The Battlefields of Belgium – Campaigns from WW1, WW2 & Waterloo
5 days from £439pp
- Campaign: Waterloo, WW1 & WW2
- Campaign Dates Covered: Jun 1815 - Nov 1944 (What's this?)
This tour will cover the following key events
- Battle of Waterloo - 18 June 1815The Battle of Waterloo saw the defeat of Napoleon, the emperor and military leader of France. The battle saw the German, British, Dutch and Belgian forces finally defeat French military in a battle that lasted a whole day.
- Battle of Mons - 23 August 1914The Battle of Mons saw the British army attempt to stop the German 1st Army advancing, by holding the line at the Mons Canal. To say it was their first major action in WW1, the British Expeditionary Force faught hard, but they were forced to call a retreat, which took them two weeks to make.
- First Battle of Ypres - 31 October 1914One of the first fights to breakout between the Germans and the Britians during WW1, the First Battle of Ypres was fought in 1914. It saw a battle that lasted for 34 days, as the Germans faught to get to the English Channel, and the beginning of trench warfare on the Western Front.
- Second Battle of Ypres - 22 April 1915The second battle of Ypres involved four battles which were faught in the northern part of the Ypres Salient. The first battle saw the Germans launch an attack on the French on the Allied Front with poisonous gas, this battle was the first time that this weapon was used.
- Battle of Messines - 7 June 1917Arguably one of the most successful operations of WW1 on the Western Front, the Battle of Messines saw nineteen mines being detonated underneath the German mines, in a bid to secure Messines Ridge.
- Third Battle of Ypres - 31 July 1917Known as The Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Passchendaele began in July 1917 and was fought for four long months. The attack was Haig’s attempt to break through Flanders.
- Battle of the Lys - 9 April 1918Also known as the Spring Offensive and the Fouth Battle of Ypres, the Battle of the Lys was the Germans final attempt to break the Allied lines around Ypres. They did this as an attempt to defeat the Allies before the American troops arrived to aid th British and French soliders alreasdy fighting on the Western Front.
- Fourth Battle of Ypres - 26 September 1918Also known as the Spring Offensive and the Battle of the Lys, the Fourth Battle of Ypres was the Germans final attempt to break the Allied lines around Ypres. They did this as an attempt to defeat the Allies before the American troops arrived to aid th British and French soliders alreasdy fighting on the Western Front.
- Start of the Liberation of Flanders - 6 September 1944On the 6th of Septmeber 1944, Canadian troops entered Belgium and captured areas in Flanders including Passchendaele and Ypres.
- Operation Switchback - 2 October 1944At the point where the Leopald Canal and Canal de Derivation de la Lays diverge, the 3rd Canadian Division launched an attack on the German pocket located there. After a month of fighting Operation Switchback ended when the Canadian Army liberated Zeebrugge and Knokke.
Enjoy an introduction into the military history of the Belgium battlefields from Waterloo to World War One and World War Two. Leaving Bruges, we explore the field of Waterloo and visit the Waterloo Memorial Museum. We look at subjects like the defeat of Napolean by Wellington and Blucher. We then look at the well-known battlefields of WW1 as we travel to Flanders and look at the conflict around Ypres. Seeing sites such as Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum and Menin Gate, where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony. Finally we delve into the history of WW2, where we look at the liberation in Belgium in1944, visit Breskens Pocket and see the spectacular Liberation Museum.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
- Travel by Silver Service coach
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay.
Day 2 - Waterloo & Mons
We start with the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Beginning at the new Waterloo Memorial Museum we look at the defeat of Napoleon by Wellington and Blücher. You also have time to climb the Lion Mound and see the stunning Waterloo panorama. After lunch in Waterloo we travel the ninety-nine years from Waterloo to Mons and look at the opening shots of WWI. At Nimy Bridge we see where the first Victoria Crosses were awarded for bravery in 1914 and then see the new Mons War Museum. At St. Symphorien we see a unique and moving cemetery where the dead of both sides are buried and in the British plots this includes the ‘first and the last’ casualties of the Great War.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Flanders & Ypres
Today we travel to Flanders and look at the four years of conflict around Ypres between 1914 and 1918. At Tyne Cot Cemetery we visit the largest British and Commonwealth cemetery from either world war, and examine the battles for Ypres. At the newly renovated Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum we see a system of preserved WWI trenches and then have lunch at Hooge, together with time to visit the museum. In the grounds of the Hooge Chateau we visit some mine craters from 1916 and then travel down the Messines Ridge to see the visitors' centre before seeing the Memorial to the Missing at Ploegsteert. We end the day by travelling into Ypres for free time to explore before we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony which is held at 8pm every evening.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Knocke-Heist & Walcheren Island
Moving on to the Second World War we look at the liberation of Belgium in September 1944. At the For Freedom Museum in Knocke-Heist. We see an amazing collection of life-size dioramas depicting the fighting in this region. We then travel into the Breskens Pocket to see where the Canadians landed on the coast. After lunch we look at the battle for the Walcheren Island in November 1944 when commandos landed on the coast and the Canadians attacked from Antwerp. We see the Sherman tank memorial overlooking the landing beaches and also visit the war graves in Bergen op Zoom.
Included meals: Breakfast
We depart the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.
Included meals: Breakfast
YOUNG ADULTS DISCOUNT - Many young adults travel on school visits to the battlefields but sharing historical experiences with all generations of a family can be rewarding. To help families travel together we are pleased to offer a 50% discount on selected dates. Young Adults aged 8-17 when travelling pay half price on the following dates: 27 Aug 2018. Call for details.
Meal and museum package available whilst on tour approx cost €50.
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.
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.
You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Olympia Hotel in Bruges. The friendly family-owned hotel has been popular with Leger guests for many years and has been refurbished. It is within walking distance of the local shops and the historic centre of Bruges and has a lift, bar and breakfast room.
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About the hotel
Situated in a quiet neighbourhood on the western outskirts of Bruges, the Hotel Olympia is just a-minute walk from the Grote Market, the shops and the famous sights of the city.
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
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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...
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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
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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.