Tips & Deals: A World War II trip in the Pacific, a bargain in the Azores and more – Chicago Tribune

For those interested in the history of World War II, the National WWII Museum is offering a unique Victory in the Pacific tour March 16-26 next year, coinciding with the 73rd anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. The trip will begin in Hawaii, visiting Pearl Harbor before moving on to Guam, Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima. Providing context throughout the trip will be World War II experts Richard Frank and Jonathan Parshall, as well as historians and curators from the museum. Pacific campaign veterans will also be on hand, including Iwo Jima veteran and Medal of Honor winner Hershel Woody Williams. The tour is priced from $13,999 per person, double occupancy, but for bookings made by Oct. 31 there will be a $1,000 reduction per person, as well as free economy-class air travel from Los Angeles. Pricing includes lodging in five-star hotels, most meals, chartered flights to the various islands and more. Info:

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You don’t have to fly eight hours or more to get a taste of Europe. The Azores, a group of nine islands that are an autonomous part of Portugal, are just a four-hour flight from Boston. And, it won’t cost an arm and a leg to visit. Azores Airlines has a package that provides round-trip air from Boston and six nights lodging for just $899 per person, double occupancy. Even if you have to tack on airfare to get to Boston, that’s still a very attractive price. Best of all, the package lets you get a taste of two islands, staying four nights on Sao Miguel and two nights on Terceira, with transportation between the two islands. I’ve been to the Azores, and they are full of natural beauty and welcoming people. For Sao Miguel, the largest of the group, you’ll probably want to rent a car, though there are plenty of escorted tours too. The $899 package has limited availability and must be booked by Nov. 20 for travel Oct. 1 through March 28, 2018. See info on the package at

Phil Marty is a freelance reporter.

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