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The Hawaiian Islands | Kauai

The lush landscape of Kauai has led to it being called the ‘Garden Isle’, but it is also referred to as the ‘Island of Discovery’, and with good reason. A land of stunning natural contrasts, just waiting to be explored. Soaring emerald green mountains, sparkling rivers, canyons and caves, verdant tropical rainforests, a breathtaking coastline and secluded white sand beaches combine to make this magical place one of the world’s most relaxing locations.

Kauai has enough to keep you busy for weeks but if you had to do everything in one day, here's how we would suggest you spend your time to see the very best of this specatucal island.

Head fo the North Shore and the fame Napali Coast, exposed to the trade winds and big waves. Make sure you have your camera with you.......the views are simply intoxicating.

A little further ahead is authentic old-time Hawaii in the form of charming little town of Hanalei. From the end of Hanalei Pier the mountains form a stunning backdrop on three sides, complete with rainforests, waterfalls, the mist hanging along the mountaintops and everywhere, rainbows.

Most of the major resorts are located on the south side of the island along with many of the best beaches, golf courses and many activities. Drive south from the airport in Lihue towards the Poipu area, through the 'Tree Tunnel', into historic Old Koloa Town. Venture further along the south shore and spend time enjoying the exotic gardens and sweeping views of Kukuiolono Park.

A few miles further down the road is the Hanapepe Lookout with fabulous views of the valley and the Hanapepe River.

Waimea should be your next stop - the gateway to Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and Koke's State Park. The Canyon is one of the most famous natural features of the islands......over a mile wide, 10 miles long and almost a mile deep, its many scenic lookouts provide some of the most breathtaking views in the islands. Kauai offers visitors a vast range of recreational activities, from scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, gardens, cultural exhibits and attractions and of course magnificent sightseeing.

 

The Best of Hawaii


16 Days/15 Nights

Begins in Honolulu and ends in Kona, with stopovers in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Departures 

Year round

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
• 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation (days 4-14)
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 3-13)

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Fairmont, located on prestigious Nob Hill. 
Hotel: Fairmont San Francisco

DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO 

Today is yours to explore this fabulously enchanting city. There are a myriad of attractions to enjoy, but be sure to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Alcatraz and Union Sqaure.
Hotel: Fairmont San Francisco

DAY 3 OAHU

Depart San Francisco on your chosen flight to Hawaii. Upon arrival, transfer to The Royal Hawaiian, your base for the next three nights. This evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian
Dinner included

DAY 4 OAHU

This morning starts with a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Next you’ll journey into downtown Honolulu for more sightseeing. Tonight, attend a private welcome reception and dinner at historic Iolani Palace.
Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 5 OAHU

Today’s tour takes you from the south of Oahu to the scenic windward side, where you’ll visit Halona Blow Hole. Back in Waikiki, a local  will give a short talk before taking an outrigger canoe ride
Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian
Breakfast included

DAY 6 KAUAI

Leaving Oahu, you’ll fly to Kauai and enjoy a marvellous lunch overlooking Hanalei Bay. After lunch, your journey includes stops at 40ft Opaekaa Falls and Spouting Horn and you’ll pass through the Tunnel of Trees. 
Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 7 KAUAI 

The Grand Hyatt Kauai is a luxurious resort so you may choose to spend your morning relaxing by the pool. Alternatively, you have the option of soaring above the island on a helicopter adventure. This afternoon, enjoy an interpretive talk on the unique ecology of the Pacific Ocean Islands.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 8 MAUI

Your short flight today takes you to the ‘Valley Island’ of Maui. Sweeping towards the old whaling town of Lahaina, you’ll have the opportunity to see Iao Needle and see the islands sugar cane fields.
Hotel: The Fairmont Kea Lani
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 9 MAUI

Today’s highlight is a visit to an award-winning restaurant for an interactive cooking experience, where you’ll discover the secrets of authentic island cuisine. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps spend some time at the beach or head off to explore more of the island.
Hotel: The Fairmont Kea Lani
Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 10 MAUI

This morning travel through lunar landscapes to the summit of Mount Haleakala, known as Maui’s House of the Sun. This is a sacred site revered for its spiritual energy and formidable crater. This evening indulge in a feast of Hawaiian food whilst enjoying a traditional ‘luau’.
Hotel: The Fairmont Kea Lani
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 11 BIG ISLAND

Today you fly to your final Hawaiian island, the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a geologic wonder of craters and lava tubes, before enjoying a sumptous lunch.
Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 12 BIG ISLAND

Today is at your own pace, so you are free to do as much or as little as you wish! You can play a round of golf, be pampered at the spa, scuba dive the crystal waters or take the optional helicopter flight for a birds’ eye view of the island. This evening you are treated to a sunset catamaran cruise along the Kohala Coast.
Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid
Breakfast included

DAY 13 BIG ISLAND

Hawaiian traditions come to life during a tour of the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Your visit here brings the story of Hawaii's coffee pioneers to life. Then it's on to the Painted Church before visiting the charming seaside village of Kailua-Kona.This is the last evening with your tour group, so you'll enjoy a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.
Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 14 LOS ANGELES

Perhaps spend your last morning by the pool before making your way to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. On arrival, transfer independently to the Mr. C Beverly Hills, located in the wonderful Beverly Hills area of the city.
Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills
Breakfast included

DAY 15 LOS ANGELES

Today is yours to discover why The City of Angels is such a popular destination. From your base in Beverly Hills, Hollywood’s famous sites including Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Sunset Drive and the Kodak Centre, are all within easy reach. No visit to Los Angeles would be complete without taking a walk along Rodeo Drive or seeing the famous Hollywood sign.
Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

DAY 16 JOURNEY HOME

Time for some last minute sightseeing and shopping before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Prices

From £5449 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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