. Onofri church, Franciscan monastery with pharmacy, cathedral ... Walk around the town walls.

Free time in the afternoon for exploring the streets and charm of Dubrovnik on your own (optional trip with Dubrovnik Cable car to the Srd Hill recommended for breathtaking views).

Included: entrance fee to the Franciscan monastery with pharmacy and ascend to the town walls in Dubrovnik.

Day 17, 20 Aug: Dubrovnik – Budva - Tirana (310 km) (B.D)

Departure from Dubrovnik. Crossing border to Montenegro and travel along Boka Kotorska bay to Budva – one of the most famous seaside resort in  Montenegro. Short walking tour through the old town centre. Continue along the coast of Montenegro with stop near the famous Sveti Stefan peninsula. Crossing border to Albania and travel through Shodra toward albanian capital Tirana. Accomodation in Tirana or Durres at the hotel****.

Day 18, 21 Aug: Tirana – Kruja – Durres – Tirana (100 km) (B.D)

Morning city tour of the Albanian capital Tirana: Skenderbeg square, watch tower, opera, national library, Etem Beg mosque, ... Afternoon drive to Kruja, the old Albanian capital. Visit to the Skenderbeg Fortress and Museum. Afternoon visit to the one of local embroidery shop. Return to the hotel in Tirana (or nearby Durres).

Included: entrance fee to the Skenderbeg Fortress and Museum in Kruja

Day 19, 22 Aug: Tirana – Elbasan – Ohrid (150 km) (B.D)

Morning departure through Elbasan to Macedonian border. Arrival to Ohrid lake and accomodation in Ohrid city. Sightseeing tour in Ohrid (old town centre is listed under Unesco heritage): typical arhitecture, st. Sofia church, roman amphiteatre, Samoil's Fortress, market place "carsija"

Included: entrance fees to st. Sofia church and Samoil's Fortress in Ohrid

 

Day 20, 23 Aug: Ohrid – Skopje (180 km) (B.D)

 

Departure to the north part of Macedonia. Midday arrival to capital city of Skopje and sightseeing tour (Fortress Kale, stone bridge, st. Spas orthodox church, mosque, famous market place "carsija"). Some free time in the old town of Skopje.  

 

Included: entrance fee to the fortress in Skopje

 

Day 21, 24 Aug: Skopje – Avala – Belgrade (440 km) (B.D)

 

After breakfast travel to the north. Border crossing to Serbia and drive beside Leskovac and Nis.

 

Afternoon arrival and ascend to the Avala Hill (just south of Belgrade) for a visit to Monument to the unknown heroe and ascend with an elevator to the Avala Tower for a nice view. Arrival to the serbian capital Belgrade. Typical dinner with local musicians will be organised at Skadarlija – part of the old town with bohemian atmosphere.

 

Included: entrance fee to the Avala Tower

 

Day 22, 25 Aug: Belgrade (B.D)

 

After breakfast city tour of Belgrade will follow: Market place, University, Parlaiment, Nikola Pasic Square Republica square, Knez Mihajlova street, Kalemegdan – old fortress of Belgrade. Visit to the unfinished Ortodox church of St. Sava. Boat tour on Sava or Danube river. Dinner with music in one of the floating restaurants on the river.

 

Included: boat trip on Sava or Danube river.

 

Day 23, 26 Aug: Belgrade –  Doha – Australia (B)

 

After breakfast, you are transferred to Belgrade airport to take your Qatar flights homewards to Australia via Doha. You fly overnight.

 

Day 24, 27 Aug: Australia

 

You arrive in Australia in the late afternoon. Your unforgettable UK and Balkan quilts, embroidery, castles and gardens tour ends.  

Tour price: $9,980 per person, twin or double share

Single supplement: $1,590

This price includes:
1. Qatar Airways economy class air-ticket: Sydney or Melbourne – Doha – London//Belgrade – Doha – Sydney or Melbourne;
2. International airport tax and airlines levy (currently $250, subject to change);
3. First class hotels with daily breakfasts;
4. Entrance fees for all sightseeing spots, special dinners, entertainment and quilt shows as indicated in the itinerary;
5. All the meals mentioned in the schedule;;
6. All transfers and transportation by air-conditioned coach;
7. Boat cruises on lake or river;
8. Evening entertainment;
9. All programmes and sightseeing tours with English-speaking tour manager;
10.A tour leader and quilter from Australia;
11.Tips to guide and driver.

This price excludes:
1. Travel insurance (Highly recommend);
2. Any meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary;
3. Personal expenses.

 



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