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Waterloo Anniversary Small Group Tour

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Battle of Waterloo
Anniversary Small Group Tour
15 — 19 June 2023

5-Days / 4-Nights

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Join our tour commemorating the 208th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and attend some of the events commemorating this epic battle.

Our Waterloo Anniversary tour will combine commemorative activity with a comprehensive tour of the Waterloo Campaign. You will visit the battlefields at Ligny and Quatre Bras as well as those along the Mont St Jean Ridge near Waterloo including: La Belle Alliance, Hougoumont, Wellington's Ridge, and Plancenoit.

Discover the incredible story behind the Waterloo Campaign that took place between 16 and 18 June 1815, which saw Napoleon achieve his last victory and then saw him defeated by the Allied armies commanded by the Duke of Wellington and Generalfeldmarschall von Blücher.

Waterloo Campaign

Thursday, 15 June 2023

You meet your Battlefield Historian at the Stop 24 Folkestone Services at 10:00 hrs before travelling to Waterloo via the Eurotunnel crossing between Folkestone and Calais. Our scheduled departure is 11:20 hrs and we are due to arrive in Calais at 13:00 hrs. From Calais we head to Brussels where we check into our tour hotel.

The evening is spent at your leisure either in your hotel or local area.

Friday, 16 June 2023

Your Battlefield Historian will meet you in the reception of your tour hotel at 09:00 hrs. Today, we concentrate on the fighting in and around Ligny between Napoleon’s French and Blücher’s Prussians, before heading to Quatre Bras to discuss Marshal Ney’s French and the Anglo-Dutch forces commanded by the Prince of Orange.

The evening is spent at your leisure either in your hotel or local area.

Saturday, 17 June 2023 *

Your Battlefield Historian will meet you in the reception of your tour hotel at 09:00 hrs. Today will be spend at an event(s) commemorating the 208th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and you will return to your hotel at approximately 17:30 hrs.

The evening is spent at your leisure either in your hotel or local area.

Sunday 18 June 2023 *

Your Battlefield Historian will meet you in the reception of your tour hotel at 09:00 hrs. Today is spent exploring the battlefield at Waterloo. We begin at La Belle Alliance to get Napoleon's view of the battlefield before moving to the French ridge overlooking Hougoumont. There we discuss the advance of Lieutenant General Count Honoré Charles Michel Joseph Reille's French II Army Corps’ advance against the British right wing and the farm before dropping down to Hougoumont itself.

From Hougoumont we head to the Waterloo Visitor's Centre, where we climb the Butte du Lion to get a bird's eye view of the battlefield. We then see the excellent 360 Panorama before walking the short distance to overlook the battlefield and discuss the advance by the French I Army Corps commanded by Lieutenant General Jean Baptiste Drouet, Count d'Erlon. After discussing the advance and subsequent charge by the British Heavy Cavalry we take a gentle walk to La Haye Sainte where we discuss the defence by the King's German Legion. We then cross the battlefield to the site of the Mercer Memorial where we discuss the role played by Captain Mercer's Battery during the charge of the French Cavalry and the reaction of the British to the advance of Napoleon’s Old Guard.

The evening is spent at your leisure either in your hotel or local area.

* These days may be changed around depending upon the commemorative events taking place.

Monday, 19 June 2023

Your Battlefield Historian will meet you at the reception of your tour hotel at approximately 09:00 hrs. This morning, we head back to the battlefield to turn our attention to the arrival of the Prussians and the effect that they had on the battle. We discuss their appearance on the battlefield and the desperate fighting that took place, initially between the Prussians and Lieutenant General Lobau's French VI Army Corps and later the Battalions of the French Young Guard, for the control of Plancenoit. We then return once more to La Belle Alliance to discuss the stand of the Old Guard and Napoleon's subsequent flight from the battlefield, which is where we will end our tour.

After visiting Plancenoit and La Belle Alliance, we begin our journey back to Calais where we catch our return Eurotunnel to the UK at 16:20 hrs. You are due to arrive back at the Stop 24 Folkestone Services for 17:30 hrs.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

The cost of your tour

The cost of our 5-day / 4-night In The Footsteps® Waterloo Anniversary Tour is:

Standard twin or double room (depending upon availablilty) in one of our 3-Star partner hotels

A deposit of £300.00 GBP is payable in order to book your tour. The final balance is due 8 weeks prior to your tour (20 April 2023).

Price per person based upon a minimum of 4 people and there will be a maximum of 8 per tour vehicle. Please note the tour will not go ahead if the minimum number do not book.

If you prefer a private tour, please email enquiries@inthefootsteps.com for a no obligation quotation.

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Accommodation

Your accommodation for your tour will in one of our partner hotels.

You will be told in which hotel you will be accommodated prior to booking your tour, please make sure you are happy with it as changes may not be possible after booking.

Battlefield Historian

Your Battlefield Historian is an established member of our team and is experienced in leading tours to the battlefields of the Napoleonic period.

The Battlefield Historian will meet you daily at your hotel reception prior to departure.

Financial Protection

Your money is safe. We are members ot the TTA and all monies paid to us are held in a trust account and cannot be drawn down by us until the tour is over.

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