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Newly opened Foundation Frison-Horta, an Art Nouveau time capsule
Victor Horta House, where the renowned architect lived and worked
A wealth of Art Nouveau architecture
Dinner at the atmospheric Vincent restaurant
At the turn of the 20th century Brussels was a lively, wealthy and receptive city, willing to embrace and finance new ideas and philosophies. Art Nouveau was one of them. About 1,000 buildings sprung up throughout the city designed by a new breed of architect, including Victor Horta, who used materials traditionally associated with industry – cast iron, brick and glass. Around 500 of these homes, restaurants and shops remain today, clustered in attractive suburbs and it is a selection of these lovely architectural gems that you will explore on this tour in the company of accomplished Art Nouveau historian, Dr Scott Anderson.
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Departing: 17th March 2022 at 08:54
Returning: 20th March 2022 at 17:56
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels and transfer by coach for check in to the hotel in the city centre. Afternoon orientation walking tour of the city, taking in the exteriors of the Art Nouveau buildings in the city centre. Introductory lecture, ‘Brussels and the Birth of Art Nouveau’, welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 2: Horta House, Art Nouveau walking tour, Hotel Solvay and Max Hallet House.
Morning visit to the Horta House and Studio Museum, where Victor Horta lived and worked – the buildings are typical of Art Nouveau at its height. Free time for lunch (not included), before an afternoon walking tour to view some of the city's most important Art Nouveau buildings, including the Hannon House, Hotel Ciamberlani, Tassel House, Hotel Solvay (internal visit) and Max Hallet (internal visit). Lecture at the hotel, ‘Art Nouveau: art for the people’, before dinner with wine at the Art Nouveau “Vincent” restaurant (approx 10 minutes' walk from the hotel).
Day 3: Cauchie House, Royal Museum of Art and History and Foundation Frison-Horta.
Morning visit to the Cauchie House, built by the architect Paul Cauchie as a showcase for his work. Then 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. Free time for lunch (not included) before afternoon visit to the Foundation Frison-Horta, an 1894 Art Nouveau masterpiece by Victor Horta that has never been open to the public – until 2018. Furnished in authentic style with a beautiful Winter Garden, the house was Horta’s third, built for eminent lawyer, Maurice Frison and truly a time capsule that takes the visitor back to the heyday of Art Nouveau.
Day 4: Autrique House, Fin de Siecle gallery at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and Rene Magritte Museum.
Our first visit of our final day is to Horta’s first building of note, the exquisite 1893 Maison Autrique. We then visit to the Brussels Fine Arts Museum and Musee Fin-de-Siecle followed by a short visit to the exquisite ‘Old England’ building. Formerly a department store built in 1899 by Paul Saintenoy, the building now houses the Museum of Musical Instruments. Time will be allowed for lunch (not included) before visiting the René Magritte Surrealist Museum. Late afternoon transfer 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.
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 and Paris, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
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MARIVAUX HOTEL, BRUSSELS
Located 500 metres from the historic Grand Place on elegant Boulevard Adolphe Max, the stylish four-star Marivaux Hotel is converted from an old cinema and is the perfect base for this tour. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and very comfortable bedrooms with free wi-fi, private bathroom, minibar, TV and safe.
Your guide and lecturer
Dr. Scott Anderson was a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. He is a specialist in Victorian and Edwardian art, architecture and antiques and is a consultant expert for the BBC2 Flog It! programme. Scott is an Arts Society lecturer and has lectured extensively to various societies, special interest groups and educational groups throughout Britain. He has extensive tour guiding experience in Britain, European and worldwide locations such as Brussels, Nancy, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York.
It was a wonderful trip, very informative and enjoyable and paced carefully. The time allocated to each activity was suitable to the subject and the overall time was very well managed in terms of food and comfort breaks. I will be back soon to book again for other trips with you.
Review by Mrs Kathryn Howard who travelled 19-February-2015
Excellent itinerary and thoroughly enjoyable tour. Gill and Scott made a very good team - efficient and very informative.
Review by Miss Lisa Rhys-Davies who travelled 19-February-2015
Review by Mrs Janet Beckett who travelled 19-February-2015
Gill was once again an excellent Tour Manager
Review by Mrs P Chattin who travelled 19-February-2015
Review by Dr Christine Seal who travelled 19-February-2015
The pace of the tour was perfect. Gill was outstanding in every way - especially when things didn't go according to plan (through no fault of hers). She remained calm and altered our programme to accommodate the changes. Couldn't have asked for a better tour manager.
Review by Mrs Mary Mccarthy-Smith who travelled 19-February-2015
Both the tour manager and the 'expert' (Scott) were excellent. The former's directions about the programme and times were impeccable and the latter's knowledge, enthusiasm and good humour were always much appreciated.
Review by Mr Michael Salt who travelled 19-February-2015
Pity about the confusion over which 'lecturer' we were having - enough said on that though!
Review by Mrs Valerie Hayes who travelled 19-February-2015
Review by Miss Dilys Ward who travelled 13-March-2014
It was a shame that the visit to the Royal Museum of Art and History turned out to be disappointing because Scott thought the van de Velde exhibition was still on and it wasn't.
Review by Mrs Hazel Henry who travelled 13-March-2014
Review by Miss Valerie Jacques who travelled 13-March-2014
This, after Nancy and Lille/Antwerp, was our third Travel Editions Art Nouveau holiday and, thanks to Scott Anderson's lucid and scholarly leadership, it greatly enhanced our understanding and appreciation of this art movement and the philosophy underlying it. What we saw was really breathtaking. We look forward to our fourth Art Nouveau holiday in Darmstadt in April.
Review by Mr John Grange who travelled 13-March-2014
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