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Best of Hawaii

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,375 per person
Sunset in Kona

Countries Visited

USA

Locations Visited

Honolulu, Oahu, Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Kamehameha Statues, Kailua Kona, Ko… more Honolulu, Oahu, Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Kamehameha Statues, Kailua Kona, Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaanapali Beach, Maui Ocean Center, Maui
  1. Day 1 Arrive Honolulu, Oahu – Waikiki (4 Nights)

    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 travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your Hawaii holiday.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Outrigger Waikiki Beach – Moderate (City View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  2. Day 2 Oahu Sightseeing

    Experience the good life as you traverse Oahu today, passing colourful 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Honolulu

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  4. Day 4 Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Sightseeing

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Oahu – Kona – Keauhou Bay, Hawaii (2 Nights)

    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 flavours at Rays on the Bay against the enchanting backdrop of the Pacific at sunset.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa – Moderate (Mountain View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  6. Day 6 Kona

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Keauhou Bay – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Hilo – Kaanapali Beach, Maui (3 Nights)

    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 smouldering 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Moderate (Resort View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  8. Day 8 Maui Sightseeing

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 9 Maui

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart Maui

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Aloha Welcome with a flower lei on arrival at Honolulu International Airport on Day 1
  • A Trafalgar Bonus - All inter-island flights: Honolulu-Hilo and Hilo-Kahului including all airport transfers
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Your choice of three hotel categories: Moderate, First Class and Premier accommodation including two-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Honolulu, Kailua-Kona
  • See North Shore
  • Visit Pearl Harbor, Pali Lookout, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano, Jaggar Museum, Maui Ocean Center, Thurston Lava Tube, a local farm on Maui

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Reviews
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Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Service
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 !!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, April 22, 2016
Service
Exactly what was advertised.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Vacation
We enjoyed almost every minute!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Service
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!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Service
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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