A friend and I are planning a history buff's tour next year. It's the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterlook so they will have a big to-do in June. I have already found that lodgings in Waterloo are sold out, with the possible exception of the $425US/night hotel, so we are likely going to take a tour out of Brussels.
Better ideas would be appreciated!
We have about three weeks, and plan to visit Hadrian's Wall, sites in Scotland, then possibly Amsterdam or Bruges, definately Bastogne, Luxembourg (highly recommended WW2 museum) followed by Waterloo and back to Washington State.
My initial thought was to fly into London. I have been there before and don't plan to spend any time in the city. Train to Newcastle, pick up a rental car, drive along Hadrian's Wall, loop through Glasgow and parts of Scotland, spending some time in Edinburgh, back to Newcastle, turn the car in then ferry to Rotterdam or Amsterdam. Take 10-12 days in England/Scotland, the rest in Belgium, etc.. Fly home from Amsterdam.
But there's another thread on this site about ferrys from England which says the Newcastle ferry isn't a good deal, mostly designed for truckers. Slow isn't necessarily bad, we will need a down day at that point.
So - better suggestions for how to do parts of Scotland, Hadrian's Wall and then Belgium?