Anzac Day at Kokoda without trekking - 2021
DEPARTS: 18th April 2021
Price: per person, twin share
Single Supplement: $1150
Anzac Day at Kokoda without trekking – 2021
This unique tour will allow you to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track without the need to join a trek. You will see the key sites where Australian troops forged a legend in 1942 and pay your respects to the 2000 Australians who were killed or wounded in this pivotal WW2 campaign.
Day 1 > Sunday 18 April – Arrive Port Moresby
Welcome to Papua New Guinea. On arrival we will be met by our Kokoda Historical Guide and taken to our hotel. During dinner our Guide will give a detailed presentation on the battles fought in PNG during 1942. (D)
Day 2 > Monday 19 April – Port Moresby
After breakfast we will begin our tour of Port Moresby, including the PNG National Memorial, National Museum, Parliament and the wreck of MV MacDhui. After lunch at our hotel, we will visit the Bomana War Cemetery. We will return to the hotel for free time before dinner. (B, L, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Port Moresby Tour ★ Bomana War Cemetery
Day 3 > Tuesday 20 April – Owers’ Corner
Today we will travel along the Sogeri Highway to Owers’ Corner, the start of the Kokoda Track. Next we will visit the Koitaki Showgrounds, the site of the infamous ‘Rabbit that Runs Speech’, before making our way to Sogeri Lodge for a buffet lunch. This afternoon we will visit the PNG Nature Park. (B, L, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Koitaki Showgrounds ★ PNG Nature Park
Day 4 > Wednesday 21 April – Kokoda
This morning we will fly to Kokoda over the Kokoda Track, spotting Lake Myola, Brigade Hill & Isurava. We will land on the war-time air strip before making our way to the Kokoda Plateau, Bert Kienzle Museum and Kokoda Memorials. After lunch we will 4WD up the Kokoda Track and join our Guide for an optional walk before returning to Kokoda for the night. (B, L, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Kokoda Memorial & Museum ★ 4WD on the Kokoda Track
Day 5 > Thursday 22 April – Popondetta to Sanananda
Today we will head north to Popondetta and the Japanese beachheads. We will stop to see Oivi & Gorari, the mighty Kumusi River and where the Japanese and Papuan Infantry Battalion first came into contact. After lunch we will visit the Popondetta War Memorial and Gona Beach before boarding a boat to Sanananda. We will be greeted with a welcome dance before checking into Sanananda Guest House. (B, L, D,)
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Popondetta War Memorial ★ Traditional village welcome
Day 6 > Friday 23 April – Buna
We will begin our day with a tour of Bona village. We will visit the Australian and US memorials and walk along the road depicted in the famous George Silk photograph. We will also see the last-known Japanese bunker complex before returning to Sanananda for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour Sanananda Village, taking in the 55/53 Battalion Memorial, the Wirraway wreck and the Japanese hospital. We will have time at the village craft market before dinner. (B, L, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Japanese bunker complex ★ 55/53 Battalion Memorial
Day 7 > Saturday 24 April – Port Moresby
After an early transfer to Girua airport we will return to Port Moresby and the comforts of our hotel. There will be plenty of time to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s service before an early dinner. (B, L, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Pre-Anzac-Day dinner
Day 8 > Sunday 25 April – Anzac Dawn Service
We will rise early this morning for an emotional Anzac Dawn Service. Afterwards we will return to the hotel for breakfast and a rest. At lunchtime we will depart for the Royal Port Moresby Yacht Club where our Guide will host a very special Anzac Day luncheon. (B, L, D).
STAR INCLUSIONS ★ Anzac Dawn service ★ Lunch at the Yacht Club
Day 9 > Monday 26 April – Departure
We will transfer to Port Moresby International Airport for our return to Australia. (B)
The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime.
★ Services of our WW2 Historian
★ All excursions and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
★ Anzac Day Dawn Service in Port Moresby
★ Flights from Port Moresby to Kokoda, and Popondetta to Port Moresby
★ 5 nights’ 4-star accommodation in Port Moresby, 1 night of traditional accommodation in Kokoda and 2 nignts in Sanananda
★ Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach in Port Moresby
★ Return airport transfers
★ All meals as specified in the itinerary
★ All entrance fees as per the itinerary
★ Polo shirt
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Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.