Battle of the Pyrenees: Final stages of the Peninsular War

02 September 2018 to 06 September 2018
From £1,749 with flights
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In 1813 Wellington defeated three French armies in an epic battle at Vitoria. The French suddenly found themselves with their backs to the Pyrenees, fighting to prevent the invasion of France. Take a riveting journey in the company of expert historians Colonel Nick Lipscombe and Professor Jeremy Black, through the dramatic landscape that witnessed the concluding events of Napoleon’s struggle for control over the Iberian Peninsula. Learn how combined British, Portuguese and Spanish armies finally broke Joseph Bonaparte’s French forces. Follow Wellington’s campaigns to capture the two remaining French strongholds in north-eastern Spain: San Sebastián and Pamplona.


  • Visit key locations associated with Wellington’s military encounters between June and October 1813
  • Discover the magnificent battlefield east of Vitoria, site of Wellington’s epic confrontation with three French armies
  • Appreciate the majestic coastal city of San Sebastián, location of Wellington’s famous siege, and relive the Battle of the Pyrenees at Sorauren and Maya
  • Sample Basque hospitality on both sides of the border and stay at two of the best Parador hotels in Spain

Trip scholar

Colonel Nick Lipscombe, Napoleonic historian and lecturer at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford Professor Jeremy Black (St John’s College, 1978), Professor of History, University of Exeter

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