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									    Flexi Tours
    Our range of exclusive Flexi Tours offer the perfect way to see the great battlefields of the world in
    comfort and convenience. These small-group tours depart every day from major cities and are designed
    to slot neatly into your existing itinerary. Each tour is escorted by a leading military historian and includes
    quality transport and accommodation.

 Western Front Flexi Tour
3 days $1297* Tour Code: FWF                       Day 2     Bullecourt,                            Day 3     The Ypres Salient
This tour visits the key Australian First World              Vimy Ridge and Fromelles               STaR INCLUSIONS
War battlefields in Northern France and            STaR INCLUSIONS                                  ★ Breakfast ★ Full day touring the
Belgium.                                           ★ Breakfast ★ Full touring of the                Australian battlefields of the Ypres
                                                   battlefields of Bullecourt, Vimy Ridge,          Salient ★ In Flanders Fields Museum
 Day 1      Somme 1916 & 1918                      Fromelles and Messines ★ Central 4-star          ★ Transfer to Lille train station
 STaR INCLUSIONS:                                  Ypres hotel ★ Attendance at Last Post
 ★ Pick-up from Amiens station ★ Full              Service at the Menin Gate                       The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front
 day touring the Australian battlefields of                                                        line that curved around Ypres for most of the
 the Somme ★ Victoria School Museum               Today we will leave the Somme and drive          war. More than a million men were killed or
 ★ 4-star Amiens hotel                            north, passing through the Australian            wounded trying to gain control of this small
                                                  battlefields of 1917 and heading towards the     patch of ground. Today we will explore the
Your tour begins in Amiens, in the heart of       town of Ypres, just across the Belgian border.   Australian battlefields in the Salient, places
the Somme. The most convenient way to             Essential sites today include the battlefield    where the Anzacs made history in 1917. Key
travel to Amiens is by train – it is only an      of Bullecourt, the magnificent Canadian          sites visited today include the In Flanders
hour north of Paris. You will be met by your      memorial at Vimy Ridge, and the very moving      Fields Museum, Polygon Wood, Hill 60 and
guide at Amiens train station at 9.30am.          1916 battlefield of Fromelles. While here        Tyne Cot Cemetery on the Passchendaele
You will then enjoy a full day visiting the       we will visit the Australian Memorial Park,      battlefield. Our final stop today is at the
sites associated with Australian courage          VC Corner Cemetery (the only all-Australian      German Cemetery at Langemarck, where we
and sacrifice on the Somme in both 1916           cemetery in France) and see the site of the      will learn about the men on the other side of
and 1918. Essential sites include the village     recently discovered Australian mass grave        the line. In the late afternoon our guide will
of Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, the massive            at Pheasant Wood. We will arrive in the          drive us back across the French border to the
30-metre-deep Lochnagar Mine Crater,              town of Ypres late in the afternoon, giving      city of Lille, where you will be dropped at the
the Thiepval Memorial and the preserved           us time to check into our 4-star hotel and       train station for a connection back to Paris or
trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial             explore the town’s charming main square.         London. (You also have the option of staying
Park. Our attention will then turn to the         This evening we will walk to the Menin Gate,     on in Ypres or Lille.) (B)
1918 battles on the Somme, with a visit to        where the names of 54,000 missing British
Villers-Bretonneux, Victoria School, Adelaide     and Commonwealth soldiers are recorded,          Note: This itinerary can also be reversed,
Cemetery and the imposing Australian              for the moving Last Post ceremony. The           operating from Lille to Amiens, an excellent
National Memorial. We will also visit the site    Ypres fire brigade has performed this bugle      option if you are catching the Eurostar to
of the crash of the Red Baron in 1918, the        ceremony every day and in all weather since      Europe from London. The tour can also run
scene of the great Australian victory at          the memorial opened in 1927. (B)                 over two days instead of three. Please ask us
Hamel and the Australian 2nd Divisional                                                            for more details.
Memorial at Mont St Quentin. We will then
return to Amiens where you will check in to
your 4-star hotel.

                                                                                                                Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours
Flexi Tours

 Normandy D-Day Flexi Tour                                                                              Crecy and agincourt
                                                                                                        Private Flexi Tour
2 Nights $747* Tour Code: FND                      Sainte Mere Eglise, the US Airborne drop
Explore the landing beaches and battlefields       zones, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha             2 Days $997 Tour Code: FCA
of D-Day, the greatest amphibious landing in       Beach and the American Cemetery at                  A unique opportunity to explore the historic
history.                                           Colleville. Time permitting, our guide will         battlefields of the Hundred Years War, where
                                                   also take us to other D-Day sites of interest       France and Britain battled for control of the
 Day 1        Arrive Normandy                      on the drive back to Bayeux. Your evening is        throne.
 STaR INCLUSIONS                                   free to enjoy dinner in Bayeux and to reflect
 ★ Central 3-star hotel ★ Free time to             on a memorable day. (B)                              Day 1      Battle of Crecy
 explore Bayeux                                                                                         STaR INCLUSIONS
                                                    Day 3                                               ★ Pick up from Amiens train station
Your D-Day tour begins in the Norman town           STaR INCLUSIONS                                     ★ Full-day touring of the battlefield of
of Bayeux – the easiest way to get there from       ★ Breakfast ★ Free time to explore more             Crecy ★ Central 3-star hotel
Paris is by train. On arrival, you will check in    of Bayeux or return to Paris
to your central 3-star hotel. Your afternoon                                                           Your tour begins in Amiens, which can be
is free to explore Bayeux. Among the town’s        Your tour ends this morning after breakfast.        easily reached on a morning train from Paris.
many highlights is the Bayeux Tapestry, a          Perhaps spend the morning exploring more            On arrival in Amiens you will be met by your
70-metre-long embroidery that depicts the          of Bayeux, or catch an early train back to          expert guide. The drive to the battlefield of
Norman invasion of England in 1066. After          Paris and spend the day there. Your journey         Crecy takes us through the town of Doullens
exploring the town, we recommend an                may be over but the memories will last a            with its medieval citadel and stained glass
early night to prepare for a long day on the       lifetime. (B)                                       windows commemorating the 1918 agreement
battlefields tomorrow.                                                                                 to give overall command of the Western Front
                                                   Please Note: This itinerary is an overview          to General Foch. Auxi-le-Chateau, a quaint
 Day 2        D-Day Battlefields                   of the sites you can expect to see on our           archetypical French rural town, is the next that
 STaR INCLUSIONS                                   Normandy tour. Your guide may adjust the            we pass on the way to Crecy-en-Ponthiew. At
 ★ Breakfast ★ Full day touring the                order of visits during the tour.                    Crecy we will spend the morning exploring the
 American sector of the D-Day landing                                                                  battlefield and enjoying sweeping views from
 beaches with our expert guide                     If you would like to explore more of the            the Observation Tower, the site of the windmill
                                                   D-Day battlefields, including the British and       where Edward III (The Black Prince) oversaw his
A full day on the D-Day battlefields visiting      Canadian sectors, or customise the sites you        victory in 1346, one of the most critical battles of
the hallowed ground in the American sector.        would like to visit, please enquire about our       the Hundred Years War. We will have free time
Your tour includes a visit to the village of       Normandy Private Tours.                             for lunch in the historic town of Hesdin, with its
                                                                                                       many restaurants. In the afternoon we will drive
                                                                                                       to the medieval town of Montreuil-Sur-Mer, the
Waterloo Private Flexi Tour                                                                            burial location of the slain French Lords from the
                                                                                                       Crecy battlefield. We will then check in to our
2 Days $997* Tour Code: FWL                        detail the phases of the battle and share           3-star hotel situated in the heart of the town.
Explore the battlefield of Waterloo in             the stories of the men who fought and died
Belgium, where Napoleon was defeated by            there. In the evening your guide will take you       Day 2      Battle of Agincourt
the Duke of Wellington in 1815.                    to your charming 3-star hotel located right on       STaR INCLUSIONS:
                                                   the battlefield – each beautifully decorated         ★ Breakfast ★ Walking tour of historic
 Day 1                                             room is named after a key character from the         Montreuil ★ Guided touring of the
 STaR INCLUSIONS                                   Waterloo battle.                                     Agincourt battlefield ★ Agincourt
 ★ Pick-up in Brussels ★ Full day touring                                                               Medieval Centre ★ Transfer to Lille or
 the Waterloo battlefields with our                 Day 2                                               Amiens train station
 expert guide ★ 3-star historic hotel               STaR INCLUSIONS
 located in the heart of the battlefields           ★ Breakfast ★ More touring of the                  Day two begins with a guided walking tour of
                                                    Waterloo battlefields                              Montreuil and its ramparts. This historic town
Your tour begins in Brussels, which can easily      ★ Transfer to Brussels                             was the setting for Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
be reached on a morning train from Paris.                                                              and General Haig set up his headquarters just
On arrival in Brussels you will be met by          Another enthralling day spent on the                outside the town during WWI. We will then
your expert guide, who will transport you in       battlefield. Your guide can customise your          drive to Agincourt where our guide will take
a private car for the 40-minute drive to the       visits today to take in particular sites you wish   us to the Agincourt Medieval Centre and then
Waterloo battlefield. You will then spend the      to see, or allow him to guide you to out-of-        on to the Agincourt Memorial and orientation
day touring the battlefields with your guide.      the way locations that many visitors miss. In       table. The battle of Agincourt on St. Crispin’s
The Butte de Lion, the Wellington Museum,          the afternoon you will farewell the Waterloo        Day, 25 October 1415, is perhaps the most
the battlefield at Quatre Bras, the Napoleon       battlefield for the return drive to Brussels.       famous battle of the Hundred Years War. We will
Museum at Le Caillou, Hougoumont Chateau           Your guide can drop you either at the train         have free time for a local lunch. In the afternoon
and more will all be visited during this special   station for an onward connection, or to a           our guide will return us to Amiens or onwards
day. At each stop your expert guide will           Brussels hotel. (B)                                 to Lille for train connections back to Paris or
                                                                                                       overnight accommodation. (B)

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Gallipoli Private Flexi Tour
2 Days $1247* Tour Code: FGL                     hotel by your English-speaking tour guide           Day 2     Gallipoli to Istanbul
Visit the hallowed Anzac battlefields of         and driver, who will transport you in a private     STaR INCLUSIONS
Gallipoli on this private tour, which also       air-conditioned vehicle on the 4-hour drive         ★ Breakfast ★ More touring of the
includes pick-up and drop-off at your Istanbul   to the Gallipoli peninsula. En route you will       Gallipoli battlefields ★ Transfer to
hotel.                                           follow the shore of the Sea of Marmara and          Istanbul ★ Hotel drop-off in Istanbul
                                                 the Dardanelles, the historic waterway that
 Day 1     Istanbul to Gallipoli                 was the principal objective of the Gallipoli       This morning you will spend more time
 STaR INCLUSIONS                                 campaign. On arrival at Gallipoli you will         on the Gallipoli battlefields exploring the
 ★ Hotel pick-up in Istanbul                     have free time for lunch and then spend the        ground where the Anzac legend was forged.
 ★ Transfer to Gallipoli ★ Touring of the        afternoon exploring the Anzac sector. You          In the afternoon you will farewell Gallipoli
 Anzac battlefields ★ 3-star Gallipoli           will visit places made famous by courage and       and be driven back to Istanbul, where you will
 accommodation                                   sacrifice including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine,         be dropped at your hotel. The journey may
                                                 Shrapnel Valley, Quinn’s Post, the Nek, Chunuk     be over but the memories will last a lifetime.
Welcome to your Gallipoli battlefield tour.      Bair and more. Your evening is free to rest and    (B)
You will met this morning at your Istanbul       reflect on a moving day.

 V-Weapons Launch Sites Flexi Tour
2 Days $697* Tour Code: FVW                      train – Arras is less than an hour from Paris.     your 4-star hotel and enjoy an evening at
                                                 On arrival in Arras you will be met by your        leisure.
A unique tour that visits the launch sites of    expert guide. You will then spend the day on
Hitler’s ‘Vengeance Weapons’ in northern         an exclusive tour of the V-Weapons sites in         Day 2     Lille
France.                                          the Pas-de-Calais region. Siracourt bunker,         STaR INCLUSIONS
                                                 Bois Carre, Saint Josse-aux-Bois, Maisoncelle,      ★ Breakfast
 Day 1     Paris to Arras                        Wizernes, the La Coupole museum and
 STaR INCLUSIONS                                 bunker, Eperlecques and Mimoyecques will           This morning after breakfast you are free to
 ★ Full day touring the V-Weapons sites          all be seen. (Please note the exact itinerary      return to Paris, catch the Eurostar to London
 of northern France                              will be worked out with your guide on the          or perhaps join our tour of the First World
 ★ 4-star hotel accommodation                    day, and visits to sites will be subject to time   War battlefields in the Lille area. (B)
                                                 and distance constraints.) At the end of this
Your tour begins in the northern French town     memorable day your guide will drive you to
of Arras. The easiest way to get there is by     the city of Lille, where you will check in to      * Per person, twin share, land only.

                                                                                                                 Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours
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.

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Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours                                                    Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is the tour operator
Suite 303, 27 Belgrave Street, Manly NSW 2095                                      for the NSW Premier’s Anzac Scholarships and the
Phone 1300 880 340 (International: +61 2 9977 2055)                                Victorian Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize 2011.
fax (02) 9977 9102
email info@battlefields.com.au
Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is a division of Travel and Living Pty Ltd.
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