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  • Oahu
  • Kauai
  • Maui
  • Big Island

Hawaii is not just a travel destination, it is a rendez-vous with the best nature has in store, with culture too and obviously discovery. Right from the start you may repeat catchy phrases such as "aloha" (hello), "mahalo" (thank you) and "my kai" (to the ocean) as if you have always lived here. So hop from one island to the next island as the scenes unveil themselves the Hawaiian way while you 'hang loose' .

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 & 3 - Oahu

Enjoy a two days off to discover the 3rd largest island of Hawaii. Relax on one of the 125 beaches of which Waikiki is obviously the best known. Or, book a day trip and walk in the tracks of a local as you witness the highlights of the island.

Standard Hotel:  Ohana Waikiki East (Waikiki View Room)
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Day 4 - 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 5 & 6 - Kauai

This green isle abounds with wealth and diversity of natural scenes and you have 2 full days to visit everything. So get going! Discover the impressive Waimea Canyon, probably as impressive as the Grand Canyon, visit the tropical Na Pali Coast and hike to the Wailua Falls. Bet you won't know what to visit first.

Standard Hotel:  Aqua Kauai Beach Resort (Mountain/Garden Room)
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Day 7 - Kauai > Maui

In the morning you return your rental car at the airport. A short domestic flight will take you to Maui. Once there you pick up your new rental car and drive to your hotel. Find a spot on the attractive beach and go with the flow.

Standard Hotel:  Kaanapali Beach Hotel (Garden View room)
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Day 8 & 9 - Maui

The second largest island of the archipelago has plenty of have-to-see highlights. The Haleakala National Park and its desolate crater landscape for one or the magnificent golden beaches of  Keawakapu and Ma'alaea not yet overrun by tourists.  And why not consider a day trip by boat to the Molokini crater for an unforgettable snorkel or diving trip?

Standard Hotel:  Kaanapali Beach Hotel (Garden View room)
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Day 10 - Maui > Big Island

In the morning you drop off your rental car at the airport again. A short domestic flight takes you to your next destination: the Big Island. Ready to pick up your new car rental and start your exploration right away?. The Big island; its name couldn't be 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. Or whatever you would like to see to your heart's content.

Standard Hotel:  Royal Kona Resort (standard room)
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Day 11 & 12 - Big Island

Days off to do anything that make you feel excited.

Standard Hotel:  Royal Kona Resort (standard room)
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Day 13 - Big Island

End of this fascinating and stunning island hopping tour. After you hand in your car at the airport you travel 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 = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)

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?

  • 12 nights' accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • E-roadbook
  • Return transfers Honolulu airport – hotel
  • 3 x 72h car rental on Kauai, Maui & Big Island
  • Domestic flights between Honolulu – Lihue & Lihue - Maui & Maui - 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 Season holidays are on request. Domestic flights in promo class at surcharge.

Standard Price per person


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