WWI’s Western Front was a series of trenches stretching 700 kilometres through France and Belgium and was the site of a number of major battles involving more than 295,000 Australian soldiers – with 46,000 losing their lives and 132,000 returning wounded. According to battlefield touring experts Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, one hundred years on Australians of all ages are more interested than ever in visiting these great battlefields, and in exploring the villages and townships dotted along the Front which today offer incredible beauty, culture and food paired with deep history.
“The centenary of WWI has driven a huge spike in interest among Australians to visit the sites where the Great War took place. Many Australians have an ancestor who fought in the War, and the centenary marks a poignant time to retrace their footsteps,” said Managing Director of McLachlan Tours, Mr Peter Smith.
Key 9+ day centenary commemoration tours anticipated by Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (MMBT) to draw significant interest are below. MMBT also offers 4 day Western Front Explorer Tours departing every week from April to November, and 3 day Western Front Flexi Tours departing any day you choose. Agents are invited to book clients’ tours direct with MMBT, phone: 1300 880 340
Fromelles and Pozieres Centenary 11 nights, 14 – 25 July 2016 | $4647*: Fromelles was the first major conflict Australians were involved with on the Western Front, while Pozieres was a bitter two-week battle.
Bullecourt Centenary 10 nights, 4 – 14 April 2017 |register now $250**: 1170 Australian soldiers were taken prisoner of war, the largest captured in a single engagement during WWI.
Passchendaele Centenary 10 nights, 6 – 16 October 2017 |register now $250**: also known as the Third Battle of Ypres or “Battle of Mud”, the campaign involved the greatest number of soldiers during the war, with total casualties (both sides) estimated at 475,000; 275,000 British and Commonwealth, including 38,000 Australians. 80 per cent of Australian Western Front casualties died at Passchendaele.
Remembrance Day Centenary 9 Nights, 4 – 13 November 2018|register now $250*: At 11am on November 11, 1918the guns fell silent on the Western Front and the Great War came to an end. One hundred years on, MMBT will assist Australians to commemorate this important anniversary, including a moving service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. “We are anticipating the 2018 Remembrance Day Centenary to be even bigger than the 2014 Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service,” said Mr Smith.
* Prices per person twin share.
** Final price available approximately 12 months prior. Deposit refunds will be available for those who decide not to travel.
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Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (MMBT) 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). MMBT can customise battlefield itineraries for travel agents’ clients anywhere in the world.
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