Houston Quilt Festival & Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014
This is an amazing and unique 19 day tour to the great Quilt Show in Houston together with the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA. Our tour will also visit San Francisco, Monterey, Hearst Castle, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The 2014 US Houston quilt tour will be led by Lisa Walton, an experienced quilter, textile artist, dyer and teacher from Sydney.
Day 01, 17 Oct: Australia – San Francisco
Depart to San Francisco on United Airlines and arrive in the morning. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel for the night.
Days 02 – 03, 18 – 19 Oct: Pacific International Quilt Festival (B.D)
These two days you will visit the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIII. The Pacific International Quilt Festival returns to Santa Clara, CA with a spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art. This well-recognized and largest quilt show on the west coast, known to quilters as P.I.Q.F., is held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of quilt art, it also offers a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by world-renowned instructors. A 300 booth Merchants Mall can be found with the best in fabrics, notions, machines, wearable art and everything for the quilter, artist and home sewer. You will view a magnificent competition of the finest quilts created by talented artists from across the globe. Fashionable entries from the Wearable Art Competition will also be on display. In addition, this Festival also features over 60 workshops and lectures presented by the international teaching staff.
Day 04, 20 Oct: San Francisco Sightseeing (B.D)
San Francisco is the leading financial and cultural centre of Northern California. Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate and one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco. Lombard Street is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. Fisherman's Wharf gets its name and neighbourhood characteristics from the city's early days during the Gold Rush when Italian immigrant fishermen settled in the area and fished for the Dungeness crab. Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinese community outside Asia, famous for its Dragon Gate.
Day 05, 21 Oct: San Francisco – Monterey (B.D)
Start with Silicon Valley City tour in the morning. Silicon Valley is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations as well as thousands of small startups. The term originally referred to the region's large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually came to refer it to all the high-tech businesses in the area; it is now generally used as a metonym for the American high-tech sector. You will continue to visit Stanford University, which is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. After that, travel to Monterey and visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Stroll around the Pier to Cannery Row, brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel. Stay overnight there.
Day 06, 22 Oct: Monterey – Hearst Castle – Fresno (B.D)
Today’s highlight is Hearst Castle. It is a National and California Historical Landmark. It was designed for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. After that, proceed to Fresno and stay overnight there.
Day 07, 23 Oct: Fresno – Yosemite National Park – Fresno (B.D)
Set out for Yosemite National Park in California passing through Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake. Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Stay overnight in Fresno.
Day 08, 24 Oct: Fresno – Barstow – Grand Canyon West Rim (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 center for the Inland Empire. After long journey, you will arrive in Grand Canyon and stay overnight in Grand Canyon West Rim.
Drive to West Rim of Grand Canyon, The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona. On the skywalk, you can overlook the magnificent Grand Canyon scenery and feel the magic of nature. You also can travel by helicopter to the bottom of Grand Canyon to ride a yacht to enjoy the beautiful view of
canyon from another angle on the Colorado River.
Day 09, 25 Oct: Grand Canyon – Hoover Dam – 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, move forward to Hoover Dam which is the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. You will see the dam and power plant. Afterwards, travel to Las Vegas on road, a city called “Sin City”. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. It is known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World” as well. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour by coach in Las Vegas. Stay overnight in Las Vegas. You can watch a show at your own expense at night.
Day 10, 26 Oct: 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.
Accommodation: Monte Carlo Resort or similar
Day 11, 27 Oct: Las Vegas – Los Angeles (B.D)
After breakfast, proceed to Los Angeles. On the way, you will shop at Lenwood Outlet. Arriving in Los Angeles in the afternoon and check into your hotel for the night.
Day 12, 28 Oct: Los Angeles (B.D)
City Tour, Universal Studio, Hollywood. Today’s highlight is to explore Los Angeles. It is the second largest city of USA and a famous global city. The successful achievement of entertainment industry especially contributes to Los Angeles’ international reputation and global position. Hollywood Walk of Fame is located here. It consists of more than 2000 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along the street in Hollywood. Universal Studios Inc. is one of the six major movie studios and also known as movie theme park. You can be revealed behind the scenes production and special photography skills. If time permits, have a sightseeing tour to Los Angeles including China Town, etc. Stay overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 13, 29 Oct: Los Angeles – Houston (B.D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Houston. Houston may be the fourth largest city in the United States, but a day trip with Urban Adventures will show you that it’s really a patchwork of unique neighbourhoods. Upon arrival, you’ll join us for a tour to the Quilt Museum. Afterwards, you will have an excursion to the legendary Bayou Bend Mansion and Gardens. We’ve arranged for a private tour of the mansion’s twenty eight rooms lavishly decorated with 17th century textiles that include bed coverings, window hangings, needlework, and quilts. We’ll also see works from such legendary artists as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, and the Peale family. And be sure to meander outside where eight elegant gardens and statuary wait to be enjoyed. It is easy to see why Bayou Bend is one of the premier museums of American painting and decorative arts, standing alongside the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the scope and importance of its holdings. Stay overnight in Houston.
Days 14 – 16, 30 Oct – 01 Nov: Houston Quilts Show (B.D)
These three days we will visit the Houston’s legendary International Quilt Festival. We’ll enjoy a dazzling display of hundreds of works of quilt art, including prize winning and collectable quilts, and wearable art. And the shopping is a not-for-quilters-only, international extravaganza! Hundreds of merchant booths offer quilters, crafters, and collectors an opportunity to shop for unique products from the four corners of the world. In addition to the thousands of fabrics and notions, we’ll discover: antiques, books, yarn and fibre materials, antique jewellery, ribbons, buttons and trims, and sewing notions, wearable art, supplies for needlework, jewellery… and so much more!
Day 17, 02 Nov: Houston – San Francisco – Australia (B.L)
You are free to pack your luggage in the morning. After check-out, you are transferred to local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will go down under the busy avenues and explore the largest, mostly private, pedestrian Tunnel System in the world and stroll around this Houston. In the afternoon, you will bid farewell to America as you are transferred to airport for your flight homewards to Australia via San Francisco.
Day 18, 03 Nov: On Flight
You are onboard the flight to Australia today.
Day 19, 04 Nov: Australia
You arrive in Australia in the morning. You unforgettable USA Quilts tour ends.
Tour price $7,280 per person, twin share
Single supplement: $1,280
Tour price includes:
1. Return economy class air-ticket: Sydney to America and America domestic flights by United Airlines (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. Airport tax and fuel surcharge (currently $890, subject to change);
3. Transfers and transport by air-conditioned coach.
4. Sixteen night accommodation at 4 star hotels as indicated or similar.
5. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
6. Entrance for all the Quilt shows.
7. Sightseeing tours with entrance fees as specified in the itinerary.
8. A Quilter and tour leader from Australia.
9. English speaking tour guides in America.
10. 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.
5. Meals and service not mentioned in the itinerary.
- 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.
- 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.