Hawaiian Islands + San Francisco
A warm 'Aloha' welcome awaits you on the lovely islands of Hawaii, with their famously idyllic beaches and beautiful scenery.
After your tour why not extend your stay with 3 extra nights in San Francisco?
Fly to Honolulu where you will transfer to your hotel in Waikiki for 4-nights.
After a morning briefing with the Tour Director, the rest of the day will be at leisure. There will be plenty of suggestions to fill the day and familiarise yourselves with Waikiki Beach and it's surroundings.
Begin the day with a visit to Pearl Harbor, site of the dramatic Japanese air attack in 1941, which drew the USA into World War II. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial, a moving tribute to the 1,102 men who died when the ship was sunk by Japanese bombs. Continue to downtown Honolulu for a city tour featuring Punchbowl National Cemetery, Chinatown, the Royal Iolani Palace and Kamehameha's Statue. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore further or relax.
Waikiki offers a wide variety of activities to choose from, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling and sailing. Why not join the Oahu Grand Circle Island tour? Major sights include Hanauma Bay, Kualoa Ranch, the Dole Plantation, Pali Lookout and Boydo-In Temple.
This morning depart for Hilo and the 'Big Island' of Hawaii with its spectacular scenery, including 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.
The following 2 days are free to explore the charming and historic town of Kailua-Kona. Optional activities include a snorkelling cruise to the 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 optional afternoon excursion to the summit of Mauna Kea Crater (13,796 ft) to view the sunset, and then visit the Ellison Onizuka Visitor Centre (9,200 ft) to stargaze in the evening.
Today is at leisure 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 Kamehameha the Great. This area is also known for growing the famous Kona Coffee, one of the most sought-after coffees in the world.
This morning transfer to Kona International airport for the scenic flight to the 'Garden Isle' of Kauai. Then drive along the southern shore via Poipu Beach to Waimea. Sightseeing highlights include the 10 miles long, 3,400 ft deep Waimea Canyon, known as the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific', the lush, fertile Hanapepe Valley and a photo stop at Spouting Horn, a dramatic blowhole. The next 2 nights are in Kapaa.
Kauai boasts glittering waterfalls, towering sea cliffs and rugged mountains. Why not join an optional excursion including a trip to Hanalei Bay, the setting for many Hollywood films such as South Pacific? Other activities include helicopter 'flightseeing' over the spectacular Na Pali coastline. Tonight attend one of Hawaii's best Luaus, including dinner and a captivating revue of dancers and musicians.
This morning fly to Maui, the 'Valley Island'. Then travel through lush rural countryside and along the shoreline via Maalaea Boat Harbor to Lahaina, once a whaling centre and capital of the Hawaiian monarchy. There will be time to explore this colourful town before heading to the charming resort area of Kaanapali.
A day at leisure to enjoy Maui's splendid beaches, play golf or pop into Whaler's Village for a bit of shopping. Alternatively, why not venture onto the 'Road to Hana', one of the world's most spectacular drives with its hundreds of curves, 54 bridges and countless waterfalls?
Half a day's outing is dedicated to a visit to Haleakala National Park, site of the huge volcanic Haleakala Crater, known to the islanders as the 'House of the Sun'. The stunningly beautiful scenery ranges from cinder cones to dense rainforest and in 1980 this fragile native ecosystem was designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Transfer to Maui Airport for your flight to San Francisco. On arrival transfer to your San Francisco hotel for the next three nights.
Two days to discover the sights of San Francisco. There is plenty to see and do including the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill and the infamous Alcatraz. Wander the crowded streets of Chinatown, a city within a city; head to Fisherman's Wharf to explore this colourful waterfront jammed with tempting seafood restaurants, cafes and souvenir stands.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.