A Near Run Thing

A Near Run Thing

The Waterloo Anniversary Tour

Battlefield ToursHistory

18th - 21st June 2021
(4 Days)

Expert Historian : Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE BA

Tour price: £1,325

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A Near Run Thing

The Waterloo Anniversary Tour

Battlefield ToursHistory

Your Holiday Essentials

18th - 21st June 2021
(4 Days)

Includes Eurostar Standard Premier, 4 star hotel, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guides throughout.

Activity Level: 2

Expert Historian: Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE BA

Tour price: £1,325

Single supplement: £145
Deposit: £125
Price without Eurostar: £1,225

Booking open

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Tour Introduction

Our ever popular Classic Waterloo Anniversary tour covers the battles of Ligny, Quatre Bras and especially Waterloo itself – and takes place over the annual anniversary weekend when there will likely be re-enactors dressed in period uniform on the battlefields. We will be staying in historic Waterloo town, home to Wellington’s Headquarters.

Your tour guide will be General Ashley Truluck, Chairman of the Society of Army Historical Research, who has made a particular study of Wellington and lived near Waterloo for several years. 

Background

The Waterloo Campaign in June 1815 ensured relative peace in Western Europe for the next fifty years. It was the first time that the two greatest commanders of the era, Napoleon and Wellington, met each other in battle and it was to be the last campaign for both of them. It was also the last campaign for grand old Marshal Blucher whose Prussian Army, having been trounced at Ligny, nevertheless arrived in the nick of time to tip the scales in the Allies’ favour as Wellington’s ‘infamous army’, already tested at Quatre Bras, hung on grimly to the ridge at Waterloo.

Highlights

  • With leading historian Maj Gen Ashley Truluck
  • Visit the spectacular Grand Place in Brussels
  • See the building where Wellington planned the battle and wrote his famous Waterloo despatch
  • Walk through the hotly-contested village of Ligny
  • View Napoleon’s windmill at Fleurus
  • Stand on the crossroads at Quatre Bras
  • Spend a whole day on the battlefield of Waterloo
  • The fortified farmhouse of La Haye Sainte
  • Walk the route of the advance of the Imperial Guard and its defeat by Wellington’s elite Guards and Light Troops
  • Visit the new Waterloo Visitor Centre which includes the Lion Mound viewing platform, the Waterloo Panorama

What's Included

  • Return Standard Premier Eurostar from London
  • 4 Star Hotel Throughout
  • Buffet breakfast each morning
  • A three-course dinner party each evening hosted by your expert historian and tour manager
  • Two drinks i,e wine or beer with dinner each evening and a welcome drink on first evening
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Entrance fees for all site visits
  • Local travel in modern, comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Pre tour information booklet
  • Access to the Cultural Experience app
  • Helpful and friendly travel advice
  • The company of like-minded travelers

"Ashley's friendly approach, passion and light-hearted but in-depth commentaries made the tour special and the battles come alive."

Itinerary

Day 1 – Brussels

We travel by Eurostar arriving in Brussels in time to visit the spectacular Grand Place, with its awesome gold-painted Guildhalls and Town Hall, and drive via the Rue Royal to see where Wellington was based and the Royal Park where his troops assembled. Then on to Waterloo town to visit the building where he planned the battle and wrote his famous Waterloo despatch. Check-in to our comfortable Waterloo hotel, our base for the tour.

Day 2 - Ligny & Quatre Bras

At Ligny we see where Napoleon’s right wing clashed with the Prussians on 16 June 1815. We view Napoleon’s windmill at Fleurus, walk through the hotly-contested village of Ligny and travel up to Blucher’s command post on the Prussian ridge to get a wonderful panorama of the battlefield and discuss how he managed to slip Napoleon’s trap and retreat to Wavre. After a light lunch we stand on the crossroads at Quatre Bras where Wellington halted the advance of the left wing of Napoleon’s army and then follow his skilful withdrawal to the defensive position at Waterloo. 

Day 3 – Waterloo

Today we spend the whole day on the battlefield of Waterloo, starting at Hougoumont – key to Wellington’s critical right flank. Then to the centre of the Allied ridge to see where Napoleon’s infantry columns were seen off by the British cavalry counter-attack and walk down to the fortified farmhouse of La Haye Sainte to hear the story of its heroic, but doomed, defence. After lunch we see where French cavalry attacks were brought to a halt by Wellington’s resolute infantry squares. In picturesque Plancenoit village we see where the Prussians fell on Napoleon’s right flank. Finally, we walk the route of the advance of the Imperial Guard and its defeat by Wellington’s elite Guards and Light Troops. An epic day!

Day 4 – The Museums

We complete our anniversary weekend with a visit to the new Waterloo Visitor Centre which includes the Lion Mound viewing platform, the Waterloo Panorama, and the excellent Museum and Audio Visual display. Return to Brussels for our return Eurostar journey to London.

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Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE BA

Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE BA

Ashley Truluck is a History graduate with a life-long fascination for Military History. As a soldier, he served worldwide with the Gurkhas, in Communications and Intelligence, with Army Aviation and on the General Staff, retiring as a Major General. Throughout that time he led battlefield studies – a passion he has carried over into his second career. He is now Chairman of the Army Society for Historical Research and leads a number of popular tours to Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and Malta.

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Your Holiday Essentials

18th - 21st June 2021
(4 Days)

Includes Eurostar Standard Premier, 4 star hotel, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guides throughout.

Activity Level: 2

Expert Historian: Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE BA

Tour price: £1,325

Single supplement: £145
Deposit: £125
Price without Eurostar: £1,225

Booking open

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