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The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino

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DEPARTS: Cassino Hotel

from: $3248
10 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Deposit: 30%
This ten-day tour features fascinating battlefield sites from the landings at Salerno & Anzio and the fighting for Monte Cassino.

The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino

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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 the landings at Anzio, and the fighting for Monte Cassino. We see the role of troops from many nations including New Zealand, with a visit to the Polish Cemetery at Cassino and understanding the huge sacrifice made by the Indian Army. Amazing terrain and fascinating battlefield sites.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Arrive Cassino

Join your tour group at the Cassino hotel this evening. (D)

Day 2 > Salerno & Caserta

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. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Salerno War Cemetery   Beachhead area   Paestum Ruins   Caserta War Cemetery

Day 3 > Monte Cassino

We travel up to the monastary on Monte Cassino, seeing the incredible view, and visit the Polish war Cemetery. After lunchtime in Cassino, we visit Cassino War Cemetery and the Cassino Memorial. We end the day at the German War Cemetery. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Monte Cassino War Cemetery   Monte Cassino Abbey   Polish War Cemetery   German War Cemetery

Day 4 > Hill 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)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Snakeshead Ridge   Albaneta Farm   Polish Sherman Tank Memorial   Acquino   Rapido River

Day 5 > Anzio

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. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Nettuno US Cemetery   Anzio War Museum   Anzio Flyover

Day 6 > Minturno & Cassino Town

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. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Minturno War Cemetery   Cassino

Day 7 > Sangro & Ortona

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. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Ortona   Sangro War Cemetery

Day 8 > Austrian Tyrol

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. (B,D)

Day 9 > Belgium

Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay (passengers departing the tour in Europe will farewell the group at the hotel). (B)

Day 10 > Depart

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to the UK. (B)

Departure Dates

Tour datesDaysPrice
13th May 202010$3,248.00
14th October 202010$3,248.00

Your Tour Includes

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Daily continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Historian
  • All battlefields sites as per the itinerary
  • Travel by Silver Service coach

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