Scheduled Victorian Era Tours
The Nineteenth Century saw the blossoming of the nationalist seeds sown during the Napoleonic Wars. Although Waterloo had ushered in almost half a century of peace in central Europe, by 1859 national rivalries had re-ignited continental warfare between Prussia, France and Austria. Across the Atlantic, having successfully fought its war of independence the newly formed United States of America was torn apart by Civil War. To a greater or lesser extent, these conflicts also saw the advent of industrialised warfare – the use of railways and factories to increase mobility and lethality, and the increase in the scale of conflict – all ominous harbingers of global conflicts that would break out in the following century. Meanwhile Great Britain – having lost America and retrenched from Europe, stood aloof from these trends. Instead, the Victorian era saw the apogee of the British Empire and a period of of relatively small scale ‘bushfire’ wars. But the cracks were showing – even in the jewel in the crown in India where the formerly harmonious relationship between British and Indians broke down. Whether this was simply an Indian mutiny or the first war of Indian Independence is still a matter of debate.
All of our forthcoming Scheduled Victorian Era Tours are listed below.
The Seven Years War & The War of 1812 helped define the shape of North America. Explore them alongside Fred Hawthorne and Alan Rooney through New England, up the Hudson Valley and into Canada, culminating in Wolfe's heroics in Quebec. This epic sight-seeing tour includes the Niagara Falls and a magnificent train journey along the St Lawrence Seaway. find out more and book
During their Civil War more Americans lost their lives than during the whole of WW1 and WW2 combined. find out more and book
For a time British power in India – the jewel in the British Empire crown - hung by a thread. With so much at stake on both sides, it was a near run thing, with bravery and treachery in equal measure, and larger-than-life characters on each side... find out more and book
This fascinating study of the Anglo-Zulu War takes us to ground that has hardly changed since the memorable events of the period, all set amongst spectacular scenery still populated by Zulu tribes and an abundance of wildlife. find out more and book