12-Night Grand Hawaii Escorted Tour
from Honolulu to Maui
February 27 – March 10, 2020
$4925.00 Per Person!
Including Airfare from Charleston
3-NT Honolulu, 3-NT Kona, 3-NT Kauai, 3-NT Maui
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 three-course dinners including a luau with Polynesian revue and special farewell dinner.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN HONOLULU, HAWAII
Upon arrival to the island of Oahu, you are greeted in the traditional Polynesian way—with a warm aloha and a LEI of fresh flowers. Transfer to your hotel in Waikiki. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel
DAY 2 HONOLULU – EXCURSION TO PEARL HARBOR
A breakfast get-together with your Tour Director reviews activities scheduled throughout your stay. Next, a tour of PEARL HARBOR’s famous Battleship Row. Listen to a narration of the dramatic air attack of December 7, 1941, and visit the USS Arizona and the impressive MEMORIAL dedicated to the 1,102 men still entombed. You will also have an opportunity to visit the MUSEUM, an excellent way to learn about Pearl Harbor Day, the Japanese strategy and military craft, and the individuals involved in the attack. Then, on to Punchbowl National Cemetery with its beautiful views of Honolulu. Other sights include Chinatown, the Hawaii State Capitol, royal ‘Iolani Palace, and the statue of Kamehameha the Great. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel.
Notice from the National Park Service advising the boat transport to the USS Arizona Memorial which has been temporarily discontinued since May 7, 2018 due to a recently detected crack in the supporting structure for the visitor loading ramp. The National Park Service has awarded the contract for repair of the anchoring system for the dock and are projected to be completed by the fall of 2019 and in time for the next December 7 remembrance, provided no issues arise during the construction period.
DAY 3 HONOLULU
Today is free to relax, swim, enjoy water sports, or laze on the beach. Take the optional excursion to the Polynesian Cultural Center for authentic island arts, crafts, history, music, a dinner buffet, and a spectacular Polynesian show with more than 100 performers. This evening, enjoy an optional sunset cruise with dinner, Hawaiian cocktails, and splendid views of the glittering Waikiki coastline and Diamond Head.
DAY 4 HONOLULU–HILO–HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK–KONA
Board a morning flight to the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Upon arrival in Hilo on the east coast, drive to HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK. Here see Kilauea Crater, rising 4,090 feet above a volcanic wonderland of steaming fire pits, lava tubes, and fern forests. Next, enjoy an included lunch followed by a stop at PUNALU’U BAKE SHOP to sample the famous Hawaiian sweetbread introduced to the area by Portuguese sugar workers in the 19th century. This traditional favorite is not to be missed!. Continue on to Kona, your home for the next three nights.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
DAY 5 KONA
This morning visit the KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM, a working coffee and macadamia nut farm, where you have the opportunity to learn about the history of Kona’s coffee industry and the remarkable pioneers who established these farms. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a festive LUAU. You’ll have the chance to learn to hula, try some traditional Hawaiian specialties like poi, and see captivating performances by Polynesian musicians and dancers.
DAY 6 KONA
Today is free for independent activities. Find a special place to relax poolside and enjoy the warm tropical sun and balmy breezes, enjoy an optional snorkeling cruise to Kealakekua Bay, or join the optional helicopter flightseeing excursion.
DAY 7 KONA–KAUAI
A scenic flight to the “Garden Isle” of Kauai, whose lush landscapes featuring orchids, hibiscus, and plumeria are often used as a setting for Hollywood films depicting tropical paradise. Upon arrival, proceed to KILOHANA PLANTATION and join your Tour Director, who hosts a special lunch. Afterward, enjoy a narrated TRAIN RIDE which takes you on a tour of the historic plantation that passes through fruit orchards, lush gardens, and tropical farmland. Next, view pretty `Opaeka`a Falls on the Wailua River before continuing to your resort.
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
DAY 8 KAUAI
Spend the day as you please! Take in refreshing ocean breezes from the beautiful white-sand beaches, immersing yourself in the heart of the island’s beauty. No activities have been scheduled today to give you time to relax and enjoy your oceanfront resort. Optional tours include helicopter flightseeing or a zipline adventure in the mountains.
DAY 9 KAUAI. EXCURSION TO WAIMEA CANYON
Drive to Waimea, once the Polynesian capital of Kauai and the site where Captain Cook landed in the islands in 1778. Sightseeing highlights include WAIMEA CANYON, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and Hanapepe Valley. A stop at the largest coffee plantation in Hawaii, KAUAI COFFEE COMPANY, includes time at the visitor center, where you can learn about coffee production and the history of the Kauai Coffee Company. En route back to your hotel see SPOUTING HORN, the famous blowhole created from a lava tube. Spend your last evening on Kauai relaxing at the resort, exploring further, or indulging yourself in some souvenir shopping.
DAY 10 KAUAI–MAUI
A morning flight takes you to the “Valley Island” of Maui. Drive to the lush `IAO VALLEY to see the `Iao Needle, a spectacular volcanic spire. Visit LAHAINA, then continue on to Ka`anapali, your home for the next three nights. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
DAY 11 MAUI
Today enjoy an Included cruise to search for the humpback whales that populate the waters. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 12 MAUI
Enjoy a final free day in Maui. Perhaps take an optional excursion to HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, site of the huge volcanic Haleakala Crater, known as the “House of the Sun.” In 1980, this native ecosystem of cinder cones and dense rainforest was designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Another choice is the “ROAD TO HANA”, one of the worlds most impressive drives, with 54 bridges and numerous waterfalls. There’s plenty of time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy your hotel’s facilities and beach. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your tour director.
DAY 13 MAUI
Your tour comes to an end with breakfast this morning. Transfer to Kahului Airport to connect with your homebound flights.
$4925 per person includes roundtrip airfare from Charleston via United Airlines, intra-island flights, airport transfers, expert tour director, sightseeing and meals as indicated, hotel porterage, all taxes.
- Checked baggage fees with United Airlines & Hawaiian Air – $135/pp – 1 checked bag
- Travel Protection – ($319.00 per person)
- Tour Guide Gratuities – ($120 per person)
Pricing is based on a city view in Honolulu; a garden view in Kona and Kauai; a partial oceanview in Maui. An upgrade to an oceanfront room in Honolulu, Kona, and Maui and an oceanview room in Kauai is available and guarantees a view of the ocean, however, does not provide beachfront access. Maximum elevation on tour is 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
A deposit in the amount of $250.00 per person is due at time of booking. Final balance is due Nov. 27, 2019.