Walking the Waterloo Battlefields

5 days from £609pp

About the tour: Walking the Waterloo Battlefields

Tour Introduction

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 demise of Napolean’s Guard.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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(Deposits from £150pp)

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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

Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum (6)

Key Visits

  • Wellington Museum
  • La Haye Sainte
  • Quatre Bras Memorial
  • 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 Lion Mound Centre you will see the 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


Hougoumont (5)

Key Visits

  • Hougoumont
  • Lion Mound
  • La Belle Alliance
  • Le Cailou
  • Memorial 1815

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 (4)

Key Visits

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

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Please note: entrance to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.


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.

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

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You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Mercure Brussels Airport Hotel, or similar.

Holiday Inn Brussels Airport

Holiday Inn Brussels Airport
Holiday Inn Hotel Brussels Airport
Holiday Inn Brussels Airport

About the hotel

The Holiday Inn Brussels Airport is a modern and friendly hotel close to Brussels airport and has easy access to the city centre which is 15 minutes away.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Bureau de Change
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

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.

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


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...

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.

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