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The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino

12 Day Tour from £1149.00

Italy was considered the ‘soft under-belly’ of the Third Reich, but saw some of the toughest fighting in WWII.

Itinerary

12-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.
  • Day 2 – To the Cremona or Milan area for an overnight stay. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 – Continue south through Italy, making a stop at Florence War Cemetery en-route to Cassino for a six-night stay. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 – We start our tour at Salerno, where British forces landed in 1943. We see the beach head and the Roman Ruins where the Americans fought. We visit Salerno War Cemetery, seeing the grave of the great-grandson of the Duke of Wellington, and then on to to the beachhead area, seeing where the British and American troops landed, before taking lunch close to the Greek- Roman ruins at Paestum. In the afternoon, we travel to Caserta, visiting the War Cemetery, looking at the story of Yorkshire and England cricketer, Hedley Verity, and see where General Alexander had his headquarters during the Italian Campaign. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 – In Cassino we visit the Cassino War Cemetery and Cassino Memorial to the Missing. We include a visit to the excellent Historiale Di Cassino multimedia museum, where lunch is also included, and then, in the afternoon, we travel up to the abbey and Polish War Cemetery. We also visit the German War Cemetery at Caira. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 – We continue with our look at Monte Cassino with a specially arranged visit to Hill 593 and Snakeshead Ridge, where much of the actual fighting took place. We also walk down to Albaneta Farm and the wreck of a Sherman Tank, now a memorial to Polish troops. After lunch, we look at the fighting in the Liri Valley, seeing the ground at Acquino Aerodrome and looking at the Hitler Line defences between Acquino and Pontecorvo, before ending the day at the Gari/Rapido River, the scene of a disastrous American assault in 1944. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 – Today, we look at the Battle of Anzio, seeing the US War Cemetery at Nettuno before having lunch in the seaside town of Anzio. After lunch, we see the Anzio War Museum, Anzio War Cemetery and the Beachhead Cemetery, before going to the infamous Flyover at Campo di Casni, scene of fighting in 1944. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 – We depart Cassino and head north today, travelling to the Adriatic coast at Ortona, where we have a short walking tour of the town seeing where street-to-street and house-to-house fighting took place. Ortona was a place of great Canadian sacrifice in December 1943. We also visit the war museum and spend lunchtime in the town. In the afternoon, we visit the Canadian dead at the Moro River War Cemetery and end the day in the Sangro Valley and Sangro War Cemetery. From here we travel along the Adriatic coast to our hotel in Ravenna, discussing the Gothic Line battles along the way. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 – We depart Cassino and head north today, travelling to the Adriatic coast at Ortona, where we have a short walking tour of the town seeing where street-to-street and house-to-house fighting took place. Ortona was a place of great Canadian sacrifice in December 1943. We also visit the war museum and spend lunchtime in the town. In the afternoon, we visit the Canadian dead at the Moro River War Cemetery and end the day in the Sangro Valley and Sangro War Cemetery. From here we travel along the Adriatic coast to our hotel in Ravenna, discussing the Gothic Line battles along the way. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 – We depart Ravenna and cross the area of the final battles in Italy in 1945, pausing for lunch before we continue to our overnight hotel in the Austrian Tyrol. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 – Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay. Breakfast
  • Day 12 – Return home. Breakfast

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