• Explore the royal residential centre of Nancy, home to some of the best Rococo design in France
• Enjoy a private visit to the Chateau de Fléville, a beautiful example of French-Renaissance architecture
• See the largest and best-preserved Maginot Line fortress complex at Hackenberg
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Depart London Heathrow 0820 on British Airways, arriving Luxembourg 1035. Transfer to Hotel des Prélats, Nancy, for six nights. Afternoon visit to Notre Dame Bonsecours (built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Battle of Nancy) followed by welcome and introduction.
Visits in Nancy: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation, Place Stanislaus (Rococo grills), Musée Lorrain (artistic and cultural life of the region), Musée des Beaux Arts. Evening lecture.
Morning excursion to Bar-le-Duc: Church of St Etienne (15th century Gothic architecture with artworks by Ligier Richier) and Church of Notre Dame (built in 11th century by Countess Sophie, with 18th century tower). Afternoon: Chateau des Ducs de Bar. Continue to Toul for Collegiate Church of St Gengoult (flamboyant 16th century cloister) followed by Gothic Cathedral of St Stephen (time permitting).
Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy (Art Nouveau interiors and decorative arts) followed by lunch at Brasserie Excelsior (one of the finest Art Nouveau interiors in Nancy). Afternoon: Villa Majorelle (exterior), Maison Bergeret (exterior) and further Art Nouveau villas (exteriors). Free evening.
Morning: Chateau de Fléville and Chateau Haroué. Afternoon in Epinal: Imagerie Pellerin (most famous historical printworks in France) and Basilica of St Maurice (Romanesque / early Gothic).
Morning excursion to Lunéville via Dombasle and Varangeville (historical industrial landscape) for visits to Chateau de Lunéville (rebuilt in the 18th century as the ‘Versailles of Lorraine’) and the Church of St Jacques. Continue to St Nicolas-de-Port for Gothic Basilica and Art Deco Museum of French Brasserie. Evening lecture.
Transfer to Metz for Musée de la Cour d’Or (opened 1839), Gothic Cathedral of St Stephen (vast collection of stained glass, including work by modernist Marc Chagall), St Pierre aux Nonnains (built 380 AD, the oldest church building in France) and Templar Chapel (exterior). Three nights at Hotel la Citadelle, Metz.
Morning excursion to Pont-à-Mousson (Premonstratensian Abbey) and Church of St Martin, Sillegny (16th century murals, the ‘Sistine Chapel of Sillegny’). Afternoon: return to Metz for Porte des Allemands (13th century fortifications) and some free time with opportunity for optional independent visit to Metz Pompidou Centre. Evening lecture.
Morning: fort of Hackenberg (largest and fully restored underground city of the Maginot Line). Afternoon: transfer to Luxembourg for overnight at NH Luxembourg Hotel.
Depart Luxembourg 0845, arriving Heathrow 0915.
25 Jun — 4 Jul 2020
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This tour will require a good level of fitness, as some visits will involve walking and standing for periods of time.
Cost of £2595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, eight dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £330.
Own flight reduction: £140.