Marlborough's Victories in Belgium
Fighting for supremacy in the Wars of Spanish SuccessionConcerned by the prospect of a union between Spain and France, the nations of Great Britain, the Netherlands and the Holy Roman Empire allied to create an army led by John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough. Our four-night history holiday in Belgium goes to the sites of his campaigns in Flanders (modern day Belgium) to examine how Marlborough's victories helped cement Britain's status as a world power, but at a bloody cost.
The expert leading your tourJames Falkner served as a British Army infantry officer for 25 years and is acknowledged as one of today's leading authorities on 18th century warfare, particularly the campaigns of the Duke of Marlborough.
You'll walk in the footsteps of Marlborough and learn about the the tactical brilliance that made him such a force in Belgium. Our guide will take you to:
Highlights of your history holiday in Belgium
- Ramillies, where the allies scored the first in a series of great victories.
- The river crossing points at Oudenarde and where Marlborough fought the French.
- Walking tour of Malplaquet, site of one of the most brutal battles of the time.
- See our day-by-day itinerary here.
Tour mapFrom our base in Mons, our expert guide escorts you to a new location every day.
This tour costs from £1,399 per person, based on two sharing if you are taking part in the tours, and from £1,199pp for those not taking part in tours. International travel not included.
There is no single supplement for individuals staying in single rooms, and a small extra charge for individuals in twin or double rooms.
Places on our small-group tours are limited. Book today with a fully refundable 5% deposit.
Included in your holiday
- Pick up and drop off from Brussels Eurostar terminal.
- Expert guide
- Tour manager
- 4* hotel accommodation
- Executive minibus travel to all sites, with space so you can always have a spare seat next to you
- Entry to all attractions
- Breakfast and dinner each day
This tour has dates in 2021 and 2022. Departures are available on 6 September 2021 (book here), 9 May 2022 (book here) and 5 September 2022 (book here).
Numbers are limited, reserve your place with a low 5% deposit and enjoy the full flexibility of our COVID guarantee.
AccommodationThe hotel we have chosen for this tour is one of the very best in the small city of Mons, with facilities including a gym and wellness centre with sauna and hammam that guests can use for free, plus a menu of relaxing treatments that can be added for an extra charge.
Your room has an ensuite room bathroom with rain shower, high speed Wi-Fi, TV and free minibar with soft drinks.
There are two delicious restaurants on site and many more to discover in Mons. Fascinating local attractions that include the home that inspired Van Gogh, Neolithic flint mines and several superb museums.
Your booking includes:
- Ensuite room with wifi.
- Breakfast and dinner.
- Entry to the gym and use of the sauna and hammam in the wellness centre.
There are extra charges for:
- Treatments at the wellness centre.
- All food and drink outside of breakfast and dinner.
For transfers between all tour destinations we use large 17-22 seater executive minibuses so that the seat beside you can be empty.
Transfers during your tour
Transfers will be a luxury experience and your minibus will have comfortable reclining seats with safety belts, a fully operational air-conditioning system, an on-board refrigerator and a fully functioning toilet maintained throughout your journey.
Our drivers are friendly, smart, professional and punctual. so you are always in safe hands.
Solo travellers welcomeOur tours are perfect for solo travellers who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of a subject, and prefer the choice of being as solitary or social as you like. Each tour is a journey of an independent mind – fellow travellers will be intelligent, well-read, knowledgeable and like-minded people, and a mutual interest in a particular topic can lead to life-long friendships.
Read more about our welcome for solo travellers here.
We know that specialist tours can be less fun for partners, so our tours include a lower rate if you want to come with a friend or loved one who’d like to enjoy the hotel facilities and explore the local area, without taking part in the history tours.
Options for non-touring partners
For this tour, your hotel has a gym and wellness centre with a sauna and hamamm that are free for guests. You can also book a range of massage and beauty treatments for an extra charge.
Our hotel is located in the centre of Mons, where there are shops, restaurants and historic attractions, and we also offer complimentary daily transfers to selected regional attractions.
Guests will be met at Brussels Eurostar terminal and taken to your hotel at Mons, which will be your base for the tour. After checking into your hotel, there will be an introduction from your guide, James Falkner, and a tour of the historic square and old town. In the evening you'll have the chance to meet and chat to your fellow guests over drinks and supper at the hotel.
We’ll travel to Ramillies, where Marlborough’s tactical brilliance saw his army rout the opposition in hours and led to the allies’ greatest series of victories in the War of Spanish Succession. After a break for lunch we’ll continue to Elixheim, where the Duke’s success in 1705 was critical to his future battle at Ramillies.
We go to Oudenarde where, after a series of French successes, Marlborough marshalled his troops to attack and take the only remaining French fortress along the Scheldt River. You’ll explore the watery crossing points and the key sites. Our return route includes a visit to the battlefields of Leuze-en-Hainault (1693) or Fontenoy (1745).
Our tour reaches Malplaquet and we’ll take a walking tour of the site where the two forces clashed in one of the most brutal battles of the time - the casualties caused the British nation to question whether the sacrifices could ever be worth the rewards.
Guests have a free morning to explore Mons or enjoy the facilities of the hotel, before we take them back to Brussels Eurostar terminal.