The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought the United States of America fully into World War II. On this new military tour, visit important sites and memorials on the island of Oahu that focus on this time and attend special events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the attack. 

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 Memorial for the USS <i>Arizona</i>, Pearl Harbor, Oahu  The destruction of the USS <i>West Viriginia</i> at Pearl Harbor  The USS <i>Arizona</i> Memorial and USS <i>Missouri</i>. Credit: Hawaii Tourism/Tor Johnson  USS <i>Arizona</i> Memorial  View of the USS <i>Arizona</i> and memorial  USS <i>Arizona</i> anchor memorial  The USS <i>Arizona</i> Memorial and USS <i>Missouri</i>  The USS <i>Missouri</i>  American flags with USS <i>Missouri</I>  USS <i>Bowfin</i> submarine  Panorama of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island at center  USS <i>Missouri</i> and American fighters, Tokyo Bay, Japanese surrender of World War II  Iolani Palace, Honolulu  Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background, Oahu

Pearl Harbor

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary

6 days from $5,695

The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought the United States of America fully into World War II. On this new military tour, visit important sites and memorials on the island of Oahu that focus on this time and attend special events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the attack. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

“On December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the empire of Japan.” So began the address of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Congress. The attack and accompanying declarations of war brought our country fully into World War II within a matter of days. During this new military tour, gain insight from experts on this momentous day and its impact on America, learn about the lives of sailors on board the ships, and attend special events that commemorate the 80th anniversary and memorialize those who died during the attack. 

Highlights Include 

  • Memorial Sites: During a full-day tour of Oahu accompanied by a historian, honor those who bravely served our country at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, situated in an extinct volcanic crater. Among other sites, you’ll also visit Iolani Palace, which served as Command Center during the war. View footage of the attack and browse historic artifacts at the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, then ride a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the USS Arizona Memorial, built above the remains of the battleship. 
  • Ships and Planes: Get a sense of life aboard a World War II-era submarine when you explore the USS Bowfin, a fleet attack submarine that sank 44 enemy ships during the war. Embark the USS Missouri, the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. “Big Mo” was instrumental in attacks on Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa, and the Japanese surrender on its deck brought World War II to an end. At the Aviation Museum on Ford Island, you’ll also explore two hangars of World War II-era airplanes.
  • Anniversary Ceremonies: Attend the 80th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack. 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.  
  • Cultural Sites: With Diamond Head as a dramatic backdrop, visit Honolulu's important sites such as the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and the Kawaiahao Church. Stop in at Smith’s Union Bar, a popular hangout for the crew of the USS Arizona and dine at the iconic Royal Hawaiian. Also known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, this luxury hotel was leased by the Navy to serve as a rest and relaxation center for sailors during World War II.

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 and 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 World War II 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. The Diamond Head Crater will provide a beautiful backdrop for your journey. 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, located 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 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 then enter the main exhibition, Hangar 37, to stroll among authentic World War II-era planes, including a Japanese Zero. Afterwards, raise a toast to 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

Rise early to 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)