About the tour: Last Battles in Italy

During the 75th anniversary year of the final battles of the Italian Campaign, join us on a journey to some of the forgotten battlefields of 1944-45 in northern Italy. On this fascinating tour, we look at the fighting on the Coriano Ridge, along the Gothic Line, to the final battles around Bologna and up to the River Po.

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast and 5 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    To northern Italy for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head to Ravenna for a four-night stay. Today we visit Ravenna War Cemetery and look at the battles that took place for the town, along with seeing the memorial to the Jewish Brigade.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Ravenna War Cemetery
    Ravenna War Cemetery

    Key Visits

    • Ravenna War Cemetery

    Today we look at the beginning of the end of WW2 in Italy, with the fighting on the Gothic Line in 1944. We visit the Gothic Line Museum, see Coriano Ridge War Cemetery and then examine the battle for the ridge.

    We have lunchtime in Rimini and visit Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery, before following the British advance in the autumn of 1944, visiting Cesena War Cemetery and the small battlefield burial ground at Meldola War Cemetery. This is where the 4th and 46th Divisions were fighting in October-November 1944.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Coriano Ridge War Cemetery
    Coriano Ridge War Cemetery

    Key Visits

    • Coriano Ridge War Cemetery
    • Gothic Line Museum
    • Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery
    • Cesena War Cemetery
    • Meldola War Cemetery

    We continue the story of the final battles in Italy by starting at Forli. Here we look at the role of Indian Army troops, visiting the Indian War Cemetery and Cremation Memorial.

    We spend the rest of the day following the British advance in 1944/45 from Forli to Faenza to Imola and Bologna, including the fighting on the Senio River.

    We also visit the Polish War Cemetery at Bologna, the largest in Italy, where the dead from the 1945 battles are buried, before spending time at the Bologna War Museum, the ‘Memorial Museum of Liberty’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Forli War Cemetery
    Forli War Cemetery

    Key Visits

    • Forli War Cemetery
    • Polish War Cemetery, Bologna
    • Bologna War Museum
    • Faenza War Cemetery

    The fighting continued into the spring of 1945 and we follow British and Commonwealth operations from Villanova Canadian War Cemetery to Argenta Gap, seeing the cemetery here.

    In the afternoon we look at the amphibious operations at Lake Comacchio, and finish our battlefield tour on the River Po, where the last battle took place in April 1945.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    River Po Battlefield
    River Po Battlefield

    Key Visits

    • Villanova Canadian War Cemetery
    • Argenta Gap War Cemetery
    • River Po Battlefield

    Today we leave Italy and return to eastern France via Switzerland, staying overnight near Colmar.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today we look at the fighting in the Lorraine, visiting the battlefield at Arracourt which saw one of the largest tank battles of 1944, and the Lorraine American Cemetery, which is the largest US War Cemetery in France.

    We end the day in Reims for a visit to the Surrender Museum, where Allied Forces effected the German surrender in the West on 7th May 1945.

    Then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Sherman Tank, Arracourt Battlefield
    Sherman Tank, Arracourt Battlefield

    Key Visits

    • Lorraine American Cemetery
    • Sherman Tank, Arracourt Battlefield
    • Surrender Museum, Reims

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

    Single Room Supplement from £239.00 (9 days).

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights in the Ravenna area at the 3-star Hotel Oceano Mare.

    Overnight stays in France and northern Italy will be in city-style hotels.

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      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £41.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, select option 1, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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