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Duration: 12 days Visiting: Hawaii
Hawaii’s traditional greeting, Aloha, signifies love and compassion for others and nature. Experience the magic of this tropical island and meet its gentle people, as you celebrate local traditions and discover lush jungles, majestic waterfalls and palm-fringed beaches. Along the way, visit iconic sites, such as the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, savour fusion cuisine and stay in luxurious sea-facing hotels.
Aloha Honolulu and Waikiki.
You will be greeted with a smile and a traditional flower lei before being transferred to your elegant oceanfront resort. Your room will offer fantastic views of Waikiki Beach and the ocean from your balcony. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine. The Azure restaurant, adjacent to the famous Mai Tai Bar, is known for its daily fresh seafood brought together by Chef Shaymus Alwin.
Oahu Island Sightseeing.
Take an exclusive, local historian-guided tour of Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States. Next, explore downtown Honolulu viewing the Hawaii State Capitol, Washington Place, and the King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale. A picturesque journey along the East Oahu shoreline provides views of Hanauma Bay and its crystal clear waters, the Halona Blowhole, and the slopes of Diamond Head. As the sun sets over the Pacific, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with drinks and entertainment from storytellers, musicians and dancers of the Aha'aina Luau.
Pearl Harbor and Leisure Time.
Begin the day at historic Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona, honouring the military personnel killed in the 1941 surprise attack. Queue-jump with Luxury Gold's advanced reserved tickets. Later, enjoy a scenic drive into the volcanic crater known as Punchbowl, home to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, your Highlight Dinner with wine is at the award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki, best known for his eclectic blend of Californian-French-Japanese traditions and fresh ingredients from the islands.
The Big Island of Hawaii.
In the morning fly to the Big Island to discover Kailua-Kona, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Spend time exploring Kona, home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon. Enjoy a seaside lunch in Kona at Huggo's, the locals’ favourite. Next, discover the history of coffee at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and learn the story of the 1900s local coffee farmers. Travel toward your hotel, along lava fields, created by the volcanoes seen in the distance. The evening is at leisure.
Leisure Time on Hawaii.
The day is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps try your hand at a round of golf, lounge on the beach, read by the pool, or take a helicopter flight above rainforests and an active volcano?
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo to Maui.
Continue to discover the beauty of the volcanic landscape en route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Walk where lava once flowed in the Thurston Lava Tube and view the world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as the active volcano, Kilauea. Visit the Jaggar Museum featuring exhibits of Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian Deity of Volcanoes, before lunch at the Kilauea Lodge. Fly from Hilo to Maui, your home for the next three days.
Your Choice Maui Activities
Maui offers many activities which are included, so the choice is yours. Perhaps have a day of snorkelling off the coral reefs, take a whale watching cruise (seasonal) or travel the Road to Hana? Your Travelling Concierge is available to make all the arrangements. The evening is yours to enjoy at the resort.
Maui At Leisure.
The day is at leisure for you to indulge in the pleasures of your resort. Maybe make it a spa day or soak up the warm tropical sunshine on the beach? With so many options available at the resort, your Travelling Concierge will assist in planning the perfect day for you. In the evening, join your fellow travellers at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant for a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, featuring Maui's Chef of the Year, Michael Lofaro.
Depart Maui or on to Kauai, the Garden Isle.
Say “A hui hou” as your 9-day trip concludes with a private transfer to Kahului Airport. Alternatively, for guests opting for the 12-day trip, depart for the lush garden isle of Kauai where upon arrival, you will be transferred through the eucalyptus ‘Tree Tunnel' en route to the beaches of Poipu. The evening is free to settle in and enjoy the resort's amenities.
Waimea Canyon and Local Island Life.
In the morning, travel to the immense Waimea Canyon and marvel at its vibrant colours, resplendent in the changing island light. You will be accompanied by Aletha Kaohi, a local to Kauai and speaker of the Kauai Presence. Aletha will share what it is to be part of the Kauai community. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure among the sparkling waters and scented puakenikeni of your resort.
Kauai At Leisure
The day is free for you to explore and take in the local sights. Perhaps take a helicopter flight over hidden waterfalls, pristine blue waters and Mana Waiapuna. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for contemporary Hawaiian cuisine and wine, served amongst the open-air thatched huts, waterfalls and koi-filled lagoons of Tidepools Restaurant at your Farewell Celebration Dinner.
A Hui Hou Hawaii.
After breakfast overlooking the Pacific, you will be transferred to Lihue Airport.
Honolulu (Oahu) (Scenic) - USA
The 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.
Big Island (Scenic) - USA
Wailea (Scenic) - USA
Grand 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.
Our guests rate us
893 independent user reviews received during the past year.
11 May, 2018
Trip: In general, we enjoyed the balance of excursions and free time except in Maui because there was so much more to have been seen. The Road to Hana was a choice which took a full day (and was discouraged ) but we could have used the bus to have seen more of the island locally. There was too much free time on Kauai as well. I’m sure we were given the time so that we could experience the resort however for the age group that Luxury Gold attracts, a little pool time goes a long way.
Service: Luxury Gold holidays always go beyond the expectation. The hotels are amazing and the restaurant experiences are such a treat. In a short period of time we experienced far more than we ever could have if we had been travelling by our selves. We had the lovely choice of doing things as a couple or being with others of the group. Lovely balance.
10 May, 2018
Trip: My husband and I thought that the night flight to Maui was too late in the day. We would have preferred to get there earlier. Also would have really preferred to have a 3 night stay in Maui and only 2 nights in Kauai. This could be accomplished by rearranging the order of the islands. Also have more entrée choices for included dinners. The Canoe Restaurant was excellent as was Roy's. Group dinner at Humu's and Tidepools was very bland and not even3 stars.
Service: Tour guide (Julie Bass) was very clear and personable.
01 May, 2018
Trip: The excursions were fantastic. Enough to see the sights but still have some downtime.
Service: The tour director was amazing. The daily outings and optional experiences were fantastic. The resorts on Oahu and Maui were spectacular. Insight took care of everything. It was an amazing vacation.
29 April, 2018
Trip: Well organized and well done. Accommodations were fantastic. Learned a lot about Hawaiian history and culture on the four islands we visited. I would recommend this for anyone visiting the islands for the first time.
Service: Julie was on top of everything throughout the tour ensuring we were enjoying the tour and addressing any issues or concerns that surfaced. Her knowledge of history and culture of Hawaii was helpful and evident throughout the tour. The hotels we stayed at were excellent. Each resort we stayed at was better than the previous one.
08 March, 2018
Trip: The itinerary looked good in the brochure, but we felt we would prefer to have seen more of each of the islands, and have less "free time" which was basically spent at each resort, as it was expensive and awkward to arrange any transportation away from the resorts (except in Waikiki).
Service: Resorts we stayed at were definitely luxurious. Coordination of travel arrangements was good (flights between 4 islands), but arrangements for some of the group meals weren't as good as expected.
14 December, 2017
Trip: All hotels, tours, experiences and service was exceptional with great attention to detail.
Service: Excellent and yes I would travel with insight again and also recommend such trips to others.
30 November, 2017
Trip: Itinerary was very good, covered a lot of the area, but we could have used a little more free time. I realize that allowing more free time without increasing the length of the trip removes some of the excursion opportunities. Adding more days would most likely increase the cost of the trip quite a bit.
Service: Henry Dennis, of the AAA office in Charlotte, was very good at answering the questions we had. He was always available to take phone calls.
30 November, 2017
Trip: Everything was thought out we went out everyday but everything was optional as there was a couple that didn't do everything with the rest if the group. But the last couple of days were very open which is needed as traveling around on four islands dose take it out of you but was so worth it.
Service: The minute I steped off the plane someone was waiting for me to take me to my hotel and since then I felt safe and weel looked after which really helped me enjoy my holiday. It also helped that all the hotels were lovely with amazing ocean views. But most of all Julie Bass our guide was just lovely, so welcoming and after doing this for some years now she is very good at her job, though a little strange when she says she is cold when it's in the low 20°C outside. Lastly the company was lovely which made traveling that much more enjoyable and most of all, all the amazing placed we got to see. I have already recommended insight vacations to a friend and will do so again.
23 October, 2017
Trip: Awesome trip. Great tour guide. Well organized and stress free with luggage and all airport transfers. Saw beautiful sights. Plenty of organized trips and also free time. All meals were excellent.
Service: Very organized. Stress free.
23 October, 2017
Trip: Since we considered this to be a tour primarily we would have preferred some more inclusive touring rather than"free time". For example, on Oahu only the south of the island was covered; on Maui, if you didn't take the Hana road trip you saw very little; on Kauai there could have been more sight-seeing. The resorts were fantastic but some were isolated so you were 'captive' to them for eating, say.
Service: Tour Director Julie was fantastic. Good humour and so well organised.
06 October, 2017
Trip: The itinerary and accommodations we top notch.
Service: I've not had to contact Customer Service but am sure it's as wonderful as the rest of the experience.
05 October, 2017
Trip: Hotel and amenities were great but the beach as a bit disappointing, could not go in the ocean safely as with the other hotels.
Service: Hotels and locations were wonderful.