At War with Wellington - The Peninsular War by Air


12 days from £1,399pp

About the tour: At War with Wellington - The Peninsular War by Air


Tour Introduction

Fly into Spain and join us as we spend time exploring some of the country’s fascinating battlefields. As we walk the ground where the British Redcoats fought the soldiers of Napoleon during the Peninsular War. We take an in-depth look at some of the most influential battles fought in Salamanca, Talavera and Badajoz. Visit the battlefield of Albura and ‘Fatal Hill’, see the battlefield of Fuentes de Onoro, study the bloody Storming of San Sebastian and see the spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, as we travel to France where our tour comes to an end.

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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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Talavera 1809

This morning we visit Wellesley’s (Wellington) advanced Talavera ‘outposts’ along the banks of the Rio Alberche hearing the story surrounding the fortified Casa de Salinas. Touring the battlefield we then visit the memorial sited on the slopes of the Cerro de Medellin Hill and study the landscape on which the principal fighting occurred. We stay for two nights in Badajoz.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Casa de Salinas

Day 3 - Badajoz 1812

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 view the ‘breaches’ where the main fighting occurred. On the ramparts we study how the French and German garrison resolutely resisted the Allied operations for many days. Later, we ascend to the exterior of Fort San Cristobal and view Badajoz from the opposite bank of the River Guadiana.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Badajoz

Badajoz (2)

Key Visits

  • Badajoz

Day 4 - Albuera 1811

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Albuera

Day 5 - Fuentes de Onoro 1811 and Ciudad Rodrigo 1812

This morning we visit the Battlefield of Fuentes de Onoro, both one of Wellington’s closest run and finest victories. After lunch in Ciudad Rodrigo we study the British success at the ‘breaches’ where you will hear about the circumstances surrounding the acceptance of the French Governor’s surrender? Afterwards, we commence our study of Wellington’s 1812 retreat from Burgos as we drive to Salamanca for a two night stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Salamanca

Salamanca (2)

Key Visits

  • Salamanca
  • Fuentes de Onoro

Day 6 - Salamanca 1812

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 drive and walk across the battlefield and beyond seeing and hearing why.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Salamanca

Salamanca (2)

Key Visits

  • Salamanca

Day 7 - Vitoria 1813

Leaving Salamanca we study further events surrounding Wellington’s retreat from Burgos including the engagement at Venta del Pozo. Later we see how he masterfully outflanked the French and brought them to battle winning the decisive victory at Vitoria. We drive to Pamplona where you will learn how the French fortress commander reluctantly surrendered to the Spanish. We stay at Pamplona for one night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pamplona

Pamplona (2)

Key Visits

  • Venta del Poza
  • Pamplona

Day 8 - Battles of the Pyrenees and the Siege of San Sebastian 1813

Today we will stand on the bridge where Wellington wrote a despatch prior to defeating Marshal Soult at the battle of Sorauren, ending any attempt to relieve the besieged French garrison at Pamplona. After examining the Allied defence at the Maya Pass we study the Storming of San Sebastian, the battle of the Bidassoa River 1813 and preview the battle of the Nivelle. We then drive to the Biarritz area for two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

San Sebastian

San Sebastian (2)

Key Visits

  • San Sebastian

Day 9 - Battles of the Nivelle and Nive 1814

Today we over-view the landscape encompassing both the Battles of the Nivelle and the Nive. After lunch in Bayonne we reveal how General ‘Daddy’ Hill held his nerve and won the action at St. Pierre. Here we visit Marshal Soult’s Memorial. Afterwards, we study the French Sortie from Bayonne and visit an associated British battlefield cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bayonne

Bayonne (2)

Key Visits

  • Bayonne
  • Battle of St Pierre

Day 10 - Orthez and Toulouse 1814

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

Included meals: Breakfast

Toulouse

Toulouse (2)

Key Visits

  • Battle of Orthez
  • Toulouse

Day 11 - Fontainebleau

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

Palace of Fontainebleau

Palace of Fontainebleau (2)

Key Visits

  • Palace of Fontainebleau

Day 12

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

Included meals: Breakfast



Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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Hotel

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

Travel Options

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.

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

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

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

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