The Battlefields of Belgium – Campaigns from WW1, WW2 & Waterloo

5 days from £639pp

About the tour: The Battlefields of Belgium – Campaigns from WW1, WW2 & Waterloo

Tour Introduction

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.

Tour Includes

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

Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -

  1. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  2. Send payments via online banking.
  3. Send payments via cheque.
  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

Abta - Travel with confidence
Atol protected

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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 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 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’ Commonwealth casualties of the Great War.

Included meals: Breakfast

Lion's Mound

Lion's Mound, Waterloo (4)

Key Visits

  • St. Symphorien Cemetery
  • Lion's Mound, Waterloo
  • Nimy Bridge
  • Waterloo Memorial Museum
  • Mons War Museum

Day 3 - Flanders & Ypres

Today we travel to Flanders and look at the four years of conflict around Ypres between 1914 and 1918. We visit the largest British and Commonwealth cemetery in the world at Tyne Cot and examine the battles for Ypres.

At the 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 Château we visit some mine craters from 1916 and then travel down the Messines Ridge to 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

Last Post Ceremony

Last Post Ceremony (5)

Key Visits

  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Hooge Museum
  • Ploegsteert Memorial
  • Last Post Ceremony
  • Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum
  • Hooge Château
  • Messines Museum

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

Bergen op Zoom

Bergen op Zoom (2)

Key Visits

  • Freedom Museum
  • Breskens Pocket
  • Sherman Tank Memorial
  • Bergen op Zoom

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Entrance to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

Meal and museum package available whilst on tour approx cost €50.

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.

Previous Next


You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Olympia Hotel in Bruges.

Hotel Olympia

Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia

About the hotel

The friendly, family-owned Hotel Olympia is situated in a quiet neighbourhood on the western outskirts of Bruges, yet only around a 30-minute walk from the Grote Markt, and the shops and sights. Popular with Leger guests for many years, Valerie and her team will do their best to ensure a pleasant stay in this beautiful city. The hotel has a small bar, breakfast room on the first floor and lift to bedrooms. The hotel has 31 comfortable bedrooms with T.V., telephone, free WiFi and safe (at small additional cost). All rooms have walk-in shower.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • 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.

Book Now


Call our friendly advisors on:

Sign up for FREE email offers