Bespoke Classic Peninsula War Tour
One of our staples in our scheduled programme, this 'classic Peninsula War tour' would also work very well on a private, bespoke basis. It visits some of the most beautiful and historic parts of central Spain along with Wellington’s most notable battles and sieges during the period 1809 – 1812. Our scheduled tour begins with a drive down the Tagus Valley to Talavera and on down to Badajoz and Albuera in the agricultural centre of Estremadura. Then to the fortified town of Elvas, Portugal, a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in history, before heading north again via the atmospheric Roman bridge at Alcántara and onto the 14th Century Parador at Ciudad Rodrigo. Back across to Portugal and the perfectly preserved fortified town of Almeida and the hardly-changed village of Fuentes de Oñoro. You can end your tour at Salamanca, a beautiful and culturally rich city with the best preserved Peninsular War battlefield. Through this journey you have every opportunity to witness and enjoy Spanish hospitality and culture in these varied regions of western Spain.
Not all 8-days of this itinerary have to be fulfilled, which is the beauty of a private tour. you can pick and choose relevamt battlefields to fit with your interests and hand-pick the towns in which you stay.
Our Tailor-made Tours
Our tailor-made tours aim to offer a high quality experience that suits you. Visit historic and cultural sites of your choice in as much luxury as you desire, and we’ll pay impeccable attention to detail at every step of the way. Whether it’s a short city break complete with museums and galleries or exploring the world’s most famous battlefields, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have the immersive experience you are looking for.
We provide accommodation in good quality 4*, preferably historic, hotels. However we can find accommodation that suits your budget and basic needs, please enquire for more details.
We can include flights from London to Spain as well as all ground transportation throughout your stay.
We can either arrange a private driver guide to take you to all the sites you wish, either a local English speaking guide or an expert from the Uk.
This is merely a suggested itinerary and can be tailor made to your interests and needs;
Day 1 – Fly from London to Madrid
Travel to Toledo and check-in to our hotel. Welcome drinks and introductory talk.
Day 2 – Talavera
Walk the battlefield of Talavera and thence to the bridge at Almaraz, and Fort Napoleon to retrace the steps of General Hill’s raid of May 1812. Check-in to our 16th century convent Parador situated in the heart of the exquisite conquistador town of Trujillo.
Day 3 – Albuera and Badajoz
At Albuera Marshal Beresford secured a narrow victory over Marshal Soult in what was the bloodiest battle of the entire war. Thence to the fortress town of Badajoz, captured at such tremendous cost, where we will see the site of the breaches, stormed by the Light and 4th divisions and the castle, scaled by Picton’s Fighting (3rd) Division. Cross over the border into Portugal, and check-in to our 4 star historic hotel built into the walls of this magnificently fortified town of Elvas.
Day 4 – Elvas & Alcantara
Before leaving Elvas we pay our respects at the British Peninsular War Cemetery on the bastion walls. Then head north via the spectacular Roman bridge at Alcantara. Continue to Ciudad Rodrigo and check-in to our 14th century castle Parador for two nights.
Day 5 – Almeida, the Coa and Fuentes de Onoro
On the River Coa we see where ‘Black Bob’ Craufurd so nearly lost his celebrated Light Division and whilst walking through the beautiful walled town of Almeida we see the remains of the castle which was destroyed in a cataclysmic explosion during the siege of 1810. Thence to the village of Fuentes de Oñoro to explore the field of the battle that raged for three days in early May 1811.
Day 6 – Ciudad Rodrigo
From our parador we walk along the city walls to the cathedral. We walk-up the Greater Teson where the heavy siege guns were sited and inspect the Great Breach assaulted by Picton’s 3rd Division, and the Lesser Breach, attacked by the Light Division. Continue to Salamanca.
Day 7 – Salamanca
Travel to the wonderful battlefield of Salamanca, one of Wellington’s finest victories. We climb the hill above Miranda de Azan and the Greater Arapile from where superb panoramas of the battlefield can be gained. There will be ample opportunity to continue exploration of the magnificent city later in the day.
Day 8 – Avila
To Madrid, via a brief photo opportunity of the spectacular walled town of Avila, for our return flight to London.