Within two years of discovering patchwork, Michelle was working for an Australian distributor of American patchwork cottons, as a sample maker. This allowed her to work from home, around the responsibilities of her two small children. It also meant that she was exposed to many styles of fabrics, and stepped up to the challenge of designing quilts in all genres. It was during this time that her work was noticed by magazine editors. She was among the contributors included in the first edition of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Since that date she has been published consistently in a wide variety of Australian magazines. Michelle writes a permanent column in Quilter’s Companion, Road Test, where she puts different products through their paces. She has presented numerous DVD’s for Quilter’s Companion, on a variety of techniques and subjects. Authored four books, designed five fabric ranges and unique patchwork templates. Her quilts have received numerous awards at the NSW Quilter’s Guild Quilt Shows. Since 2008 Michelle has escorted Australian quilters overseas on patchwork tours to America, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and Europe for Travelrite International and Quilter’s Companion.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Friday 5 April, 2024 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight to Amsterdam.
DAY 2 Saturday 6 April, 2024 Amsterdam, Netherlands
On arrival in Amsterdam we are transferred to our city hotel. This afternoon we join a glass-top canal boat cruise and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals. We learn about the history of this gorgeous city.
DAY 3 Sunday 7 April, 2024 Amsterdam
This morning we visit the famous Den Hann and Wagenmakers, which stocks amazing original handmade Dutch reproduction print fabric, duvets and bedcoverings. In the afternoon we visit the Katten Kabinet, which is a museum depicting cats. It includes paintings, drawings and sculptures sometimes by famous artists. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner.
DAY 4 Monday 8 April, 2024 Amsterdam
This morning we travel to the historic town of Delft to tour the Royal Delft factory. They have been creating blue Dutch ceramics since 1653. After the guided tour we will have time in the museum and the shop. In the afternoon we visit the very interesting and moving Anne Frank House, dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. She went into hiding in WW11 in a secret annex to escape from the Nazis with seven other people. After more than two years they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Out of the eight prisoners, Anne’s father Otto was the only one to survive.
DAY 5 Tuesday 9 April, 2024 Bruges, Belgium
Today we travel to Bruges Belgium, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. On the journey we stop in picturesque Antwerp, a port city on the River Scheldt, with a history dating from the Middle Ages. We visit Quilt Shop Leur with an extensive range of fabrics. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 6 Wednesday 10 April, 2024 Bruges
This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bruges, known as the ‘Venice of the North’ and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is an UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. We will see the world-famous Market Square, the Royal Residence, Royal Square, Houses of Parliament and Art Nouveau houses and view the remarkable City Hall. There will also be time to explore the maze of winding, cobbled alleys and romantic canals. This afternoon we will visit the Choco Museum, which tells the story of cocoa and chocolate from the Mayan’s via the Spanish conquistadors until today. We will see how chocolate is made and learn the health benefits of chocolate.
DAY 7 Thursday 11 April, 2024 Bruges
This morning we will visit the Bruges Lace Centre. It has been housed in a renovated old lace school of the sisters of the Immaculate Conception. We will see various different types of lace and learn about their geographical origin. We will also learn about the lace industry in Bruges. In the afternoon we visit the Gobelin Creative Patchwork and Quilting store. This store has been in existence for 25 years. You will be amazed at the amount and variety of cotton fabric that is on offer.
DAY 8 Friday 12 April, 2024 Paris, France
This morning we travel to the romantic city of Paris. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide, covering Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 9 Saturday 13 April, 2024 Paris
This morning we will visit the Toile de Jouy Museum. This museum was created in 1977 and dedicated to the activity of the Jouy factory and textile printing. More than three thousand original Toile de Jouy designs exist. In the technical exhibition room we will see engraving tools, wood blocks, plates and copper rollers. We will follow the evolution of Toile de Jouy in the display of bed hangings, ornaments, textile panels and dresses. In the afternoon we travel west of Paris to visit Château de Versailles, the extravagant palace, set in grand formal gardens, for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon which belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette, with its romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake.
DAY 10 Sunday 14 April, 2024 Bayeux
This morning we travel to Bayeux, a town on the Aure River in the Normandy region of north-western France. We travel to the gorgeous fishing village of Honfleur with time to browse the gorgeous specialist boutiques. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 11 Monday 15 April, 2024 Bayeux
Today we visit the famous 68 metre Tapisserie de Bayeux. It is a wonderful 11thcentury piece of embroidery depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England. It is listed as an UNESCO Memory of the world and is on display in an 18th-century seminary. In the afternoon we visit the Sophie Passion and Couture Boutique, which offers the biggest choice of patchwork fabric in the region.
DAY 12 Tuesday 16 April, 2024 Bayeux
Today we travel to Caen to visit Atlier de la Souris. This small but delightful quilting shop sells fabric by the metre, patchwork supplies, presents and home décor items. We continue with a visit to Beuvron-en-Auge one of Normandy’s prettiest villages packed with gems. Wander around the village and admire the 16th-century Vieux manor, the 17th and 18th-century half-timbered houses and visit the many specialist boutiques located in the village centre.
DAY 13 Wednesday 17 April, 2024 Nantes
This morning we will travel to Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France. On the journey we stop in Le Chapelle Saint Aubon to visit Le Mille Patch quilting shop, which stock many different varieties of fabric. The city has a long history as a port and industrial centre. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel. We will enjoy our four-night stay while we visit the Pour l’Amore du Fil Show.
DAY 14 Thursday 18 April, 2024 Nantes
This year will be the eleventh year that the Pour l’Amore du Fil Show has operated. It has exceptional exhibits, antique quilts, and dozens of famous artists and designers from around the world. There are more than 120 selected stands, workshops and demonstrations. We will attend the show today. Michelle Marvig is employed by the show’s organisers to promote her latest book and we will include a copy of the book as part of the tour.
DAY 15 Friday 19 April, 2024 Nantes
Another day to enjoy the Pour l’Ámore du Fil Show. The rest of the day will be free for shopping or exploring.
DAY 16 Saturday 20 April, 2024 Nantes
This morning we visit the restored, medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived. Built in the late 15th century by Francois 11. We will visit the ramparts, where we can look down on the courtyard and moat. We continue with a visit to the museum, where the Decorative Arts section contains pottery, textiles and glass. In the afternoon we visit the Island of Machines. A project designed by two imaginative Frenchmen. You will see many machines re-created from Jules Verne’s Invented Worlds and from drawings of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner and say goodbye to Michelle.
DAY 17 Sunday 21 April, 2024 Paris
Today we travel to Paris. Michelle will stay in Nantes continuing her work at the Show. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful white Basilica Sacre Coeur on top of the hill at Montmartre. This location provides wonderful views all over Paris. The area is home to the last windmill, vineyard and narrow cobbled streets in Paris. We will have time to explore the streets near the Cathedral, where painters have sold their wares for about a hundred years. There is much to be seen in Montmartre – museums, artisans and restaurants.
DAY 18 Monday 22 April, 2024 Departure
This morning we depart Paris on our flight to Australia.
DAY 19 Tuesday 23 April, 2024 Arrival Australia
This morning we arrive in Australia and tour activities end.
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If clients travel on three tours $22,180 plus three Single Supplements as listed. This includes a free flight Madrid to Amsterdam
You can stay longer in Europe for minimal additional cost. Please contact Travelrite International on 1800 630 343 for more information.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
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DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A deposit of $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 62 days before departure for the Quilting Tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.
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While highly recommended, COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are no longer required for guests traveling with us. It is your responsibility to comply with specific vaccine and/or booster requirements imposed by airlines, cruise lines and/or authorities in the destinations visited, as well as requirements for accessing restaurants and venues, which may be more restrictive than the above. No refunds will be given if you are unable to undertake some or all of the vacation due to failure to comply with these requirements.
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ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (A.B.N.64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 40 years. It is fully ATAS accredited:A10538 and has a fully credited IATA office at Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for over 30 years, and now runs over 100 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
“The best Tour Manager I have ever had over all tour companies.”
“Michelle puts a huge amount of eﬀort info making our trip as good as it can be. Wonderful!”