Explore the incredible coasts and most significant WWII sites on our 11-day Italian Campaign Tour. The trip visits four regions of this renowned nation, including everything from the liberation of Sicily to the Abbey of Monte Cassino. Gaze upon the remnants of the Roman Empire, study the footprints of Mussolini’s fascist ideology, and appreciate the heroic acts of the American soldiers who fought to win back this vital location for the Allied side. Between discovering unique WWII vehicles and incredible cultural artifacts, spend your free time enjoying the delicious cuisine and soaring architectural feats of this beautiful country.
Passengers are greeted at Catania Airport in Sicily and transferred to our hotel. After our orientation dinner, our first days are spent traversing Sicily. We will explore the island's second-largest town, Catania, before visiting important sites related to Operation Husky, through which the Allied forces liberated the island from the Axis Powers. These first days will dive deep into the initial steps of the Italian campaign, and enjoy plenty of culture and history along the way.
Following our Sicily visit, we cross over to mainland Italy by ferry across the Strait of Messina, before heading to the ancient Greek town of Paestum. We'll spend the next day taking in the ruins of Pompeii, after learning about Operation Avalanche at Paestum. Then, we’ll travel to the historic Monte Cassino, where modern monasticism was born under the Rule of Saint Benedict, with a stop at the ghost town of San Pietro along the way. Before we head to Rome to the last leg of our journey, we stop at Anzio beachhead, where the Allies began their amphibious landing codenamed Operation Shingle.
The last leg of our journey will focus on the Eternal City: Rome. In between taking in the cultural glory and ambiance of this ancient bedrock of modern society, we will also explore the modern history of the city: a guided tour of Rome in the footsteps of Mussolini will shed light on the role of architectural propaganda in fascist regimes. Our tour would not be complete without visiting the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery. The tour ends with a chance for reflection and community over a farewell dinner. The next day, our Passengers are brought to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for their return flights.
Relax after a long flight and ease your mind knowing that your Tour Director will meet you at the airport on the first day of the tour, avoiding extra navigating and expensive taxi fares. With our all-inclusive tour package, we handle all the details of your tour, so you can focus on experiencing this trip of a lifetime. Sit back and let us wine and dine you as you explore history with our carefully planned itinerary, with all breakfasts, dinners and entrance fees included. You will sleep soundly each night at 4-star accommodations. Breakfasts are delicious and authentic, while the two-three course dinners are mix of buffet and limited menu dining options which offer a chance to taste some of the local wines or beers as well. This tour includes a 24/7Tour Director and several local guides. Our dynamic, knowledgeable Tour Directors are with you from your arrival at the airport to departure on the final day. They proactively smooth the way for your entire tour experience. Our handpicked, trusted local guides are fluent in English and expert historians, who deliver their impressive wealth of knowledge, anecdotes, and local insights with skill that shows their years of research and experience.
They always address topics onsite so that you get to experience history where it happened as they guide both popular destinations and obscure locations only the locals would know. Do not worry about availability, wait times, or ticket costs as all museum and site admissions are pre-arranged and included in the cost of our all-inclusive tours. On this tour you ride in style in our motorcoaches complete with climate control, video entertainment and extra leg room. Our skilled, professional drivers maximize your tour time by navigating the busiest highways and tightest country lanes, giving you more time at sites and less time subjected to the inflexible scheduling, delays and crowded areas that accompany public transport. For those who want to stay connected, Wi-fi is available at all our hotels and on all of our buses.