2020 European Patchwork & Textile Tour, Alsace
Carrefour Européen du Patchwork / The European Patchwork Meeting
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 one of the largest patchwork festivals in the world, as well as being one of our most popular annual tours.
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.
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.
4* Novotel Suites Hotel Colmar Centre
Located in the heart of the picturesque old town, a stone's throw from the romantic Little Venice (Petite Venise) area -Novotel Suites Hotel is ideally suited for your stay. The hotel has been recently renovated and the rooms are styled with contemporary touches.
Day 1, 17th September
0815h - depart London Heathrow, BA flight BA0752
1105h - arrive Basle Mulhouse Freiburg and coach transfer to your hotel
Welcome get together at the hotel with tea/coffee and cake
Orientation walk of Colmar with a local guide
Evening at your leisure
Days 2 and 3, 18th & 19th September
Breakfast at the hotel
0830h - coach transfer to the European Patchwork Meeting for full days at the event. Make use of the free shuttle-bus service between villages and exhibitions.
1815h - coach transfer back to the hotel
Evening at your leisure
Day 4, 20th September
Check out of hotel and depart for Ricquewihr to explore, ahead of transferring back to Basel for your return flight home.
1840h - depart Basel Mulhouse on BA flight BA0755
1920h - arrive London Heathrow
17 September 2020 : London Heathrow (Terminal 5) / Basel - 08:15 / 11:05 - BA0752
20 September 2020: Basel / London Heathrow (Terminal 5) - 18:40 / 19:20 - BA0755
Flights are with British Airways and include 1 x 23kg hold bag
We will be able to allocate your seat 7 days before departure
If you prefer to make you own travel arrangements then you can choose to join the tour in Colmar.
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This tour requires a minimum of 10 passenger refer to point 7 in our booking conditions
Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking
Please ensure you have a valid passport (at least six months from the date of travel) and visa (if travelling on a non-EU passport)
Travel insurance is required
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Flight Price TBC
Ground price £585
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 guests sharing a twin/double room.
Single room supplement £46 per night (£138 for 3 nights)
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Deposit: £250.00 per person
- Return flights including 1 x 23kg checked baggage (if flight package is booked)
- Three nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Novotel Suites Colmar Centre Hotel
- Return airport transfer from Basel airport to the hotel and back
- Visit to Ricquewihr
- Orientation walk of Colmar
- Services of an ECT Tour Manager
- Coach transfers to and from the Patchwork Show
- Two day entrance ticket to the Patchwork Show
- Welcome get together with tea/coffee & cake
- Travel disruption insurance