Recall one of Europe’s greatest military conflicts on this Battle of Waterloo small-group half-day tour from Brussels. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, see the battlegrounds, memorials, and museum to the 1815 battle between French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and British-Prussian forces. Visit the Memorial 1815 museum, Hougoumont Farm, and more; learn details of the battle; and honor the fallen. Hotel or central Brussels pickup and drop-off, plus choice of morning or afternoon departure included.
Half-day Battle of Waterloo sites tour from Brussels
Visit the battlefields of the 1815 encounter between Napoleon and British-Prussian forces
Call at La Haie Sainte, La Belle Alliance, Papelotte, and Hougoumont Farm
View the Memorial 1815 museum, Panorama painting, and Napoleon’s and the Duke of Wellington’s campaign hideouts
Learn hour-to-hour details of the conflict and how it ended Napoleon’s reign
Hougoumont, Memorial 1815, Lion’s Mound, and Panorama entry, plus choice of departure times included
Small group of six or fewer, with minivan transport, and hotel or central pickup and drop-off in Brussels (depending on selected departure time)
Fantastic tour with our guide Jean. He is incredibly knowledgeable. He picked me up at my hotel there was only one other member of our tour. He played a short video of the Battle of Waterloo while we made our way out to the location. He provided all the background on the Battle of Waterloo and we stopped at all the strategic locations for Generals Wellington, Blücher, and Napoleon fought such as Papelotte, La Haye Sainte, Plancenoit, Lion's Mound Memorial and Museum, and finally Hougoumont where the presentation was absolutely stunning. It was a perfect half day's tour. We walked up the Lion's Mound memorial 219 steps and it is steep. It was quite a windy day but the views were spectacular. Jean laid out everything for us strategically and we really got a good sense of the battle and how it all came to be. Highly recommend this tour with Jean.
Tour guide was terrible. I was given an inaccurate time for pick up. I was told I would be picked up at 8:45 am. My tour guide showed up at 8:20 am and called me saying I was five minutes late for pickup. He told me if I didn't get back to my hotel in the next five minutes that he would leave. I had to run across the city to make the trip. The guide then proceeded to tell the other visitors in our van that I had caused him to be late picking them up. The guide showed little knowledge of the battle and did little more than drive us around. He rushed us through the main sites and we ended up returning to Brussels an hour early. Additionally, the guide made several negative comments about the French throughout the trip. Far better to take a train to the battlefield and walk it yourself.
This was a really good private tour! The driver was knowledgeable and friendly. He picked our group up promptly and provided a video about the battle on the way to the location. The driver took us to the physical locations that are only identified somewhat on the maps at the battlefield museum. He provided very informative commentary at each location. The museum was very interesting and the driver helped to organize us so that we would have English commentary for the displays and get us to the 3-D theatre in a timely fashion.
Hint - Although he was a ruthless dictator, keep a keen eye out for all the things Bonaparte did for France, and Europe for that matter.
The one thing that I think could be changed is the amount of time to be taken for the entire tour. We seemed to be rushed at each location. This was due to another tour being done in the same afternoon from Brussels. We probably could have spent another hour at the battlefield museum.
In any case I still recommend this tour as the best way to travel around the battlefield.
It was fabulous! I had read many books on the battle so my anticipation was high and my guide, Jean, was the perfect host and
accompanist. We got to see all the significant locations of the battlefield that I had requested and his knowledge of the area and logistics was extremely helpful. The newly constructed visitors center was impressive. The 4D film presentation superb! Jean saved the key strategic element of the battle Hougoumont for last and what a treat. I was memorized walking in and around this immortalized structure.
The hi tech multi media Hougoumont show is not to be missed. All in all I had a day I shall never forget. Thanks Jean. I hear he does WWI
battlefield tours as well.
This was 100 better than when I took this tour 17 years ago. There is a new visitor center at the sight of the battle, recessed underground so as not to ruin the sight lines, and our guide drove us around the battlefield not large, reminds me of Gettysburg then the main visitor center then we went to Hougamount, the key position guarding Wellingtons right flank where substantial remains of the farm buildings remain and they have spiffy multi-media presentation of the fight for Hougamount, the famous gate where the French entered but the British in a supreme effort managed to close it and wipe out the French who had entered the Courtyard and thus hang on to Hougamount by the skin of their teeth still exists, although obviously a new replacement for the original. According to the guide Wellington was asked early on, if you are killed what are your orders, Hold Hougamount.