Alsace European Patchwork Festival

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16 Sep 2020 - 21 Sep 2020
Duration: 5 nights
Ref: 20055
With: Pat Archibald

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Join Pat Archibald and immerse yourself in textiles & patchwork in the heart of the beautiful Alsace! Now in its 26th year, the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork is a show with a difference. In the four villages of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte Croix-aux-Mines, Liepvre and Rombach-le-Franc in the wonderful Val d'Argent, historical buildings, village halls and places of worship are turned into galleries exhibiting over 1,200 textile works of art. We'll stay in the charming Old Town of Colmar whose cobblestoned streets and winding canals are lined with half-timbered medieval and renaissance buildings. Easily explored on foot, Colmar has a wealth of shops selling high quality goods and local produce, as well as first-class restaurants serving delicious Alsatian cuisine. In addition, Pat will host two half-day, hand-stitching workshops exclusively for Stitchtopia guests.

CARREFOUR EUROPEEN DU PATCHWORK

The European Patchwork Meeting started in 1993 when the French Association of Anabaptism and Mennonite history organized in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Amish movement. Over the years the event has grown and now includes classes (bookable online), conferences, activities and a considerable commercial area specialising in everything 'patchwork'. Each year over 22,000 visitors are attracted to this internationally renowned event that is truly one of a kind!

Your ticket for the four days also includes use of the event organisers’ own shuttle buses that connect the four villages.

DAY 1: LONDON - BASEL

Meet Pat Archibald & your Arena Tour Manager for the flight from London to Basel from where we’ll transfer to Colmar and check-in to our hotel for a 5-night stay. This evening is a chance to get to know Pat and your fellow stitchers over dinner in the hotel.

DAY 2: CARREFOUR EUROPÉEN DU PATCHWORK

Today we visit the internationally renowned Carrefour Européen du Patchwork where the wonderful displays of quilts and textile art reflect both the traditional and the modern.

Arena will provide both early and late afternoon private coach transfers back to the hotel giving you a choice of spending either a full or a half day at the show.

DAY 3: A DAY AT LEISURE

This morning you have the option of returning to Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to visit the show, or you may prefer to spend your time exploring the delightful town of Colmar. In the afternoon Pat will host the first of her hand stitching workshops in a private room at our hotel.

DAY 4: A DAY AT LEISURE

Today Arena will provide both morning and afternoon transfers between Colmar and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, along with early and late afternoon transfers back to the hotel. This choice gives you the flexibility so you can enjoy time exploring Colmar and the patchwork landscape of the Val D’Argent.

DAY 5: A DAY AT LEISURE

On the final day of the show you again have the choice of returning to Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines or spending a leisurely morning Colmar. This afternoon Pat will host her second workshop in the hotel. Enjoy a final evening with your fellow stitchers at tonight’s group dinner served in the hotel.

DAY 6: BASEL - LONDON

After breakfast in the hotel we'll transfer from Colmar to Basel for our return flight to London.

PRICES

Twin/double share: £1595 per person
Single supplement: £339

Deposit: £250 per person
Non-crafter reduction: £50

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return international flights from London Heathrow to Basel with one piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 nights in 4* accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Coach travel as described in the itinerary including driver tips
  • Dinner in the hotel on the first and final evening
  • Four-day entrance ticket Carrefour Européen du Patchwork & transfers to the show
  • Two workshops with Pat Archibald, kit included
  • The services of an experienced tour manager throughout

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

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Grand Hotel Bristol ★★★★

This 4 star hotel is ideally located just 5 minutes walk from the historic centre of Colmar. Bedrooms are equipped with free WiFi, minibar, TV, telephone, safe, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include Wellness area with sauna and steam room. The buffet breakfast here includes organic and local produce. On our first and last evenings we’ll dine in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the hotel’s brasserie, enjoying dishes typical of the region.