A Passion For What We Do
Not the Biggest, but the Best
Our aim is to inspire with the very finest Historical Battlefield, Campaign & Cultural tours, offering fresh insight, the very latest research and discoveries, exclusive locations and real depth presented by friendly acclaimed expert guides.
Our itineraries combine a deep appreciation of history and the landscapes involved, mixed with great cultural sights, tastes and experiences. So whether you're a military history expert, enthusiast, friend or family, you'll be truly thrilled with every aspect of your rewarding and original journey with us.
As keen military historians, guides, authors and explorers, we have always enjoyed battlefield tours. But we also enjoy aspects off the wider campaign, history and culture, the context of events, sharing the very latest thinking and discoveries, bringing in other eras that have left their mark across the places we visit.
Many historical enthusiasts face a dilemma, with partners rather less fascinated in every minor skirmish on battlefields that may have changed beyond all imagination. Well, our approach is designed to provide the greatest depth of historical insight and interpretation with enjoyable experiences for everyone.
Military history told well can be truly inspiring for all, bringing beautiful landscapes to life. But we also take in other sites and sights, local culture and gastronomy. Comfort and experience is important on tour. We seek out great hotels and the restaurants best sited for you to experience the unique atmosphere of each cultural centre.
We include a great breakfast, a light lunch and dinner with wine each day, preferring to eat a la carte rather than from a fixed, set or limited menu. We specify premium transport, include all tickets, passes, tastings and treats, all-inclusive, because that's the style of holiday that we personally believe in.
We also believe in small groups. We can visit more sites, reach more intriguing places, spend more time enjoying each location, the best hotels, rooms and restaurants, whilst spending more time responding to your individual interests. Quality is paramount.
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OUR FRIENDLY TEAM: FOUNDERS, CONTRIBUTING EXPERTS, GUIDES, FRIENDS
Alive to how the personal stories of those who were there enliven our appreciation of history, Robert is the acknowledged authority on the life of Cavalié Mercer. Mercer of G Troop RHA fame, the most famous junior officer at Waterloo, authored one of the finest first-hand account of any military campaign, ever.
That may have been the start, but his truly extensive and repeated research visits to battlefields, from Wellington's Peninsular War to across the Waterloo Campaign, reflect his love of testing accepted history, using old maps, conflicting memoirs, his appreciation of topography and the subsequent evolution of battlefields to get as close to the truth as we can.
Robert's extensive and original approach to battlefield and historical research, together with his repeated location visits provides a deep knowledge of the places we visit, casts an exceptional light on the characters who were there, the landscapes they fought over, challenging and re-interpreting many of the received wisdoms of the history books.
Robert brings to life fresh knowledge on soldiers' sojourns in medieval cities, ancient chateaux, the landscapes, hidden tracks and places that have somehow been missed from the history books. Believing that you can't even start to understand a battlefield until your third visit, he truly knows the ground that he takes you to.
His appreciation of wider eras from Marlborough to WW2, Ramilies to Dunkirk, adds real depth to our tours. He even leads tours of the finest Belgian chocolate shops!
His recent on-the-spot research includes repeated visits to Barba del Puerco gorge on the Portuguese / Spanish border, enlightened re-interpretation of Bussaco and the French Perspective of the battle, D'Erlon's perambulations on the day of Quatre Bras & Ligny, events on the Eastern flank of Ligny, the forgotten true route of the Prussians as they headed to Waterloo, troubling events to the rear of Belle Alliance, and Women at Waterloo. All are enthusiastically shared on tour.
His study of the evolution of battlefields is reflected in many articles for the Waterloo Association. Robert is a member of the Waterloo Committee of Belgium and The Friends of the British Cemetery Elvas.
A bon-viveur, with an enjoyment of sharing great food and wine. Touring and sharing his love of Napoleonic history is his way of relaxing!
The most Prolific Author on the Napoleonic Era, Gareth is at the very forefront of discovering and re-interpreting British and allied first-hand accounts, transforming our appreciation of events from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, from the Peninsular War to Waterloo.
Gareth has published over 70 books, memoirs and pamphlets on the Napoleonic Wars and those who fought in it. His work has dramatically extended our knowledge and understanding of the era and its battles.
His recent works include Waterloo Myth & Reality, Waterloo in 100 Objects, The Waterloo Archive (currently heading to 9 volumes), The Forgotten War Against Napoleon; Conflict in the Mediterranean 1793-1815, and The American Sharpe.
Gareth's career has ranged from a Commissioned Officer of the Royal Navy, to managing one of the country's finest food halls. He now focuses entirely on his writing and on Campaigns & Culture.
Gareth is currently working on fresh personal insights into many of the Campaigns we cover on tour. Many of our tours coincide with and celebrate his latest publications.
Gareth is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, a Member of the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) and Treasurer of the Waterloo Association.
An extensive selection of Gareth's Napoleonic Books is available direct from Ken Trotman
Something for Everyone
Our tours offer the military enthusiast, friends and family all the battlefield visits they can possibly desire, presented with aplomb, often with two experts on hand to answer every question.
We include many other major cultural and historical sites nearby that would simply be a crime to ignore. For example, in Portugal we visit seven key battle sites and military museums along the way, but we will also take in seven amazing Portuguese towns and cities and no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. We take short hops to stay in six different locations, removing the need for long return journeys each night, providing delightful experiences and places to explore at the end of each day.
Our tours include visits to vineyards, wineries or breweries to sample the local produce and to taste the best of local cuisine when we dine, sharing fun and convivial conversation along the way.
We aim to make your tour memorable for the great standards we aim for in everything we do, and by ensuring that all our tour guests are fully engaged in the variety of experiences that we include.
We're always happy to talk through our truly unique approach, so please do give us a call.