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WESTERN FRONT GALLIPOLI VIETNAM THAILAND SINGAPORE THE PACIFIC EUROPE AUSTRALIA

WESTERN FRONT GALLIPOLI VIETNAM THAILAND SINGAPORE THE PACIFIC EUROPE AUSTRALIA

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  • 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) 11
  • Western Front Explorer (4 or 5 Days) 14
  • Bullecourt Centenary 2017 (11 Days) 16
  • Fromelles and Pozieres Anniversary (7 Days) 18
  • Passchendaele Centenary 2017 (11 Days) 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 (7 Days) 28
  • Fall of the Third Reich (9 Days) 30
  • Anzac Day at Gallipoli (6 Days) 32
  • Vietnam Commemoration 2017 (17 Days) 34
  • Guadalcanal and HMAS Canberra Anniversary (5 Days) 36
  • Beersheba Centenary 2017 (7 Days) 37
  • Anglo-Zulu Boer War Journey (21 Days) 38
  • Darwin 75th Anniversary (6 Days) Flexi Tours 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) 47 Booking Terms and Conditions Contents DARWIN BORNEO PELELIU GUAM PHILIPPINES VIETNAM IWO JIMA JAPAN THAI-BURMA RAILWAY KOREA SINGAPORE GUADALCANAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA 3 Contents GUADALCANAL DARWIN SINGAPORE VIETNAM
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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 Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS

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  • Staff
  • Expert War Historians on all Battlefield Touring Days (may also act as Tour Manager on smaller Groups)
  • 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.
  • In-depth sightseeing and visits with local guides. Entrance fees included
  • Star Inclusions on each itinerary often exclusive and unique to MMBT, and at no additional cost. ^Tour Manager based on minimum 30 passengers Transport
  • First Class air-conditioned vehicles 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
  • 5% past passenger discount (Take another MMBT group tour on a future trip)
  • Generous 2nd tour discount (when you add another group tour on the same trip) 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. 5 What makes MMBT so different / What’s Included

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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... Meet Your War Historians Mat McLachlan 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.

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. John Anderson 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.

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. Jon Haslock 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.

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. 6 Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS

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Roger Lee 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. 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 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. 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 has written a further 10 books.

Tom Morgan 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.

Mike Peters 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.

Craig Roach 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. Ken Lees 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.

Peter Smith 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. Myriam Thompson 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.

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 Group 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. 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.

Flexi 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. 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. 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.

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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! 9 Tailor made Groups

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Day 1 18 April Paris STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Welcome drink and dinner Tonight we come together for a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Day 2 19 April Paris STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Hill 60.

(B, L) Day 6 23 April Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery 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) Day 7 24 April Ypres to the Somme STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 INCLUSIONS ★ 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) Anzac Day on the Western Front 10 DAYS 18–27 April 2017 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.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ 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 ★ Anzac Day breakfast with the townspeople of Hamel (exclusive to Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, and a highlight of the tour) ★ 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) ★ 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 ★ 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 $4397per 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. FOR 2018 SEE PAGE 20 10 Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS

  • 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 Departure dates for these Special Centenary Departures are marked with an * on the following pages. 11 Western Front Explorer Tours Introduction

Day 1 Paris to Ypres STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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) Day 2 The Ypres Salient STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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) 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.

SPECIAL 5-DAY TOURS OVER IMPORTANT CENTENARY DATES (see page 11) 12 Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS

  • Western Front Explorer ENGLAND BELGIUM FRANCE Somme (1) Ypres (2) Paris TOUR START TOUR END Day 3 Ypres to the Somme STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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) Day 4 The Somme to Paris STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Touring of the Somme battlefields including Villers-Bretonneux, Pozieres and Mouquet Farm ★ Victoria School and Museum ★ Drop-off central Paris 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. YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Services of an expert WW1 Historian (and Tour Manager if group exceeds 30 passengers) ★ 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 ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited on the tour OVER 50 DEPARTURES DEPARTURE DATES 4 DAYS $1947per person, twin share 2017: Apr 8 Nov 8, 22 $2141per person, twin share (2017) $250per 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 2017: May 1* Jun 5* Sep 19*, 25* Oct 3* 2018: Aug 5*, 28* Oct 2* 5 DAYS $2797per person twin share (2017) $250per person^ (2018) 2017 single supplement: $720 (4-day tours), $960 (5-day tours). ^Register now. **Please ask us for itinerary changes on these dates.
  • 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 Having come so far to honour those who served, let’s get it right 13 Western Front Explorer

Day 1 4 April Paris STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 6 April Paris to Ypres STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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. 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 4 7 April Ypres STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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, 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) Day 5 8 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 9 April Bruges STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Tour to Bruges ★ Essex Farm Cemetery We will spend time today exploring Bruges, Bullecourt Centenary 2017 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. 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY 14 Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS

Bullecourt Centenary 2017 ENGLAND BELGIUM Bruges FRANCE Paris (2/1) Somme (3) Flanders (4) TOUR START TOUR END 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 STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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 INCLUSIONS ★ 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 INCLUSIONS ★ 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.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ Services of our expert WW1 Historian ★ 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 ★ Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag ★ Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited $4497per person, twin share.

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  • “Without any doubt I found this to be both awe inspiring and sobering.” — LAWRENCE, NSW Day 1 17 July Paris to Ypres STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Battlefield of Mont St Quentin ★ Australian 2nd Division Memorial and preserved trenches 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) Day 2 18 July Ypres STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Walking tour of Ypres ★ In Flanders Fields Museum ★ Participation in the 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, 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) Day 3
  • 19 July Fromelles Anniversary STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Full day on the Fromelles battlefield ★ Anniversary commemorations ★ Fromelles museum 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) 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.

Fromelles and Pozieres Anniversary 16 Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS

Fromelles and Pozieres Anniversary ENGLAND BELGIUM Bruges FRANCE Paris Ypres (4) Somme (2) TOUR START TOUR END Day 4 20 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 5 21 July Ypres to the Somme STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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) Day 6 22 July The Somme STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Full day touring the Australian battlefields of the Somme ★ Victoria School Museum 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) Day 7 23 July Pozieres Anniversary STAR INCLUSIONS ★ 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.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES ★ 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 $2797per person, twin share.

Single supplement: $800 Ask us about airfare deals in conjunction with our tours.

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