Quality Planned into Every Tour
HIGHEST STANDARDS BUILT IN ... EVERY TIME
Selected for quality, style, character, convenience, professionalism and cultural flavour!
Carefully selected quality hotels offering the best facilities in each location, 4* throughout, tried and tested to suit your tour enjoyment.
Our Campaign Tours may use a number of hotels along the route, adding to the variety of your experience and, critically, minimising the need for extended travel times each day.
Whilst we believe we've chosen the best, Bespoke Tours open up other choices, from characterful premium lodges to 5* or budget selections.
*Hotel styles and facilities can vary by country and location. Check the Tour Itinerary for details.
Our renowned guides are at the very top of their game, and with you throughout the tour. Each is deeply respected for their knowledge, their ability to communicate, enthuse and to challenge accepted history. Cultural and culinary appreciation comes naturally!
Every tour is led or accompanied by at least one Director of Campaigns & Culture to ensure our consistently high standards.
*Check the Tour Itinerary to see which guides are leading your tour.
We've done our research, walked the terrain, checked the attractions and planned unique experiences. Our all-inclusive itineraries offer unmatched content and quality.
We book premium transport with professional drivers to optimise your comfort throughout the day.
Many tours offer extra accommodation nights to extend your stay, or additional day-tours to places of cultural or campaign interest nearby.
*Check the Tour Itinerary for full All-Inclusive details and options.
What we Include
We give you the freedom of how and when you get to out tour start point, using the most convenient trains or flights, giving you full flexibility in your arrangements, and the ability to arrive early or stay after the tour before heading home. We can help and advise as you wish, but these elements are not included in your tour price.
What we do include is virtually everything else. We cover the cost of your hotel rooms (always minimum 4*), your transport in premium vehicles, all your meals with wine or beer, museum entry passes, tasting sessions, visits and treats and the expertise of two guides throughout.
You will simply be responsible for any extra drinks you order and non-itinerary purchases you make.
" I have never thanked you Robert for all you did to make me feel at home on my first trip.
I don’t have to tell you that it was all totally overwhelming.
I really wish I was able to go on this year’s tour. I have seldom met someone with so much passion for his subject; never stop and follow it wherever it leads you!
Thank you once again and maybe we will meet on another battlefield somewhere. "
“ Sheila and I wanted to thank you for the great time we had touring the Waterloo battlefield with you. The two days were extremely well organised, we found you very knowledgeable in relation to your subject and we really enjoyed your company.
You handled our different knowledge of the event very well and we appreciated your engaging commentaries and the way you interacted with us rather than just lecturing.
My understanding of the whole campaign was greatly increased by the initial visits to Quatre-Bras, Ligny and Genappe and walking the battlefield brought everything vividly to life. ”
" The seven-day Waterloo Mercer Trail was superbly organised and led.
Robert's depth of knowledge and spirit of adventure led us into an deep understanding of the campaign, and brought to life the battlefield in really fascinating detail! We were able to relive the extraordinary events on the ground in 1815, from living quarters to gun positions; I was thrilled!
I recommend Robert to anyone who wishes to combine historical accuracy, fun, local knowledge and good meals! "
"Gareth has an engaging presentational style and ensures everyone receives a warm welcome within the group. He brings the battle to life with his excellent knowledge of the events leading up to, during and after the 18th June.
He uses plenty of anecdotes and personal accounts to ‘paint pictures’ of the action. His familiarity with the topography enables him to explain passages of the battle in detail which will delight novices, intermediate and experts alike. Highly recommended. "
Gareth took a group of 20 of us on a guided tour of the battlefield site of Waterloo in June 2015. We had already been to the museum and watched the huge re-enactment of the battle, but to actually walk the battlefield site with Gareth was something very special.
Gareth’s enthusiasm for his subject is both compelling and infectious. His knowledge of the complete battle and how it unfolded was most impressive. We learned about the armies and regiments that took part, where they were positioned, who attacked who etc., but what was really interesting was all the many little stories that Gareth related to us. The ‘Waterloo teeth’, Henry Percy’s dramatic mission after the battle in order to tell the King of the great victory, what happened to the many bodies littered across the battlefield, what happened to their bones, the medical methods used at the time, and so on.
Gareth had a real knack of not just telling the story of the battle but illuminating it in such a way that it became alive!
Gareth and Mary entertained us with a fantastic educational and sociable experience with this guided tour of the Waterloo battlefield.
We found Gareth’s passion for, and authoritative knowledge of, the subject truly inspirational and he delivered it in a way which brought the history of such a pivotal period to life.
A unique and fascinating experience!