NEW About the tour: At War With Wellington: The Peninsular War

In a new version of this popular tour, we travel to Spain and follow the battles and engagements of the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, Lord Wellington, in the Peninsular War, battles popularised in the Bernard Cornwall’s ‘Sharpe’ novels.

Tour Includes


  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodation with continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries from Plymouth to Santander in an en suite inside cabin (meals at extra cost).
  • Travel Door-to-Door or convenient Local Joining Points

12 days from £1669 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

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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    We take the overnight ferry from Plymouth bringing us into Santander in Spain.

    On arrival in Spain we travel down to our hotel in Salamanca for three nights, stopping at the Tordesillas battlefield from October 1812, and on the first evening have a briefing from the Battlefield Guide on the history of the Peninsular War along with an overview of the battlefields that will be visited on the tour.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we visit the Salamanca Battlefield. Here in July 1812 Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese Army defeated the French in a battle that cemented his reputation as a skilful commander. We have a full day exploring this important battlefield to understand the fighting which led to more than 13,000 French casualties, and visit the Battle of Salamanca Museum.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Salamanca
    Salamanca

    Key Visits

    • Salamanca

    This morning we visit the Battlefield of Fuentes de Onoro, one of Wellington’s closest run and finest victories in May 1811. After lunch, we will walk the defences used in the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in January 1812 when Wellington’s men besieged the French garrison here. Walking the ramparts, our journey will end at the castle to get an impression of how formidable the defences were.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Ciudad Rodrigo
    Ciudad Rodrigo

    Key Visits

    • Fuentes de Onoro
    • Ciudad Rodrigo

    Departing Salamanca, we go to Badajoz to look at the costly siege of this walled city. We see where the fighting took place in 1812 at the infamous Breach involving the men of the Forlorn Hope. Once the position was taken Wellington stood on the walls and looked down at the losses and visibly wept. We continue to our hotel in Badajoz for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Defences of Badajoz
    Defences of Badajoz

    Key Visits

    • Defences of Badajoz

    Our destination is Albuera, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Peninsular War took place in May 1811. We walk the battlefield and see the ‘Fatal Hill’ as well as the monuments in the nearby town, and visit the Battle of Albuera Museum. We also travel to Elvas, to see the burials made in the British cemetery there after the Battle of Albuera.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We depart for Toledeo and visit the museum of the Spanish Army in Toledo before travelling to our hotel near Madrid, where we stay for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Toledo
    Toledo

    Key Visits

    • Toledo

    We spend the day on the battlefield at Talavera, where the battle took place in July 1809. It was here that Richard Sharpe took an Eagle from the French while serving in the Light Company of the fictional South Essex. We examine the real events of the engagement and touring the battlefield, visit the memorial sited on the slopes of the Cerro de Medellin Hill and study the landscape on which the principal fighting occurred.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Leaving Madrid we head to northern Spain, looking at the British retreat from Burgos and then the Battle at Vittoria in June 1813. From here we continue to Pamploma for our last night in Spain.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Burgos
    Burgos

    Key Visits

    • Burgos
    • Vittoria

    Departing Spain we head into France, just as Wellington’s Army did in 1814. We visit the battlefield of Orthez where the fighting took place in February 1814, and then continue to the ground near Toulouse where the city was captured by Wellington in April 1814. We overnight in Toulouse.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Toulouse
    Toulouse

    Key Visits

    • Toulouse
    • Orthez

    We travel from Toulouse to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Single Room Supplement from £399.00 (12 days).

    NEW At War With Wellington: The Peninsular War 12 days from £1669pp

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    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    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.

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

    Brittany Ferries

    Posadas de Espana Pinto

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

    Ibis Styles Pamplona Noain Hotel

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

    AC Hotel Badajoz

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

    Regio

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

    Travel Options

    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 £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom 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 or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. 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.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    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.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    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.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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