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The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino by Air

10 Day Tour from £1229.00

Following the landings at Salerno in September 1943 during Operation Avalanche, Winston Churchill saw Italy as the ‘soft under-belly’ of the Third Reich. However, it became a costly WW2 battlefield with thousands of casualties involving iconic battles like

Itinerary

10-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Fly from your chosen airport to Rome where you will be met and transferred to Cassino for a six-night stay. Dinner
  • Day 2 – We start our tour at Salerno, where British forces landed in 1943, seeing 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 the beachhead area, 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 3 – In Cassino we visit the Cassino War Cemetery and Cassino Memorial to the Missing. We include a visit to the excellent Historiale Di Cassino multi-media 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 4 – 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. (Please Note: this will involve some walking.) 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 5 – Today, we look at the Battle of Anzio, seeing the US War Cemetery at Nettuno. After lunch in the seaside town of Anzio, we see the Anzio War Museum and Cemetery and the Beachhead Cemetery, before going to the infamous Flyover at Campo di Casni, scene of fighting in 1944. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 – We head south from Cassino and visit Minturno War Cemetery where many of the men who died in the fighting for the high ground at Monte Camino and in the river crossing at the Garigliano are buried. After lunch have some free-time in Cassino town. Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 – 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 8 – 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 9 – Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay. Breakfast
  • Day 10 – To Calais, then return home. You will return by coach to either your original departure airport* or one of our local joining points. Breakfast

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