Nantes: Quiltmania's Pour L'Amour du Fil 2020
This is an unmissable tour for needlecraft fans! Our programme combines three days at Quiltmania’s renowned showcase of quilting, patchwork, embroidery and knitting with an expert talk and a fascinating guided walking tour of Nantes.
Our Pour L'Amour du Fil tour package includes four nights' bed and breakfast accommodation and direct flights from the UK
Pour l’Amour du Fil is a must-visit annual treat for needlework aficionados. Featuring 800 antique, traditional and contemporary textile works, 120 international exhibitors and 100 classes, 'for the love of thread' is a four-day celebration of all things sewn, quilted, patchworked, embroidered and knitted.
The theme for 2020 is The British Isles and, while the line-up of invited artists is still in development, the event always attracts an impressive roster of names, so inspiration is guaranteed.
With three full days at the show, our programme allows you plenty of time to see the exhibitions, browse the many enticing textile stalls and take part in the busy programme of talks, practical workshops and demonstrations. (Please note, these need to be booked separately through Pour l'Amour Du Fil and carry an additional charge.)
Located at the mouth of the Loire River, Nantes is a lively and innovative city with a rich cultural heritage. We have chosen city centre accommodation and made the third day of the programme flexible to give you plenty of time to explore.
The Château des ducs de Bretagne is not to be missed. With 500 meters of curtain walls, punctuated by seven towers, it appears to be a fortress, but walk into the inner courtyard, and you will find it is, in fact, a flamboyantly Gothic 15th century ducal residence.
The city’s other great architectural gem is the Cathedral St. Pierre. Built in the 15th Century and still an active place of worship, it boasts an impressive collection of exquisite, contemporary stained glass windows.
The Musée d’Arts de Nantes has now re-opened after a six-year refurbishment. Home to one of the finest art collections in France, the permanent exhibition contains over 900 works ranging from the 13th to 21st Century, so whether your taste is for Tintoretto, Rodin, Monet, Delaunay or Anish Kapoor, there is sure to be something here to delight and surprise.
Nantes lies on one of the most beautiful estuaries in the world and so we recommend that you make time for an 'Estuaire' boat trip. This 2 hour 45 minute journey is quite the best way to see the rich wildlife preserves, huge industrial buildings and maritime heritage sites that make up the region's unique landscape.
And of course, no one should miss The Grand Elephant. One of several robotic animals who roam at the Machines de Ile, this famous elephant stands 12m tall and is made from 45 tonnes of steel and wood. If you would like to take a ride, you need to book tickets here. Places go fast, so do book well ahead.
Flights will be available to add to your package in October - these will be with Easy Jet
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You will be staying in the centre of Nantes at the 3* Best Western Hotel Graslin
A stone's throw from key sites such as the 18th century Graslin Theatre, Château des ducs de Bretagne and the historic shopping mall Passage Pommeraye, this elegant, friendly hotel is the perfect base for this tour.
The quiet, comfortable bedrooms all come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs and a buffet breakfast is included.
This hotel was refurbished earlier this year and is ranked 4/5 on TripAdvisor and 8.2/10 on Booking.com
Wednesday 22nd April
Arrive in Nantes and transfer to hotel for check in
A two hour walking tour of Nantes with a local guide to familiarise you with the city and highlight points of interest for you to return to at your leisure. The guide will also show you where to find the city's best fabric stores.
5pm - Welcome get together at the hotel with your Tour Manager to discuss plans for your visit. Tea/coffee and a slice of cake will be served.
Evening at leisure
Thursday 23rd / Friday 24th April
9.30am - transfer to Le Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire for Pour l'Amour du Fil
'In Conversation with' - approx 40 minute talk with a quilt artist (name TBC) Please note this is on Thursday 23rd only.
6pm - return to hotel
Evening at leisure
Saturday 25th April
Public transport to Le Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire for Pour l'Amour du Fil (opening times 10am-6pm). The tram goes from the centre of Nantes and the ticket price has been included. The Tour Manager will accompany you.
Day at leisure to explore Nantes
Evening at leisure
Sunday 26th April
Transfer to airport for return flight to UK
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Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking
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Flights from London Gatwick with EasyJet
Ground package: £550
Single room supplement: £180 for 4 nights
- Return flights to Nantes
- 5 day Quilt Mania pass to Pour l'Amour du Fil 2020 (excluding workshops & lectures)
- Walking tour of Nantes with a local guide on arrival afternoon - including visits to specialist fabric shops
- 4 nights bed and breakfast at the Best Western Hotel Graslin
- Services of an ECT Tour Manager
- Welcome tea/coffee & cake on arrival
- 'In Conversation with' talk from a quilt artist
- Return Nantes Airport transfers
- 2x return coach transfers to Pour l'Amour du Fil
- Tram transfers on 25th April
- Travel disruption insurance