Project Description

Diane’s Destinations

Shipshewana, IN & Chicago, IL

March 26 – 30, 2019

Join Diane Carson on this trip to Shipshewana and Chicago. Highlights of the trip are the Amish dinner and quilt talk by Rebecca Haarer, as well as the International Quilt Festival – a sampling of arts, crafts, and Quilts, sculptures, decorative items, handcrafted products, paintings, wall hangings etc.. Stitch along with new friends or those you have travelled with before. Come join the fun!

What’s Included

– Private motorcoach throughout tour
– 4 nights’ hotel accommodation – 1 in Shipshewana and 3 in Chicago
– Breakfast daily, and 2 dinners
– Admissions/entry fees/visits as per itinerary
– All applicable hotel taxes & service charges
– Ellison Travel Tour Manager (Diane Carson)

What’s Not Included

– Baggage handling
– Beverages and meals other than listed above
– Gratuities for drivers, guides / suggest $10.00 CAD for touring driver, $2.00 USD for local driver and $2.00 USD for guide
– Passport application fees & visa fee (if required)
– Additional taxes & fuel surcharges (if applicable)

• Single supplement – $405.00 / Triple reduction – $113.00 / Quad reduction – $132.00

• Manulife Travel Insurance

Note: It is the responsibility of all participants to be in possession of the correct documentation to travel out of the country.  Failure to do so will result in participants being denied entry/boarding and returned home at the expense of the individual.  .  Canadian Citizens 19 and over require a valid passport (the Canadian Government recommends that passports are valid at least for the duration of your travel. Non-Canadian travellers should contact Ellison Travel & Tours at so we can check entry and transit requirements and confirm that they have the correct travel documentation and/or visa requirements.
Day 1 – Tuesday March 26                                                                                                              D
meet your 54 passenger coach from Cherrey Bus Lines
6:30amBrantford pick up – Best Western Brant Park Inn, 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford 877-341-1234 if you wish to stay over the night before
8:00amExeter pick up – at the grocery store parking lot on the corner of Main and Sanders streets in Exeter (cars are to be parked in the Legion lot)
8:15amboard the coach and depart Exeter for Indiana
a stop will be made in Michigan to purchase lunch
4:00pmestimated arrival time in Shipshewana,
check in at the Farmstead Inn for your 1 night
time to freshen up for the evening activity
Note:  Due to MTO regulations, your driver will log off for the remainder of the evening.  Please remove all of your personal items from the coaches at this time as you will not have access until tomorrow morning.
5:30pmboard your locally chartered motorcoach and transfer to an Amish home for a typical Amish dinner
7:30pmfollowing dinner Rebecca Haarer will speak to you about Amish quilt patterns and give you some history on their meaning
8:30pmreturn to the hotel for overnight for free time – the indoor pool is open until 10:00pm
Day 2 – Wednesday March 27                                                                                                       B
8:00amcontinental breakfast at the hotel at your leisure followed by check out
you have the morning in Shipshewana to visit the shops (the coach is not available this morning)
time for shopping at Yoder’s Department and/or Spector’s Dry Goods Store (these are both located within 2 blocks from the hotel)
12:45pmmeet at the Davis Mercantile (Main St. at the corner of Harrison) – your coach will arrive to meet you
1:00pmboard the coach and transfer to Chicago, Illinois
3:30pmestimated arrival time at the Doubletree O’Hare/Rosemont where you will check in for a 3 night stay

there will be time to settle in and freshen up
purchase dinner at or near the hotel
6:00pmmeet in the lobby and transfer to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
preview night at the International Quilt Festival
9:00pmreturn to your hotel
remainder of the evening is free to enjoy the facilities at the hotel
Day 3 – Thursday March 28                                                                                                           B
8:30amenjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
9:15amboard the coach and transfer to the convention center
9:45amInternational Quilt Festival show opens
an afternoon shuttle will be set up for those who wish to return to the hotel (times and more detail to follow)
5:00pmthe coach will depart for the Woodfield Mall where you will have time to purchase dinner and do some shopping –
9:00pmcoach returns to the hotel
remainder of the evening is free to enjoy the facilities at the hotel
Day 4 – Friday March 29                                                                                                            B/D
8:30amenjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
9:45amboard the coach and transfer to the convention center
10:00amInternational Quilt Festival show opens
purchase lunch at the show
     1:00pmmeet and board the coach to transfer to downtown Chicago
2:00pmmeet your step-on guide for a coach tour in the city – you will see many of the sights of this exciting city and learn about the architecture that makes Chicago unique
4:00pmfollowing the tour there is time to shop and explore on Michigan Avenue
7:00pmgroup dinner at Gino’s East (or similar) – enjoy Chicago style deep dish pizza
8:30pmboard the coach and return to your hotel
9:15pmarrive at the hotel and settle in for the night
Day 5 – Saturday March 30                                                                                                            B
7:00amenjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
7:45amcheck out and the coach will be loaded
8:00amboard the coach and depart for home
rest stops and a stop to purchase lunch will be made
4:00pmestimated arrival time in Exeter to drop off passengers
6:00pmestimated arrival time in Brantford to drop off passengers
welcome home

B – Breakfast / pB – Packed Breakfast / L – Lunch / pL – Packed Lunch / D – Dinner /

$1,055.00 CAD Per Paying Person based on twin accommodation and a minimum of 30 people travelling.

Note: Your payment will be processed when the minimum number of tour participants has been reached

  • Deposit – $300.00 per person + insurance due at time of booking
  • 2nd Payment – $300.00 per person due January 15, 2019
  • Balance due – February 26, 2019

Your Tour Manager is Diane Carson

Quilt shows, Quilt shops, Quilt Friends.  I have escorted Quilt tours to the best of the best shows in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Illinois and Texas and more for 15 years. Always having the most fun with attention to details and surprises along the way. 

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