Art Nouveau and Art Deco in Lille and Antwerp

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Mike Hope
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-fivwe years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden.

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Places of Interest

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Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place, Lille
This four-star hotel is located in the very heart of Lille next to the opera house and within two minutes' walk of the Bourse and Grand Place in the heart of the city. Facilities at this comfortable, traditional hotel with lovely stained glass windows include bar and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, wifi and safe.

Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel Website 

  • Europe
  • Lille
  • France
Tour Types
  • Seniors
  • Rail Tours
  • Art/History Tours
  • Art
  • History
  • 50 plus
Departure Points
  • St Pancras

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and transfer by coach to hotel for check in for three-night stay. Afternoon walking tour of central Lille. Welcome reception, lectures 'A Line is a Force - Artistic and cultural differences in Art Nouveau, art, design and architecture' and 'Art Nouveau in Belgium' and dinner (choice at each course) with wine at the atmospheric Art Nouveau Brasserie de la Paix, located three minutes' walk from the hotel. 

Day 2: Morning walking tour of the Art Nouveau houses of Lille, including the exterior of the beautiful Maison Colliot, followed by a visit to the Villa Cavrois, re-opened in June 2015 after refurbishment. This afternoon visit the hidden gem that is La Piscine Museum at the former textile town of Roubaix, set in a stunning Art Deco swimming pool, whose contents include sample fabric books from the Art Nouveau period. Enjoy a tour to lovely Tournai and Horta's Art Nouveau Musee des Beaux Arts, designed in 1904. Welcome drink, lecture 'Art Deco - An international style in context' and dinner with wine at the Brasserie de la Paix.  

Day 3: Full day excursion to the historic Belgian city of Antwerp. Antwerp has a strong artistic heritage, exhibited in its fine museums and churches, and is particularly famed as the birthplace of Rubens. At the end of the 19th century, the city, considered conservative by some, embraced Art Nouveau with the construction of the ‘golden triangle’ neighbourhood in Zurenborg and a number of other extraordinary buildings throughout the city, including the Art Nouveau station, regarded by some as the most beautiful station in the world.

Day 4: Morning visit (on foot) to the superb collection at Lille's Musee des Beaux Arts, the 2nd largest collection in France after the Louvre. Time allowed for lunch before transferring to the station for return Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or 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.


  • Return Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception, two lectures and two dinners with wine at the Art Nouveau Brasserie de la Paix
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Mike Hope and tour manager throughout 


  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar. This constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink.
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

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.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
05-Nov-2020 for 3 Nights Visit Website
04-Mar-2021 for 3 Nights Visit Website
13-May-2021 for 3 Nights Visit Website

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