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  • Leaving on: 14/09/2017
  • Arriving back on: 17/09/2017
  • Location: Alsace


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The European Patchwork Meeting (Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, in French) features beautiful quilting and textile displays at various locations in and around the picturesque valley town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in Alsace, accessed by a free shuttle bus.

At the centre of the Alsace quilting culture is the Amish community: Jacob Amann founded the Amish community here in the late 17th century and the lifestyle and quilt making is still practised locally. 

This exceptional textile art show is one of the finest in Europe, with designers from all over the world participating in showing their quilt and textile work. The French name, Carrefour Européen du Patchwork- refers to crossroads of meeting. Alongside quilt exhibitions, there are also talks and workshops and plenty of opportunity to shop for fabric and trimmings to bring back.  Held annually in the beautiful town of Sainte-Maire-aux-Mines, in the picturesque valley Le Val d'Argent this unique tour gives you the opportunity to explore the valley while enjoying beautiful quilt and textile designs. Quilting designers from all over the world are sponsored to show their work in, no less than twenty intimate exhibitions held in locations throughout the valley, from churches to municipal buildings.  With historical roots of the area being linked to origins of Jacob Amann's Amish community in the 17th century, quilting remains an important and celebrated local art widely practised. With a free shuttle bus to take you from one location to another, you spend time leisurely enjoying each exhibition and travelling through the pretty countryside.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see an array of quilting talent and designs, with local participants as well as talent from Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Greece, South Africa,  the UK and USA. With both traditional quilting designs and more cutting-edge interpretations and concepts - no other show in Europe exhibits such a broad body of work, in a gathering of small exhibitions rather than one conference hall. Often the artists are available to talk to and being able to view work up close, you will come back filled with ideas to put towards advancing your own work and designs.  

The central three nights of this very special tour are in Colmar in Alsace - a wine-growing region that has experienced a mixture of both French and German heritage and which is now officially part of France. Colmar is beautifully preserved with half-timbered buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th century.

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The town of Colmar has a history dating back to 823 AD, including total destruction by fire in 1006. Despite this, Colmar really is a beautiful town with many examples of well-preserved architecture.  The Tanners' district and the Fishmongers' district are two areas in which particularly fine examples may be found of high wood framed and half-timbered dwellings, dating back to the 17th and 18th century.  The imposing St Martin's Collegiate Church took one hundred and thirty years to complete and was finished in 1365.  And the Pfister House, built in 1537 for the hatter Ludwig Scherer, becoming the first example of architectural renaissance in the region - with its two-storey corner oriel, wood gallery, octagonal turret and mural paintings, the Pfister House became one of the symbols of the old Colmar, owing its name to the family who restored it and lived there from 1841 to 1892.

On Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year, Colmar has an original light show which varies in intensity and colour. Enjoy the spectacle of this award winning show of lights which illuminate the city and artistically highlights the many architectural details. 

Hotel Mercure Colmar Centre Champ de Mars

Staying in the heart of Colmar and located only a 5-minute walk from the TGV Train Station, near the Champ de Mars Park, the Hotel Mecure, Colmar is in the heart of the old town and forms the ideal backdrop to your break in the capital of Alsatian wine.

British Airways - Thursday 14 September to Sunday 17 September

Thursday 14 September - London Heathrow/EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg BA0752 0835/1110  

Sunday 17 September - EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg/London Heathrow BA0755 1840/1920  


Hand baggage only

1 handbag/laptop bag per person

1 cabin bag 56cm x 45cm x25cm


If 23kg hold luggage required, a supplement is payable. 

Please notify us at time of booking that hold luggage is required.

easyJet - Thursday 14 September to Sunday 17 September


Thursday 14 September - Edinburgh/EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg EZS6918 0840/1145  

Sunday 17 September - EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg/Edinburgh EZS6919 1015/1125

 - Included 20kg of hold item(s)

Thursday 14 September

You will receive a coach transfer from EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg to the Mercure Colmar Centre Champs de Mars Hotel.

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 September

On both mornings a vehicle will arrive at the hotel to transfer you to the European Patchwork Meeting.

In the afternoon there will be a return transfer to the hotel. (Aprox 17.30)

Sunday 17 September

In the morning there will be free time to explore Alsace.

In the afternoon there will be a transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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Tour price per person

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Flying from Edinburgh 13/04 - 15/04
Flying from Heathrow 13/04 - 15/04
**The prices above are updated according to changes in flight costs

Tour Includes

  • Return flights including 20kg of hold luggage.
  • Three nights bed and breakfast at the Mercure Colmar Centre Champ de Mars
  • Return airport transfer from Basel airport to the hotel and back.
  • Services of an ECT Tour Manager in resort.
  • Shared return coach transfer to the event 15 & 16 September.
  • Two day entrance ticket to the event
Not included
  • Travel insurance

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