Dawn Service, Villers Bretonneux

of WW1 and WW2 and their War Memorials,

Dates will vary for each year -
Please contact Di - see contact details below -
to discuss your preferred dates of travel.

Visit some of the key WW1 and WW2 battlefields in Europe, to include ANZAC Day at Villers Bretonneux, with time in Paris and an optional extension to London.
(Last updated 23 June 2014) 

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Sample 2014
Europe Battlefields
Tour Flyer
(4 pages)



 Sample 2014
Europe Battlefields
Tour Itinerary

(14 A4 pages)


National Network Travel and Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours have “joined forces” to offer comprehensive tours of the 1st World War Western Front Battlefields which includes attending the very moving Dawn Service on Anzac Day at Villers Bretonneux. These tours will visit most of the Battlefields in which Australians participated. Then to Normandy and visit the 2nd World War D-Day Beaches and surrounding areas.


If you have time why not join the London Optional visit, which includes visits to many sites of military interest. On these tours there is a wealth of Battlefield knowledge and experience. You will have an expert Military Historian, a Tour Manager, and local guides. By clicking below you can download the sample 2014 itinerary and its associated flyer to get a feel for what your tour might include.

The Tours visit many of the names familiar to Australians from the WW1 Western Front - Reims, 2 Div Memorial, Mont St Quentin, Flanders, Ypres, Ramparts Cemetary, Menin Gate (for Last Post Ceremony), the Ypres Salient, Passchendale, 5 Div Memorial, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Hill 60, Bruges, Essex Farm Cemetery, Diksmuide, Messines, Fromelles, VC Corner, Pheasant Wood, Vimy Ridge, Bullecourt, Slouch Hat Memorial, Villers Bretonneux for the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Hamel, Lochnagar Mine Crater, Pozieres, 1 Div Memorial, Windmill, Newfoundland Memorial Park, Ulster Tower, Theipval, Moquet Farm, Adelaide Cemetery.

Additionally the Tour visits Normandy viewing en-route the historic railway carriage at Compiegne. You then stay in Bayeux and visit the Tapestry Museum before visiting the Mulberry Harbour, D Day Museum, Arromanches Beach, Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, la Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach, St Mere Eglise, 82nd & 101st Museums, Merville Battery, Pegasus Bridge, Le Grande Bunker, Caen Canal, Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches, 4th Commando Museum, and Monets House and Garden on return to Paris.  

Not to forget that the Tours offer a three night optional visit to London to see more places related to the wars - Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum, the Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park, and more.

To the left is the 2014 Flyer - four A4 pages including two maps - click on the image to download.  Just happens to be very suitable for printing out and discussing with friends or club-mates to help get the word out (please).  And below that, the full 2014 itinerary you could use as an example of your tour.

From the start of the Tour in Paris to the end in Paris or London, you will be in the capable and very experienced hands of Matt McLachlan Battlefield Journeys - a leader in the field, so you can be guaranteed the best touring guides available.  They know what the Aussies want to see and are very knowledgeable about our WW1 and WW2 military experiences.

If you would like to visit the grave of a relative buried in the areas you are touring, please supply as much information about it as you can. (Please note that we will do our best to accommodate these requests, but grave visits cannot be guaranteed.)

Any such Tour needs to be booked well in advance due to the popularity of these destinations - particularly around ANZAC Day and especially coming up to the 100-year anniversaries of specific battles. 

A holding deposit of $1000 p/p would be required to secure the accommodation and flights.

Please click on the photograph to download a 2014 14-page PDF format document which includes a comprehensive itinerary, booking form and details of where to get even more information or to make your booking.

The prices quoted are a guide only and will be subject to rates for the year you travel. Much touring and entry fees, many meals, qualified Historians, and comfortable hotels are included. It's an affordable Tour and will stand any comparisons.  Why not  try to travel with others you know - make a small group... or a large one, for that matter.

Please contact Di at National Network Travel & Cruise
to make a booking or for further details.
Telephone: (03) 97878888   Mobile: 0412 278888   Fax: (03) 97878999

Email: disabben@ozemail.com.au

One more thing...
Have you considered visiting Gallipoli on your way to Europe?
An air stopover in Istanbul would allow you to visit and explore
the Gallipoli sites for a few days.  The weather's okay in early April
and you'd also get to see Troy and explore the best of the Ottoman relics.

Ask Di for details.