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.

Meet your War Historians

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 | Dr Karl James | Gary McKay | David HowellDr Keiko TamuraPeter Dean |Chris Masters


With their renowned expertise, our war historians are able to transform a battlefield tour into a unique immersive personal experience, as reflected by the enthusiastic feedback from former participants:

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 tour was so very well organised right down to the finest detail… The effort to find out as much as possible on our behalf of a family member(s) was second to none. 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.

Greg & Meryl Larsen | 4-day Western Front Tour

I expected this tour to be quite an experience but it far exceeded expectations… knowledge, passion and energy brought the battlefields alive and made the stories personal and evocative… Following in the footsteps of our family members and troops was an incredibly moving experience I'll never forget. We had fun too!

Julie Fitzgerald | Fromelles and Pozieres Centenary 2016

Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise (MMBT)

Departing Aug 26, 2020

Hosted aboard P&O Pacific Dawn, this 10-night holiday will provide guests an experience like none other

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About Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is one of the world’s leading battlefield tour operators. Every year we send thousands of travellers on journeys to the sacred places where Australian troops made history. From the beaches of Gallipoli to the jungles of Vietnam, from the fields of the Western Front to the islands of The Pacific – wherever Australian men and women have fought in the name of freedom, we can take you there. All our journeys are escorted by leading Historians who bring history to life. Our Historians don’t just know about history – they live and breathe it, and they are looking forward to sharing their passion with you. We can’t take you back in time, but this is the next best thing!