Last Battles in Italy

About the tour: Last Battles in Italy

Tour Introduction

Travel with us on a journey to some of the forgotten battlefields of 1944-45 in northern Italy as we reach the 75th anniversary year of the final battles of the Italian Campaign. On this fascinating tour, we look at the fighting on the Coriano Ridge, along the Gothic Line, to the final battles around Bologna and up to the River Po.

Tour Includes

  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast and 5 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

Day 2

To northern Italy for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Ravenna War Cemetery

We head to Ravenna for a four-night stay. Today we visit Ravenna War Cemetery and look at the battles that took place for the town, along with seeing the memorial to the Jewish Brigade.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Ravenna War Cemetery

Ravenna War Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • Ravenna War Cemetery

Day 4 - Gothic Line

Today we look at the beginning of the end of WW2 in Italy, with the fighting on the Gothic Line in 1944. We visit the Gothic Line Museum, see Coriano Ridge War Cemetery and then examine the battle for the ridge.

We have lunchtime in Rimini and visit Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery, before following the British advance in the autumn of 1944, visiting Cesena War Cemetery and the small battlefield burial ground at Meldola War Cemetery. This is where the 4th and 46th Divisions were fighting in October-November 1944.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • Coriano Ridge War Cemetery
  • Gothic Line Museum
  • Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery
  • Cesena War Cemetery
  • Meldola War Cemetery

Day 5 - Forli and Faenza

We continue the story of the final battles in Italy by starting at Forli. Here we look at the role of Indian Army troops, visiting the Indian War Cemetery and Cremation Memorial.

We spend the rest of the day following the British advance in 1944/45 from Forli to Faenza to Imola and Bologna, including the fighting on the Senio River.

We also visit the Polish War Cemetery at Bologna, the largest in Italy, where the dead from the 1945 battles are buried, before spending time at the Bologna War Museum, the ‘Memorial Museum of Liberty’.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Forli War Cemetery

Forli War Cemetery (3)

Key Visits

  • Forli War Cemetery
  • Polish War Cemetery, Bologna
  • Bologna War Museum
  • Faenza War Cemetery

Day 6 - Argenta Gap and the River Po

The fighting continued into the spring of 1945 and we follow British and Commonwealth operations from Villanova Canadian War Cemetery to Argenta Gap, seeing the cemetery here.

In the afternoon we look at the amphibious operations at Lake Comacchio, and finish our battlefield tour on the River Po, where the last battle took place in April 1945.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

River Po Battlefield

River Po Battlefield (2)

Key Visits

  • Villanova Canadian War Cemetery
  • Argenta Gap War Cemetery
  • River Po Battlefield

Day 7

Today we leave Italy and return to eastern France via Switzerland, staying overnight near Colmar.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Tank battle at Arracourt

Today we look at the fighting in the Lorraine, visiting the battlefield at Arracourt which saw one of the largest tank battles of 1944, and the Lorraine American Cemetery, which is the largest US War Cemetery in France.

We end the day in Reims for a visit to the Surrender Museum, where Allied Forces effected the German surrender in the West on 7th May 1945.

Then to northern France for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sherman Tank, Arracourt Battlefield

Sherman Tank, Arracourt Battlefield (4)

Key Visits

  • Lorraine American Cemetery
  • Sherman Tank, Arracourt Battlefield
  • Surrender Museum, Reims

Day 9

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

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.

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

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You will stay for four nights in the Ravenna area at the 3-star Hotel Oceano Mare.

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

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

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

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay, a Door-to-Door pick up or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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