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The Italian Campaign

  • What's Included
  • Travel by Door-to-Door or from a convenient local joining point (Excludes day 1 on the flying start option) 
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • 11 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast, 1 lunch & 9 evening meals (9 nights' accommodation with 1 lunch and 8 evening meals on the air holiday)
  • Travel by executive coach

Upgrade to Silver Service coach which includes:

  • Extra legroom for your added comfort
  • Comfortable rear lounge to relax and chat
  • FREE personal headphones with a choice of music & DVDs
  • Porterage in all hotels
  • Smaller, more personal group


The Italian Campaign

12-Day Break

  • Day 1 Local departure by coach then to northern France for an overnight stay. 
  • Day 2 To the Lake Como or Milan area for an overnight stay. B,D
  • Day 3 Continue south, through Italy, to Cassino for a six-night stay. B,D
  • Day 4Salerno & Caserta 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 go 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 the Caserta Palace, where General Alexander had his headquarters. B,D 
  • Day 5 – Monte Cassino 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. B,L,D 
  • Day 6Hill 593, Snakeshead Ridge & the Liri Valley 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. B,D 
  • Day 7 – Anzio 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. B,D 
  • Day 8 – Sangro & Ortona We 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. B,D
  • Day 9 – Minturno We depart 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. We continue to our hotel in Montecatini Terme for overnight. B,D 
  • Day 10 –  Florence War Cemetery & Gothic Line Battlefield  This morning, we visit briefly Florence War Cemetery and look at the battles on the Gothic Line near Florence where the allied forces moved up to following the fighting at Anzio and Cassino in 1944. We later continue to our overnight hotel in the Austrian Tyrol. B,D 
  • Day 11 – Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay. B 
  • Day 12 – To Calais, then return home. B 

Included Meals: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

Please Note: Entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost. 

Flying Start/Return - depart the U.K. a day later than the coach option and join the tour on Day 2. leave on the same day as the coach, arriving home a day earlier.


Accommodation

You will stay for six nights at the 4-star Hotel Rocca in Cassino. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lift and lounge. All bedrooms have T.V., telephone, hairdryer and air-conditioning. Overnight stays in northern France and Belgium will be in city-style hotels. Your accommodation in Milan/Lake Como area, Montecatini Terme and the Austrian Tyrol will be in minimum 3-star hotels.

Extras

  • Optional excursions
  • Single room supplement £199
  • Travel insurance from £48.95
TOUR REF: 12ICM
Executive Coach 12 Days
May 12 2014 £959

TOUR REF: 12ICMV
Silver Service 12 Days
May 12 2014 £1069
Oct 20 2014 £1039

TOUR REF: K10ICMV
Air & Coach 10 Days
May 14 2014 £959

TOUR REF: K10ICMV
Air & Silver Service 10 Days
May 14 2014 £1069
Oct 22 2014 £1039

The Italian Campaign


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