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Cross Stitch in France and Pour l’Amour du Fil

Join Jane Greenoff on this coach tour through France. Visit Rouen, the city of a hundred spires, and shop for embroidery supplies in Paris. Be inspired by a visit to Monet's Gardens and the opportunity to view both medieval and contemporary tapestries on route to Nantes and the Pour l'Amour du Fil, a meeting place for all craft enthusiasts. Jane will offer two half-day workshops, using one of her kits, during the tour.

Your Tour Includes

  • Return crossing with Eurotunnel
  • 7 nights in 4-star accommodation
  • Coach travel on a Silver Service coach
  • Dinner on the first and last nights
  • Company and expertise of Jane Greenoff
  • Cross stitch project kit
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Excursions and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
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Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 8 day itinerary

Join the coach at one of four pick up points (Fairford Gloucestershire, London, Maidstone and Folkestone). Continue to Rouen via Eurotunnel. Get to know your fellow crafters over the included dinner at the hotel this evening.

Includes Dinner

Enjoy a half-day workshop with Jane this morning. Make the most of your free time this afternoon to explore Rouen, described by 19th century poet and novelist Victor Hugo as 'the city of a hundred spires'. See Notre Dame Cathedral with its splendid Butter Tower, immortalised in paintings by Claude Monet, and admire the Gros Horloge, a huge astronomical clock dating back to the 16th century. In the centre of the Old Market Square stands the church of St Joan of Arc, whose design represents the pyre on which Joan perished in 1431. The former Archbishops Palace houses Historial Jeanne de Arc, a museum dedicated to the life of Joan of Arc.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Rouen Workshop

We leave Rouen this morning and continue through France to the cosmopolitan city of Paris. A large portion of the capital, including the River Seine, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with our local guide, who will introduce us to some of the city’s famous sights.

This afternoon we'll have the opportunity for some retail therapy at Le Bonheur de Dames, a cross stitch and embroidery shop.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Le Bonheur de Dames Paris

Excursion to Monet's Garden in Giverny. The perspectives, symmetries and colours of the flower and water gardens were the inspiration for some of his most famous works. The artist lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926, and today his house and  in particular the gardens, made famous by his painting of the water lilies, have been restored to Monet’s original designs.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Monet's Garden

We leave Paris this morning and continue through France to Nantes. We stop on route at Château d'Angers to view the Apocalypse Tapestry – a large set of medieval tapestries commissioned by Louis I, and woven in Paris between 1377 and 1382. The tapestry depicts the story of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation by Saint John the Divine in colourful images, spread over 6 tapestries that originally totalled 90 scenes, and were about 6 metres high and 140 metres long.

Our second stop is at the Jean Lurçat & Contemporary Tapestry Museum to view Jean Lurçat's Chant du Monde tapestry and also to discover tapestry collections from the 1930’s to contemporary approaches to textile design.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Jean Lurçat & Contemporary Tapestry Museum Château d'Angers

This morning we marvel at Les Machines de l'Île and take the Great Elephant Ride, travelling aboard the motorised elephant as we find out how the gears and the legs work from a machinist as we enjoy a stunning view of the site of the former shipyards.

This afternoon we enjoy our second half-day cross stitch workshop with Jane.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Nantes Workshop

A full day at the Pour l’Amour du Fil Show – the meeting place for enthusiasts of patchwork, sewing, embroidery, and many more textile crafts. Come together with your fellow crafters over dinner in the hotel this evening.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Pour l'Amour du Fil

Return to the UK with a stop at the Cite Europe Mall in Coquelles for some retail therapy before crossing the channel on the Eurotunnel and back to our points of departure.

Includes Breakfast

You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.

Ideal for Embroiderers

Ideal for Embroiderers

Carefully created for lovers of embroidery, this Stitchtopia embroidery holiday is the ideal opportunity to learn a new craft or indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented embroidery expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

Accommodation

You will stay for two nights at the Radisson Blu Rouen Centre, two nights at the Hôtel Forest Hill Meudon-Vélizy, and three nights at the Novotel Nantes Centre Bord de Loire.