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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country France
Travel type Train
Price range From £799
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Metz - 'Playing with Fire'

It was in Meisenthal that École de Nancy founder Émile Gallé first learnt the craft of glass blowing and decorating, which he used to great effect in his interpretation of Art Nouveau.

Now home of the International Glass Centre, the whole region is famed for both its glass craft and pottery and from your base in the dignified city of Metz, expert Dr Anne Anderson will guide you through the wonderful works by Gallé, Daum, Lalique and Saint-Louis and how they, and others, used these traditional crafts to promote the principles of their artistic philosophies.

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 Metz
  • Three nights bed and breakfast at the four star Novotel Metz Centre, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome drink, lecture and dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Second lecture at the hotel and dinner with wine at Brasserie Flo
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Dr Anne Anderson 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.
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

    Please note: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.
Day one

Travel by Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Metz. On arrival transfer to the Novotel Metz Centre to check-in for a three night stay. There will be an afternoon walking tour of Metz including the Germanic Imperial District where you’ll find the impressive Gare de Metz-Ville, which houses the apartments of Kaiser Wilhelm II. This evening there will be a welcome drink, dinner with wine at the hotel and a lecture, ‘Playing with Fire: the Glass of Gallé and Lalique’.

Day two

Morning visit to La Grande Place for the Saint-Louis Crystal Museum, a former royal factory, with over 2000 crystal glass items on display, followed by Meisenthal’s International Glass Centre and Glass Museum, based in a former glass works, where displays and films will help visitors to understand the traditional techniques of making glass. This afternoon, head to Wingen-sur-Moder to the Musée Lalique, which concentrates on the techniques used by Lalique to achieve effects in glass.

Day three

Today our attention turns to pottery with a visit to Sarreguemines. Following the Faience Circuit, which traces the history of the industry through the city, visits will include: Blies Mill, home of the Museum of Faience Techniques; the Winter Garden Earthenware Museum; and Faience Works Casino, a place of recreation for the workers, richly decorated with tile murals. This evening a lecture, ‘Ancient craft, modern design: art and studio pottery’ followed by dinner with wine at the Art Nouveau Brasserie Flo.

Day four

Morning visit to the Centre Pompidou Metz, a satellite site of the National Collection of Modern Art in Paris. Afternoon transfer back to the station for the return TGV and Eurostar to Ebbsfleetand St Pancras.

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

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Novotel Metz Centre, Metz

The four star Novotel Metz Centre is located in the heart of Metz. The hotel's decor is modern and stylish with a range of facilities - fitness centre, a restaurant and relaxed bar. Rooms are contemporary and airy with air-conditioning, en suite bathroom, television and free wifi.
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