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Grand British Textile Tour II with Betsy Blodgett

June 14 - June 23

Carnaby Street London

The Grand British Textile Tour is an 8-night adventure.

Part One takes us into the countryside where we will explore Bath and the Cotswolds.
In Part Two we spend four days discovering London.

Tour Dates: June 14 – 23, 2019

Experience the history of England through design. Imagine yourself in the heavy silk gowns of Georgian-era Bath. Step into the swirling floral Arts and Crafts world of William Morris. Get lost in the bustling atmosphere of London, where hidden treasures lie around every corner.

Embark on an adventure to explore neighborhoods, soak up inspiration at museums, and experience design and textiles in England. Together we will learn, create, and share an unforgettable experience.

Projected Base Tour Cost: $6,100 per person based on double occupancy.  Land only tour cost: $4,800; Single supplement cost: $1,500

Tour Dates: June 14 – 23, 2019

Day 1 – Friday, June 14 (Departure)

Get your passports ready, it’s departure day! Kansas City to London is the departure route for the tour; however, airfare can be arranged from any U.S. city to London. Full details on the airline schedule will be forthcoming.

Day 2 – Saturday, June 15

Welcome to England! On our arrival, we will board our private mini-coach that will meet us at London Heathrow Airport and transport us to the lovely Georgian city of Bath.

On the way, we stop for a tour of the Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire, where you will see an original mill wheel, Victorian-era machinery, fabulous silk fabric on the looms, and a delightful shop filled with silk products from the Mill. Whitchurch also boasts a peaceful setting by the River Test and will provide us with a lovely lunch.

By early afternoon, we arrive in beautiful Bath, founded by the Romans and renowned as a fashionable destination during the Regency period. The City of Bath is a World Heritage Site filled with exquisite Georgian architecture, the famous Roman Baths Museum and an acclaimed Fashion Museum.

We will be resting our head for two nights at The Abbey Hotel, a charming, independently-owned hotel located directly in the city center. The Abbey Hotel is in a listed building, artfully combining modern style with its historic character. Amenities include a wonderful on-site restaurant with seating inside or outside on the terrace; a comfortable bar with comfy chatting spaces; eclectic superior level ensuite rooms; complimentary WiFi; and a friendly staff ready to make your stay in Bath memorable.

After an afternoon enjoying Bath, we will have a delicious Welcome Dinner at the Allium Restaurant at the Abbey. The dinner, along with the full breakfast buffet each morning is included in the trip package.

Day 3 – Sunday, June 16

Following breakfast at the hotel, a local guide will lead us on a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, ending at the magnificent Assembly Rooms, home of the Fashion Museum. Admission to the Fashion Museum is included and after an introduction by our guide, you will have time on your own to discover the museum’s many fashion and accessory exhibits.

Lunch and Afternoon: Time on your own to enjoy this lovely city. Consider taking tea at the famous Pump Room, used as a romantic rendezvous spot in Jane Austen’s novels. In the afternoon we will convene for a unique workshop to make that quintessential English accessory – the fascinator!

Evening: Dinner on your own. There are wonderful restaurants in Bath, everything from fun pubs to stylish eateries highlighting a variety of culinary delights from traditional British to Italian and Indian.

Days 4 – 5 – Monday, June 17 to Tuesday June 18

Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Bath in our private mini coach and head to one of the most special places in England – the Cotswolds! Over the next two days we will see quintessential England in lovely villages, rolling green hills, gorgeous manor homes, castles and gardens in their summer flush.

We will stop at the village of Bibury, described by Morris as the “most beautiful village in England”, followed by a tour of William Morris’ summer home at Kelmscott Manor. Probably the most evocative of all houses associated with Morris, Kelmscott Manor contains a fantastic collection of possessions and works of Morris, his family and associates in the Arts and Crafts Movement. We pay homage again to William Morris at the Broadway Tower, a country retreat for Morris and other pre- Raphaelite artists with outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.

We’ll also visit the Real Wood Furniture Company in Chipping Norton who designs pieces inspired by William Morris, as well as lunch and shopping time in the pretty town of Broadway

One afternoon we will visit stately Sudeley Castle, a Tudor masterpiece and former home of Queen Katherine Parr. The grounds contain carefully designed gardens and a chapel containing the Queen’s tomb. There will be time for tea at the Castle’s quaint café.

Whilst in the Cotswolds, we will stay at the award-winning White Hart Royal Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh. This pleasant market town is home to a number of cute shops, outstanding pubs and this historic coaching inn hotel. The White Hart Royal Hotel was used by King Charles I as shelter during the English Civil War following the Battle of Marston Moor on July 2, 1644. A copy of the King’s unpaid bill is commemorated on a plaque within the entrance lobby.

Amenities at the White Hart include beautifully designed and comfortable superior ensuite rooms; period restaurant with original inglenook fireplace; bountiful breakfasts; complimentary WiFi; and a courtyard terrace for chats and drinks.

Our first night in the Cotswolds will include dinner at the White Hart’s restaurant.

Day 6 – Wednesday, June 19

After breakfast at the White Hart, we’ll journey to England’s legendary capital, London!

The Montague on the Gardens Hotel in Bloomsbury will be our home in London. This 4-star luxury hotel spills over with fashionable design in each individually styled room. Don’t miss having a drink in the chic Leopard Bar or take tea overlooking the gardens. Amenities include delicious English breakfasts each morning; complimentary WiFi; and a fantastic location just steps from the British Museum and not far from the West End Theatre district.

Days 7-9 – Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, June 22

We have scoured the city for amazing experiences for you. Our days in London will be filled with visits to unique design showrooms, fabric shops, markets and museums. There will also be time on your own, so if you have a London dream destination you would like to visit, we can make that happen. London is an ever-changing city, so we don’t want to plan out each and every stop too far in advance, just in case we need to change the itinerary to hit up a must-see new exhibit or store. But, here are a few stops that we will be making:

We’ll visit one of the world’s best art and design museums: the Victoria & Albert, which houses a treasure trove of archaeological finds, art, vintage clothing and textiles. Here we will see a spectacular exhibit honoring one of London’s most famous designers, Mary Quant, who launched a fashion revolution in the height of the Swinging’ 60’s.

  • Liberty of London: Visit the legendary store to see the best designs in the world of fashion and home decoration, as well as Liberty’s amazing fabric department.
  • Savile Row Tour: Get inside the iconic stores on Savile Row and learn what goes into creating a bespoke garment.
  • Saturday Morning at the Market: Browsing the stalls at the famous Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill!
  • Fabric and textile stores: Go on a guided tour of some of London’s best fabric stores.

On Saturday evening we’ll toast our marvelous tour with dinner followed by a private mini-coach evening tour around the city.

Day 10 – Sunday, June 23 (Return)

Alas, all good things must come to an end and we will return to the U.S. from Heathrow Airport either to Kansas City or your home airport.

*Tour itinerary subject to change based on availability of venues and schedules.

Projected Base Tour Cost: $6,100 per person based on double occupancy.  Land only tour cost: $4,800; Single supplement cost: $1,500

**Cost will vary based on airfare, which is projected on fares to/from Kansas City. Flights from other U.S. cities may affect the cost. Single occupancy rates are available. Final tour cost will be set once the airfare cost is determined.

Included in the trip:

  • A small group of up to only 15 for a fun, personalized tour
  • Round trip airfare to/from London, England**
  • 8 nights in superior boutique hotels in Bath, the Cotswolds and London
  • 15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 afternoon tea
  • Admission for over 10 unique tours and experiences
  • Porterage included at the hotels
  • Gratuities and taxes for all coach drivers, local guides, hotels, and group meals
  • Transportation in a private coach through the countryside, plus London public transportation
  • Plus, there will be a few surprises on the way!

Deposits and Payments

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure your spot on this tour due immediately at sign-up. The deposit goes toward your base tour costs.

Thereafter, there will be three payments: one-third of the cost due January 1, 2019; second one third payment due February 1, 2019; and the final payment due March 1, 2019. The final payment will include any Optional Tours you elect to purchase.

Payment Options

Lisa Ball Travel Design takes personal checks made out to Lisa Ball Travel Design and mailed to: 5400 Johnson Drive, Suite 246 Mission, KS 66205. Or, you can make payments using VISA or MasterCard via Paypal through LisaBallTravelDesign.com.

Please note: PayPal charges a 3% transaction fee so you must increase your payment amount by 3% to cover this fee.

Betsy Blodgett

Betsy Blodgett

Betsy Blodgett will be joining the tour as your guide to all things design. Her interest in textiles led to a career in the sewing industry – initially as a fabric store owner and more recently with the pattern companies Indygo Junction and The Sewing Workshop. When not working with fabric, she travels with her husband, interviewing artists and designers for their podcast, Hello Atelier.

Lisa BallLisa Ball

Lisa Ball believes everyone should have the opportunity to travel. With that in mind, she turned what was a side hobby of developing church tours into her full-time passion, launching Lisa Ball Travel Design. Lisa’s commitment to making travel affordable for everyone has seen her lead tours around the world. From England to the Amalfi Coast and all the way back to Kansas City, Lisa has made many travel dreams come true.

Tour Documents

All participants in this tour must fill out a Passport Information document; complete the Personal ID form giving LBTD known information on your basic health condition, any known allergies, food/diet restrictions and your emergency contacts; and sign and date the Tour Waiver form. These documents will be mailed or emailed to you at sign-up. Needed Documents to Travel: A valid U.S. Passport; please check your passport expiration date. If you need to renew, you can do this online at travel.state.gov.

Airfare Deviation Fees and Departure from other U.S. Cities

If you plan on going early or staying longer, please note there is an additional $50 per person deviation fee. This cost is due to the extra time involved in working out individual travel arrangements. If you live in another city other than Kansas City, the tour director can arrange for you to meet the group at the gateway U.S. city or arrange a direct air schedule to our destination cities; additional costs from the airline may apply.

*Please tell Lisa Ball Travel Design (LBTD) as soon as possible if you plan on deviating or wish to depart from a different U.S. city.

Travel Insurance

Please note: The tour cost does not include travel insurance as this cost is based on the traveler’s age. If you have a pre-existing health condition and you wish to obtain travel insurance, you must do so within two weeks of paying your deposit to LBTD. LBTD’s airfare expert, Deborah Mason is authorized to sell Travel Guard; her phone number is 816-453-7062. This is one source of reputable travel insurance. AAA Travel also sells travel insurance through Allianz.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your participation with this tour, please note March 1, 2019, is the tour cut-off date. Canceling before March 1, 2019, LBTD will refund you any monies you have paid prior to this date, aside from the non-refundable deposit. Canceling on March 2, 2019 or after, there is no refund. If you cancel the tour and you have purchased travel insurance, LBTD will work with your insurance company to provide the necessary paperwork so you can receive a reimbursement from the insurance company. Due to their specialty nature, there can be no refunds on Optional Tours.


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