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  • Oahu
  • Kauai
  • Big Island

This 8-day island hopping is your ideal beach / Hawaii extension after your road trip on mainland USA.

You land in Oahu where you have 2 nights to discover and explore the numerous highlights along legendary Waikiki Beach. Next on your programm eis the green pearl, Kauai, where you stay another two nights and to round off your trip in grace your stay 3 nights on the Big Island.

On Oahu (where a private car is not so handy) the transfers are included, on the 2 other islands your rental car is awaiting for you at arrival.

Individual

Day 1 - Oahu

Aloha! Welcome to paradise. After your long flight you will be welcomed at Honolulu airport in the traditional way with a garland. Next your transfer takes you to your hotel.

Standard Hotel:  Ohana Waikiki East (Waikiki View Room)
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Day 2 - Oahu

Enjoy a full day's discovering the 3rd largest island of the archipelago. Relax on one of the 125 beaches, of which Waikiki is obviously the best known. Or, book a day trip to discover the highlights of the island with a local guide.

Standard Hotel:  Ohana Waikiki East (Waikiki View Room)
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Day 3 - Oahu > Kauai

This morning you transfer to the airport and hop on a short domestic flight to the next island, Kauai. Once there, you pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel. Relax at your hotel or go explore right away...

Standard Hotel:  Aqua Kauai Beach Resort (Mountain/Garden Room)
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Day 4 - Kauai

Day off. 
Standard Hotel:  Aqua Kauai Beach Resort (Mountain/Garden Room)
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Day 5 - Kauai > Big Island

This morning you return your rental car at the airport. A short domestic flight will take you to the Big Island next. Once there you pick up your latest rental car and you start your exploration right away. The Big island; its name couldn't have been better picked. It is by far the largest island of Hawaii with numerous excursion possibilities. Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the south coast, hike to and explore the Akaka Falls State Park and marvel at the black sandy beaches of Puna to your heart's content.

Standard Hotel:  Royal Kona Resort (standard room)
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Day 6 & 7 - Big Island

Go explore!

Standard Hotel:  Royal Kona Resort (standard room)
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Day 8 - Big Island

End of this magnificent trip from islands to islands. After returning your car at the airport, you fly to your next destination.

Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The United States span 4 time zones:

  • Eastern (- 6 h)
  • Central (- 7 h)
  • Mountain (- 8 h)
  • Pacific (- 9 h)

Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am.  In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am.  The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)

Payment Methods
  • A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
  • You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.

Climate

Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • E-roadbook
  • Return transfers Honolulu airport – hotel
  • 48h car rental on Kauai
  • 72h car rental on Big Island
  • Domestic flights between Honolulu – Lihue & Lihue – Kona (luggage surcharge not included)

What's not included?

Your international return flight, unlisted meals and beverages as well as personal expenses such as fuel, tips, etc

Good to Know

Prices during Christmas holidays are on request
Domestic flights in promo class at surcharge

Standard Price per person


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