Tour

A Salute To Valor: WWII Tales of Courage
From USD 3600 per person

Funtastic Vacations Philippines

Duration: 16Days/15Nights
Countries: Philippines

July 5, 1945, Gen Mac Arthur announced “The entire Philippine Islands are now liberated". This statement ended the sacrifices of our American, Filipino and allied military bodies. The battle of the Philippine lasted for almost a year; it was not easy and will never be easily forgotten. In our continuous effort to share the tales of Valor to the world and rediscover the lost of pieces of history, we will bring you both to the important land marks of the war and to infamous places that has been a big part in the liberation of the country. In this Tales of Courage, let us celebrate freedom and uncover stories behind our soldiers’ valiance.



A Salute To Valor: WWII Tales of Courage

TOUR CODE: FUN/PH/5/STV/TALESOFCOUARGE

NET RATE PER PERSON IN USD    
 
DESTINATION
DATES
HALF TWIN
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Full Leg                 
MANILA / BATAAN  / PAMPANGA / LEYTE / MAKATI / CORREGIDOR / CEBU / ILOILO / PUERTO PRINCESA    (16 days)       
 
8-23 April                              
                      3600           
 
910
1st Leg
BATAAN / PAMPANGA (5 days)
8-12 April       
910
290
2nd Leg
LEYTE / MAKATI  / CORREGIDOR  (5 days)
12-16 April
1400
245
3rd Leg
CEBU / ILOILO (6 days)
16-19 April
1340
255
4th Leg
MANILA / PUERTO PRINCESA (4 days)
20-23 April
905
 180
*All legs will start and end in Manila
*Domestic flights are all included
*Rates in US dollars and per person
*Per leg inclusions and detailed itinerary will be sent to you prior settlement

 

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • Private transfers with meet and greet, including send off assistance 
  • Fifteen (15) night accommodations:
    • Manila:                  Manila Hotel                                Four (4) nights – 4 calls         
    • Bataan:                 Montemar Beach Resort              One (1) night
    • Clark:                    Fort Stotesenberg                       One (1) night
    • Tacloban:              Hotel XYZ                                  Two (2) nights
    • Ilo-ilo:                   Richmonde hotel                         Two (2) nights
    • Cebu:                   Radisson Blu                              Two (2) nights
    • Palawan:              Hotel Centro                               Three (3) nights
      • Or in similar hotel/resort
  • All domestic flights with 20 kilograms check in baggage allowance
  • Meals: 15 breakfast, 14 Lunch, 9 Dinner
  • All ground transport by private coach
  • Highlights:
    • Day of Valor – Bataan, Anniversary of fall of Bataan
    • Route of Sacrifice – Follow the route of death march from Bataan to Pampanga
    • Revisiting the Airbase – Tour around the Clark airbase
    • The Landing at Leyte – Visit US troops landing site and landmarks in Leyte
    • Flag ascended site – Re imagine the first wave of US flag at Hill 120
    • Battle of Manila – Follow Mc Arthur’s command to reclaim Manila
    • The Rock – Whole day visit of Corregidor Island
    • Panay Landing – Visit the landing site at Tigbauan, the first objective of Operation Victor campaign
    • Mc Arthur’s wharf – Day tour of Guimaras Island
    • Cebu at war – Visit the city where the strongest Japanese defenses were trained and deployed
    • Surrender point – From landing site at Talisay to surrender site at Tagodon, Cebu
    • Untold heroism – Find lost pieces of history in visiting the location of “Palawan Massacre”
    • Palawan Liberation – Anniversary of Palawan freedom
  • Services of an English speaking tour guide
  • Services of an English speaking Rajah travel coordinator
  • Applicable entrance fees during tours
 
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other drinks and meals not stated
  • Any international airfares
 
IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Above rates are inclusive of taxes and per person
  • Confirmation of slots and other services are subject to availability at the time of request
  • Tour itinerary and cost subject to change
  • Standard hotel/resort check-in time is 2:00pm and check-out at 12:00nn.
  • Early hotel/resort check-in and late check-out are subject to availability
  • Rates quoted are based on minimum of 20 persons to run the program
  • A deposit of 20% per person to reserve slot, in form of cash transfer or credit card
  • Passport must be valid six month beyond our travel dates
  • If traveling solo, single supplement will be charged
  • Rajah Travel reserves the right to make adjustments or cancel the tour schedule due to any event beyond its control and/or to ensure a better and successful tour
RESERVATION AND PAYMENT POLICY:
  • Deposit of 20% of the total cost per person will be needed to reserve a slot, subject to cancellation fees
  • Final payment due on February 1 of the year attending
  • Cancellation before February 1 of the year attending, deposit non refundable
  • Cancellation before February 28 of the year attending, 50% of the total cost will be charged
  • Cancellation from March 1 of the year attending, will be considered NO SHOW, no refund, 100% full charges
  • Any change or revision to your booking may subject to penalties
  • Reservation deadline is until February 1 of the year attending, subject to slot availability
  • If declared hotels are not available, Rajah Travel Corporation will provide similar or same category
  • Any unused tour items are non refundable
  • This is a group departure tour with minimum and maximum number of participants to run the program, Rajah Travel Corporation reserves the right to cancel the tour if minimum number does not achieved, the agency will notify all the participant 60days prior departure and full refund will be given.
  • It is responsibilities of the participant to arrange any visa or document needed in entering the Philippines, any health issue must be advised to Rajah Travel Corporation
  • Participant with special assistance must be accompanied

  • Day of Valor – Bataan, Anniversary of fall of Bataan
  • Route of Sacrifice – Follow the route of death march from Bataan to Pampanga
  • Revisiting the Airbase – Tour around the Clark airbase
  • The Landing at Leyte – Visit US troops landing site and landmarks in Leyte
  • Flag ascended site – Re imagine the first wave of US flag at Hill 120
  • Battle of Manila – Follow Mc Arthur’s command to reclaim Manila
  • The Rock – Whole day visit of Corregidor Island
  • Panay Landing – Visit the landing site at Tigbauan, the first objective of Operation Victor campaign
  • Mc Arthur’s wharf – Day tour of Guimaras Island
  • Cebu at war – Visit the city where the strongest Japanese defenses were trained and deployed
  • Surrender point – From landing site at Talisay to surrender site at Tagodon, Cebu
  • Untold heroism – Find lost pieces of history in visiting the location of “Palawan Massacre”
  • Palawan Liberation – Anniversary of Palawan freedom
DAY 1 ARRIVAL MANILA

08 APRIL - WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES!

Individual or group arrival in Manila, you will be welcomed by our airport representative at the airport and will be assisted in your transfer to the hotel.  Meet other World War II enthusiasts during your welcome dinner at the oldest premier hotel in Manila, its penthouse served as the residence of General Douglas Mac Arthur during his military tenure for Philippine Commonwealth from 1935 to 1941.

DAY 2 MANILA TO BATAAN

09 APRIL - DAY OF VALOR

Early morning departure to Mt. Samat and the Altar of Valor for the anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, locally known as Araw ng Kagitingan.  Day of Valor was declared a public holiday in the Philippines to commemorate the heroism of Filipinos and American soldiers during the World War II - Japanese invasion in the country.  US troops were forced to surrender on April 9, 1942 who was then coerced to take a 90-mile (about 145 kilometers) march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in San Fernando. Thousands of prisoners died due to starvation, dehydration, diseases and brutal approach before they could reach the camp. This is well known as the Bataan Death March.  

DAY 3 BATAAN TO PAMPANGA

10 APRIL - ROUTE OF SACRIFICE

Depart to Kilometer Zero in Mariveles, Bataan where the death march started. Follow the trail of their heroism and sacrifice to Capas Tarlac up to the final stop at San Fernando Rail station. End the day by visiting the Camp O’ Donell, a National Shrine built to commemorate the soldiers who died in the camp.  Dinner will be served at Fort Stotsenberg.

DAY 4 PAMPANGA TO MANILA

11 APRIL - REVISITING THE AIRBASE

Revisit important World War II landmarks - the Kelly Theater originally built in 1947 as a gymnasium was later restructured as a theater and was named in honor of Capt. Colin Kelly, first American World War II hero; Kamikaze west airfield, it was the spot where the first Kamikaze pilots took-off on October 21, 1944 to attack US Naval forces east of the Philippines; Clark Museum, houses memorabilia from World War II.  Drive back to Manila in the afternoon.

DAY 5 MANILA TO LEYTE

12 APRIL - I HAVE RETURNED!

One (1) hour flight will bring us to the location where General Mac Arthur, together with the United States (6th Army division of Lt. General Walter Krueger) and Australian forces, landed. This led to the reclaiming of the Philippines on October 20, 1944 and the fulfillment of his promised “I SHALL RETURN”. After few hours after landing, General Mac Arthur made a radio broadcast announcing the famous opening line of “People of the Philippines, I have returned!” The retrieving of Leyte was not easy; The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the largest naval battle in modern history and the land battle was one of the hardest fights in liberating the country. It was fought from October to December 1944 between the allies and the Empire of Japan.   Visit the landing site at Palo and Hill 522; Cap Building, the general head quarters of General Mac Arthur in Leyte; the Capitol Building; and Sto. Nino Church which was used to give medical assistance to the allies.

DAY 6 TACLOBAN

13 APRIL - STARS AND STRIPES ASCENDED

After breakfast, drive 24 kilometer south of Tacloban to visit Hill 120 commonly called Catmon Hills at Dulag, Leyte. It was here that the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944. Visit the memorial park dedicated to 96th infantry division of US army. Head for a running tour to nearby coastal village of Tolosa, a base used by the U.S Navy, 6th, and 13th Air Force during battle of Leyte. Afternoon is free for own leisure. Spend the evening socializing with other participants during dinner.

DAY 7 LEYTE TO MAKATI

14 APRIL - RECLAMATION OF MANILA

Fly back to Manila in the morning and follow the trail of Philippine Campaign. Upon arrival, proceed to the business district of Makati to discover some untold stories of the war. Visit the Nielson Tower - the only existing pre- World War II structure in the business district.  Nielson was the site of American Far Eastern School of Aviation before becoming the headquarters of the Far East Air Force during the World War II. Continue to the American War Memorial Cemetery which contains the largest number of graves of our World War II military casualties, a total of 17,201, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. This will be a short visit to pay respect to the war heroes.  

DAY 8 CORREGIDOR

15 APRIL - RECAPTURING THE ROCK

Travel by a fast craft ferry to the Island of Corregidor. An island fortress which stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders. These heroes bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.

After the Leyte landing, General Mac Arthur ordered the reclamation of Manila. American troops were given three major objectives - the liberation of Sto. Tomas where allied civilians had been interned, the seizure of Malacanang Palace, the reclamation of the Legislative Building.  The month long battle of Manila was named as the most fiercest and destructive fight in the region, having hundred thousand fatalities. Continue to the Memorare 45 marker, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church. Other prominent edifices during World War II include the Shrine of Freedom, a structure dedicated in memory of the war victims.

DAY 9 MANILA TO ILOILO

16 APRIL - OPERATION VICTOR I, PANAY LANDING

Early morning flight to Ilo-ilo. To complete the reclaiming of the major and central portion of the Philippines, the operation Victor was held as part of the campaign. The first objective was the Visayas Region which on March 18, 1945. Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger of the Eight Army launched the Operation Victor I which was spearheaded by the 185th Infantry regiment at Tigbauan district. Upon arrival we will visit the landing location at Parara, Tigbauan. Proceed to Balantang Shrine, built in honor and memory of the gallant men and women of World War II. The shrine is the only military cemetery established outside Metro Manila. It also houses WWII vintage firearms and photographs depicting historical event. Last stop is at Fort San Pedro, an area used by Japanese as prison for war prisoners and captured USAFE forces.

DAY 10 GUIMARAS

17 APRIL - THE MAKING OF HERO

Today, visit province of Guimaras to follow the foot step of General Mac Arthur. At age of 23, General Mac Arthur headed the U.S Army Corps Engineer based in Iloilo. They constructed the road at the Sto Rosario Wharf, presently named as Mac Arthur’s wharf.

DAY 11 ILOILO TO CEBU

18 APRIL - TRACKING THE WAR

Two weeks after the invasion of Panay Island, US troops landed to Cebu. This was where one of the strongest Japanese defenses were trained and deployed. Visit includes the Museo Sugbo which houses the fascinating artifact of the war; Fort San Pedro, used by American Soldier as barrack when they occupied Cebu; Compania Maritima; Gotiaco Building; and Cebu Normal University, a Japanese military garrison and headquarters. Some of the rooms of the university were used to torture and rape Cebuanos during the war. The garden and courtyard of the University also lay witness to the brutal executions of the locals. Wander to Cebu Capitol, the first building to be retrieved by the 182 Infantry Division during the seizure operation. Last stop will be at Cebu IT Park, a modern center and business hub today, once an airfield and one of the first objectives during the recapturing of the region. 

DAY 12 CEBU

19 APRIL - ARRIVAL AND SURRENDER POINT

Our morning will be spent visiting the landing site of US army troops in Cebu. Led by Major General William H. Arnold, together with the Americal Division 132nd and 182nd Infantry division, they landed along Talisay Beach. It was an hour long naval bombardment before the US troops moved ashore. It took the troops a day to advance into devastated city of Cebu.  The tour of Cebu will be completed by visiting Tabogon. Located at the northern tip of Cebu, it is the site of surrender by Japanese soldiers. En route, visit Buhisan Tunnel and caves, where the Japanese ran and camped during the attack of US troops.

DAY 13 CEBU TO PUERTO PRINCESA

20 APRIL - UNTOLD HEROISM

After breakfast, take an hour flight to Puerto Princesa City (or Manila). Before the Panay Invasion and Cebu clearing were launched, the Victor III, also called as Palawan invasion, was already moving.  It was the first Victor operation which took into action. The first assault by the 186th Regimental Combat Team began moving ashore at Puerto Princesa on the morning of February 28, 1945 commanded by General Eichelberger, who watched from a B-17 heavy bomber flying overhead. General Mac Arthur saw that the recapturing of the island was needed due to its strategic location between the Southern Philippines (Mindanao) and South China Sea. Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel. Free time to relax and rest as the next day will be a whole rediscovery of lost pieces of history.

DAY 14 PUERTO PRINCESA

21 APRIL - LOST PIECES OF HISTORY

After the landing in Leyte, the Japanese garrison in Puerto Princesa brutally killed American prisoners captured during the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in 1942. This tragedy is known today as the infamous “Palawan Massacre” where only 11 survivors were able to escape. They swam from Plaza Cuartel to Iwahig and were found by Filipinos. One of the survivors, Glen McDole, shared the story to the world through the book titled Last Man Out.

Today, we will collect lost pieces of history in our Heritage Tour. Visit the WWII museum which showcases all the different memorabilia collected during the war. These include the World War II Jeep, privately owned by Higinio "Buddy" C. Mendoza, the son of the late Palawan Hero Dr. Higinio A. Mendoza Sr. Continue to the Heritage Museum where we will find artifacts and timeline of the event.

DAY 15 PUERTO PRINCESA 

22 APRIL - PALAWAN LIBERATION

The whole morning is dedicated to celebrate and honor the veterans of World War II at Plaza Cuartel, a reminder of the war. See the restored ruins of an old garrison where Japanese soldiers burned 143 American prisoners of war inside a tunnel. Plaza Cuartel once served as a stronghold of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overrun by Japanese invaders. The stronghold, once a haven of our brave warriors, became a prison.

DAY 16 DEPARTURE

23 APRIL - FAREWELL

Let us share stories we found in following the tales of courage.

Day is free until transfer to airport for your flight back to Manila. At arrival in Manila, shuttle transfer will be provided for your connecting international flight.

 

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