• TOUR PACKAGE
  • ABOUT KATE
  • OPTIONAL TOURS
  • TESTIMONIALS
EXPLORING THE WORLD OF PAPERCRAFTING IN BEAUTIFUL ENGLAND WITH KATE ALARCÓN!

"I am beyond excited to invite you to join me on a trip to England next Spring! We’ll visit incredible locations from Shakespeare’s birthplace and the Victoria and Albert Museum to the magisterial Kew Botanical Gardens, which is a dream come true for this plant geek! I’ll share with you some of the infinite possibilities crepe paper has to offer, including techniques I’ve developed over ten years of flower crafting. I’ll also be teaching two hands-on workshops, one will be a gorgeous orchid and the other a sweet little mushroom colony. After being so isolated from each other from the Covid crisis, it’s going to be a joy to play with paper, share our love of nature, and laugh & chat while we work as crafters have always done. What an adventure! What a pleasure! What a gift to our creative souls! I hope you will join me in this extraordinary place." Kate Alarcón

9-DAY PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip international airfare from New York City to London, England. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available)
  • First-class hotel accommodations in London, Stratford Upon Avon and Bath. (Suite upgrades available)
  • Traveling with Craftsy instructor and paper flower expert, Kate Alarcón.
  • Two specially designed hands-on paper flower making workshops with Kate.
  • Leisurely walk and photo opportunity at the London Royal Botanical Garden.
  • Free time for shopping in London, including Harrods Department Store.
  • A professional Craftours escort throughout your entire journey.
  • Panoramic City tour of London with a local professional guide.
  • Transfers to/from the airport/hotel in England for full package guests.
  • A hands-on paper quilling workshop with a local professional artist.
  • English breakfast buffet served daily and special farewell dinner.
  • A delicious welcome dinner, introductions, and orientation meeting.
  • Driving past the famous and iconic Stonehenge.
  • Private deluxe motor coach & professional driver the entire time.
  • A special gathering with members of the London Origami Guild.
  • Leisure time for shopping and sightseeing in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • An optional visit and guided tour of "Downton Abbey." (Highclere Castle)
  • Sightseeing in the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
  • Visiting the paper crafts and art exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • A tour and papermaking workshop at the  Frogmore Paper Mill.
  • All taxes are included, and travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • Special Craftours lanyard, luggage identifier, and commemorative gift.

Total cost of this Paper Crafting Experience is:

$5,248.00

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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. 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.




KATE ALARCÓN

Kate Alarcón is known for her signature designs of uncommon paper botanicals. In addition to having classes on Craftsy, she teaches flower crafting workshops through her company, The Cobra Lily, and her remarkable pieces have appeared on sites including Martha Stewart Living, Design Sponge, Poppytalk, and The House That Lars Built, among others. She lives in the Seattle area.



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.


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: $5,248.00 | Air from New York City

Land Only Price: $4,306.00 | 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.