CASW Study Visit to Alsace May 1st – 6th 2018

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

Visits Planned

We take our exec coach from our designated pick up point in Cardiff and travel to Heathrow for our BA schedule flight to Basel at 18.35h. On arrival we will be met by a transfer rep and transported to our central hotel in Colmar where we stay 5 nights on a BB basis, with dinner included at the hotel on the final evening. (A 3 course  menu with drinks package.)

Wednesday 2nd May
Private coach from Colmar to Strasbourg. Leaving the Hotel Bristol at about 10.00
Strasbourg is the capital of the historic and cultural region of Alsace. A frontier town with Germany, its rich and tormented history has left a remarkable architectural heritage. Its city centre located on the Grande Ile has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1988 and includes the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Strasbourg and the Petite France district
You are free to explore Strasbourg at your leisure but we would suggest two visits in particular; The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral.
Thursday 3rd May
We have a full day in Colmar which has a rich architectural heritage including an old collegiate church, several convents, a remarkable theatre, canals (Little Venice) and wonderful authentic houses of the middle ages. Its location in the centre of the Alsatian vineyards earned it the nickname of the ‘capital of the wines of Alsace’. The highlight of the day is the visit to the Unterlinden Museum.
The Unterlinden Museum (officially Musée Unterlinden) is located about 1 kilometre from the Hotel. The museum, housed in a 13th-century Dominican convent and a 1906 former public baths building, is home to the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald and features a large collection of local and international artworks and manufactured artifacts from prehistorical to contemporary times. The museum bears the quality label Musée de France and is one of the most visited museums
in France outside of the Île-de-France. See
Friday 4th May
Private coach from Colmar to Basel leaving the Hotel Bristol at 9.00am. Basel is the Visual Arts Capital of Switzerland and there are numerous galleries and museums to see. Before departure we will provide a list of the events and venues that might be of interest.. There are so many possibilities it may well be that some may wish to return to Basel on the 5th May which is our ‘free’ day. However, we have identified for the purpose of this document two museums which are of international significance. The first proposed visit is the Fondation Beyeler. The Beyeler Foundation with its museum in Riehen, near Basel, owns and oversees the art collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, they host various exhibitions throughout the year. Secondly after free time in Basel for lunch we suggest a visit to the Kuntsmuseum, this houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland, and is listed as a heritage site of national significance.  See:
After we transfer back to our hotel where the evening is free to dine out
Saturday 5th May
Free day no transport required. The Hotel is directly opposite the train station for those wishing to visit other towns. Tour options to be considered at later date when “WHAT’S ON”  tourist information is known.
Evening dinner to be held in the Hotel Bristol.
Sunday 6th May
Coach to collect from Hotel at 9.30am to visit Mulhouse and from there for our flight with British Airways departing from Mulhouse/Basel at 18.40h arriving back at Heathrow at 19.20h.

We have virtually a full day to visit Mulhouse before our flights. Mulhouse has an industrial heritage and was once dubbed the ‘French Manchester’. This industrial identity is also culturally translated. It is home to the world’s largest automotive museum ‘The City of the Automobile’ which contains the famous Schlumph collection. ‘The EDF Electropolis Museum’ is the most important in Europe devoted to electric power. Finally the ‘City of the Train’ is the largest European railway museum.

On arrival at Heathrow, coach to collect group for transport to Cardiff arriving at approx. 23.30h.