PACIFIC DAWN – 10 nights from $2,599 per person Twin Share

26 AUGUST 2020


Hosted aboard P&O Pacific Dawn, this 10-night holiday will provide guests an experience like no other as they explore the history of neighbouring Papua New Guinea.

A truly immersive experience, guests will enjoy a range of workshops, shore excursions and seminar discussions all hosted by renowned historians and led by Mat McLachlan. The holiday will take guests on a journey both on and off the ship. Sea days will be characterised by thought provoking and engaging sessions peppered around plenty of free time to check out Pacific Dawn amenities and services. Shore side, a series of exclusive tours will be on offer for guests to experience first-hand monumental sites such as Milne Bay and Rabaul.

Guests strictly limited, only 200 cabins available! Book today to avoid disappointment.

> Welcome Cocktail Party
> 6 Interactive Conference seminar Sessions
> 2 Fully escorted Shore Tours in Rabul and Alotau
> 3 Groups Dinners


Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours offers the best War Historians in the business. All personally selected by Mat McLachlan, our Historians are all published experts in their field – you will recognise their names from books, TV shows, newspaper articles and radio programs. No other tour company can match the quality of our Historians. Here are just some of them…

Mat McLachlan 
Mat McLachlan is a leading battlefield historian, author and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours who has spent more than two  decades following in the footsteps of Australian troops around the world.

He is an authority on the battlefields of the Western Front, Gallipoli, the Pacific battlefields of World War Two, the Vietnam War and the Normandy landing beaches. His 2007 book, Walking with the Anzacs, is the definitive guide to Australian battlefields on the Western Front and has been reprinted seven times. Mat’s second book, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide, is the most comprehensive guide to the Australian battlefields of Gallipoli.

Dr Karl James
Dr Karl James has been a historian at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, since 2006, and has been Head of the Military History Section from May 2019. A graduate of the University of Wollongong, his research focuses on Australia’s involvement in the Second World War. His publications include Kokoda: Beyond the Legend (editor), Double Diamonds: Australian Commandos in the Pacific War, 1941–45 and The Hard Slog: Australians in the Bougainville Campaign, 1944-45. He is a member of the editorial staff for the Memorial’s magazine Wartime.

He has worked on major exhibitions at the Memorial, including as lead curator for From the Shadows: Australia’s Special Forces (2017–18), the special anniversary exhibition Rats of Tobruk, 1941 (2011), and the refurbishment of the permanent Second World War Galleries (2010).

Dr James is currently working with Professor Peter Dean on the edited volume Australia in the Second World War. Dr James is also writing a new history of the 1941 siege of Tobruk and a popular history of the operations of HMAS Sydney’s (III) Carrier Air Group in 1951–52 during the Korean War.

Gary McKay
Gary McKay spent 30 years as an army officer after being conscripted for national service in 1968. He served in South Vietnam in 1971 as an infantry rifle platoon commander where he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and severely wounded in the last major Australian battle of the Vietnam War.

In 1987 Gary’s best-selling autobiography In Good Company, Australia’s Battlefields in Vietnam, Going Back was released and he began what is now a full-time career as a non-fiction writer and freelance historian. He is Australia’s most prolific writer on the subject of the Vietnam War having released 12 books with Allen & Unwin. Two of his latest, Australia’s Battlefields in Vietnam and Going Back have been highly acclaimed by veterans who have returned to Vietnam and those wanting to see where Australia fought during the war. Gary has also travelled widely in the Pacific doing research and leading battlefield tours in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

David Howell
David Howell is a Melbourne-based historian, author and tour guide. Growing up with the stories of the war in New Guinea by his grandfather, David has made over 50 crossings of the famous Kokoda Track along with visiting most of the major battlefields in Papua New Guinea.

David spent the last five years working at the Shrine of Remembrance, the national war memorial of Victoria where he created their journal, Remembrance. He is a serving member of the Army Reserve and has deployed on peacekeeping operations. David is also the Hon. Secretary of the 39th Australian Infantry Battalion.

26 Aug 20   Brisbane, Australia      Depart 04:00PM
27 Aug 20   At Sea
28 Aug 20   At Sea
29 Aug 20   Alotau, Papua New Guinea
30 Aug 20   Kitava, Trobriand Islands
31 Aug 20   Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
01 Sep 20   Kiriwina Is, Trobriand Islands
02 Sep 20   Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea
03 Sep 20   At Sea
04 Sep 20   At Sea
05 Sep 20   Brisbane, Australia     Arrive 06:00AM
Disembark ‘PACIFIC DAWN’

Inside – $2599

Oceanview – $2799

Balcony – $3099

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Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. All prices are per person Twin Share unless stated otherwise.