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 Wednesday 13 March, 2024 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight to Barcelona.
DAY 2 Thursday 14 March, 2024 Barcelona, Spain
We will arrive in Barcelona this afternoon. On arrival we will be met by our private coach and taken to our hotel.
DAY 3 Friday 15 March, 2024 Barcelona
Today we visit the International Patchwork Festival at Stiges, which is a suburb of Barcelona. The Festival is held in three marquees housing approximately 110 exhibitions along the Paseo de la Ribera seafront promenade. During our visit the group are able to take part in workshops, buy textiles or browse among the exhibits. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to formally meet Michelle and other tour members.
DAY 4 Saturday 16 March , 2024 Barcelona
This morning we will have time to visit the Festival. In the afternoon we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Barcelona. Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter. We visit the modernist Eixample district and see examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including a tour of the the famous Sagrada Familia.
DAY 5 Sunday 17 March, 2024 Barcelona
This morning we visit Casa Batllo a gorgeous Art Nuevo house designed by Gaudi. We will continue with a visit to Park Guell, designed by Gaudi which is a combination of architectural and landscape features with mature and natural looking plantings. Among them is the grand iron-balustrade entrance, with its mosaic tile work on the walls and the imposing staircase dragon. In the afternoon we visit Elsa Labors Patchwork shop. She sells batiks, 100 percent cotton fabric and all accessories associated with sewing. Michelle will explain our quilting project this afternoon.
DAY 6 Monday 18 March, 2024 Valencia
Today we travel to Valencia. We will have time to work on our project during the journey. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 7 Tuesday 19 March, 2024 Valencia
We will enjoy a city tour of Valencia with a local guide this morning. During the tour we will visit the Central Market an Art Nouveau building with about 1,000 stalls. We will continue with a visit to the Torres de Sorranes one of the 14th century towers, which were part of the ancient city walls. This gate is an entry point in the north of the city to the royal road. We will get a wonderful view of the city from it ramparts. In the afternoon we will visit the Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts. It houses a collection of ceramics, textile art and traditional costumes.
DAY 8 Wednesday 20 March, 2024 Granada
Today we travel to the historic city of Granada. This will be a long day of coach travel, so we will have time to work on our quilting project. We will stop in the attractive University City of Murcia with time for lunch. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada houses grand medieval architecture dating from the time of the Moorish invasion. This hilltop fortress encompasses royal palaces, serene patios and reflecting pools.
DAY 9 Thursday 21 March, 2024 Granada
Today we visit the famed Alhambra, the palace of the Moorish sultans of Granada. Completed by 1391, it is one of the most spectacular Arabic buildings in the world. We visit the palace and the impressive gardens that surround it. Late afternoon we will visit Hobbypatch, which stocks many children’s fabrics and other quilting needs.
DAY 10 Friday 22 March, 2024 Cordoba
Today we board our private coach and drive to Cordoba, once the capital of the Arab kingdom of Al-Andalus, a seat of learning and culturally diverse. On arrival we will enjoy a guided tour of the city, including Puente Romano and Plaza del Porto. We will also visit the Mosque Cathedral, so named as it is a mosque inside a cathedral. From the Patio de los Naranjos, to the Mihrab and into the Cathedral, this 10th century monument displays the amalgamation of Islamic and Christian architecture.
DAY 11 Saturday 23 March, 2024 Cordoba
This morning we visit the House Museum del Guadameci Omeya. We will see the original Omeya technique used to decorate leather. This much appreciated guilt leather panel was used to decorate leather with plant or animal themes. We continue with a visit to Mathilda Patchwork, which displays a vast array of fabric.
DAY 12 Sunday 24 March, 2024
Today we travel to Seville, which is famous for flamenco dancing, bullfighting and its myriad of cafes and tapas bars. The remainder of the day is free to explore the museums, monuments and churches, of Seville, or enjoy its plentiful plazas. This evening you will have time to explore the cuisine of Valencia and you may like to soak up the atmosphere by dining at a restaurant that includes a spectacular Flamenco show at your own cost. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 13 Monday 25 March, 2024 Seville
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Seville with a local guide. We will explore the charming barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter of Seville with its narrow streets of whitewashed houses, gaily flowered balconies and hidden squares shaded by flowering orange trees. We will visit Seville’s magnificent 15th century Gothic cathedral and its famous bell tower La Giralda, a symbol of the city. Across the square is the entrance of the impressive Real Alcazar Palace completed after the Christian re-conquest in typical Mudejar-style. With a maze of rooms, exquisitely decorated patios and exotic gardens, it is one of the oldest royal residences in Europe still in use today.
DAY 14 Tuesday 26 March, 2024 Seville
We first visit the museum of arts and popular culture, before continuing to the Flamenco dance Museum, where we will find out the history of Flamenco Dancing as well as attending a live performance.
DAY 15 Wednesday 27 March, 2024 Madrid
This morning we travel to the capital of Spain, Madrid. With a population of over three million, Madrid is one of Europe’s most hospitable, cosmopolitan cities, with wide avenues, attractive parks and a great sense of the joy of life.
DAY 16 Thursday 28 March, 2024 Madrid
We will enjoy a morning sightseeing tour with a local guide of the historic centre of Madrid, including stopping for a photograph opportunity at Plaza Cibeles and to do some people watching at the Plaza Mayor. We continue with a trip on the Teleferico de Madrid (cable car). We will see Madrid’s amazing skyline as well as a zoo, and many beautiful parks on the journey. This afternoon we visit the Garment Museum. It has recently undergone a refurbishment re-opening at the end of 2021. This museum preserves rare and important pieces from the 16th and 17th century including a woman’s vest. From the 18th century it houses a lovely collection of men’s jackets and waistcoats.
DAY 17 Friday 29 March, 2024 Segovia
We enjoy a day trip to Segovia today. Started as a Celtic settlement under the Romans, Segovia is famous for its aqueduct built under the Emperor Trajan. We will visit the Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter behind the Cathedral. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
DAY 18 Saturday 30 March, 2024 Departure
This morning we depart Madrid on our flight to Australia.
DAY 19 Sunday 31 March, 2024 In flight
DAY 20 Monday 1 April, 2024 Australia
This evening 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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The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 20/3/23. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.
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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DAY 1 Saturday 30 March, 2024 Madrid
This morning we farewell those returning to Australia, before travelling to Toledo for the day. Known for its Medieval, Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments, Toledo is situated on the banks of the Tagus River. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city before returning to Madrid.
DAY 2 Sunday 31 March, 2024 Salamanca
Today we travel to Salamanca with a stop in Avila. We will marvel at the intact medieval walls with 80 semi-circular towers, joined by crenellated battlements surrounding Avila. We continue to Salamanca, whose history dates back to the Celtic Era. Known for its university founded in the 11th century, this World Heritage City will take your breath away.
DAY 3 Monday 1 April, 2024 Salamanca
We will enjoy a walking tour of the gorgeous sandstone city of Salamanca this morning. We will see the University building integrated into the town, the Plaza Mayor and the New Cathedral. We will visit the Convento de las Duenos, a Dominica Convent in the centre of the city. In the afternoon we visit the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum, which contains beautiful decorative art items from the 19th and 20th centuries.
DAY 4 Tuesday 2 April, 2024 Caceres
Today we travel to Caceres. Founded by the Romans, the old town has a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The final series of Game of Thrones was filmed here in the medieval town, and was depicted as the fictional town of Kingslanding. We will stop in nearby Trujillo to visit the fabric shop Alamy. Tonight help Michelle celebrate her birthday in this beautiful location (at your own expense).
DAY 5 Wednesday 3 April, 2024 Caceres
We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the World Heritage City of Caceres today. We will see the medieval cobbled streets and fortified palaces and houses of the town. In the afternoon we visit the Casa Museo Arabe Yusuf Al-Birch, where we will see how people lived in the 12th century. We continue to visit Artsolutely an art and photography exhibition.
DAY 6 Thursday 4 April, 2024 Madrid
We return to Madrid today via Merida, which was founded in the 1st century BC by the Romans. We will visit the The Teatro Romano a theatre built by the Romans still in use today. We will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
DAY 7 Friday 5 April, 2024 Amsterdam
Today those continuing on the Nethlands, Belbium and French tour will fly to Amsterdam ready to meet the tour group arriving from Australia tomorrow. Those returning to Australia will fly home today.
“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!”