Nancy and The Birth of Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau Detail - taken by Peter Henry on 25th
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Accommodation

Mercure Hotel Stanislas, Nancy
Located just 200 metres from the historic Place Stanislas in the heart of the city, this four-star hotel is ideal. It offers a bar and comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms with private bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, wifi and safe.

Mercure Hotel Stanislas Nancy Website

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London King's Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.  

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Your Lecturers
Prof. Anne Anderson
Prof. Anne Anderson author, broadcaster, international NADFAS lecturer 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. 

Dr Scott Anderson MA, PhD, FNAVA, ASFAV (Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers)
Scott is a University Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. He is a specialist in Victorian and Edwardian art, architecture and antiques and is a consultant expert for the BBC2 'Flog It!' programme. Scott is a NADFAS lecturer and has lectured extensively to various societies, special interest groups and educational groups throughout Britain. He has extensive tour guiding experience in Britain, European locations such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York. 

PASSPORTS
Valid passport required by all, except: (a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards; (b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland. 

VISAS
Are not required by EU citizens. All other nationalities should enquire at the French consulate (PO Box 57, 6A Cromwell Place, London SW7 2EW Tel: (020) 7838 2000/1. Information Service: Tel: (0891) 887 733. Fax: (020) 7838 2046. Opening hours: 0900-1130 (and 1600-1630 for visa collection only) Monday to Friday (except French and British national holidays). 

TRAIN
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, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform. Porters are sometimes but not always available at St Pancras. The Eurostar and French trains are very long (18 carriages in the case of Eurostar and nearly 400 metres long) so there can be quite lengthy walks from the station entrance to your seat.  On all legs of the journey you have reserved seat and carriage numbers which are shown clearly on your ticket.

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

Destinations
  • Europe
  • London
  • Paris
  • Nancy
  • France
Tour Types
  • Art
  • History
  • Rail Tours
  • Art/History Tours
Departure Points
  • St Pancras

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Nancy by TGV. On arrival transfer by coach to your hotel and check in for three nights at the three-star Mercure Stanislas, in the heart of the city. Introductory lecture, 'Nancy: Ville d'Art', followed by welcome drink and dinner with wine at the stunning Art Nouveau Excelsior restaurant a short walk from the hotel. 

Day 2: Morning visit to the influential Ecole de Nancy Museum that houses a wonderful collection of furniture, fabrics, jewellery and Galle glassware in reconstructed Art Nouveau settings. Afternoon walking tour led by Prof Anne Anderson or Dr Scott Anderson discovering the art nouveau architecture of Nancy. Evening at leisure. 

Day 3: Morning visit examining the wonderful glassware of the Musee des Beaux Arts, whose collection includes works by Delacroix, Manet, Monet and a wonderful selection of Daum glassware. This afternoon is free in Nancy for you to explore. Evening lecture, 'Art Nouveau: new art for the modern era', followed by welcome drink and dinner with wine at the Excelsior restaurant. 

Day 4:
Your final morning is spent visiting the wonderful Maison Bergeret, a stunning Art Nouveau house built in 1903, and walking tour of the Parc de Saurupt housing estate. Transfer to the station for return TGV and Eurostar to Paris and onwards 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.

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Nancy
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Mercure Stanislas Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two lectures, welcome drink and two dinners with wine at the Art Nouveau Excelsior restaurant
  • Station transfers, coaching and entrance fees 
  • Lecturer and tour manager throughout. 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink, with upgraded seating only on the French railway lef. 
  • 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, but bags do need to be carried onto 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
25-Oct-2019 for 3 Nights Visit Website
06-Mar-2020 for 3 Nights Visit Website
27-Mar-2020 for 3 Nights Visit Website
24-Apr-2020 for 3 Nights Visit Website

Touring with Travel Editions

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As the years have passed, their range of tours has developed and diversified. More than 20 years ago they launched a rail holiday to Provence travelling by Eurostar and TGV to Avignon – today this is one of nearly 30 tours that use this mode of transport – the journey becomes part of the holiday and is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel.

They also offer a large range (72 in 2017) of special events in the UK with expert speakers, concerts, special dinners in historic locations such as the SS Great Britain and many other unique events that bring the culture and history of our wonderful country to life. This has been expanded to adopt the same principles on short educational trips abroad which is found in their Art & History Abroad programme.

The size of the group varies depending on the tour. They limit some holidays to lower numbers to suit the nature of the holiday such as Walking in Western Crete, Cuba, India etc. These are limited to approx. 20-30 passengers per group to enhance your experience and reduce their impact on the local areas.

For their Europe by Rail series and most of their Europe by Air holidays, the maximum you will get in a group is 49 passengers but often they operate at around 30-38.

Most of their UK British Heritage Tours have a maximum capacity of 49 (some less) but the odd one or two such as Queen Victoria’s Island Retreat, Bristol and Brunel, can take up to 100 due to the size of the venue and nature of the event. However, if there are large numbers, you will be divided into two coaches of 49 each so you still do not feel as if you are in a big group.

Their philosophy remains the same however: 'to offer the benefits of group travel but to treat every customer as an individual'.

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