7 Days – $2,800
$700.00 deposit due upon booking.
Final Payment due by June 2022
Join authors/tour guides Kristine Hughes and Gareth Glover for a unique exploration of both the military and social aspects of the Battle of Waterloo. Beginning in London and traveling on to Waterloo, our tour follows the momentous events of the 1815 Campaign, from the 1814 Peace celebrations in London to the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo.
In London, you’ll embark on a leisurely walking tour lead by Kristine, taking you to sites associated with the events, including the house at which Major Henry Percy delivered the French Eagles to the Prince of Wales, and the many clubs, houses, streets and sites that have a connection to the Campaign. You’ll tour Apsley House, Wellington’s London home and site of his annual Waterloo Banquets, and the Household Cavalry Museum at Horse Guards, in Whitehall.
Crossing to Brussels via the Eurostar, Gareth Glover will guide you over the battlefields of Quatre Bras, Ligny and, of course, Waterloo itself, where Wellington’s army valiantly hung on until the arrival of Blucher’s Prussian troops, tipping the scales in favour of the Allies. You’ll also visit a host of museums and related sites including the superb new Waterloo Visitor’s Centre with its high-tech exhibits and 3D cinema, the famous Lion Mound and panorama, the wonderful presentation at the refurbished Hougoumont farmhouse and the headquarters of both Wellington and Napoleon.
Gareth and Kristine will both be on hand each day in order to act as your guides and to answer any questions about the Battle our visits may raise. Daily discussions about various aspects of the period and the Battle will shed new light on events and allow ample opportunity for further Q & A and research queries. Whether you are a serious researcher, an armchair battlefield enthusiast or a Waterloo novice, this tour will give you the unique opportunity to discover more about the people and events that influenced both the Napoleonic period and the Battle and to spend a week with two of the most knowledgeable, engaging and enthusiastic guides in both subject areas.
Check-in to our London hotel and meet your fellow travelers before going on to a welcome dinner at the Duke of Wellington pub.
This morning we enjoy a walking tour of 1815 London, including the house in St. James’s Square where Henry Percy delivered the Eagles to George IV, now the East India Club, as well as St. James’s Street and many other sites associated with Waterloo. We’ll also be visiting Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s London home and touring the Household Cavalry Museum at Horse Guards, Whitehall. The evening has been left free for you to spend as you wish.
Today we depart for Waterloo, stopping in Brussels for lunch and to see the Parc, Wellington’s headquarters and some of the houses where key English families were living at the time of the Battle. Following check-in at our hotel, dinner this evening will be followed by a discussion on the experiences of civilians in Brussels on the eve of the Battle, the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and the build up to Quatre Bras.
Gareth will be discussing various elements of the battles at Quatre Bras and Ligny as we tour the key sites associated with both. We will be lunching in the farmhouse of Grand Pierpoint, fought over during the battle of Quatre Bras.
It’s museum day with visits to Napoleon’s Headquarters at Le Caillou and Wellington’s Headquarters in Waterloo, as well as the Church of St. Joseph and the house where the Marquess of Angelsey lost his leg. Afterwards, it’s on to the Waterloo Memorial (the new Visitors’ Centre) with its many fine displays and a wonderful 3D presentation of the battle, the Panorama and the Lion Mound. Dinner this evening will be followed by a discussion in which we’ll share the experiences of several military and civilian eyewitnesses to the horror and the glory of the Battle of Waterloo.
Our Waterloo experience culminates with a visit to Hougoumont and its superb film and displays illustrating the Farm’s key role in the Battle. Afterwards, we’ll be given a guided walking tour of the Battlefield led by Gareth, who will bring the story of Waterloo to life as we visit the legendary sites associated with the battle. This evening, we’ll celebrate the Allied victory – and the bravery of all who fought – with a gala farewell dinner
After breakfast, we’ll check-out of our hotel and make a final stop at the British Waterloo Campaign Monument, where the bodies of seventeen men who fought at Waterloo are interred, including Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Gordon, Colonel Sir William Howe De Lancey and Sergeant-Major Edward Cotton. Afterwards, we’ll make the return trip to London on the Eurostar, where our tour ends.
- 2 nights in a London Hotel
- 4 nights in a Brussels Hotel
- 6 Breakfasts
- 5 Dinners
- Guided 1815 walking tour in London with author Kristine Hughes
- Guided battlefield tours with author and military historian Gareth Glover
- Escorted travel to and from Brussels
- Private coach transportation on travel days
- Services of a professional guide throughout
- Entry or admission fees to all venues