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Contents 4 About Mat McLachlan

and Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

5 What makes Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours so Different 5 What’s included 6 Meet Your War Historians 8 Choose your Style of Tour 9 Tailor-made Groups

Group Tours 10 Anzac Day on the Western Front (10 Days)

KOREA

11 Western Front Explorer (4 or 5 Days) 14 Bullecourt Centenary 2017

JAPAN

(11 Days)

16 Fromelles and Pozieres Anniversary (7 Days) 18 Passchendaele Centenary 2017 (11 Days)

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G UA DA LCA N A L THAI-BURMA RAILWAY PHILIPPINES

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SINGAPORE

20 Anzac Day on the Western Front 2018 (10 Days – 100 Year Anniversary) 22 Hamel Centenary 2018 (11 Days) 24 Remembrance Day Centenary 2018 (10 Days) 26 Western Front Walking Tour 28 Fall of the Third Reich (9 Days) 30 Anzac Day at Gallipoli (6 Days) 32 Vietnam Commemoration 2017

BORNEO

(17 Days)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

34 Guadalcanal and HMAS Canberra Anniversary (5 Days) 36 Beersheba Centenary 2017 (7 Days)

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GUADALCANAL

37 Anglo-Zulu Boer War Journey (21 Days)

38 Darwin 75th Anniversary (6 Days)

Flexi Tours

DARWIN

39 Western Front (3 Days) 40 Normandy D-Day (2 Days) 40 Vietnam Long Tan (3 Days) 41 Thailand Hellfire Pass (4 Days) 42 Borneo 42 Singapore (4 Days) 43 V-Weapons Launch Sites (2 Days) 43 Gallipoli (2 Days) 44 Waterloo (2 Days) 44 Crecy and Agincourt (2 Days) 45 What you said 45 Supporting Australia’s Young Veterans 46 Amadeus River Cruise (Paris, Normandy and The River Seine)

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Thank you for joining me on a very special journey to the battlefields. For more than 20 years I have been walking the ground where Australian troops fought and died, and it is always a rare privilege to explore these battlefields with fellow Australians. And now, the memories of the courage and sacrifice of Australian troops have never been more important, as we continue to commemorate the 100-year anniversaries of the battles of the First World War. In 2017 we will participate in the 100 year anniversaries of two of the most significant battles in Australia’s history – Bullecourt and Passchendaele. 2017 is also the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Pacific and the sinking of the HMAS Canberra during WW2. I’m very excited to be bringing so many Australian travellers to the battlefields and look forward to sharing with you the spirit of those brave generations who gave so much in the name of Australia.

Mat McLachlan

About Mat McLachlan and Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours Mat McLachlan is a leading Australian battlefield historian, author and television presenter. His books Walking with the Anzacs and Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide are considered the definitive guides to Australia’s most significant battlefields. Mat appears regularly on TV, including Lost in Flanders, Australia: Life on the Edge, Tony Robinson’s World War I and Who Do You Think You Are? as well as being a frequent history commentator in print and on radio. In 2007 Mat founded Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, which has grown to become Australia’s leading battlefield tour operator. The company is part of a family business that has operated in the Australian travel industry for more than 35 years. 4

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What makes Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours so different Participating in a Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tour may be one of the most memorable and life changing experiences you will ever have. Time and time again we hear from our clients how their experience became the most fascinating and meaningful part of their holiday. Whether you are taking a longer Anniversary tour or adding on a short Flexi Tour to your other holiday arrangements, you will never forget it. At the heart of all our tours are our expert War Historians. They make the difference and each one is personally selected by Mat himself. Their knowledge is outstanding, but the way they are able to impart it is what makes them stand out. If you have relatives that fought in any of these conflicts, our Historians are usually able to find out the detail from your limited information, and bring the whole trip to life for you – personally. Once you are touring, there is very little need to put your hand in your pocket. Entrance fees, transport, accommodation, many meals and even gratuities are all included. Travel is by air conditioned luxury vehicles and hotels are first class and well located near the sites of interest. And it’s not just for war buffs… our tours have plenty of general tourist and exclusive features, including wine tasting, dinner cruises and even meals with local villagers on certain tours. You will not be disappointed. Come and Experience our Passion.

Transport

Staff

• First Class air-conditioned vehicles

• Expert War Historians on all Battlefield Touring Days (may also act as Tour Manager on smaller Groups)

Accommodation • First class hotels or best available • Porterage in and out wherever available

Meals • Breakfast daily, traditional lunches and dinners as per itinerary • Free time to also experience local cuisine at leisure

Discounts

• Experienced Tour Managers^ • Experienced drivers • No tipping necessary. All tips to drivers, Historians and Tour Manager included

Star Inclusions • Comprehensive guided tours of all significant Australian Battlefields. • Help with family research and visits to ancestor grave sites wherever possible.

• 5% past passenger discount (Take another MMBT group tour on a future trip)

• In-depth sightseeing and visits with local guides. Entrance fees included

• Generous 2nd tour discount (when you add another group tour on the same trip)

• Star Inclusions on each itinerary often exclusive and unique to MMBT, and at no additional cost. ^Tour Manager based on minimum 30 passengers

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Meet Your War Historians Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours offers the best War Historians in the business. Our Historians are all published experts in their field – you will recognise their names from books, TV shows, newspaper articles and radio programs. No other tour company can match the quality of our Historians. Here are just some of them…

Mat McLachlan

John Anderson

Jon Haslock

Mat McLachlan is a leading Australian historian, author and television presenter. A journalist by trade, Mat worked for 15 years as a writer and editor before dedicating himself fulltime to his passion, Australian military history. His first book, Walking with the Anzacs, was published in 2007 and has been reprinted six times. A fully revised edition was released in 2015. His second book, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide, was published in 2010, with a fully-revised edition also released in 2015.

John has spent many years visiting and researching European battlefields and the men and women who served there. He is now a very well respected professional battlefield guide who leads tours as diverse as Agincourt, Crecy, Waterloo, WW1 and WW2 for large and small groups. His tours are always thoroughly researched and he has a vast experience of guiding specialist Australian tours. He now lives in the Somme village of Longueval with his wife Kathleen. John is a member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and registered as a tour guide with the European Tour Operators Association.

John served in the Territorial Army for five years. He went on to increase his love of all eras of military history when he returned to education to study at degree level. Having completed his History degree in 2005 he moved with his family to the Somme to convert his interest into a career. Jon has been guiding full time since 2006 and undertakes tours of the various regions of the western front as well as other sites such as Agincourt and Waterloo. Jon is a member of the European Tour Operators Association and the Somme Battlefield Partners.

Mat appears regularly on television as a history presenter and commentator. He produced and appeared in the 2009 ABC documentary, Lost in Flanders and hosted the 2013 seven-part National Geographic series Australia: Life on the Edge. He has also appeared in the four-part documentary series Tony Robinson’s WWI and appears regularly on The History Channel, the ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10. He is also a regular contributor to radio and print media. Mat participated in escorting US Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, on his visit to Guadalcanal, and co-hosted the Channel 7 national television coverage of President Obama’s visit to Canberra. Mat’s great uncle James McLachlan was killed in Bomber Command in 1943, and other relatives fell at Gallipoli and Fromelles. In 2015 Mat founded ‘Australians Joining Forces’ – a private social enterprise that seeks ethical investments to support programmes specifically for contemporary Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans transitioning from the armed forces to the civilian work place and community.

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Will Davies Will Davies spent his working life as a producer of historical documentaries. He has written four books: Somme Mud (editor), In the Footsteps of Private Lynch, Beneath Hill 60 and The Boy Colonel. He regularly leads battlefield tours to the Western Front and Gallipoli, is completing a PhD at the ANU and leading an initiative to build a memorial school in Pozières.

Peter Hart Peter has worked as the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1981. He is the author of many books on the Great War including Gallipoli, The Somme, Aces Falling, Jutland, 1916 and most recently Voices from the Front. He has appeared in a number of TV documentaries and is a popular speaker on the military history circuit. He regularly heads battlefield tours for the British Army to Gallipoli. Peter has a huge knowledge of not only the Australian involvement in the First World War, but also the broader political and historic significance of the conflict.

Soren Hawkes Soren Hawkes is a British Artist and battlefield tour guide living in Ypres, Belgium. His Great Grandfather Maurice Augustus Staunton served as a 15-year-old in the Lancashire Fusiliers during WW1. His great uncle Patrick Thomas Staunton served in the 1st Battalion Welsh Regiment, was killed in action at a place called the ‘Bluff’ on the 20th February 1915 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. Soren’s studio overlooks the Menin Gate panel on which Patrick Thomas Staunton’s name is listed.

Jo Hook Jo Hook began guiding visitors to the battlefields as a reservist soldier over 10 years ago. She is currently undergoing a Masters in First World War Studies and is an Accredited Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides as well as the Membership Secretary. Jo has been taking both British and Australian clients to the battlefields for last 10 years. Predominantly working in Europe covering the First World War, she has also guided at Gallipoli and covers Normandy, Arnhem, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and the London Blitz.


Roger Lee

Tom Morgan

Peter Smith

Since 1996, Roger has been head of the Australian Army History Unit and Army Historian. He holds a PhD and Master of Defence Studies Degree from the University of New South Wales (at the Australian Defence Force Academy), a Litt.B. from the ANU and a BA (Hons) from the University of Queensland. He specialises in the history of the First World War and has published two books on the battle of Fromelles. He is currently working on an analysis of the Battle of Amiens.

Tom learned about the Great War as a small boy, listening to the stories of relatives who lived through it, becoming fascinated with the stories of ordinary people in those extraordinary times and with the battlefields themselves. Tom’s Hellfire Corner website, which he began in 1996, was one of the first Great War internet sites, with almost 3.5 million visitors to date. He has a superb knowledge of the Australian battlefields and is the War Historian on many of our Western Front tours, having also guided for us in Gallipoli.

Peter grew up in East Yorkshire before joining the Territorial Army at 17. At 21 he decided he needed a little more action and joined the Royal Marines, a unit he served with for eleven years. In 2004 he moved to the Somme battlefields of France, where he started a bed and breakfast in the historic village of Flers. He now works full time as a historian, battlefield guide and researcher, with his expertise encompassing the British, Australian and American experience and battlefields of the western front.

Mike Peters

Myriam Thompson

Mike Peters is a British Army officer with more than 30 years of military service in the Army Air Corps. Commissioned from the ranks, he has served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike is also the Chairman of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and has a lifelong passion for military history. He is a regular writer for Soldier magazine (official magazine of the British Army) and has also published two books, Glider Pilots at Arnhem, and, Glider Pilots in Sicily.

Myriam’s interest in WW1 was awakened when she researched her family history and discovered her Great Grandfather’s and Great Uncle’s participation on the Western Front. They never spoke about their experiences, and their stories were never told. Over the years Myriam has gained extensive experience through the various military history jobs she has been involved in. Being Australian and living just near the Somme, Myriam has a deep connection and compassion for these brave young Australians who served in France so far from home.

Alan Lindsey Alan Lindsey, a retired English businessman, who has lived close to the battlefield and studied it for 20 years, takes small groups or individuals over the three battlefields of Waterloo, Quatre Bras & Ligny. Having studied architecture and music, then spent his business career in India (where he spent a year in Srirangapatna, in the footsteps of Wellesley’s campaign against Tipu Sultan), Switzerland, France, Monaco and Belgium (in the footsteps this time of the Emperor). A lifelong fascination with the history of the Napoleonic Wars enlivens this retirement activity of battlefield tourism.

Brad Manera

Craig Roach

Brad is Executive Manager of the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park. Brad has worked as a museum curator and historian for 30 years, beginning his career at the Western Australian Museum then building collections and developing exhibitions at the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. He took up the role of Head Curator at Hyde Park Barracks Museum Sydney and, after helping achieve World Heritage Listing, has moved to the Anzac Memorial to prepare it for the commemorative activities that will be part of the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

Craig has been involved in tourism and travel operations for nearly 30 years. He first visited the Gallipoli battlefield 30 years ago and since then has helped train Turkish guides and run workshops about the Gallipoli campaign each year. He has taken thousands of people to the site and feels that he knows ‘what people want and expect’ out of a visit to Anzac. Craig believes that everyone has an Anzac story, whether they came with that story, a family connection, or whether they leave with a story. Craig sees these stories as a legacy to future generations who will follow.

Gary McKay

Ken Lees

Gary McKay spent 30 years as an army officer after being conscripted for national service in 1968. He served in South Vietnam in 1971 as an infantry rifle platoon commander where he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and severely wounded in the last major Australian battle of the Vietnam War. In 1987 Gary’s best-selling autobiography In Good Company was released and since then has written a further 10 books.

Using his extensive knowledge, Ken presents an informative interpretation of the characters and events of the First World War. Having visited the battlefields of the Western Front for over 15 years, his aim is to reveal and impart the history of the Great War. He strives to discover the stories of the men, appreciate their sacrifice and provide a memorable experience for visitors.

Tim Wright Living in the heart of the WW1 battlefields in the Somme, Tim has been carrying out research and guiding groups large and small around the battlefields of France & Flanders for many years, sharing his passion and knowledge with anyone who wants to listen. He is a member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, the European Tour Operators Association and also in his own words “had the privilege of being the first chairman of the new Somme branch of the Western Front Association”.

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Choose your Style of Tour to Suit We are proud to offer a selection of touring opportunities and trust that you will find exactly the style of tour you are looking for.

Group Tours

Flexi Tours

Travel with a group of like-minded passengers generally on-board a coach or minibus. Group sizes can vary from just a few up to 40. We rarely have more than 35-40 passengers on one coach, and would rather add an additional coach if this were the case. Our most popular tours are conducted as group tours and include our Western Front Explorer series as well as all our Anniversary and Centenary tours.

These depart virtually every day from major cities and are designed to slot neatly into existing itineraries. They are totally flexible and can be moulded to suit individual client interests. They are generally private or at most very small groups, and cover all fields of Australia’s military involvement.

Walking Tours Battlefields were meant to be walked and our Walking Tours offer the perfect balance between seeing the battlefields as the Anzacs saw them – on foot, and comfortable touring vehicles for the touring in between. Highlights are walking across the WW1 battlefields in the footsteps of the Diggers, along trenches and through woods and fields, discovering pillboxes and relics from the fighting that are still there.

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Centenary Tours There are a number of tours that feature the Centenary Anniversaries of iconic WW1 battles over the next two years. Each tour features comprehensive battlefield touring coupled with the official ceremonies put on by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or Australian Government. These are never to-be-repeated events that will not be forgotten by those who attend.


Tailor made Groups Custom Group Tours A custom battlefield tour enables you to create a unique itinerary and only visit the sites that are important to you. We can accommodate group sizes from around 15 up to 2,000 or more, and can provide a range of accommodation options to suit any budget. The same expert War Historians and Tour Managers who travel with our regular departures will accompany your tour.

School Group Tours Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of school group tours. Every year we send hundreds of students and cadets on tours of hallowed Australian battlefields all over the world. Your school or cadet unit could be one of them – speak to us about designing a customised itinerary for your group. We can combine this with your other academic components such as music tours or history tours. Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is the official tour organiser for the Premier’s Scholarship Tours for NSW, VIC, QLD and the NT.

Life at the Front We offer the immersive Life at the Front educational experience, where students or cadets spend a full day dressed and equipped as an Australian First World War platoon. They will practice dressing, marching and drilling with authentic equipment on an actual First World War battlefield – we can’t send them back in time, but this is the next best thing!

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Anzac Day on the TOUR Western Front YOUR INCLUDES 10 DAYS 18–27 April 2017

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★ Services of an expert WW1 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Anzac Day Dawn Service at the National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

Visit the key Australian battlefields in France and Belgium and pay your respects to the 45,000 Australians who were killed on the Western Front. Our first-class tour visits all the key Australian battlefield sites, as well as Paris, Champagne, Reims and Bruges. The highlight is the moving Anzac Day Dawn Service at VillersBretonneux.

★ Anzac Day breakfast with the townspeople of Hamel (exclusive to Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, and a highlight of the tour)

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★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver, and experienced Local Guides

18 April Paris

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★ Welcome drink and dinner

Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. (B, L)

Tonight we come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 6 23 April Bruges

Day 2 19 April Paris

★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery

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★ Paris sightseeing tour ★ Traditional French lunch Today will be spent exploring Paris on a guided Panoramic Tour. After lunch we will have free time to further explore this romantic city. (B, L)

Day 3 20 April Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Guided tour and tasting at a Champagne house ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches Today we travel to Epernay and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of a Champagne house with a tasting followed. Next we will visit Reims followed by the Australian 2nd Division Memorial. (B, D)

Day 4 21 April Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Last Post Service at the Menin Gate This morning join us for a walking tour around Ypres. The afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. (B)

Day 5 22 April Ypres Salient STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the

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★ 9 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Welcome drink ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (including a farewell Seine river cruise with dinner and entertainment)

★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Travel by comfortable First Class touring coach

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★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager, and Driver

Today we spend time exploring Bruges, with free time to wander the cobbled streets or sample the chocolate shops and cafés that make Bruges famous. On the drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery. (B)

★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

Day 7 24 April Ypres to the Somme STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, before travelling to French Flanders and the moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. We will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery. Then onto Vimy Ridge and the maze of preserved trenches on the site. Our final stop is the battlefield of Bullecourt. (B, L, D)

Day 8 25 April Anzac Day STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Anzac Day Dawn Service at VillersBretonneux ★ Breakfast with the townspeople of Hamel ★ Touring of the Somme battlefields Our day begins with the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, an emotional Commemorative event we will share with thousands of fellow Australians. We will then enjoy breakfast with the townspeople of Hamel – an event that has been organised exclusively for MMBT, followed by a memorial service at the Australian Memorial Park. After, we begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields of the Somme. Tonight our evening is free. (B, L)

★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited on the tour

$4397

per person. Single supplement $1250.

Day 9 26 April The Somme to Paris STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School and Museum ★ Farewell Seine cruise Today we return to the Somme battlefields, where we will visit the Newfoundland Memorial Park and the Thiepval Memorial. We will also visit Mouquet Farm before returning to Villers-Bretonneux to visit the Victoria School and Museum where a sign in the playground entreats that the students ‘Do Not Forget Australia’ followed by a trip to the Australian National Memorial. On return to Paris we enjoy a farewell dinner while cruising the Seine River. (B, D)

Day 10 27 April Paris Sadly our Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast. (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.


Western Front Explorer Tours These are our most popular Western Front tours. Designed as a 4-day exploration of the Western Front, they operate most weeks of the year between April and November, and cover all the important battlefields and conflicts for the Anzacs, from the Somme to Belgian Flanders. Starting and ending in Paris, they are the perfect way to visit the WW1 battlefields. In 2017 and 2018 there will be a number of important centenary anniversaries for battles that occurred 100 years earlier. These are not all officially commemorated by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) but Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours will be extending certain departures of the Western Front Explorer Tour by an extra day on the anniversary of that particular battle and dedicate the time to learning more about this event, visiting the battlefield and conducting our own private memorial service. This will be of particular significance if you have family members who fought in these battles.

Special Centenary Departures These departures are 5 days with an extra day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a particular battle. The extra day will include extended touring and briefing of that particular battle and a private ceremony conducted by Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours.

2017 * May 1 Includes Second Battle of Bullecourt Commemoration on 3 May * Jun 5 Includes Battle of Messines Commemoration on 7 June * Sep 19 Includes Battle of Menin Road Commemoration on 20 Sep * Sep 25 Includes Battle of Polygon Wood Commemoration on 26 Sep * Oct 3 Includes Battle of Broodseinde Ridge Commemoration on 4 Oct 2018 * Aug 5 Includes The Black Day Commemoration on 8 Aug * Aug 28 Includes Battle of Mont St Quentin Commemoration on 31 Aug * Oct 2 Includes Battle of Montbrehain Commemoration on 5 Oct

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Western Front Explorer 4 or 5 DAYS Multiple departures, April to November 2017 and 2018 Our most popular Western Front Tour! Explore the Australian battlefields in comfort and convenience with an expert War Historian. The tour begins and ends in Paris and visits all the main battlefield sites in the Somme, Flanders and the Ypres Salient.

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★ Touring of Mont St. Quentin and Ypres ★ Memorial and preserved trenches ★ In Flanders Field Museum ★ Central Ypres hotel Welcome to our Western Front tour! We will leave Paris and drive north towards the Belgian border. Our first stop will be the battlefield of Mont St. Quentin, where Australian troops won a great victory in September 1918. We will visit the 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches on this site, before travelling to Ypres, our home for the next two nights. Between 1914 and 1918 Ypres was completely destroyed by shellfire, and came to symbolise the horror of the First World War. This afternoon we will enjoy a walking tour with our Historian around the rebuilt town, including a visit to the In Flanders Field Museum and key landmarks such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Menin Gate and Ramparts Cemetery. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

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Day 2 The Ypres Salient STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Full day touring the battlefields of the Ypres Salient ★ Hooge Crater Café ★ Wreath laying at the Menin Gate The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient, including Polygon Wood where we will see the graves of Private Hunter and Sergeant Calder, the two Australian soldiers who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders. Lunch is included at Hooge Crater café. Later we will get a taste of the devastation caused by four years of continuous artillery fire at the cratered landscape of Hill 60, before visiting Tyne Cot, the world’s largest Commonwealth war cemetery. Our final stop today is the German Cemetery at Langemark, where we will learn about the men on the other side of the line. In the evening we will visit the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this bugle ceremony every day and in all weather since 1928. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the

group. Our evening is free after the service to enjoy dinner in one of Ypres’ outstanding restaurants. (B, L)


Day 4 The Somme to Paris STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields including Villers-Bretonneux, Pozieres and Mouquet Farm ★ Victoria School and Museum ★ Drop-off central Paris

Day 3 Ypres to the Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of the battlefields between Ypres and the Somme including Fromelles and Bullecourt ★ New museum at Fromelles ★ Picnic lunch Today we leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, scene of a huge Allied attack in 1917 that was heralded by the explosion of 19 massive mines. We will then travel to French Flanders and the very moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles, where Australia lost 5,533 men during its first action on the Western Front. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery (the only allAustralian cemetery in France), the site of the mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. We will also visit the new Fromelles museum, opened in 2014, which tells the story of Australia’s disastrous involvement in the battle of Fromelles in 1916. Our final stop of the day is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917, before checking in to our central Somme hotel where we will have free time to enjoy the evening at leisure. (B, L)

Today we will explore the killing fields of the Somme, where Australian troops performed magnificently in both 1916 and 1918. Our first visit is to the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the Victoria School and Museum where a sign entreats that the school children ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. We will then visit the Australian Memorial Park at Hamel before continuing to the 1916 battlefields of the Somme, including Mouquet Farm and Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia’s history. Our final stop is the imposing Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates more than 70,000 British soldiers missing from the Somme fighting. We will then farewell the battlefields and drive back to Paris, arriving at our central drop-off point at approximately 5.00pm (B) Please note that your Historian may alter the order of sites visited on each day.

Having come so far to honour those who served, let’s get it right • Departs from and returns to Paris • Itinerary personally designed by Mat McLachlan • Dedicated senior historian selected by Mat McLachlan • Separate driver – no distractions • Stay in the heart of the battlefields • Focused relevant content, not just an overview • Accurate and respectful; a lifechanging experience

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★ Central Paris pick-up and drop-off ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ 3 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & welcome dinner ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Travel by comfortable air conditioned touring vehicle ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs

★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited on the tour DEPARTURE DATES

4 DAYS

$1947 per person, twin share 2017: Apr 8 Nov 8, 22

$2141 per person, twin share (2017) $250 per person^ (2018)

2017: Apr 27 May 9, 16, 23, 30 Jun 10, 17, 24** Jul 1, 8, 29 Aug 8, 15, 22, 29 Sep 9 Oct 14, 21

2018: Apr 7, 28 May 8, 15, 22, 29 Jun 2, 9, 16, 23**, 30 Jul 7, 28 Aug 14, 21 Sep 8, 15, 22 Oct 13, 20

5 DAYS

$2797per person twin share (2017)

$250 per person^ (2018)

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★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

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2017: May 1* Jun 5* Sep 19*, 25* Oct 3*

2018: Aug 5*, 28* Oct 2*

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Bullecourt Centenary 2017

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11 DAYS 4–14 April 2017 In April and May 1917 Australian soldiers took part in one of the bloodiest chapters of the First World War when they fought in two great battles near the French town of Bullecourt. This tour honours the more than 10,000 Australians who were killed or wounded at Bullecourt on the 100th anniversary of the battle. Join us on this 11-day Bullecourt Centenary Tour.

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4 April Paris

house with a tasting. Then on to Reims where the kings of France were once crowned. Next we will visit the inspiring Australian 2nd Division Memorial and the remains of trenches captured by Australian troops on the 1918 battlefield of Mont St. Quentin, before we cross the border into Belgium and arrive in Ypres, our home for the next four nights. Dinner tonight is included. (B, D)

day and in all weather since 1927. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

★ Paris sightseeing tour ★ Traditional French lunch

Day 4 7 April Ypres

Today will be spent exploring the sights and sounds of Paris on a guided Panoramic Tour. We will see the city’s iconic sights – the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dame. After lunch in a Parisian Bistro we will have free time to further explore this romantic city. (B, L)

★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Last Post Service at the Menin Gate

The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. We will also enjoy lunch at Café de Dreve, where we will meet the owner, Johan Vandewalle, who discovered five Australian bodies on the battlefields in 2006 and who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders (B, L)

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★ Welcome drink and dinner Welcome to our Western Front tour! After checking in to our Paris hotel, we will come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2 5 April Paris STA R IN CLU SI ONS

Day 3 6 April Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Guided tour and tasting at a Champagne house ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches Our tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. We depart Paris for Epernay, the birthplace of Champagne, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of a Champagne

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This morning we will join our Historian for a walking tour around Ypres, visiting key sites such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate where you will see the blank spaces that previously listed four of the missing in Mat’s documentary Lost in Flanders, who now rest in marked graves. This afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this ceremony every

Day 5 8 April Ypres Salient STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve

Day 6 9 April Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery We will spend time today exploring Bruges,


one of Europe’s most charming medieval cities, with free time to wander the cobbled streets, take a cruise on one of the city’s enchanting canals, ride through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart or sample the lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafés that make Bruges famous. On the drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed “In Flanders Fields,” the most famous poem of the war. (B)

Day 7 10 April Ypres to the Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches Today we will leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, before travelling to French Flanders and the moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. Then onto Vimy Ridge and the maze of preserved trenches on the site. After arriving in Amiens we will enjoy dinner in our hotel. A packed picnic lunch will be included today. (B, L, D)

Day 8 11 April Bullecourt Centenary STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ 100th Anniversary commemorations at Bullecourt ★ Exploration and reflection of the Battlefield Today we will travel to Bullecourt to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the two great battles. We will spend a full day exploring the battlefields with our Historian and joining local people and visiting Australians in commemorations to mark the centenary of the attack. At the end of this moving day we will return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 9 12 April The Somme STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School Museum ★ National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux We begin at the Victoria School in VillersBretonneux with the sign that entreats the children to ‘Never Forget Australia’. We will visit Adelaide Cemetery before travelling to the Australian National Memorial at VillersBretonneux, where the Anzac Day Dawn Service is held each year. We will also visit the Australian Memorial Park on the battlefield of Hamel. After lunch, we will begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the huge Lochnagar Crater, followed by the killing fields of Mouquet Farm and Pozieres, where Australia lost 23,000 men in six weeks of fighting. We will also visit the Thiepval Memorial and trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. Returning to Amiens, our evening is free. (B, L)

Day 10 13 April The Somme to Paris STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Farewell Seine dinner cruise We will farewell the battlefields this morning and return to Paris. In the evening we will join a cruise along the Seine River, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner and musical entertainment. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share the memories of our special tour with our travelling companions while cruising past the landmarks of Paris bathed in light. (B, D)

Day 11 14 April Paris Sadly our Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over, but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons.

★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Full day in Bullecourt to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle (details of commemorative events to be advised) ★ 10 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners (including a farewell Seine river cruise with dinner and entertainment) ★ Welcome drink in Paris ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs

★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited

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★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

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Fromelles and Pozieres Anniversary 7 DAYS 17–23 July 2017 This moving tour through the former battlefields of the First World War commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozieres in July 1916. This is a very special opportunity to pay our respects to the more than 30,000 Australians who were killed or wounded in these two great battles.

“Without any doubt I found this to be both awe inspiring and sobering.” — LAWRENCE, NSW

Day 1 17 July Paris to Ypres

Day 2 18 July Ypres

Day 3  19 July Fromelles Anniversary

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Welcome to our Western Front tour, and a moving journey to honour the fallen Diggers of Fromelles and Pozieres. We leave Paris and drive north towards the Belgian border. Our first stop will be the battlefield of Mont St Quentin, where Australian troops won a great victory in September 1918. We will visit the 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches on the site. We will then travel to Ypres, our home for the next four nights. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

This morning we will join our Historian for a walking tour around Ypres, visiting key sites such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate where you will see the blank spaces that previously listed four of the missing in Mat’s documentary Lost in Flanders, who now rest in marked graves. This afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this ceremony every day and in all weather since 1927. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

This morning we will drive across the French border to Fromelles, where we will join local people and visitors to commemorate the anniversary of the battle. We will then dedicate the rest of the day to exploring the Fromelles battlefield and gaining a better understanding of this ill-fated attack that cost so many young lives. We will see the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery (the only all-Australian cemetery in France), Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Rue Petillon Cemetery and the site of the mass grave where the soldiers lay for 90 years at Pheasant Wood and the new cemetery where they now lie. We will also visit the new Fromelles museum. In the afternoon we will return to Ypres and spend the evening at leisure. A packed lunch will be included today. (B, L)

★ Battlefield of Mont St Quentin ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches

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★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Participation in the Last Post service at the Menin Gate

★ Full day on the Fromelles battlefield ★ Anniversary commemorations ★ Fromelles museum


Day 4 20 July Ypres Salient

Day 6 22 July The Somme

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The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. We will also enjoy lunch at Café de Dreve, where we will meet the owner, Johan Vandewalle, who discovered five Australian bodies on the battlefields in 2006 and who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders (B, L)

Our journey begins at the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux where we will see the sign that entreats the children of VillersBretonneux to ‘Never Forget Australia’. We will also visit Adelaide Cemetery, where Australia’s Unknown Soldier lay for 75 years before being returned to Australia in 1993. Next the imposing Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, where the Anzac Day Dawn Service is held each year. We will also visit the Australian Memorial Park on the battlefield of Hamel. After a traditional lunch, we will begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the huge Lochnagar Crater, created when the British exploded a massive mine beneath the German lines on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We will then visit the Thiepval Memorial, where the names of 72,000 British soldiers missing from the Somme fighting are recorded. Later we will explore the trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. Returning to the Somme, our evening is free. (B, L, D)

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve

Day 5 21 July Ypres to the Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches Today we travel to the battlefields of the Somme. En route we will visit the battlefield of Messines, where 19 huge mines were detonated beneath German defenders in June 1917. Crossing the border we will visit Vimy Ridge and wander the maze of preserved trenches. Our final stop is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles. We will pay our respects at the Slouch Hat Memorial and the Australian Memorial Park on the site of the German front line. A packed lunch and dinner are included today. (B, L)

★ Full day touring the Australian battlefields of the Somme ★ Victoria School Museum

Day 7 23 July Pozieres Anniversary STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Pozieres Anniversary commemorations Today we commemorate the 101st anniversary of the start of the Battle of Pozieres, the most costly battle in Australian military history. We will walk the ground where more than 23,000 Australians were killed or wounded in six weeks of bitter fighting, and gain a unique insight into the battle in the hands of our expert historian. We then farewell the battlefields and return to Paris (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons.

★ Services of our expert WW1 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ A full day at Fromelles on the anniversary of the battle (details of commemorative events to be confirmed) ★ A full day at Pozieres on the anniversary of the battle (details of commemorative events to be confirmed) ★ 6 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 2 dinners ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited

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Passchendaele Centenary 2017

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11 DAYS 6–16 October 2017 In October 1917 Australian soldiers took part in an Allied attack on the Belgian town of Passchendaele. The struggle that followed was one of the most horrific of the First World War. Thousands of men were killed in the futile advance, and many of them still lie beneath the fields of Passchendaele. This tour remembers those dark days of October 1917, with a centenary commemoration on the very ground where the bloody battle took place.

Day 1

6 October Paris

Welcome to our Centenary tour! After checking in to our Paris hotel, we will come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Next we will visit the inspiring Australian 2nd Division Memorial and the remains of trenches captured by Australian troops on the 1918 battlefield of Mont St. Quentin, before we cross the border into Belgium and arrive in Ypres, our home for the next five nights. Dinner tonight is included. (B, D)

Day 2 7 October Paris

Day 4 9 October Ypres

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★ Welcome drink and dinner

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★ Paris sightseeing tour ★ Traditional French lunch Today will be spent exploring the sights and sounds of Paris on a guided Panoramic Tour. We will see the city’s iconic sights – the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dame. After lunch in a Parisian Bistro we will have free time to further explore this romantic city. (B, L)

Day 3 8 October Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Guided tour and tasting at a Champagne house ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches Our tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. We depart Paris for Epernay, the birthplace of Champagne, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of a Champagne house with a tasting. Then on to Reims where the kings of France were once crowned.

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★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Last Post Service at the Menin Gate This morning we will join our Historian for a walking tour around Ypres, visiting key sites such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate where you will see the blank spaces that previously listed four of the missing in Mat’s documentary Lost in Flanders, who now rest in marked graves. This afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this ceremony every day and in all weather since 1927. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

Day 5 10 October Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery We will spend time today exploring Bruges, one of Europe’s most charming medieval cities, with free time to wander the cobbled streets, take a cruise on one of the city’s enchanting canals, ride through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart or sample the lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafés that make Bruges famous. On the drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed “In Flanders Fields,” the most famous poem of the war. (B)

Day 6 11 October Ypres Salient STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. We will also enjoy lunch at Café de Dreve, where we will meet the


owner, Johan Vandewalle, who discovered five Australian bodies on the battlefields in 2006 and who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders (B, L)

Day 7 12 October Passchendaele Centenary STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ 100th Anniversary commemorations at Passchendaele ★ Exploration and reflection of the Battlefield Today we will travel to Passchendaele to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle. We will spend a full day exploring the battlefields with our Historian and joining local people and visiting Australians in commemorations to mark the centenary of the attack. At the end of this moving day we will return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 8  13 October Ypres to the Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches Today we will leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, before travelling to French Flanders and the moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. Then onto Vimy Ridge and the maze of preserved trenches on the site. Our final stop is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. A packed lunch is included today, and we will enjoy dinner in our hotel on our arrival in the Somme. (B, L, D)

Day 9 14 0ctober The Somme STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School Museum ★ National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux We begin at the Victoria School in VillersBretonneux with the sign that entreats the children to ‘Never Forget Australia’. We will visit Adelaide Cemetery before travelling to the Australian National Memorial at VillersBretonneux, where the Anzac Day Dawn Service is held each year. We will also visit the Australian Memorial Park on the battlefield of Hamel, scene of the great victory orchestrated by General John Monash in July 1918. After lunch, we will begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the huge Lochnagar Crater, followed by the killing fields of Mouquet Farm and Pozieres, where Australia lost 23,000 men in six weeks of fighting. We will also visit the Thiepval Memorial and trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. Returning to Amiens, our evening is free. (B, L)

Day 10 15 October The Somme to Paris STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Farewell Seine dinner cruise We will farewell the battlefields this morning and return to Paris. In the evening we will join a cruise along the Seine River, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner and musical entertainment. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share the memories of our special tour with our travelling companions while cruising past the landmarks of Paris bathed in light. (B, D)

Day 11 16 October Paris Sadly our Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons.

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★ Services of our expert WW1 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Full day in Passchendaele to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle (details of commemorative events to be advised) ★ 10 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners (including a farewell Seine river cruise with dinner and entertainment) ★ Welcome drink in Paris ★ Champagne tasting in Epernay ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited

$4497

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Day 1

18 April Paris

Welcome to our Western Front tour! After checking in to our Paris hotel, we will come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Next we will visit the inspiring Australian 2nd Division Memorial and the remains of trenches captured by Australian troops on the 1918 battlefield of Mont St. Quentin, before we cross the border into Belgium and arrive in Ypres, our home for the next four nights. Dinner tonight is included. (B, D)

Day 2 19 April Paris

Day 4 21 April Ypres

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★ Welcome drink and dinner

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★ Paris sightseeing tour ★ Traditional French lunch Today will be spent exploring the sights and sounds of Paris on a guided Panoramic Tour. We will see the city’s iconic sights – the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dame. After lunch in a Parisian Bistro we will have free time to further explore this romantic city. (B, L)

Day 3 20 April Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Guided tour and tasting at a Champagne house ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches Our tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. We depart Paris for Epernay, the birthplace of Champagne, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of a Champagne house with a tasting. Then on to Reims where the kings of France were once crowned.

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★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Last Post Service at the Menin Gate This morning we will join our Historian for a walking tour around Ypres, visiting key sites such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate where you will see the blank spaces that previously listed four of the missing in Mat’s documentary Lost in Flanders, who now rest in marked graves. This afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this ceremony every day and in all weather since 1927. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

Day 5 22 April Ypres Salient STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. We will also enjoy lunch at Café de Dreve, where we will meet the owner, Johan Vandewalle, who discovered five Australian bodies on the battlefields in 2006 and who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders (B, L)

Day 6 23 April Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery We will spend time today exploring Bruges, one of Europe’s most charming medieval cities, with free time to wander the cobbled streets, take a cruise on one of the city’s enchanting canals, ride through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart or sample the lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafés that make Bruges famous. On the


drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed “In Flanders Fields,” the most famous poem of the war. (B)

Day 7 24 April Ypres to the Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches Today we will leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, before travelling to French Flanders and the moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. Then onto Vimy Ridge and the maze of preserved trenches on the site. Our final stop is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. A packed lunch is included today, and we will enjoy dinner in our hotel on our arrival in the Somme. (B, L, D)

Day 8 25 April Anzac Day

local cafe, then return to our hotel where our evening is free. (B, L)

Day 9 26 April The Somme to Paris STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School and Museum ★ Farewell Seine cruise Our last day in the footsteps of the Anzacs will see us return to the 1916 Somme battlefields, where we will visit the maze of trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park and the imposing Thiepval Memorial. We will also visit Mouquet Farm before returning to Villers-Bretonneux to visit the remarkable Victoria School and Museum where a sign in the playground entreats that the students ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. We will then head to the Australian National Memorial to spend some peaceful time reading the names of the missing Australian soldiers and taking a last opportunity to pay our respects to the original Anzacs. We then farewell the battlefields and return to Paris. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner while cruising along the Seine River, a wonderful opportunity to see the landmarks of Paris bathed in light. (B, D)

★ Services of our expert WW1 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux ★ Anzac Day breakfast with the townspeople of Hamel ★ 9 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (including a farewell Seine river cruise with dinner and entertainment) ★ Welcome drink in Paris ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary

Day 10 27 April Paris

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★ Anzac Day Dawn Service at VillersBretonneux ★ Touring of the Somme battlefields Our day begins with the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, an emotional Commemorative event we will share with thousands of fellow Australians. Later in the morning we will begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields of the Somme. Firstly the imposing Lochnagar Mine Crater followed by the village of Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia’s history, and we will visit the scenes of their heroic sacrifice at the 1st Division Memorial and the Windmill. We will also have time to walk the battlefield with our historian. We will enjoy lunch at a

Sadly our Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons.

★ Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited

“Moved to tears” — LORRAINE, VIC

$250*

per person. Register now. Approximate price $4800 per person (land only) *Final price will be available approximately 12 months prior. If, at that point, you do not wish to proceed your $250 registration fee will be refunded in full. Ask us about airfare deals in conjunction with our tours.

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Hamel Centenary 2018 100

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Welcome to our Western Front tour! After checking in to our Paris hotel, we will come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Next we will visit the inspiring Australian 2nd Division Memorial and the remains of trenches captured by Australian troops on the 1918 battlefield of Mont St. Quentin, before we cross the border into Belgium and arrive in Ypres, our home for the next four nights. Dinner tonight is included. (B, D)

Day 2 28 June Paris

Day 4 30 June Ypres

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★ Welcome drink and dinner

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★ Paris sightseeing tour ★ Traditional French lunch Today will be spent exploring the sights and sounds of Paris on a guided Panoramic Tour. We will see the city’s iconic sights – the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dame. After lunch in a Parisian Bistro we will have free time to further explore this romantic city. (B, L)

Day 3 29 June Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Guided tour and tasting at a Champagne house ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches Our tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. We depart Paris for Epernay, the birthplace of Champagne, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of a Champagne house with a tasting. Then on to Reims where the kings of France were once crowned.

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★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Last Post Service at the Menin Gate This morning we will join our Historian for a walking tour around Ypres, visiting key sites such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate where you will see the blank spaces that previously listed four of the missing in Mat’s documentary Lost in Flanders, who now rest in marked graves. This afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this ceremony every day and in all weather since 1927. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

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In July 1918 Australian General John Monash orchestrated one of the great attacks of the First World War at the Somme town of Hamel. Today this great victory is remembered at the Australian Memorial Park on the heights overlooking the town. Join visiting Australians and local French people to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this Australian triumph on the ground where it took place.

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Day 5 1 July Ypres Salient STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. We will also enjoy lunch at Café de Dreve, where we will meet the owner, Johan Vandewalle, who discovered five Australian bodies on the battlefields in 2006 and who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders. (B, L)

Day 6 2 July Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery We will spend time today exploring Bruges, one of Europe’s most charming medieval cities, with free time to wander the cobbled streets, take a cruise on one of the city’s enchanting canals, ride through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart or sample the lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafés that make Bruges famous. On the


drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed “In Flanders Fields,” the most famous poem of the war. (B)

Day 7 3 July Ypres to the Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches Today we will leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, before travelling to French Flanders and the moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. Then onto Vimy Ridge and the maze of preserved trenches on the site. Our final stop is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. A packed lunch is included today, and we will enjoy dinner in our hotel on our arrival in the Somme. (B, L, D)

Day 8 4 July Hamel Centenary STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ 100th Anniversary commemorations at Hamel ★ Exploration and reflection of the Battlefield Today we will travel to Hamel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle. We will spend a full day exploring the battlefields with our Historian and joining local people and visiting Australians in commemorations to mark the centenary of the attack. At the end of this moving day we will return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

We begin at the Victoria School in VillersBretonneux with the sign that entreats the children to ‘Never Forget Australia’. We will visit Adelaide Cemetery before travelling to the Australian National Memorial at VillersBretonneux, where the Anzac Day Dawn Service is held each year. After lunch, we will begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the huge Lochnagar Crater, followed by the killing fields of Mouquet Farm and Pozieres, where Australia lost 23,000 men in six weeks of fighting. We will also visit the Thiepval Memorial and trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. Returning to Amiens, our evening is free. (B, L)

Day 10 6 July The Somme to Paris STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Farewell Seine dinner cruise We will farewell the battlefields this morning and return to Paris. In the evening we will join a cruise along the Seine River, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner and musical entertainment. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share the memories of our special tour with our travelling companions while cruising past the landmarks of Paris bathed in light. (B, D)

Day 11 7 July Paris Sadly our Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over, but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

“The tour was outstanding in every way.”

Day 9 5 July The Somme STA R IN CLU SI ONS

— DOROTHY, NSW

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School Museum ★ National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux

★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Full day at Hamel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle (Details to be advised by the DVA) ★ 10 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners (including a farewell Seine river cruise with dinner and entertainment) ★ Welcome drink in Paris ★ Champagne tasting in Epernay ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited per person. Register now. Approximate price $5000 per person (land only)

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Remembrance Day Centenary 2018 100 YEA

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10 DAYS 4–13 November 2018 At 11am on November 11, 1918 the guns fell silent on the Western Front and the First World War came to an end. Join this special tour to commemorate the 61,000 Australians killed, on the 100th anniversary of the day the fighting ended. Our tour includes all the key Australian battlefields, and will spend the centenary of the Armistice at a moving commemorative service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

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house with a tasting. Then on to Reims where the kings of France were once crowned. Next we will visit the inspiring Australian 2nd Division Memorial and the remains of trenches captured by Australian troops on the 1918 battlefield of Mont St. Quentin, before we cross the border into Belgium and arrive in Ypres, our home for the next four nights. Dinner tonight is included. (B, D)

day and in all weather since 1927. Two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

★ Paris sightseeing tour ★ Traditional French lunch

Day 4 7 November Ypres

Today will be spent exploring the sights and sounds of Paris on a guided Panoramic Tour. We will see the city’s iconic sights – the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dame. After lunch in a Parisian Bistro we will have free time to further explore this romantic city. (B, L)

★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Last Post Service at the Menin Gate

The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60. We will also enjoy lunch at Café de Dreve, where we will meet the owner, Johan Vandewalle, who discovered five Australian bodies on the battlefields in 2006 and who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders (B, L)

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★ Welcome drink and dinner Welcome to our Western Front tour! After checking in to our Paris hotel, we will come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2 5 November Paris STA R IN CLU SI ONS

Day 3 6 November Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Guided tour and tasting at a Champagne house ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches Our tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. We depart Paris for Epernay, the birthplace of Champagne, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of a Champagne

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This morning we will join our Historian for a walking tour around Ypres, visiting key sites such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, St. George’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate where you will see the blank spaces that previously listed four of the missing in Mat’s Documentary Lost in Flanders, who now rest in marked graves. This afternoon is free to explore the town including a visit to the outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum, before we return to the Menin Gate for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this ceremony every

Day 5 8 November Ypres Salient STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Full day touring battlefields of Ypres Salient ★ Passchendaele Museum ★ Lunch at Café de Dreve

Day 6 9 November Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery We will spend time today exploring Bruges,


one of Europe’s most charming medieval cities, with free time to wander the cobbled streets, take a cruise on one of the city’s enchanting canals, ride through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart or sample the lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafés that make Bruges famous. On the drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed “In Flanders Fields,” the most famous poem of the war. (B)

of the Somme. Our first stop will be the imposing Lochnagar Mine Crater, followed by the village of Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia’s history, and then the 1st Division Memorial and the Windmill. We will also have time to walk the battlefield with our historian, gaining a better understanding of the fighting that led to more Australian casualties than any other battle in our history. We will return to our hotel where our evening is free. (B, L)

Day 7 1 0 November Ypres to the Somme

Day 9  12 November The Somme to Paris

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Today we will leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the battlefield of Messines, before travelling to French Flanders and the moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. Then onto Vimy Ridge and the maze of preserved trenches on the site. Our final stop is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. A packed lunch is included today, and we will enjoy dinner in our hotel on our arrival in the Somme. (B, L, D)

Our last day in the footsteps of the Anzacs will see us return to the 1916 Somme battlefields, where we will visit the maze of trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park and the imposing Thiepval Memorial. We will also visit Mouquet Farm before returning to Villers-Bretonneux to visit the remarkable Victoria School and Museum where a sign in the playground entreats that the students ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. We will then head to the Australian National Memorial to spend some peaceful time reading the names of the missing Australian soldiers and taking a last opportunity to pay our respects to the original Anzacs. We then farewell the battlefields and return to Paris. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner while cruising along the Seine River, a wonderful opportunity to see the landmarks of Paris bathed in light. (B, D)

★ Touring of the battlefields including Fromelles, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt ★ Preserved trenches

Day 8 11 November Remembrance Day STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Remebrance Day Service at VillersBretonneux ★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Lochnagar Mine Crater This morning we will drive to the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. We will gather here with thousands of other Australians to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. Later we will begin our tour of the 1916 battlefields

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School and Museum ★ Farewell Seine cruise

Day 10 13 November Paris Sadly our Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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★ Services of our expert WW1 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux on Remembrance Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the war (details of commemorative events to be confirmed) ★ 9 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (including a farewell Seine river cruise with dinner and entertainment) ★ Welcome drink in Paris ★ Champagne tasting in Epernay ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited

$250*

per person. Register now. Approximate price $4600 per person (land only) *Final price will be available approximately 12 months prior. If, at that point, you do not wish to proceed your $250 registration fee will be refunded in full. Ask us about airfare deals in conjunction with our tours.

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Western Front Walking Tour 7 DAYS 11–17 September 2017 See the battlefields as the Anzacs did – on foot. You will travel by comfortable touring coach to the key Australian battlefields in France and Belgium, and then join your expert WWI historian on walking tours across the fields and valleys that helped forge the Anzac legend. No other tour offers you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Diggers, and to discover trenches, concrete pillboxes and relics from the fighting that still remain.

Day 1 11 September Paris STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Welcome drink and dinner Welcome to our Western Front Walking Tour, a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the original Anzacs. This evening we will meet as a group in our Paris hotel and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2 12 September Paris to Ypres STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Touring of Mont St Quentin and Ypres ★ Participation in Last Post Service at the Menin Gate This morning we depart for the famous wartime town of Ypres – en-route we will visit the 1918 battlefield of Mont St Quentin and the shattered landscape of Hill 60. Then it’s on to Ypres and the Menin Gate, where the names of 54,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers are recorded, for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this bugle ceremony every day and in all-weather since the memorial opened

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in 1927. A passenger will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B)

Day 3  13 September Messines Ridge Walk STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Touring of the Messines Ridge and surrounding battlefields Our journey in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins this morning. We will travel by coach to the nearby battlefield of Messines Ridge, where Australian, New Zealand and British troops achieved a magnificent victory in June 1917. Here we will enjoy a 17-kilometre walk (moderate difficulty) around the battlefield, gaining a unique perspective of the ground fought over in this epic battle. Highlights include the sites where two Australians won the Victoria Cross, two of the huge mine craters that were detonated during the battle and several picturesque cemeteries where hundreds of Anzacs still lie. In the afternoon we will return to our Ypres hotel. A packed lunch is included today. (B, L)

Day 4 14 September Ypres Salient Walk STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Full day touring the battlefields of the Ypres Salient including Polygon Wood and Passchendaele After breakfast we conduct shorter walking tours of the key battles in the notorious Ypres Salient – Polygon Wood and Passchendaele. Our touring coach will deliver us to each battlefield, which we will then explore on foot with our Historian. The Polygon Wood walk is 2 kilometres of low intensity, and the Passchendaele walk is 7 kilometres of moderate intensity. On both battlefields we will learn about the extraordinary courage of the Anzac troops and visit the cemeteries where many of them still lie. Lunch is included at Cafe de Dreve, where the owner, Johan Vandewalle, will tell us about his discovery of the bodies of Private Hunter and Sergeant Calder in a Belgian field, the two Australian soldiers who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders. (B, L)


Day 5 15 September Fromelles Walk

Day 7  17 September Somme to Paris

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★ Touring of the battlefields between Ypres and the Somme including Fromelles and Bullecourt This morning we farewell Ypres and drive a short distance to the infamous Australian battlefield of Fromelles. In July 1916 Australia’s first action on the Western Front resulted in our worst ever military disaster, with 5533 men lost in just 20 hours of fighting. We will spend the morning walking the ground where this disaster unfolded. The ground is flat but the battlefield is large and we will walk approximately 10 kilometres today. This emotional experience will give you a thorough understanding of why the attack went so terribly wrong, as you cross the fields where so many young Australians lost their lives. You will also see the site of the recently discovered mass grave at Pheasant Wood, and the new cemetery. We will also visit the new Fromelles museum and enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we will travel to the Somme, stopping en-route to visit the battlefield at Bullecourt. (B, L)

★ Touring of the Somme battlefields ★ Victoria School Museum Our final day will be spent visiting the Victoria School Museum in Villers-Bretonneux and the Australian National Memorial, where nearly 11,000 Australian soldiers missing from fighting in France are commemorated. We will also drive to the Australian Memorial Park at Hamel, scene of a great Australian victory in July 1918. We will then return on our coach to Paris, where sadly our tour will end at Gare Du Nord train station. (B)

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Services of an expert WW1 Historian

Day 6 16 September Pozieres Walk

★ Central Paris pick-up and drop-off

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★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary

★ Touring of the 1916 Somme battlefields including the Mouquet Farm and Thiepval Memorial

★ 6 nights’ 3 and 4-star accommodation

This morning we will drive to the small village of Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australian history. Our final walk will be one of the most emotional, of moderate intensity covering about 10 kilometres on the battlefield including lunch at a local café. In the afternoon we will visit other famous sites from the 1916 Somme fighting including Mouquet Farm, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ All entrance fees as per itinerary ★ Travel by comfortable touring vehicle ★ All tips to your Historian and Driver ★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited on the tour

$4147

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per person, twin share. Single supplement $1050.

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Fall of the Third Reich 9 DAYS 9–17 September 2017 This unique tour traces one of the darkest chapters in history, from the origins of the National Socialist Party in 1920s Munich, to the plunge into World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. The tour will also explore the collapse of this brutal empire, which culminated in the destruction of Berlin and the Nuremberg War Trials in 1946. This tour will not glorify the actions of this sinister regime, but will shed light on this terrible time by walking the ground where these world-changing events occurred.

Day 1 9 September Munich STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Welcome drink and dinner Welcome to our Fall of the Third Reich tour, and a fascinating study of one of the world’s most evil empires. This evening the group will come together in Munich. We will enjoy a welcome drink in our hotel followed by dinner, an opportunity to get to know our travelling companions, Historian and Tour Manager better. (D)

Day 2 10 September Munich STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Walking tour of Munich’s Third Reich sites ★ Dinner at the Hofbräuhaus Munich was known as the birthplace of the Nazi Party, and we will spend the day exploring this famous city. In the morning we will enjoy a walk tracing the route of the ill-fated “Putsch” of 1923. We will see the

former Bierkeller, the Sterneckerbrau, where Hitler first becomes interested in politics. We will pass the building which became the birthplace of the dreaded SS, and stop at the old town hall, now a toy museum, from where Goebbels orchestrated the event which became notorious as “Kristallnacht”. We will see the Odeonsplatz, the central square in Munich, and visit the scene of the street fighting that ended the 1923 ‘Beer Hall Putsch’, Hitler’s failed attempt to overthrow the German government. After free time for lunch we will walk to the site of the former HQ of the Nazi Party in Munich, the “Brown House” at Konigsplatz and see where the famous Munich Accord of 1938 was signed and see the site of the former “Ehrentempel”. On the way back we will pass the Maximillian University were Hans and Sophie Scholl were arrested whilst distributing antiNazi literature, the famous “White Rose” movement. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at the Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world. (B, D)

Day 3 1 1 September Dachau Concentration Camp STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Dachau concentration camp Today we will travel to Dachau, the first official concentration camp established by the Nazis. Despite not being an extermination camp, it is estimated that more than 40,000 inmates died in the camp, mostly from

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disease and malnutrition. During this sobering visit we will see the remains of the camp where prisoners were housed, the chambers where prisoners were disinfected and the crematorium where the bodies of inmates were disposed of. We will then return to Munich for lunch, after which we bid farewell to Munich and drive into the Bavarian Alps to the picturesque town of Berchtesgaden. Our evening is free. (B)

Day 4 12 September Berchtesgaden STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Tour and lunch at the Eagle’s Nest ★ Tour of the Obersalzberg complex On arrival at Berchtesgaden we will climb a narrow alpine road to the Eagle’s Nest, the mountaintop retreat that was given to Hitler as a gift to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1939. On arrival we will enjoy a guided tour and lunch in the restaurant, the same room where Hitler hosted visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon we will explore the compound known as the Obersalzberg, where Hitler, Goering and other Nazi leaders had houses. This was one of the most exclusive retreats in the Nazi empire and was not open to the public during the war. Only the most senior members of the Nazi Party and visiting VIP guests were allowed access. The compound was badly damaged during the war and the remaining ruins were destroyed by order of the Bavarian government in 1952, however there are still a number of interesting sites


associated with the Nazis to explore. We will begin with a visit to the Documentation Centre, an excellent museum that chronicles the Nazi association with the region. We will also visit the remains of key buildings from the former Nazi complex including the Hotel Turken (and its underground bunker complex), and the site of Hitler’s holiday house, the Berghof. Following this fascinating visit, we will return to Berchtesgaden in time to check into our central hotel and enjoy a free evening to explore the town. (B, L)

Day 5 1 3 September Berchtesgagen to Nuremberg STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Walking tour of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds This morning we say farewell to the Alps and drive onwards to our next destination, Nuremberg, the site of the huge Nazi Party rallies of the 1930s. Hundreds of thousands of visitors would descend on the city for a week-long celebration of National Socialism, during which Hitler and other key leaders of the Party would deliver stirring speeches. To accommodate the crowds, Hitler instructed his key architect, Albert Speer, to build the huge Nazi Party Rally Grounds that came to symbolise the ideals of the Third Reich. After the war, Nuremberg was a fitting site for the War Crimes trials that condemned many of the Nazi leaders to death. On arrival in Nuremberg we will have lunch before a visit to the new visitor’s centre detailing the history of Nuremberg and the Nazis. We will then have a walking tour around the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, taking in the sites such as the Zeppelinweise, the only part of the grounds actually completed, and the largest surviving remains where Hitler and other senior Nazis were filmed leading the famous rallies of the 1930s in front of tens of thousands of adoring citizens. The buildings that remain are only a fraction of the dozens of pavilions, stadiums and arenas that were once here. In the evening we will check into our central hotel. Our evening is free. (B, L)

Day 6 14 September Nuremberg to Berlin STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Tour of the Nuremberg War Crimes trials rooms This morning we will visit a key site associated with the Nazi Party in Nuremberg. A highlight of the day will be a visit to the famous Nuremberg Court House where the trials of those apprehended were carried out. After an early lunch we say farewell to Nuremberg and drive to Berlin, the capital of both the Third Reich and modern Germany where, on arrival, we will check in to our hotel. Later we will have a leisurely walk around the old Government district taking in such sights as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Tiergarten and other memorials before returning to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 7 15 September Berlin STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Berlin Commonwealth War Cemetery ★ Wannsee Villa ★ Olympic Stadium This morning begins with a drive to the Berlin Commonwealth War Cemetery, where we will pay our respects to the Commonwealth troops, including Australians and New Zealanders, buried there. We will then visit Wannsee Villa, on the outskirts of Berlin, where in January 1942 a conference was held by senior members of the SS to determine how best to implement the ‘Final Solution’, the rounding up and transporting of Jews to extermination camps. Today the villa houses an excellent interpretive centre that details the conference and other aspects of the Holocaust. After this a stop at the Bahnhof Grunewald and the extremely poignant “Gleis 17” from where the vast majority of Berlin’s Jews where deported to their fate in the East. We will finish the day with a visit to the magnificent Berlin Olympic Stadium, now home to Hertha Berlin FC, but of course the location for the 1936 Olympics, “Hitler’s Games”. We will then return to Berlin where our evening is free. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Treptow Soviet Memorial Park ★ Farewell dinner Our final day in the footsteps of the Nazis will begin with a visit to the Treptow Soviet Memorial Park, which commemorates the 80,000 Russian soldiers killed in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. After this it is back into Berlin via the longest surviving stretch of the old Berlin Wall, the Eastside Gallery and a quick look at the aftermath, the “Cold War”, with a visit to Checkpoint Charlie. We will then enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Berlin or take in some last minute shopping, before coming together this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 9 17 September Berlin Sadly our tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B)

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Services of a War Historian, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ 8 nights’ 3- and 4-star accommodation

F all o f t h e Thi rd R ei c h

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★ Hotel porterage

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★ Travel by First-Class air-conditioned touring vehicles ★ All tips to your Historian and Driver ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

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★ Welcome drinks in Munich

★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary

C ZECH REPUB LIC

Munich (3)

★ Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 4 dinners ★ Extensive touring of Munich, Berchtesgaden, Nuremberg and Berlin

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AUSTRIA Berchtesgaden (2)

$4297

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Anzac Day at Gallipoli 6 DAYS 21–26 April 2017 and 2018 A visit to Gallipoli for Anzac Day is a life-changing experience. This tour gives you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the 50,000 Australians who served at Gallipoli, including the 8000 who never came home. The tour visits all the key sites on the Gallipoli peninsula – the highlight is the Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

Day 1

21 April Istanbul to Gallipoli

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★ Ferry across the Dardanelles ★ Cimenlik Fort ★ 5 nights in Gallipoli Our journey in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. The group will assemble at our central meeting point in Istanbul at 8.30am for a 9.00am departure for the 5-hour drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. As we drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara and the straits of the Dardanelles, we will be viewing the waterway that the British, French and Anzac troops were intended to secure during the Gallipoli campaign. This inconspicuous stretch of sea was the cause of the carnage at Gallipoli. On arrival at the Gallipoli battlefield area we will enjoy free time for lunch in the port town of Eceabat before crossing the Dardanelles by ferry and visiting Cimenlik Fort in the town of Canakkale. This fort was heavily engaged by Allied warships during the naval battles of February and March 1915 – a huge unexploded British naval shell is still embedded in one of the fort’s walls! In the evening we will leave the noise and bustle of Canakkale for the tranquillity of our Gallipoli

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hotel, our home for the next five nights. We will enjoy dinner on arrival. (D)

Day 2 22 April Anzac Sector STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Gallipoli battlefields ★ Anzac Cove ★ North Beach ★ Shrapnel Gully ★ Lone Pine ★ The Nek ★ Quinn’s Post ★ Chunuk Bair Today we will visit the battlefields that were the birthplace of the Anzac legend. We will explore Anzac Cove, North Beach, Shrapnel Gully, Lone Pine, The Nek, Quinn’s Post, Chunuk Bair and many more. The most moving part of this experience will

be spending time in the cemeteries where thousands of Anzacs lie, and seeing the graves of legendary Anzacs including John Simpson, the ‘man with the donkey’. Lunch is included today at a local restaurant on the Gallipoli peninsula, and dinner will be at or our hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3  23 April Cape Helles and Suvla Bay STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Cape Helles ★ Turkish Martyr’s Memorial ★ Krithia ★ Suvla Bay ★ Picnic lunch ★ Private memorial service at Lone Pine Today will be spent exploring a lesserknown, but no less important, chapter of the Gallipoli story, the battlefield at Cape Helles on the southern toe of the peninsula. British and French troops landed on the beaches at Helles at the same time the Australians came ashore at Anzac Cove. More than 30,000 of them were killed in nine months of fighting, as they desperately tried to advance northwards and link up with the Anzacs. Today we will visit the cemeteries where


many of them still lie, as well as the beaches where they were mown down as they came ashore. We will also pay our respects to the soldiers on the other side of the line, the Turks, at the impressive Martyr’s Memorial overlooking Morto Bay. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the pretty village of Seddülbahir, before discovering the story of the Anzac’s forgotten battle at Gallipoli with a visit to the battlefield at Krithia. Hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders were killed here during a murderous advance in May 1915, yet today the battle is virtually unknown. This afternoon we will drive north to visit the battlefields at Suvla Bay, scene of missed opportunities and bitter disappointment during August 1915. This evening we will gather at the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine and conduct an informal private service in memory of the men who lost their lives in this epic battle. We will then return to our hotel for dinner, and the chance to share our stories of a memorable day with the rest of the group. (B, L, D)

Day 4 24 April Troy STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Troy ★ Trojan Horse The pace will be relaxed today to prepare for our busy day tomorrow. In the morning we will travel south to tour the ancient city of Troy, immortalised in the tales of the Trojan War and the story of the famous Trojan Horse. In the afternoon we will have time at leisure, a chance to rest before our big day tomorrow. After dinner we will depart for the Anzac Day Dawn Service, where we will be given a snack box. (B, D)

around the southern toe of the peninsula, approaching Gallipoli in exactly the same way the original Anzacs did in 1915. This enables us to leave our hotel later than other groups, and avoid road closures and traffic hold-ups. Our boat will dock only a short drive from the Anzac Commemorative Site. Then, as the dawn breaks over the Gallipoli peninsula, we will join thousands of fellow Australians and New Zealanders in an once-in-a-lifetime event, the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove. As the sun rises behind us, the strains of the Last Post will echo across the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, silent now but once the scene of so much sacrifice and tragedy. After the Dawn Service we will leave the peninsula and return to our hotel and have free time to relax. Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening. (Snack box, D)

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

Day 6 26 April Gallipoli to Istanbul

★ Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 5 dinners

We farewell Gallipoli this morning and return to Istanbul where our tour ends at our central drop-off point. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B, L)

★ Services of an expert WW1 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Anzac Day Dawn Service at Anzac Cove including boat transfer ★ 5 nights’ 3-star accommodation at Gallipoli ★ Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields ★ Half-day tour to Ancient Troy ★ Travel by first-class air-conditioned coach ★ Bottled water for each passenger each day ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver

Day 5 25 April Anzac Day

★ Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide book, Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide

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★ Boat transfer to Gallipoli Peninsula ★ Official Dawn Service at Anzac Cove

★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

An Anzac Day we will never forget! We will depart from our hotel around midnight and drive the short distance to Canakkale. Then, while other groups are fighting with each other for space on the peninsula’s congested roads, we will board a boat, and cruise

$2497

2017 per person, twin share. Single supplement: $755 2018

$250*

per person.

Register now. The final price will be available approximately 12 months prior. If, at that point, you do not wish to proceed your $250 registration fee will be refunded in full.

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Istanbul

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Travel on to Europe. This tour can be combined with the Western Front Explorer Tour (pages 12/13) departing Paris on 1 May. Add a couple of nights in Istanbul and/or Paris to relax and you have a perfect extension. Deduct $50pp as a 2nd tour discount!

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Vietnam Commemoration 2017 17 DAYS 9–25 October, 2017 Walk in the footsteps of more than 50,000 Australians who served during the Vietnam War on this emotional journey to the former battlefields. Our 17-day tour takes in all the key Australian sites from the war, plus many of Vietnam’s cultural treasures, allowing you to experience all aspects of this vibrant country. This tour will appeal to both veterans and ordinary Australians who wish to explore this significant chapter in our history.

Day 1 9  October Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Day 4 12 October Saigon to Vung Tau

STA R IN CLU SI ONS

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★ Arrival transfer ★ Welcome drink and dinner

★ Saigon River by hydrofoil ★ 1st Australian Logistic Support Group base site ★ Peter Badcoe Club site and the ‘Flags’ area

On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City we will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Tonight we will travel to a local restaurant for welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2 10 October Saigon City Tour STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ City sightseeing tour ★ War Remnants Museum ★ Reunification Palace ★ Ben Thanh Markets This morning begins with a short orientation walk. We then visit the former Presidential Palace and War Remnants Museum, the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Binh Tay market precinct of Cho Lon. We will also visit Father Tam’s Catholic Church where President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother hid themselves in 1963 before being taken away and executed. We will finish our day at the renowned Ben Thanh Markets, one of Saigon’s most famous landmarks. (B, L)

Day 3 11 October Cu Chi Tunnels STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Cu Chi Tunnels ★ Bien Duoc Memorial ★ Lunch at floating restaurant ★ Boat trip to Saigon Today we visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, where Australians first operated in the Iron Triangle in 1965. After visiting the Den Ben Duoc Temple at Cu Chi we will enjoy lunch at a nearby floating restaurant. The return trip will be by boat down the Saigon River. (B, L, D)

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Today we travel down the Saigon River by hydrofoil to the seaside resort town of Vung Tau and the former site of the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1 ALSG). We will enjoy an orientation tour of the town including the former 1 ALSG base area, and former Peter Badcoe Club site and the ‘Flags’ area. We will also visit the Front and Back beach areas and can take a dip in the South China Sea! (B, L, D)

Day 5 13 October Long Tan STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ 1st Australian Task Force Base ★ Remembrance service at Long Tan Today we will travel to the former Phuoc Tuy Province and area of operations for the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) via Baria. The area is still a military reserve in parts and some areas may be restricted to visitors. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed in Nui Dat followed by a drive to the battlefield at Long Tan and a Remembrance Service at the Long Tan Cross Memorial site. After the service we will return to Vung Tau where our afternoon is free. (B, L)

Day 6 14 October Long Hai STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Minh Dam Secret Zone ★ Battle of Ap My An site This morning we will travel along the South China Sea coast to visit the former Minh Dam

Secret Zone. We will climb to the apex of the Long Hai Hills for spectacular views of the area and visit the local museum in the former Viet Cong Sanctuary. Returning to Vung Tau we travel through the former area of operations and visit the site of the Battle of Ap My An near Lang Phuoc Hai that occurred during Operation Bribie in February 1967. (B, L, D)

Day 7 15 October Vung Tau to Saigon STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Battle of Binh Ba site ★ Battle of Nui Le This morning we will visit the scene of the Battle of Binh Ba. After a picnic lunch we will travel north to the area of the Courtenay Rubber Plantation and the scene of the Battle of Nui Le, Australia’s last major action of the war. Gary McKay will give a battle site briefing at Nui Le, the action where he was wounded and was awarded the Military Cross. We will then return to Saigon where our evening is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 8 16 October Saigon to Hoi An STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Internal flight to Da Nang ★ Red Beach ★ China Beach This morning we fly to Da Nang in central Vietnam. Upon arrival we will visit the headquarters of the Australian Army Training Team. We will also visit Marble Mountain, famous for its marble factories. Next we will visit Red Beach where the US Marines first landed in 1965, and China Beach, the Rest and Convalesence Centre for US troops. Lunch will be in a local restaurant near the beach. Afterwards we will drive to Hoi An. (B, L, D)


Day 9 17 October Hoi An

Day 15 23 October Ha Long Bay

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★ Orientation tour of Hoi An After breakfast we will enjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful provincial and historic town. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage–listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant we have the afternoon at leisure. This evening dinner is at the Ancient Faifo restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 10 18 October Hoi An to Hue STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Hai Van Pass

This morning at leisure with lunch at a local restaurant. Later we drive north via the famous Hai Van Pass to the former Imperial Capital of Hue. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 11 19 October Hue City Tour STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Boat trip on the Perfume River ★ Thien Mu Pagoda ★ Ancient City walk Today we will take a boat trip on the Perfume River on our way to visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. We will then visit The Citadel and walk around this historic and ancient city. (B, L, D)

Day 12 20 October DMZ Today we travel north to the Demilitarised Zone from the war. We visit the Vinh Moc tunnels, Cua Tung beach, Hien Luong bridge, the Rock Pile and the battle site of Khe Sanh. (B, L, D)

Day 13 21 October Hue to Hanoi STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Flight to Hanoi ★ Cyclo ride around Old Quarter ★ Water Puppet Show This morning we fly to the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter. This evening we will attend the world famous Water Puppet Show. Lunch and dinner are at local restaurants. (B, L, D)

★ Vietnamese Crafts Cooperative ★ Overnight cruise on a traditional wooden luxury junk ★ Lunch and dinner on board Today we will drive east through the scenic landscape, stopping at a crafts cooperative en-route to Ha Long Bay. We will board our traditional wooden luxury cruiser for a majestic cruise, enjoying a delicious seafood lunch as we take in the magnificent scenery. This evening relax on board over dinner before retiring for the night to our wellequipped cabins. (B, L, D)

Day 16 24 October Ha Long Bay to Hanoi STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Brunch on board ★ Cruising ★ Hong Ngoc Handicraft Centre ★ Farewell dinner This morning we will enjoy a light breakfast on board while watching the magnificent sunrise on Ha Long Bay. We will then continue exploring the islands, beach coves, caves and floating villages. A brunch will be served before returning to the port. Returning to Hanoi we will visit Hong Ngoc Handicraft Centre. Tonight our farewell dinner, and a chance for a final celebration with the new friends we have made during this special tour. (B, Brunch, D)

Day 17 25 October Hanoi This morning we will transfer to the airport to connect with our international flight back to Australia. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Vietnam C omme mora ti on 2017

★ Orientation tour of Hanoi ★ Ho Chi Minh’s home ★ ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison This morning a highlights tour of Hanoi, which includes the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s home and the Army Museum. We will enjoy lunch at Brothers Café before continuing to the Lake of the Restored Sword. We will also visit the notorious ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison, Hoa Lo, and the Dong Xuan Market. This evening is free. (B, L)

Gary McKay

Gary McKay spent 30 years as an army officer after being conscripted for national service in 1968. He served in South Vietnam in 1971 as an infantry rifle platoon commander, where he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and severely wounded in the last major Australian battle of the Vietnam War. In 1987 Gary’s best-selling autobiography In Good Company was released, and since then he has written a further 10 books.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Expert Vietnam War Historian Gary McKay ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ 16 nights’ 3- and 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Welcome drink and dinner ★ Breakfast daily, 14 lunches, 12 dinners and 1 brunch

Hanoi (2,1)

★ Bottled water each day

Ha Long Bay (1)

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★ Overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay on traditional wooden luxury junk ★ All entrance fees are as per the itinerary ★ Travel by comfortable air conditioned touring vehicle ★ Copy of Gary McKay’s book Australia’s Battlefields in Viet Nam

Hue (3)

Day 14 22 October Hanoi City Tour STA R IN CLU SI ONS

Your Historian

Da Nang

THA ILAND

Hoi An (2)

CAM B OD IA VIETNAM Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (3/1) TOUR S TA R T

Vung Tau (3)

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★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

$5747

per person, twin share. Single supplement $1500.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP CAMBODIA EXTENSION TO UR

This incredible destination is designed to be added to your Vietnam commemoration tour. Visit Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and the great city of Angkor Thom. Ask our team for itinerary and prices.

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Guadalcanal and HMAS Canberra 75th Anniversary 6 DAYS 5–10 August 2017 This exclusive 6-day tour explores the battlefields from one of the most famous conflicts of the Pacific War, the Battle of Guadalcanal. Our tour commemorates the anniversary of the Allied landings, as well as the loss of HMAS Canberra two days later.

Day 1  5 August arrive Honiara STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Welcome dinner Welcome to our exclusive anniversary tour! On arrival in Honiara we will be picked up from the famous WWII Henderson Airfield and then transferred to our central hotel. We will then visit the US Memorial on Hill 73, which offers panoramic views over the battlefield. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner, an excellent opportunity to get to know our travelling companions and Historian better. (D)

Day 2

6 August Guadalcanal Battlefields

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★ Visits to the battlefields of Alligator Creek ★ Edison’s Ridge ★ The Gifu ★ Mount Austen Today we will explore the key battlefields

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from the campaign in and around Honiara. We will begin by visiting the Japanese Memorial on Hill 34 and also the Japanese stronghold known as the Gifu, on the slopes of Mount Austen, where relics from the fighting abound. In the afternoon we will visit Alligator Creek, scene of the first major battle on Guadalcanal, and also the famous Bloody Ridge, where a small band of marines held off a strong Japanese attack in September 1942. (B)

Day 3 7  August Guadalcanal 75th Anniversary STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Attendance at anniversary commemoration services ★ Visit to Red Beach and the amrac graveyard ★ Visit to Vilu outdoor museum Today is the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings and a significant day of ceremonies. We will first attend a commemorative service

at the US Memorial, built to honour the more than 7000 men who were killed capturing the island. In the afternoon we will drive east and visit Red Beach, where Allied troops first landed on Guadalcanal, plus the ‘amtrac graveyard’, where dozens of World War Two amphibious tractors remain in the jungle. We will also see the amazing outdoor museum at Vilu, which features wrecks of aircraft, tanks and guns. (B)

Day 4 8 August Tulagi STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Boat transfer to Tulagi Islands ★ Full day touring the islands of Tulagi, Gavutu and Tanambogo Today we man the boats. We will travel across the twenty miles of Iron Bottom Sound to the island of Tulagi. At 7.40am on August 7, 1942, US marines made the first landing of the Guadalcanal campaign at Haleta on Florida Island. We will re-enact what can


Lexington, in what can be regarded as the opening shots in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Late in the afternoon we will return across Iron Bottom Sound to Guadalcanal. (B)

Day 5 9  August HMAS Canberra Anniversary & Departure STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ HMAS Canberra memorial service Today is the anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Canberra during the naval Battle of Savo Island. We will conduct a memorial service and lay a wreath in honour of the 193 Australian sailors killed or wounded during the battle. The remainder of the day is free at leisure. (B)

Day 6 10 August Departure

be regarded as the first step taken by US forces on the long road Tokyo. The 1st Raiders and the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines then pressed on with their Tulagi landings at Blue Beach. Later in the campaign Tulagi was an important Patrol Boat base, and this is where John F. Kennedy was originally stationed in 1943. During our day on Tulagi we will see the site of the Resident Commissioner’s house and the fiercely fought over cricket pitch. In the afternoon we will see the smaller nearby islands of Gavutu and Tanambogo, which were also attacked by the Marines on August 7. The Japanese fiercely resisted all these landings, and we will walk the ground where the Marines fought their way ashore. We will then travel on to Purvis Bay where we will see the wreck of the American landing ship LST-342, which broke in half after being hit by a Japanese torpedo in 1943. The floating front half was towed to Purvis Bay and beached. In nearby Tokyo Bay we will see the sunken wreck of the Japanese destroyer Kikutsuki. The Kikutsuki was used during the original Japanese landings on Tulagi on May 3, 1942 and was sunk the next day by planes from Admiral Fletcher’s carriers Yorktown and

Our last morning in Honiara is free, time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. In the afternoon we will be transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia. (B) Please note: This itinerary is an indication of the sites visited on the tour. The order of each day may be adjusted to allow for local events, weather conditions, etc.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Services of an expert WW2 Historian ★ 5 nights’ 4-star accommodation ★ Airport transfers ★ Extensive touring of the battlefield sites at Guadalcanal ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Full day tour to Tulagi including boat transfer ★ Anniversary commemorations at the US Memorial and HMAS Canberra Memorial

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Vilu Museum

★ Welcome dinner and breakfast daily

Tulagi Island

★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver and experienced Local Guides ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary

Alligator Creek

★ Travel by comfortable air-conditioned touring vehicle

Red Beach Edson’s Ridge

Honiara (5)

US Memorial

Honiara Int. Airport (Henderson Field)

Japanese Memorial Mount Austen S OL O M O N I S L AN DS

Amtrac Graveyard

★ All tips to your Historian and Driver ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

$3297

per person, twin share (land only). Single supplement: $854

Extend your tour to the island of Gizo, where John F. Kennedy was marooned after his patrol boat was sunk in 1943. Ask us for details.

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Beersheba Centenary TOUR Tour 2017 1 0 0 YOUR INCLUDES YEA

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★ Services of an expert WW1 Historian ★ 6 nights’ 4-star accommodation

7 DAYS 26 October–1 November 2017 The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba in 1917 was one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Join us for this unique tour to retrace the actions of the Light Horsemen in that famous battle, and walk the ground where the charge took place on the 100th anniversary of the battle.

★ Arrival airport transfer in Tel Aviv from Ben Gurion airport (within operating hours) ★ Departure group airport transfer from Beersheba to Ben Gurion airport (at set time) ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Extensive touring in the footsteps of the Australian Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba ★ Travel by first-class air-conditioned touring vehicle ★ Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners

Day 1

26 October Arrive Tel Aviv

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★ Airport transfer, welcome drink and dinner On arrival at Ben Guirion airport we will be met by a representative from Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours and transferred to our 4-star hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv. This evening we will come together to enjoy a welcome dinner in our hotel, an excellent opportunity to get to know our Historian, Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D)

Day 2 27 October Tel Aviv to Tiberias STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Visits to Haifa War Cemetery & Mount Carmel ★ Walking tour of Nazareth old city This morning we will travel to Haifa, where we will visit the Haifa War Cemetery, which contains around 300 WWI commonwealth graves as well as a few dozen WWII commonwealth graves. Our next stop is the slopes of Mount Carmel, where the capture of an Austrian Artillery Battery cleared the road into the city. We will continue to Nazareth, where we walk through the old city with its narrow streets. We will visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church before continuing to Tiberias where we will check in to our hotel and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 28 October Tiberias to Jerusalem STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Tzemach railway station ★ Jerusalem War Cemetery & Memorial Today we travel south along Route 90 following the Jordan Valley toward Jerusalem. Enroute we will stop at the old Tzemach railway station, where we will visit the

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★ Bottled water for each passenger each day memorial plaque at the restored railway station building, now part of a College. We then continue to Jerusalem, where we will visit the Jerusalem War Cemetery. Within the cemetery stands the Jerusalem Memorial, commemorating 3,300 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the First World War in operations in Egypt or Palestine and who have no known grave. A packed lunch is included today as well as dinner in our hotel in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

Day 4 29 October Jerusalem STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Mount of Olives ★ Restored Jewish Quarter ★ Christian Quarter ★ Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial We will start today with a panoramic view of the city from Mount of Olives. We will then explore the restored Jewish Quarter and visit the Cardo, an ancient Roman marketplace where you can still shop today. We will stop at the Western Wall before continuing to the Christian Quarter and enjoy a walk along the Via Dolorosa, following the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch at a local restaurant we will visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, situated on the green slopes of Har HaZikaron, (the Mount of Remembrance) in Jerusalem. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5 30 October Jerusalem to Beersheba and Dead Sea STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Services of a Tour Manager and Driver ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

$3447

per person, twin share. Single supplement: $975

Light Horse Brigade charged over. On arrival in Beersheba we will visit the Park of the Australian Soldier, opened in 2008 to commemorate the 773 Australians who died here. We will then travel to the Dead Sea area where we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 31 October Beersheba Centenary STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Beersheba Centenary commemoration services ★ Farewell dinner Our day starts with a visit to Beersheba War Cemetery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle (details of commemorative events to be advised). We will spend a full day exploring the battlefields with our Historian to mark the centenary of the attack. Lunch is included at a local restaurant and at the end of this moving day we will return to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

★ Visit town of Bethlehem ★ Park of the Australian Soldier in Beersheba

Day 7 1 November Dead Sea to Tel Aviv

Today we will travel south to Beersheba, stopping enroute at the town of Bethlehem, steeped in myth and history. We will continue south to Beersheba where we will be able to see the ground that the 7th Australian

Sadly our tour ends today. After enjoying breakfast and checking out of our hotel, we will have a group transfer to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. (B)


Anglo-Zulu Boer War YOUR TOUR Journey INCLUDES ★ The services of two Military Historians & Accredited Battlefield Guides ★ 20 nights’ 3- to 5-star accommodation

2 1 DAYS 26 February–18 March 2017

★ Breakfast daily, 18 lunches, 20 dinners

Our Military Historians & Accredited Battlefield Guides will take you on a journey delving into the history of the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars on this unique tour.

★ Services of local area specialists

★ Comfortable air-conditioned coach ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ Hotel porterage where available ★ All tips to your Historian and Driver

$7847

per person, twin share. Single supplement: $1375

Day 1  26 February Arrive Johannesburg to Pretoria

Day 8 5 March “Zulu”

Day 16 13 March Leeuwkop

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★ Isandlwana Overnight Dundee (B, L, D)

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Day 9 6 March Rorke’s Drift

Day 17 14 March Bethlehem to Kroonstadt

★ Airport transfer ★ Welcome dinner Overnight in Pretoria (D)

Day 2  27 February Pretoria to Bandelierkop STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Pretoria town cemetery ★ Mokopan ★ Polokwane concentration camp and military cemetery Overnight Limpopo (B, L, D)

Day 3  28 February “Breaker Morant” territory STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Valdezia ★ Sweetwaters Hotel ★ Homestead of Colonel Schiel Overnight Limpopo (B, L, D)

Day 4  1 March Bandelierkop to Kapama STA R IN CLU SI ONS

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★ Rorke’s Drift Overnight Dundee (B, L, D)

Day 10 7 March Dundee to Newcastle STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Majuba Volcano Overnight Newcastle (B, L, D)

Day 11 8 March Newcastle to Springbok STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Elandslaagte Overnight Ladysmith (B, L, D)

Day 12  9 March Springbok to Drakensberg

★ Graves of the Grobler boys ★ Viljoen homestead ★ Burgher memorial ★ Kapama Private Game Lodge Overnight Kruger National Park (B, L, D)

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Day 5  2 March Kapama to Piet Retief (for Ermelo)

Day 13  10 March Armoured Train Ambush

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★ Battlefield of Onverwacht ★ Ermelo Overnight Piet Retief (B, L, D)

★ Wagon Hill ★ Caesar’s Camp ★ Three Tree Hill Overnight Drakensberg (B, L, D)

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★ Drakensburg Mountains ★ Colenso battlefield Overnight Drakensberg (B, L, D)

Day 6 3 March Piet Retief to Natal Spa

Day 14 11 March “Spy hill lookout”

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Day 7 4 March Natal Spa to Dundee

Day 15  12 March Drakensberg to Bethlehem

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★ Kaalhoek battle site ★ Entombe River Drift Overnight Vryheid (B, L, D)

★ Hlobane Overnight Dundee (B, L, D)

★ Spioenkop Overnight Drakensberg (B, L, D)

★ Historic unveiling of Leeuwkop memorial Overnight Clarens (B, L, D)

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★ Yeomanry Hill Overnight Kroonstadt (B, L, D)

Day 18 15 March Kroonstadt to Parys STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Bothaville ★ Vredefort crater ★ Palmietkuil farm Overnight Parys (B, L, D)

Day 19  16 March Parys to Rustenburg STAR INCLUSIONS

★ The Siege at Elands River ★ Koster River Overnight Rustenburg (B, L, D)

Day 20 17 March Rustenburg – Johannesburg STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Kedar Lodge (Boer War) Museum ★ President Paul Kruger’s home ★ Ditsong National Military Museum Overnight Johannesburg (B, D)

Day 21 18 March Departure STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Johannesburg city sightseeing tour ★ Local craft market (B) Contact our team to see the full itinerary or refer to www.battlefields.com.au

★ Groenkop ★ Graspan ★ Bethlehem Overnight Clarens (B, L, D) Anglo-Zulu Boer War Journey

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Darwin 75th Anniversary Tour 6 DAYS 16–21 February 2017 On 19 February 1942, World War 2 was brought to the shores of Australia when the Japanese bombed Darwin. On this day, over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. Join us to remember them on the 75th anniversary of this fateful day, and see sites from the war that still remain.

Day 1 16 February Darwin STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Arrival transfer

Welcome to Darwin! We will be met and transferred to our hotel (subject to flight arrival time).

Day 2 17 February Darwin STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Key historic sites of Darwin including World War 2 oil storage tunnels ★ Christchurch Cathedral ★ Government House and Parliament House Today we will tour some of the key historic sites of Darwin including Stokes Hill, Fort Hill Wharf and World War 2 oil storage tunnels. We will also visit Christchurch Cathedral, Government House and Parliament House. (B)

Day 3 18 February Darwin STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ WW2 airfields ★ Snake Creek Explosives Storage Dump ★ Adelaide River War Cemetery Today we will venture further afield and visit WW2 airfields, Snake Creek Explosives Storage Dump, and Adelaide River War Cemetery. We will enjoy a picnic lunch today before returning to Darwin City. (B, L)

Day 4 19 February Darwin – 75th Anniversary Commemorations STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ 75th anniversary commemorations Today we join the township of Darwin for

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the service and commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. (B)

Day 5 20 February Darwin STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Darwin Military Museum ★ Defence of Darwin Experience ★ Australian Aviation Heritage Centre ★ Cruise on Darwin harbour Today we will visit the Darwin Military Museum set originally amongst concrete gun emplacements and other fortifications in an area that was one of the most heavily fortified parts of Australia during the war. We will then move on to the Defence of Darwin Experience, an interactive exhibition space that tells the story of the Bombing of Darwin through multi-media followed by the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre with its impressive presentation of aircraft including a massive B-52 bomber. This evening we will sail into the sunset and enjoy a delicious cocktail and dinner as we cruise along the Darwin harbour. (B, D)

Day 6 21 February Depart Darwin This morning we will transfer to the airport (subject to departure flight time). The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B) Please note. Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Services of an expert WW2 Historian ★ All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary ★ 5 nights’ 4-star accommodation ★ Hotel porterage ★ Breakfast daily ★ Services of a Tour Manager, Driver, and experienced Local Guides ★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary ★ Travel by comfortable First Class touring coach ★ All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager, and Driver ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag

$1497

per person, twin share. Single supplement: $499


Flexi Tours Our range of Flexi Tours offers the perfect way to see the great battlefields of the world in comfort and convenience. The tours depart every day from major cities and are designed to slot neatly into your existing itinerary. Each tour is escorted by an experienced military Guide and includes quality transport and accommodation. All these Flexi Tours can be tailor-made to suit your individual needs.

W E STE RN F RON T FLEXI TO UR

3 Days from $2141pp* Visit the Australian WW1 battlefields in northern France and Belgium.

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The Somme

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★ Pick-up from Amiens station ★ Full day touring the Australian battlefields of the Somme ★ Victoria School and Museum ★ Overnight Somme Your tour begins in Amiens, in the heart of the Somme. The most convenient way to travel to Amiens is by train – it is only an hour north of Paris. You will be met by your Historian at Amiens train station and enjoy a full day visiting the sites associated with Australian courage and sacrifice on the Somme in both 1916 and 1918. Essential sites include the village of Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, the massive 30-metre-deep Lochnagar Mine Crater, the Thiepval Memorial and the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. Attention will then turn to the 1918 battles on the Somme, with a visit to Villers-Bretonneux, Victoria School, Adelaide Cemetery and the imposing Australian National Memorial. You will also visit the site of the crash of the Red Baron in 1918, the scene of the great Australian victory at Hamel and the Australian 2nd Divisional Memorial at Mont St. Quentin. Return to Amiens and check into your hotel.

Day 2 Bullecourt, Vimy Ridge and Fromelles

Day 3 The Ypres Salient

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★ Full day touring the Australian battlefields of the Ypres Salient ★ In Flanders Fields Museum

★ Full touring of the battlefields of Bullecourt, Vimy Ridge, Fromelles and Messines ★ Attendance at Last Post Service at the Menin Gate ★ Overnight Ypres Today you will leave the Somme and drive north, passing through the Australian battlefields of 1917 and heading towards the town of Ypres, just across the Belgian border. Essential sites today include the battlefield of Bullecourt, the magnificent Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge, and the very moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles. You will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery (the only all-Australian cemetery in France) and see the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood. Crossing the Belgian border, you will visit the battlefields of Messines before arriving in the town of Ypres late in the afternoon. You will have time to check into your hotel and explore the town’s charming main square. This evening walk to the Menin Gate, where the names of 54,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers are recorded, for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this bugle ceremony every day and in all-weather since the memorial opened in 1928. (B)

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The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line which curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today you will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient, places where the Anzacs made history in 1917. Key sites visited include the In Flanders Fields Museum, Polygon Wood, Hill 60 and Tyne Cot Cemetery on the Passchendaele battlefield. Your final stop today is at the German Cemetery at Langemark, where you will learn about the men on the other side of the line. In the late afternoon your guide will drive you back across the French border to the city of Lille, where you will be dropped at the train station for a connection back to Paris or London. (B) Note: This itinerary can also be reversed, operating from Lille to Amiens, an excellent option if you are catching the Eurostar from London. (You also have the option to extend in Ypres or Lille.) Please ask us for more details. * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on application.

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2 Days from $984* Explore the landing beaches and battlefields of D-Day, the greatest amphibious landing in history.

England in 1066. After exploring the town, your evening is free to sample the delightful Norman cuisine on offer in Bayeux’s quaint restaurants.

Day 2 D-Day Battlefields

Day 1 Normandy

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★ Bayeux self-guided walking tour ★ Bayeux Tapestry Museum admission ★ Overnight Bayeux Your D-Day tour begins in the Norman town of Bayeux — the easiest way to get there from Paris is by train. We recommend catching a morning train to give you time to explore this gorgeous town. On arrival, you will check into your central 3-star hotel. We will supply you with a self-guided walking tour of the town’s key sites, as well as admission to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. This 70-metre-long embroidery depicts the Norman invasion of

★ Full day touring the American sector of the D-Day landing beaches with an expert Guide This morning your expert Guide will meet you at your hotel for a full day exploring the landing beaches and D-Day battlefields. Begin with a visit to the village of Sainte Mere Eglise, one of the first towns liberated by the Allies early on June 6, 1944. Leaving Sainte Mere Eglise you will drive through the famous Norman “bocage”, the ancient hedged countryside that proved such an obstacle for Allied troops during the invasion. Next stop is Utah Beach, the westernmost landing

beach, where casualties were relatively light during the landings. You will see the remains of German defensive positions, allied vehicles and monuments to the troops who came ashore. After lunch you will continue to Pointe du Hoc, the German gun emplacement that was captured by US Rangers who had to scale sheer cliffs to reach the position. Today the site is still pockmarked with shell craters and the remains of German concrete pillboxes which can be explored. You will then travel to the infamous Omaha Beach, the bloodiest landing site on D-Day. This was the action famously depicted in Saving Private Ryan. Your final stop of the day is the huge American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, which is the last resting place of more than 9000 servicemen killed in Normandy. You will then return to Bayeux where your Guide will transfer you to the train station for a connection back to Paris. (B) Please Note: This itinerary is an overview of the sites you can expect to see on our Normandy tour. Your Guide may adjust the order of visits during the tour. If you would like to explore more of the D-Day battlefields, including the British and Canadian sectors, or customise the sites you would like to visit, please enquire about our Normandy Private Tours. Additional nights’ in Bayeux can also be booked. *Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.

V I E T NAM LONG TAN FLEXI TO UR

3 Days from $647*

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Vung Tau STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Drive from Saigon to Vung Tau ★ Overnight Vung Tau Your Guide will meet you in the lobby of your Saigon Hotel for the drive to Vung Tau. On arrival in Vung Tau you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 2 Long Tan STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ 1st Australian Task Force Base ★ Picnic lunch ★ Battlefield of Long Tan ★ Overnight Vung Tau Today you will travel via Baria to the former Phuoc Tuy Province, site of operations for the 1st Australian Task Force (ATF), and visit the former task force base. The area is still a military reserve in parts and some areas

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may be restricted to visitors. Your Guide will provide information on the operations that were conducted from the base and how it was developed and protected. You will enjoy a picnic lunch at Nui Dat before driving to the battlefield at Long Tan and the Long Tan Cross memorial site. You will then return to your hotel in Vung Tau. (B, L)

Day 3 Vung Tau To Saigon STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Transfer to Saigon Today you will depart Vung Tau and drive back to Saigon where your tour ends. (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.


T HAI LAND H ELLFIRE PASS FLEXI TOUR

4 Days from $1049* Day 1

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

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★ Transfer from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi ★ Thailand-Burma Centre ★ Allied War Cemetery ★ Overnight Kanchanaburi This morning you will be met at your Bangkok hotel by your expert local guide and then taken for the three hour drive to Kanchanaburi. On arrival you’ll visit the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre, which is an interactive museum, as well as an information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway. Later you will visit the nearby Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery (known locally as Don Rak). Located in the centre of town, this cemetery is the final resting place of almost 7000 POWs who lost their lives during the construction of the ‘Death Railway’.

Day 2 Kanchanaburi (Hellfire Pass) STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Hellfire Pass and Memorial museum ★ Memorial Walking Trail ★ Weary Dunlop Museum ★ Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery ★ Overnight Kanchanaburi Today you will visit Hellfire Pass and Memorial Museum – a joint Australian/Thai project which is dedicated to those who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during WW2. The museum explains the story of why and how the railway was built and attempts to convey the hardships and suffering endured by so many who were forced to work in extremely harsh conditions. If you are feeling energetic there is also the Memorial Walking Trail, a four km

trail along the now peaceful and serene old railway track. The Trail commences at Hellfire Pass Cutting, and incorporates a number of infamous features along the track, such as Compressor Cutting, Hintok Station, both the “Pack of Cards” and Three Tier Bridges, plus the panoramic view of Kwae Noi Look-out. Next you will visit the nearby Weary Dunlop Museum before driving back to Kanchanaburi where you will visit the Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery, where almost 2000 POWs are buried. This evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 3 Kanchanaburi (Maeklong River) STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Long-tail boat ride on Maeklong River ★ Death Railway train ★ Bridge on the River Kwai ★ Overnight Kanchanaburi This morning you will enjoy a scenic longtail boat ride along Maeklong River. You will then travel by car and board the Death Railway train to take a historic ride through magnificent scenery, passing over the original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Disembarking the train you will have time to see the world-famous Bridge on the River Kwai. After this unforgettable journey you will return to your Kanchanaburi hotel. (B)

Day 4 Kanchanaburi to Bangkok STAR INCLUSIONS

★ JEATH Museum ★ Transfer to Bangkok This morning you will visit the JEATH Museum which documents the building of the railway under harrowing conditions by the allied POWs. JEATH stands for Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland, representing the nationalities of the POWs who were forced to work on the construction of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. After visiting the Museum you will depart Kanchanaburi for the two to three hour drive back to Bangkok where your tour ends. (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.

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Sandakan from $194pp STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Sandakan Memorial POW camp ★ St Michaels & All Angels ★ Agnes Keith House museum ★ Observation Pavilion On arrival at Sandakan you will be met by your local guide. Proceed to Sandakan town to visit the Sandakan Memorial POW camp and spend some peaceful time exploring it, reading the names and viewing the information panels and historic photographs on the site. Next you will visit the church of St Michaels and All Angels, where many POWs spent the night before marching to the 8 mile camp. You will have time to view the beautiful stained-glass ‘Windows of Remembrance’ at the church. Continue to visit the Agnes Keith House museum and enjoy the views from the nearby Observation Pavilion.

Kota Kinabalu from $112pp STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Signal Hill ★ Atkinson Clock Tower ★ Tun Mustapha building ★ Sabah’s State Museum

Today you will be picked from a central meeting point to begin your half day battlefield tour. The tour begins at Signal Hill where you will have a bird’s eye view of the city and the offshore Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. You will then visit the Atkinson Clock Tower, Tun Mustapha building (formerly Sabah Foundation) and Sabah’s State Museum. You can choose to end the tour here or return to the meeting point.

Why not extend your stay with one of our exciting Discover Asia itineraries. Climb the majestic Mt Kinabalu, observe feeding time at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, see the orang-utans in a natural habitat at Semenggoh Wildlife Conservation Centre, visit Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre with its pristine jungle, and so much more! Contact us to learn more about our unique Discover Asia tours.

Labuan from $255pp STAR I NC LU SIONS

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★ The Chimney Tower ★ Surrender Point ★ Labuan Square ★ The History Square ★ Labuan World War II Memorial Grave ★ Labuan Marine Museum ★ Labuan Museum Upon arrival in Labuan start your visit around the island to The Chimney Tower, Surrender Point, Labuan Square, The History Square and Labuan World War II Memorial Grave. Free time for lunch before we then continue with a visit to Labuan Marine Museum and Labuan Museum.

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4 Days from $1597* Day 1 Arrive Singapore STA R IN CLU SI ONS

Selarang Camp, where over 15,000 prisoners of war were held in a space designed to hold 1,200. Our final stop for the day is Changi Museum. This evening is at leisure. (B, L)

★ Arrival transfer ★ Overnight Singapore On arrival into Singapore Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Full Day Battlefields Tour STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ St. Andrews Cathedral ★ Old Ford Factory ★ Kranji War Cemetery ★ Sembawang Shipyard ★ Selarang Camp ★ Changi Museum ★ Overnight Singapore Today you will explore sites associated with the bitter fighting in Singapore in 1942. The first stop today is St. Andrew’s Cathedral, an emergency hospital during the Japanese bombing. Next you will head to the Old Ford Factory where Britain surrendered Singapore over to the Japanese. You’ll then visit Kranji War Cemetery to pay respects to more than 1,100 Australian soldiers remembered in the British Commonwealth Memorial. After lunch at a local restaurant you’ll visit Sembawang Park and Sembawang Shipyard, used as a British Naval base from the 1920s until Singapore’s independence. You will also see

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Day 3 The Old Forts STAR I NC LU SIONS

★ Fort Siloso ★ Bukit Chandu ★ Labrador Nature Reserve ★ Overnight Singapore This morning a half-day tour of the Old Forts. Your first stop is Fort Siloso, one of 12 coast artillery batteries which made up “Fortress Singapore” at the start of WW2. Although there are visible remains of some other batteries to be found on Singapore, Fort Siloso is the only restored battery open for public visitation. You will then visit Reflections at Bukit Chandu. Set amidst the

lush greenery of Bukit Chandu (Opium Hill), this interpretative centre is a memorial to the last moments of the brave soldiers. Your final stop this morning is a visit to Labrador Nature Reserve. Besides its rich biodiversity, this headland played a significant role in the history of Singapore during WW2. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the sites of Singapore. (B)

Day 4 Depart Singapore STAR INCLUSIONS

★ Departure Transfer After breakfast you will be transferred to Singapore airport for your departure flight. (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.


V-W EAPONS LAUNCH SIT ES FLEX I TOUR

2 Days from $1247* This unique tour visits the launch sites of Hitler’s “Vengeance Weapons” in northern France.

Day 1 Arras STA R IN CLU SI ONS

★ Full day touring the V-Weapons sites of northern France ★ Overnight Lille

Day 2 Lille This morning you will visit the La Coupole museum and bunker, Eperlecques and Mimoyecques. We will return to Lille where you are then free to return to Paris, catch the Eurostar to London or perhaps join our Western Front Explorer Tour (pages 12/13). (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.

Your tour begins in the northern French town of Arras. The easiest way to get there is by train – Arras is less than an hour from Paris. On arrival in Arras you will be met by your Historian. You will then spend the day on an exclusive tour of the V-Weapons sites in the Pas-de-Calais region, which includes Siracourt bunker, Bois Carre, Saint Josse-aux-Bois, Maisoncelle and Wizernes. (Please note the exact itinerary will be worked out with your Historian on the day, and visits to sites will be subject to time and distance constraints.) At the end of this memorable day your guide will drive you to the city of Lille, where you will check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

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2 Days from $1275* Walking on the hallowed ground of Gallipoli is a life-changing experience. We’ll take care of all the travel arrangements so you are free to explore the history and tragedy of Australia’s most famous battlefield. Your experienced military Guide will take you on this moving journey.

Day 1

Istanbul to Gallipoli

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★ Hotel pick-up in Istanbul ★ Transfer to Gallipoli ★ Touring of the Anzac battlefields ★ Overnight Canakkale Welcome to your Gallipoli battlefield tour.

You will be met this morning at your Istanbul hotel and transported in an air-conditioned vehicle on the five hour drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. En route you will follow the shore of the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles, the historic waterway that was the principal objective of the Gallipoli campaign. On arrival at Gallipoli you will have free time for lunch and then spend the afternoon exploring the Anzac sector. You will visit places made famous by courage and sacrifice including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn’s Post, the Nek, Chunuk Bair and more. Your evening is free to rest and reflect on a moving day.

Day 2 Gallipoli to Istanbul STAR INCLUSIONS

★ More touring of the Gallipoli battlefields ★ Transfer to Istanbul ★ Hotel drop-off in Istanbul This morning you will spend more time on the Gallipoli battlefields exploring the ground where the Anzac legend was forged. In the afternoon you will farewell Gallipoli and be driven back to Istanbul, where your tour ends. (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.

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2 Days from $1097* Explore the battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium, where Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington in 1815.

Day 1

beautifully decorated room is named after a key character from the Waterloo battle. Tonight is free to enjoy dinner at your hotel or in one of the local restaurants.

Day 2 Waterloo Battlefields

Waterloo Battlefields

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★ Full day touring the Waterloo battlefields with an expert guide ★ 3-star historic hotel located in the heart of the battlefields ★ Overnight Waterloo

★ More touring of the Waterloo battlefields

visits today to take in particular sites you wish to see, or allow him to take you to out-ofthe way locations that many visitors miss. In the afternoon you will farewell Waterloo battlefield and your Guide will drop you at the Waterloo train station for an onward connection (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.

Another enthralling day spent on the battlefield. Your Guide can customise your

Your tour begins in the Belgian town of Waterloo, which can easily be reached on a morning train from Brussels. On arrival, you will be met by your expert Guide in a private vehicle. You will then spend the day touring the battlefields. The Butte de Lion, the Wellington Museum, the battlefield at Quatre Bras, the Napoleon Museum at Le Caillou, Hougoumont Chateau and more will be visited during this special day. At each stop your expert Guide will detail the phases of the battle and share the stories of the men who fought and died there. In the evening your guide will take you to your charming 3-star hotel located right on the battlefield – each

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2 Days from $1297* A unique opportunity to explore the historic battlefields of the Hundred Years War, a bitter conflict waged between France and Britain for control of the throne.

Day 1

Battle of Crecy

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★ Pick-up from Amiens train station ★ Full day touring of the battlefield of Crecy ★ Overnight Montreuil-Sur-Mer Your tour begins in Amiens, which can be easily reached on a morning train from Paris. On arrival in Amiens you will be met by your

expert Guide. The drive to the battlefield of Crecy takes you through the town of Doullens with its medieval citadel and stained-glass windows commemorating the 1918 agreement to give overall command of the Western Front to General Foch. It’s then on to Auxi-leChateau, a quaint archetypical French rural town, on the way to Crecy-en-Ponthiew. At Crecy you will spend the morning exploring the battlefield and enjoying sweeping views from the Observation Tower, the site of the windmill where Edward III (The Black Prince) oversaw his victory in 1346, one of the most critical battles of the Hundred Years War. Enjoy free time for lunch in the historic town

of Hesdin, and then visit the medieval town of Montreuil-Sur-Mer, the burial location of the slain French Lords from the Crecy battlefield. You will then check into your 3-star hotel situated in the heart of the town.

Day 2 Battle of Agincourt STAR INCLU SIONS

★ Walking tour of historic Montreuil ★ Guided touring of the Agincourt battlefield and Medieval Centre ★ Transfer to Lille or Amiens train station Day two begins with a guided walking tour of Montreuil and its ramparts. This historic town was the setting for Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and where General Haig set up his headquarters, just outside the town, during WW1. You will then drive to Agincourt where your Guide will take you to the Agincourt Medieval Centre then on to the Agincourt Memorial and orientation table. The battle of Agincourt on St. Crispin’s Day, 25 October 1415, is perhaps the most famous battle of the Hundred Years War. You will have free time for a local lunch. In the afternoon return with your Guide to Amiens or onwards to Lille for train connections back to Paris. (B) * Per person, twin share. Single supplement available on request.

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Hear what our guests have to say. TRIP OF A LIFETIME

AMAZING What an amazing and emotional experience to travel the path of my great uncles during WW1 and pay my respects at their graves. While we knew which cemetery they were in, our guide, Myriam, had researched their records and was able to tell us more of their story, where they were likely to have fought and died and challenged us to imagine the conditions they endured in the battlefields in a way that we could understand. This was life altering. We will remember them.

Robyn Rae – Western Front Tour (2 Day Flexi)

EMOTIONAL Just want to make the comment that I recently did a Battlefields tour of Vietnam with Mat McLachlan Tours. Our historian was a Vietnam Veteran. I found his history but more importantly his personal experience fighting in the battles with the enemy riveting and very compelling. I have done other tours visiting war zones but unfortunately the veterans have passed on so I haven't been able to hear their stories and talk about their

experiences. With our historian, it was so interesting listening to him talk about what it was like being in the battle of war. I highly recommend a tour of the battlefields of Vietnam. You will not be disappointed.

Darren Simpson – Battlefield Tour Vietnam This was a trip-of-a-lifetime for me, couldn't imagine it being done better than with MMBT!

Mr. Terry Gassner – Guadalcanal and HMAS Canberra Tour

OUTSTANDING The tour was outstanding. The effort that is put in by the historian, tour manager and coach driver to make your journey to find a family member, is second to none. They put in every effort to find that family member. I could not praise them enough. On our tour, I was the only one unable to find my uncle. It turns out he was an Unknown Solider, a lost Soul, and we all grieved together. They went above and beyond for everyone on the tour.

Margaret O'Brien – Western Front Tour (9 Days)

Supporting Australia’s Young Veterans More than 60,000 Australian service men and women served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are now more veterans in the Australian community than at any time since the Vietnam War. Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has launched a program to assist these young veterans as they make the difficult change from military to civilian life. ‘Australians Joining Forces’ will assist contemporary veterans to find work once they leave the Defence Force, and to help make their transition out of the military less stressful for them and their families.

Homes for Heroes

‘Australians Joining Forces’ will also raise funds for our partners, who require desperate funding to continue their invaluable grassroots work. 100% of all funds raised are passed on in full. If you would like to find out more about ‘Australians Joining Forces’ or to make a social investment or donation, please contact us on 1300 880 340.

Defence Care

Flexi Tours

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Extend your Battlefield Tour with our LUXURIOUS AMADEUS RIVER CRUISE to the D-Day beaches of Normandy. PARIS, NORMANDY & THE RIVER SEINE Paris – Normandy – Paris | 8 DAYS cruise from

$2,905 per person

Following the Seine north from Paris, we’ll encounter idyllic towns and landscapes that inspired the likes of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Pissarro, and Monet, explore ancient fortifications scarred by centuries of conflict, and venture to the Beaches of Normandy, where Europe’s last great conflict began its final act. At every bend of the Seine you’ll find another feast for your senses; cathedrals and apple-brandy Calvados, camembert and Crusaders, chateaux and fishing villages, gardens and Gothic masterpieces. After conquering Normandy, you will end triumphantly in the heart of enchanting Paris.

FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE D-DAY LANDING BEACHES OF NORMANDY INCLUDED At 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 6, 1944, more than 170,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy in an assault that would lead to the liberation of France from German occupation and eventually to the end of WWII. Today the site is a place of reflection and remembrance dedicated to those who perished on that fateful day. Charles de Gaulle, Eisenhower, Montgomery…discover the strategies that led the Allies to victory in the Battle of Normandy, but also the origins of the conflict in Europe, the members of the Axis, the conference of Québec, operation Overlord. Your guide will walk you through these times of great emotion and tension, stopping at Point du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery in Colleville and by the remains of the artificial harbor of Arromanches. Lunch will be included on this tour. Duration: appr. 11 hrs

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 5 Caudebec en Caux

Day 1 Paris, France Embarkation from 4:00pm. Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Conflans Morning Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise in the footsteps of the Impressionsts such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Pissarro. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 Rouen City Walk of Rouen explores this beautiful medieval town, including the ‘Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc’ church. The afternoon features the Excursion along the “Abbey Trail” a glorious past of medieval Normandy.

Day 4 Le Havre In the morning explore the Alabaster Coast of Normandy along the cliff paths of Etretat and the old town – Excursion to Étretat. This afternoon features an Excursion to Honfleur – with its picturesque 17th century harbor.

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Full day excursion to the D-Day Landing Beaches of Normandy (including lunch) Or choose Full day excursion Fascinating Normandy – explore the Norman landscape and rich culinary traditions (including lunch). Rejoin ship after excursion.

Excursions listed in blue are offered as part of our optional excursion packages

INCLUDED ★ Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies. Walk-out balconies in suites on Amadeus Silver I, II & III ★ State-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions

Day 6 Les Andelys/Vernon/Poissy

★ Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director

Excursion to Chateau Galliard and Giverny visits the village home of Claude Monet.This afternoon features an Excursion to the Palace of Versailles, the opulant palace of King, Louis XIV.

★ Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant PanoramaRestaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating

Day 7 Paris Familiarisation overview City tour of Paris. This afternoon Guided Tour of Montmarte District. Experience Paris by Night Illumination Cruise.

Day 8 Paris Disembarkation after breakfast.

1300 269 228 www.amadeus-rivercruises.com.au

★ Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every lunch and dinner on board ★ 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water ★ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner ★ Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar ★ Complimentary use of onboard bicycles ★ All port taxes and local taxes


Booking Terms and Conditions Please read these booking conditions carefully, as they apply to all bookings accepted by McLachlan Tours. McLachlan Tours is not itself a transport, tour, event or accommodation provider and acts only as an agent for those service providers.

Travel documents: Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to departure (providing full payment has been received). If you are leaving home earlier, please advise us so that we can deliver your documents before you depart.

How to book: Please call our reservations line on 1300 880 340 or contact your travel agent who will request a reservation on your behalf. All requests for reservations are subject to availability. Any special meal requests will be made on a request basis only. McLachlan Tours cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if passengers’ special meal requests are not fulfilled.

Airport transfers: On tours that offer airport transfers as an inclusion, an airport transfer to/from your hotel will be provided during operating hours a) on the arrival and departure day of the tour, or b) on other days if you have booked pre and posttour accommodation with McLachlan Tours for the full duration of your stay. Flight details must be provided to McLachlan Tours no later than 21 days before departure. Once transfers are booked they cannot be changed. Only one inbound and one outbound transfer will be included. In the event of flight delays outside McLachlan Tours’ control, the transfers will be deemed to be cancelled. All transfers are based on group transfers, and no refund is available for missed transfers or passengers not using the transfer service. Airport transfers are provided as a service to passengers and it is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure that any airport transfer will allow them enough time to connect with their flights. McLachlan Tours will not be responsible for any flight delays or cancellations caused by the late arrival or departure of an airport transfer, or for cancellation fees associated with a missed flight.

Prices: All rates are in Australian dollars and are cash/cheque rates. Unless noted as a ‘Guaranteed Departure’, tours are based on a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the unlikely event of variations in exchange rates, price increases from our suppliers, increased taxes or a reduction in the numbers of passengers travelling to below the minimum passenger numbers, McLachlan Tours reserves the right to pass on these increases in costs to passengers. This may occur with or without warning to the passengers. In the unlikely event that a tour fails to attract the minimum passenger numbers, the tour may be cancelled at the discretion of McLachlan Tours. McLachlan Tours may also cancel, at its discretion, any tour for operational or other reasons. If a tour is cancelled, monies already paid by passengers will be refunded or credited towards future travel at the discretion of McLachlan Tours. McLachlan Tours will not be responsible for any other travel arrangements affected by, or any additional costs imposed because of our cancellation. McLachlan Tours reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Pricing validity: Itineraries and prices in this brochure are accurate at the time of printing. Once a customer has paid in full, the price of the tour is guaranteed, subject to any tax changes or levies imposed by any government or their agencies or any airline. McLachlan Tours reserves the right to make alterations to itineraries and prices due to circumstances beyond its control. Deposits Group tours: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person, per tour, is required to secure your place on each tour within 7 days of booking. Flexi and explorer tours: A non-refundable deposit of 30%, per person, per tour, is required to secure your place on each tour. For tours that include domestic flights or permits, payment in full is required at the time of deposit. Some hotels may require pre-payment in peak seasons. You will be advised of this at time of booking. For bookings under the value of $300, full payment is required to secure your place. Final payment: Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to travel on your tour unless otherwise specified. Credit cards: Credit card payments attract a merchant fee of 1.9% for Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Contract: You confirm your understanding and acceptance of the conditions and the contract by paying your booking deposit or otherwise paying any part of the price of your tour. If you make a booking on behalf of any other person, you represent to us that you have their authority to make the booking on their behalf and to legally bind them to the terms of the contract, including the conditions. Each reference to “you”, “your”, “guest” or “passenger” means the person who makes the booking and each other person covered by the booking. Cancellations: All cancellations must be received in writing. Days Before Departure Over 90 days

% Fee Charges Deposit

90–45 days

50%

44–0 days

100%

Domestic flights, permits and any accommodation that requires pre-payment must be paid in full at the time of deposit and are non-refundable. Any change or substitution of a nominated passenger’s name after the final payment has been made will be deemed a cancellation, and the applicable cancellation fee will apply. The departure date is the date indicated on the McLachlan Tours’ confirmation. If a nominated passenger does not join the tour on the departure date the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total booking cost. If a nominated passenger withdraws from the tour after commencement for reasons of illness, they must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. McLachlan Tours makes no representations or guarantees concerning reimbursement of funds paid by a nominated passenger or paid by a representative of a nominated passenger under any insurance claim. The above mentioned cancellation fees are in addition to any that may be charged by travel agents, airlines, hotels or other tour operators. Amendments: Amendment fees will apply to any change on an existing booking. Refunds: To the extent permitted by law, no refund is available for cancellations after travel has commenced or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised.

Product descriptions: Descriptions of tours, attractions and accommodation provided on this website are based on information provided by hotels and suppliers. Any facilities shown as included may change at any time. McLachlan Tours makes no representation as to the standard, class or description of accommodation or services provided by third parties. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided to passengers; however, McLachlan Tours cannot be held responsible for typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Maps and photographs: Maps are shown for general information and do not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the general area visited, but not necessarily included in the tour. Many of the images on our website and brochure are supplied courtesy of tourist bureaux, hotels, tour operators and past passengers. Travel insurance: It is a condition of travel that each passenger is adequately covered by an appropriate travel insurance policy. Please also check the contingencies of your prospective insurance cover and ensure you are aware of its conditions and omissions. We strongly advise travel insurance from time of booking to provide full cover. Health requirements: All customers are required to familiarise themselves with any health requirements specific to countries being visited. Passports and visas: It is the responsibility of the passenger to have a valid passport (which is valid for at least six months from your last day of travel) and all visas, permits and certificates required for the selected tour. Ask your travel agent for further information. Baggage: On all tours passengers are limited to one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage per person. Where a tour includes hotel porterage, this includes one standard suitcase per person, and only applies when the passengers are travelling as part of the group. Porterage is not included when passengers check in and out of a hotel at the start and end of a tour. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Baggage insurance is recommended. Please check with your airline for applicable baggage allowances. Single travel: On group tours, if you are travelling as a single passenger, you can request that we try to match you in a twin share room with another single passenger of the same sex. Should we not be able to match you in a twin share room by the final tour balance payment date, the single room supplement rate will apply. Should you be matched with another person we cannot be held responsible if the choice is not to your satisfaction. Any twin match must understand that the room must be treated as a non-smoking room unless both parties agree otherwise (and subject to the hotel’s policy). Single rooms may be smaller than twin rooms. The Single Supplement represents a fee passed on to us by the hotels for sole use of a room. Tour participation: If McLachlan Tours reasonably considers that a passenger is physically incapable of participating in any tour, or that a passenger may be disruptive to the safety or comfort of passengers or staff it may, in the reasonable exercise of its discretion, refuse to carry that passenger on the tour. Passengers are required to advise McLachlan Tours, at the time of booking, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. McLachlan Tours does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. McLachlan Tours is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. We are unable to carry children under the age of five years. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Refusal of carriage: In the reasonable exercise of its discretion, McLachlan Tours may remove a passenger from our tours if one or more of the following have occurred or if McLachlan Tours reasonably believes may occur: (a) The continued presence of the passenger may endanger the safety, health or materially affect the comfort of other passengers;

(b) The conduct, age, mental or physical state of the passenger is, or reasonably seems, such as to : require special assistance which cannot be reasonably provided; cause discomfort or make the passenger objectionable to other passengers or accompanying personnel; involve any hazard or risk to the passenger, other passengers or accompanying personnel or property. Variations: All possible effort will be made to adhere to the published touring itinerary. Occasionally circumstances beyond our control will force cancellations, changes, amendments or modifications to the itinerary and its inclusions such as particular events and services. McLachlan Tours cannot be held responsible for any omissions or modifications to the itinerary or the inclusions made as a consequence of these changes. Pre-departure contact: You must provide a telephone number, email or address where you can be reached, if necessary, within 24 hours prior to your departure from Australia. Not included in the price: Anything not specifically included in the tour is at your own expense. Tours sold as ‘land only’ do not include airfares. Air travel: Air travel is subject to the conditions and limitations set out in the airline’s conditions of carriage. McLachlan Tours has access to wholesale airfares with specific airlines which are available to passengers who book on one of our tours. Wholesale fares will usually be cheaper than an equivalent full retail fare, but occasional special discounted fares offered by airlines may be cheaper than our wholesale fares. It is the passenger’s responsibility to compare available airfares and to select the product that is most appropriate for their needs. Wholesale fares apply to specific routes and dates only and are subject to availability. Airfares are subject to change at any time. Discounted airfare promotions: Advertised airfare savings are based on the difference between our wholesale airfare and the cheapest available retail airfare on the same airline on a specific date of booking and departure. Depending on the date of booking, departure date and availability, the saving between our wholesale fare and an equivalent retail fare may be less than the advertised amount. Booking arrangements: The person making a booking will be deemed to have accepted these booking conditions on behalf of everyone named in the booking. Only the person making the booking is authorised to make changes to or cancel the booking. All communications from us will usually be sent to your travel agent. Your travel agent is responsible for forwarding payments made by you to us. Limitation of liability: To the extent permitted by law, McLachlan Tours excludes all liability for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to physical and psychological injury, and loss or damage to property of whatever nature) that may arise in any way in connection with the offer or supply of goods or services through McLachlan Tours or any third parties, or in connection with the supply of such goods or services. If the law implies a condition or warranty that cannot be excluded, McLachlan Tours’ liability for a breach of the conditions or warranty will be limited as determined by McLachlan Tours to the re-supply or payment of the cost of re-supplying the relevant goods or services. Except where otherwise stated within these terms and conditions McLachlan Tours excludes liability for any loss or damage that may be caused by cancellation, abandonment, alteration, amendment, modification or termination of the tour. Events beyond our control: If a tour cannot proceed due to a force majeure event including but not limited to flood, earthquake, war or civil strife, acts of terrorism, hurricane, cyclone, industrial disturbance, strike, fire, lock out, epidemic, failure or delays of scheduled transportation facilities, or other Acts of God, or any law, order, decree, rule or regulation of any government authority, or for any reason whether of a similar or dissimilar nature beyond the control of McLachlan Tours, the tour may at the sole discretion of McLachlan Tours, be deferred to a later date and all money paid, transferred to that date, and there shall be no claim for damages by either party against the other. Destination advice: McLachlan Tours makes no representations as to the safety, conditions or other issues that may exist at any destination. You should obtain travel advice, including from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.smarttraveller.gov.au). Complaints procedure: Should you have a complaint while on the tour, you should inform your tour guide immediately. If the matter cannot be resolved after the tour guide’s best endeavours to do so during the tour, your complaint can be made in writing to McLachlan Tours. McLachlan Tours cannot be held responsible for issues that were not brought to our attention during the course of a tour. Agent responsibility: It is the travel agents’ responsibility to ensure that all invoice and itinerary details and documentation issued by McLachlan Tours are correct and that the customer is aware of amendment and cancellation conditions and other clauses in these booking conditions. Law of contract: This agreement shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of New South Wales, Australia.  cLachlan Tours is a division of Travel & Living Pty Ltd. M ABN 51 105 498 066.

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A journey of a lifetime with Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours Imagine standing on the sacred ground where Australian soldiers fought and died, the sun cresting the horizon as the haunting strains of the Last Post fill the dawn air. Every Australian dreams of visiting our iconic battlefields – let Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours turn that dream into reality. FEA TUR ING AU S TRA L I A’ LEA S DIN GW H I ST AR ORI ANS

No one is better qualified to book your battlefield tour than your travel agent:

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours Suite 303, 27 Belgrave Street, Manly NSW 2095

Phone 1300 880 340

(International: +61 2 9001 5150)

fax (02) 9977 9102 email info@battlefields.com.au www.battlefields.com.au

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is the tour operator for the NSW Premier’s Anzac Scholarships, Victorian Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize 2011, Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Prize and Queensland Premier’s Anzac Prize.

www.facebook.com/BattlefieldTours Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is a division of Travel and Living Pty Ltd and is fully accredited with the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) and is a member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) and Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). ABN 51 105 498 066. ATAS Accreditation No: A11301

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