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Canadian WWII History: The Italian Campaign

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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 the small towns and waterfront cities of Monte Cassino, Ortona, and Rimini to see the backdrop for some of the most important events of WWII. Experience deep history and endless beauty on this tour through Italy.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • Expert Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
Included highlights
  • Anzio Beach
  • Abbey of Monte Cassino
  • Museo della Battaglia di Ortona
  • Gothic Line Q204
  • San Marino
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Rome today.

Rome3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Italy
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
  • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
  • Pass Palatine Hill, see where ancient Romans raced chariots at Circus Maximus, and view the Baths of Caracalla

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Anzio battlefields
Included meal: Breakfast

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
  • Stop to visit Anzio War Cemetery
  • Enjoy free time for lunch before heading back to Rome

Spend another free evening in Rome or add an excursion.

Dinner with Tenors
Excursion (additional cost)
Naples2 nights
Day 5: 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 and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Naples
Included meal: 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

Enjoy a free afternoon and evening or add an excursion.

Royal Palace of Caserta & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Ortona1 night
Day 7: 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 Museo della Battaglia di Ortona to learn about the conflict that took place here between Canadian troops and Nazi Germany. This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

San Marino2 nights
Day 8: 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 and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of San Marino
Included meal: 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, medieval 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.

Florence2 nights
Day 10: Florence via Florence War Cemetery
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer from San Marino to Florence stopping at the Florence War Cemetery en route.

Then, spend a free afternoon in the city or add an excursion.

Fiesole Villa Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Florence
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center 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 medieval Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria, the center 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.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to Sicily

After an overnight flight to Catania, spend three days learning how WWII shaped the history of Sicily during visits to the interactive Museo Storico dello Sbarco and the Canadian War Cemetery in Agira.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Catania today.

Catania3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Sicily
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Catania & Agira
Included meal: 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 center 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.

Day 4: Free day in Catania
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Catania or add excursions.

Excursion (additional cost)
Mount Etna Wine Region Tasting & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
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1 Departure
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Nov 7–Nov 18, 2019
Extension available
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Canadian WWII History: The Italian Campaign
by 3rd time traveler 

My first trip to Italy was great. It was awe-inspiring to retrace the footsteps of our brave Canadian soldiers during the Italian Campaign of WWII. There were many emotional moments on tour. Our tour director, David, was extremely knowledge of the history and culture of Italy. His choice of restaura...

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Not well organized with minimal Canadian WWII campaign attention
by 6th time traveler 

Just returned from this tour. We were disappointed. It is essentially a tour of two small war museums and some cemeteries. Almost no information was provided about the Canadian Campaign itself by the tour director. It was many long hours of highway driving in a very uncomfortable, cramped mini-b...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/19/2019

Dear Traveler, Thank you for your online review....

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Best Western Hotel President

This modern hotel is located near Termini Station. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a minibar, and laundry center. Nearby, you'll find Arcibasilica di San Giov...

Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo

This contemporary hotel is located in Naples. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, rooftop pool, and solarium. Nearby, you'll find Palazzo San Giacomo, ...

UNA Hotel Palace

This modern hotel is located in the Metropolitan neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center, a rooftop bar, and a rooftop restaurant. Nearby, you’ll ...


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Local weather
Florence, Italy
Weather averages
High 95°F Low 70°F
Naples, Italy
Weather averages
High 87°F Low 81°F
Ortona, Italy
Weather averages
High 83°F Low 72°F
Rome, Italy
Weather averages
High 90°F Low 72°F
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
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.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Rome (or Catania on the tour extension) and depart from Florence. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Catania to Rome on the tour extension is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [](
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal, and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region.
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour
  • You will use the euro on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USDper local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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1 Departure
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Nov 7–Nov 18, 2019
Extension available
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