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The Triumph of the Longbow


4 days from £649pp

About the tour: The Triumph of the Longbow


Led by Dr Michael Jones, this tour sees us follow the role of the Longbow in iconic battles such as the Battle of Crecy and the Battle of Agincourt. The Longbow was seen as a key weapon and it dominated in battles of its time. We begin at Le Crotoy, where we see the XV Century castle at Rambures and the site where Jeanne d’Arc was imprisoned by the English. At the Field of Agincourt, we discuss weapons and battle tactics and enjoy watching the annual re-enactment of a battle.

Tour Includes


  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach
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Tour Itinerary

The first major victory of the ‘Hundred Years War’ was the Battle of Crècy (August 1346). After a month of destruction and plunder, dismounted English Men at Arms and skilled archers, who had honed their skills in battles with the Scots and Welsh, repulsed the charges of the French knights. The losses of the heavily armoured cavalry were so heavy that the remnants were forced to withdraw. The defeat of the chivalry of France signalled the end of the dominance of the mounted knight and sent shockwaves throughout Europe. Some 70 years later the English, led by their King Henry V, met the French army in the autumn of 1415. The might of the English longbow, wielded by the skilled archers, was once more demonstrated on the legendary field of Agincourt. Against all odds, small and outnumbered English armies defeated their French opponents owing, in no small part, to the dominance of their devastatingly effective weapon – the longbow. We will explore both battlefields in depth and take the opportunity not only to discuss the weapons and tactics employed by both sides, but to witness their implementation as demonstrated before us on the field of Agincourt itself. We will hear the story of the fighting men on both sides and visit the castle of the French Master of the Crossbowmen who was killed at Agincourt. Your guide is historian Dr Michael Jones, who has written a well-received book on the Agincourt campaign and battle, 24 Hours of Agincourt (WH Allen).

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Abbeville in Northern France for a three night stay.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2

This morning we travel to Le Crotoy, where the English imprisoned Jeanne d’Arc prior to her execution. Following a break for lunch we spend the afternoon visiting the XV Century castle at Rambures. Built during the 100 years war, we see the castle's unique architecture and explore the wonderful garden.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Le Crotoy
  • XV Century Castle

Day 3

Drive to the Field of Agincourt. Surprisingly the battlefield itself has changed little, with the ‘funnel’ formed by the flanking woods still very obvious, and we can walk the ground as details of the battle, tactics and weapons are discussed. Picnic lunch. We will visit the informative Visitors’ Centre, and as today will feature the annual reenactment of a battle of the period, we shall take the opportunity to watch the re-enactors in all their splendour and wander around the authentically recreated camps.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Agincourt Battlefield
  • Agincourt Visitors Centre

Day 4

We now move onto the Crècy Campaign. We walk the field itself and explore the battlefield before returning home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Crecy Campaign

Your tour is led by Specialist Historical Guide Dr. Michael Jones who developed his love of history at Bristol University, and his interests range from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. He is the author of Bosworth 1485 - Psychology of a Battle and a battlefield guide to Agincourt. He has been guiding tours for over 20 years and his particular interest is in battlefield psychology.

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

Hotel

You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Mercure Abbeville. The hotel enjoys an enviable location and offers a warm welcome. Relax in the bar and enjoy dinner in the pleasant restaurant.

Mercure Abbeville

Mercure Abbeville
Mercure Abbeville
Mercure Abbeville

About the hotel

The Mercure Abbeville hotel is located 20km from the sea in the heart of Abbeville. The hotel is close to station and the Baie de Somme area. Mercure Abbeville hotel facilities include a bar, a restaurant, air conditioning, 24hr reception and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a flat screen T.V, Wi-Fi/Internet access, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from…

Executive Coach

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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