12 Day Tour: October 14-25, 2020
Famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons.
Warm, friendly culture and breathtaking scenery, the perfect Pacific island destination.
Pristine beaches, stunning coral atolls, active volcanoes, and untouched rainforests.
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $1,300 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Place to See
Before You Die
- Fiji’s Garden of the Sleeping Giant
- Samoa: Land of Robert Lewis Stevenson
- 100’s of endemic birds
- Chances to Snorkel & Swim with Humpback Whales
- An adventure like no other
- Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Daily Breakfast
- 7 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Roundtrip airport transfers in the Chicagoland area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One & Two
We head out to cross the international date line ending in the wonderful and scenic Fiji Islands. Nowhere on earth is there more beauty, friendly people and things to see and do than here.
We begin our Fiji adventure by going through the beautiful Sabeto Valley to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant housing one of the largest and most varied orchid collections in the world (over 2000 plants). We stop next in Viseisei Village, the legendary first landing of the Fijians where we will see the old way of life and handicraft displays. From the Vuda Lookout, you will have a 360-degree birds-eye view of the west end of the island including the iconic Nadi Bay. We will also explore the local religions and government buildings.
A morning off-road experience will take us deep into the island’s interior to see how the people actually live. This adventure gives you an insight few ever get. We next come upon a holy cave where a special ceremony is performed to allow our visit. A local barbeque is served before we delve deeper into the island’s history and amazing beauty. This afternoon we will cruise the aqua waters of the Pacific Paradise to one of the over 170 islands that make up Fiji. We will view the unique coral and fish via a glass-bottom boat, and visit a marine sanctuary. This is a great island escape.
We have some free time in the morning before we take a short flight to Samoa—the land of Robert Lewis Stevenson and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
A full day of touring the chief Samoa island of Upolu. We will start by visiting the home, museum, and tomb of the author of Treasure Island—Robert Lewis Stevenson. This is an island with many natural areas and some rare endemic birds. We will have the opportunity to take in O le Pupu-Pue National Park with its tropical rainforest, waterfalls and mountainous spine.
We take a super short flight over to American Samoa to visit one of our most underutilized national parks (yes, this is a US national park) and a must if you want to visit all of our national parks. This park is home to 35 rare birds and an endemic fruit bat that flies during the day. The island is also full of World War II history and ancient villages which we will visit as well.
We fly back to Fiji after a morning and early afternoon free on Samoa. This is your chance to hunt for those unique handicrafts, visit a museum, walk a trail in the rainforest, sit on a private beach….well, you get the picture. There is a lot to do.
We take another short flight to the island of Tonga. This special country has unique building styles that we will explore just outside the capital city. As we continue around the island we will see a natural wonder—a blowhole that shoots water 60 feet into the air. Captain Cook’s landing spot is by a large banyan that Cook legendarily rested on. This island has terraced tombs, huge colonies of endemic fruit bats, rare birds and a huge number of fish species. This evening we will partake in a Tongan feast and show where the ancient warrior comes out.
We will tour some of the outer islands by boat. This is an opportunity to snorkel, swim with humpback whales, fish watch and marvel at the beauty of these small uninhabited landmasses. We will take to shore on one of these small getaways and claim it for ourselves.
Some morning and early afternoon free time on Tonga before we head back to Fiji. This is a wonderful way to spend a little more time in paradise before we contemplate heading home.
Heading home, we must, but the memories of four different cultures and countless stunning moments will linger for many years after.