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Monte Cassino & Anzio

Prices start from:

£439

per person

5 Days
World War 2
Italy
12 - 200 travellers

Overview

After the success of the Allied landings and campaign on Sicily, the Allies kept up the pressure against the Germans and Italians by effecting a landing on the mainland of Italy on 3rd September 1943. The Allies expected a collapse of forces but instead they were faced by a long hard fight as they advanced up the length of Italy.

Mussolini was deposed and replaced by Marshal Badoglio, but not all Italian forces surrendered. Four months later, after enduring winter conditions, the Allies launched ‘Operation Shingle’, an amphibious landing at Anzio, in an attempt to outflank the Germans and force an entry into Rome.

The plan was conceived by Winston Churchill and on 22nd January 1944 the Anzio landings started with 40,000 men being put ashore. In command was Major General John Lucas of the US Army, but he did not move off the beaches, the Germans consolidated and hemmed the Allies in and it would take them four months to break out. Churchill said: ‘I had hoped we were hurling a wildcat onto the shore, but all we got was a stranded whale’.

Italy was already a tough campaign but there were tougher moments such as the fighting around Monte Cassino which delayed the allied advance for many more weeks. Even after these obstacles had been overcome the Allies faced the formidable Gothic Line of defences and the Italian campaign dragged on until 29th April 1945 when the Germans finally surrendered, it had proved to be a ‘Tough old Gut’.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your tour in Italy
Full services of a local Battlefield Guide for days 2 – 4
Guided Tour of Monte Cassino Abbey
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Flights
Meals other than those shown
Entrance to additional museums and attractions
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 5 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
On arrival at Rome or Naples airport, you will be met by our local representative who will escort you to your coach for the transfer to your hotel. Following dinner this evening there will be a presentation and overview of the campaign.
Day 2:
Cassino
This morning we travel to Sant’ Angelo where we look at the 1st Battle of Cassino and the 36 US Divisions crossings of the Rapido. Next, we travel to Monte Troccio for an overview of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battle of Cassino, before travelling to the German Cemetery at Caira. Monte Cassino Abbey has its own fascinating story to tell and we will hear it as we wind our way up the mountain enjoying the stunning views of the area. At the Polish Cemetery we learn about the Polish soldiers in these battles and General Anders who is buried here in keeping with his wishes after he died in London in 1970. Our final stop will be at the Cassino CWGC Cemetery which is the final resting place of 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen.
Day 3:
Anzio
We will visit the Anzio Landings Museum, to see its unique collection of equipment, weapons and uniforms, much of the equipment was specially designed for beach landings and some of the lessons learnt would be put to good use during Operation Overlord. Travel to Peter Beach, to learn more about the beach landings and to hear some of the personal accounts from the Allied Navy and Forces. Following the troops, we move along the breakout axis and trace the fight to Aprilla, where we look at in more detail the British Sector and the Battle of the Thumb. At Beach Head CWGC Cemetery we pay our respects and investigate some of the key graves including Sgt Rogers VC. Onto the American Cemetery, where nearly 7,900 American men and woman are buried, including 23 sets of brothers buried side by side and individuals killed at the Battle of San Pietro Infine
Day 4:
Rome
Today we will follow the Allied Forces as they fought their way to Rome, was this the forgotten army as events in Normandy became centre stage? After a short orientation tour of Rome by coach we visit the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, you can then enjoy free time visiting some of the cultural highlights of Rome, including the Vatican City, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.
Day 5:
This morning enjoy free time in Cassino, before we transfer you back to the airport for your return flight.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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from £439 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£439

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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