McLachlan Tours (Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours and McLachlan European Holidays) invited numerous travel industry members – including LATTE – to a breakfast briefing this week at Jardin St James in the heart of Sydney.
Mat McLachlan himself was in attendance, as well as Australian entertainment personality and journalist Ray Martin – who is leading a tour this year.
McLachlan took the stage to welcome everyone to the event, joking about “how a skinny kid from the bush ending up spending his days walking among battlefields”, before passing the microphone over to the business development manager of Hauts-de-France Tourism, who gave an overview of the sightseeing available in France beyond the battlefields.
The perfect add-on to any Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tour, the brand-new Treasures of Northern France Extension Tour showcases the incredible culture and cuisine of northern France and visits sights including the floating gardens of Amiens, Picardy’s very own Notre-Dame cathedral, the house of renowned French novelist Jules Verne, and the newly renovated Musee de Picardie.
Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours will be offering more than 50 tours in 2020 in numerous destinations, with the Western Front proving to be their most popular choice year after year. This year, tours to the Western Front will include the Western Front Explorer, Anzac Day on the Western Front, Discovering the Western Front with Ray Martin & Mat McLachlan, Marching with Monash and the Western Front Walking Tour. On these tours, guests stay in four-star hotels and the average group size is around 18 people. The most successful among these is the four-day Western Explorer, which was designed by Mat McLachlan.
At the end of the briefing, Martin and McLachlan participated in short Q&A, in which Martin said that his favourite thing about these tours is “The stories of individuals… it’s not about figures, it’s about human beings.”
McLachlan agreed, stating “It’s not about strategy and politics; it’s about walking in the footsteps of Australians who have real stories to tell.”
Currently, travel agents who book two McLachlan holidays for one passenger by 30 April 2020 will receive 10% off the second tour.
Main image, from left to right: Gil McLachlan, Todd Prees, Matt Masson, Rosanna Frisina, Ray Martin, Mat McLachlan, Jess Stebnicki.