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Return to Italy
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Forever Italy 2015 – 70 Year Anniversary Adventure

 

The plans for the 2015 return to Italy trip have taken shape over the past few months and we hope that all Association Members and Friends of the 10th Mountain will join us to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Division’s time in Europe.  The trip will follow the same general outline as in the past with three major components to consider:  a short Pre-trip to Rome for sightseeing; the Main Trip that will trace the 10th’s WWII combat route from February to May 1945; and an extension trip that will be very similar to the very successful 2006 extension to Slovenia and Austria.  Along the way travelers will also have the opportunity to enjoy short side trips to the must-see Tuscan cities of Florence and Siena, a variety of small museums along the way, and even some cooking classes for those who may want a break from the foxholes and trenches.  As in the past the Main trip will conclude in the stunning Lake Garda area where Italian search teams have recently discovered the location of the lost DUKW.  We will once again work with Intertrav as our travel agency who will provide us with first class accommodations, coaches and expert guides for the trip.  All members of the National and Descendant Associations will have received registration materials that will include pricing by the end of Nov. or early Dec.  For those who are not current members, or who did not receive the material, please call Intertrav directly at 1-800-624-8338 and ask for Lindsey Williams.

 

 

Pre-Trip to Rome

June 11 – Depart USA

June 12 – Arrive in Rome.  Sightseeing and Welcome Dinner

June 12, 13, 14 – Sightseeing in and around Rome


Main Trip
June 13 – Depart USA
June 14 – Arrive Rome, Main trip begins with Welcome Dinner and overnight in Rome
June 15 – Travel to Chianciano Terme with an optional stop in Orvieto for lunch
June 16 – Optional side trips (Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano)
June 17 – 10th Mountain ceremony at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial followed by lunch and travel to the Hill Towns
June 18 – 22 – Hill Towns Program.  Here we will enjoy the hospitality of our Italian friends in Lizzano-in-Belvedere, Vidiciatico, Querciola, Gaggio Montano, Castel D’Aiano, and Iola.  Daily programs will include memorial ceremonies, hiking to 10th Mountain battle sites, parades and festivals in honor of our veterans and descendants.
June 23 – Travel to Lake Garda with a possible stop at the Memorial Museum of Liberty in Bologna (http://www.museomemoriale.com)
June 24 – Lake Garda program including wreath laying at the recently discovered site of the DUKW, sight-seeing, Closing Dinner
June 25 – Main Trip attendees depart Lake Garda for Stresa.  Extension trip attendees begin their trip.
June 26 – Main trip attendees depart for USA


Extension trip (Slovenia/Austria) June 26- July 1

Follow the 10th’s post surrender route to the former Yugoslavian border, travel over the famous Grossglockner high alpine road to Salzburg Austria and beyond.

Important Notes:

Due to consolidations in the airline industry we are no longer able to secure group fares for our trip.  This means that the trip package as described above will be “land only”, airfare is not included in the price.  You are free to make your own air arrangements, and to use airline miles/ accumulated points or other rewards programs to help defer the cost of the airfare, or to work with your local travel agent to make these arrangements. You can call also call InterTrav at 1-800-624-8338 to obtain ticket prices and flight times from your choice of departure city.

Please keep in mind that our ability to offer side trips will be dictated by the number of buses we have to work with.  This is an unknown until we know the number of people making the trip.  Therefore the details of the shorter side trips may change once we have the number of buses set.

 

 

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