75th Anniversary of Italian Campaign – Monte Cassino and Anzio

Free for a veteran and two family members or carers through LIBOR fines funding.

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13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019
Duration: 4 nights
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Free for a veteran and two family members or carers through LIBOR fines funding.

ITALIAN CAMPAIGN 75TH ANNIVERSARY - MONTE CASSINO & ANZIO

Join us on a Journey of Remembrance honouring the bravery and sacrifice of those who died in the historic struggle for Southern Italy, The Campaign in Italy was brutal and costly, with much of it fought in mountainous terrain. While Operation Overlord, the codename given for the invasion of France in June ’44, was in its final planning stages, Allied forces landed in Italy. As they advanced towards Rome, they engaged in some of the hardest fighting in Europe in what was yet another pivotal turning point in bringing an end to WWII.

This tour honours those who fought and died as they confronted the Gustav Line, which crossed Italy south of Rome. Considered by some to be as desperate as the Battle of Passchendaele in WWI, soldiers came under heavy artillery fire as they fought in despicable conditions on exposed mountainous slopes, knee deep in mud and snow. Unfortunately, the cost to human life was high, as can clearly be seen on visits to the beautifully maintained World War II cemeteries where we remember the fallen and pay our respects.

This five-day tour including Monte Cassino and Anzio is for veterans that served in the Italian Campaign and up to two family members/carers to travel to Italy under the LIBOR Fines funding scheme. To assist with travel arrangements there is the option of including a pre and/or post tour overnight stay in a hotel near London Heathrow airport. In order to qualify the veteran must fulfil the eligibility criteria detailed later.

Places on this tour are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis with priority given to veterans who have not travelled on a LIBOR funded tour previously.

Please click here to download the eligibility form >>

PRE-TOUR - SUNDAY 12TH MAY:

You have the option of an overnight stay with breakfast at the Hyatt Place Hotel near London’s Heathrow Airport. Rooms will be available for check-in from mid-afternoon. Dinner is not included but there is a restaurant should you wish to dine in the hotel.

DAY 1 - MONDAY 13TH MAY:

Overnight guests can enjoy breakfast before a short coach transfer to London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Should you prefer not to extend your tour you can make your own way directly to London Heathrow and meet the group there in readiness for the mid-morning British Airways flight to Rome. On arrival we have a private coach transfer to the coastal town of Terracina via Velletri where we check-in to the Hotel River Palace. Situated within easy walking distance of the beach, the hotel is both a comfortable and peaceful retreat for our 4-night stay. Tonight’s welcome dinner, served in the hotel restaurant, is a great opportunity to get to know fellow veterans and other members of the group.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY 14TH MAY:

Full buffet breakfast is served in the hotel daily.

Today we’ll travel along the coast to Minturno positioned on what was the very edge of the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line. Heavy casualties were incurred in crossing the River Garigliano in January 1944 and Minturno War Cemetery is the final resting place of many who made the ultimate sacrifice. A private Service of Remembrance is a chance to pay our respects to the fallen. Continue north along the Garigliano River visiting the battle areas as we drive towards Cassino. There’ll be time at leisure in the town for lunch (own expense) before a visit to the historic Abbey dominating the strategic summit of Montecassino. Return to our hotel where dinner will be served.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY 15TH MAY:

Today’s focus is the Anzio region. Operations in January 1944 landed troops behind the German lines at Anzio. Visits include Beach Head War Cemetery and Anzio War Cemetery where we’ll pay our respects to the fallen. There’ll be time at leisure in Anzio for lunch (own arrangement) and a visit to the Anzio Museum before returning to Terracina for dinner in the hotel.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY 16TH JUNE:

Cassino War Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 4,270 Commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives in the Second World War. Within the cemetery the Cassino Memorial commemorates more than 4,040 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the campaign and whose graves are not known. Today we’ll honour the fallen in a special Service of Remembrance commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign.

Lunch today is included. We’ll dine with other veterans in the Restaurante Al Boschetto in Cassino. In the late afternoon we return to Terracino where a farewell dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Lunch today is included. We’ll dine with other veterans in the Restaurante Al Boschetto in Cassino. In the late afternoon we return to Terracino for a farewell dinner served in the hotel restaurant.

DAY 5 - FRIDAY 17TH MAY:

There’s time to relax until mid-morning when we check out of the hotel and join the coach for the transfer to Rome and our British Airways flight to London Heathrow. The flight is scheduled to arrive into Terminal 5 in the late afternoon. This is the end of the tour although you have the option of an overnight stay with breakfast at the Hyatt Place Hotel near the airport.

LIBOR FINES FUNDING

Funding for this tour is available for one veteran plus 2 family members or carers.

In order to qualify for this tour, the veteran must fulfil the eligibilty criteria described:

  • Must be a British National and hold a British Passport
  • Applicant must have served in the in the British Forces in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War period classed as 3rd September 1943 to 5th June 1944- those veterans who have served in Italy outside of these dates will be assessed on a case by case basis
  • British Forces includes: Royal and Merchant Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF.
  • Applicant must have their service details – Regiment, Unit etc
  • Holders of Italy Star (not mandatory)

Please click here to download the eligibility form >>

PRICES:

Anyone not eligible for a place under the LIBOR fines funding scheme may join the tour (subject to places being available).

Tour Price: £1198 per person
Single supplement: £150
Deposit: £250 per person
Please contact us to enquire about additional overnight accommodation on the 12th May or 17th May.

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Return British Airways flights: London – Rome – London
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel River Palace, Terracina
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner daily
  • Transportation throughout
  • Lunch in Cassino on Thursday 16th May
  • Farewell dinner on Thursday 16th May
  • Entrance fees
  • Up to £50 per person travel allowance towards the cost of travel to London Heathrow Airport
  • Services of a Doctor who will accompany the tour throughout
  • Services of an experienced RBL guide and Arena Travel tour manager throughout
  • Optional overnight accommodation pre and/or post tour at Hyatt Place Hotel (or similar) near London Heathrow on a bed and breakfast basis

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel to and from London Heathrow
  • Lunches unless specified above
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any items not listed above

PASSPORT INFORMATION:

A full 10-year passport is required for this tour. In recognition of the sacrifices made by WWII veterans, all British citizens born on or before 2nd September 1929 are eligible for a free passport. For further details, please apply online at www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport or by collecting an application form at the Post Office.

RIVER PALACE HOTEL, TERRACINA

Rated locally as 4 star, this hotel is located in a quiet and strategic position, a short walk away from the beach. The hotel rooms are equipped with balconies, spread across 2 floors, accessed by lifts. All rooms are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, tv, hairdryer, minibar and telephone. The hotel has a restaurant, bar / lounge and swimming pool.