Napoleonic Tours & Holidays
We traditionally run at least three Peninsular War battlefield tour each year – chosen from one of our tried & tested ‘classics’ (Wellington in Portugal, The Retreat to Corunna, Wellington in Spain and Wellington Over the Pyrenees). Battlefield tours to Waterloo are always popular – whether or not coinciding with the anniversary of the battle on 18 June each year. We also normally run at least a couple of battlefield tours based on Napoleon’s campaigns or his escape from Elba annually. And, in response to feedback from our loyal clients, we are always offering new themes and perspectives.
All of our forthcoming Scheduled Napoleonic Tours are listed below.
Belarus has seen its fair share of invading forces during Napoleon's invasion of 1812 and again some 130 years later the country suffered the ravages of both German and Russian invaders... 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
Following the success of the 2016 tour, The Cultural Experience’s own Alan Rooney and Ashley Truluck are once again inviting guests to join them on a walking tour of the Waterloo Campaign. find out more and book
In 1796, France's army in Italy was under-fed, under-equipped and unpaid. It’s fair to say it was also low on morale. It was this army that Napoleon picked up by the scruff of its neck and turned into the effective fighting force that would defeat successive Austrian armies and conquer northern Italy. find out more and book
India was where Sir Arthur Wellesley, later to become the Duke of Wellington, first exercised independent command and learnt his trade. 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
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.
The Waterloo campaign in June 1815 ensured the relative peace of Western Europe for the next fifty years. find out more and register interest
After fighting the brilliant yet unrealistic campaign of France during the winter of 1814 with his motley force of boys, pensioners and exhausted veterans with much reluctance Napoleon was coerced into abdication and thence banished to the small Mediterranean island of Elba. find out more and register interest
This tour provides a rare opportunity to explore traditional Russia. From its smaller provincial towns and vast countryside landscape to its mighty capital you can discover the diversities of this enigmatic country. find out more and register interest
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 register interest
This Tour, inspired by Bernard Cornwell's books and based on contemporary diaries, takes us to some lesser known but beautiful parts of the Iberian Peninsula. find out more and register interest
This wonderful Revolutionary tour of Paris and Versailles is mostly enjoyed on foot and by metro. And whilst many of the locations will be familiar to you, many of the events and stories associated with them may not be. find out more and register interest
This exciting new tour takes us to some of the most elegant and historic sites and sights in all Spain including Seville, Cordoba and Cadiz – not to mention a stop-over in Gibraltar. find out more and register interest
On this unique walking tour through Portugal and central Spain, we aim to show you a representative cross-section of the most attractive countryside and best-preserved battlefields fought over by Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese Army in the Peninsular War – and from a perspective that few tourists see. find out more and register interest
During the years 1808 – 1811, the forces commanded by Sir Arthur Wellesley successfully repulsed three French invasions of Portugal. find out more and register interest
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 register interest
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 register interest