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The Italian Campaign - In the Footsteps of the New Zealand Division
14 - 29 May 2019
Taranto, Lanciano, Castelfrentano, Orsogna, Cassino, Sora, Rome, San Michele, San Cassiano, Florence, Faenza, Venice and Trieste

At the conclusion of a long diplomatic career, Rene Wilson decided to keep on with the travelling life. Since retiring he has lead Innovative Travel groups to a wide variety of destinations. His diplomatic career encompassed Thailand, Indonesia, the Pacific Islands Forum (based in Fiji) as well as to Japan and then South Africa where as high commissioner he covered ten African countries. His last posting was to Egypt where he was New Zealand's first resident ambassador. Soon after retiring Rene was back in Egypt leading an Innovative Travel group to the 70th & 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein. In 2014 Rene took a close-knit group to the Monte Cassino Commemorations for the 70th anniversary, and in 2015 a similar team made a memorable pilgrimage to the centenary of the taking of Chunuk Bair in Turkey. All of these trips have left participants with vivid travel memories and the quiet satisfaction of having visited the distant graves of fallen family members. Further visits to World War II sites are planned.

Join Rene on this special tour for those who want something more than a visit to the more mainstream destinations.

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