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Best of Hawaii

10 Days from $3,375 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Forge an unforgettable connection with nature—from summiting the world's largest mountain to a leisurely lunch on the rim of Kilaueatropical time the only thing on your mind.

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Forge an unforgettable connection with nature—from summiting the world's largest mountain to a leisurely lunch on the rim of Kilaueatropical time the only thing on your mind.

  1. Bask in the generous Aloha Spirit as you embark on an enriching encounter with the best that Hawaii has to offer. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your Hawaii holiday.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Outrigger Waikiki Beach (City View)
  2. Experience the good life as you traverse Oahu today, passing colorful villages, rainforests and pineapple plantations along the way. Admire the panoramic views from Nu'uanu Pali, once the site of a bloody battle that saw the island unite under King Kamehameha I. Then return via the North Shore, the home of the perfect wave, to Waikiki.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. You're free to explore Honolulu on your terms today. Learn how to surf, relax on the beach or consider one of the many optional activities suggested by your Travel Director. Tonight embrace laid back island living and join your travel companions for a dinner featuring a Mai Tai, ocean breezes and local fare.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  4. Today we will visit the USS Arizona Memorial as well as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Also today in downtown Honolulu we will see Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I Statue and State Capitol Building.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. The Big Island of Hawaii beckons this morning. A scenic flight and transfer brings us to the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona where we enjoy an orientation tour before setting off to explore Kona's famous coffee culture. Visit a coffee plantation with a Local Specialist, then check in to your oceanside resort where another Local Specialist will join you for an exploration of the hotel's Manta Ray Learning Center. This evening, enjoy sumptuous island flavors at Rays on the Bay against the enchanting backdrop of the Pacific at sunset.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa (Mountain View)
  6. Wake to the soothing sounds of the sea and spend the day exploring The Big Island on your terms - ride the tubes, relax on the beach or go in search of Hawaii's tastiest 'Ono Grinds.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. Journey to the UNESCO-listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the world's largest volcano and walk through a real lava tube. Stop en route at the United States' southernmost bakery and gaze at the vast expanses of Big Island's black sand beaches. Our brush with the smoldering depths of Big Island not quite complete, we enjoy lunch at The Rim restaurant offering unparalleled views of the Kilauea caldera. We'll board a flight to Maui where we spend the next three nights in our beachfront resort located at magnificent Kaanapali Beach.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Resort View)
  8. Delve into the depths of an underwater wonderland revealed by the passionate conservation naturalists at Maui Ocean Center, home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, Hawaiian green sea turtles, sharks and thousands of tropical fish. Fresh local produce and hearty Polynesian hospitality are served in abundance when we Connect with the Locals for a traditional lunch providing insights into the island's sustainable agricultural industry and Make a Difference.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Immerse yourself in the sensual surroundings of Maui's tropical landscapes. This evening, don your lei and sashay your way into a lively Hawaiian Luau and Farewell Dinner, featuring a traditional feast and tropical cocktails.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Bid a fond a hui hou... until we meet again to Hawaii and take a transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Maui.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: $1,475.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $117 per person.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable as of May 20, 2018, for Honolulu-Kona and Hilo-Kahului flights and are subject to change without notice. Inter-island airlines charge a baggage handling fee of $25 per first checked suitcase on each inter-island flight that is not covered in the prices and is the responsibility of the guest.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

15 meals: 9 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Local Specialist

  • Discover Kona coffee on a plantation tour, see a special presentation on the island's manta rays

Connect with Locals

  • Meet Ancil for an educational farm-to-fork experience and help gather fresh produce for your al fresco lunch

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Honolulu, Kailua-Kona
  • Visit Pearl Harbor, Pali Lookout, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Maui Ocean Center, Thurston Lava Tube, a local farm on Maui
  • See North Shore
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center Admission and Show

The spectacular 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center brings to life the traditions, history, and hospitality of the islands of the South Pacific. Visit authentic villages and watch natives from seven Pacific cultures demonstrate the arts of dancing with fire, making clothing from plants, jewelry making, and preserving history without a written language. Includes - Hā: Breath of Life. A story of passion, ignited by fire, song and dance. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $117

Honolulu

Magic Of Polynesia Show Only

In the heart of Waikiki you’ll discover the Magic of Polynesia. As you enter this uniquely Polynesian world, you’ll find surprises, humor, and plenty of island spirit. Merlin Award-Winning Illusionist, John Hirokawa, will amaze you with incomparable illusions, levitation, and even some dazzling pyrotechnics sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In addition, a troupe of entertainers will bring you a taste of Polynesia through song and dance. No Dinner (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $64

Kona

Big Island Spectacular Ecostar Helicopter Tour with Transportation

Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Total duration approximately 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $602

Big Island Spectacular Ecostar Helicopter Tour with Transportation (over 249 lbs)

Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Total duration of tour 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $902

Kohala Coast Helicopter Adventure

Tour the Kohala coast, valleys, and waterfalls. Many consider this area to have the most spectacular scenery on the Big Island. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
Adult Price: $312

Kohala Coast Helicopter Adventure (over 249 lbs)

Tour the Kohala coast, valleys, and waterfalls. Many consider this area to have the most spectacular scenery on the Big Island. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
Adult Price: $467

Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Adventure

Don't miss the opportunity to experience this award-winning snorkel cruise to historic Kealakekua Bay, site of Captain Cook Monument. This 4 1/2-hour cruise departs from Keauhou Bay and includes 2 1/2 hours of snorkeling at Pristine Kealakekua Bay, snorkel gear, instruction, floatation gear, high dive and two 15' water slides.
Adult Price: $164

Maui

Sunset Sail (Apr - Oct)

Sail off the coast of Maui to see breathtaking West Maui coastal views. Enjoy the thrill of sailing between the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and experience another increadible Maui sunset. Pupus served along with an open bar. Total duration approximatley 2 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $81

Day Time Whale Watch (Nov - Mar)

Informative and fun, each two-hour classic whalewatch is led by a team of Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females. Every trip is different; you never know what you will experience! Total duration approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $63

Premier Snorkel Adventure

Maui's best snorkeling trip takes you to exceptional sites - a journey to another world and one that you'll never forget. Crystal clear water and a wealth of sea life including the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, mesmerizing coral reefs teaming with aquatic life. You will be able to interact safely in this spectacular habitat and have the opportunity few people experience and one never forgets. Includes Continental Breakfast and BBQ lunch with soft drinks and open bar (must have valid picture ID). Total duration approximately 5 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $156

Sunrise Haleakala

Set your alarm and get ready to dress warmly as we prepare to make the 38 mile trip up to the summit of the dormant volcano known as Haleakala. The temperature stays around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but the sight of the sun rising from 10,000 ft above sea level will soon warm you up. Breakfast Included. Total duration approximatley 6 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $157

West Maui Snorkel

Our experienced captains know where to find the best snorkel spots on West Maui, and our informative and helpful crew will get you ready for an incredible underwater adventure. All of our high quality snorkel equipment, floatation devices and lessons are included. After snorkeling, feast on a build-your-own deli style lunch, complete with an open bar. Then just sit back and relax as we sail back (seasonal) to Ka’anapali.
Adult Price: $127

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Reviews

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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Service rating : In general the trip was good! Have enjoyed Hawaii very much. Could have arranged a few more sighting activities instead of free time. The hotel in Maui is excellent! One night in the big Island would be enough.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the Aloha state!
Friday, March 22, 2019
Vacation : See my comments above about my experience of this trip.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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Service rating : Great hotels- coach- meals !! Tour director very knowledgeable,accommodating and helpful
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your Best of Hawaii tour was just that--the best! That makes us so happy!! Thank you for your feedback. Aloha!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation : Again 4-5 star hotels and meals !!
Friday, April 22, 2016
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Service rating : Exactly what was advertised.
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Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Vacation : We enjoyed almost every minute!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent value, great inclusions and optional excursions.
Vacation : Tom Pugliese of Trafalgar took our vacation to the next plateau. If all your tour directors were like him, we would have no problem booking other vacations using GET and Trafalgar.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
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Service rating : Tour guide was knowledgeable, accessible and managed a diverse group of people very well. Movement from island to island was well planned so that on day of arrival at new location we were occupied until rooms at hotels were available.
Vacation : My only reason for not rating excellent is that I don't tolerate heat very well.
Friday, May 15, 2015
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Service rating : We had traveled with Grand European on their Italy trip and enjoyed that so much that we booked our Hawaiian trip again through them. Although we had never toured with Trafalgar before, we felt comfortable, since it was part of Grand European. We were not disappointed at all and our Trafalgar tour director did a great job.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is so wonderful to see! Hawaii is such a beautiful place with so much to see and do. We are very pleased that you were able to experience it with your Travel Director Joseph who truly does have a love for his home state! Thank you so much for writing. Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, May 18, 2015
Vacation : Although our first hotel in Oahu was under renovation (wished we could have been there when it was completed) everything else fell into place. We enjoyed each of the three islands, Oahu, Hawaii and Maui, each with it's own and very different landscape and style of living. During our tours, the narration from our tour director, Joseph, and the bus drivers, added so much to our experience and knowledge of each of the islands. We would have missed so much without them. The extra excursion tours gave us the option to try other experiences and although it was sometime difficult to choose only one at a time, we enjoyed everything we did. We always felt comfortable having either our tour guide or the bus driver with us to make sure things went smoothly. Most of the meals included with the tour were satisfactory, not exceptional, but we never went hungry. The meals on the optional tours were the best. Breakfasts in Oahu were the best! The grounds and the pool of the hotel on the island of Hawaii were the best. All in all, though, we would definitely tour with Grand European for our next trip!
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Service rating : You are a great tour company. I especially appreciated the help I got over the phone when I messed up flight arrangements I had made leaving from the wrong island. I feel like "mother" is always there, from your home office to your excellent tour guides who are determined to make everything go well. Great job!
Vacation : Was a great tour. Fun excursions and great meals and hotels.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Service rating : This trip was the best I've taken.
Vacation : The submarine ride in Kona was a rip off and a waste of $130. There were few fish to be seen and two stupid sunken ships. I was especially upset when I asked the captain, where were the fish as shown on the brochures. He said the are hard to find!!! What a stupid answer.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Service rating : This was our 2nd tour with Grand European, everything was perfect. Our only regret is that Rochester is not one of your portal cities so we have to get our luggage and ourselves to the airport and on the plane. WE WOULD GLADLY PAY A PREMIUM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT SERVICE ON OUR NEXT ADVENTURE WITH YOU.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We are happy to announce that we will have additional airport services available for our 2015 season. More information will be available in our new catalog due out at the end of September or on our website www.getours.com. Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Vacation : Mike our guide was very knowledgeable and always had everything under control so we didn't have to worry about anything. The accommodations were great as well as the side adventures. Everything was perfect and we wish we could have stayed longer.
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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