If you missed the WWII in the Philippines Tour in 2019 sign up now for 2020!
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 $ 2,895
(BoDO—Based on Double Occupancy)
Single Room Supplement $ 550
Tour Price Includes:
- Tourist Class Hotel Accommodations & Airport Transfers
- Air-conditioned motorcoach, banca & ferry & two bottles of water per day
- 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:
$1,095 per person (BoDO)
$250 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
Saturday 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)
Sunday 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)
Monday 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)
30 Jan - (Day One)
Depart: USA on the 30th Cross International Dateline, lose a day.
31 Jan - (Day Two)
Arrival in Manila. Depart airport and after lunch proceed directly to our hotel near Subic Bay. After checking in evening to unwind from travel. Hotel: Segara Suites
1 Feb - (Day Three)
After breakfast, we begin our tour of the Hellship Memorial & commemorate the sinking of the Oryoko Maru sunk as it was transporting Allied POWs back to Japan for hard labor. The tour then proceeds to the Spanish Gates which were built in 1885 when King Alfonso II of Spain designate Subic as a naval base. Hotel: Segara Suites Meals: Breakfast –(B) / Lunch – (L)
2 Feb - (Day Four)
After breakfast we depart for a full day’s tour of the Infamous Death March. We will begin at the Kilometer Zero Marker located in the city of Mariveles and will follow the route up to Limay where we will stop and have lunch at a
quaint Manila Bay side location. After lunch we visit the famous Mount Samat cross memorial. Hotel: Segara Suites Meals: B/L
3 Feb - (Day Five)
Today we depart Subic Bay and trace the northern portion of the Death March toward the former Clark Air Force Base, site of the WWII Japanese bombing that destroyed much of our airpower in the islands just after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Midway. We will drive through “Zig Zag” pass and stop at Santo Guillermo Cathedral, made famous by its unique survival of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo volcano. We will visit the San Fernando train station, where POWs were forced into railroad cars. Lunch will be in Angeles City hosted by the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The afternoon will be spent touring the historic sites of old Clark Field, including the new American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Cemetery, with its museum, former Kamikaze airfield, and old Fort Stosenburg. The evening will be on your own. Hotel: Widus Resort & Casino Meals: B/L
4 Feb - (Day Six)
Today we depart Angeles City and trace the northern portion of the Death March. First to Capas where the rail line ended and Corregidor Prisoners of War (POWs) were sent on to the Camp O’Donnell Prison Camp. We will also visit the Cabu Bridge where Pajota's guerilla forces ambushed and killed a thousand Japanese attempting to thwart the 6th Rangers successful Cabanatuan Prison Camp Rescue.
After lunch, we depart for the Cabanatuan Prison Camp, where most of the Corregidor and Bataan prisoners ended up and visit the Cabanatuan Memorial for the Liberation Commemoration Wreath Laying. The Cabanatuan camp was recently highlighted in the book “Ghost Soldiers” and movie “The Great Raid” and is today an American memorial maintained by the ABMC (www.ambc.gov.) Hotel: Microtel in Tarlac Meals: B/L
5 Feb - (Day Seven)
In the morning we depart for Manila and en-route discuss the significance of Calulmpit Bridge. Today we visit the American Cemetery where we will participate in a wreath laying ceremony and tour the grounds. After lunch on your own we have the Charms of Old Manila Tour. Take a step back in time as you discover the “Charms of Old Manila”. The tour starts with a visit to historic Rizal Park, where the remains of the Philippines national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, lie within the cornerstone of Rizal Monument. Tour heads on to the old walled city of Intramuros built during the Spanish colonial period. The first stop is Fort Santiago which served as headquarters of the military might of the Spanish, American and Japanese until its destruction in 1945. We see the infamous Bilibid Prison, the Japanese concentration camp that housed the Corregidor POWs and approximately 80% of the Bataan survivors passed through this facility. Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Focus today will be the role Manila Bay played throughout Spanish Colonial history and the retaking of Manila from the Japanese in 1944. Tour then proceeds past the San Agustin Church, the oldest structure in the country which dates back to 1571. The next stop is Casa Manila, a reconstructed 19th century mansion replete with 16th to 19th century furniture and furnishings. The last stop is a visit to the newly-opened “Bahay Tsinoy”, a museum of the Chinese in Philippine life. We check into the famed Manila Hotel with evening to enjoy Manila’s nightlife. Hotel: Manila Hotel Meals: B
6 Feb - (Day Eight)
Today’s first stop is the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the country’s seat of cultural awareness. The tour then proceeds to the financial and commercial center of Makati, passing through the plush residential village of Forbes Park dubbed as “Millionaire’s Row.” Last stop, the Ayala Museum, it is an art and history museum located at the corner of Makati Avenue and De la Rosa Street in Makati City. It is considered one of the most important private institutions of Philippine art and culture. Tonight we attend the famed Cultural Dinner Show featuring the best of Filipino cuisine at Barbara’s Restaurant. Hotel: Manila Hotel Meals: B/D
7 Feb - (Day Nine)
Morning departure by boat for a full day, night and morning on Corregidor. Corregidor, the island-fortress, is a 1-hour ferryboat ride. Located 26 miles west of Manila, “The Rock” as it became known during World War II, was the last Filipino-American bastion to fall to the Japanese. Tour includes a guided visit to the island’s many “silent guns” and historical landmarks. The stirring Light and Sound Show inside the cavernous Malinta Tunnel which served as General Douglas McArthur’s headquarters during the siege should not be missed. We will visit the remains of the “Mile-long barracks” and other historic buildings, the island museum and Pacific War Memorial. For the adventurous there will be a flashlight hard-hat tour of Malinta’s lateral tunnels, the 1000 bed Hospital-cave and more. Hotel: Corregidor Inn Meals: B/L/D
8 Feb - (Day Ten)
Today we continue our exploration of Corregidor with visits to Top-side’s 503rd Parachute Infantry Memorial for the airborne assault on “the Rock” in 1945, San Jose beach General Wainwright’s surrender site, and any areas of individual interest, including the “Angels of Corregidor” nurses marker. After lunch, we depart “The Rock” and check back into our iconic hotel made famous by Douglas MacArthur residing there for lunch Farewell Dinner at the Manila Hotel and a last night of fun in downtown Manila. Hotel: Manila Meals: B/L/D
9 Feb - (Day Eleven)
Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the Manila International Airport for our flight home, cross the International Date Line, and arrive back in the USA on the same day. Meals: B
Philippines - World War II & 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of PI (30 Jan - 9 Feb 2020)
- Product Code: 2001-PAC-PI
- Availability: In Stock