At War with Wellington - The Peninsular War by Air

12 days from £1,379pp.


Peninsular War British Cavalry in Action

Visit: Peninsular War British Cavalry in Action, Battlefields

Peninsular War Memorial

Visit: Peninsular War Memorial, France

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


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Outbound flight to Madrid (return by coach to the U.K.)
  • Airport transfer in Spain
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Your Itinerary

Fly from your chosen airport to Madrid where you will be met and transferred to your overnight hotel.

  • Included meals: Dinner

This morning we visit Wellesley’s 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. After lunch, we visit the battlefield memorial sited on the slopes of the Cerro de Medellin Hills and study the panorama of Wellesley’s victory from the Allied perspective. We stay for two nights in Badajoz.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we visit Fort San Cristobal and view the town of Badajoz below, scene of a bloody siege. We view the ‘breaches’ where the main fighting took place and walk the ramparts.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We visit the battlefield of Albuera and walk the ‘Fatal Hill’ and view where the principal fighting occurred. After visiting the monuments in the nearby town we drive to Salamanca for three nights

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we visit the Battlefield of Fuentes de Onoro 1811, one of Wellington’s finest victories. After lunch, we walk the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in 1812 seeing the ramparts and castle.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Salamanca

Salamanca

Today we look at the iconic battle of Salamanca travelling across the battlefield and seeing where the fighting took place in 1812

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Valladolid

Valladolid

Leaving Salamanca, we study the retreat from Burgos and view the engagements at Valladolid and Venta del Poza, and the battle at Vitoria in 1813. We drive to Pamplona the fortress commander reluctantly surrendered to the Spanish. We stay at Pamplona for one night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Today we see the bridge where Wellington wrote a despatch at the battlefield of Sorauren 1813 and see San Sebastian and Pamplona. We then follow Soult’s withdrawal northand the battle of the Bidassoa River 1813. After studying the bloody Storming of San Sebastián 1813, at Urrugne we will overview the battle of Nivelle 1813. Then we drive to the Biarritz area for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we examine the battle of St. Pierre and study the French Sortie from Bayonne, visit Marshal Soult’s Memorial and see the Citadel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Toulouse

Toulouse

Today we examine the Battle of Orthez 1814 and hear how Wellington was wounded. After lunch, we drive to Toulouse. We stay overnight in the Limoges area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Palace of Fontainebleau

Palace of Fontainebleau

Today we travel to the Palace of Fontainebleau to discuss the 1807 and 1814 Treaties of Fontainbleau. Then to the Paris area for a overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home. You will return by coach to either your original departure airport* or one of our local joining points.

  • 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 £349.00 (12 days).

Fly to Madrid where you will be met and transferred to your overnight hotel.

  • Included meals: 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. You will return by coach to either your original departure airport* or one of our local joining points.

  • 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 £349.00 (12 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

Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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