Best of the Hawaiian Islands

Various dates available
Tour Length: 10 Days/9 Nights (G) 

Whether you are looking to renew your spirit, explore historic sights or experience breathtaking natural beauty, this Hawaii tour is sure to delight. Feel the sand under your feet, let the tranquil ocean waves lap against your legs and smell the fresh fragrance of the island flowers. Savor the sumptuous cuisine and just relax as you see the best of the Hawaiian Islands—Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui.

Day One: Arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii

Waikiki smallUpon 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.

Day Two: Honolulu. Excursion to Pearl Harbor

Start the day with a breakfast get-together with your Tour Director to review 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. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Three: 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. (Breakfast)

Day Four: Honolulu–Hilo–Hawaii Volcanoes National Park–Kona

kilauea-iki-crater-2Board a morning flight to the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Upon arrival in Hilo on the east coast, drive to  Hawaii’s Volcano National Park and visit the Jaggar Museum, where you will learn about this active volcano. 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. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day Five: 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, where you have the opportunity to learn to hula, try some traditional Hawaiian specialties like poi, and see captivating performances by Polynesian musicians and dancers. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Six: 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. (Breakfast)

Day Seven: Kona–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. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Eight: Maui

Maui 2Activities abound, and your Tour Director is on hand to help you plan your full free day. Maybe do some swimming and sunbathing at the beach or hotel pool. Another choice is the “Road to Hana,” one of the world’s most impressive drives, with 54 bridges and numerous waterfalls. From mid-December to mid-April, a humpback whale-watching cruise is available. (Breakfast)

Day Nine: Maui. Excursion to Haleakala National Park

The morning is dedicated 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. There’s plenty of time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy your hotel’s facilities and beach. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale to a memorable Hawaiian vacation! (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Ten: Maui

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Transfer to Kahului Airport to connect with your homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Details

Various dates available

Tour Length: 10 Days/9 Nights (G)

Your Package Includes:

  • 9 Nights Accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Dinners
  • Receive a lei of flowers
  • Tour Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor
  • Visit the USS Arizona and Memorial
  • Admission to the Pearl Harbor Museum
  • Visit Punchbowl National Cemetery
  • Free day in Honolulu
  • Flight to the “Big Island”
  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Admission to the Jaggar Museum
  • Sample Hawaiian sweet bread an Punalu’u Bake Shop
  • Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm
  • Attend a luau
  • Free day and Kona
  • Flight to Maui
  • View the ‘Iao Valley and the ‘Iao Needle
  • Visit Lahaina
  • Enjoy a free day in Maui
  • Explore Haleakala National Park
  • Airport transfers
  • Fully escorted by a professional tour director
  • Private motor coach transportation
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per person
  • Taxes and gratuities for the services (NOTE: gratuities for the motor coach driver and tour director have not been included and are at you discretion based on service). 

Note: Notch Above Tours will gladly arrange roundtrip airfare as well as pre or post night accommodations upon request.

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