75th Anniversary of Italian Campaign – Salerno & Monte Cassino

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 - SALERNO & MONTE CASSINO

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 on 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 came ashore at Salerno before confronting the Gustav Line, which crossed Italy south of Rome. Considered by some to be as desperate as the Battle of Passchendale 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 visit to the beautifully maintained World War II cemeteries where we remember the fallen and pay our respects.

This five-day tour to Salerno & Monte Cassino is for veterans of the Italian Campaign with up to two family members/carers to travel to Italy under the LIBOR Fines funding scheme. To assist with travel arrangements there is an option of including a pre and/or post tour overnight stay in a hotel near London Gatwick airport. In order to qualify for places under the scheme, 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 an hotel near London’s Gatwick 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 a leisurely breakfast before a short coach transfer to London Gatwick’s South Terminal. Should you prefer not to extend your tour you can make your way directly to London Gatwick and meet the group there in readiness for the mid-afternoon flight to Naples. On arrival we have a private coach transfer to the coastal town of Paestum where we check-in to the Hotel Ariston. Situated on the Bay of Paestum and with its own private beach, the hotel is both a comfortable and relaxing retreat for our 2-night stay. A light dinner will be served on our late evening arrival.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY 14TH MAY:

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the hotel before joining the coach for today’s tour focusing on the landings in the Gulf of Salerno by US and British Forces in September 1943. Codenamed Operation Avalanche, it was undoubtedly one of the most impressive amphibious operations in history. We’ll visit the US Forces landing areas around Paestum before driving north along the coast to the landing areas of the British Forces around Salerno. A private Service of Remembrance at Salerno Commonwealth War Cemetery is a chance to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in the landings and fighting that followed, and those whose graves were brought in from a wide area of south western Italy. There’ll be time at leisure in the harbour area for lunch (own expense) before we explore the landing areas and operations of the Commandos and US Rangers including the large circular tobacco factory that acted like a ready-made fortress and was the site of fierce battles to control the complex. Return to our hotel where dinner will be served.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY 15TH MAY:

After breakfast we’ll check-out of the hotel and drive to Minturno positioned on the very edge of the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line. See areas where British Forces crossed the River Garigliano in January 1944 and visit Minturno War Cemetery where many who paid the ultimate sacrifice have been laid to rest. We’ll pay our respects with a private Service of Remembrance. Continue to the coastal town of Terracina and check-in to the River Palace Hotel for a 2-night stay. Join fellow veterans staying in the hotel for dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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 for a farewell dinner served in the hotel restaurant.

DAY 5 - FRIDAY 17TH MAY:

After breakfast we’ll check out of the hotel and drive to Anzio where in January 1944 Allied troops landed behind German lines. Visits include Beach Head War Cemetery and Anzio War Cemetery where we’ll pay our respects to the fallen. After free time for lunch (own expense) in the harbour area of Anzio we continue to Rome and our British Airways flight arriving London Gatwick in the late evening. This is the end of the tour although you have the option of an overnight stay with breakfast at an 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
  • Applicants 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 8th May 1945. 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: £1298 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 – Naples and Rome - London
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Ariston, Paestum
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel River Palace, Terracina
  • 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 Gatwick 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 an hotel near London Gatwick Airport on a bed and breakfast basis

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel to and from London Gatwick Airport
  • 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.

HOTEL ARISTON, PAESTUM

Rated locally as 4 star and situated on the bay of paestrum with its own private beach, the hotel ariston has 110 rooms with private facilities, restaurants and bars. The hotel has a lift and each room has air conditioning, satellite tv, telephone wi-fi, hairdryer, minibar and safe. Outside, the hotel has a swimming pool, sun terrace, tennis courts etc

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.