McLachlan Experiences is part of McLachlan Travel Group, a family company that has been prominent in the Australian travel industry for more than 30 years.
The McLachlan family first began organising holidays for Australian travellers in 1979, when Mat’s parents, Gil and Leonie, opened a small travel agency in West Wyalong, a town of 3500 people in the NSW wheatbelt. Since then the company has grown, but is still very much a family enterprise.
As part of McLachlan Travel Group, McLachlan Experiences shares the core values that were established by Gil and Leonie when they opened their first travel agency all those years ago: to provide knowledge and value to Australian travellers, and the best holiday experience possible.
McLachlan Tours began in 2007, when military historian and author Mat McLachlan combined his passion for Australian war history with his family company’s travel credentials and launched Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (www.battlefields.com.au). In its first five years the company grew to become the leading specialist battlefield tour operator in Australia, offering tours to Europe, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours pioneered several initiatives designed to bring battlefield history to life, including Life at the Front, an educational experience for school groups that enables students to spend a day as an Australian WWI soldier, complete with uniform, rifle and even a bully beef meal!
The company’s dedication to providing quality travel products and unique experiences led to the launch of McLachlan Experiences, the company’s brand for non-battlefield tour products. McLachlan Experiences is a specialist tour operator that caters for groups of all sizes, and themed touring of all interests. McLachlan Experiences has recently expanded its tour offering by partnering with expert local suppliers in Africa, Asia, Middle East and South America and, combined with its established expertise in Europe, now offers a truly global product.
McLachlan Experiences sets itself apart by the unique travel experiences and flexibility it offers to travellers. McLachlan Experiences passengers don’t just visit a destination – they are immersed and live it. Food and wine tours, cultural exploration, amazing festivals and other truly unique and inspiring experiences are all part of a McLachlan Experience.
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A TOUCH OF SEOUL4 Daysfrom $1,735.00 / PersonGyeongbokgung, SUWON, Seoul, Yongin – Korean Folk VillagePrivate Tour, Short Stay TourCulture & Festival, UNESCOAn old Korean proverb goes 'even if you have to crawl on your knees, get yourself to Seoul!' With so much going on, never has this been more sound advice. It is a city with 600 years of history and a mixture of screaming modern skyscrapers and restored palaces. Seoul is home to many old historic sites like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces, and places of traditional culture like the Korean Folk Village. This is a great little tour for those just wanting a taste of this ever-expanding city.
HISTORICAL KOREA6 Daysfrom $4,041.00 / PersonGyeongbokgung, Seoul, Gyeongju, BusanFully Escorted Tour, Private Tour, Small Group TourCulture & Festival, UNESCOKorea has a noble history dating back thousands of years. This tour takes you back to BC times to explore ancient kingdoms, wander through temples which are remnants of the Silla Dynasty and enjoy stunning beaches.
KOREA UNCOVERED8 Daysfrom $5,453.00 / PersonSeoul, DMZ, Jeju Island, Yongin – Korean Folk VillageFully Escorted Tour, Private Tour, Small Group TourCulture & Festival, DMZ, UNESCOExploring Korea a little more in depth and incorporating the stunning island of Jeju, this tour is for those who wish to experience the hustle and bustle of Seoul combined with the relaxing and stunning beach resort of Jeju. With a backdrop of lush mountains and scattered islands of the coast, this popular coastal town is sure to capture your heart.
SEOUL & THE DMZ4 Daysfrom $2,166.00 / PersonGyeongbokgung, Seoul, DMZ, Yongin – Korean Folk VillagePrivate Tour, Short Stay TourCulture & Festival, DMZ, UNESCOTaking in the highlights of Seoul combined with the intriguing DMZ, this tour is for those curious and interested travellers looking to discover the dark side of Korea. Explore the vibrant and ever growing city as you wander through temples and markets as well as restored folk villages portraying the traditional life of Korea.
SEOUL, TEMPLES & MONKS6 Daysfrom $3,836.00 / PersonSeoul, Mt Seorak, Yongin – Korean Folk VillagePrivate Tour, Small Group TourCulture & Festival, Temple Stay, UNESCOEver wondered what it is like to lead the life of a monk? Does the thought of staying in a mountain-top temple excite you? This tour allows travellers to live like a Buddhist monk – eating monastic meals with them, sleeping in the temple with them and participating in rituals and ceremonial services, as well as meditation and tea ceremonies. Combined with the excitement of Seoul, this is a culturally focussed tour for those wanting to live and breathe an authentic traditional Korean lifestyle.