Off The Beaten Path Needlepoint Tour of England & Scotland – Moved to April 2021

Our Off the Beaten Path in England and Scotland Tour, April 18 – May 1, 2021, will take us to some of the more out-of-the-way and amazing parts of these two historic countries. We will start our tour at Hampton Court in Southwest London, exploring the Tower of London and other sights. We then head to England’s glorious Southeast, to the counties of Sussex and Kent to explore historic houses, castles and spend some time at the quintessentially Victorian seaside. Afterwards we will make our way over the border to Scotland’s capitol, Edinburgh, then head Northwards into the stunningly scenic Highlands. Finally we will travel back towards London, with a stop at Shakespeare’s birthplace. On our tour you will stay in beautiful lodgings with fine cuisine, and enjoy exclusive stitching projects. There will be time for shopping, leisure, fun and making new friends.

The cost of the Off The Beaten Path Tour will be:

Double Occupancy room: $8450.00
Single Occupancy room $8950.00

Tale of Two Cities Add-On Week:

Single: $3650/ Double: $3300

Total for all three weeks: Single: $12,600/Double: $11,750

If you have already signed up for one tour and would like to add the extension, please email Elizabeth at editor@needlepointnow.com.

A deposit of $3,000 USD is due on sign-up and then you will be invoiced for the remaining payments. The final payment will be due March 15th, 2021.

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH UPDATED ITINERARY

SUNDAY April 18, 2021
Arrival at Mitre Hotel Hampton Court.
Welcome drinks and dinner.
(Please note you can transfer from any arrival terminal at Heathrow directly into the Hotel. Passengers arriving into Terminals 2 & 3 can walk to the Hotel with ease. Passengers arriving into Terminals 4 & 5 can take the shuttle. Jeremy will be already at the Hotel and can meet you on request. If you plan to arrive the day before Jeremy can organize extra nights accommodation.)

MONDAY April 19, 2021
After breakfast we will take a full day’s tour of the sights of London and will visit the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. There will also be time for shopping in the legendary department store Liberty. Dinner at Mezzet Restaurant at Hampton Court, which is always great fun.

TUESDAY April 20, 2021
We will be collected by our luxury Bus and will visit Knole House in the County of Kent, followed by a tour of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. Then onwards to the seaside town of Eastbourne and check into the famous Grand Hotel for three nights. Dinner at the hotel.

WEDNESDAY April 21, 2021
Today we will have an easy day and we will have a class with Elizabeth to carry on with our tour’s needlepoint projects. Also you can have some leisure time and enjoy being at the Classic English Seaside. Dinner at the Hotel.

THURSDAY April 22, 2021
After breakfast we will drive to the small city of Canterbury to visit the Cathedral which is a World Heritage Site and the oldest and most important Christian structure in the U.K. There will be time to meander round the medieval lanes, and we will make a visit to a craft and needlework store. Dinner at the hotel in Eastbourne.

FRIDAY April 23, 2021
Today we will leave Eastbourne and drive to South East London to see Red House, the iconic home of William and Jane Morris and the centre of the Pre-Raphaelite Circle. William Morris’s artistic contribution has made a huge impact on needlepoint up to the present day. After our visit we will proceed to a hotel near London Heathrow. Dinner at the hotel.

SATURDAY April 24, 2021
Transfer to London Heathrow for our guests on the Tale of Two Cities Tour to depart to the USA. En route to Edinburgh we will take a night stop in the North of England, somewhere picturesque and of interest. This has yet to be confirmed.

SUNDAY April 25, 2021
After breakfast we will head for Edinburgh, check into the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel. In the afternoon, you will have time to shop and sightsee.

MONDAY April 26, 2021
Today we will spend a full day in Edinburgh and visit Dovecot Studios, a tapestry weaving studio founded in 1912. There will be another activity in the afternoon, to be advised. Dinner at Berties famous Fish and Chip Restaurant.

TUESDAY April 27, 2021
After breakfast, we will cross the mighty Firth of Forth and take a class at the Wemyss School of Needlework. Afterwards we will stay further north in a hotel to be confirmed.

WEDNESDAY April 28, 2021
After breakfast our journey takes us to the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at Glamis Castle. Today we will also visit a Whisky Distillery. Dinner at the hotel, to be confirmed.

THURSDAY April 29, 2021
We depart and take a picturesque drive through the Scottish Heartlands with its stunning scenery, making a stop at Stirling, before heading back towards England and a night at Hillthwaite House Hotel, Windermere. Dinner at the hotel.

FRIDAY April 30, 2021
We will depart mid-morning back to London with a stop in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and an early dinner at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre Restaurant. After dinner, we will head back to London Heathrow and check into the Hilton Garden Inn, Terminal 2.

SATURDAY May 1, 2021
Easy transfers to the terminal for your selected flights to the USA.

Please note: Jeremy can organize extensions to your stay if you wish to arrive early or stay longer in London, and can help you make plans if you wish to do so. If you have any requests or anything you would like to do or see that is near our route, please let us know, and we will try to include it.

Notes

  • We will make additions to the itinerary in due course, to include other visits and activities.
  • Please note: With the Covid-19 situation, we will of course be following all our Government’s guidelines as they are at the time of travel. With our visits and activities listed, we will make all necessary alterations for your personal safety at the time of travel.
  • During your stay in the UK, we will do our utmost to ensure we cover all the activities listed, but may have to alter certain aspects of the itinerary, subject to the situation on the ground at the time. In some of the villages and towns, the lanes can be steep and uneven. Please make sure you have good suitable footwear.
  • Included in the tour price will be all the stitching projects with materials. All you will need to bring are your personal stitching tools that you would normally use. We have not listed on the itinerary specific times for stitching and tutorials, however we will make ample time available for these activities.
  • All dinners are included in the tour price, excluding beverages. We normally have a big English breakfast and at lunchtime you will be able to purchase a light lunch or a Cake etc. Please note that we can accommodate food allergies by your prior advice.
  • All our accommodations and dinners will be of very high standard and although we are really informal as a tour, some of our dining venues may request guests to adopt more ‘smart casual’ attire.
  • The tour will be guided by both Jeremy and Elizabeth. Jeremy of course is British and is an expert in the History and Art of the country.
  • If you have any questions or requirements, please e-mail Jeremy at: hamiltonco@btconnect.com or Elizabeth at the Needlepoint Now office.