Metz and Luxembourg Escorted Tour

3 nights starting from
£925

  • Saint-Louis Crystal Museum, with more than 2000 items of crystal on display

  • Musée Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder

  • Elegant Luxembourg with its excellent museums and Art Nouveau houses

  • Two talks from expert, Prof Anne Anderson

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. The whole region is famed for both its glass craft and pottery. From your base in the dignified city of Metz, expert Prof Anne Anderson will guide you through the wonderful works by Gallé, Daum, Lalique and Saint-Louis as well as explore the art and Art Nouveau of elegant Luxembourg.

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12 - March - 2020 £ 925.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 12th March 2020 at 07:55

Returning: 15th March 2020 at 18:04

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Metz. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. This evening there will be a welcome drink, dinner with wine at a local restaurant and a lecture, ‘Playing with Fire: the Glass of Gallé and Lalique’.

Day 2: Saint-Louis Crystal Museum, Metz and Musée Lalique Wingensur-Moder.
Morning visit to La Grande Place for the Saint-Louis Crystal Museum, a former royal factory, the oldest manufacturer of glass in the world, dating back to 1586, with over 2000 crystal glass items on display. This afternoon, head to Wingensur-Moder to the Musée Lalique, which houses a superb collection of more than 650 works that charts the career and techniques used by Lalique and his successors to achieve effects in glass. This evening a second lecture from Anne - ‘Art Nouveau in Metz and Luxembourg’. The evening is free for you to pick one of the many local restaurants in the area to enjoy dinner. 


Day 3: Full day Luxembourg.
A full day visit to the elegant city of Luxembourg, where highlights include the extensive collection of fine art at the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA), dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, the medieval Cathedral and old town, as well as a tour of some of the city’s extensive collection of exquisite Art Nouveau buildings, centred around the “Plateau Bourbon” district. This evening we will have dinner with wine at the Art Nouveau Brasserie Flo (approx 15-20 minute walk from the hotel). 

Day 4: Day free in Metz and home.
Morning free in Metz to explore the Cathedral or Centre Pompidou Metz, a satellite site of the National Collection of Modern Art in Paris, before afternoon transfer back to the station for the return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and 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.

 

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Metz via Paris
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Novotel Metz Centre, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome drink and two lectures at the hotel 
  • Two dinners with wine at local restaurants 
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees 
  • Prof Anne Anderson and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Novotel Metz Centre, Metz
The four-star Novotel Metz Centre is perfectly 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 wi-fi. Please note twin bedded rooms at the hotel consist of a double bed and a pull out sofa bed.

Novotel Metz Centre Website

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Your Lecturer - Prof Anne Anderson
Prof Anne Anderson author, broadcaster, international Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years, specialising in the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism; she currently teaches at Kingston University. Anne's career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world and her TV credits include the BBC's Flog It!. Anne has recieved a rapturous response from or customers at the many Travel Editions UK lectures and tours she has hosted and is excited at the prospect of sharing her knowledge with our clients further afield. 

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Jill, our tour manager was excellent throughout. The way she dealt with the chaos at Gare du Nord on our return journey Especially after our delayed arrival there, was superb. We could very easily have been stuck in Paris through no fault of T.E. ..

Review by Tosh who travelled 07-March-2019


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I haven't rated the train journey because I think my previous email explains the situation. The homeward journey was a series of exceptional events but the outward journey was excellent

Review by Pope who travelled 07-March-2019


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The holiday and visits were excellent but we had a very difficult journey home, caused first by the failure of the TGV between Metz and Paris owing to a fallen power line - so we went by a slower route. Then customs delays at Gare du Nord meant that we were queueing and edging very slowly forward for over 2 hours. Our Tour Manager Gill was most resourceful and did very well - getting tickets for a later train and later a free taxi and a free night at the Euston Hilton as we missed our connection to Sheffield - where we arrived about 12 hours late the next morning. In the morning, we had to pay extra to catch a rush hour train and think we could claim compensation from Eurostar if we knew our original Eurostar ticket numbers.

Review by Price who travelled 07-March-2019


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A very enjoyable trip and all praise to Gill for having to deal with a tricky return journey back to London. She handled our difficulties calmly and efficiently. Anne is a great lecturer as well as good company. I learned such a lot from her. My only criticism would be the accommodation. In itself, the hotel was very good, the staff helpful and the room very comfortable. However, the location leaves much to be desired. Having to walk through a shopping precinct at night was not a pleasant experience, I was glad not to have to have done on my own. The noise from the shopping precinct in the evening was dreadful. Young people congregating in an echoing environment not to mention the drunks in the corner was unpleasant. My bedroom overlooked the precinct and on Saturday night the noise was horrible. Much shouting and screaming. Apart from that a good few days away.

Review by Partridge who travelled 07-March-2019


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The return train journey with three significant delays has put me off choosing a TE train holiday in Europe for at least a year. I hope TE is claiming compensation on our behalf for the Metz/Paris Est leg of the journey as Gill took in all our tickets so we cannot claim individually.. The guide in Luxembourg seemed unnecessary as Gill and Ann told us all we needed to know.

Review by Dev who travelled 07-March-2019


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The food at the first restaurant (I think it was Relais d'Alsace) was not very good - slow service and far too much stodge on the plate and the amount of uneaten food left by most people was an embarrassment. However, the dinner on the final night was excellent. The return train journeys were extremely problematic with huge delays, but of course that was out of your control. The tour manager dealt with things admirably.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 07-March-2019


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Gosh. I think this was my thirteenth tour with Travel Editions since 2014. It was certainly NOT unlucky. Gill is an exemplary tour manager and this group was particularly friendly. So the trip to Luxembourg was cushioned in mist and fog, but that lifted. All in all ten out of ten again. Travelling alone is never easy, but your tours make all guests welcome

Review by Griffiths who travelled 02-March-2018


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Ann’s enthusiasm and Gill’s excellent organisational skills add up to a lovely holiday - no stress and lots of fun

Review by Partington who travelled 02-March-2018


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I would have given the sightseeing tours a rating of excellent, but for the unsatisfactory local guide in Luxembourg. Anne Anderson, however, was wonderful, as was Gill Thompson. They gave us all the information we could have asked for, and Anne was particularly kind in accompanying me for the Saturday evening meal so that I was not dining alone. Much appreciated.

Review by Ms Susannah Kurti who travelled 03-March-2017


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Just one comment about the information that was given to us before we went, which did not say that we would be spending over and hour and a half each way in the coach to see the St Louis and Lalique museums. The brochure had made us think that these were in Metz itself, where we were staying. But we still very much enjoyed the holiday.

Review by Mrs Alison Mcbrayne who travelled 03-March-2017


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Rather an early start at St Pancras, but otherwise a very enjoyable tour. The highlight was on Saturday going to the St.Louis Crystal Museum and especially the Lalique Museum. We found Luxembourg interesting but a bit underwhelming! Nothing but praise for Gill and Anne, our tour manager and expert.

Review by Ms Judith Allsopp who travelled 03-March-2017


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Very good tour,particularly the Saturday trips. Luxembourg day needs sharpening up,Charles guide hopeless, the design museum v gd Shame Brasserie Flo was closed..Anne's lectures v.gd,need to start half hour earlier so not eating at 9pm!

Review by Mrs Susan Adams who travelled 03-March-2017


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Well presented tour, with enthusiastic speaker and tour manager who worked together very well. Very busy three days!

Review by Mr Christopher Williams who travelled 03-March-2017


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