European Patchwork & Textile Tour, Alsace - by coach (5 nights)

European Patchwork and Textile Tour Alsace
Please contact us about 2018
Leaving on
September 2018
Arriving back on
September 2018
Alsace, France
Open to group bookings of 25+ guests only - perfect for clubs & societies

Tour details for 2018 will be published online soon. Please contact the office on +44 (0)1225 333 747 / to find out about group booking options in 2018.


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.  Travelling by coach from the UK you will also visit German spa town of Baden Baden as well overnight stays in  Reims in France and in one of Germany's oldeset cities, Trier.

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. 

The European Patchwork Meeting features beautiful quilting and textile displays at various locations in and around the picturesque valley town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in Alsace. 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 and suitably this show gathers the very finest in worldwide talent.

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, 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.

The tour includes a visit to the elegant German spa town of Baden Baden in the northern foothills of the Black Forest, as well as overnight stops in Reims in France and Trier, one of Germany’s oldest cities, located on the banks of the Moselle River.

Day 1

Early morning departure by coach, arriving at Campanile Reims Centre - Cathedrale in the early evening. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (One night B&B.)

Day 2

After breakfast you will travel to Colmar in Alsace, arriving mid-afternoon. Check into the Mercure Colmar Centre Champ de Mars (three nights' B&B) early in the evening.

Days 3 & 4

On these two days you will travel by coach to the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines to visit the exhibits.

Day 5

Morning departure from Colmar travelling into Germany to visit Baden Baden for free time. Onward travel in the afternoon to Park Plaza Hotel -Trier for overnight accommodation. (One night B&B.)

Day 6

Depart after breakfast, travelling to Calais, making comfort stops en route and arriving home in the late evening.

Please note:

For those wishing to join us from Maidstone Service (Guide Times)


Maidstone 0950 

Arrive docks 1050

Crossing departs 1150


Calais 1820

Crossing 1920

Maidstone  1930

Whichever role you choose in both instances you will benefit from being on the tour with like-minded people, benefitting from the competitive rates associated with a larger booking.  The starting point for both roles is to promote the tour within their local area.  To assist you in presenting the tour to interested parties, we can provide a promotional tour leaflet, electronic images for a PowerPoint presentation or even share your social media posts on the subject. We will help in any way we can.

Find out more about the two roles here: Get Involved

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. 

The city of Baden Baden on the middle Oos River in the Black Forest has a population of around 55,000 and is one of the world’s great spas, particularly popular for its thermal saline and radioactive waters.

Its Roman baths (parts of which survive) were built in the early third century for the garrison of Strasbourg.  Its history includes French occupation in 1688 and fire destruction in 1689, as well as being used as a centre for refugees of the French Revolution in the late 18th century. 

The popularity of Baden-Baden as a spa dates from the early 19th century, when the Prussian queen visited the site to improve her health, but it reached its zenith under Napoleon III during the 1850s and ’60s, when it became a fashionable resort for European nobility and society.  Notable buildings include the casino, the modern baths, the Stiftskirche and the 15th-century Neues Schloss as well as the nearby ruins of the Altes Schloss, the Lichtental Convent (founded 1254), and the Greek Chapel (1863). 

Trier has site of human settlement since 17 BC. The founding date is derived from the age of the wooden pilings of the first Moselle bridge found in the mud of the river. Through dendrochronology (comparison of the annual growth rings), the date when the trees for the pilings were felled was determined to be 17 BC.

In its eventful history, Trier served as the seat of government for the Western Roman Empire and received the name of “holy city” in the Middle Ages.  It has survived many wars as a border city between Germany and France, and is today a university city in the heart of Europe.

The architectural icon of Trier is the Porta Nigra (“black gate”).  Constructed in 180 AD, it is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps and is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Trier Cathedral was originally built by Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor and is the oldest church in Germany, housing great works of art and a holy relic that draws many pilgrims: the Holy Robe, the garment said to be worn by Jesus when he was crucified.  Trier is also home to the Imperial Baths; although now in ruins, the Imperial Baths were one of the grandest Roman baths of its time; the Kaisertherme was built 1600 years ago, complete with an underground water heating system. 

Trier market square was the heart of medieval Trier; it is home to many picturesque half-timbered houses, the city church, the cathedral, a medieval fountain, and the Jewish quarter of Trier.  The city is also the birthplace of Karl Marx, who was born in Trier in 1818; the house is now a museum, displaying rare editions of Marx’s writings.

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2017 Prices:

Please contact us for details of 2018.

£609.00* with 40 guests

£625.00* with 35 guests

£665.00* with 30 guests

£705.00* with 25 guests


Discount available for members of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles: £30.00

Single Room Supplement: £165.00



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.



Minimum deposit: £60.00 per person

Full payment is required for bookings 8 weeks before departure

Tour Includes

  • Two days' entrance to the European Patchwork Meeting
  • 5 nights' Bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach travel
  • ECT tour manager
  • Channel crossing
  • Visit to Baden Baden