Special Event Tours
Battle at Montecassino 70th Anniversary Tour
(8 days / 7 nights)
Per person in dbl room land only
Frascati - Sperlonga - Monte Cassino - Rome
Land only: $2,199 USD ($2,299 CAD)
Per person in dbl room land only.
Single room $2,849 USD ($2.949 CAD)
Starting in Rome/Frascati: May 16, 2014
- Airport transfers in Rome English speaking tour escort assistance
- English speaking local guides
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Touring by motor coach
- Meals as per itinerary: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
- Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
- Hotel charges and taxes
- 1 night at Hotel Flora in Frascati
- 2 nights at Hotel Forum Palace in Cassino ( or similar)
- 2 nights at Aurora Hotel in Sperlonga
- 2 nights at Eurostars International Palace in Rome
FRI, MAY 16: ROME - FRASCATI (Welcome dinner)
Arrival in Rome at 1.00pm. Transfer to our hotel in the town of Frascati on the outskirts of Rome in the Alban Hills. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure resting or enjoy a stroll through this ancient town. Welcome dinner and wine tasting at “Cacciani” restaurant. Overnight at the Flora Hotel in Frascati.
SAT, MAY 17: FRASCATI - CASTEL GONDOLFO - CASSINO (B, D)
After breakfast we depart Frascati and visit the nearby town of Castel Gondolfo, one of the charming hilltop villages forming the Castelli Romani. Located here is the summer residence of the Pope, it was a particularly favorite place of John Paul II. We continue to Cassino where we will visit the Benedictine Abbey where Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery, the source of the Benedictine Order around the year 529. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Cassino at the Forum Palace Hotel (or similar).
There will be activities taking place in Cassino that we can attend however final details are not yet available from the governing bodies. We will keep you informed of these events, such as:
- “Run for Monte Cassino” a ten kilometers run which is scheduled to start at 5 pm where a total of 2014 runners (1052 Polish runners - which represents the number of fallen Polish Soldiers at Cassino)
will follow the path of the soldiers of the 2nd Polish Corps, who 70 years ago seized the mountain.
More info: http://www.biegmontecassino.pl/en
- Planned Unveiling of Statue of General W. Anders in front of the Historiale Museum .
SUN, MAY 18: 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT MONTE CASSINO (B, D)
Today we will attend the Celebrations to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Cassino at the Polish War Cemetery. Taking part in the celebrations today will be a large delegation of dignitaries from Poland including top ranking authorities from the Polish Government, Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, as well as Polish Armed Forces. It is here that the Polish 2nd Corps succeeded in taking Monte Cassino after three weeks of fierce fighting in mountain terrain. Upon taking the Abbey, the Poles raised the white and red flag of Poland on top of the ruins of the monastery. The Battle of Monte Cassino is an eternal monument to the bravery of the Polish soldiers. Today after 70 years we pay tribute to those that fought here. In the afternoon we will attend a Banquet in Cassino with other Veterans from Poland and Britain. Overnight in Cassino.
The Polish cemetery at Monte Cassino contains graves of more than one thousand Poles who died fighting in Cassino in May 1944.The religion of each fallen soldier is marked by having one of three different types of headstone: the Catholic and Orthodox headstones are distinguished from each other by different forms of cross, while the Jewish headstones bear the Star of David. The cemetery also contains the grave of General Anders, commander of the Polish forces, who survived the war, dying in London in 1970. Part of the Polish memorial at Monte Cassino bears the following inscription, which translated from Polish reads:
We Polish soldiers
For our freedom and yours
Have given our souls to God
Our bodies to the soil of Italy and our hearts to Poland
MON, MAY 19: SPERLONGA - FORMIA - GAETA - SPERLONGA (B, D )
After breakfast we will visit the Commonwealth Cemetery to pay tribute. There are over 4000 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated here, including many Canadians. After the Celebrations at the Commonwealth Cemetery, and if time permits, we will drive south to Pompeii to visit the ancient town that was destroyed in 79 AD after a volcanic eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvious. Continue to Sperlonga, a picturesque seaside town with white-washed houses. The Hotel Aurora has been a sentimental favorite of our Polish Veterans, it is ideally located on a pretty beach yet within easy walking distance to several attractions such as the Archeological Museum and the Grotto of Tiberius. Dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel. Overnight in Sperlonga at Hotel Aurora
TUE, MAY 20: SPERLONGA -SAN FELICE CIRCEO - SPERLONGA (B, D)
In the morning we will drive to the nearby town of San Felice Circeo which is situated on the Pontine coast at the foot of Mount Circeo. According to legend, it was here that Homer's hero Ulysses was bewitched by the Sorceress Circe and imprisoned for over a year. Free time in the historic old town before returning to Sperlonga. For those preferring to stay in Sperlonga it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beach or stroll through the streets of this charming town. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Sperlonga at Hotel Aurora.
WED, MAY 21: ROME (B, L)
Early morning departure to Rome. We will do all possible to arrive in Rome in time for the Papal Audience with Pope Francis at 10.30 am at St Peter’s Square. After the Audience we will visit the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel and then St. Peter’s Basilica to visit the tomb of John Paul II. Lunch will be near the Vatican. Check in to our hotel and then the rest of the day is on your own to explore the Eternal City. Overnight at the Eurostars International Palace Hotel.
THU, MAY 22: ROME (B, D)
Today on our walking tour we visit the ancient and baroque sites of Rome including: the Roman Forum, Collosseum, Pantheon, The Capital, Circo Massimo, La Bocca della Verita "the Mouth of Truth", Trevi Fountain, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi on Piazza Navona , and Spanish Steps. Farewell dinner and overnight in Rome.
FRI, MAY 23: ROME (B) END OF TOUR
After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight home or extend your stay (on request).
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner