• TOUR PACKAGE
  • ABOUT CHEF JENNY
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  • TESTIMONIALS
“BAKING & CAKE DECORATING” EXPERIENCE IN ENGLAND WITH CHEF JENNY MCCOY!

"I am thrilled to invite you to join me on a baking and cake decorating adventure of a lifetime!
You'll explore the crème de la crème of bakeries in cosmopolitan London; tour the fashionable food hall at Harrods; and learn a modern version of the classic Lambeth piping method using buttercream instead of traditional royal icing – all while hanging out with me and talking shop non-stop.
I hope you can join me on this amazing journey, and together we will immerse ourselves in all things sweet and enjoy endless inspiration for your baking and cake decorating endeavors for years to come."
 - Chef Jenny McCoy

9-DAY PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip international airfare from New York City to England. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available)
  • Transfers to/from the airport/hotel in England for full package guests.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath and London. (Suite upgrades available)
  • Master baker and Craftsy instructor, Chef Jenny McCoy, as our special guest.
  • Delicious buffet breakfast served daily and special farewell dinner.
  • A welcome dinner, introductions, and orientation meeting.
  • Drive through the picturesque Cotswolds area of England.
  • Panoramic city tour of London with a local professional guide.
  • Visiting some high-end bakeries in central London.
  • Two days at the Cake International Sugar Show in Birmingham.
  • Private deluxe motor coach & professional driver the entire time.
  • An optional visit and tour of Highclere Castle. (Downton Abbey)
  • A stop at the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
  • Panoramic city tour of Bath with a local professional guide.
  • bread making workshop at a high-end bakery in London.
  • Shopping in many of the iconic places in London, including Harrods.
  • A special class on "how to cover cakes with fondant."
  • Leisure time for shopping and sightseeing in Stratford Upon Avon.
  • Driving past the famous and iconic Stonehenge.
  • Professional Craftours escort throughout the entire journey.
  • Learning to make flowers from buttercream and sugar paste.
  • Free time for sightseeing and shopping in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • An authentic Shakespearean baking class.
  • Creating your own sourdough starter and learning to “feed” it.
  • An optional tour to see the historic Warwick Castle.
  • Special Craftours lanyard, luggage identifier and commemorative gift.
  • All taxes are included, and travel insurance is highly recommended.

Total cost of this Baking & Cake Decorating Experience is:

$5,296.00

Reserve your Space Now!
Call Toll-Free 877-887-1188
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Space is based on first-come/first-served. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.



CHEF JENNY MCCOY

Jenny enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Program at Chicago’s Kendall College, just after graduating from high school, on a whim. Knowing she wasn’t ready to enter college proper, she decided, “If I like baking, I’ll have a job; if I don’t, I’ll know how to make great birthday cakes—where’s the harm?” Lucky for Jenny, she fell in love with the kitchen and landed positions in a variety of Chicago’s top restaurants, including Charlie Trotter’s, Blackbird, Gordon and Bittersweet Bakery. It was in these kitchens where Jenny learned to refine her palate and develop her talent for composing seasonal desserts.

Following her formative experiences in fine dining, Jenny took a brief hiatus from professional baking and traveled to various countries in Europe, South and Central America to broaden her culinary vocabulary. With an interest in food beyond the kitchen, she also returned to school and completed a BA in Food Writing at DePaul University.

When Jenny returned to the pastry kitchen, it was in New Orleans. There, she had the opportunity to oversee three restaurant pastry departments for Emeril Lagasse, as well as contribute weekly to the Cooking Blog at Emerils.com. While working at Emeril's Delmonico, Jenny was a nominee for the PastryScoop.com Best Dessert Menu Award in 2006. It wasn’t long, however, before she felt the pull of New York City’s vibrant culinary scene; she moved north a few years later.

While in New York City, Jenny was the opening pastry chef at Marc Forgione, and executive pastry chef for A Voce, where she ran pastry operations for both their Madison Square and Columbus Circle locations. She then moved on to work for Tom Colicchio at his flagship restaurant, Craft, where she was influenced by her varied pastry background and knowledge of ingredients and flavors. In September 2011, ten years after Craft opened, she helped the restaurant earn its second three-star review from The New York Times. She was also awarded the 2011 NYC Rising Star Pastry Chef Award from StarChefs.com.

In 2012, Jenny stepped out of restaurants to co-found Cissé Trading Company, a line of gourmet and fair trade hot cocoa and baking mixes; and to work with leading companies such as Starbucks, the Almond Board of California, Vitaprep, Crate & Barrel, and Chinet as a tastemaker and brand ambassador. Jenny simultaneously followed her dream to teach others the art of baking, as a chef-instructor at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in NYC.

In 2018, Jenny and her family moved back to her hometown, Chicago, where she consults with small food producers to help them commercialize their products for grocery store sales, and operates a micro-bakery specializing in modern French pastries with a cultish following.

Jenny is also the author of two cookbooks, Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season and Modern Eclairs: And Other Sweet and Savory Puffs, and is the host of several online baking and cake decorating courses on Craftsy.com, with over 75,000 student subscribers. Throughout her career, Jenny has appeared in many print and media outlets for her work as an authority in the baking and pastry industry.



Highclere Castle Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country house built in 1679 and largely renovated in the 1840s, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Highclere Castle has been used as a filming location for several films and television series, including 1990s comedy series Jeeves and Wooster, and achieved international fame as the main location for the historical drama series Downton Abbey (2010-15) and the 2019 film based on it.

Cost of this optional visit and tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) is $128.97 per person.

Warwick Castle Warwick Castle play movie
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Greville converted it to a country house and it was owned by the Greville family, who became Earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group. In 2007, the Tussauds Group merged with Merlin Entertainments, which is the current owner of Warwick Castle.

Cost of this optional tour to see the historic Warwick Castle is $147.97 per person.


TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST ENGLAND TOURS:

Katherine Madewell, Bixby, OK- "I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip to England. We did really luck out on the weather and I was thrilled to see the wonderful things I experienced. My main regret is that it could not have been twice as long, but then no matter how long you are at a great vacation spot, it is never long enough to see everything you want to see. The best thing is that I no longer feel intimidated at the thought of traveling in most other countries, and that is because of having the chance to explore on my own and being able to travel the subway to get back to the hotel.
The accommodations you provided were first rate and were in great locations. The rooms were beautiful and the areas felt safe. I also believe my husband would have a great time on one of your trips. We will definitely be checking it out. Mostly I understand you and your staff spent a lot of time planning and executing such great plans for a wonderful vacation for us all and I wanted to tell you I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to another trip in the future."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL - "A trip to England has been one of my bucket list wishes and this trip lived up to my high expectations. As always, Craftours had a wonderful schedule planned and the best places to stay. Really enjoyed the time in Bath, England."
Dianna Otte, Tarpon Springs, FL - "This was my first tour and I am very happy that I picked Craftours. I loved England and I met so really wonderful quilters. I could really just go again tomorrow and enjoy it again."
Peggy Chudzy, Calgary, Alberta - "I loved the pace of this tour. You had time to explore on your own from a wonderfully chosen and located hotel and plenty of time for organized activities. Our tour guides and drivers were exceptionally accommodating and full of great information. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in England and are contemplating our next trip. What a sense of fun!"
Anne Davidson, Churchton, MD - "Great tour - enjoyed it very much"
Kathi Madewell, Bixby, OK - "This tour of England is wonderful. The hotels are first rate, beautiful, and centrally located to walk to most sightseeing locations. Each day we started with a great breakfast followed by either a planned day of activities or some free time to experience the areas on our own."
Patty Quattlebaum, Charleston, SC - "This trip was a dream come true. It was beyond all expectations."
Eleanor Balaban, Glen Echo, MD - "Well organized and specific to our needs,desires and talents. Very flexible and accommodating."
Suzette Lee, Bradenton, Florida - "England and the sites were great if you made the most of your time!"
Joan R. Barnes, Orland Park, Illinois - "I'm a traveler, and I was totally impressed with this trip."
Sherly Giglio, Boyds, Maryland - "Loved the trip! Glad we had some free time to do and explore."
Stephanie Rodgers, Washington Township, New Jersey - "The trip was a lot of fun, but very exhausting. I would've preferred more classes, and less bus traveling. My least favorite place was Bath, only because I'm not much of a shopper. On vacation, I'm more into shopping like at Burton on the Water. Absolutely loved Stratford-Upon-Avon!"
Mary Harrell, Milton, Georgia - "At first I was a little nervous about going on the trip as a single, but I quickly made 24 new friends. The trip was wonderful. It was the perfect mix of crafting, sightseeing and camaraderie."
Betty Brown, Englewood, Florida - "Such a wonderful trip, so much to see and do. God willing I will go again on one of your trips."
Karen Morey, Omaha, Nebraska - "The tour was outstanding! My friends and I enjoyed the mix of organized time and free time so we were able to go off on our own adventures (including 3 shows in London!). Our guide, made it a very personal experience, and I would definitely take another tour with Craftours!"
Nancy Jo Marsden, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - "This was my first tour with McCalls. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to England from beginning to end. The hotels were first class with excellent service & food. Great Quilt Show in Birmingham! Craftours and their staff were very organized, helpful & friendly. Alice went beyond her duty by taking 17 of us on a personal tour of London on our last day. That was the best!"
Cynthia Stanhope, Parksville, British Columbia - "I loved every minute of it. All places were on my bucket list. Sometimes I find it hard to believe it happened!"
Diane Hickey, Highland,Illinois - "This is a wonderfully comprehensive tour which encompasses several quilt venues as well as many outstanding tourist sites. I recommend it highly"
Terri Westberg, Oscoda, Michigan - "I had a lovely time, and what a grand adventure. All the sites were just as beautiful as hoped. We had a good balance of directed activities and freedom to go off on our own.The Hotel and food arrangements were very comfortable and I truly felt a bit spoiled! Thank you!"
Mary Lou Palmer, Waverly, New York - "The tour was so well organized, we didn't have to worry about a thing."
Linda Kelsey, Bloomington, Indiana - "I very much enjoyed the tour and was especially pleased that nothing, except for showing up at the bus on time, was mandatory. I think that more explanation about public transport in London would have been helpful for some people."
Lu Tormaschy, Dickinson, North Dakota - "The trip was well organized and very enjoyable for me and my first travel experience to England. Awesome experience! "
Karen Phillips, Shoreline, Washington - "Nicely organized tour"
Susan Courtney , Leesburg, VA- "Traveling with Craftours was a very pleasant experience. I appreciated their attention to details so I didn’t have to!"
Arlene Kilborn , Leesburg, VA- "This tour was above and beyond my expectations."
Betty Kieran , Bellevue, NE- "Quiltville in England Tour was fun and filled with opportunities to inspire unique quilting creativity."
Michaela Burgnon , Odenton, MD- "A well planned and delivered tour. A good taste of England that will make you want to return. Good hotels. Tour guide was wonderful."
Carolyn Anderson, Middleboro, MA - "The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham was wonderful. The amount of vendors was extraordinary and diverse in what was offered. The tour was well organized and covered a lot of ground from Stratford Upon Avon to the lovely village of Bourton-on-the-Water to the cities of Bath and London. We spent an extra day in London to extend the fun. A great time."
Terry Aske, New Westminster, BC Canada - "It was a wonderful tour! We loved the variety of quilts and other fibre arts at the Festival of Quilts. The bus tour through England was a perfect blend of quaint historical towns and scenery, and the excitement of London. The ratio of planned activities to free time was perfect for us. This was my first visit to England, and I loved it!"
Linda Henderson, Junction City, KS - "This was my first international travel. The cities we visited were wonderful and I enjoyed the experience."
Anne de Verteuil, Victoria, BC Canada - "I loved the Quilting Tour, our guide was very helpful, the pace was just right. There was just the right amount of time to relax and explore on our own in addition to the guided tours and planned activities."
Stephanie Wexler, Los Angeles, CA - "I loved it ! The Festival of Quilts was amazing and we enjoyed the tour."
Gail M Lopez, Charleston, SC - “The tour was very nice. It was my first and Agnes did a wonderful job. Got to see quite a variety of England and experience different cultures and foods. The knitting and stitching show was good, not what they have here in the states, but I did enjoy it. Great Job Agnes!”
Carolyn Cassity, Olathe, KS - “The Knitting and Stitching show was amazing. We stayed in comfortable hotels. Our guide, Agnes, was top notch.”
Jean McCurdy Stein, Muskegon, MI - “This was a lovely trip to England in the fall. We were able to see the beautiful countryside outside London as well as enjoy the Knitting & Stitching Show and other activities in the city.”

Full Package Price: $5,296.00 | Air from New York City

Land Only Price: $4,541.00 | Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers

(per person, based on double occupancy)

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.