Napoleonic Wars Tours & Holidays
A speciality of ours, our Napoleonic tours cover the length of this battle-torn era, from Wellington cutting his teeth in India to the battle that ended it all at Waterloo. Walk the battlefields, see the sites and travel across the world, from Spain to Italy to Russia to chase the stories behind the legend.
We traditionally run at least three Peninsular War tours each year, ranging from our classic Wellington in Portugal tour through to Wellington Over the Pyrenees, as well as our ever popular Waterloo battlefield and walking tours - whether or not coinciding with the anniversary of the battle on 18 June each year.
All of our forthcoming Scheduled Napoleonic Tours are listed below.
The 28 year old Colonel Arthur Wellesley left England in command of the 33rd Foot and arrived in India in 1797. He swiftly established his innate ability and campaigned in the Mysore and Mahratta Wars, returning to England as a major general eight years late find out more and book
We spend a fascinating long weekend exploring the whole battlefield, which has changed little over the years, and intermingling with the numerous participants preparing for the spectacular anniversary re-enactment that will be taking place near the actual battlefield. find out more and book
This tour takes us to some of the most elegant and historic locations in all Spain including Seville, Cordoba and especially Cadiz - Spain’s most cosmopolitan city in the Napoleonic period, her main naval base, and the destination of treasure ships inbound from the Americas. find out more and book
Based on Nick Lipscombe’s book ‘Wellington’s Eastern Front’, this six day tour looks at the ebb and flow of Suchet’s campaign on the east coast of Spain and Wellington’s strategic response to that threat. The tour visits some of the most picturesque and vibrant parts of Spain. find out more and book
Shortly after his first abdication, in an emotional farewell to his Old Guard at Fontainebleau on 20 April 1814, Napoleon departed for exile on Elba. But less than a year later, in what became known as ‘The Hundred Days’ he was back in Paris, having overthrown the surrogate Bourbon regime in a desperate attempt to re-assert his authority over France and in Europe find out more and book
Often referred to as the 'classic' Peninsular War tour, this eight-day battlefield tour visits some of Wellington's most notable battles and sieges during the period 1809 – 1812. find out more and book
This tour, a natural progression from our popular ‘Wellington in Spain’ and ‘Sharpe’s Peninsula’ tours, is led by Nick Lipscombe. Our route roughly follows the Great North Road from Madrid towards the great French border fortress of Bayonne and thence eastwards to Toulouse. find out more and book
Waterloo is a fascinating but complex battlefield and the key to understanding it is ‘reading’ the ground from a soldier’s perspective. find out more and book
After his disastrous campaign in Russia, Napoleon abandoned his army before Vilna on 5 December 1812 and returned to Paris to raise a new army. In less than 5 months he was back in Germany at the head of a new, but inexperienced army of some 200,000 men. find out more and book
This tour encompasses all the major actions fought by Sir John Moore’s army: Sahagún, Benavente; Astorga, Cacabelos, Lugo and the last battle: that at Corunna. find out more and book
During the years 1808 – 1811, the forces commanded by Sir Arthur Wellesley successfully repulsed three French invasions of Portugal. find out more and book
Napoleonic Tours - Future Planning
We intend to run all of the following tours in the near future. Final dates and prices are yet to be confirmed. Register your interest and we will contact you as soon as these tours become available.
All of our tours are led by the primary experts and academics on Napoleonic history, who bring to life the struggles and triumphs of both sides in a fresh and effusive way. You will be accompanied by a dedicated tour manager who will handle all of the organisational aspects of the tour, leaving you free to listen, learn, and engage with the history, culture and cuisine of this fascinating time.