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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country France
Travel type Train
Price range From £749
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Nancy and the birth of Art Nouveau

The town of Nancy - a model of 18th century town planning - had a second golden age at the turn of the 20th century, when glassmaker Emile Galle founded the Ecole de Nancy, which typifies the Art Nouveau movement in France.

This tour explores the history and legacy of the productive period with the city's collection of Art Nouveau art, ceramics and architecture, in the company of expert and enthusiast Dr. Anne Anderson, Dr. Scott Anderson, or Mike Hope with a series of lectures and visits from your base in the heart of the city just 200 metres from the Place Stanislas.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.


  • Return standard class Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Nancy
  • Three nights bed and breakfast at the three star Mercure Stanislas hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two lectures, welcome drink and two dinners with wine at the Art Nouveau Excelsior restaurant
  • Station transfers, coaching and entrance fees
  • Lecturer and tour manager throughout.
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink, with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg.
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

Day one

Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Nancy by TGV. On arrival transfer by coach to your hotel and check in for three nights at the three star Mercure Stanislas, in the heart of the city. Introductory lecture, "Nancy: Ville d'Art", followed by welcome drink and dinner with wine at the stunning Art Nouveau Excelsior restaurant a short walk from the hotel.

Day two

Morning visit to the influential Ecole de Nancy musuem that houses a collection of furniture, fabrics, jewellery and Galle glassware in reconstructed Art Nouveau settings. Afternoon visit to the Villa Majorelle, built in 1908 for the artist Louis Majorelle by architect Henri Sauvage. Evening lecture, "Art Nouveau: new art for the modern era", followed by welcome drink and dinner with wine at the Excelsior restaurant.

Day three

Morning visit examining the wonderful glassware of the Musee des Beaux Arts, whose collection includes works by Delacroix, Manet, Monet and a selection of Daum glassware. This afternoon is free in Nancy for you to explore. Dinner by own arrangement.

Day four

Your final morning is spent visiting the Maison Bergeret, an Art Nouveau house built in 1903, and walking tour of the Parc de Saurupt housing estate. Transfer to the station for return TGV and Eurostar to Paris and onwards to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Mercure hotel Stanislas, Nancy

This three star hotel is located just 200 metres from the historic Place Stanislas in the heart of the city. It offers a bar and comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms with private bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, wifi and safe.

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10-Apr-2015 3 849.00 book
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The holiday was everything that we expected from it. The architecture was magnificent. Scott Anderson was very knowledgeable and enhanced the enjoyment of the buildings. The Excelsior restaurant provided an excellent dinner experience with good food and adequate wine. The only down side for us was the allocation of the room in the Mercure Hotel where we found ourselves in the smallest of bedrooms at the end of a corridor in a hotel that did not seem full. The room was somewhat cramped for two people and the hot water took an age to draw through on a morning if it got through at all. We do however commend the breakfasts which were above expectations.
Apr 2013
Mr Harrison

The tour manager and guide enhanced our visit to Nancy. We were able to appreciate the history and architecture of the places we visited and the hotel was excellent for a 3*. As a single traveller I found the number of people on the tour appropriate. The organised evening meals were much appreciated and were excellent value.
Mar 2012
Mrs C Cooper

It was good to eat out in a group as it really contributed to the bonding experience. And the restaurant chosen provided excellent choice in the meal provided for us and gave us first class service - there was no question of being made to feel like second class citizens because we were "a group".
Nov 2011
Mrs P Bell

We enjoyed the tour immensely - both Ann &Jill were excellent.
May 2011
Mr C Dainow
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