• Price: Price from £385
  • Leaving on: 20/10/2017
  • Arriving back on: 23/10/2017
  • Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands


This tour is by coach only.


A three night, weekend coach tour to the beautiful city of Maastricht in The Netherlands; four-star accommodation, two days at the OEQC and a visit to Brussels.

The OEQC is the most diverse quilt contest in Europe, taking place for the third year at the Maastricht Exposition and Congress Centre and representing all aspects of quilting.

The event will showcase international guest quilt collections as well as exhibiting the beautiful range of designs that compete for the prestigious prizes and trophies. This event provides the inspiration and accessories to create your own creative designs as well as the opportunity to attend workshops.

Maastricht is a city of unique character with grand, historic buildings and fashionable boutiques - great for shopping, dining and sightseeing. This tour includes a visit to Belgium’s capital on the return journey.

Read more about the regions you will be visiting

Maastricht's origins are as a Roman settlement; its geographical location at a shallow part of the River Meuse provided an ideal location at which to construct a bridge- this development providing a pivotal point in the city's history.  From 1600 to 1830 the city's economy was entirely aimed at the presence of the garrison within its walls - traces of the age-long military presence linger on in stories, military maps, rituals and expressions.  

Maastricht is the oldest industrial town of The Netherlands with the building of the canal improving the infrastructure of the city.  Visiting the city today offers the opportunity to see many museums, churches, historical buildings, hidden alleys and spacious squares. Religious tourists have travelled to Maastricht for centuries to see the Basilicas of Our Lady and St. Servatius. For those who dare, there are even tours held in the underground caverns and mines. 

For those seeking excellent shopping, there are plenty of opportunities to find art and design shops as well as fashion boutiques and markets. Maastricht is also home to several art galleries where you can find paintings, sculptures, and other contemporary art.

Golden Tulip Apple Park Maastricht

Three nights bed and breakfast at the Golden Tulip Apple Park Maastricht which is situated on the edge of the historic city, set by a lake. This New York inspired hotel offers a relaxed restaurant and bar with wellness facilities.

A return transfer will operate on event days between the hotel and the show venue. 


Friday 20 October

Early morning departure by coach, arriving at the Golden Tulip Apple Park Maastricht early evening. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October

Two full days to explore the Open European Quilt Championships 2017

Monday 23 October

Depart hotel after breakfast, visiting Brussels before continuing your return journey.

Please note:

For those wishing to join us from Maidstone Services (Guide Times)


Maidstone 0900 

Folkestone 1020

Crossing departs 1120

Arrive in Calais 1255



Calais 1750

Crossing departs 1850

Arrive back 1825

Maidstone  1900

Whichever role you choose in both instances you will benefit from being on the tour with like-minded people, benefitting from the competitive rates associated with a larger booking.  The starting point for both roles is to promote the tour within their local area.  To assist you in presenting the tour to interested parties, we can provide a promotional tour leaflet, electronic images for a PowerPoint presentation or even share your social media posts on the subject. We will help in any way we can.

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Tour price per person

Fri 20 – Mon 23 October:

Quilters' Guild Members:

£385/£487 twin/single if 40 are travelling £399/£501 twin/single if 35 are travelling £325/£527 twin/single if 30 are travelling £449/£551 twin/single if 25 are travelling

Non members:

£405/£507 twin/single if 40 are travelling £419/£521 twin/single if 35 are travelling £445/£547 twin/single if 30 are travelling £469/£571 twin/single if 25 are travelling

Tour Includes

  • Two days' entrance to the Open European Quilt Championship on the Saturday and Sunday
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the Apple Park Hotel
  • Executive coach travel·
  • ECT tour manager
  • A return transfer to the OEQC on each show day
  • Visit to Brussels on the return journey for free time
  • Channel crossing
Not included
  • Travel insurance

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