Walking the Waterloo Battlefields

5 days from £469 pp.


Lion Mound Memorial

Visit: Lion Mound Memorial, Battlefields

Waterloo

Visit: Waterloo, Battlefields

Hougoumont

Visit: Hougoumont, Battlefields

About the Tour

On our walking tour of the Waterloo Battlefield we explore the ground on foot with a series of walking tours around key places like La Haye Sainte and Hougoumont. We see how Wellington and the Allied coalition defeated Napoleon in 1815, and see where the Prussians fought at Ligny and Plancenoit. We also have time to visit the Brussels War Museum with its Napoleonic displays of weapons and uniforms.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium for a four-night stay.

    Walk 1: We start by undertaking two short battlefield walks at Quatre Bras and Ligny, examining the vital opening shots to the Waterloo Campaign in June 1815. After lunch we visit the Wellington Museum in Waterloo and see the memorials to fallen officers in St. Joseph’s Church. Walk 2: We then walk across the battlefield to Frischermount and Papelotte, defended by Nassau troops. Later, we walk across Wellington’s left flank looking at where Picton’s 5th Division fought. We end the day at La Haye Sainte, defended by the King’s German Legion, seeing their memorials nearby.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Lion's Mound at battlefield of Waterloo

    Lion's Mound at battlefield of Waterloo

    Walk 3: Walking Wellington’s right flank you will see the ground where the French cavalry charged the British squares and Napoleon’s Imperial Guard were repulsed. At the new Lion Mound Centre you will see the new museum, view the battlefield from the top of the mound and visit the impressive Waterloo Panorama, one of the largest painted battlefield panoramas in the world. Following lunch you visit the recently restored Hougoumont Farm. Here we look in-depth at arguably the most important part of the Waterloo battlefield for Wellington, seeing the memorials, original buildings, gates and loop-holed walls. Walk 4: We then walk across the battlefield to La Belle Alliance, looking at the battlefield from the French perspective. We end the day at Le Caillou, Napoleon’s General Headquarters.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Brussels War Museum

    Brussels War Museum

    In the morning we visit the superb Brussels War Museum with its collection of Napoleonic War period uniforms, weapons and equipment. Walk 5: Later we walk the battlefield at Wavre, where the Prussians clashed with French Marshal Grouchy’s men resulting in a French hollow victory. After visiting the impressive private Napoleonic war museum at Ligny you return to Waterloo. At Plancenoit, where the Young Guard fought the Prussians, we see the church, village and memorials, including the impressive Prussian Memorial. To conclude, at the Wounded Eagle memorial we study the ‘Crisis’, the attack, repulse and demise of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard and the allied rout of Napoleon’s army.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Battlefield visits as described
    • 5 Battlefield walks - each walk is approximately 2-4 hours

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Notes



     

    Travel Insurance from £27.00 (5 days). Single Room Supplement from £119.00 (5 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Mercure Brussels Airport. The hotel has a lift, restaurant and bar.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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