Tour TwoThe Waterloo Tour is ideal for private tours, whether for corporate entertaining, familly groups or battlefield enthusiasts. It offers to combine an exciting and important historical drama with the great restaurants and hotels of Brussels. Please note that the schedule shown below is only a specimen for illustrative to give you an idea of how it can be done.
The Tour Schedule can be shortened if required, or widened to include the battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras which preceeded Waterloo, in which case you may wish to travel out in the morning rather than afternoon. For those who like walking, the schedule can be adapted to make a day's walking tour which gives an intimate insight to one of the greatest battles ever fought.
Hugh will provide a pamphlet of maps together with a brief written introduction to each viewpoint.
Afternoon (see above)
Travel to Brussels via Eurostar. Stay at, say, The Hotel Metropole or The Hotel Amigo adjacent to the Grand Place at the heart of Brussels. Brussels has a huge selection of hotels.
Illustrated talk by Hugh on the Waterloo Campaign.
Dine at one of the many excellent local restaurants. If you wish, Hugh can advise so that reservations can be made in advance.
Board private coach for the 45 minute trip to Waterloo. Discuss the opening and development of the battle from the French lines, and visit the farm where Napoleon spent the previous night, which is now an excellent small museum.
Note that it is possible to blend walking with viewing depending on the weather and your schedule, or simply to utilise a number of strategic viewpoints.
There are good restaurants to chose from around the visitor centre and in the surrounding villages. You may wish afterwards to achieve the view from the top of The Lion Mound, a monument to the Netherlands and the Orange dynasty, but it is 275 steps to the top!
See the battlefield from the Britsh and Prussians perspective, including the famous defence of Hougoumont by the Coldstream,Grenadier and Scots Guards, and ending with the repulse of Napoleon's Imperial Guard which sealed the victory for the Duke of Wellington and his Allies.
Return to Brussels via the Wellington Museum in Waterloo.