At War with Wellington - The Peninsular War

14 days from £1,379 pp.


Badajoz, Spain

Visit: Badajoz, Spain, Spain

About the Tour

On this fascinating battlefield tour we see the battlefields in Spain made famous by the ‘Richard Sharpe’ books and TV series. We examine the Peninsular War battles, such as Salamanca, Talavera and Badajoz. Walk the ground where British Redcoats fought the soldiers of Napoleon.

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 10 evening meals
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    To the Bordeaux area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Continue into Spain and to the outskirts of Madrid for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    This morning we see Wellesley’s (created Viscount Wellington soon after) advanced ‘outposts’ along the banks of the Rio Alberche and hear the story of the fortified Casa de Salinas. Ascending the Cerro de Cascajal we view Wellesley’s positions on the opposite side of the Portina Brook. Then we visit the battlefield memorial sited on the slopes of the Cerro de Medellin Hill and study the panorama of Wellesley’s victory from the Allied perspective. We stay for two nights in Badajoz.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Badajoz, a fortified ‘gateway’ town to Spain fell to Allied troops in one of the bloodiest sieges of the campaign on 6th April 1812. We visit Fort San Cristobal and view the town of Badajoz below. We view the ‘breaches’ where the main fighting took place. On the ramparts we study how the French and German garrison resolutely resisted the Allied operations for days.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We visit Albuera, where a hard fought victory for the Allies commanded by General Beresford, this was one of the most sanguine battles of the campaign. Today, we see the ‘Fatal Hill’ and view where the principal fighting occurred. Wellington, surveying the aftermath, observed the corpses ‘literally lying dead in their ranks as they stood’. After visiting the monuments in the nearby town we drive to Guarda for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    This morning we visit the Battlefield of Fuentes de Onoro 1811, one of Wellington’s finest victories. After lunch in Ciudad Rodrigo we study the British success at the ‘breaches’ where you will hear about ‘the question’ of ‘who’ accepted the French Governor’s surrender? Continue to Salamanca for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    A few days after the Battle of Salamanca the French General Foy, writing of Wellington’s skill, said ‘it brings up Lord Wellington’s reputation almost level to that of Marlborough’. Today, we unhurriedly travel across the battlefield and beyond seeing and hearing why.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Leaving Salamanca we study the events surrounding Wellington’s 1812 retreat from Burgos. We view the engagement at Venta del Poza, and later see how he boldly outflanked the French and brought them to battle at Vitoria in 1813. We drive to Pamplona where you will learn how the fortress commander reluctantly surrendered to the Spanish. We stay in Pamplona for one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we will stand on the bridge where Wellington wrote a despatch at the battlefield of Sorauren 1813. We will view the failure of Marshal Soult’s attempt to relieve San Sebastian and Pamplona. We then follow Soult’s withdrawal north. What followed was the battle of the Bidassoa River 1813. After studying the bloody Storming of San Sebastian 1813, at Urrugne we will commence overviewing the Battle of Nivelle 1813. Then we drive to the Biarritz area for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    This morning we reveal how General ‘Daddie’ Hill held his nerve and won the battle of St. Pierre. Afterwards, we will study the French Sortie from Bayonne, visit Marshal Soult’s Memorial and see what happened at the Citadel’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    This morning, we view the landscape of Battle of Orthez 1814 and hear how Wellington was wounded. After lunch, we drive to Toulouse. We study how Wellington wrested the city from the French on 12 April only to hear that Napoleon had recently abdicated. We stay overnight in the Limoges area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today we travel to the Palace of Fontainebleau where your guides will explain the political circumstances surrounding both the 1807 and 1814 Treaties of Fontainebleau (entrance fee extra – approx. 11 Euro). Then to Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Battlefield visits as described

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Notes



     

    Single Room Supplement from £369.00 (14 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    Throughout the tour you will stay in 3 or 4-star, city-style hotels.

    France

    Ibis Limoges Nord

    Ibis Limoges Nord

    France

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet

    Spain

    Posadas De Espana Pinto

    Posadas De Espana Pinto

    Ibis Limoges Nord


    The Ibis Limoges Nord hotel is located north of Limoges and has good links to the highway network. The hotel is a stylish and modern place with facilities that include air conditioning, table tennis, a bar, a restaurant, lounge and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a desk, T.V with all the main channels, hairdryer, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet


    The Ibis Biarritz-Anglet Aéroport hotel, is situated at the heart of the urban area Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne. We propose you a warm welcome and personalized and provide you with modern, comfortable rooms, air-conditioned and equipped with the new bedding "Sweet Bed" by Ibis, a Courtepaille restaurant opened from 11 am till 11 pm every day, 24-hour open bar, business hook, a terrace, a vast free parking lot as well as a free wi-fi access in all the hotel. Ideally situated to visit the Basque Country and its villages rich in traditions Pelota, Games of strength, Basque Choruses, to devote you in the golf on a course of the region, to surf or to tan on the beaches of the Basque Coast, to assist a rugby match, to discover Biarritz, Bayonne or still Saint Jean de Luz and their gastronomy (Ham, Chocolate, Basque Cake, Espelette chili). Near Spain, to only 40 km of San Sebastian, her Concha and her tapas bars. Welcome.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Posadas De Espana Pinto


    The 3 Star Posadas De Espana Pinto hotel is located south of Madrid near to the local highway and transport links such as the airport. The hotels is also close to local shopping areas like the Nassica Leisure Mall. The hotels facilities dry cleaning services available, safety deposit box, air conditioning, a bar-café, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a hairdryer, LCD satellite T.V, air conditioning, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Spain

    Noain Pamplon

    Noain Pamplona

    Spain

    Ac Hotel Badajoz

    Ac Hotel Badajoz

    Spain

    Hotel Regio

    Regio

    Noain Pamplona


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ac Hotel Badajoz


    The Ac Hotel Badajoz is located near the IFEBA Exhibition centre and University. This urban hotels location is great as it has good links to local transport and is only 20minutes walk away from attractions such as Arabian Fortress with La Plaza Alta, the Old Town, the cathedral and museums. You can also visit local restaurants, pubs and entertainment places like the cinema. The hotels facilities include safety deposit box at reception, air conditioning, lounge, terrace, restaurants, fitness room and bar. All bedrooms feature hairdryer, T.V, mini bar (beverages/snacks for a fee), telephone and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Regio


    The 4-Star Regio in Salamanca is located close to local highways and is set in a spacious garden. The hotel's facilities include outdoor swimming pool*, garden, tennis courts, terrace, currency exchange, lounge, a bar, a restaurant, gym, concierge, air conditioning, dry cleaning services available, 24hrs reception and wi-fi/internet access. All bedrooms feature air conditioning, hairdryer, safety deposit box, satellite T.V, telephone, desk, minibar and en-suite bathroom. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ac Hotel Badajoz


    The Ac Hotel Badajoz is located near the IFEBA Exhibition centre and University. This urban hotels location is great as it has good links to local transport and is only 20minutes walk away from attractions such as Arabian Fortress with La Plaza Alta, the Old Town, the cathedral and museums. You can also visit local restaurants, pubs and entertainment places like the cinema. The hotels facilities include safety deposit box at reception, air conditioning, lounge, terrace, restaurants, fitness room and bar. All bedrooms feature hairdryer, T.V, mini bar (beverages/snacks for a fee), telephone and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Regio


    The 4-Star Regio in Salamanca is located close to local highways and is set in a spacious garden. The hotel's facilities include outdoor swimming pool*, garden, tennis courts, terrace, currency exchange, lounge, a bar, a restaurant, gym, concierge, air conditioning, dry cleaning services available, 24hrs reception and wi-fi/internet access. All bedrooms feature air conditioning, hairdryer, safety deposit box, satellite T.V, telephone, desk, minibar and en-suite bathroom. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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