European Patchwork & Textile Tour, Alsace 2021
Carrefour Européen du Patchwork / The European Patchwork Meeting 2021
What we love
Combining patchwork with history - The European Patchwork Meeting is the largest patchwork show in Europe and takes place in the area where the Amish movement began.
Discovering the beautiful Val d’Argent, or the Silver Valley. The show is scattered across the four picturesque villages that make up this beautiful valley - 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.
Staying in Colmar with its extraordinary cathedral and picturesque La Petite Venise quarter.
Experiences you will treasure
Two full days at 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 showcases more than 1,200 fabric-based artworks in some of the Val d'Argent's most beautiful and fascinating buildings. Travelling from site to site on the free shuttle bus, you will not only see some of the best examples of patchwork and quilting in the world, but also experience a taste of living history. The Amish women of the region still make quilts as functional bed-covers and commemorative pieces to mark marriages and births, just as they did more than three centuries ago.
Discovering the city of Colmar. 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.
Eating and drinking! Alsace is famous for its food and wine and Colmar, the capital of the Alsace wine region, boasts a wealth of independent vintners as well as a wide range of traditional ‘Winstubs’ where you can try delicious, regional specialities such as Tarte Flambée and Sauerkraut.
Watching the spectacular light show. Every Friday and Saturday night Colmar is lit up by over 1,000 computer-driven light sources. This subtle play of light varies in intensity and colour, recreating the contours and colours of the town like a magic paintbrush.
Strolling through the medieval streets of Riquewihr. Classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', this ancient town, set between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace, is like an open air museum, combining magnificent medieval architecture with world famous wines. Discover sites such as the Thieves Tower, the 16th century Winemaker's House and the 13th century defensive gateway known as the Dolder Tower.
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.
Day One, Thursday 16th September
Depart on BA flight from Heathrow. (An ECT Tour Manager will meet you at Heathrow Terminal 5)
Arrive Basel and local coach transfer to Colmar. You will be staying at 4* Novotel Suites Hotel Colmar, located in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from the lovely Petite Venise (Little Venice) quarter and close to sites such as Unterlinden Museum, the Bartholdi Museum and the Colmar Toy Museum. The hotel offers contemporary, spacious bedrooms, a shady terrace lounge bar and wellness space with sauna, hammam and fitness room. The buffet breakfast is rich and varied and there is also a gourmet boutique where you can purchase locally made products.
Welcome tea & cake on arrival at hotel followed by an orientation walking tour with a local Colmar guide.
Days Two & Three, Friday 17th & Saturday 18th September
Breakfast at the hotel
08:30 - depart hotel by coach for a full day at the European Patchwork Meeting.
18:15 - depart event and return to hotel.
Evening at leisure
Day Four, Sunday 19th September
Breakfast at the hotel
Coach & tour manager depart hotel
Visit Ricquewihr en route to the airport
Depart Basel airport for London Heathrow
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 Riquewihr
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
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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