The 100 DaysMonday 9 March 2015
March 20, 2015 marks bicentenary of The 100 days from Napoleon’s return to Paris and his defeat at Battle of Waterloo
The 100 Days
Join Saga’s bespoke four-night escorted tour for a journey through history
March 20, 2015 marks the bicentenary of The 100 days - the period between Napoleon's return from exile in Elba to Paris and his eventual defeat at the Battle of Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington.
This rich period of history saw the last conflict in the Napoleonic Wars, the second restoration of the French monarchy on July 8, 1815 and the permanent exile of Napoleon to the island of Saint Helena.
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 will begin in Kent where Sir John Moore created the first Light Infantry regiments and initiated the construction of more than 100 Martello towers to guard against invasion. A guided walk along the coast from Hythe to Sandgate will be led by a guide from the local Shorncliffe Trust*.
A demonstration of ‘firing’ Napoleonic rifles, by soldiers in period dress, will be staged near the beachside Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel, where guests stay for their first night, and in the evening there will be a themed after-dinner talk.
In the morning guests will travel via Eurostar to Waterloo, in Belgium, to visit a museum housed in and around the coaching inn that became the Duke of Wellington’s headquarters.
There will be an opportunity to 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.
Passengers travelling on June 18 will also be able to watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium.
Next, there will be a chance to 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.
The tour will move on to medieval Mons, the 2015 European City of Culture. It was here the first and last shots of the First World War were fired.
Guests will continue their journey to 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 on October 25, 1415 during one of the landmark battles of the Hundred Years War.
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 or a discount of £11 if not required.
There will be a revised itinerary and price for the June 18 escorted tour.
For details call free on 0800 096 0974 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays
Editors: *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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