Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

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

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Convenient local joining points in the UK

from: $1498
5 Days
  • PRICE: per person, twin share
  • DEPOSIT: 30%
This five day tour explores the military history and battlefields in Belgium from Waterloo to WWI to WWII.

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.

Day 1 > Arrive Belgium

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.

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. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS   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. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS   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. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Freedom Museum   Breskens Pocket   Sherman Tank Memorial   Bergen op Zoom

Day 5 > Depart

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. (B)

Departure Date Days Travel By Tour ref Price
Mon 8 May 2023 5 Silver Service 5BWWV/1 $1498
Mon 12 June 2023 5 Silver Service 5BWWV/1 $1523
Mon 21 August 2023 5 Silver Service 5BWWV/1 $1523
Mon 9 October 2023 5 Silver Service 5BWWV/1 $1523

Coach Travel

4 nights’ hotel accommodation

Daily continental breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Historian

Hundreds of convenient local joining points in the UK

Travel by Silver Service coach

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