• 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 on Eurostar for Brussels. Transfer to Hotel Le Plaza for five nights. Introductory lecture: The Origins & Rise of Art Nouveau followed by some free time. 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 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 excursion to Antwerp for short walking tours of Zurenborg and Zuid districts (building exteriors). Afternoon: continue to Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver for the Winter Garden, Salon and Chapel at St Ursula’s School. 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) and gardens. Afternoon: exquisite marriage room and council chamber of Forest Town Hall.
Morning lecture: The Zenith of Art Nouveau & After. Depart Brussels on Eurostar for London St Pancras.
2 Sep — 7 Sep 2021
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What did you particularly enjoy?
"Chris's enthusiasm and expert knowledge. His passion for the subject made for a remarkable trip. The best one so far for me"
ACE customer on a previous Art Nouveau in Belgium tour
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.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a reduction of £60.
Cost of £1945 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 £295.