"Aussie's at War" El Alamein and Tobruk
El Duda Tour Dates: 18th April to 1st May Please Note that passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months. Anyone with a Israeli stamp/visa in their passport will not be allowed entry into Libya.
“The toughest but least disciplined” was how Rommel described the Aussies of the 9th Division. A unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the 6th and 9th Australian Divisions and celebrate ANZAC Day in Tobruk. Visit such famous places as Ruin Ridge, Tel el Eisa and the “saucer”, El Alamein, Mersa Matruh, Bardia, Tobruk, Hill 209, Post R33, Derna, Regima Ridge, Benghazi and Tripoli. This is not just a tour for the Gentlmen, Ladies are also catered for with ample time to visit places other than battlefields.
18th April  Arrive Cairo airport, where you will be met by our representative and escorted to our hotel in Cairo. Rest of the day free 19th April  Following breakfast we will visit the impressive Pyramids and Sphinx, with the opportunity to go inside one of the pyramids. The even more impressive Cairo Pharaoh Museum and finally Cairo War Cemetery where amongst others Jock Campbell VC is buried. Today we will be having lunch on a Nile riverboat. 20th April  A 8.00am start for our drive to El Alamein via Chatby and Hadra War Cemeteries at Alexandria where Australian dead of both world wars are buried, many from Gallipoli. Lunch at the famous Cecil hotel before making our way to our hotel at El Alamein. The day includes a short tour of Alexandria city. 21st April  Full day on and around the El Alamein battlefield including a cold picnic on the battlefield. Visits to include original El Alamein railway station, Ruin Ridge, El Alamein War Cemetery where 3 Australian Victoria Cross winners are buried, War Museum, German War Cemetery on Hill 26, and the Italian War Cemetery at Tel el Eisa and the famous railway cutting. 22nd April  Drive to our hotel at Mersa Matruh via Sidi El Rahman, Fuka airfield site of the famous 1942 SAS raid, and the Rommel Headquarters situated in Matruh harbour at Matruh. We will have lunch in Matruh, opportunity for shopping or relaxing on the beach. 23rd April  8.00 am start for our drive to our hotel in Tobruk, via Sidi Barrani, Hellfire Pass and Sollum/Halfaya War Cemetery before driving up the steep Sollum escarpment and crossing the border into Libya, past the ruins of Italian Fort Capuzzo then onto Tobruk stopping at Bardia (if time allows). Lunch will be taken at Bardia. 24th April  Four wheel drive to the battlefields of Tobruk including the Fig Tree hospital, Hill 209, Post R33 where Jack Edmundson won Australia’s first Victoria Cross of WW2 and where we will have a barbecue, Sidi Rezegh airfield, and Ed Duda. A long day but an experience not to be missed.
15th April  ANZAC DAY Various sites in and around Tobruk, including Knightsbridge and Tobruk War Cemeteries, the Foreign Legion cemetery at Kings Cross, the German Afrika Korps Headquarters, General Moreshead’s HQ during the siege and a short drive along the famous “Tobruk By-Pass”, Lunch will be taken overlooking Tobruk harbour. 26th April   Drive through the Cyrene to our hotel by the sea at Sousa, via the site of Rommels first attack on Tobruk in April 1941, and the White House (German Field Hospital). Drive down the beautiful and impressive Derna Pass. Tour of the ancient city of Appollonia. Lunch will be taken en route. 27th April  Drive through the Green Mountains to Benghazi via Beda Littoria and the famous “Raid on Rommel” headquarters, Regima Ridge verlooking Benina airfield where the 2/13th Bn won Australia’s first Battle Honour of WW2, and Benghazi War Cemetery . Lunch En route. Fly to Tripoli and transfer to our hotel in Tripoli. 28th April  Visit to Tripoli War Cemetery and the magnificent ancient city of Leptis Magna. 29th April  Day of leisure in Tripoli or optional visit to the ancient city of Sabratha 30th April  Flight to Cairo, Overnight in Cairo. May 1st  Flight home or other.