Tracing Canada's History: The Italian Campaign with Queen's University

with Sicily extension
Jun 9-20, 2019 / 12 DAYS

Step back in time to learn about the history of Canadian forces in WWII.

Modern metropolitan life intertwines with the past as you learn about the role of Canadian forces during the Italian Campaign. Make your way through t…

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 7 three-course dinners
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Anzio Beach, Abbey of Monte Cassino, Museum of the Battle in Ortona, Gothic Line Q204, San Marino, Florence War Cemetery

Tour pace

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Jun 09: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Rome today.

Rome / 3 NIGHTS

Jun 10: Arrival in Italy

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Gather with your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jun 11: Sightseeing tour of Rome & Vatican City

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a tour of the Eternal City • Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub  • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Venus and Roma  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own  This afternoon’s guided tour takes you inside the Vatican City.  • Visit the Vatican Museums, which are over 500 years old and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze up at what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece  • Pay a visit to the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicentre of the Roman Catholic faith  Please note: Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Jun 12: Anzio battlefields & dinner with tenors

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a half-day excursion to Anzio Beach, an important Allied Forces landing spot during the Battle of Anzio.  • Visit Anzio Beachhead Museum to learn about the battle and view the museum’s many artifacts and memorabilia  • Enjoy free time for lunch before heading back to Rome  End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at a local restaurant. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias, sung by professional tenors, and you might even join the singers on stage.

Naples / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 13: Naples via Monte Cassino

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Naples, stop at Monte Cassino to tour sites used during the battle that took place here during WWII.  • Enter the Abbey of Monte Cassino, which was completely destroyed during an American-led air raid and rebuilt after the war  • See the Cassino War Cemetery and the land that was used during the Battle of Monte Cassino  After, continue on to Naples.

Jun 14: : Sightseeing tour of Naples & Royal Palace of Caserta

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning’s guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of Naples, a beautiful bayside city.  • Enjoy a panoramic tour with a scenic drive along the Naples waterfront  • Pass Castel dell’Ovo, the seaside castle on a peninsula in the Bay of Naples  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum and see relics of Roman history  This afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of the Royal Palace of Caserta and its acclaimed English Gardens.  • Step inside the UNESCO-listed, Baroque-style palace  • Learn about its role as the headquarters for the Allied troops during WWII  • Discover the accompanying gardens, which were inspired by the sprawling landscapes of Versailles  • Stroll along the flora-lined paths to see the many fountains, baths, and statues

Ortona / 1 NIGHT

Jun 15: Ortona via Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, visit the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery. When you arrive in Ortona, enter the Museum of the Battle to learn about the conflict that took place here between Canadian troops and Nazi Germany.

San Marino / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 16: San Marino via Battle of Rimini Sites

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel along Italy’s Adriatic Coast en route to San Marino and stop to see sites from the Battle of Rimini.  • Visit the Gradara War Cemetery  • See the Gothic Line Q204, a memorial which remembers the Canadian lives lost during WWII  After, continue on to San Marino.

Jun 17: Sightseeing tour of San Marino

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set off on a guided tour of the Republic of San Marino, a mountainous state located near the Adriatic Sea.  • Stroll along the cobblestone streets through the city of San Marino, known to the locals as Città  • Walk through the walled, mediaeval old town to see Palazzo Pubblico and the Basilica of San Marino  Enjoy free time to eat lunch and visit the Three Towers of San Marino, located on top of Mount Titano.

Florence / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 18: Florence via Florence War Cemetery

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Florence, stopping at the Florence War Cemetery en route.  This evening, head just outside Florence to Fiesole, a historic Tuscan town perched on a hill overlooking the Renaissance city. You’ll enjoy an aperitif and dinner with local wine at this picturesque villa, featuring panoramic views of the city below.

Jun 19: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off to see Florence, the city at the centre of the Renaissance, with a local guide.  • Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture  • See the mediaeval Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria, the centre of Florentine life  • Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo  This evening, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Jun 20: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension / Starting from $999 pp

Sicily / 3 NIGHTS

Add 3 nights in Catania

Jun 06: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Catania today.

Jun 07: Arrival in Italy

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Gather with your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jun 08: Sightseeing tour of Catania & Agira

Included meals: Breakfast

Meet your local guide and set out to discover Catania, which sits at the base of Mount Etna.  • Explore Sicily’s WWII history at the Museo Storico dello Sbarco, an interactive museum featuring striking photographs and a life-size model of a war-era bunker  • Discover Catania’s historic city centre and the world-famous fish market held near the Baroque Catania Cathedral  This afternoon, enjoy free time for lunch before heading to Agira to visit the town’s Canadian War Cemetery.

Jun 09: Flight to Rome

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Rome to meet up with the rest of your group (day 2 of the regular itinerary).

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