The US Embassy in Manila has advised Valor Tours that April is not a good time to tour the PI so we all regret having to postpone the tour until 2023. Sign up now for our 2023 WWII in the Philippines Tour and see all the PI sites next year!
Bataan and Corregidor. Forever linked together in the tragic defeat and brutal treatment of American Forces at the hands of the Japanese Military, these battles will always be remembered for the fierce defense by American and Filipino troops, fighting side by side against overwhelming odds. Cabanatuan POW Camp was the site of the daring rescue of some of the survivors of the “Death March” and we will go there to commemorate this successful rescue mission behind enemy lines.
Military Historical Tours is proud to offer another a very special tour to the Philippines with our partner Valor Tours Ltd. to return to these WWII Battlefields to commemorate the service and sacrifice of both nations during the Pacific War. We hope you can join with the veterans and all those with an interest in WWII history as we follow in the footsteps of those who served in the Philippine Islands and were subjected to the horror of the “hellships” as they were moved to mainland Japan.
New Special Tour Price $ 3,900
(BoDO—Based on Double Occupancy)
Single Room Supplement $ 700
Tour Price Includes:
- Round-trip economy class airfare from San Francisco (SFO) to Manila International
- 8 Nights Hotel Accommodations & Airport Transfers & Baggage Handling
- Air-conditioned motorcoach, banca & ferry
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- MHT “Field Book” information packet—containing maps
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and attractions
- Services of experienced PI Tour Leaders & local guides
Not included: Roundtrip Airfare to Manila
Leyte Post-Tour Price:
$900 per person (BoDO)
$200 Single Room Supplement
Tour Includes: Air fare between Manila and Tacloban economy class via Philippine Airlines; round trip airport/hotel transfer; two nights hotel accommodations; breakfast daily; sightseeing as indicated; local guide; & local taxes.
Post Tour Leyte Gulf Extension
Wednesday April 13 Transfer to domestic terminal for Philippine Airlines mid-afternoon flight. After 1 hour flight, arrive Tacloban, Leyte. Transfer to Oriental Hotel in Palo on the beach. (Meals: B)
Thursday April 14 Full day sightseeing to invasion sites and memorials including Hill 120 with 96th Inf. Div. Memorial, landing beaches, MacArthur Memorial and Peace Park, and Palo Cathedral (site of first invasion hospital). (Meals: B)
Friday April 15 Half-day tour including San Juanico Bridge to Samar, city tour of Tacloban including Provincial Capitol Building and Sto Nino Shrine. Afternoon depart Tacloban via Philippine Airlines. After 1 hour flight, arrive Manila for transfer to the international terminal for flight to U.S. Tour ends. (Meals: B)
Sunday & Monday April 3 & 4 Late night departrue from the U.S. (San Francisco or Los Angeles) via Philippine Airlines for Manila, Philippines. Meet tour host Steve Kwiecinski if flying from San Francisco. Cross the Date Line and lose Monday.
Tuesday April 5 Arrive Manila Int’l Airport Immigration (passport required), baggage collection and customs. Meet local guide and board private air-conditioned coach for transfer to the Manila Hotel. Rooms ready for early check in. Visit to MacArthur archives (and suite if available). Afternoon tour of Intramuros (the old walled city), and Fort Santiago and handicrafts shop for souvenirs. 7pm Group dinner in Mabuhay Palace at Manila Hotel. (Meals: D-Dinner)
Wednesday April 6 After breakfast, transfer to ferry and cross Manila Bay to Corregidor, at the mouth of Manila Bay. Morning tour in private Tranvia to 92nd Garage, Monkey Point, Kindley Field, and Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound show. Lunch break, then afternoon tour continues Bottomside, Middleside and Topside to include Wainwright Park, Army Dock, Navy Dock, Batteries Way and Hearn, gun batteries, Mile Long Barracks, Pacific War Memorial and Museum, Batteries Crockett and Geary. Overnight Corregidor Inn. (Meals: Breakfast-B, Lunch-L, D)
Thursday April 7 Options for exploring other gun batteries and tunnels on Corregidor, extra time at the museum, or resting up. Evening includes sunset viewing at Battery Grubbs and private tour of Malinta Tunnel. Overnight Corregidor Inn. (Meals: B, L, D)
Friday April 8 Board banca from Corregidor to Mariveles on the Bataan Peninsula and Kilometer Marker Zero, beginning of the Death March. Continue north with stops at select Death March markers as we follow parts of the actual Death March route, sites of Field Hospitals #1 and #2, and Angels of Bataan Marker at Limay. Visit the Balanga Elementary School and Bataan WWII Museum, the site
of surrender negotiations. Overnight at Crown Royale, Balanga, Bataan. (Meals: B, L)
Saturday April 9 Drive to Mt. Samat and the Altar of Valor for museum and battlefield views. Stop at Pantingan River massacre site. Proceed to Subic Bay via Morong, site of “Last Cavalry Charge.” Overnight at Segara Suites, Subic Bay. (Meals: B, L)
Sunday April 10 Visit the Hellships Memorial, Jungle Survival Training, and Olangapo Museum. Overnight at Segara Suites, Subic Bay. (Meals: B, L)
Monday April 11 Check out of hotel and drive to the Jose Calugas monument at Layac Junction and San Fernando Railway Station Museum where the POW’s were packed into railroad boxcars for the ride to Capas. Then on to Clark Field to see Fort Stotsenberg gates, Parade Ground, Civilian Cemetery, Clark Field Museum and lunch at Clark VFW Canteen. On to Capas Railway Station, Battling Bastards of Bataan Memorial and Camp O’Donnell. Overnight Microtel Inn, Luisita, Tarlac. (Meals: B, L)
Tuesday April 12 Check out of hotel. Morning visit to Pajota’s Bridge and the American POW Memorial at Cabanatuan, site of former POW camp and location of “The Great Raid” as told in “Ghost Soldiers” by Hampton Sides. Return to Manila with lunch en route. Check into the Manila Hotel. Evening farewell dinner at Mall of Asia, once and future “largest mall in the world.” Overnight at the Manila Hotel. (Meals: B, D)
Wednesday April 13 Full day touring including Santo Tomas University (site of civilian and nurses’ internment camp), Bilibid Prison (subject to permission), drive through the Philippine business district in Makati including site of Nichols Field, and visit the American Cemetery at Forbes Park (possible private wreath laying). Stop at restaurant for lunch. Return to hotel to freshen up before transfer to airport for flight back to the U.S. departing at 10:00pm, arriving West Coast about 8:00pm same day, or transfer for Leyte extension. (Meals: B)
Philippines - World War II in the PI (Postponed until 2023)
- Product Code: 2204-PAC-PI
- Availability: Call to be put on waiting list