The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought World War II close to home and turned the nation’s attention to the Pacific. On this 6-day journey, visit seminal sites of the war, seeing its impact and remnants and hearing from experts on how World War II changed the world and how the Attack on Pearl Harbor changed the course of the War.

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 Memorial for the USS <i>Arizona</i>, Pearl Harbor  USS <i>Bowfin</i> Memorial. Credit: Curtis Reese

Pearl Harbor

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary

6 days from $5,695

The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought World War II close to home and turned the nation’s attention to the Pacific. On this 6-day journey, visit seminal sites of the war, seeing its impact and remnants and hearing from experts on how World War II changed the world and how the Attack on Pearl Harbor changed the course of the War.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

The Attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought World War II close to home and turned the nation’s attention to the Pacific. On this 6-day journey, visit seminal sites of the War, seeing its impact and remnants and hearing from experts on how World War II changed the world and how the Attack on Pearl Harbor changed the course of the War. Attend the 80th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony and visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri and learn how the attack forced the United States into war. 

Highlights Include 

  • Visit the Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor with insight provided by local experts from Pacific Historic Parks.
  • Toast the brave soldiers who fought valiantly at Pearl Harbor at Smith’s Union Bar, the oldest bar on the Island, and a favorite of the crew of the USS Arizona during World War II.
  • Attend the 80th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony and visit Ford Island, to see World War II airplanes.
  • View a private screening and talk-back discussion of the Director’s cut of “Tora! Tora! Tora!” the 1970s classic film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with a local historian.
  • Explore in-depth the causes and effects of World War II with special access and expert guidance.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart the Mainland U.S for Honolulu, Hawaii

Arrive in Honolulu and transfer to the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach hotel, on Waikiki Beach. After some time to settle in, gather for a welcome dinner, meet your local expert. After dinner, join a local historian for a private screening and talk-back discussion of the Director’s cut of Tora! Tora! Tora! the acclaimed 1970s film bringing the events of Pearl Harbor to life. (D)

Day 2 – Stars and Stripes – Paying Homage to the Veterans

Take a full-day guided tour of the Island with a local historian. Start the day honoring those who bravely served our country since WWII at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, set within “Puowaina,” an extinct volcanic crater whose name translates to “Hill of Sacrifice.” The pathway to the cemetery is lined with a variety of memorials donated by organizations and foreign governments to honor America’s veterans, including those killed at Pearl Harbor.

After, view Honolulu’s central sites, including the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, the Kawaiahao Church, and Iolani Palace, which served as Command Center during the war. Enjoy stunning views of the Diamond Head Crater and bunker. This evening is at leisure. (L)

Day 3 – The USS Bowfin, on Eternal Patrol

Start your day with a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, and USS Bowfin. At the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, view footage of the attack and browse historic artifacts on display. Then ride the Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the Arizona Memorial, above the remains of the battleship, which lost most of its crew — more than half of the total Pearl Harbor casualties. Enjoy lunch as a group at a local restaurant before embarking on the USS Bowfin, a fleet attack submarine which sank 44 enemy ships in the war in “silent service,” and get a sense of what it was like to live and work aboard a World War II-era sub. Tonight, gather for dinner and live entertainment at a local restaurant. (L,D)

Day 4 - The Ships and Planes of the War (USS Missouri and Aviation Museum)

Spend the day on Ford Island. Board the USS Missouri (“Big Mo”), the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. Big Mo was instrumental during attacks on Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa. The surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the Missouri brought World War II to an end. Then visit the Aviation Museum, which occupies two World War II hangars. See historic footage of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor before entering the main exhibit, Hangar 37, to stroll among authentic World War II-era planes, including a Japanese Zero. After, toast the bravery of our fallen heroes at Smith’s Union Bar, a historic dive bar in Honolulu, and a popular hangout for the crew of the USS Arizona. (L, R)

Day 5 - 80th Anniversary Ceremony at Pearl Harbor

Early to rise, make history as you attend the 80th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony at Pearl Harbor, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack. This solemn ceremony is attended by a dwindling number of survivors of the attack. While planning is still in progress, commemorative activities will likely include a wreath presentation from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, a Freedom Bell Ringing at the USS Bowfin, a performance of the Pearl Harbor Mass Band, a USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony on Ford Island, and participation by top American leadership from all branches of government. This evening, celebrate your journey with a festive final meal and mai tai at the iconic Royal Hawaiian, or Pink Palace of the Pacific, which opened in 1927 and was leased by the Navy to serve as a rest and relaxation center for sailors during World War II. (L, D)

Day 6 – Depart Hawaii for Home

Depart the hotel this morning for individual flights home.

A portion of this tour will be accompanied by a representative from the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Details will be announced shortly.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)