•This tour provides an overview of the Art Nouveau style of architecture, furniture and decorative arts in Brussels and Antwerp, where it enjoyed its first flowering in the 1890s
•See how the style developed, from Victor Horta’s early Autrique house to his magnificent Van Eetvelde and Solvay mansions
•Enjoy private guided tours of the interiors of Art Nouveau buildings not normally open to the public
expert on the art and architecture of Belgium
Depart London St Pancras 0854 on Eurostar, arriving Brussels 1202. Transfer to Hotel Le Plaza for five nights. Introductory talk: The Origins & Rise of Art Nouveau followed by some free time or optional visit to Horta’s former Waucquez draper’s store (now the Belgian Comic Strip Centre). Short orientation walking tour of city centre.
Morning: Autrique House (Horta’s first house in Brussels), walking tour of Ixelles (known as ‘The Cradle of Art Nouveau’ – building exteriors) and visit to Horta Museum (Horta’s former home). Afternoon: Max Hallet House followed by walking tour of Ixelles Ponds (Art Nouveau and Art Deco building exteriors).
Morning: short walking tour in the Squares district (Art Nouveau building exteriors) followed by visits to Van Eetvelde and Solvay houses. Afternoon: Fin-de-Siècle Museum (Art Nouveau paintings, sculpture and decorative arts) followed by free time for optional visits to other parts of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Musical Instruments Museum or Brussels Cathedral. Free evening.
Morning: Winter Garden, Salon and Chapel at St Ursula’s School in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver. Continue to Antwerp for short walking tours of Zuid and Zurenborg districts (building exteriors). Free evening in Brussels.
Morning: Cauchie House (in style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh) followed by Stoclet Palace (exterior) and Van Buuren Museum (in style of Frank Lloyd Wright). Afternoon: exquisite marriage room and council chamber of Forest Town Hall (subject to confirmation).
Morning talk: The Zenith of Art Nouveau and After. Depart Brussels 1252, arriving London St Pancras 1405.
3 Sep — 8 Sep 2020
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Chris's enthusiasm and expert knowledge. His passion for the subject made for a remarkable trip. The best one so far for me.
This tour requires a good level of fitness, as it will involve significant amounts of walking and standing, including over cobbled streets, and also navigating stairs in properties that do not have lifts.
Cost of £1895 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £270.
Travel reduction: £60.