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Duration: 9 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.
Say 'a hui hou' as your nine-day tour concludes with a private transfer to Kahului 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
493 independent user reviews received during the past year.
23 April, 2018
Trip: Hotels were fabulous. Tour director awesome
Service: Awesome trip. Julie was great and hotels were amazing! Can’t wait to book another insight gold trip next year to Croatia!
23 April, 2018
Trip: The visit to the coffee farm was a waste of time. The bathroom (an outhouse) was not appropriate -- especially since we stopped AFTER lunch and had no warning of the bathroom facility.
Service: I enjoyed the trip. This is my first experience with taking flights within a tour (flying to the Big Island and then to Maui). Hotels were fabulous. Food was excellent. My spouse and I were not disappointed.
26 March, 2018
Trip: All of the highlight excursions on each island visited was addressed.
Service: Everything was completely spelled out.
03 October, 2017
Trip: Very well done. Would take another vacation with the company
Service: Did well everything. Very enjoyable trip
02 October, 2017
Trip: We made no major purchases, just small souvenirs that we could carry in our carry-on on the plane. We did manage to find small, suitable remembrances of our trip.
Service: We cannot say enough great things about our tour director, Julie Bass. She took care of everything. She is what made the trip so wonderful. Of course, we loved touring the 3 islands we were privileged to visit, we had such great traveling companions, and we had terrific food everywhere we went. The only complaint we can come up with is that there was TOO much food. We are not huge eaters, but the food was so good that we had to attempt to eat it all! It was a great trip with great people and wonderful memories. We would certainly travel with Luxury Gold again.