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Hawaiian Discovery (First Class)

11 Days from $3,875 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Enjoy an authentic encounter with a tropical paradise, active volcanoes and an underwater wonderland—home to manta rays, which you will have a rare opportunity to see.

 

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Enjoy an authentic encounter with a tropical paradise, active volcanoes and an underwater wonderland—home to manta rays, which you will have a rare opportunity to see.

 

  1. Embrace a tropical state of mind on this uplifting encounter with the best Hawaii has to offer. Your first brush with traditional Hawaiian hospitality begins this evening when you join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a local-style Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Outrigger Waikiki Beach (Partial Ocean View)
  2. 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. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the beach playground of Waikiki.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. The next stop on our island hop through Hawaii is the Big Island. Following a scenic flight, enjoy an orientation tour of the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona, once the holiday playground of Hawaiian royalty. Breathe in the rich aromas of coffee during a visit to a local coffee plantation with a Local Specialist. Then, meet another Local Specialist at your oceanside resort, whose Manta Ray Learning Center we will have an opportunity to explore before indulging in rich island flavors at Rays on the Bay.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa (Partial Ocean V)iew
  4. Take a moment and savor the calming sounds of the sea as you decide how best to indulge in a free day to explore Kona's beautiful landscapes. Relax in sun-kissed surrounds or ask your Travel Director for suggestions on how to tackle the great outdoors.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. Journeying past vast expanses of black sand beaches, we enjoy a quick stop at the southernmost bakery in the United States. We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and gain a deeper understanding of how the molten earth has shaped these volcanic islands. Walk through a real lava tube, then enjoy lunch at The Rim restaurant overlooking the billowing Halema'uma'u Crater. Later, travel to Hilo where you board your flight to Maui.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Partial Ocean View)
  6. Travel to Maui Ocean Center and meet the center's conservation naturalists who will reveal secrets of an underwater wonderland. Then, visit a local farm and Make a Difference as you learn about the sustainable agriculture on the islands. Connect with a Local and indulge in a traditional Be My Guest lunch.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Warm your heart and soul in paradise, spending the day at leisure exploring Maui on your terms. This evening, sip a Mai Tai and sway to the tunes of authentic Hawaii during a traditional Luau Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. A leisurely start to your day will see you eventually board a short flight to the natural wonderland of Kauai. Set your watch to island time and get settled in at your beachfront hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Aqua Kauai Beach Resort (Lanai/Ocean View)
  9. Sit back and let Trafalgar do the rest as you embark on a visit to Grove Farm Sugar Plantation, including a private tour of the home on this historic sugar cane plantation. We continue to Waimea Canyon to view the red, brown and green depths of 'The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.'

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  10. Enjoy a free day discovering Kauai and its many natural wonders. Consider a helicopter flip over the Na Pali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls or immerse yourself in the laidback lifestyle of the locals. Our island hop through Hawaii almost at its end, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. For now it's a fond a hui hou... until we meet again. Take a transfer to the airport or consider extending your stay on Kauai.

    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: $1,750.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $128 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 and Kahului-Lihue 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
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

16 meals: 10 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, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano, Jaggar Museum, Maui Ocean Center, Thurston Lava Tube, a local farm on Maui, Waimea Canyon, Grove Farm Sugar Plantation
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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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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.

Honolulu

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

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

Kauai

Kauai Eco Adventure Helicopter Tour

Your journey begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Mana Waiapuna, commonly referred to as "Jurassic Park Falls." Next it's up the Olokele Canyon before moving on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the famed "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" where you'll explore many hidden waterfalls. Then, the sculptural masterpiece of the Na Pali Coast gives way to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area. Weather permitting, we'll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth, with an average rainfall of 450-500 inches annually! Flight duration approximately 55 minutes. (Minimum 2 Guests) Subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: $292

Kauai Eco Adventure Helicopter Tour; Over 249 Lbs

Your journey begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Mana Waiapuna, commonly referred to as "Jurassic Park Falls." Next it's up the Olokele Canyon before moving on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the famed "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" where you'll explore many hidden waterfalls. Then, the sculptural masterpiece of the Na Pali Coast gives way to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area. Weather permitting, we'll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth, with an average rainfall of 450-500 inches annually! Flight duration approximately 55 minutes. (Minimum 2 Guests) Subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: $436.50

Hanalei Movie Tour

The Hawaii Movie Tour on Kauai is a unique opportunity to experience the island through Hollywood’s eyes on an expert guided tour of Kauai’s famous movie locations. The fun-filled narrated tour is aboard an air-conditioned minibus that will stop at Kauai’s iconic movie locations while also viewing film clips of some of Hollywood’s most notable movies, filmed on the island. Including George Clooney’s movie, The Descendants. Total duration approximately 6 hours.
Adult Price: $138

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