Monte Cassino and Anzio

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15 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
Duration: 4 nights
Ref: 18037
With: Peter McLelland

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While Operation Overlord was in its final planning stages in the early months of 1944, the Allies were landing in Italy and advancing towards Rome in what was to be another pivotal turning point in bringing an end to the Second World War in Europe.

During this 5 day tour we will honour those who fought and died in the historic struggle for southern Italy, considered by some to be as desperate as the Battle of Passchendaele. Soldiers fought in despicable conditions, on exposed hilltop slopes, coming under heavy artillery fire, knee deep in mud and snow. Names from the past battles for Monte Cassino, Anzio, and the Winter Line, echo with pride and bravery.

Unfortunately, the human cost was high as can be clearly seen on visits to the beautifully maintained World War II cemeteries where we will pay our respects and lay old ghosts to rest.

FUNDED TRIPS

These five day tours to Monte Cassino and Anzio are also available for veterans and their family members/carers to travel to Italy. This is possible thanks to monies raised at a recent charity fundraising rugby match and gala dinner sponsored by Wates Construction Ltd and A E Arma-Elecktropanc. Funding will be available for a veteran plus two carers/ family members (3 travellers max in total). Each participant will be given a travel allowance of up to £50.00 per person towards the cost of travel to their departure point.

To register your interest and for more information please call 01473 660800. You can also download an eligibility form here which you can complete and return to us at the stated address.

DAY 1

Meet the group at London Heathrow Airport for your British Airways flight to Rome. On arrival, we will drive to the Monte Cassino area to check into the Hotel Forum Palace.
Once you're settled in, join us for dinner at the hotel, and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

DAY 2

Today we will spend a full day touring the Anzio region. Visits will include Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio and Anzio War Cemetery and Piana delle Orme Museum where we will have lunch. We will return to the hotel late afternoon.

DAY 3

Today we will revisit the Battles of Cassino before travelling south to Minturno War Cemetery, close to the coast. We will then make our way back along the Garigliano River to Cassino.

DAY 4

Today we will drive to the Cassino War Cemetery for the Service of Remembrance. After free time for lunch, we will visit the Monte Cassino Abbey and the Polish War Cemetery.
This evening, enjoy a four course farewell dinner in the hotel.

DAY 5

Enjoy a morning at your leisure before your lunchtime transfer to Rome Airport for the return flight to the UK.

During the course of the tour, there will also be free time for personal visits to cemeteries and memorials

PRICES:

Twin/double share: £1098
Single supplement: £130
Deposit: £250

FUNDING

Funding for this tour is available for WWII Monte Cassino Veterans to attend these five day tours. This funding is subject to the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a British National and hold a British Passport
  • Applicant must have served in the in the British Forces in the Monte Cassino and Anzio areas during the Second World War period classed as 1st November 1943 to 5th June 1944. The British Forces include the Royal and Merchant Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF
  • Applicant must have their service details – Regiment, Unit etc

The funding also includes two places for carers to accompany the veteran and a £50 travel allowance.

If you think you may be eligible, please contact us on 01473 660800.

This funding is enabled thanks to at a recent charity fundraising rugby match and gala ball sponsored by Wates Construction Ltd and A E Arma-Elecktropanc.

SPONSORS

Wates Construction Ltd website

A E Arma-Elecktropanc website

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Return British Airways flights: London – Rome – London
  • 4 Night’s accommodation at the Hotel Forum Palace close to Monte Cassino
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner daily
  • Transportation throughout
  • Lunch at Piana delle Orme restaurant
  • Farewell dinner on Friday 18th May
  • Entrance Fees
  • Services of an experienced RBL guide throughout
 

NOT INCLUDED:

Travel to and from London Heathrow, travel insurance, lunches, items of a personal nature such as drinks etc.

 

PASSPORTS:

In recognition of the sacrifices made by World War II veterans and civilians, every British Citizen born on or before 2 September 1929 are eligible for a free standard 32 page passport valid for 10 years. This passport will be free whether it is a renewal or your first passport. You can apply for your passport using the Post Office Check and Send Service or follow this link.

HOTEL FORUM PALACE

Rated locally as 4 star, this hotel is located approximately 10 minutes from the centre of Cassino and the famous Monte Cassino Abbey.

 

GUEST ROOMS

The hotel has 100 rooms with the following amenities:

  • Bathrooms
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Room Safe
 

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

The hotel also has a spa offering fitness facilities and a well being centre.