Globus has seven Hawaii itineraries ranging from 7 to 13 days, including an escorted cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America. Perillo Tours offers a 7-day two-islander tour to Oahu and Maui and a 10-day three-islander tour to Oahu, Maui and Kauai. Tauck Travel and Trafalgar offer several land-based Hawaii itineraries with plenty of free time to explore the Islands. If you want to stay longer, YMT Vacations has a 15-day, four-island tour.
Atlas Cruises & Tours sells more than a dozen Hawaii trips ranging from 7 to 12 nights, operated by various guided-tour companies including Globus, Tauck, and Trafalgar.
Atlas Cruises & Tours. For customized travel experiences, this established and experienced agency works with many tour companies—like Globus, Tauck, Trafalgar—to create personalized vacations. They offer more than a dozen Hawaii trips, ranging from 7 to 12 nights. 800/942–3301. www.atlastravelweb.com.
Globus. This agency has seven Hawaii itineraries ranging from 10 to 13 days, including an escorted cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America. 866/755–8581. www.globusjourneys.com.
Perillo Tours. This agency has been offering tours to Hawaii for decades and boasts knowledgeable planners and guides. Choose from fully escorted seven- and ten-day tours to two or three Islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai) with the option of adding the Big Island for additional nights. 800/431–1515. www.perillotours.com.
Tauck Travel. "The Best of Hawaii" is the name of this experienced company's 12-day tour of the four major islands. Highlights include a gourmet cooking class on Maui, private catamaran sale on the Big Island, and cocktails and dinner at Iolani Palace in Honolulu. 800/788–7885. www.tauck.com.
Trafalgar. The four different itineraries offered by this company range from the 8-day Hawaiian Explorer to the 13-day Hawaii Four Island Adventure; they all offer an insider's view of local culture. In addition to first-class accommodations and transportation, the tours come complete with a professional travel director and, in some cases, local guides. 866/544–4434. www.trafalgar.com.
YMT Vacations. Billing itself the best choice in affordable travel, YMT offers three all-inclusive vacation packages: a 12-day, four-island tour; a 13-day, four-island agricultural tour; and a Hawaiian Islands cruise and tour. 888/922–9000 Ext. (PST), 800/736–7300 Ext. (EST), or 800/888–8204 Ext. (EST). www.ymtvacations.com.
There are more than 150 species of birds that live in the Hawaiian Islands. Field Guides has a three-island (Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island), 11-day guided bird-watching trip that focuses on endemic land birds and specialty seabirds. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours offers two eight-night birding trips to the Islands: "Kauai and Hawaii in March" and "Fall Hawaii" to Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. The guide for both tours is Bob Sundstrom, who has been leading birding tours in Hawaii and other destinations since 1989.
Field Guides. Experienced guides take small groups of bird-watching enthusiasts on ten-day, three islands expeditions (Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island). The focus is on locating birds endemic to Hawaii as well as specialty seabirds. 800/728–4953 or 512/263–7295. www.fieldguides.com.
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. Small-group birding tours are offered every fall and spring by this well-established company. Tours cover three islands (Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island) in nine days, focusing on native habitats that are off the beaten path. 800/328–8368 or 512/328–5221. www.ventbird.com.
Road Scholar—formerly Elderhostel—offers several guided Hawaii tours for older adults that provide fascinating in-depth looks into the culture, history, and beauty of the Islands. "Tall Ship Sail Training: Sailing the Hawaiian Islands" is a six-night sailing adventure aboard a 96-foot, three-mast schooner; the 11-night "Paradise Adventure from Mountains to Sea" tour includes everything from river kayaking and hiking to surfing; and the nine-night "Snorkeling Hawaii's Spectacular Marine Environments" tour lets you immerse yourself in Hawaii's fascinating marine life.
Road Scholar. With 18 different tours of the Hawaiian Islands, Road Scholar (educational adventures created by Elderhostel) offers more than a dozen different guided tours of the Hawaiian Islands for older adults (and some intergenerational programs). Each provides in-depth looks into the culture, history, and beauty of the Islands. The eight-night “Best of Oahu and Maui” tour highlights historic sites and museums; the six-night “Molokai the Friendly Isle Is a Classroom” tour includes fishing, crafts, and a trip to Kalaupapa Peninsula; the nine-night “Snorkeling Hawaii’s Spectacular Marine Environments” tour lets you immerse yourself in Hawaii’s fascinating marine life; and the “Tropical Splendor” tour offers a cruise through the islands. For those with time to spare, there’s also a 31-night tour that includes the islands of French Polynesia. 800/454–5768. www.roadscholar.org.
"Hawaii Three Island Hiker" is a seven-night hiking tour to Kauai, the Big Island, and Maui offered by The World Outdoors, which has been organizing and leading adventure trips around the world for more than 20 years.
The World Outdoors. Designed for nature lovers, this company offers a six-day hiking tour of Maui and Kauai. In addition to moderately easy hikes, there's time built in for snorkeling and enjoying the beach, too. 800/488–8483. www.theworldoutdoors.com.
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