01709 385 624

test

test

test

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


10 days from £1,229pp

About the tour: The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino by Air


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 a visit to the Polish Cemetery at Cassino and the huge sacrifice made by the Indian Army. Amazing terrain and fascinating battlefield sites.

Early Booking Special Offer!

Book today and save up to £50pp on selected departure dates.

Tour Includes


  • 9 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 lunch & 8 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Outbound flight to Rome (return by coach to the U.K.)
  • Airport transfers in Italy
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Book Now
(Deposits from £150pp)

Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone, you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -

  1. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  2. Send payments via online banking.
  3. Send payments via cheque.
  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

Abta - Travel with confidence
Atol protected

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from your chosen airport to Rome where you will be met and transferred to Cassino for a six-night stay.

Included meals: Dinner

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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Salerno War Cemetery

Salerno War Cemetery (3)

Key Visits

  • Salerno War Cemetery
  • Beachhead area
  • Paestum Ruins
  • Caserta War Cemetery

Day 3 - 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monte Cassino Abbey

Monte Cassino Abbey (3)

Key Visits

  • Monte Cassino War Cemetery
  • Cassino Historiale Museum
  • Monte Cassino Abbey
  • Polish War Cemetery
  • German War Cemetery

Day 4 - Hill 593, Snakeshead Ridge and 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Snakeshead Ridge

Snakeshead Ridge (2)

Key Visits

  • 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nettuno US Cemetery

Nettuno US Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Minturno War Cemetery

Minturno War Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Ortona

Ortona (2)

Key Visits

  • Ortona
  • Sangro War Cemetery

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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Included meals: 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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Please note: Day 6 will involve some walking. *Subject to availability.


Hotel

You will stay for six nights at the 4-star Hotel Rocca in Cassino. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lift and lounge. 

Overnight stays in northern France and Belgium will be in city-style hotels. 

Overnight stay in Austria will be in a minimum 3-star hotel.

Best Western Hotel Rocca

About the hotel

The Rocca Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Cassino, situated close to the world-famous Montecassino Abbey. The hotel was built by Francesco Rocca, who dreamed as a boy of owning the best hotel in the area when he grew up. With his tenacity, he made his dream come true and built a 68-room hotel with a huge adjoining restaurant. Today the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring the history and World War 2 battlefields around the Italian Campaign. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, lounge and lift. All bedrooms have air-conditioning, T.V., and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from…

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats*, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches**.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs*.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

/

Your Flights

The flight to Rome is available from Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester & Stansted. 

We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880. 

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

Book Now

OR

Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624