Teaching Trips and Cruises Abroad 2022

Scroll down to see three different trips scheduled for 2022.

Land Tour of Wales and Cornwall

April 19-May 1, 2022, a 13-day tour!

 

 

Travel with me to the Wonderwool Festival held every year in Wales! We will visit a castle, gardens, take a steam train ride, visit the National Wool Museum and a shepherd’s farm, lovely Cornwall villages, an abbey, and, as we make our way back to London to fly home, we will see the amazing Stonehenge! For more information or to book, email the tour company: infoATopulentquiltjourneysDOTcom. You can download this abbreviated brochure of the trip :

To download the full tour brochure (with registration form), and for more information, click this link here.

 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Tues April 19 Manchester

We will fly into Machester, stay at the Hilton, and after dinner, will be treated to a very special presentation by a member of the British Knit and Crochet Guild, Julia Halliwell:

A presentation of British knitting
Throughout the British Isles, there is a rich tradition of knitting and this is well represented in the collection of the KCG… from regional ganseys and textured Arans to intricately patterned Sanquhar gloves and exquisite, fine Shetland lace.
Julia Halliwell, a long time collection volunteer and enthusiastic maker herself, will bring you a special selection of these pieces for an individual and bespoke session…. you will be able to see these unique examples up close and personal- even handling them with the proviso that our white cotton gloves are worn.  Julia hopes she will leave you fired with enthusiasm for the historic craft traditions of the regions you will be visiting and maybe even hungry to return for more!

Day 2 Wed April 20 Manchester-Porthmadog 

Travel to Porthmadog, a picturesque harbor town with a good range of shops and attractions. We visit Plas Brondanw Gardens – a jewel in the Welsh Crown. Inspired by the gardens of Renaissance Italy, strong architectural influences are evident within the Plas gardens, stone walls, topiary, and avenues of trees leading the eye to the dramatic backdrop of the mountains beyond. Our next stop is Portmeirion Village, a miniature Italianate fantasy village. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925, Portmeirion was built in imitation of a rustic Italian village, to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

Day 3 Thu April 21 Porthmadog 

Today we visit Meinir’s traditionally run family farm in the picturesque village of Llangian. As a hand knitter herself, Meinir looked at producing a range of wool that was not available as a commercially mass-produced product.

Day 4 Fri April 22 Porthmadog-Aberystwyth 

Travel north to visit the famous Caernarfon Castle recognized around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages. This fortress-palace on the banks of the River Seiont is grouped with Edward I’s other castles at Conwy, Beaumaris, and Harlech as a World Heritage Site. After the visit, we will experience a scenic steam train ride back to Porthmadog. The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway with almost 200 years of history. The historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain, or even tunneling through it.

Day 5 Sat April 23 Aberystwyth 

Welcome to Wonderwool Wales! We attend the premier Wool & Natural Fiber Festival in Wales. First held in 2006 to promote the market for Welsh wool and add value to product for small wool & fiber producers in Wales, the festival celebrates the green credentials of Welsh wool and its versatility as a material for creative crafts, designer clothes, home furnishings, and more.

Day 6 Sun April 24 Aberystwyth-Cardigan 

Enjoy the Wonderwool festival before leaving for Cardigan.

Day 7 Mon April 25 Cardigan-Bristol 

After breakfast, we visit the National Wool Museum before traveling to Bristol. Wales is famous for its wool and yarn industries, as well as its blankets and throws. A gallery in the museum shows aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection. Visit Jen Jones Quilt Center in Lampeter. Jen Jones wishes to share her love of Welsh Quilts and to promote a wider understanding of the importance of this regional art form.

Day 8 Tue April 26 Bristol 

Taken aback by the impressive Longleat House, where you can step back through over 450 years of history. It is one of the finest Elizabethan stately homes in the country. We then visit the miraculously preserved English village, Lacock Village. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago.

Day 9 Wed April 27 Bristol-Plymouth 

Today we depart for Plymouth. En route, we visit the beautiful fishing town of Brixham. Continue to Buckfast Abbey where you’ll dive Into culture and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for nearly 1,000 years.

Day 10 Thu April 28 Plymouth-St Ives-Plymouth 

Enjoy a day excursion to the north coast fishing town of St Ives. The town is built on a narrow peninsula fringed with sandy beaches. Radiating out from the idyllic harbor are a maze of painfully quaint cobbled streets lined with fishermen’s cottages. We’ll have a chance to meet the locals, enjoy lunch, a talk, Q&A, and shopping with Gorgeous Yarns. Later we visit the mighty Pendennis Castle in Falmouth before returning to Plymouth for overnight.

Day 11 Fri April 29 Plymouth-Exeter 

Travel to Exeter where we follow the Exeter Woolen Trail and explore the key sites of Exeter’s most important historical industry – the woolen cloth trade. We will also visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) which holds significant and diverse collections in areas such as zoology, anthropology, fine art, local and overseas archaeology, and geology. Then visit Exeter Cathedral, one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere.

Day 12 Sat April 30 Exeter-Salisbury-London 

Today we depart Exeter for London, en route visit Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge upright and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists, and visitors. Enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel in London.

Day 13 Sun May 1 Depart London 

Group transfer to the airport for your journey home.

 

Cruise New Zealand and Australia!

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March 31- April 14, a 14-day cruise!

Though 2020 saw a dearth of cruises, plans are being made for 2022!  Join me on a cruise of New Zealand and Australia in March, 2022 for a 14-day cruise from Auckland, NZ to Sydney, Australia on the Oosterdam ship of Holland America. For more details of each port visit the Craft Cruises website.

The Itinerary

New Zealand
March 31    Embark in Auckland
April 1     Auckland
April 2    Tauranga (Rotorua)
April 3     Gisborne
April 4    Wellington
April 5    Akaroa (Christchurch)
April 6    Fort Chalmers (Dunedin)
Australia
April 7     Scenic Cruising, Fiordland National Park
April 8    At Sea (Tasman Sea)
April 9     At Sea
April 10   Hobart, Tasmania
April 11    At Sea
April 12   Melbourne, Victoria
April 13   At Sea (Coral Sea)
April 14   Sydney, NSW

Join me on a knitting cruise adventure Downunder! Cruise from Auckland to Sydney visiting some of the most popular ports including Tauranga (Rotorua), Gisborne, Wellington, Akaroa (Christchurch), Dunedin, Fiordland National Park, Hobart, Melbourne, and Sydney. This cruise offers the perfect balance between time in port and relaxing days at sea.

New Zealand is ideally seen from a cruise ship since you only need to pack and unpack once. Arrive early to explore Auckland and its surrounding areas including the Bay of Islands and Waiheke Island. Sample wines at local vineyards, jump off the Sky Tower or participate head out to see the wild black sand beaches in Piha where the movie, The Piano was filmed.

Visit Ashford Wheels and Looms on the South Island where you will shop for the best yarns produced in New Zealand. Visit Tasmania, one of the most remote destinations on earth, and Melbourne. From Melbourne, the group will enjoy a trip out to the beloved Tarndie Homestead where everyone will learn about Polwarth sheep and what it is like to farm sheep in the rugged Outback.

This amazing cruise ends in Sydney where knitters can extend their stay to see the iconic Sydney Opera House, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, and visit Jane Slicer-Smith and her Signature Handknits Studio for a trunk show. Shop in Skein Sisters, Sydney’s best yarn shop, for a last souvenir skein.

For those wanting to fully experience Australia, let CraftCruises.com help you plan an extension to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s famous Red Center, or some of Sydney’s top attractions such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, or the Hunter Valley wine region.

The Polar Ice Cap Cruise

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June 12 – July 3, 2022, a 22-day cruise!

Sail on the Holland America ship the Volendam from the Netherlands to Norway, Iceland, and Scotland!  For more details of each port visit the Craft Cruises website.

 

 

The Itinerary

The Netherlands
June 12    Embark in Rotterdam
June 13     At Sea
Norway
June 14    Eidfjord
June 15    Bergen
June 16    Molde
June 17   At Sea
June 18    At Sea
June 19     Longyearbyen
June 20    At Sea-scenic cruise of the Polar Ice Cap
June 21     Ny-Alesund
Iceland
June 22   At Sea
June 23   At Sea
June 24   Eyjafjordur
June 25   Isafjordur
June 26   Reykjavík
June 27   Reykjavík
June 28   At Sea
Scotland
June 29    Kirkwall
June 30    Edinburgh
July 1        Invergordon
July 2        At Sea
July 3        Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Embark with Craft Cruises on a journey to the Arctic Circle during the summer solstice when the days are long. The cruise begins and ends in Rotterdam. This cruise sets sail along the coast and fjords of Norway, stopping in Eidfjord, Bergen, and Molde, before traveling into the Arctic Ocean some 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland to Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago, where polar bears reportedly outnumber the residents. The Volendam then circles Iceland, docking in the ports of Akureyri and Ísafjörður before overnighting in the vibrant capital Reykjavik. Heading back toward Rotterdam, the ship visits Kirkwall, Edinburgh, and Invergordon near Inverness.

From mid-May until the end of July, the Midnight Sun shines over the polar cap and Svalbard, a beautiful archipelago hundreds of miles north of Norway in the Arctic Ocean. Here visitors are captivated by the rugged beauty and wildlife of one of the most remote places on earth. This region is home to glaciers, jagged peaks, wildflowers, and reindeer. It is common to see beluga, humpback, orca, and narwhal, and many arctic seabirds.

Onboard, Beth Brown-Reinsel will offer a range of her most popular classes that highlight knitting techniques and designs with a Nordic influence, including everything from Icelandic Lopapeysa Pullovers to Swedish-Twined Knitted Mittens. Beth is the perfect instructor for this polar knitting cruise with more than 30 years of teaching experience and a passion for historical knitting. Traveling at the height of summer is optimal for visiting the Arctic Circle. From ice-carved fjords to glistening glaciers and from geysers and hot springs to waterfalls, beauty abounds. You’ll almost not want to sleep and miss any sights. Knitters will be in their element as this itinerary provides unique opportunities to learn about the rich history and traditions of knitting, from Norwegian knitwear to Icelandic sweaters. Enjoy local seafood specialties, Norwegian pastries, or an ice-cold local beer. There’s no better way to see the alluring North than this 21-day Polar Ice cruise, so please join us!