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Best of Hawaii (First Class)

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Hawaii
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $3,209 per person

Develop an unforgettable connection with nature. From an effortless summit of the world's largest mountain to a leisurely lunch on the rim of Kilauea, walk through a real lava tube and wake to the peaceful sound of the Pacific—a tasty shaved ice and tropical time the only things on your mind.

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  1. Welcome to Hawaii. In the traditional Aloha spirit, you'll be greeted at the airport with a flower lei. At 6 p.m., gather for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.

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    hotel:Outrigger Waikiki Beach (POV)
  2. Begin your exploration of Oahu today. Traverse the island, passing through colorful villages, rainforests and pineapple plantations. See panoramic views from rugged cliffs like those at Pali Lookout, site of the historic Battle of Nuuanu in 1795 that united the island of Oahu under King Kamehameha I's rule. Marvel at idyllic golden beaches and look out on the world-famous surf along the North Shore. Back in Waikiki, your evening is free.

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  3. Enjoy a full day today to explore on your own or take part in one of the many optional activities offered. Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner featuring local fare, mai tais and sunset.

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  4. Begin your day with a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, a moving tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the 1941 attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. After a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater, return to downtown Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, the iconic King Kamehameha I Statue and the state capitol building. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying Waikiki.

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  5. Your morning begins with a scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona. Kona is famous for its tasty coffee and you'll learn more about these fragrant beans at a local coffee plantation with a Local Specialist. Later, check in to your oceanside resort and meet your Local Specialist at the hotel's Manta Ray Learning Center for an exciting presentation about these large and graceful animals. In the evening, enjoy rich island flavors at Rays on the Bay with views of these resident sea creatures.

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    hotel:Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa (POV)
  6. Wake to the sound of the sea and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the world on your own today.

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  7. Bid farewell to Kona as you make your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to the world's largest volcano. On the way, see the immense stretches of black sand beaches the island is known for and enjoy a stop at the southernmost bakery in the United States. In the park, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube followed by a visit to an interpretive museum. Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Rim restaurant, offering unparalleled views of the Kilauea caldera. Later, travel to Hilo where you board your flight to Maui, the Valley Isle. Formerly a royal retreat, magnificent Kaanapali Beach is often ranked as one of America's finest beaches. Check in to your beachfront resort and relax for the evening.

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    hotel:Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (POV)
  8. This morning, travel along the coast to the Maui Ocean Center. Here you'll be introduced to the center's conservation naturalists who are passionate in sharing the underwater world with you. The center is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, elusive Hawaiian green sea turtles, sharks and thousands of vibrant tropical fish. Next, head into the countryside to visit a local farm and learn about the sustainable agriculture on the islands. Then toast your host with a glass of wine and indulge in a Be My Guest lunch serving up Hawaiian specialties made with the freshest local ingredients. This evening enjoy the sunset from your resort, stroll over to nearby Whalers Village or venture into old town Lahaina to try one of the many festive restaurants.

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  9. Enjoy a full free day in paradise as you chart your own course through Maui's wonderlands. Join your traveling companions this evening for a lively Hawaiian Luau and Farewell Dinner, featuring a Hawaiian feast and tropical cocktails with the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.

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  10. A hui hou... until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Maui.

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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: from $1395 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $89 per person.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable for Honolulu-Kona and Hilo-Kahului flights. 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. Guests have the option to prepay for one checked suitcase on inter-island flights. Please advise your Travel Specialist at time of booking.

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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

9 nights, 9 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Local Specialist

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

Be My Guest

  • 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, Waimea Canyon, Kilauea Volcano, Grove Farm Sugar Plantation
  • See pineapple plantations, North Shore

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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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