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Walking the Waterloo Battlefields


5 days from £469pp

About the tour: Walking the Waterloo Battlefields


Join us as we walk the Waterloo Battlefields seeing key places from the La Haye Sainte to Hougoumont. Our tour begins with walks at Quatre Bras and Ligny, where we see where the opening shots to the Waterloo Campaign were taken, we also pay a visit to the Wellington Museum, before we continue on our second walk. On our second walk we journey across Wellingtons left flank and finish at La Haye Sainte, which was defended by King’s German Legion. Our 3rd and 4th walks see us take in many of the most important sights on the Waterloo Battlefields, from Wellington’s right flank to Lion Mound and Hougoumont Farm. Finally we pay a visit to the Brussels War Museum, walk the battlefield at Wavre and discuss the demis of Napolean’s Guard.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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(Deposits from £100pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Key Visits

  • Wellington Museum
  • La Haye Sainte
  • Quatre Bras
  • Ligny
  • Frischermount
  • Papelotte

Day 3

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

Lion's Mound at battlefield of Waterloo

Lion's Mound at battlefield of Waterloo (2)

Key Visits

  • Hougoumont
  • Lion Mount Visitors Centre
  • La Belle Alliance
  • Le Cailou

Day 4

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

Brussels War Museum

Brussels War Museum (1)

Key Visits

  • Brussels War Museum
  • Wavre Battlefields
  • Ligny War Museum
  • Plancenoit
  • Wounded Eagle Memorial

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast



 

Hotel

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

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…

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats*, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches**.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs*.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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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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