Microns in Milan

A Wool Study Tour by Fox & Lillie Rural for the Wool Enthusiast

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to visit Italy and France from September 5-18 2014, with a stopover in Singapore to visit to the newest wool processing plant in the world. Over 13 days, this trip will take you from wool mills to fashion events, and everything in between, whilst soaking up the rich and vibrant culture offered by Italy and France.

In Italy we will visit Worsted and Woollen Mills and wool users and discover the historical basis for Northern Italy being a key driver for merino wool’s position at the forefront of the best clothing and fabrics available in the world. We will experience the factors now keeping these businesses relevant and viable in the face of a changing global manufacturing environment.

We will incorporate a visit to Milano Unica- an international textile fair – created through the vast experience, fine quality and tradition of four prestigious Italian exhibitions, Ideabiella, Ideacomo, Moda In, Shirt Avenue. This fair presents the finest quality products from both Italian and European textile manufacturers.

Italy

In Italy we will visit Worsted & Woollen Mills and other wool users. This will aid us in learing the historical basis for Northern Italy being a key driver for merino wool’s position at the forefront of the best clothing and fabrics available in the world. We will experience the factors now keeping these businesses viable in the face of a changing global manufacturing environment.

We will incorporate a visit to Milano Unica- the international textile fair. Four prestigious Italian exhibitions, Ideabiella, Ideacomo, Moda In, and Shirt Avenue have created this fair through their vast experience, fine quality and immence tradition. Milano Unica presents the finest quality products from both Italian and European textile manufacturers.

Itinerary

Key: (B) = breakfast incl (L) = lunch incl (D) = dinner included

Friday 5th:
10 AM flight Melbourne to Singapore E.T.A. Singapore 4.30pm local time Transfer to Singapore city
Welcome dinner (L,D)

Saturday 6th:
8 AM departure for Malaysian Border
Visit Compass Wool Scouring & Combing
Lunch
2 PM return to Singapore afternoon at leisure or shopping
Dinner
Late checkout
9 PM transfer to airport
Midnight flight to Milan (B,L,D)

Sunday 7th:
Arrive in Milan 9 AM
Transfer to Biella, the home of wool in Italy
Lunch and local tour of Biella Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Monday 8th:
8:30AM day coach tour
Visiting prominent wool companies who are experts in spinning, weaving, knitting and manufacturers of garments in Biella
Incorporating lunch at a local restaurant
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Tuesday 9th:
8 AM transfer to MILANO UNICA show
Midday departure for lunch then return to hotel for afternoon at leisure
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Wednesday 10th:
Morning tour of Milan Lunch
Fast train to Florence Transfer to Hotel
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Thursday 11th:
8:30 AM coach to Prato
Visits to Mills specialising in carding wools
Lunch in Tuscany
Return to Florence
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Friday 12th:
Morning walking tour of Florence
Lunch
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner at leisure (B,L)

Saturday 13th:
Mid-morning transfer to station
Train to Rome
Transfer to hotel
Lunch
Afternoon at leisure
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Sunday 14th:
Morning sight-seeing tour of Rome
Lunch
Afternoon at leisure
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Monday 15th:
Transfer to airport for flight to Paris
Transfer to Paris hotel
Restaurant Dinner (B,L,D)

Tuesday 16th:
Morning transfer and entry to PREMIERE VISION show
Lunch and return to hotel
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner at leisure
Evening fashion event (B,L)

Wednesday 17th:
Morning sight seeing tour of Paris
Lunch
Afternoon at leisure
Campaign for Wool Event (B,L,D)

Thursday 18th:
Transfer to airport
Return flight to Melbourne (B)

Pricing

$9900 per person twin share
Single supplement available upon request

Terms and Conditions

Business class upgrade costs available on request.
Costings are based on minimum 20 delegates travelling. Should the number fall below 20, the study tour may be re- costed. All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars.
Deposits are non-refundable.
Travel Insurance not included but strongly recommended.

Contact

Please direct any enquires to Eamon Timms on 0419 308 129 or alternatively emailing eamon@flrural.com.au.

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