Victory in the Pacific

Pearl Harbor, Saipan , Tinian, Guam, and the 74th Commemoration of Iwo Jima
March 15 - 25, 2019

Tour Overview

The Museum is honored to offer a travel program that provides the unique opportunity to explore Pacific island battlefields and landing beaches in the company of expert historians.Victory in the Pacific journeys from Pearl Harbor—where it all started for the Americans—to the islands of Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Tinian, where the Enola Gay departed to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. With exclusive access to the most intriguing battle sites, rich historical context from our Museum historians, seldomly seen archival materials from the Museum’s digital collections, and hand-selected oral histories found nowhere else, this tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Explore the War in the Pacific

Introducing The National WWII Museum’s Tour of the Pacific Theater. Take a journey that centers around the story of the Americans who forged a road to Tokyo through courage, ingenuity, and sacrifice, and ended the war, at last. Retrace the grueling trail that led from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, explore the evolving strategy for fighting relentless Japanese forces in Asia and the Pacific, and examine cultural differences, logistical challenges, and the staggering range of extreme conditions that confronted American military forces.

Steeped in WWII history, the present-day serenity found at these stunning locations is a stark contrast to ferocious fighting that once took place here. Breathtaking landscapes with secluded volcanic mountain peaks, clear waters surrounding coral fringed islets, and grottos filled with sea turtles—discover the Marianas with The National WWII Museum Educational Travel program and revel in the hidden treasures of these Pacific islands. From the blazing white shorelines of Saipan to the black volcanic ash on Iwo Jima’s landing beaches, walk in the everlasting footsteps of the servicemen who gave their all for victory.

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Tour Inclusions

Luxurious resorts

• Two nights accommodations at the historic, five-star Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel in Honolulu

• Three nights accommodations at the five-star Kensington Hotel Saipan

• Four nights accommodations at the five-star Dusit Thani Hotel Guam

All-inclusive flights

• Roundtrip economy-class air* on scheduled United Airlines flights between: Los Angeles and Honolulu, Honolulu and Guam, and Guam and Los Angeles (via Honolulu)

• Roundtrip private chartered air between Guam and Iwo Jima, Guam and Saipan, and Saipan and Tinian

Museum amenities and services

• Nine breakfasts, five lunches, four receptions, and four dinners

• Free-flow beer, wine, spirits, coffee, water, tea, and soft drinks at all included meals and receptions

• Personal listening devices on all included touring

• Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and attractions included in the itinerary

• VIP access to sites not offered on other tours

• Video oral history presentations from the Museum’s Digital Collection

• Private, air-conditioned motor coach transportation, including bottled water and refreshing cloths on excursions

• All airport transportation throughout program itinerary, including arrival transfer (Honolulu) and departure transfer (Guam)

• Included gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and included meal service

• Expert Museum Historian-/Curator-led battlefield tours

• Informative map book, including battlefield maps and archival images to be used throughout your journey

• Personalized luggage tags and customized name badge

• Keepsake journal and pen to document your journey

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Victory in the Pacific

Tour Itinerary

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Optional One-Night Pre-Tour Program:
Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice

Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice

March 14–15, 2019

Arrive a day early to experience a special visit to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. At the laboratory, historical research and DNA technology combine in an effort to locate and identify missing service men and women throughout the world. Special projects include identifying those killed in action on Tarawa and during the Korean conflict. After an included lunch, pay respects to those who fell in the Pacific at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater. The cemetery opened to the public on July 19, 1949, with services for five war dead: an unknown serviceman, two Marines, an Army lieutenant, and one civilian—noted war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Eventually, over 13,000 soldiers and sailors who died during World War II would be laid to rest in the Punchbowl.

Accommodations: Westin Moana Surfrider (B, L)

March 15, 2019 - Day 1

Arrival

Upon arrival into Honolulu International Airport, transfer to the five-star Westin Moana Surfrider, where you are welcomed by the Museum’s travel team. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow tour guests on the Diamond Lawn of the Moana Surfrider as you watch a lovely island sunset.

Accommodations: Westin Moana Surfrider (R, D)

March 16, 2019 - Day 2

USS Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum, and Valor in the Pacific

Begin your exploration of the War in the Pacific where it all ended, on the USS Missouri, site of the formal surrender of the Japanese Empire to the Allied powers. Next, visit the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, an internationally recognized aviation museum on Ford Island that educates about and preserves aviation history while honoring aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific region. After an included lunch, spend the afternoon at the very place where a Japanese attack brought the country into the war. At the USS Arizona Memorial, pay tribute to the 1,177 men who were killed when the ship’s forward magazine exploded causing the ship to sink in a matter of minutes. Also visit the USS Bowfin (SS-287), a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during World War II and helped to make famous the term “Silent Service.” Bowfin was launched on December 7, 1942, exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was nicknamed Pearl Harbor Avenger, so it’s fitting that Pearl Harbor is her permanent home. The evening is free to enjoy Waikiki’s many shops and restaurants.

Accommodations: Westin Moana Surfrider (B, L)

March 17-18, 2019 - Day 3 (Cross the International Date Line)

Journey to Saipan

After a relaxing morning at leisure, fly to Saipan, where a ferocious battle waged for over three weeks in June 15 – July 9,1944. Granted to Japan after World War I, the island was home to the Japanese forces that attacked Guam on December 8, 1941. At the same time the Allies secured Rome and were fighting in Normandy in 1944, American troops had advanced within striking distance of Saipan. If captured, Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian offered airfields from which B-29s could attack the Japanese home islands. Once ashore on Saipan, Americans faced challenges in Saipan’s formidable geography, a significant civilian population, and Japan’s willingness to fight to the last man.

Accommodations: The Kensington Hotel Saipan (B, D)

March 19, 2019 - Day 4

Explore Saipan

The Battle of Saipan moved from south to north with the invasion beaches located on the southwest coast. After American forces secured the southern third of the island along with the airfield, the Japanese continued their relentless assault. Today, guests will stand on the landing beaches, explore the bomb magazine used to supply the planes attacking Guam on December 8, 1941, and participate in an incredibly moving visit to the cliffs where thousands of Japanese civilians and soldiers committed suicide upon realizing that Saipan was lost. Tour stops also include a scenic drive through Purple Heart Ridge, Suicide Cliffs, American Memorial Park, the remains of Aslito Airfield, Kilili Beach, Last Command Post, and Tank Beach.

Accommodations: The Kensington Hotel Saipan (B, L, D)

March 20, 2019 - Day 5

Tinian and the atomic bomb

The island of Tinian is just minutes away from Saipan by air. After arriving at Tinian International Airport by privately chartered aircraft, embark on a tour of iconic North Field. The airfield today is a mixture of modern monuments and memorials with buildings and vehicles in varying states of preservation and decay. Explore a massive Japanese fuel storage facility where damaged oil drums still remain today. Stand above the bomb pits from which “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” were loaded onto the B-29s Enola Gay and Bockscar. Walk the surprisingly narrow White Beach where the US Marine Corps landed to secure the island where debris from the battle remains today. Upon departure from Tinian en route to Saipan, your plane will embark on a scenic flyover of Tinian and the places you visited, giving you an aerial perspective of the day’s touring.

Accommodations: The Kensington Hotel Saipan (B, L, D)

March 21, 2019 - Day 6

Journey to Guam

After a relaxing morning on Saipan with optional leisure excursions to swim at Kilili Beach or visit the museum at American Memorial Park, board a short flight this afternoon to Guam. A US territory since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Guam was attacked by the Japanese on December 8, 1941—technically the same day as Pearl Harbor, due to its location on the other side of the International Date Line. The Japanese occupied Guam until August 1944, when the island was liberated by the US 3rd Marine Division and 77th Infantry Division. This evening, check into D usit Thani Resort before dinner at leisure.

Accommodations: Dusit Thani Resort (B, L)

March 22, 2019 - Day 7

Guam

Taking place after the liberation of Saipan, the American invasion of Guam applied some of the lessons learned during the Battle of Saipan, including a 13-day bombardment of the islands. Visit Asan and Agat Landing Beaches, where the US Marine Corps landed and faced stiff Japanese resistance. Continue to explore the terrain of Guam, including Ga’an Point overlooking Apra Harbor, which is home to monuments dedicated to the 1,880 US servicemen who lost their lives during the defense of Guam, to the liberators of Guam who retook the island in 1944, and to the 1,170 native Chamorro soldiers and 14,721 locals that perished during this period. This evening, an engaging panel discussion with museum historians and featured speakers Richard Frank and Jon Parshall will illuminate the significance of our visit tomorrow to the Island of Iwo Jima and the 74th Reunion of Honor Ceremony.

Accommodations: Dusit Thani Resort (B, R)

March 23, 2019 - Day 8

The 74th Commemoration of Iwo Jima

Early this morning, board a privately chartered flight to Iwo Jima to take part in the 74th anniversary commemorations on the island. The Island of Iwo Jima, now named Iwo To, is open only once per year for this very special Reunion of Honor. On arrival, guests may take the opportunity to hike to the top of Mt. Suribachi, where the iconic flag-raising photo was taken, and attend a joint American and Japanese Water Blessing Ceremony. With the Museum’s veteran guests, explore the volcanic rock beaches, the unique rugged terrain of the island, and reflect on the extreme American loss in this battle: 26,000 casualties in 36 days of combat. Roughly one American for every three who landed on Iwo Jima became a casualty. This day provides a unique opportunity for each guest to honor the men who fought in this historic battle, as well as the Gold Star Families who also gave so much for the capture of this island. Time is provided to absorb as much of the atmosphere and the emotion involved in this iconic American battle before returning to Guam this evening.

Accommodations: Dusit Thani Resort (B, L, D)

March 24, 2019 - Day 9

Guam

Enjoy the day at leisure in Guam to unwind from the emotionally charged day on Iwo Jima. Take advantage of the amenities at the Dusit Thani Resort, participate in a cultural excursion, or visit the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum & Educational Facility. In the evening, a special Farewell Reception and Dinner recaps the highlights of the tour and offers a glimpse of what is to come on the Road to Tokyo and The Battle for Peleliu optional post-tour extension programs.

Accommodations: Dusit Thani Resort (B/R/D)

March 25, 2019 - Day 10

Depart to the US

Depart the Dusit Thani Resort this morning and transfer to the Guam International Airport for flights home or onward to one of our optional extension programs.

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Extension - Optional Five-Day Post-Tour Program:
The Battle for Peleliu

The Battle for Peleliu

March 25–29, 2019

Join the Museum on a journey of a lifetime to an island populated with so many WWII artifacts that it is a living battlefield museum in its own right. Explore the landing beaches and relics of an island visited by only handfuls of tourists each year, and walk the landscape that continues to embrace the souls of the thousands of American soldiers that perished here. A combination of local battlefield guides, expert WWII Museum historians, and international War in the Pacific expert and featured historian Richard Frank will illuminate the sights and sounds of an island frozen in time.

Part of the independent nation of Palau, Peleliu measures roughly six miles long and two miles wide. The island's infrastructure is built upon roads constructed by the Seabees in the months after the battle ended. Just beyond the roads lies a network of runways, bunkers, and caves that all tell a story. Our tour highlights include stopping at key sights that are immortalized in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, including the heavily defended landing beaches and airfield, as well as the accompanying administration building, Bloody Nose Ridge, the remains of a Japanese Zero, Japanese bunkers and caves, and numerous Marine Corps and US Army landing craft scattered throughout the island.

On the last day on Peleliu, choose between excursions to the mud baths of the Rock Islands, a deep sea fishing experience, or a cultural tour of the island's capital city of Babeldaob, whose capital building is a replica of the American capital.

Accommodations are at the five-star Palau Pacific Resort on the nearby island of Koror, and transportation each day to Peleliu is aboard a comfortable, privately chartered ship sailing through the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and past a submerged Japanese Zero. Don't miss this unique journey into one of the hardest-won victories in the Pacific.

Extension - Optional Five-Day Post-Tour Program:
The Road to Tokyo

The Road to Tokyo

March 25–29, 2019

After visiting Pearl Harbor, exploring the liberation of Saipan, and standing over the atomic bomb pits on Tinian, The National WWII Museum’s Road to Tokyo optional post-tour extension takes guests to the cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima—a moving close to an emotional journey.

The symbolism of the War in the Pacific is easily understood by two wristwatches locked in two significant moments in history: Roy “Swede” Boreen’s Bulova that stopped at 8:04 a.m. on December 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor; and the watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe, a Japanese soldier stationed just over one mile from the blast, that stopped just after 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, seconds after the atomic bomb detonation in Hiroshima.

Along the way, engage in discussion of the Japanese perspectives of the war and their methods of memorialization. A visit to the Yushukan War Memorial in Tokyo is likely to inspire discussion points at an evening lecture with featured historian Jon Parshall. The National Showa Memorial Museum highlights the condition of Japanese civilians during the war years. Once in Hiroshima, travel to the nearby maritime city of Kure and the Yamato Museum with a 1/10 scale model of the largest battleship ever built, and finish the tour at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the nearby Atomic Bomb Dome. Standing at ground zero is a fitting end to a remarkable journey through the War in the Pacific.

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Featured Guests & Historians

Author & Historian

Richard Frank

Richard Frank is an international expert on the War in the Pacific and a veteran of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he was commissioned in the United States Army, where he served for nearly four years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam as an aerorifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. He completed studies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterward, he began research on his first book, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Campaign, which was published in 1990 and won the United States Marine Corps’ General Wallace M. Greene Award. Frank’s other publications include Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, which won the 2000 Harry S. Truman Book Award, and MacArthur. He has appeared numerous times on or consulted for television and radio programs, and was also a historical consultant and appeared as a key interviewee in the HBO miniseries The Pacific.

He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asian-Pacific War. Frank also currently sits on the Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board.

Author & Historian

Johnathan Parshall

Jonathan Parshall saw his interest in the Imperial Japanese Navy develop early in his childhood. As an adult, that passion led him to create the foremost website devoted to the Imperial Navy: combinedfleet.com, which he founded in 1995. Parshall’s book Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, which he co-authored with Anthony Tully, is seen as the definitive account of that pivotal battle in the Pacific. He has written for the Naval War College Review, the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines, World War II magazine, Wartime (the journal of the Australian War Memorial), Flypast magazine, the Sankei Shimbun, and several overseas aviation publications. He has also illustrated numerous books on the Pacific War (including his friend Richard Frank’s MacArthur). Parshall is an adjunct lecturer for the US Naval War College, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the BBC. A graduate of Carleton College and the Carlson School of Management, he is currently working on a history of the year 1942, focusing on how the Allies transformed themselves to meet their respective challenges during that year. He also brings an intimate knowledge of Japan to the post-tour extension, having lived in Hiroshima with his wife in the 1990s.

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Accommodations

Featured Hotel

Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel

A National WWII Museum favorite, in the heart of Waikiki Beach, the Moana Surfrider opened in 1901 and is often referred to as the “First Lady of Waikiki.” This oceanfront hotel is a legendary landmark and remains a premier five-star resort property on the island.

Our Tower Ocean View rooms measure 222 up to 322 square feet and offer:

• Private balcony

• Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds

• Well-appointed granite baths with Westin Heavenly Spa bath products

• Complimentary Wi-Fi

• 32” LCD television

• Complimentary Kona Coffee & Tazo Teas

The property includes two excellent dining venues offering excellent views of the beachfront, along with two lounges and a convenient café offering light bites.

Featured Hotel

The Kensington Hotel Saipan

Newly renovated, this hotel’s unique and luxurious boutique design make it a standout in our itinerary. Nearly 400 square feet, our Royal Deluxe room category located on floors 6 – 9 at this property assure incredible views the azure waters and white sands at Pau Pau Beach. 

Accommodations include:

• Four hundred-thread-count sheets and premium mattresses

• Spa-quality bath amenities with spacious shower

• Attractive nautical-style design with calming color palettes

• 50” LED television

• Complimentary in-room mini-bar

Featured Hotel

Dusit Thani Guam Resort

Located on the Island’s magnificent Tumon Bay, the newest hotel on the island of Guam is the most luxurious yet. Spacious, well-appointed Deluxe Oceanfront guest rooms measure more than 450 square feet, and feature an expansive balcony offering stunning panoramic views of the Philippine Sea.

Our Deluxe Oceanfront rooms provide:

• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel property

• Bottled water, replenished daily

• Satellite television

• Bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, and spa-quality bath amenities

• Selection of daily newspapers and magazines

• Individual reading lights

Offering four dining venues, the Dusit Thani Guam offers guests an opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of dining options. The hotel’s lobby lounge offers a terrace from which to enjoy the spectacular sunsets, along with a gourmet coffee shop. World-class facilities assure guests a memorable and comfortable stay. Enjoy a modern fitness center, pool, and the hotel’s captivating Devarana Spa, which includes traditional Thai treatments from the hotel brand’s homeland, as well as Chamorro inspired massage, influenced by the indigenous people of the island. Within steps of the hotel, the area features luxury shopping opportunities and a myriad of dining and entertainment options for your enjoyment.

Post Tour Extension Hotel

Palau Pacific Resort

A Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient, the Palau Pacific Resort sits on 64 acres of lush tropical gardens hugged by a spectacular private white-sand beach. This 165-room resort is decorated in traditional, but elegant island style, and provides luxurious amenities and service of a world-class property. 

There are both inside and outside dining and lounge venues, a swimming pool, an in-house dive shop, hair salon, art gallery, and sundry shopping, and comfortable open-air seating areas from which to enjoy the evening tradewinds. One of the Republic of Palau’s leading hotels, the resort offers guests a full array of leisure activities and resort facilities conveniently available on property, including the world renowned Mandara Spa.

Post Tour Extension Hotel

The Westin Tokyo Hotel

The Westin Tokyo welcomes you to the heart of the most metropolitan city in Japan. Located in the quiet upscale area of Yebisu, The Westin Tokyo is perfectly positioned for our stay. Boasting spacious accommodations with excellent views of the city, classic European décor, and five-star amenities, the hotel proudly stands in the ranks of some of the best hotels in Tokyo. The hotel also offers multiple dining and lounge venues, workout facilities, and full-service spa.

Post Tour Extension Hotel

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

The Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is the premier property in Hiroshima. Ideally located, the hotel offers two dining venues, two lounges, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, and a fitness center. The deluxe guest rooms have comfortable seating areas with writing desks, and offer 376 square feet of living space.

* Room category and flight upgrades available at an additional cost to be advised. Please contact us for more details.

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Tour Pricing

Program Pricing

Price per person based on Double Occupancy 

$14,999 

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Price per person based on Single Occupancy

$20,999

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Taxes and Fees of $329 per person will be added to your final invoice.


PRE-TOUR EXTENSION OPTIONS

Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice Extension Program 
Price per person based on Double Occupancy

Optional 1-night pre-tour extension program
$999

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Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice Extension Program 
Price per person based on Single Occupancy

Optional 1-night pre-tour extension program
$1,399

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Taxes and Fees of $59 per person will be added to your final invoice.


POST-TOUR EXTENSION OPTIONS

The Road to Tokyo Extension Program 
Price per person based on Double Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$3,999

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The Road to Tokyo Extension Program 
Price per person based on Single Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$5,599 

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The Battle for Peleliu Extension Program 
Price per person based on Double Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$3,999 

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The Battle for Peleliu Extension Program 
Price per person based on Single Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$5,599 

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Taxes and Fees of $129 per person will be added to your final invoice.

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