History comes alive with these two NEW tours!
We are delighted to present two new tour options for non-trekkers and history lovers who wish to experience our Kokoda history. These tours have been designed specifically for travellers who want to visit the legendary battlefields of the Kokoda and Milne Bay campaigns but not trek the Track.
- TOUR ONE: Kokoda Campaign and Beach Head Battles – Tuesday 14 August – Monday 20 August 2018
- TOUR TWO: Milne Bay Battle (follows directly after Tour One) – 20 August – 22 August 2018
Contact our team to find out more. No trekking is required, just a love of history and a desire to make your own!
MEET FRANK TAYLOR:
Expert commentary and leadership is provided on this Tour by Frank Taylor (pictured). Frank has a 30 plus-year relationship with the people and landscape of the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, and the beach heads at Buna and Gona.
Frank is recognised within the Kokoda trekking industry as an expert in the wartime history of the Kokoda Campaign. Frank himself has travelled over the Kokoda Trail more than 140 times making him the most experienced and well known guide trekking Kokoda, coupled with numerous shorter explorations in localities of historical importance.
TOUR 1: Kokoda Campaign & Beach Head Battles
Tour 1: Kokoda Campaign and Beach Head Battles
7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS, Tuesday 14 August – Monday 20 August 2018
A non trekking tour and guided study of the Kokoda Campaign and the final battles on the northern Papua shore (Buna, Gona, Sanananda).
This 7-day tour is carefully designed to fully address both the historical information in commentary and explanation, along with visits to places of significance to the units involved, without the need for back pack trekking. We visit both ends of the Kokoda Trail (Owers’ Corner and Kokoda Village)
plus principal places and areas of historical significance including Gona, Buna and Sanananda on the Northern Province beaches, to pay our respects.
The commentary and organisation is expert, with 35 years of experience in tour operations for the Kokoda Trail and the beach battles in PNG. This opportunity offers a unique tour to commemorate the 75 years since the Kokoda Campaign.
It also offers the extension opportunity to visit Milne Bay (see Tour 2), where the Australians inflicted the first land defeat to the Japanese forces in the Second World War. Guided and organised by experienced staff with expert commentary.
ITINERARY KOKODA CAMPAIGN & BEACH HEAD BATTLES (*subject to change)
Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby. Met on arrival. Transfer to comfortable accommodation. Group meeting this evening at hotel
Day 2: Transfer to airport and fly to Popondetta. Check in basic hotel accommodation. 4WD tour to Gona. (B)
Day 3: 4WD tour to Sanananda area, Huggins road block and Buna. Overnight Buna Village lodge. (BLD)
Day 4: Continue tour of Buna area. Return Popondetta. Service at Popondetta War memorial. Overnight basic hotel. (B)
Day 5: Road tour to Kokoda station. Wreath laying at memorial. Return to Popondetta. (BL)
Day 6: Fly to Port Moresby. Road tour to Owers’ corner, visiting war sites enroute. Wreath laying at Owers’ Corner. Wreath laying at Bomana War cemetery. (B)
Day 7: Option 1: Kokoda Campaign and Beach Heads tour finishes after breakfast. Transfer provided to International terminal OR continue on with TOUR 2 (see over).
EXTEND YOUR TOUR … SEE TOUR 2 (next tab). Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Tour 1 pricing:
- PACKAGE LAND ONLY from Port Moresby $2580, ask us about the best international air fare package available from Australia
- DURATION: 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS
- DATES: Tuesday 14 August – Monday 20 August 2018 (2019 dates to be confirmed)
Minimum numbers required to operate. Private Group tours can be arranged. Cost includes: Twin-share accommodation, meals as indicated (BLD), expert commentary, all ground transport. *All prices are subject to change based on KINA exchange rate fluctuations. Please refer to Booking Terms and Conditions regarding pricing.
TOUR 2: Milne Bay Battle
Tour 2: Milne Bay Battle
3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS, 20 August – 22 August 2018
Continue on your discovery of PNG and the important role it has played in Australia’s World War II history. The Battle of Milne bay (25 August – 7 September 1942) was a significant battle in the Pacific Campaign with the troops decisively defeating Japanese Land forces. Come and visit this beautiful bay whilst discovering the history behind this important battle in Australia’s World War II history.
Milne Bay is also home to almost 500 islands ranging from your typical tropical island and tiny atoll through to massive volcanic and continental islands. Located on the corner of the Coral Triangle, Milne Bay has some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world.
ITINERARY MILNE BAY BATTLE (*subject to change)
Day 1: Transfer to Airport and fly to Gurney (Milne Bay). Met on arrival. Transfer to comfortable accommodation. Tour to wartime sites of significance. (B)
Day 2: Tour to major battle localities. Fly to Port Moresby and transfer to accommodation. (B)
Day 3: Transfer provided to International Airport (B)
Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast
Tour 2 pricing:
- 3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS: Guided and organised by experienced staff with expert commentary
- PACKAGE LAND ONLY from Port Moresby $985
- DURATION: 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS, ask us about the best international air fare package available from Australia
Minimum numbers required to operate. Private Group tours can be arranged. Cost includes: twin-share accommodation, breakfast daily, expert commentary, all ground transport. This tour follows directly on from Tour 1. *All prices are subject to change based on KINA exchange rate fluctuations. Please refer to Booking Terms and Conditions regarding pricing.
- *2019 dates to be confirmed (follows immediately after Tour 1)