Exploring World War II history across the islands of Guam and Saipan along with the deep cultural and natural history of these two islands.
- October 17-24, 2019
War in the Pacific National Historical Park — Explore the new T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, the headquarters of the National Park Service for Guam, and key sites in World War II: Agat Beach Unit, Ga’an Point Mount Alifan Units, Asan Beach Park,Fonte Plateau Unit, Asan Bay Overlook and others.
American Memorial Park — The National Park in the Northern Mariana Islands “honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II.” Over 5,000 names are inscribed on the memorial.
Chamarro Culture – Discover the indigenous culture of Guam. Enjoy traditional cuisine; explore the island’s natural environments and ecosystems; visit latte sites upclose and engage with local hosts to understand what is important to the Chamarro people.
Day 1: Arrival and Orientation: Meet your tour director in Tumon, Guam for opening dinner and brief orientation. Flights may arrive in the middle of the night. As the flight is long and you have crossed the international date line, expect some jetlag and use today to adjust to the time change. The airport is less than 5 miles from the hotel. Pacific Star Resort (D)
Day 2: The History of Guam and City Highlights: An introduction to Guam’s unique history, including pre-Western contact and the Spanish, Japanese, and American periods. Explore Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, Plaza de Espana, Latte Stone Park, Fort Santa Agueda, Agana Caves Park, and Chamorro Village - a centralized support facility for local entrepreneurs selling Guam’s agricultural/fisheries products and local arts and crafts. Then on to the War in the Pacific National Historical Park: T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, Agat Beach Unit and Ga’an Point where the US forces aided in the liberation of Guam on July 21, 1944. Pacific Star Resort (B,L,D)
Day 3: War in the Pacific National Historical Park: The morning will be devoted to Asan Beach Park, Fonte Plateau Unit, and Asan Bay Overlook. In the afternoon we will explore Ritidian National Wildlife Refuge, the habitat for the last remaining populations of the endangered Mariana fruit bat, Mariana crow, and the Serianthes nelsonii tree. Then on to the South Pacific Memorial Peace Park. Pacific Star Resort (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cultural Sites in South End of Guam: Enjoy visiting cultural and scenic sites including the Magellan Monument and Fort Soledad in Umatac, Malesso Konbento in Merizo, Talofofo Bay and Pago Bay Overlook in Yona. This afternoon, you will have an opportunity to explore Tumon on your own, relax or to hike to Tarzan Falls - a series of drops from 8 to 50 feet in height. At the base of the falls is a deep pool perfect for swimming. Pacific Star Resort (B,L,D)
Day 5: Saipan: Travel along the invasion beaches (National Historic Landmark) to Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) Museum - home to artifacts from Saipan’s history, including some of the treasure recovered from the 17th century wreckage of the Spanish galleon Concepcion. The day continues on to the American Memorial Park Visitor Center and Carillon Bell Tower. Saipan Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 6: Tinian: A daytrip to Tinian includes National Park WWII Sites: deserted North Field, the military airbase whose runways were the world’s busiest during WWII, with two B-29s abreast departing every 45 seconds to bomb Japan; the Command Post; Japanese Bunkers; and sites where the world’s first atomic bombs used in war were loaded into American B-29s for their historic flights to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stops at Tinian’s Blow Hole and Taga House, an archaeological site with massive stones representing the apex of Chamorro “latte” architecture, before flying back to Saipan. Saipan Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 7: Saipan Historical and Natural Sites: Experience poignant sites of WWII history from Marpi to Mt. Tapotchao and Aslito Airfield to Banzai Cliff, one of the places where hundreds of Japanese civilians jumped to their death out of fear as the American troops took over the island in 1944. Also explore natural sites including The Grotto, a collapsed limestone cavern with a pool of seawater filled with three underwater passageways filled with water, and Bird Island, a wildlife sanctuary that provides a habitat for brown noddies and other seabirds. After lunch, flight to Rota. Rota Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 8: Proposed National Park Sites of Rota: Please Rota preserves striking examples of the three thousand-year-old Chamorro culture: The Mochon Latte Village, the Chugai Pictograph Cave, the Taga Latte Stone Quarry, and the Alaguan Bay Ancient Village prehistoric sites include architectural features unique to the ancient Chamorro culture and represent outstanding examples of the territory’s cultural resources. Finally we explore the I Chenchon Bird Sanctuary at the base of limestone cliffs before our return flight to Guam. Pacific Star Resort (B,L,D)
Day 9: Departures from Guam: Please plan your return flight home, from A.B. Wonpat International Airport (Guam International Airport) for Monday. Check out time from the hotel is 12 noon. (B)
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