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Hawaii Four-Island Tour

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Volcanoes
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Black Sand Beach
USS Arizona Memorial
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From $1549

13 Days

Passport Required

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2014 Hawaii Four-Island Tour

Tour Starts: Honolulu, HI

Tour Ends: Kona, HI

Day 1

Fly to Hawaii:

Guests arriving in Honolulu who have made their flight arrangements with YMT Vacations, please meet your YMT representative in the baggage claim area for a warm Aloha welcome with a beautiful flower lei, and transfer to the hotel. Guests who made their own flight arrangements should make their own way to the hotel.

Hotel: Ohana East, Waikiki*

Day 2

Oahu:

This morning meet your fellow travelers at the Guest Welcome meeting in the hotel, where your Tour Director will tell you all you need to know about the arrangements and plans for the days ahead. After the Guest Welcome, we take the included Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tour. We head first to Pearl Harbor where we take a Navy launch out to the USS Arizona Memorial to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who lost their lives on December 7th 1941. You’ll have time to explore the visitor center, view the 23 minute film and view the exhibits in museums before we head off to see the sights of Honolulu. Next stop is Pali lookout, for stunning views overlooking the entire windward coastline of Oahu and once the scene of the greatest battle victory by King Kamehameha. Set in a real dormant volcano, we also visit Punchbowl Crater where we take a slow drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific before continuing onto downtown Honolulu. Here you’ll see the State Capitol and Iolani Palace, which you may recognize as the Police HQ in the new Hawaii Five-0 TV show, but in reality was the residence of the last Queen of Hawaii. Finally a drive through China Town and view King Kamehameha’s statue before returning to Waikiki.

Hotel: Ohana East, Waikiki*

Day 3

Oahu:

Leisure day - Enjoy another day in Paradise form your centrally located Waikiki hotel, where you are perfectly positioned just a few minutes’ walk from famous Waikiki Beach and the shopping on Kalakaua Avenue. Over the next couple of days your Tour Director will be organizing a variety of optional tours throughout your stay and here on Oahu, from Legends in Concert, to the spectacular Illusions of Polynesia, to the diversity, history and tradition of the Polynesian Cultural Center, you have plenty of choice, daytime and evening.

Hotel: Ohana East, Waikiki*

Day 4

Oahu:

Leisure day - during your stay in Waikiki, why not visit the Hawaii Army Museum, a museum that tells the military story of Hawaii, from ancient times to the Gulf War and the War in Iraq, admission is free.

Hotel: Ohana East, Waikiki*

Day 5

Kauai:

This morning we fly to Kauai. This tropical island paradise is known as the “Garden Isle” because of its daily rainbows, lush forests, majestic mountains and emerald valleys. Upon arrival we visit the magnificent Opaekaa Falls before heading to the Wailua River Marina, from where we will take a leisurely boat cruise along the beautiful Wailua River to the amazingly tropical and romantic Fern Grotto. We arrive at our hotel early afternoon.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Coconut Kauai*

Day 6

Kauai:

Leisure day - It’s no wonder that an impressive list of Hollywood productions have used this emerald island as a setting, including Jurassic Park, South Pacific, and Fantasy Island. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and it is here that you will find tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Coconut Kauai*

Day 7

Kauai:

Leisure day – If ever there is a place to have an experience of a lifetime its here on Kauai by taking a spectacular optional helicopter sightseeing flight, where you’ll circle the entire island, see spectacular scenery, waterfalls and stunning Napali coastline.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Coconut Kauai*

Day 8

Maui:

This morning we fly to the island of Maui, known as the Valley Isle. Upon arrival, our sightseeing tour includes a visit tothe stunning Iao Valley where spectacular waterfalls and lush tropical foliage surround the Iao Needle, a rock formation rising over 2,000 feet from the valley floor. We stop at the Iao Needle Lookout Trail, a paved loop trail through an ethnobotanical garden adjacent to Iao stream with a scenic viewpoint of the Needle (trail involves steep steps and is at guests’ discretion). You’ll also get the opportunity to explore the small town of Lahaina, the picturesque old whaling capital of the Pacific, which looks much today as it did at the turn of the century. We arrive at our beachfront hotel in the resort of Kaanapali in the afternoon.

Hotel: Kaanapali Beach Hotel*

Day 9

Maui:

Leisure day - Kaanapali is one of the best beaches in Hawaii and between the months of December and April you’ll see whales swimming just off shore – an amazing sight.

Hotel: Kaanapali Beach Hotel*

Day 10

Hawaii (Big Island):

This morning we fly to Hilo on the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island). Upon arrival in Hilo, once off the plane it’s straight out to the waiting motor coach to depart on a sightseeing tour. Today we travel across the island of a full day tour from Hilo en route to Kona. First, we make two short stops at a Macadamia nut factory and an orchid nursery, both important exports from Hawaii, before we head off for the main event and one of the highlights on the whole tour. You will ascend the rugged countryside to Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you’ll see a real, smoking and steaming volcano as you look out across the Kilauea Caldera, within which lies the Halemaumau Crater. It’s here that we also visit the Jaggar Museum and visitor center to learn all about the geology and history of the volcano. Next we’ll make a short stop to take a walk through Thurston’s Lava Tube (involves steps and uneven ground) and before we leave the park and head for Kona there is the chance to view the expanse that is Kilauea Crater and its steam vents. We then depart to Punaluu black sand volcanic beach. After a lunch stop we start our journey across the island arriving in Kona late afternoon.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel*

Day 11

Hawaii (Big Island):

Leisure day - nearing the end of your stay in Hawaii, today, you can relax by the beach or stroll along the bay to explore the quaint waterfront old town of Kona, complete with shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes - a perfect way to spend your final full day in Kona.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel*

Day 12

Hawaii (Big Island):

Leisure day – enjoy the hotel amenities relaxed pace of this sleepy town on your last full day. This evening you may choose to join your new friends at the optional farewell event – The King Kamehameha Feast.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel*

Day 13

Depart for Home:

Say farewell to your Tour Director and new friends. Transfer to Kona airport for your journey home. Please note: Due to several factors, including the need to route from Kona to Honolulu at the end of the tour, the available flight times for the Mainland, and the time zone changes, guests should expect to arrive to their final destination the next day.

 

Note: If you are arranging your own flights to Hawaii, you must arrange your arrival flight to Honolulu airport and your departure flight from Kona airport on the island of Hawaii.

 

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