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Duration: 12 days Visiting: Hawaii
Hawaii’s traditional greeting, Aloha, signifies love and compassion for others and nature. Experience the magic of this tropical island and meet its gentle people, as you celebrate local traditions and discover lush rain forests, majestic waterfalls and palm-fringed beaches.
On select Chairman’s Collection departure dates meet Michael Lofaro, chef de cuisine at the prized Humuhumunukunukuaoua’a, and cultural expert Kainoa Horcajo, a renowned Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Emmy winning Television personality, TEDxMaui Host and next generation Maui Maverick Leader. Start the day with a traditional sunrise ceremony, before visiting sites of cultural significance with Kainoa. In the evening enjoy a unique experience with food inspired by, fished and gathered according to the Hawaiian moon calendar. Both Kainoa and Michael will play a part in sourcing and creating your dinner.
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Aloha Honolulu and Waikiki.
You will be greeted with a smile and a traditional flower lei before being transferred to your elegant oceanfront resort. Your room will offer fantastic views of Waikiki Beach and the ocean from your balcony. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine. The Azure restaurant, adjacent to the famous Mai Tai Bar, is known for its daily fresh seafood brought together by Chef Shaymus Alwin.
Oahu Island Sightseeing.
Take an exclusive, local historian-guided tour of Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States. Next, explore downtown Honolulu viewing the Hawaii State Capitol, Washington Place, and the King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale. A picturesque journey along the East Oahu shoreline provides views of Hanauma Bay and its crystal clear waters, the Halona Blowhole, and the slopes of Diamond Head.
As the sun sets over the Pacific, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with drinks and entertainment from storytellers, musicians and dancers of the Aha'aina Luau.
Pearl Harbor and Leisure Time.
Begin the day at historic Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona, honouring the military personnel killed in the 1941 surprise attack. Later, enjoy a scenic drive into the volcanic crater known as Punchbowl, home to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening, your Highlight Dinner with wine is at the award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki, best known for his eclectic blend of Californian-French-Japanese traditions and fresh ingredients from the islands.
The Big Island of Hawaii.
In the morning, fly to the Big Island to discover Kailua-Kona, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Discover the history of coffee at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and learn the story of the 1900s local coffee farmers. The evening is at leisure so ask your Travelling Concierge for some tips or enjoy the spa facilities at your hotel. These include a Vichy shower, natural lava saunas, a meditation pavilion and a fragrance garden.
Leisure Time on Hawaii.
The day is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps try your hand at a round of golf, lounge on the beach, read by the pool, or take a helicopter flight above rainforests and an active volcano?
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo to Maui.
Discover the beauty of the volcanic landscape en route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Walk where lava once flowed in the Thurston Lava Tube and view the world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as the active volcano, Kilauea. Visit the Jaggar Museum featuring exhibits of Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian Deity of Volcanoes, before lunch at the Kilauea Lodge. Fly from Hilo to Maui, your home for the next three days.
Your Choice Maui Activities.
Explore Maui Your Way, the choice is yours. Perhaps have a day of snorkelling off the coral reefs, take a whale watching cruise (seasonal) or travel the Road to Hana? Your Travelling Concierge is available to make all the arrangements. The evening is yours to enjoy at the resort.
Maui at Leisure.
The day is at leisure for you to indulge in the pleasures of your resort. Maybe make it a spa day or soak up the warm tropical sunshine on the beach? With so many options available at the resort, your Travelling Concierge will assist in planning the perfect day for you.
In the evening, join your fellow travellers at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant for a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, featuring Maui's Chef of the Year, Michael Lofaro.
Take a private transfer to Kahului Airport and depart for the lush garden isle of Kauai where upon arrival, you will be transferred through the eucalyptus ‘Tree Tunnel' en route to the beaches of Poipu. The evening is free to settle in and enjoy the resort's amenities.
Waimea Canyon and Local Island Life
In the morning, travel to the immense Waimea Canyon and marvel at its vibrant colours, resplendent in the changing island light. You will be accompanied by Aletha Kaohi, a local to Kauai and speaker of the Kauai Presence. Aletha will share what it is to be part of the Kauai community. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure among the sparkling waters and scented puakenikeni of your resort.
Kauai at Leisure.
The day is free for you to explore and take in the local sights. Perhaps take a helicopter flight over hidden waterfalls, pristine blue waters and Mana Waiapuna.
In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for contemporary Hawaiian cuisine and wine, served amongst the open-air thatched huts, waterfalls and koi-filled lagoons of Tidepools Restaurant at your Farewell Celebration Dinner.
A Hui Hou Hawaii.
After breakfast overlooking the Pacific, you will be transferred to Lihue Airport.
Waikiki, Oahu (Resort) - USA
Relax in Luxury Gold style within your oceanview Room at the Mailani Tower at the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast (Beachfront Wing Rooms).
Wailea, Maui (Resort) - USA
Immerse yourself in idyllic luxury in your Ocean View Room at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.
Our guests rate us
1011 independent user reviews received during the past year.
06 October, 2018
Trip: Everything was top of the line and the Hotel/Resorts were beautiful with impeccable service!
Service: Our Traveling Concierge, Julie Bass, was exceptional and was a true expert and highly organized. She made the trip fun! Scenery and accommodations were out of this world.
06 October, 2018
Trip: Most of the trip was great but some details could have been handled better.
Service: Better pre-planning of available excursions. Improve pre trip communication.
04 October, 2018
Trip: Lots of fun plenty of delicious fo
Service: Our guide was very thorough and ver informative
11 May, 2018
Trip: In general, we enjoyed the balance of excursions and free time except in Maui because there was so much more to have been seen. The Road to Hana was a choice which took a full day (and was discouraged ) but we could have used the bus to have seen more of the island locally. There was too much free time on Kauai as well. I’m sure we were given the time so that we could experience the resort however for the age group that Luxury Gold attracts, a little pool time goes a long way.
Service: Luxury Gold holidays always go beyond the expectation. The hotels are amazing and the restaurant experiences are such a treat. In a short period of time we experienced far more than we ever could have if we had been travelling by our selves. We had the lovely choice of doing things as a couple or being with others of the group. Lovely balance.
10 May, 2018
Trip: My husband and I thought that the night flight to Maui was too late in the day. We would have preferred to get there earlier. Also would have really preferred to have a 3 night stay in Maui and only 2 nights in Kauai. This could be accomplished by rearranging the order of the islands. Also have more entrée choices for included dinners. The Canoe Restaurant was excellent as was Roy's. Group dinner at Humu's and Tidepools was very bland and not even3 stars.
Service: Tour guide (Julie Bass) was very clear and personable.
01 May, 2018
Trip: The excursions were fantastic. Enough to see the sights but still have some downtime.
Service: The tour director was amazing. The daily outings and optional experiences were fantastic. The resorts on Oahu and Maui were spectacular. Insight took care of everything. It was an amazing vacation.
29 April, 2018
Trip: Well organized and well done. Accommodations were fantastic. Learned a lot about Hawaiian history and culture on the four islands we visited. I would recommend this for anyone visiting the islands for the first time.
Service: Julie was on top of everything throughout the tour ensuring we were enjoying the tour and addressing any issues or concerns that surfaced. Her knowledge of history and culture of Hawaii was helpful and evident throughout the tour. The hotels we stayed at were excellent. Each resort we stayed at was better than the previous one.