Approx. 8-9 hoursStart time
Start time: 0800h (08:00am) - 1200h (12 noon), your preferred start time
Duration: Approx. 8-9 hours
Your hotel or cruise ship in Naples. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. Alternatively, please mention the name and docking details of your cruise ship. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel or cruise ship in Naples
Explore the key sites of the fierce fighting that accompanied 'Operation Avalanche', the Allied forces' bid to invade mainland Italy in September 1943.
See the landing beaches of Paestum and Salerno, where the US Comandos came ashore despite strong resistance from the German troops. Learn how the operation failed to achieve tactical surprise and nearly foundered.
Hear how the infantry divisions had to fight their way ashore with the help of naval bombardments and how the entire 2nd Battalion 143rd Infantry of the 36th Division was trapped and virtually destroyed.
See the buildings in Salerno pockmarked from shelling, the remnants of fascist architecture and the tranquil Allied cemetery. And visit the mountain pass of Valico di Chiunzi, the vital gateway across the rocky Sorrento peninsula that the Allies took from the German defenders.
You will be picked up from your hotel or cruise ship in Naples in a private air-conditioned car for your Allied Landing Beaches Tour . A private guide in your preferred language (Italian, English, German, French or Russian) will accompany you throughout the tour.
There will be stops for refreshments (payable direct) and you will have time at leisure in the places you visit.
Your tour takes you to the key sites in the World War II (WW2) Allied push to invade the Italian mainland and wrest the country from the Axis Powers. ‘Operation Avalanche’, the main invasion at Salerno by the US Fifth Army, began on 9 September 1943.
You will take a 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Naples to Paestum, an ancient settlement with many fine Greek remains. It was here that the Allies realized they had failed to achieve tactical surprise. As the US 36th Infantry Division approached the shore a loudspeaker proclaimed, in English: "Come on in and give up. We have you covered."
Despite fierce opposition, the Allied troops attacked and you can visit the Paestum landing beaches that they stormed.
After about an hour in Paestum, you’ll be taken to Salerno, and will have 1 hour 30 minutes to spend in the city. Salerno is perched upon the sea and has spectacular views.
The city was the scene of bitter fighting during Operation Avalanche. To this day you can see buildings with the scars of shelling, as well as the landing beaches where the US Commandos came ashore, and some remnants of fascist architecture.
You can also visit the Allied Cemetery, which contains 1,846 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 107 of them unidentified.
Next you’ll take a 1 hour drive to visit the mountain pass of Valico di Chiunzi, which the Allies recaptured from the German defenders. Many artifacts from the War are still being uncovered to this day. You will spend 2 hours here before the 1 hour and 20mins drive back to Naples.
At the end of the day, you will be taken back to your hotel/ cruise ship in Naples, where your tour ends.
Most cruise companies arrange their schedule so that ships dock around 0800h – 1200h to ensure that customers can have a full day’s sightseeing in the resort
Guides are available in a range of languages (Italian, English, German, French. Russian is available on request). However, these are private tours, therefore the guide will be speaking only one language
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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