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The 'In the footsteps' Waterloo 200 VIP Tour
In June 2015 a very special event will take place to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and we at In the footsteps have put together a very special VIP tour for this exciting anniversary event. Our VIP tour will run from 18th to 21st June 2015 and will be conducted by one of our Expert Guides with no more than 8 people in your group.
The In the footsteps VIP tour includes 4 nights' bed & breakfast accommodation at the 4-star Novotel Brussels hotel beginning on the night of 17th June 2015. It will commence with your first pick up from the hotel reception on the morning of 18th June 2015 and includes VIP hospitality and seating at the two major re-enactments of Waterloo 200 and seating in the premier upper tier for the sound and light display that heralds the beginning of the anniversary commemorations.
We have selected Brussels as your base location as it can be easily accessed by train from many of the major cities such as London and Paris and it also has its own international airport for those wishing to arrive by air. Transfer from the rail station or airport to the 4-star Novotel Brussels is easy to arrange making its central Brussels location just off the Grand Place ideal. All of the 4-star Novotel Brussels rooms have free wifi, air conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities.
Our VIP tour includes entrance to the Bivouac encampment, all museum entrance fees, seating for the sound & light show on the 18th, access to the privilege village and VIP seating in the Waterloo 200 arena for the two major re-enactments including a walking dinner with drinks (hot & cold verrines, hors-d'oeuvres, dessert) on the 19th and 20th. Lunches are not included within the tour price and can be purchased during the tour.
The VIP Tour Itinerary
THURSDAY, 18TH JUNE 2015
Your Waterloo 200 VIP Tour begins as we depart from the hotel reception at 10:00 hrs to tour the sites associated with the fighting at Ligny and Quatre Bras on 16th June 1815.
We start at the mill at Fleurus where Napoleon set up his headquarters on 16th June 1815. Here we discuss the prelude to the Battle of Ligny before moving to the forward edge of Fleurus overlooking the ground between the French and Prussian Forces to discuss their dispositions and the initial phases of the battle. Dropping down into Saint-Amand we look at the battle that developed to the west of Ligny between General Vandamme's French III Army Corps and General Ziethen's Prussian I Army Corps before continuing into Ligny. In Ligny we stop at La Ferme d'En Haut where we discuss the battle in the centre before visiting the Centre General Gérrad (Battle of Ligny Museum), which was a farm that had served as a hospital after the battle. From the Centre General Gérrad we drive to Bussy Windmill where Field Marshal Blücher set up his headquarters. Here we discuss the finale of the battle, the Prussian withdrawal and Napoleon's lost chance.
In the afternoon we concentrate on the Battle at Quatre Bras. We discuss the events that took place at Quatre Bras on 16th June 1815 when Marshal Ney's French were checked and held by the Prince of Orange's Anglo-Dutch forces. This will include a tour of some of the battlefield sites including: Piraumont Farm, Gemioncourt Farm, the Bois de Bossu, the crossroads and the monument dedicated to the Duke of Brunswick.
From Quatre Bras we head north along the road to Brussels to visit Le Caillou Farmhouse, which was where Napoleon spent the night of 17th June before the main battle. Our visit to Le Caillou concludes our first day on the battlefield and we adjourn to the town of Waterloo for dinner before this evening's entertainment.
As a prelude to the many feats of arms that you will see over the next 2 days during the re-enactments, we will attend the sound and light show at the Waterloo 200 arena. The Battlefield will be lit up by 1,000 lights in memory of the many soldiers who fought on it. The historical events will be highlighted to remind you just what the protagonists of the Battle of Waterloo were experiencing in 1815. You will watch the show from the comfort of your seat in the premier upper tier seating overlooking the arena. Following the sound and lights show we head back to Brussels and return to the 4 star Novotel Brussels for some well earned sleep.
FRIDAY, 19TH JUNE 2015
We depart from the hotel reception at 10:00 hrs and drive to La Belle Alliance to get Napoleon's view of the battlefield and discuss the dispositions of the two opposing Armies. From La Belle Alliance we drive to the area where Lieutenant General (GdC) Count Honoré Charles Michel Joseph Reille's French II Army Corps was deployed facing the British right and the Chateau at Hougoumont to get the French perspective of the battlefield. We then continue on to the recently restored Hougoumont site where we discuss the defence by the British and the Battle that developed on the British right wing. From Hougoumont we head onto to the Allied Ridge to park at the VIP Village where we take lunch.
Following lunch we visit the new Visitor's Centre, climb the Lion Mound to get a bird's eye view of the battlefield and see the excellent 360 Panorama before walking the short distance to overlook the battlefield and discuss the advance by the French I Army Corps commanded by Lieutenant General Jean Baptiste Drouet, Count d'Erlon. After discussing the advance and subsequent charge by the British Heavy Cavalry we take a gentle walk to the site of to the Mercer Memorial where we discuss the role played by Captain Mercer's Battery during the charge of the French Cavalry. From the Mercer Memorial we head to La Haye Sainte where we discuss the defence by the King's German Legion. This concludes our day touring and we adjourn to the VIP Village in readiness for the main re-enactment of the day.
The attack of the French Army — After a welcome drink and reception we take our place in the VIP upper tier seating overlooking the battlefield arena. Following the re-enactment we finish off our dinner with desert and drinks before heading back to Brussels to return to the 4 star Novotel Brussels for some well earned sleep.
SATURDAY, 20TH JUNE 2015
We depart from the hotel reception at 10:00 hrs and drive to Waterloo to visit the Wellington Museum and St Joseph's Church. We then head back to the battlefield where we park at the VIP Village to continue our tour. We walk to overlook the left flank of the British line and discuss the actions that took place in that area before returning to the VIP Village for lunch.
After lunch we turn our attention to the arrival of the Prussians and the effect that they had on the battle. We discuss their appearance on the battlefield and the desperate fighting that took place, initially between the Prussians and Lieutenant General Lobau's French VI Army Corps and later the Battalions of the French Young Guard, for the control of Plancenoit. This concludes our tour for the second day and we return to the VIP Village in readiness for this evening's re-enactment.
The Allied Counter-attack — After a welcome drink and reception we take our place in the VIP upper tier seating overlooking the battlefield arena. Following the re-enactment we finish off our dinner with desert and drinks before heading back to Brussels to return to the 4 star Novotel Brussels for some well earned sleep.
SUNDAY, 21ST JUNE 2015
We depart from the hotel reception at 09:00 hrs and drive the battlefield returning once more to the centre and Napoleons vantage point. Here we discuss the advance of the Old Guard against Wellington's British and Napoleon's subsequent flight from the battlefield. This concludes your Waterloo 200 VIP Tour and you are returned to the 4 star Novotel Brussels for approximately 13:00 hrs where we bid our farewell.
The Cost of our VIP Tour
The cost for this 4 day, 4 night VIP tour is £1,580.00 GBP per person. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room, a single supplement applies for single occupancy.
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