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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 our heroes fought and died. And now, the memories of the courage and sacrifice have never been more important, as we commemorate the 75 year anniversaries of the battles of WWII and the 100 year anniversaries of the battles of WWI. 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’
Military Historian and Founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours
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We absolutely loved our four day Western Front tour. The tour brought history to life when we followed our Grandfather’s WW1 war experience. Future ANZAC and Remembrance Day services will forever take on
a new found deep respect for the sacrifices our soldiers made for us.
Could not have asked for a better tour! The whole experience from the travel, accommodation and tour guide/manager was exceptional.
This tour was exceptional, as was our guide, Myriam Thompson. The three of us felt really lucky to have what was, essentially, a private tour. Myriam’s local knowledge, her grasp of the history of the places and the events that took place there, gave a whole new perspective on those heartbreaking battles. The whole tour was handled professionally, efficiently and with full attention to detail. Myriam’s ability to empathise when things became overwhelming, was very much appreciated. Many thanks.
My family and I undertook a private tour of the Ypres Salient with tour guide, Soren Hawkes. It was excellent. Soren took us to all the places we had requested and included many nearby extra places of interest to my family and myself. Soren is very friendly and knowledgeable and has excellent driving skills, given how narrow some of the roads in the region are, when locating previously unknown signs and bunkers. He was also able to secure access to private property for us to have a close up experience to where my Grandfather was most likely wounded in 1917. His choice of lunch facilities was also excellent where we met the very interesting host, Johan, who was the first to enter the old mines under the front since they had been abandoned almost 100 years ago, amongst other things. The food was tasty and is highly recommended. All in all we had a fabulous day, made all the better by having Soren as our guide.
My wife and I have just walked in the footsteps of my Grandfather and our Great Uncles on the WW1 battlefields of the Western Front. This was an experience that will never be forgotten – an emotional pilgrimage to our Great Uncles grave sites. The four day tour was so very well organised right down to the finest detail and although tiring at some stages it was fantastic and certainly exceeded our expectations. Being selected to lay a wreath on behalf of the tour at the Menin Gate Memorial was only exceeded by being invited to read the Exhortation during the Last Post Memorial – what a highlight and one that I will never forget. The accommodation at Ieper (Albion Hotel) and Amiens (Mercure Amiens Cathedrale Hotel) were both first class and the ‘get to know you’ dinner on the first night was brilliant. The coach was very comfortable with plenty of room. Our Historian and tour guide Peter Smith was nothing short of amazing, his experience, knowledge and wit made the tour. Even his suggestions on where and what to eat turned out to not only be a blessing but were correct. Nothing was to much, he went out of his way to respond to the wants and needs of all tour members. His effort to find out as much as possible on our behalf of a family member(s)was second to none. Martin our coach driver was a professional and got us around the countryside safely and without any fuss. I can only recommend that you do a Mat McLachlan Battlefields Tour as soon as possible – ours was a brilliant and emotional tour that neither of us will forget. Thank you.
I recently completed a 3 day tour of the WW1 battlefields. I’m writing to let you know how much I enjoyed the tour and how much it exceeded our expectations. Our historian was an outstanding guide. His background, knowledge and interest were exceptional, but he also had the ability to present what was a complex series of events in a logical and meaningful way…a rare gift. I now have a much clearer view of the pattern of events 1914 to 1918. The accommodation was excellent and arrangements impeccable. Please pass on my thanks to the historian and to all who made our visit so enjoyable
Just want to make the comment that I recently did a Battlefields tour of Vietnam with Mat McLachlan Battlefield 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.
We have just returned after 5 weeks in UK and France. The highlight of our time in France was your 3 day tour which was made incredibly special by our tour guide All of the hotels we stayed in, and their breakfasts, were excellent; especially in Ypres where it was very close to the Menin Gate There were 6 people in the mini-bus with our historian. The van was comfortable and easy to get in and out from and our historian was an excellent and safe driver The historian did their job extremely well and their knowledge of the WW1 campaigns and battles was extensive. All of our questions were answered. Our historians experience is evident in the logical way they planned each day’s tours. Before leaving I had provided information about two members of my family who are buried in The Somme. I appreciated the research required for our historian to give me details about the circumstances of their Battalions and the type of conditions our forces endured on The Somme. Our historian located the two graves (in different cemeteries) and I left a commemorative cross at each one on behalf of our family. It was an emotional task for me. Our historian’s familiarity with the area and the large number of cemeteries played a key part in making this possible. I highly recommend and honour our historians dedicated work ethic. Thank you, and congratulations on employing such wonderful ambassador for your company. We enjoyed every minute of our tour!