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Battle of Waterloo

  • Grand Place, Grote Markt, Brussels ©VisitBrussels, Danhier

    Grand Place, Grote Markt, Brussels, Belgium ©VisitBrussels, Danhier
  • Grand Place - Grote Markt © VisitBrussels / E. Danhier

    Grand Place - Grote Markt, Brussels © VisitBrussels / E. Danhier
  • Lion Mound Waterloo

    Lion Mound Waterloo
4 day tour
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The Battle of Waterloo and the Waterloo Campaign was not only Napoleon’s last, but many historians consider it to have set the benchmark for modern day military standards. According to Wellington, the battle was “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life”. Napoleon abdicated four days later, and coalition forces entered Paris on 7 July.

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. On this tour, trail the key locations and museums from your base in Brussels, that tell the story of this epic battle between empires and nations. Discover the key figures and learn about the man who would be Ruler of Europe.

Upon Napoleon’s return to power in 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilise their armies. Anglo-allied forces under Wellington and Prussian army under Gebhard von Blücher assembled close to the north-eastern border of France. Napoleon chose to attack in the hope of destroying them before they could join in a coordinated invasion of France with other members of the coalition. The decisive engagement of this three-day Waterloo Campaign (16–19 June 1815) occurred at the Battle of Waterloo.

2015 was the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo; a battle that will live on forever in the history books. During this tour, you will discover the key locations and battlefields where these heavy conflicts took place. As well as this, discover how it changed the perception of military strategists forever.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary by Coach

Day 1

Welcome to Belgium

Arrive in Brussels and check in to your hotel.  Time permitting begin to explore this beautiful city.

Day 2

The Battle of Waterloo

A tour guide will join the group for the full day and we start the day in Waterloo itself at the Wellington Museum which offers a large collection of artefacts from the Battle and where he set up his headquarters. Continuing on towards the Lion Hamlet we will take in sights such as Hougoumont Farm which is currently going through an extensive restoration programme. This was one of the bloodiest sites of the battle originally meant as a diversionary tactic but soon became the most violent point of fighting. Other farms such as Papelotte and Haie Sainte can be seen but not explored due to being private property or in need of restoration. Monuments such as The Wounded Eagle Monument dedicated to the last soldiers of Napoleon’s Grand Army, the Prussian Monument dedicated to the soldiers who fought under the command of Blucher alongside the 7th coalition and the Gordon Monument dedicated to the Wellington’s aide-de-camp can be seen.

Day 3

This morning, we visit the amazing Brussels War Museum with its collection of Napoleonic  uniforms, weapons and equipment. Afterwards, we head out of Brussels southwards to Wavre, to discover the battlefields where the Prussians clashed with the french, resulting in a French hollow victory. Then we continue onto the Ligny Museum 1815. Nestled between Charleroi and Namur. Ligny is a sweet, peaceful  village. Little would you guess Napoleon led and won one of his greatest battles here. Once a quaint farm house, this is now a museum, detailing epic battle that took place here.

 

Day 4

Depart

Depending on time, enjoy some final sightseeing or souvenir shopping before departing from Belgium.


Suggested hotels

We use a variety of hotels in Brussels which make a great base for this tour.


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4 days
2021 dates Prices on request
All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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