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Before quilting begins in earnest, you’ll enjoy a 2-night stay in the beautiful city of Oporto including a full day’s sightseeing tour with a cruise on the River Douro and tasting of the famous port wine. Portugal’s famous azulejo tiles and a visit to one of Oporto’s leading quilt shops are sure to provide inspiration for your stitching under the expert guidance of Karin.
A message from our expert: I am delighted to be returning to a beautiful hotel on the Portuguese coast, ideal for a quilting retreat. The main project will be a quilt (lap or cot size) which when not in use becomes a wraparound pillow. A complimentary copy of my book, ‘Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts’ is included. We will also be spending time in the ancient city of Porto, famous for port wine production and visit the charming walled town of Obidos, a favourite with our quilters! A week of sewing, cultural and historical visits, good food and wine, and shopping in beautiful Portugal. What more could you ask for?
Meet Karin Hellaby and your Arena Tour Manager at London’s Gatwick airport for the flight to Porto. On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel and check-in for a 2-night stay. The evening is at leisure and a chance to try one of the many excellent restaurants close by.
Today’s full day guided tour is a chance to get acquainted with Portugal’s second city. We’ll see the stunning Sé Cathedral and explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the characterful Ribeira District. In São Bento Railway station, we have a chance to admire the famous azulejo tiles. Also included is a leisurely cruise on the River Douro taking us under some of the city’s magnificent bridges, and a visit to the wine cellars to taste the port wine. During the day there’ll be some time at leisure so you can enjoy lunch and a little independent exploration.
This morning we visit PanopraMantas, a popular quilting store in Porto. Having enjoyed a little retail therapy, we’ll leave Porto and drive to the historical, riverfront city of Coimbra. Here you’ll have time at leisure to soak up the unique atmosphere and take lunch in one of Coimbra’s many restaurants. Our journey continues to Obidos where we check-in to our hotel for a 5-night stay. Dinner is served in the restaurant each evening.
Four fantastic days during which you’ll enjoy both morning and afternoon workshops with Karin Hellaby in a private room at the hotel. Using Bernina sewing machines and with Karin’s expert guidance, you have the chance to learn new techniques, hone your stitching skills and create a wonderful memento of your Portuguese holiday. Around the workshops there is plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic facilities at the resort too!
After a leisurely morning at the resort we’ll return to Porto for our flight to London.
Single Room Supplement from £540.00 (8 days).
Uniquely created for textile lovers, this Stitchtopia textile holiday is the perfect way to discover fascinating fabrics and cultures, whilst travelling to some of the world’s most inspiring places. Our talented stitching expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host creative workshops with beautifully designed projects inspired by your travels.