Anzac Day at Kokoda without trekking


This unique tour will allow you to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track without the need to join a trek.

Members from: $3,775 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $3,850 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $4,770

  • Type

    Special Interest

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Supplier

    Matt McLachlan Battlefield Tours

  • Booking Code

    MMBAD

  • Departs

    18 April 2020


Includes


  • Services of our expert WW2 Historian

  • All excursions, scenic drives 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

  • All tipping


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.

Itinerary


Day 1 > Thursday 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 > Friday 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 > Saturday 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 > Sunday 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 > Monday 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 ★ Traditonal village welcome

Day 6 > Tuesday 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 > Wednesday 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 > Thursday 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 > Friday 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.


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