Over the weekend of 19 & 20 June, thousands of re-enactors will congregate on the battlefield of Waterloo to recreate the ultimate battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The Cultural Experience offers unique packages allowing access to some of the best seating to view the magnificent uniformed re-enactments, to explore the battlefield and visit the brand new interpretation centre and recently renovated chateau of Hougoumont. Demand for this event is extremely high and therefore you are urged to book as soon as possible. View the battlefield tours..
Welcome to The Cultural Experience
"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.”
(Major General JL Chamberlain, on visiting the battlefield of Gettysburg some years later).
Our Concept. Too many of us were brought up on a one-dimensional view of history – a chronology of events. At The Cultural Experience we believe that history is three-dimensional – people, time and place – and we aim to bring all these dimensions together on one trip by visiting the actual places where the events happened, walking in the footsteps and getting inside the minds of the people who were actually there on the day. This can be a very moving but enjoyable experience – both for us to deliver and for you to receive.
Our Tours. To match that experience to your particular requirements, we now offer three levels of service.
- Scheduled Tours: These are our ‘tried & tested’ all-inclusive packages which will appeal to the majority of customers – so the majority of this website is devoted to these tours.
- Bespoke Tours: This is a service we offer in response to popular demand from private, professional and regimental groups or individuals who want us to arrange an itinerary tailored to their particular interests and/or budget.
- School Trips: We also run a successful schools programme of tours covering History, Geography, Languages, Religion, Music and Art & Design, with venues all over Europe. See our dedicated schools website for more details.
This wide range of services is based entirely on feedback received from our guests over the years – and we never stop learning and evolving.
Our Itineraries. We spend a considerable amount of time and effort researching, reconnoitering, planning and managing each tour to ensure that its itinerary meets our own high standards and your expectations. We never stop learning from your feedback which we seek after each trip and indeed we always welcome your thoughts on future itineraries and destinations.
The Result. The formula appears to be working! Our reputation, and the business, is growing steadily and we have now moved to new premises in Salisbury as a result (see new address above). More to the point, you have told us that you like the way we take the worry and risk out of planning your holiday. We deliver an experience which is enjoyable as well as interesting; is high quality but cost effective; which puts things in the cultural context of the local countryside, customs and cuisine; and does all this in a relaxed but well organised way. That is what The Cultural Experience’s growing reputation and range of activities has been built upon; providing our guests with a well-planned and themed holiday experience which is informative, informal & inclusive - and most of all, fun!
Enjoy browsing this website, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or telephone on 0345 475 1815 if you have any queries, and if you decide to join us this year we look forward to travelling with you.