2016 Supportin g Contemp orary Veterans
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AUSTRALIA’S BATTLEFIELD SPECIALISTS
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 2016 we will participate in the centenaries of two of the most significant battles in Australia’s history – Fromelles and Pozieres. 2016 is also the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam. 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.
About 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 1 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 specialist battlefield tour provider. The company is part of a family business that has operated in the Australian travel industry for more than 30 years.
Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours
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.
Homes for Heroes
‘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. If you would like to find out more about ‘Australians Joining Forces’ or to make a social investment or donation, please contact us.
What’s Included In Our Tours? Transport
• First Class air-conditioned touring vehicles
• 5% past passenger discount (take another tour on a future trip)
• Airport transfers (within operating hours) on first and last day of the tour (except UK, France and Germany)
• Generous second tour discount (when you add another tour on the same trip)* • Triple room discount*
• Single traveller – avoid the single supplement with a “match up” (refer to page 39)
• First-class hotels or best available
• Armed Forces serving personnel discount*
• Porterage in and out wherever available
Meals • Breakfast daily and lunches and dinners as per itinerary • Free time to also experience local cuisine at leisure
Staff • Qualified War Historian on all battlefield group touring days (may also act as Tour Manager on smaller groups in which case they will accompany group throughout the tour)
Inclusions • Comprehensive guided tours of all significant Australian battlefields • Help with family research and visits to ancestor grave sites and battlefields wherever possible • In-depth sightseeing and visits with Local Guides and entrance fees included • Star inclusions on ea