14 Day Coach Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2

To the Bordeaux area for an overnight stay. B.D

Day 3

Continue to the outskirts of Madrid for an overnight stay. B.D

Day 4

We visit 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. 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. B.D

Day 5

Badajoz, a fortified ‘gateway’ town to Spain fell to Allied troops in one of the bloodiest siege’s of the campaign on 6th April 1812. Firstly, 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 will study how the French and German garrison resolutely resisted the Allied operations for days. B.D

Day 6

A hard-fought victory for the Allies commanded by General Beresford, this was one of the most sanguine battles of the campaign. Today, we walk the 'Fatal Hill' and view where the principal fighting occurred. Wellington, surveying the aftermath, observed the corpses 'literally lying dead in their ranks where they stood'. After visiting the various monuments in the nearby town we drive to Salamanca for three nights.

Day 7

This morning we visit the Battlefield of Fuentes de Onoro 1811, one of Wellesley’s finest victories and where Captain Ramsay, Royal Horse Artillery having dallied to fire at the oncoming French with two guns, then belatedly retired with his men at the gallop amidst the French bringing their guns with them. After lunch we will walk the siege of Cuidad Rodrigo 1812 commencing from the site of the British Engineers Park interpreting what happened on the much now built over landscape. Your guide will explain the stealthy assault on the Renaud Redoubt and the events at the Main and Lesser Breaches of the town walls. Walking the ramparts our journey will end at the Castle where you will hear about ‘the question’ of ‘who’ accepted the French Governor’s surrender. B.D

Day 8

Today we leisurely walk selected routes of the battlefield of Salamanca. Fought amongst the hills surrounding the village of Los Arapiles on the morning of 22nd July 1812, the French General Marmont believed the Allies to be retreating. Convinced that his army could get between them and their sanctuary in Portugal it became strung out on the march for close to four miles. Wellington throwing away a chicken leg lunch commented “By God. That will do.” A decisive victory for the Allies, the respected French General Foy diarised ‘This battle is the most cleverly fought, the largest in scale, the most important in results, of any that the English have won in recent times. It brings up Lord Wellington’s reputation almost to the level of that of Marlborough’. B.D

Day 9

Leaving Salamanca we study the events surrounding Wellington’s 1812 “agonising’ 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 1813. In the afternoon we will ascend to the position where Wellington viewed the battlefield. After looking at how Picton insubordinately rushed the Mendoza Bridge, we will then follow in the footsteps Kempt’s troops as they stormed the Tres Puentes Bridge. We drive to Pamplona where you will learn how the fortress commander was galvanised by Wellington to reluctantly surrender to the Spanish. We stay at Pamplona for one night. B.D

Day 10

Today we will stand on the bridge that Wellington wrote a despatch at the battlefield of Sorauren 1813. We will view the failure of Marshal Soult’s belated attempt to relieve San Sebastian and Pamplona. Rendered uncomfortable by the presence on the field of the Duke, Soult delayed and thus handed the advantage to Monsieur Wellington. We then follow Soult’s withdrawal north and look at how an unsupported Spanish battalion barred the way of a French army corps for two hours. What followed was the battle the Bidassoa River 1813. Walking along the river bank your guide will tell you how Wellington’s army fought its way onto French soil. After studying the bloody Storming of San Sebastian 1813, at Urrugne we will overview the battle of Nivelle 1813 and then visit the church at Arcangues, scene of the dual between the 43rd Monmouthshires and two French gun batteries during the battle of the Nive 1813. The gunners conceded abandoning 12 cannon. Then we drive to the Bayonne/Biarritz area for two nights. B.D

Day 11

On the morning of 12 December 1813 while investing Bayonne, General ‘Daddie’ Hill observed the French approaching en mass. Outnumbered 3 to 1 Hill held his nerve and his ground for four critical hours. Upon his timely arrival, Hill offered Wellington control of the battle. Declining the Duke conceded “My dear Hill, the day’s your own”. So was won the Battle of St Pierre that we will visit this morning. Afterwards we will study the French Sortie from Bayonne, visit Marshal Soult’s Memorial and see what happened at the Citadel. B.D

Day 12

This morning we view the landscape of the Battle of Orthez 1814. In undertaking this defensive battle and facing Wellington from a strong position, Marshal Soult’s plan incorporated withdrawal rather than holding the ground should events be the least unfavourable. This he did but not without seeing Wellington slightly wounded during the proceedings. After lunch we drive to Toulouse. We study how the Allies with difficulty and at great cost wrested the city from Soult on 12th April 1814 only to discover that peace was being negotiated at Fontainebleau. We stay overnight in the Limoges area. B

Day 13

Today we travel to the Palace of Fontainebleau where your guide will explain the political circumstances surrounding both the 1807 and 1814 Treaties of Fontainbleau in relation to the Peninsular War (Entrance fee extra). Then to Paris area for an overnight stay. B

Day 14

To Calais,then return home. B

Included Meals: B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

14 Days by Coach Departure Dates & Prices 2017

Leger Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel: Leger Reservations on 01709 786 554 and quote Travel ref: T55 and tour code

14 days by Silver Service coach: tour code ref 14EPWV
Dates
Prices
October 9 2017
£1299
£1235
All prices shown are per person based on two sharing a room, unless otherwise stated.
Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £339.
Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability. All holidays subject to Leger Holidays Terms & Conditions
Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

12 Days by Air Tour Itinerary

Day 1:

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

Days 2 - 12:

As per days 4 - 14 of the 14-day itinerary by coach. At the end of your tour you will return by coach to either your original departure airport subject to availability, or one of our local joining points.

12 Days by Air Departure Dates & Prices 2017

Leger Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel: Leger Reservations on 01709 786 554 and quote Travel ref: T55 and tour code

12 days by Air & Silver Service coach: tour code ref K12EPWV
Dates
Prices
October 11 2017
£1349
£1282
All prices shown are per person based on two sharing a room, unless otherwise stated.
Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £279; flight supplements where applicable..
Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability. All holidays subject to Leger Holidays Terms & Conditions
Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Leger Holidays
At War with Wellington The Peninsular War

By Coach 14 Days or By Air 12 Days - 5% Discount

Specialist Battlefield Guide On Every Tour. Prices From Only £1235

Join Leger Holidays Battlefield Tours as they explore selected battlefields and sieges from the Napoleonic Wars in Spain and France with the occasional whiff of the Sharpe novels. This stunning 12 or 14 day tour by coach or air is accompanied by an expert guide. Ensuring that you fully appreciate the history behind the long and bloody Peninsular War. 

To receive your 5% discount, book this At War with Wellington The Peninsular War tour direct with Leger Holidays on 01709 786 554 and quote the Travel 55 code T55.

To book with Leger and claim your 5% discount, call them direct on 01709 786 554 or email Leger and quote Travel 55 code T55.

What's Included

12 or 14 days by coach or air

  • 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast & 10 evening meals (11 nights hotel with 9 evening meals on the air holiday)
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Return flights to Madrid (air holiday only)
  • Airport transfers in Madrid (air holiday only)

Please note: entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost.

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Your Hotels

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

Your Flights

Flights to/from Madrid on the 12 day itinerary by air are available from a selection of regional airports. All prices are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply.

Please call for more details.

This tour is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880

Silver Service Coach...

You’ll be delighted with your Silver Service ‘experience’ right from the moment you meet your tour coach at the port and you’re invited on board.

Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats*, with footrests and more legroom** than standard coaches. Enjoy your own reserved seat. Personal tables. Porterage† at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger. Free personal headphones, so you can enjoy the radio channels, listen to music, or watch DVDs*** Follow your journey’s progress on the satellite navigation display.

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Travel Door to Door

On holidays of 12 days duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, 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 feeder coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European touring holidays of 12 days or more, the cost of this is just £60 per car*.

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

*Up to 4 people per car


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