Tour Overview

Tour Highlights:
• Most Hotels are 4-Star sea view
• Visit where "Duce" was rescued
• We include an optional Guided Tour to Troina, the bloodiest American battle on Sicily; other Tour Companies do not
• Experience counts! We have operated World War II Tours in Italy (and Sicily) for over 15 years

What's Included:
• 11 Nights in 3 and 4 Star Hotels
• 7 Dinners and daily Breakfasts
• Flight Included Rome to Sicily
• Transfers by deluxe Motor Coach
• 5 Days in beautiful Sicily, Italy
• 6 Days on the Italian mainland
• Overnight in some Historic Hotels
• Visit Palermo, Gela and Troina
• See the U.S. Landing Beaches
• Enjoy enchanting Taormina, Sicily
• Visit the Sicily Landings Museum
• Ferry across Straight of Messina
• Visit Paestum ruins / Salerno sites
• See Monte Lungo / San Pietro
• Scenic Drive up to Monte Cassino
• Visit the Cassino War Cemetery
• Gran Sasso Cable-Car ride
• Visit the Hotel Campo Imperatore
• See the Anzio Landing Beaches
• Sicily / Rome American Cemetery

What to Know:
This Tour begins and ends at Rome (FCO) Airport. The Tour rate does not include roundtrip airfare. You can plan to arrive in Rome a few days early, and/or you can also add some time in Rome at the end of your Tour.

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Battleground Italy Tour

Palermo, Gela, Troina, Taormina, Sicily; Salerno, Monte Lungo, San Pietro, Cassino, Gran Sasso, and Anzio to Rome, Italy . . .

Alpventures® Battleground Italy Tour heads directly from Rome Fiumicino Airport by flight to Palermo, Sicily. We spend our first night in Palermo then continue south through Patton's Seventh Army area at Caltanissetta to the landing beaches at Licata and Gela. Discover the historic city of Siracusa (Syracuse) on the island's eastern shores, and visit the impressive War Museum in Catania. You will also see the infamous Mount Etna during our two nights in the enchanting resort of Taormina, before we head north across the Strait of Messina.

From southern Italy we continue north through beautiful Calabria, to the medieval village of Morano. Spend a night in a restored 18th Century merchant's villa, before we continue north to Salerno. Enjoy the beauty of the majestic Amalfi Coast as we take in the Salerno Battlefield and Beachhead and visit the ancient ruins of Paestum. We'll make a short photo stop at the palace in Caserta before continuing our journey north to Cassino and the Gustav Line. Enjoy a full Cassino Battlefield Tour, including stops at Mignano Pass / Monte Lungo, San Pietro Infine, San Angelo, the city of Cassino, and finishing at the famous mountaintop Monastery of Montecassino.

Next, we head to the top of the Apennines Mountains and visit the place where Benito Mussolini was rescued by German Commandos in September 1943. Take an exciting cable-car ride (weather permitting) to the top of the Gran Sasso and see the locations where the most daring raid of World War II happened. Overnight near the base of the cable-car in village of Fonte Cerreto. We continue the trip with stops in Anzio and Nettuno. The Tour concludes with a visit to the Sicily - Rome American Cemetery near Anzio. We spend our last night near the Rome Fiumicino Airport. You can also book a later return flight home and spend a few more days in Rome, or somewhere else if you wish. Book your hotel rooms and private tours and transfers on our website, or contact us for details or help with your travel plans.

Battleground Italy Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: IN FLIGHT - to Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
NOTE: This is your departure date (if leaving from the USA). The Tour actually begins the following day at the Rome Airport, when the Tour Group gets together for the first time. It is also possible to come in to Rome a day or two early...

Join us today as our Tour group meets at Rome Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport and we take our afternoon 1-hour flight from Rome to Palermo, Sicily. Afternoon sightseeing in Palermo as we transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner. Special Welcome Dinner and orientation tonight. Overnight Palermo. (D)

Breakfast. This morning we check out ouf our hotel and head south through Patton's Seventh Army area at Caltanissetta to the southern coast of the island. Lunch en route. Afternoon Tour the American landing beaches at Licata and Gela. Late afternoon transfer to historic Siracusa (Syracuse) for check-in. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Siracusa. (B)

Breakfast. Hotel check out. Today we continue along the eastern coast of Sicily to Catania to visit the Historical War Museum of the landings in Sicily. Lunch. Afternoon transfer to Savoca, one of the locations where "The Godfather" was filmed. Continue to beautiful Taormina for hotel check in and dinner. Overnight Taormina. (B, D)

Breakfast Full Day at leisure in Taormina, for optional sightseeing, shopping, or just relaxing in our wonderful hotel with great views of the sea and Mt. Etna. Optional full day excusrion to Troina, the "highest town in Sicily," to see where American forces encountered their worst battle on the island. Other options might include a visit to the impressive Greek Theatre ruins overlooking the town of Taormina and the beautiful landscape. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Taormina. (B)

Breakfast and hotel check out. Morning transfer north to Messina for lunch and the ferry ride to Villa san Giovanni. Continue north to Castrovillari in the beautiful Pollino National Park for check-in at our hotel and dinner. Overnight Morano Calabro. (B, D)

Breakfast. Hotel Check out. We continue our journey north toward the Bay of Salerno with lunch enroute. Visit the American landing beaches and see the memorials with free time for visiting the Roman ruins of Paestum. Continue to our hotel for check-in and dinner. Overnight Paestum. (B, D)

Breakfast. This morning we check out ouf our Salerno Hotel and continue north to Cassino for a Battlefield Tour of Gustav Line sites. Here we will learn about the drive to the Gustav Line and battle for Cassino. Tour the Mignano Pass with stops in Monte Lungo and San Pietro Infine. Lunch. Afternoon visit to the Abbey of Montecassino (or optional 25 minute walk to the Polish War Cemetery). Late afternoon transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner. Overnight Cassino. (B, D)

Breakfast. Full day at leisure with the option of visiting nearby Pompeii OR Herculaneum. Afternoon return to our hotel near Cassino. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Cassino. (B)

Breakfast and hotel check out this morning. Morning stop at the Rapido River (36th Infantry Division crossings) and visit the Cassino War Cemetery (Commonwealth Cemetery). We continue north with a scenic drive through the Abruzzo National Park into the remote Apennines Mountains. Lunch en route. Continue by cable-car to Gran Sasso d'Italia. Tour of Campo Imperatore, where Mussolini was rescued by Skorzeny's Commando. Hotel check in and dinner at Campo Imperatore. Overnight Campo Imperatore. (B, D)

Breakfast. Hotel check out and transfer south to Latina for lunch. Afternoon visit to the impressive Piana delle Orme Museum. Continue to our sea-side hotel near Anzio for check-in. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Nettuno. (B)

Breakfast. Morning visit to the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno. Lunch and free time in Anzio / Nettuno for optional sightseeing and/or shopping. Afternoon transfer to Fiumicino near the Rome Airport and relax before our Farewell Dinner tonight. Overnight Fiumicino. (B, D)

DAY 13: IN FLIGHT - from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Breakfast and hotel check-out. Transfer to Rome airport for flights home.

Tour Rates

Tour Dates:
October 1 - 13, 2019   SOLD OUT
October 4 - 16, 2020   21 spots

Tour Rates:
USD 4,395 pp in Double Room
USD 5,275 pp in Single Room
Tour Rates do not include Airfare.

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Tour Guide

Whether on the battlefield, or inside the impressive museums, you won't miss a thing as we give exciting, detailed accounts and informative historical presentations throughout each Tour. From the D-Day beaches of Normandy, to Hitler's Eagles Nest and beyond, our top priorities are your safety, comfort and enjoyment on Tour. Alpventures® World War II Tours are the result of over 20 years of historical research and first-hand, local guiding experience, making them especially unique. Our superior accommodations are all extraordinary three- and four-star hotels; some of which are even medieval castles and listed historical monuments. Join our small groups on a World War II Tour and experience an historical adventure to Europe!

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Reservation Policy:
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Cancellation Policy:
Although Tour cancellations are not anticipated, Alpventures® reserves the right to cancel Tours for any reason, prior to Tour departure date, in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on Alpventures® part. In the case of Tour Participant cancellation, a full refund will be granted up to 30 days prior to Tour departure. A cancellation fee of 20% of the Tour price will be charged for cancellations between 30 and 20 days prior to departure date and 40% between 20 and 10 days prior to departure. No refunds honored within 10 days of Tour departure.

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