Splendors of the Hawaiian Islands

Description

Overview

Tour code: 8140

Days: 13

Description: Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, Maui

Tour operator: Cosmos

Quality: ★★★

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Honolulu

Aloha—welcome to Hawaii! Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport, you will be greeted with a fresh flower lei and transferred to your hotel in Waikiki. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist with check-in.

Day 2 Honolulu

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions, including activities near world-famous Waikiki Beach or a full-day optional outing to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island’s North Shore, where you’ll enjoy a dinner buffet and the colorful Hā: Breath of Life stage show.

Day 3 Honolulu. Excursion to USS Arizona

This morning your sightseeing excursion features the sunken USS ARIZONA and its impressive memorial to the men still entombed there, as well as Punchbowl National Cemetery with its beautiful views of Honolulu. Other sites include bustling Chinatown, ‘Iolani Palace, and the statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Tonight, join the optional sunset dinner cruise along the shores of Waikiki.

Day 4 Honolulu

One last day to enjoy Waikiki, the world’s most famous beach. Your Tour Director has ideas to make your day memorable.

Day 5 Honolulu–Kauai

Morning transfer to Honolulu Airport for the flight to the “Garden Isle” of Kauai. Drive along the scenic southern shore via Poipu Beach to Waimea, once the Polynesian capital of Kauai and the site where Captain Cook landed on the islands in 1778. Sightseeing highlights include WAIMEA CANYON, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the lush and fertile Hanapepe Valley, and a photo stop at SPOUTING HORN, a dramatic blowhole on the ocean’s edge. Later, arrive at your ocean-side hotel in Kapa’a. Tonight, attend a LUAU feast, considered one of Hawaii’s best. After dinner, sit back and watch a captivating international revue of dancers and musicians. (D)

NOTE:
Due to air schedules on inter-island flights between Honolulu and Kauai, the luau may take place on an alternate day.

Day 6 Kauai

Kauai has a lot to offer, and your Tour Director will suggest several optional outings for the duration of your stay, including a trip to Hanalei Bay, the filming location of many Hollywood movies, such as South Pacific and The Thornbirds. Other activities include helicopter flightseeing and snorkeling on the Na Pali coastline.

Day 7 Kauai–Hilo–Hawaii Volcanoes National Park–Kona

This morning, depart for Hilo on the “Big Island” of Hawaii, with its spectacular scenery that includes misty plateaus, craggy cliffs, tropical rainforests, bamboo groves, and lava deserts. On arrival, tour HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK. See Kilauea Crater, rising 4,090 feet above a volcanic wonderland of steaming fire pits, lava tubes, and fern forests. Arrive in Kona on the sunny side of the “Big Island” in the early evening.

Day 8 Kona

The following two days are free to explore the charming and historic town of Kailua-Kona. Optional activities include a snorkeling cruise to a coral reef to view magnificent tropical fish, or a helicopter ride along the Kohala coastline and over the famous Parker Ranch and an active volcano. For an unforgettable adventure, join the afternoon optional to the summit of Mauna Kea Crater (13,796 feet) to view the sunset, then visit the Ellison Onizuka Visitor Center (9,200 feet) to stargaze in the evening.

Day 9 Kona

Today is yours to relax and explore the resort area of Kailua, situated in between Kailua Bay and the dormant Hualalai Volcano. Kailua is rich in Hawaiian history, and features the historic Hulihee Palace, a former vacation home of the Hawaiian Royal Family, and Ahu’ena Heiau, the well-restored personal temple of King Kamehemeha the Great. This area is also known for growing the famous Kona coffee, one of the most sought-after coffees in the world.

Day 10 Kona–Maui

This morning, fly to Maui, the “Valley Island.” On arrival, sightseeing begins with a visit to the ‘IAO VALLEY, the “Yosemite of the Pacific,” to view the ‘lao Needle. Then, head through lush farm country and along the shoreline via Maalaea Boat Harbor to Lahaina, once a whaling center and capital of the Hawaiian monarchy. Free time to explore this colorful town.

Day 11 Maui

A full day at leisure to enjoy Maui’s splendid beaches or to relax by the pool at the hotel. A variety of optional outings includes the Road to Hana, one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives, with 54 bridges and many waterfalls. You may want to take in the Maui Ocean Center, a state-of-the-art aquarium and marine park that showcases indigenous marine life. From January to mid-April, whale watching is offered.

Day 12 Maui. Visit to Haleakala National Park

This morning is dedicated to HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, the volcano known to islanders as the “House of the Sun,” and its vast Haleakala Crater. The parkland is located in a setting of stunning natural beauty, ranging from a landscape of cinder cones to dense rainforest. Return to Ka`anapali in the early afternoon, with the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 13 Maui

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Kahului International Airport on Maui are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the Valley Island further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 

Map

Highlights

 

Sightseeing:
In Honolulu, Kauai, Hawaii, Maui; visits to Pearl Harbor, Waimea Canyon, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kona, `Iao Valley, Lahaina, and Haleakala National Park. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Lookout, Poipu Beach, Hanapepe Valley, and Kona coastline.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires client’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, date of birth, gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

Pricing

 

Departure Date Return Date Land Tour Price Intra-vacation flight price
Guaranteed 05-Mar-2015 17-Mar-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
19-Mar-2015 31-Mar-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
26-Mar-2015 07-Apr-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
Guaranteed 16-Apr-2015 28-Apr-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
23-Apr-2015 05-May-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
14-May-2015 26-May-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
Guaranteed 18-Jun-2015 30-Jun-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
02-Jul-2015 14-Jul-2015 $2,359.00 $363.00
20-Aug-2015 01-Sep-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
Guaranteed 03-Sep-2015 15-Sep-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
10-Sep-2015 22-Sep-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
Guaranteed 24-Sep-2015 06-Oct-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
01-Oct-2015 13-Oct-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
15-Oct-2015 27-Oct-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
05-Nov-2015 17-Nov-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
26-Nov-2015 08-Dec-2015 $2,299.00 $363.00
21-Jan-2016 02-Feb-2016 $2,469.00 $363.00
04-Feb-2016 16-Feb-2016 $2,469.00 $363.00
18-Feb-2016 01-Mar-2016 $2,469.00 $363.00
03-Mar-2016 15-Mar-2016 $2,399.00 $363.00
31-Mar-2016 12-Apr-2016 $2,399.00 $363.00

 

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