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Art Deco and Art Nouveau in Lille and Antwerp
Easily accessible in just one and a half hours, Lille is a splendid city with a wealth of sights, including France's second most visited art gallery after the Louvre and the nearby textile town of Roubaix is home to one of Europe's most original and fascinating museums, La Piscine, housed in a beautiful converted Art Deco swimming pool. Antwerp has a wealth of Art Nouveau houses, including the remarkable "Five Continents" house built for a wealthy ship owner complete with a wooden prow.
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 Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille
- Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four star Novotel Grand Place hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome reception, two lectures and two dinners with wine at the Art Nouveau Brasserie de la Paix
- Transfers, tours and entrance fees
- Mike Hope and tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar. This constitutes upgraded seating and 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
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and transfer by coach to hotel for check in for three night stay. Afternoon walking tour of central Lille. Welcome reception, lecture "Art Nouveau - An Overview" and dinner (choice at each course) with wine at the atmospheric Art Nouveau Brasserie de la Paix, located two to three minutes' walk from the hotel.
Morning walking tour of the Art Nouveau houses of Lille, including the exterior of the beautiful Maison Colliot, followed by the hidden gem that is La Piscine Museum at the former textile town of Roubaix, set in a stunning Art Deco swimming pool, whose contents include sample fabric books from the Art Nouveau period. Afternoon tour to lovely Tournai and Horta's Art Nouveau Musee des Beaux Arts, designed in 1904. Welcome drink, lecture "Art Nouveau and Belgium" and dinner with wine at the Brasserie de la Paix.
A full day's excursion today to the historic Belgian city of Antwerp (approximately one and a half hours away from Lille), famed as the birthplace of Rubens with a strong artistic heritage in its fine museums and churches. This heritage was reflected too in the city's enthusiastic embracing of the Art Nouveau movement with an entire district, known as the Golden Triangle of some 170 Art Nouveau houses as well as the famed "Five Continents" house and the Reunion exhibition in the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp. Evening free.
Morning visit (on foot) to the superb collection at Lille's Musee des Beaux Arts, the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. Time allowed for lunch before transferring to the station for return Eurostar 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.
This four star hotel is located in the very heart of Lille next to the opera house and within two minutes' walk of the Bourse and Grand Place in the heart of the city. Facilities at this comfortable, traditional hotel with lovely stained glass windows include bar and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, wifi and safe.
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This was one of the best short holidays we have done. The architecture was stunning and Mike's enthusiasm for Art Nouveau certainly rubbed off on us. We were the best group ever! Steve our tour manager also did a cracking job of looking after us all. Geoff and Pauline Fothergill