Join one of Britain's best historians on this fascinating journey, uncovering the story behind one of the most pivotal moments in World War Two
The Battle for Sicily is an extraordinary story and one that
involves breathtaking action at sea, in the air, and on land. The
conquest of Sicily involved the largest airborne operations ever
witnessed up to that point, daring raids by special forces, the
harnessing of the Mafia, attacks across mosquito-infested plains
and assaults up almost sheer faces of rock and scrub.
On this eight-day tour you will follow in the footsteps of the
Allied forces as they invaded continental Europe from the
Mediterranean Sea. Accompanied by acclaimed World War Two historian
James Holland, you'll be at the heart of the action, tracing the
Allies' struggle to gain control of Sicily.
The Battle for Sicily featured an astonishing array of colourful
characters, from commanders like Generals Montgomery and Patton, to
a host of lesser-ranked officers and soldiers, such as 'Jumpin''
Jim Gavin and Philip Mountbatten, later to become the Duke of
You'll learn all about these characters - and many more besides
- as you tour this stunningly beautiful island. There are many
visits to important historical sites on your itinerary, from the
invasion beaches on the south and south-east coast, to the Plain of
Catania to high, hill-top towns like Assoro, Centuripe and
Staying in stylish four-star hotels in Modica, Siracusa,
Caltagirone, Catania and Taormina, you'll experience all of this
incredible island's beauty, from its rugged landscapes and unique
culture, to its delicious local cuisine. You will also enjoy expert
insights and guided visits, as well as receiving a complimentary
copy of James' book, Sicily '43.