Join Saga on journey through war history

Monday 17 November 2014

Visit Battle of Waterloo site during 200th anniversary Tour Agincourt battlefield 600 years on from victory See where first and last shots of WW1 were fired

Join Saga on journey through war history

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Duke of Wellington’s narrow victory over Napoleon at Waterloo.

Saga’s fascinating Journey through History: Waterloo to Agincourt is a new tour that will bring to life the events of this conflict as well as other epic struggles through the ages at Mons and Agincourt. The escorted tour begins with a walk along the Kent coastline from Hythe to Sandgate where Sir John Moore oversaw the creation of the first Light Infantry regiments and initiated the construction of more than 100 Martello towers to guard against possible invasion.

Stay overnight at the beachside Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel and enjoy an after-dinner talk from the Shorncliffe Trust*.

Travel by Eurostar to Waterloo in Walloon Brabant, in Belgium, to visit a museum housed in and around the coaching inn that became the Duke of Wellington’s headquarters.

Learn more about the background to the fighting before visiting Napoleon’s headquarters and the battlefield. An expert guide will re-tell the story from the disorderly beginnings of the battle on June 18, 1815 to its monumental end. The conflict involved four battles in as many days and resulted in the end of French domination in Europe and a period of prolonged peace.

Climb steps to the Lion’s Mound for a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape and visit the ancient farmhouse that was to be Napoleon's final headquarters.

A change of scene, in central Brussels, is the next stop on the itinerary. Guests will have an afternoon to spend exploring the Grand Place and surrounding galleries, museums and shopping streets.

The tour will move on to medieval Mons, the charming city chosen as the European City of Culture 2015. It was here the first and last shots of the First World War were fired - and where the first Victoria Cross was awarded. St Symphorien Military Cemetery, where commonwealth and German soldiers are buried, is on the outskirts of the city and was the focus the 100th anniversary of World War One commemorations with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance.

Continue to picturesque Namur, on the banks of the River Meuse in Northern France, for a leisurely afternoon before heading to Agincourt to tour the battlefield where King Henry V led his army to victory over the French. 

Although the French Army was numerically superior they were overcome by the British on October 25, 1415 during one of the landmark battles of the Hundred Years War. Henry married the French king's daughter and Henry's son, Henry VI, was made heir to the French throne.

Four nights from £499, departing April to October 2015. Price includes return coach travel to Folkestone and Eurostar travel, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, expert local guides, travel insurance and cancellation cover. On June 18, 2015 the itinerary will include watching a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. The itinerary and price will be revised.

For details call free on 0800 092 3082 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays

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*The Shorncliffe Trust is a charity that works to preserve and conserve features of historic interest at Shorncliffe, near Folkestone, as well as providing education in military history.

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