13 Day Tour: May 1-23, 2024
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $1100 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
- Upolu, Samoa
- Robert Lewis Stevenson sites
- O le Pupu-Pue National Park
- World War II history
- Captain Cook sites
- Sabeto Valley, Fiji
- Garden of the Sleeping Giant
- Natural Wonders, Rare Birds, Pristine Waters and Rare Cultures
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- Internal Flights
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- 7 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land 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.
Day Three We land in the island nation of Samoa today. Today will be our first chance to enjoy Paradise. We’ll have time to enjoy the beach, get an overview of the island and our resort and to learn some of the culture.
Day Four 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.
Day Five We take a day tour of American Samoa to visit one of our most underutilized national parks (yes, this an US national park) and a must if you want to visit all of our national parks. This park is home to 35 rare birds. The island is full of World War II history and ancient villages which we will visit as well.
Day Six A free morning and afternoon to enjoy the wonders of our resort, take a dip, do some shopping, and explore the island a little more or discover what Robert Lewis Stevenson did and just enjoy the ambiance.
Day Seven 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 blow hole 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, large colonies of endemic and rare birds and huge numbers of fish species. This evening we will partake in a Tongan feast and show where the ancient warrior comes
Day Eight We will tour some of the outer islands by boat. This is an opportunity to snorkel, fish watch and marvel at the beauty of these small uninhabited land masses. We will take to shore on one of these small getaways and
claim it for ourselves. We can name it after our brave leader if you like.
Day Nine We have free time today to enjoy the pool or the beach, blend in with the locals, find the perfect Tongan gift or just sit under an umbrella and imagine yourself in a tropical paradise—oh you don’t have to imagine—you are in a tropical paradise!
Day Ten 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 with 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 religious and government buildings.
Day Eleven 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 glass bottom boat, visit a marine sanctuary and picnic on the beach.
This is a great island escape.
Day Twelve 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.
Day Thirteen We head home today, but the memories of different cultures and countless stunning moments
will linger for many years after.