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Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau in Germany & France

  • 8 days delving into the beauty of southern France
  • Get a feel for the sights, tastes and scents of the Languedoc region
  • …Live like “God in France

Trip Details

We will welcome you to Darmstadt, where you will spend the next three nights in the Jagdschloss Kranichstein, a beautiful Renaissance building. To relax from your trip, we offer you a fi rst impression of the Jugendstil style by taking you to the newly renovated Jugendstilbad in Darmstadt.
Recover from the rigors of travel by soaking in the saltwater baths, swimming or simply chilling out in the quiet zones.
If you prefer, you can enjoy a walk in the lovely forest surrounding the Jagdschloss. We will then round off the evening with a delicious
6-course Jugendstil dinner accompanied by Jugendstil champagne.
Following this introduction, you will spend the next two days discovering Jugendstil architecture and furnishings in Darmstadt and Bad
Nauheim. In the evenings, we will relax over tasty, rustic meals in restaurants typical of the Darmstadt area.
On the fourth day we head towards Metz and Nancy in France. To recover from the myriad impressions of your fi rst days, we will gently introduce you to the French way of life with perhaps a leisurely cruise on the River Saar or something else pleasant then visit a typical restaurant in Saarbrücken.
That evening and the following two nights will be spent in impressive surroundings in a small, elegant hotel steeped in tradition. We will begin with a sumptuous meal in the company of a local expert. After dinner, why not bring the evening to a close, sampling some of the marvellous wines in the cozy bar next door?
French Jugendstil, or Art Noveau, is on the agenda the next day as we tour Nancy, an important center of the movement in France. Here, too, you will have plenty of time for relaxing and joie de vivre.
Your last day will be spent once again in Darmstadt. Tell us what your heart desires, and we will do our best to fulfi ll your wishes. Before starting your journey home laden with all these impressions, you will enjoy a fi nal evening in the country setting of a typical inn in the Odenwald.

Your Art Nouveau Tour Highlights

Come with us on a tour of style and beauty. Delight in the great ideas and impressions the superb Jugendstil artists have left behind.
Visit Darmstadt, world famous for the Mathildenhöhe, site of the legendary Artists’ Colony founded by Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of HessenDarmstadt and brother-in-law to the last Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II. The purpose of the Jugendstil artists in Darmstadt was to revolutionize architecture and interior design, to create a modern living culture.
Bad Nauheim, close to Darmstadt, belonged to the Grand Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt as well. Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig again, with his high appreciation for art, gave the approval for the construction of new bathhouses. Even before then, Bad Nauheim was an internationally renowned spa due to its healing salt waters.
Nancy witnessed a new dynamism in the fi eld of decorative arts and became one of the most important places of Art Nouveau in France, second only to Paris. An alliance of artists and industrialists gathered in 1901 under the name “Ecole de Nancy”. Plants were the main source of their inspiration.

Accommodations And Dining

Our charming hotel lies halfway between Narbonne and Carcassonne near the village of St-Pierre-des-Champs and its chateau. It is a beautiful, distinctive building nestled against the garrigue, surrounded by hills, gardens and orchards.
Here is your haven of peace and greenery. The rooms are bright, welcoming and spacious with a contemporary South-East Asian-style décor inviting you to a world of serenity.
All rooms are equipped with: queen or king-size beds or double twins, spacious shower, separate lavatory, TV, direct-dial telephone, WiFi access.
Two rooms are accessible to guests with reduced mobility.

Amenities

You are surrounded by lush gardens with plenty of space to find your place for peace and quiet.
The pool itself is an invitation to chill out and enjoy. Indoors and out...moments of delight to relish and dishes brimming with flavor.
In the hollow of the valley, from spring to autumn, stress-free days glide cheerfully by. In the shade of climbing vines or stately trees, the terraces provide an unadulterated view over the vegetable garden and truffle oaks.
Indoors, amidst a décor of light stone walls, there is an extensive dining room with lounge, bar, fireplace and piano. Comfortably-spaced round tables create a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
In tune with this setting, simple seasonally-inspired yet refined cuisine with Mediterranean accents, occasionally punctuated by touches of
the exotic: fresh foie gras poached in Corbières jus, fillet of trout and rice jumble with Thai sauce, lamb marinated in sage then roasted with rosemary
Our hotel in the area of Barcelona will feature exclusive rooms with a Catalonian touch!Get that Catalonian feeling and enjoy the last leg of your fascinating journey in a truly unique setting! As for food, there will be all the delicacies this great region has to offer. Be surprised!

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