European Patchwork & Textile Tour, Alsace - by air
Launched in 1993 to mark the 300th anniversary of Jacob Amman’s founding of the Amish community in the Alsace valley town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, The European Patchwork Meeting is now the largest patchwork festival in the world, attracting more than 22,000 visitors.
Quilting has always played an important role in Amish life; traditionally sewn by the women of the community as functional bed-covers and commemorative pieces to mark marriages and births, these quilts are still made in the region today, making it the perfect location for a celebration of the best the contemporary patchwork and quilting the world has to offer.
Unlike most textile shows, which tend to be held in exhibition centres, this one is scattered across the four picturesque villages that make up the Val d’Argent; Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, Lièpvre and Rombach-le-Franc. Historic buildings, places of worship and village halls are all transformed into temporary galleries, together exhibiting over 1200 beautiful, fabric-based art works.
With two full days at the show, our tour gives you plenty of time to explore the villages, attend some of the associated classes and conferences, and shop for the latest patchwork and quilting innovations.
Booking is open to individuals and you may make your deposit payment over the phone or through our secure online payment portal.
Places are limited on this tour so we recommend booking as soon as possible.
Please contact us if you wish to arrange alternative transportation or have a group to cater for.
Nestled amidst vineyards and filled with colourful, half-timbered merchants' houses, Colmar is the archetypal Alsatian town. You will have time to wander the pretty, cobbled streets of the old town, discovering architectural highlights such as the 16th century Pfister house with its ornate oriel window, the 17th century House of Heads, (so called because it is decorated with 111 carved stone masks), and the distinctive white-fronted houses that line the River Lauch. Local market gardeners, fishmongers and tanners used to pass along this stretch of river, showing off their produce in small, flat-bottomed boats. The tradespeople have now disappeared, but the boats remain offering visitors the chance to see Colmar from the river and giving the town a rather Venetian feel.
Food and wine are important here too. As the capital of the Alsace wine region, Colmar boasts a wealth of independent vintners and also a wide range of traditional ‘Winstubs’ where you can try delicious, regional specialities such as Tarte Flambée and Sauerkraut.
Colmar is also famous for its light show. Every Friday and Saturday night the town is illuminated by 1100 computer-driven light sources picking out architectural landmarks. Our tour is based here, so you will be able to experience this spectacle first hand.
The Grand Hotel Bristol, Colmar
Located just five minute's walk from Colmar's historic city centre and within easy reach of the European Patchwork Meeting, the Grand Hotel Bristol is the perfect base for this tour.
Elegant, contemporary bedrooms offer all the comforts you would expect from a 4* hotel and there is also a Wellness Area with sauna, steam room and fitness zone available to guests. The price includes a daily breakfast buffet offering a delicious range of organic and local produce.
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and coach transfer to your hotel.
Free time to orientate yourself with the hotel and the town of Colmar.
Days 2 and 3
Spend 2 full days at the European Patchwork Meeting. Transfer by coach to and from your hotel and make use of the free shuttle-bus service between villages and exhibitions.
A free day to enjoy Colmar or return to the show, before transferring back to Basel for your return flight home.
13/09/2018: London Heathrow / Basel - 08:35 / 11:10 - BA752
16/09/2018: Basel / London Heathrow - 18:40 / 19:20 - BA755
Flights are with British Airways and include 1 x 23kg hold bag
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London Heathrow Departure:
Tour Price: £739.00* per person
Discount available for members of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles: £30.00
Single Room Supplement: £166.50
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 guests sharing a twin/double room.
Prices are subject to change until a payment has been made.
Prices are updated regularly to reflect the increases in airline costs.
Minimum deposit: £250.00 per person
- Return flights including hold luggage
- Three nights bed and breakfast accommodation
- Return airport transfer from Basel airport to the hotel and back
- Services of an ECT Tour Manager
- Coach transfers to and from the Patchwork Show
- Two day entrance ticket to the Patchwork Show