At War With Wellington: The Peninsular War


12 days from £1,669pp

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


Tour Introduction

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
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2 - Tordesillas 1812

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

Key Visits

  • Tordesillas Battlefield

Day 3 - Salamanca 1812

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 (2)

Key Visits

  • Salamanca

Day 4 - Fuentes de Onoro and Ciudad Rodrigo

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 (2)

Key Visits

  • Fuentes de Onoro
  • Ciudad Rodrigo

Day 5 - Badajoz 1812

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 (2)

Key Visits

  • Defences of Badajoz

Day 6 - Albuera and British Cemetery, Elvas

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

Key Visits

  • Albuera Battlefields
  • British Cemetery, Elvas

Day 7 - Toledo Museum

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 (2)

Key Visits

  • Toledo

Day 8 - Talavera 1809

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

Key Visits

  • Talavera

Day 9 - Burgos and Vittoria

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 (2)

Key Visits

  • Burgos
  • Vittoria

Day 10 - Orthez and Toulouse

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 (2)

Key Visits

  • Toulouse
  • Orthez

Day 11

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

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Return home.

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

Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries

About the hotel

Sail on Brittany Ferries’ cruise ferry, the Pont-Aven, enjoying the stunning features this wonderful ship has to offer. There’s a pool and leisure area, cinema, wrap-around promenade for scenic, leisurely strolls around the deck – and even an impressive five-deck high atrium, complete with panoramic views from the lifts.

Hotel Features

Room Features

Posadas De Espana Pinto

About the hotel

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.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Noain Pamplona

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Ac Hotel Badajoz

About the hotel

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.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Hotel Regio

Hotel Regio

About the hotel

The 4-star Hotel Regio is set within large, spacious gardens, just a 10-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca, a city rich with a diverse history and culture.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Bureau de Change
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

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

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

With an overnight stay, a Door-to-Door pick up or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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