Hawaiian Dreams

An Escorted Tour Holiday to Hawaii, USA


Day 1 - ARRIVE HONOLULU

Aloha and welcome to the beautiful Hawaiian islands! After being greeted with smiling faces and a traditional flower lei, you will be transferred to your elegant beachfront resort, which has welcomed visitors to Waikiki since 1905. With its expansive pool, stretch of golden beach, luxurious guest rooms and the first and only beach front spa in the area, the Moana Surfrider surely deserves its nickname as the "First Lady of Waikiki." Settle into island time and relax or enjoy a dip in the Pacific or a stroll on the famous beach. Gather at 6 p.m. with your fellow guests and Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and Hawaiian appetizers, known as pupus here on the islands.

Hotel: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Banyan Ocean-view Room (WR)

Day 2 - HONOLULU

Hawaii is known around the world for its great surfing and this morning you will get a chance to meet one of the famous Waikiki beach boys who will "talk story" with you about surfing and share with you their ocean skills storytelling talents and aloha. If you feel adventurous, paddling out and standing up on your big board is optional. The rest of your day is at leisure — perhaps explore the Waikiki International Marketplace and its more than 100 carts, shops and artisan stands. Alternatively, relax at your oceanfront resort, be pampered at the spa, sip cocktails on the verandah, or read a book under an umbrella on the sandy beach or poolside… the choice is yours and the options are nearly endless. (FB)

Day 3 - HONOLULU SIGHTSEEING

Begin your day with a little island history, starting with a private guided tour of Iolani Palace, the former home of Hawaiian royalty — the only official royal residence in the United States. Explore downtown Honolulu and view the current State Capitol, the King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale and Washington Place, the Greek-revival-style palace where Queen Liliuokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

Visit Pearl Harbor and the poignant USS Arizona Memorial. Take a moment to honour the American soldiers who gave their lives during the surprise attack that launched the United States into World War II. Head to Punchbowl National Cemetery and its rolling green hills bursting with flowers. Meet a WWII Veteran and explore this famous site where those who died in the Pacific naval war are buried. This evening watch the sun dip below the horizon as you enjoy elegant ocean-side dining and classic modern cuisine at a Highlight Dinner at the award-winning Beachhouse restaurant at your resort. (FB,HD)

Day 4 - DEPART HONOLULU - MAUI

Soar high above the Pacific and enjoy the island views as you fly to Maui, the Magic Isle. Head for famed Kaanapali Beach, once designated the best beach in the United States. Your home for the next three nights is the luxurious beachfront Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views from your private balcony, the sumptuous cuisine, beautiful pool and a host of activities. This afternoon, choose from three included pastimes: will it be a lesson to learn how to hula dance or play the ukulele, or a visit to the resort''s world-class spa, voted by SpaFinder''s readers as one of the Top 10 New Getaway Spas?

Hotel: The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. Oceanview Studio Villa (FB)

Day 5 - MAUI SIGHTSEEING

Today is a journey for all five senses; tasting, smelling, touching, seeing and hearing, while experiencing the eclectic homegrown specialities of Maui. Follow the little-travelled back roads to explore the island''s unique boutique farms. Take a deep breath — you may think you have been transported to Provence, but what you''re smelling is simply the enticing scent of the royal lavender of Kula at Alii Kula Lavender Farm. Learn how lavender is grown as you tour the farm; then indulge your palate as you sip lavender tea and sample scones baked with lavender. 

At the Surfing Goat Dairy, winner of 16 national awards, try the award-winning goat cheeses; then detour to Kula Country Farms where you''ll learn why Maui''s sweet onions are truly no kaoi — the best. Top off your cornucopia of tasting with a Highlight Lunch served al fresco on the beach at I''0 restaurant, renowned for its contemporary Pacific cuisine. This afternoon, stroll the shops and galleries along Front Street in Lahaina and enjoy an evening at leisure. (FB,HL)

Day 6 - MAUI AT LEISURE

Today is yours to explore further or succumb to the pleasures of your resort. If you''re ready for more adventure, rise before dawn for an optional tour to greet the sunrise from atop a volcano. Perhaps embark on a cruise to spot the migrating humpback whales, breaching and spy hopping (in season) or just relax and enjoy the beach and spa at your luxurious resort overlooking a spectacular stretch of Kaanapali Beach. 

This afternoon, meet with a local naturalist for an enlightening talk about the ever-changing geology and the formation of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Tonight, celebrate Hawaii''s culture and traditions at an authentic Hawaiian Luau Highlight Dinner. Sip tropical cocktails, sample traditional poi and roasted pig, as well as a feast of Hawaiian specialities, and enjoy the lilting Hawaiian songs and hula dances. (FB,HD)

Day 7 - DEPART MAUI - HAWAII

Fly on to the Big Island of Hawaii, arriving in Hilo. Wind your way through rolling volcanic hills and the lush foliage of the "wet side" of the island to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is home to the world''s largest volcano, Mauna Loa, and one of the most active, Kilauea. Visit the Jaggar Museum to learn about the lava flows and explosive beginnings of the Hawaiian Islands. Look down on the Kilauea Caldera and there''s even the chance to walk through the Thurston Lava tube, a massive, hollow chamber formed when lava drained from it some 500 years ago. 

After lunch, travel along the Hamakua shoreline on the Kohala Coast to the spectacular Fairmont Orchid, your home for the next three nights. At this exceptional resort, every detail has been designed to immerse you in the natural beauty and cultured relaxation of the Hawaiian Islands. From your distinctive guest room to the personalised service, striking public spaces and enchanted setting by the sea, you won''t soon forget your stay in lovely Kona. 

This evening, indulge in Hawaiian elegance with a four-course Highlight Dinner with wine at the award-winning Brown''s Beach House Restaurant, the place for the quintessential island fine dining experience located just steps from shore.

Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid, Partial Oceanview room (FB,L,HD)

Day 8 - HAWAII SIGHTSEEING

This morning soak up the atmosphere on a guided walk through coffee and macademia nut orchards, and the only cacao farm in North America that grows, processes and produces chocolate. You''ll be treated to their unique American Estate Grown Chocolate and taste a cup of 100% pure Kona Coffee. Then step back in time at Puuhonua o Honaunau (place of refuge) National Historical Park, a restored religious sanctuary designed to keep stories and traditions of Old Hawaii alive. 

Explore the historic town of Kailua, viewing Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and St Michael''s Church. On the way back to the resort, stop at historic Anna Ranch, beautifully set against the backdrop of Waimea''s lush green hills. Anna Ranch embodies the history of ranching with an emphasis on Hawaiian ranch life in the early 20th Century. Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the restored ranch house and outbuildings, and meet the on-site blacksmith and Master saddle maker and leather crafter who can be seen in action most days. (FB)

Day 9 - HAWAII AT LEISURE

Today is yours to spend as you please, enjoying your resort''s extensive activities with your Fun N Sun Activity Pass which Insight has included for you. If you''re feeling adventurous, don a snorkel and fins to explore the underwater life, guide a kayak through the clear waters, or even learn how to paddle a traditional outrigger canoe. Up for some cultural exploration? Visit the Pacific''s largest field of petroglyphs or practice weaving a coconut-leaf basket.

More interested in the inner journey? Spend some time soothing your soul at the famed Spa Without Walls, which offers beachfront massage and other restorative treatments. Be sure to leave some time to visit the friendly colony of native Hawaiian green sea turtles that bask on the shores each afternoon. Later, enjoy a mixology Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spaclass to learn how to make the perfect Mai Tai, Blue Hawaiian and Pina Colada and get a taste of your favourite concoction! If you''re returning home tomorrow, toast your Tour Director and fellow guests farewell at tonight''s hotel dinner. (FB,D)

Day 10 - ARRIVE KAUAI

Guests opting for the 12-day tour depart Hawaii for the lush garden isle of Kauai. Head north to Princeville, overlooking Hanalei Bay, where movies such as South Pacific, From Here to Eternity, Blue Hawaii, and the Jurassic Park trilogy were shot. Enjoy a highlight lunch on a terrace overlooking the majestic mountains and white sand of the 2-mile long crescent-shaped bay. Heading south, stop at the mountain ringed Opaekaa Falls and the Spouting Horn blowhole, one of Kauai''s most photographed places. 

Drive through the magnificent eucalyptus "Tunnel of Trees" en route to the glorious beaches of Poipu. Your award-winning resort is nestled in one of the prettiest bays in the islands. Sleep, dine and relax in style for the next two nights as you get in tune with the rhythmic wash of waves, the bright sun gilding the sparkling water and scent of the tropical gardenias and pua kenikenis that perfume the manicured grounds. This afternoon, do as the locals do and learn how to make traditional flower leis at an exclusive class led by a master artisan. Suitably attired for dinner on your own tonight, perhaps enjoy some fresh seafood or a nice steak with some of your travelling companions.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Partial Oceanview room (FB,HL)

Day 11 - KAUAI SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

After breakfast, explore immense Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, to marvel at its vibrant colours resplendent in the changing island light. Back at your hotel, the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the lovely beach, pool and spa — for no Hawaiian idyll is complete without some serious relaxation.

On your final night on Kauai, join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a festive Celebration Dinner of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine and wine, served in the unique Hawaiian setting of Tidepools restaurant, with its idyllic open-air hale pili (thatched huts), waterfalls and koi-filled lagoons. Awarded Honolulu Magazine''s prestigious Hale ''Aina award for fine dining in Kauai year after year, you''ll enjoy the tempting combinations inspired by the natural ingredients and rich traditions of Hawaii. (FB,CD)

Day 12 - DEPART HAWAII

After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the Pacific, bid Aloha to the Hawaiian Islands, and take your complimentary transfer to Lihue or linger longer in the islands with additional nights on Kauai. (FB)



To Book This Holiday or find out more call our Travel Specialists on: 01902 798008 or contact us online.



 


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