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

Battlefields of Belgium Tour

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Hundreds of convenient joining points in the UK, or begin/end your tour in Europe
  • Travel by Silver Service

5 Days from $891 per person

Battlefields of Belgium Tour

A fascinating introduction to a wide range of military history and battlefields in Belgium from Waterloo to WWI to WWII. From Bruges we explore the field of Waterloo and jump 99 years to Mons in 1914 to look at the first and last shots of WWI. In Flanders we travel to Tyne Cot and war sites like the trenches at Hooge. We finish with the story of liberation in WWII, looking at places connected to the Allied liberation in September 1944. The amazing Liberation Museum sets the scene as we examine Operation Switchback, the Breskens Pocket and the battle for the Walcheren Island.

5-Day Tour – Battlefields of Belgium

Day 1

Depart from your chosen UK pick-up point and travel to the port where a coach interchange will take place, you will then join your tour coach for the Channel crossing. On arrival on the Continent we continue to our hotel (passengers joining the tour in Europe will meet the group at the hotel this evening).

Day 2 - Waterloo & Mons

We start with the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Beginning at the new 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 new 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’ casualties of the Great War.

*Breakfast Included

HIGHLIGHTS  ★ St Symphorien Cemetery  ★ Lion’s Mound  ★ 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. At Tyne Cot Cemetery we visit the largest British and Commonwealth cemetery from either world war, and examine the battles for Ypres. At the newly renovated 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 Chateau we visit some mine craters from 1916 and then travel down the Messines Ridge to see 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.

*Breakfast Included

HIGHLIGHTS  ★ Tyne Cot Cemetery  ★ Hooge Museum  ★ Ploegsteert Memorial  ★ Last Post Ceremony

★ Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum  ★ Hooge Chateau  ★ 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.

*Breakfast Included

HIGHLIGHTS  ★ Freedom Museum  ★ Breskens Pocket  ★ Sherman Tank Memorial  ★ Bergen op Zoom

Day 5

We depart the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

*Breakfast Included

Departure Dates & Prices








Departure Date Days Travel By Tour ref Price
Mon 4 May 2020 5 Silver Service 5BWWV/1 $948
Mon 15 June 2020 5 Silver Service 5BWWV/1 $948

Battlefields of Belgium Tour

5 Days from $891 per person
Enquire online or call our friendly travel advisers on 844-400-BatteTours (Within the US)

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours makes it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from on our Tours. You can join your coach at a convenient joining point in the UK (we have hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales), or join/depart the tour in Europe.

This tour travels on our Silver Service coach.

 

Please note: Coach options can differ between each tour

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Olympia Hotel in Bruges. The friendly family-owned hotel has been popular with Leger guests for many years and has been refurbished. It is within walking distance of the local shops and the historic centre of Bruges and has a lift, bar and breakfast room.

Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia

The friendly, family-owned Hotel Olympia, is situated in a quiet neighbourhood on the western outskirts of Bruges, yet only around 30 minutes’ walk from the Grote Market, and the shops and sights. Valerie and her team will do their best to ensure a pleasant stay in this beautiful city. Popular with Leger guests for many years, 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 wi-fi and safe (at small additional cost).

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

How To Book

Battlefields of Belgium Tour

Contact our reservations team on 844-400-BatteTours, email info@battletours.com or click on the enquiry button below.

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Tours are operated in conjunction with our UK partner, Leger Holidays.

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

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