Overlooking the ocean from a Kauai beach | Hawaiian Dreams Tour

Luxurious Hawaiian Escape (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 9 days Visiting Hawaii

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Aloha. Hawaii's all-embracing greeting of choice can also be an expression love. But for the islanders, Aloha means much more than that; it's a way of living, a compassion for others and respect for nature. This gentle spirit of Aloha, combined with sensual tropical beauty makes Hawaii one of the most magical places on earth. Recline on white-sandy beaches with the warm Pacific gently lapping at your feet. Celebrate local customs and traditions. Discover lush jungle hillsides, effervescent with cascading waterfalls and delve into a creative culinary scene, as hot as any Kilauea lava flow.

  • Indulge in exclusive fine dining at Roy’s Waikiki Beach
  • Have an after-hours visit with private access to Hulihe‘e Palace
  • Look forward to Ocean-view rooms throughout your journey
    1. Day 1 Aloha Honolulu and Waikiki

      You are greeted with a smile, a traditional flower lei and a transfer to your elegant oceanfront resort, celebrating its 90th anniversary. Your room offers fantastic views of Waikiki Beach and the ocean from your balcony. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with a light Dinner. The Azure restaurant, adjacent to the famous Mai Tai bar, is known for its daily fresh seafood brought together by Chef Shaymus Alwin.

      Hotel: Mailani Tower at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki (Oceanview rooms)

      Welcome Reception and Dinner

    2. Day 2 Island Sightseeing

      (Relaxed Start) After breakfast, take an exclusive guided tour of the Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States. Next, explore downtown Honolulu viewing the State Capitol, Washington Place and King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale. Later, enjoy a scenic drive into the volcanic crater known as Punchbowl, home to the National Cemetery of the Pacific. A picturesque journey along the East Oahu shoreline gives views of Hanauma Bay and its crystal clear waters, the Halona Blowhole and the slopes of Diamond Head before returning to the hotel for the afternoon. As the sun sets over the Pacific enjoy dinner and entertainment from storytellers, musicians and dancers of the Aha'aina Luau.

      Hotel: Mailani Tower at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki (Oceanview rooms)

      Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    3. Day 3 Pearl Harbor and Leisure Time

      (Relaxed Start) Begin the day at historic Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona, honouring the military personnel killed in the 1941 surprise attack. Enjoy queue-jump with advanced reserved tickets. The afternoon is at leisure to perhaps be pampered at the spa, try your skills at surfing or visit the newly renovated International Market Place. This evening dine at award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki, best known for his eclectic blend of California-French-Japanese traditions with fresh ingredients from the islands.

      Hotel: Mailani Tower at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki (Oceanview rooms)

      Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    4. Day 4 On to the Big Island

      In the morning fly to the Big Island. Make your way to Kailua-Kona, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Spend time exploring Kona, now home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon. Next, discover the history of coffee at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and learn the story of the 1900's coffee pioneers. Travel along lava fields created by the volcanoes seen in the distance towards Kauna'oa Bay and to your hotel set on a white sand, crescent-shaped beach. Built by conservationist L. Rockefeller, the Mauna Kea was the most expensive hotel ever built at the time. The evening is at leisure, perhaps explore the hotel's extensive art collection boasting 1,600 pieces from the Pacific Rim, Polynesia and Asia.

      Hotel: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel (Ocean View Rooms)

      Full Breakfast

    5. Day 5 Leisure Time and the Royal History of Hawaii

      (Relaxed Start) The morning is yours to spend as you wish. Try your hand at a round of golf, lounge on the beach, read by the pool or take a helicopter flight above rainforests and active volcanoes. Later, travel to Hulihe'e Palace, former summer home of Hawaiian royalty, for a private, after-hours visit. Meet ‘Sunshine Chip', member of the Daughters of Hawaii – a group dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian Royalty Heritage. Dinner is at Huggo's On the Rocks in Kona, a lively local restaurant.

      Hotel: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel (Ocean View Rooms)

      Full Breakfast, Dinner

    6. Day 6 Volcano National Park, Hilo to Maui

      Continue to discover the beauty of the volcanic landscape, travelling through small villages en-route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Walk where lava once flowed in the Thurston Lava Tube, view the world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, and active volcano Kilauea from the caldera's rim. Visit the Jaggar Museum featuring exhibits of Pelehonuamea, The Hawaiian Diety of Volcanoes, before lunch at the Kilauea Lodge. Fly from Hilo to Maui, your home for the next three days.

      Hotel: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Oceanview rooms)

      Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    7. Day 7 Maui Sightseeing

      (Relaxed Start) Maui offers many activities, which are included so the choice is yours. Perhaps a day of snorkelling off coral reefs, exploring under the waves with a submarine trip, taking a whale watching cruise (seasonal) or travelling the Road to Hana. Your Travelling Concierge will make all the arrangements. The evening is yours to enjoy at the resort.

      Hotel: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

      Full Breakfast, Lunch

    8. Day 8 Maui At Leisure

      (Relaxed Start) Another day awaits to succumb to the pleasures of your resort. Relax and make it a spa day or soak up the warm tropical sunshine on the beach. Many options are available at the resort and your Travelling Concierge will assist in planning the perfect day. In the evening, join your fellow travellers at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant for a Celebration Dinner featuring Maui's Chef of the Year, Michael Lofaro, famed for his inspired Polynesian and Hawaiian fare.

      Hotel: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

      Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

    9. Day 9 Depart Hawaii

      Say “A hui hou” as your 9-day tour concludes with a private transfer to Kahului Airport. Alternatively, guests opting for the 12-day tour depart for the lush garden isle of Kauai.

      Full Breakfast

    Highlights

     

    EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

    • Oahu: With a local historian, enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Iolani Palace, former home of Hawaiian royalty and the only official royal residence in the US.
    • Oahu: With Insight's advanced reserved tickets, you'll spend poignant time at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, where so many lost their lives in 1941.
    • Hawaii: Tour a coffee farm with a grower and taste the delicious Kona blend.
    • Hawaii: Visit the former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty at Hulihe'e Palace.
    • Hawaii: Visit Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world's largest volcano.
    • Hawaii: Visit the Jaggar Museum to explore the exhibits of Pelehonuamea, Goddess of Volcanoes.

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

    • Oahu: Explore downtown Honolulu. Maui: See the shops and galleries in Lahaina.

    EPICUREAN DINING

    • Oahu: Celebrate at an authentic Hawaiian Luau Highlight Dinner as the sun sets over the Pacific.
    • Oahu: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki.
    • Maui: Experience fresh waterfront dining at Huggo's On the Rocks.
    • Maui: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant, where Maui's Chef of the Year, Michael Lofaro, creates his famed fare.
    • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 2 Dinners (D) 2 Lunches (L) 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) On Kauai*; 3 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dinner (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

    OUTSTANDING HOTELS

    • Oahu: Relax in Luxury Gold style with Ocean-view room at the Mailani Tower in the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
    • Hawaii: Lap up pure Big Island indulgence with Ocean-view room at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel.
    • Maui: Immerse yourself in idyllic luxury, with lush Polynesian landscapes and perfect ocean sunsets from your Ocean-view room at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.

    INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

    • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers on Day 1 and 9.
    • Economy inter-island airfares on Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Kona, Kona to Kahului, Kahului to Lihue*

    Optional experiences

    Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

    Accommodation

     

    Mailani Tower at The Royal Hawaiian a Luxury Collection Resort Honolulu - 5 star

    Honolulu (Oahu) (Scenic) - USA

    Complimentary WifiThe Mailani Tower is nestled into one of the finest resorts of the world: The Royal Hawaiian hotel. The Mailani Tower gracefully bridges the sumptuous splendor of the property’s original allure with the conveniences and comforts expected by modern travelers, offering luxurious amenities and personalized services. Complimentary and exclusively available to Mailani Tower guests, is the Mailani Lounge, where an elevated breakfast experience, a variety of delightful evening refreshments and mixology demonstrations on hand may be enjoyed. Each sumptuous guest room provides an intimate lanai for a private vantage point of the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Autograph Collection Big Island - 0 star

    Big Island (Central) - USA

    Complimentary Wifi

    Grand Wailea a Waldorf Astoria Resort Wailea - 0 star

    Wailea (Scenic) - USA

    Complimentary WifiGrand Wailea --- a Waldorf Astoria Resort -- is the ultimate luxury Maui resort and the perfect destination getaway to Maui. Nestled on forty acres of lush tropical gardens, with sweeping views from Wailea Beach, nothing beats the luxury beachfront accommodations, designed for pure relaxation. The spacious Ocean-view Rooms feature feather duvets and pillows and a private ocean-view lanai from which to enjoy the brilliant Maui sunsets. The resort counts no less than nine food and beverage outlets and one of the top 10 spas in the United States.
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    • 4 out of 5

      Perfect Weather Everyday

      4/24/2017 Robert Barton, Loveland (OH), United States

      Very enjoyable tour experience. Especially getting to know your fellow travelers from all over the world. If your looking to cross Hawaii off your bucket list this is the experience for you

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    • 5 out of 5

      Relaxing and Fun

      12/11/2014 Hedwig King, Lathlain, Australia

      We had a great time on our Hawiian Dreams Holiday. All aspects of this itinerary were well organised, interesting and fun. Our tour director, Julie Bass qualifies as our best yet - thank you for your attention to detail, professionalism and friendliness.

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