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C8420 - Alaskan Adventure

C8330 - Ontario & Fresh Canada

C8900 - The Canadian Rockies

C8000 - Niagara Falls & Washington D.C.

C8260 - Hurray for Hollywood!

C8400 - Highlights of Sunny Florida

C8140 - Splendours of the Hawaiian Islands

 

Alaskan Advendure (C8420)

7 Days from Anchorage to Anchorage

Day 1  Sat. ANCHORAGE. Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2  Sun. ANCHORAGE. Journey down the beautiful Turnagain Arm where the mountains rise out of the sea. Keep an eye out for Dall sheep, bald eagles, and beluga whales. Travel into the Chugach National Forest and board your boat for a cruise to the face of Portage Glacier. A National Forest Service interpreter will be on board to explain the wonder of the glaciers. This afternoon and evening are free in Anchorage for independent activities, such as walking on the Coastal Trail, shopping downtown, visiting the art museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, or taking a float plane ride over a glacier.
Day 3  Mon. ANCHORAGE–FAIRBANKS. Travel northeast through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, a lush farming region where cabbages can grow to weigh more than 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight. Up over scenic Tahnita Pass with spectacular vistas of Matanuska Glacier. Travel along Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest park in the United States, and the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, which runs 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. The area boasts glaciers larger than the island of Manhattan and is home to nine of the 16 highest peaks in North America. Along the way, see spectacular scenery, visit a rustic Alaska roadhouse, and hear tales of Alaska long ago. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Day 4  Tue. FAIRBANKS. This morning, take the included cruise down the Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard the sternwheeler riverboat Discovery III. Stop at a re created Athabascan Indian village and learn about their historical way of life in Alaska. Afternoon and evening at leisure in Fairbanks, or you have the option to fly above the Arctic Circle and visit a modern day rural village to experience life in the bush of Alaska.

ARCTIC CIRCLE ADVENTURE
Guided tour (fly to and from the Arctic Circle); a wilderness community; Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate; salmon bake. Fly north through the rugged Brooks Mountain Range, crossing the Arctic Circle, to the amazing arctic tundra. Here, visit a wilderness community and learn about the way of life in this rural area. Return to Fairbanks by air where you will be awarded an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. You will also experience a traditional salmon bake at Pioneer Park during your Arctic Adventure.
Day 5  Wed. FAIRBANKS–DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Breakfast this morning is on board the world famous Alaska Railroad. Ride on the rails from Fairbanks to DENALI NATIONAL PARK. The afternoon and evening are free in Denali for independent activities such as a walk in the park, attending one of the free national park programs, whitewater rafting, Mt. McKinley flightseeing, helicopter landing on the glacier, or the Denali Dinner Theatre.
Day 6  Thu. DENALI NATIONAL PARK. A free day in Denali National Park. Your Tour Director will recommend an array of optional activities including river rafting, helicopter or fixed-wing flightseeing, and hiking.
Day 7  Fri. DENALI–ANCHORAGE. Journey south this morning and stop at the IDITAROD DOGSLED VISITOR CENTER to learn more about this epic race. Continue on into Anchorage where the tour ends at the Anchorage airport. Please schedule homebound flights after 3:30 p.m.

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Ontario & Fresh Canada (C8330)

8 Days from Toronto to Montreal

Day 1  Sat. TORONTO. Welcome to cosmopolitan Toronto, Ontario’s capital and Canada’s largest city. Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2  Sun. TORONTO. VISIT TO NIAGARA FALLS. Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Board the MAID OF THE MIST for a thrilling ride to view the thundering falls. Sightseeing also includes the beautiful Floral Clock. See Toronto’s major landmarks on today’s city tour, including the banking district, City Hall, the CN Tower, the University of Toronto, and ultra-modern SkyDome stadium. This evening, enjoy an optional outing to the top of the CN Tower for a delicious dinner and spectacular views.

Note: The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions. Usually favorable conditions exist from mid-May to late October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
Day 3  Mon. TORONTO–OTTAWA. Leave Ontario’s capital and visit Kingston, a city with an interesting history dating back more than 300 years. We continue to quaint Gananoque and the lovely St. Lawrence Islands National Park, where you’ll enjoy an included SCENIC CRUISE along the St. Lawrence River, past wooded islands with their beautiful summer homes. Drive along the St. Lawrence Islands Parkway with splendid vistas of the St. Lawrence River. Then, we head to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital.
Day 4  Tue. OTTAWA. This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this lovely city, situated pleasantly on the banks of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. See the Canadian Mint; the embassy district; stately Parliament Hill; and Rideau Falls, named for the curtain-like appearance they give the river. Also visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables, a living tribute to Canadian heritage and history. Suggestions for this afternoon include a visit to the magnificent Canadian Museum of Civilization or the array of restaurants and shops at the lively Byward Market.
Day 5  Wed. OTTAWA–QUEBEC CITY. Drive into the French-Canadian province of Quebec, where there is a sudden change in language and tradition. Follow the King’s Highway, tracing this historical route along the north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Late afternoon arrival in historic Quebec City, the heart of French Canada and a World Heritage Site. Tonight, join our optional outing to an old-world French restaurant with time afterward to stroll through historic Old Town and view the Chateau Frontenac at night.
Day 6  Thu. QUEBEC CITY. Tour Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the great turrets of the Chateau Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Quebec was the center of New France and is one of the best-preserved cities in North America. Within the walls reside the Place d’Armes; the Laval Seminary; the star-plan Citadelle, with grand vistas from its bastions; and ancient Place Royale. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River. The afternoon and evening are free, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Day 7  Fri. QUEBEC CITY–MONTREAL. A late morning arrival in sophisticated Montreal, one of the world’s largest French-speaking cities. Major attractions on this afternoon’s tour include once-walled Old Montreal, NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, and modern Montreal.
Day 8  Sat. MONTREAL. The trip ends today, with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to the Montreal Airport are included.

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The Canadian Rockies (C8900)

13 Days from Vancouver to Vancouver

Day 1  Mon. VANCOUVER. Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2  Tue. VANCOUVER. This morning an included city tour shows you STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor and beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Shoppers and browsers can take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes. Or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
Day 3  Wed. VANCOUVER–KELOWNA. This morning, start out through British Columbia’s fertile valleys and rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Travel along the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample the local wines on the included WINERY tour this afternoon.
Day 4  Thu. KELOWNA–KICKING HORSE PASS–BANFF. Motor north through the Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards. Then begin the climb up 4,379-foothigh Rogers Pass in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Take a break at the pass, a perfect spot for photos of the impressively rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enter YOHO NATIONAL PARK and continue over Kicking Horse Pass, peaking at 5,421 feet. By early evening, reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Day 5  Fri. BANFF. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts with activities ranging from skiing in the winter to hiking, boating, and fishing in the summer. With a free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. Tonight, why not take in an optional dinner theater featuring cuisine and entertainment all about Canada?
Day 6  Sat. BANFF–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER. A day of scenic grandeur. First to Lake Louise, its cold turquiose waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the coach scales two mountain passes on the journey northward into JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Another highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD for a snowcoach ride on the 1,000-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. Late this afternoon, your Tour Director suggests an optional raft trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.

Note: Unfavorable weather conditions may affect the availability of the Columbia Icefield snowcoach excursion.
Day 7  Sun. JASPER. Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake. The balance of the day is free to join one of our guided hikes, shop, or canoe. With free time this evening you might take a walk along the trails and watch for elk.
Day 8  Mon. JASPER–MOUNT ROBSON–SUN PEAKS. Leave Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet. Continue following the Yellowhead Highway south along the Thompson River—a route pioneered by fur trappers a century ago. Overnight at the mountain resort of Sun Peaks.
Day 9  Tue. SUN PEAKS–LILLOET–WHISTLER. Head south following the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. Via Lilloet—”mile 0 of the gold rush route”—your coach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes with a mid-afternoon arrival in Whistler. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from, such as flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Tonight, wander the many alpine trails or relax in the plaza enjoying the artists and musicians.
Day 10  Wed. WHISTLER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA. Motor along the majestic Sea to Sky highway. Then sail this afternoon across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing today includes the Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Tonight, a stroll along the lovely waterfront might be fun.
Day 11  Thu. VICTORIA. A full free day. Be sure to check out some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, the IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street. Suggestion for this evening is an optional outing that includes a carriage ride through Beacon Hill Park, followed by a delightful dinner at one of Victoria’s waterfront restaurants.
Day 12  Fri. VICTORIA–SWARTZ BAY–VANCOUVER. First stop this morning is world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. At Swartz Bay, board the ferry for the scenic crossing to the mainland for a mid-afternoon arrival. Tonight, your Tour Director will offer recommendations for dinner in this vibrant city.
Day 13  Sat. VANCOUVER. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included.

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Niagara Falls & Washington D.C. (C8000)

7 Days from New York City to New York City

Day 1  Wed. NEW YORK CITY. Welcome to the Big Apple! Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2  Thu. NEW YORK CITY–CORNING–NIAGARA FALLS. Depart Manhattan, heading northwest across New Jersey, through the Pocono Mountains and into upstate New York, arriving in Corning at midday. Late this afternoon, cross the border at Rainbow Bridge and proceed to the Canadian side of the Niagara River in the province of Ontario. Spend the next two nights in beautiful Niagara Falls.

Day 3  Fri. NIAGARA FALLS. On this morning’s sightseeing tour, behold the spectacular falls from Table Rock. Then, board the MAID OF THE MIST for amazing close-ups. Your afternoon is free, so why not hop aboard the People Mover (local transport) and visit attractions such as the Butterfly Conservatory, Great Gorge Adventure, Botanical Gardens, and Niagara Parks Greenhouse or ride the aerial cable car. Tonight, join our optional fun-filled Canadian musical. This entertaining evening includes a five-course dinner served family style.

Note: The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Usually favorable conditions exist from mid-May to late October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Day 4  Sat. NIAGARA FALLS–PHILADELPHIA. Head southeast, through the Appalachian Mountains, along a portion of the winding Susquehanna River, and on to the handsome city of Philadelphia for an overnight stay.

Day 5  Sun. PHILADELPHIA–BALTIMORE WASHINGTON DC AREA. The “City of Brotherly Love” is also the birthplace of American Independence and is therefore steeped in history. Our morning orientation tour focuses on the city’s historic landmarks. Afterward, you will have free time in which you may want to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other sites within Independence National Historic Park. Afterward, head to Baltimore, nicknamed “Charm City.” Time to explore this port city at your leisure. Then it’s on to the U.S. capital and seat of government, Washington DC, for a two-night stay. Later, join the optional outing featuring dinner followed by an illumination tour of the city’s most famous memorials.

Day 6  Mon. WASHINGTON DC AREA. The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure-trove, and your half-day tour features ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, the KOREAN and VIETNAM WAR VETERANS MEMORIALS, and many other well-known sights. Stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. The afternoon is free. Your Tour Director will suggest independent activities to explore this fascinating city.

Day 7  Tue. WASHINGTON DC AREA–NEW YORK CITY. This morning, drive to Newark International Airport for guests with homebound flights. (Please schedule flights after 5:30 p.m.) The trip ends in Manhattan in the late afternoon.

For guests with homebound flights a stop at Newark International Airport is made. For those guests with flights from JFK or LaGuardia you may purchase a transfer pass to these other New York airports for approximately $24 per person. Your Tour Director can assist you in purchasing this pass. Please schedule flights after 7:00 p.m., if returning from JFK or LaGuardia to allow for sufficient travel time and airport security.

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Hurray for Hollywood! (C8260)

11 Days from Las Vegas to San Francisco

Day 1  Mon. LAS VEGAS. Welcome to exciting Las Vegas also known as “Sin City!” Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Cosmos Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2  Tue. LAS VEGAS. Ever since the notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel in 1946, people have traveled to Las Vegas attracted by the bright lights and vibrant casinos. The city has come to life in movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Viva Las Vegas, and Diamonds are Forever, not to mention the hit TV series CSI. Our included tour will give you the history of this exciting city and the lowdown on all the stars. You’ll hear the stories of the famous Rat Pack; reclusive Howard Hughes, who lived for years at the Desert Inn; see the spot of the original Aladdin Hotel, where Elvis and Priscilla were married; revitalized Fremont Street (downtown Las Vegas); and see the Little Church of the West, where such stars as Betty Grable, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Richard Gere were married. Tonight, enjoy a stunning LAS VEGAS SHOW.
Day 3  Wed. LAS VEGAS. The day is yours to relax by the pool or walk the famous “STRIP,” lined with casinos, themed hotels, and shopping plazas. Perhaps pay a visit to the Elvis-a-Rama Museum, voted one of the Vegas top 10 attractions; ride the rollercoaster at New York, New York Hotel; see a shark up close and personal at Mandalay Bay; watch the exciting Sirens pirate show at Treasure Island; see Siegfried and Roy’s white tigers at the Mirage; or be mesmerized by the fantastic fountain show at the Bellagio. In the evening, our optional excursion offers the chance to enjoy a glass of champagne while flying by helicopter over the neon cityscape.
Day 4  Thu. LAS VEGAS–PALM SPRINGS. Today we travel across the desert and arrive in the “oasis” resort of Palm Springs. Hollywood celebrities left the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for this resort town and still flock here today. Our included sightseeing tour will give you an in-depth history of the area and insider information. You’ll see the homes of Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and many more, and your guide will entertain you with an array of fascinating stories of stars past and present. In the evening, perhaps take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up into the San Jacinto Mountains for spectacular views of the city and valley.
Day 5  Fri. PALM SPRINGS–LOS ANGELES. Journey across the Colorado Desert and arrive in “Tinseltown.” First stop is at the KODAK THEATER, where an included tour takes you behind the velvet rope to experience the glamour of the Academy Awards ceremony. Later this afternoon, you’re invited to join the fun as part of a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE. See what happens behind the scenes during the filming of a TV show such as Joey, That ‘70s Show, King of Queens, and Two and a Half Men. This is a unique experience, offering you the opportunity to spend studio time with network stars.
Note: Taping of TV shows is based on availability and production schedules. Although we try our best to accommodate all departures, it may not always be possible to see a live taping. In those instances, we will substitute a visit to the famous and historic Los Angeles FARMERS MARKET, described as “the number one place to spot celebrities.”
Day 6  Sat. LOS ANGELES. This morning, visit fabulous Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and hunt for the homes of your favorite movie stars. Homes may include those owned by Phil Collins, Nicholas Cage, Keanu Reeves, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, and more. You’ll also see former estates of such legends as Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, and Humphrey Bogart. Pass by the well-known Playboy Mansion, cruise Sunset Strip, and drive along the famed Rodeo Drive. Afterward, enjoy more classic sights, including the Hollywood Sign; wander the Walk of Fame; and learn more about the footprints outside Mann’s Chinese Theatre. This afternoon, enter the world of real movie making at the world’s largest working movie studio, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS®. Go behind-the-scenes onto the back lot, and catch an inside glimpse of films currently in production. See the sets of Stephen Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, as well as Jurassic Park and Psycho. There’s something for everyone at Universal Studios.
 
Day 7  Sun. LOS ANGELES. The day is yours to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit the Hollywood History Museum, located in the Old Max Factor Building, where you will find a wide variety of exhibitions revealing treasures from motion pictures, television, and all the entertainment arts. Spend some time exploring an architectural jewel—The Bradbury Building that was the location for the Harrison Ford movie, Blade Runner and The Usual Suspects, starring Kevin Spacey. Or travel to Santa Monica and visit the famous Santa Monica Pier. Dip a toe in the ocean, walk the boardwalk, and make sure to ride on the historic carousel, built in 1916 and used in the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie, The Sting.
Day 8  Mon. LOS ANGELES–SAN SIMEON. This morning, we leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and head north into the rolling hills of California’s majestic Central Coast. Here in the heart of California stands HEARST CASTLE, former home to newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. During its heyday, Hearst threw lavish parties inviting only the “elite” of Hollywood, politics, and sports athletes. Guest lists included Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, and many more. On tour, you’ll see Casa Grande, the main house consisting of 38 bedrooms and 41 baths, and the 18-room guest house known as Casa Del Sol. There’s also time to see the beautiful gardens, featuring marble sculptures and seasonal flowers, as well as the magnificent Neptune and Roman pools.
Day 9  Tue. SAN SIMEON–CARMEL–MONTEREY–SAN FRANCISCO. Continue north with a visit to charming Carmel–by-the-Sea, home to Hollywood celebrity and ex-mayor, Clint Eastwood. Before arriving in San Francisco, we’ll make a stop in Monterey. There’s time to wander Fisherman’s Wharf where scenes from the movie Play Misty for Me were shot, as well as Cannery Row, the setting for Clash by Night, starring Marilyn Monroe. Take in the sights and sounds, photograph the playful sea lions and otters frolicking in the water, or stop by one of the several restaurants offering fresh Monterey Bay seafood. Later this afternoon, arrive in San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” Tonight, join our optional outing to Chinatown, the setting for many of Charlie Chan movies and the Joy Luck Club. Included in this evening’s agenda is a lavish four-course dinner at an authentic Chinese restaurant. Then hop on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars for an unforgettable ride!
Day 10  Wed. SAN FRANCISCO. On your city tour this morning, see San Francisco through Hollywood’s eyes. You’ll see locations made famous by both current blockbuster and classic San Francisco movies. Locations include the scenes from Vertigo, Mrs. Doubtfire, Interview with a Vampire, and Dark Passage. You’ll learn about San Francisco’s important role in the movie industry and trivia about your favorite stars. The remainder of the day and evening are yours to explore more of this vibrant city at leisure. Perhaps explore sinister but fascinating Alcatraz Prison where The Rock and The Bird Man of Alcatraz were shot. There’s time to explore other famous sites such as Nob Hill, Union Square, and Lombard Street—the most crooked street in America. San Francisco is a city with endless possibilities!
Day 11  Thu. SAN FRANCISCO. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included.

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Highlights of Sunny Florida (C8400)

10 Days from Orlando to Orlando

Day 1  Fri. ORLANDO. Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2  Sat. ORLANDO–ST. AUGUSTINE–COCOA BEACH. This morning we head to picturesque St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States, founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. You’ll visit the OLDEST HOUSE in the U.S. and the 17th-century CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS NATIONAL MONUMENT—the oldest masonry fort in the United States. End the day with a walk on sandy Cocoa Beach.
Day 3  Sun. COCOA BEACH—CAPE CANAVERAL—HOLLYWOOD BEACH. Cape Canaveral and the KENNEDY SPACE CENTER are the hub of America’s space operations. Enjoy a NASA tour, which provides insight into the achievements of America’s space program. After your tour, head south to Hollywood Beach, where you will stay for the next two nights.
Day 4  Mon. HOLLYWOOD BEACH. MIAMI BEACH EXCURSION. This morning, join our included excursion to Miami Beach, with its colorful art deco buildings, and stop at Miami’s lively Bayside Market. Afterward, return to Hollywood Beach. Since the rest of the day is at leisure, enjoy the Florida sun while relaxing by your hotel pool.
Day 5  Tue. HOLLYWOOD BEACH–KEY LARGO–KEY WEST. This morning, it’s south to the Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges through the Florida Keys to picturesque Key West, the southernmost town in the continental United States. Our suggestion for this evening: visit Mallory Square to view the spectacular sunset and then stroll along Duval Street with its colorful cafes.
Day 6  Wed. KEY WEST. On this morning’s optional sightseeing tour, sit back and relax on the open air trolley and view some of Key West’s most famous sights, including Ernest Hemingway’s home; Fort Zachary; Southernmost Point, situated less that 90 miles north of Cuba; and the Audubon House and Gardens. Spend the afternoon beachcombing or visit the many boutiques and museums. Be sure to sample the delicious Caribbean cuisine for which this semi-tropical paradise is so famous. Tonight join the optional cruise outing aboard the tall ship Western Union while savoring a Key West sunset.
Day 7  Thu. KEY WEST–EVERGLADES–NAPLES. Head back to the mainland to the subtropical wilderness of the EVERGLADES. Board your airboat for a thrilling sightseeing ride through the extensive swamplands. Sleepy alligators basking on the banks of the waterways are a common sight. Overnight in Naples.
Day 8  Fri. NAPLES–ST. PETE BEACH AREA. Before leaving Naples, visit famous inventor THOMAS EDISON’S WINTER HOME AND LABORATORY. Then, step through the always-open “Friendship Gate” to visit HENRY FORD’S WINTER HOME. Don’t miss the enormous banyan tree in the garden. Tonight, your Tour Director suggests an optional dinner cruise.
Day 9  Sat. ST. PETE BEACH AREA. A full day to relax at your seaside hotel in a resort city that offers a fine selection of warm-weather activities. Your Tour Director will have suggestions on the best places to shop and dine.
Day 10  Sun. ST. PETE BEACH AREA–ORLANDO. This morning head to the Orlando International Airport for guests with homebound flights. (Please schedule flights after 12 noon.) The coach continues to the Doubletree Lake Buena Vista for those extending their stay in Orlando.

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Splendours of The Hawaiian Islands (C8140)

13 Days from Oahu to Maui

Day 1  Thu. HONOLULU. Aloha and welcome to Hawaii! Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport, you will be greeted with a fresh flower lei and transferred to your hotel in Waikiki. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist with check-in.
Day 2  Fri. HONOLULU. Enjoy a continental breakfast and reception with your Tour Director. Afterward, a full day at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions including activities near world-famous Waikiki Beach, or a full-day optional outing to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island’s north shore where you’ll enjoy a dinner buffet and the colorful stage show “Horizons.”
Day 3  Sat. HONOLULU. PEARL HARBOR AND CITY TOUR. This morning, your sightseeing excursion features the sunken USS ARIZONA and its impressive memorial to the men still entombed there, Punchbowl National Cemetery, and Honolulu Lookout. Other sights include bustling Chinatown, Iolani Palace, and Kamehameha’s Statue. The afternoon, is free for independent activities. Tonight join the optional sunset dinner cruise along the shores of Waikiki.
Day 4  Sun. HONOLULU. One last day to enjoy Waikiki, the world’s most famous beach. Your Tour Director has ideas to make your day memorable.
Day 5  Mon. HONOLULU–KAUAI. Morning transfer to the Honolulu airport for the flight to the “Garden Isle” of Kauai. Then drive along the scenic southern shore via Poipu Beach to Waimea, once the Polynesian capital of Kauai and the site where Captain Cook landed on the islands in 1778. Sightseeing highlights include WAIMEA CANYON, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the lush and fertile Hanapepe Valley, and a photo stop at SPOUTING HORN, a dramatic blowhole on the ocean’s edge. Later, arrive at your oceanside hotel in Kapaa. Tonight, you’ll attend a LUAU feast, considered one of Hawaii’s best. After dinner, sit back and watch a captivating international revue of dancers and musicians.
Day 6  Tue. KAUAI. This morning, enjoy a unique adventure: cruise up the Wailua River to a lava rock grotto covered with tropical fern. At the FERN GROTTO, you will be serenaded by Hawaiian musicians playing traditional, local songs. Kauai has a lot to offer, and your Tour Director will suggest several optional outings for the duration of your stay, including a trip to Hanalei Bay, the filming location of many Hollywood movies, such as South Pacific and The Thornbirds. Other activities include helicopter flightseeing and snorkeling on the Na Pali coastline.
Day 7  Wed. KAUAI. Continue your leisurely stay on Kauai. Relax and sunbathe at the hotel pool, or take a stroll along the beach. Kapaa offers an array of shops and boutiques. Restaurants are numerous and sure to please your palate. Your Tour Director will have other ideas for things to do and see.
Day 8  Thu. KAUAI–HILO–KONA. VISIT TO HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK. Early this morning, depart for Hilo and the island of Hawaii. Then, tour HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK. See Kilauea Crater, rising 4,090 feet above a volcanic wonderland of steaming fire pits, lava tubes, and fern forests. Arrive in Kona on the sunny side of the “Big Island” in the late afternoon.
Day 9  Fri. KONA. A full day to relax and explore the resort town of Kailua-Kona. Optional activities include a snorkeling cruise to a coral reef to view magnificent tropical fish or a helicopter ride along the Kohala coastline and over the famous Parker Ranch and an active volcano. For the evening, take an optional dinner sail, which includes cocktails, live entertainment, and dancing.
Day 10  Sat. KONA–MAUI. This morning, fly to Maui, the “Valley Island.” On arrival, sightseeing begins with a visit to the IAO VALLEY, the “Yosemite of the Pacific,” to view the lao Needle. Then, through the lush farm country and along the shoreline via Maalaea Boat Harbor to Lahaina, once a whaling center and capital of the Hawaiian monarchy. Free time to explore this colorful town. Then head to your lovely hotel, situated across the street from the beach in the resort area of Kihei.
Day 11  Sun. MAUI. A full day at leisure to enjoy Maui’s splendid beaches or relax by the pool at the hotel. Kihei offers plenty of boutiques and restaurants. There is a variety of optional outings including the Road to Hana, one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives with its 54 bridges and many waterfalls. You may want to take in the Maui Ocean Center, a state-of-the-art aquarium and marine park that showcases marine life indigenous to the islands. Also from January to mid-April, whale watching is offered.
Day 12  Mon. MAUI. HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK. This morning is dedicated to HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, the volcano known to islanders as the “House of the Sun,” and its vast Haleakala Crater. The parkland is located in a setting of stunning natural beauty, ranging from a landscape of cinder cones to dense rain forest. Return to Kihei in the early afternoon with the balance of the day at leisure.

Note: Elevation at Haleakala National Park is 10,000 ft.
Day 13  Tue. MAUI. Transfer to Maui’s airport in Kahului for your homebound flight.

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