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Milan and the Italian Lakes Quilting Retreat Experience the best of both worlds on this fantastic two-centre holiday which combines a stay in the global capital of art and design, Milan, with a relaxing retreat amongst the tranquil setting of Lake Levico. Our Italian escape begins with two nights in the bustling metropolis of Milan; and what better place to gather creative inspiration than one of the fashion capitals of the world. Discover the secrets of the Aurifil factory with a guided tour, meet the embroiders of Pino Grasso embroidery and visit the fascinating Como Silk Museum on route to our next destination. Situated overlooking the waters of Lake Levico, one of the cleanest lakes in Italy, and surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites, Levico really is idyllic, and the perfect location for a relaxing retreat following our short city break. During our stay, we’ll enjoy four full-day quilting workshops with Karin, relax in the hotel gardens and maybe indulge in a spot of pampering at the wellness centre. Several projects will be offered on this retreat, using mountains and lakes as our inspiration and using several different Aurifil threads for machine and hand embroidery.
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Meet Karin and your Arena Travel Tour Manager at the airport for you flight to Milan. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Our excursion today will take us first to the Aurifil factory and then to Pino Grasso embroidery, a workshop that collaborates with the greatest names in French and Italian fashion. At Aurifil, through a guided tour and short talk we’ll learn about every phase of the production process. Some of the areas that we visit are not usually open to visitors. Everyone will receive an Aurifil goodie bag and our visit will finish with a visit to their outlet store. At Pino Grasso embroidery we’ll learn how the embroidery pieces are designed and created and see images of some of the finished pieces from international fashion brands. Each step of the process will be explained, from preparation of the fabrics to how the designs are transferred. We’ll see the embroiderers at work and visit the company archive of materials.
We say arrivederci to Milan and start our journey towards Levico. On route we will stop in Como to visit the Museo della Seta (Silk Museum). The museum is the only one in the world to show the visitor the entire production process, from silkworm to colourful yarns, hand printing and fashion collections. The museum also displays machinery, documents and samples from the glorious past of the textile industry that still nowadays rewards Como as the “City of Silk”.
Enjoy four full day workshops with Karin with used of Bernina machines.
Transfer to Milan airport for return flight to London.
When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from
For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.
If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.
Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.
Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.
Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.
Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.
If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.
For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?