2nd New Zealand Division in North Africa Battlefield Tour
1st to 15th September Follow in the footsteps of the Kiwi Division as they fought their way across North Africa, from El Alamein to Tripoli. The 2nd N.Z. Division gained the distinction of being the only division to reach their target on the opening night of El Alamein, Visit such battles sites as Alam Halfa, Ruwesait Ridge where Sgt Keith Elliott won the Victoria Cross, Qattara Track and Miterayia Ridge, Mersa Matruh, Minqar Qaim, Sidi Aziez, Belhamed, the Blockhouse, Sidi Rezegh, Tobruk, Derna, Benghazi, Tripoli and much more. Not just for the Guys, lots to see and do for the Girls.
Day 1  Arrive Cairo airport, where you will be met by our representative and escorted to our hotel in the pyramid district of Cairo. Rest of the day at leisure. (Optional half day tours available) Day 2  Today we visit the impressive Pyramids and Sphinx and the Cairo Pharaoh Museum. We will also visit Cairo War Cemetery, where “Jock” Campbell VC (the hero of Sidi Rezegh) is buried. Lunch will be taken on a Nile river boat. Day 3  A 8.00am start for our drive to El Alamein, via Alexandria’s Chatby and Hadra war cemeteries, where New Zealanders of both World Wars are buried. Lunch will be at the famous Cecil Hotel and the day includes a short tour of Alexandria city or some free time, before making our way to our hotel at El Alamein. Day 4  A full day on and around the El Alamein battlefield, including visits to Ruwesait Ridge, Miterayia Ridge, El Alamein war cemeteries and museum. Qattara Track, the original railway station and much more. The day includes a cold picnic lunch on the battlefield.
Day 5  Drive to our hotel in Mersa Matruh via Sidi el Rahman, Fuka airfield (site of the famous 1942 SAS raid) and Minqar Qaim (site of the famous New Zealand “Breakout”). Day to include visit to the Rommel museum. Opportunity for shopping in Mersa Matruh or relaxing on the beach. Day 6  8.00am start for our drive to our hotel in Bardia, via Sidi Barrani and Hellfire Pass War Cemetery, before driving up the 500ft Sollum escarpment and crossing the border into Libya. Day 7  Today we will have 4x4 desert vehicles for visits to Sidi Azeiz and Belhamed before making our way to our hotel in Tobruk. Day includes a picnic lunch and dinner overlooking Tobruk harbour. Day 8  Again we have 4x4 vehicles to visit the Sidi Rezegh battlefield area and blockhouse captured by New Zealanders in November 1941. Day will include barbecue on the battlefield. Day 9  A full day in Tobruk visiting the Commonwealth, German and French Foreign Legion war cemeteries, harbour area and Afrika Korps Headquarters. Lunch and Dinner will be at our harbour restaurant. Day 10  Drive through the Cyrene to our hotel in Sousa, via Fig Tree Hospital, Knightsbridge War Cemetery and the famous German field hospital known as the “Weiss Haus”, and the impressive Derna Pass. Lunch will be taken on route. Day will include a tour of the ancient city of Appollonia. Day 11  Drive through the Green Mountains to Benghazi via Cyrene and the Temple of Zeus and Beda Littoria (site of the famous 1941 “Raid on Rommel”. Lunch will be taken in Benghazi before visiting Benghazi War Cemetery. Later this day we will fly to Tripoli and transfer to our hotel. Day 12  Visit to Tripoli War cemetery and the magnificent Roman city of Leptis Magna. Day 13  Day of leisure in Tripoli or optional visit to the ancient city of Sabratha. Day 14  Return flight to Cairo, overnight in Cairo. (flights can be arranged to other destinations) Day 15  Flight home or other
Minqar Qaim Tour Dates: 1st to 15th November 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.