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Holiday type Art & archaeology
Country Belgium
Travel type Train
Price range From £849
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Brussels Art Nouveau

Between 1870 and 1910 the population of Brussels more than tripled from 250,000 to 800,000 which saw the city expand into the suburbs, thanks to the electrification of the tramways.

This expansion allowed opportunities for a new breed of architects including Victor Horta to break with tradition with the use of new technology and industrial materials such as cast iron and glass to develop a new form of architecture and design. This was Art Nouveau, which flourished in 15 or so European cities between 1890 and 1910 with Brussels particularly well represented with some 1,000 buildings, which are explored in this exciting new tour with Dr Scott Anderson.

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.

Included

  • Return standard class Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four star Marivaux hotel based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Lecture, welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Lecture at hotel and dinner with wine at Art Nouveau Le Falstaff restaurant
  • Station transfer, coaching and entrance fees
  • Dr Scott Anderson and tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier upgrade on Eurostar - this constitutes upgraded seating and a light meal with complimentary drink
  • 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 to Brussels and transfer by coach to check in for three nights at the four star Marivaux hotel in the city centre. Afternoon walking tour taking in the exteriors of the Art Nouveau buildings in the city centre. Introductory lecture "Horta and the Birth of Art Nouveau", welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day two

Morning visit to the Horta House and Studio museum, where Horta lived and worked and then onwards to the Hannon House. Afternoon walking tour to view the hotels Solvay (internal visit), Max Hallet (internal visit) and Tassel - all built by Horta. Lecture at the hotel, "Art Nouveau: new art and architecture for the modern era", before dinner with wine at the famous Art Nouveau 'Le Falstaff' restaurant about one kilometre from the hotel (transfer on foot).

Day three

Morning visit to the Cauchie House, built by architect Paul Cauchie as a showcase for his work, followed by a private visit to the Hotel Ciamberlani, built by Paul Hankar in 1897. Afternoon visit to the Royal Museum of Art and History, which houses the major stylistic trends in decorative art between 1890 and 1940 including sculpture, glassware, ceramics, table silver and furniture.

Day four

Your final day is spent with a visit to the Fine Arts museum followed by a short visit to the 'Old England' building, formerly a department store built in 1899 by Paul Saintenoy, which now houses the Museum of Musical Instruments. Time will be allowed for lunch before transferring to the station for return Eurostar to 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.
Marivaux hotel, Brussels

Located about 500 metres from the historic Grand Place on elegant Blvd Adolphe Max, the four star Marivaux hotel is converted from an old cinema. It offers a restaurant, bar and comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms with private bathroom, mini-bar, satellite TV, wifi and safe.

This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6761.

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Absolutely excellent. Great Tour Manager (Gill) - relaxed but always in total control. Lecturer (Ann) - outstanding, a wonderful depth of knowledge and great fun to be with. Great pacing to days as well. I will certainly want to be part of more Travel Edition holidays in future.
Feb 2013
Mr Dunk