San Francisco & Hawaii  

Sightseeing and sun-seeking

Escape from Alcatraz, then escape to paradise

The City by the Bay is the classic stopover on the way to Hawaii. This trip combines three exceptionally exciting destinations: San Francisco, with its Golden Gate and maritime traditions; Waikiki, with its nightlife and surf stories; and Maui, with its beach bliss and relaxation. On your way back to the UK, you’ll have a quick airport layover to break up your long-haul flight home.

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San Francisco, Oahu, Maui

Making the most of a layover in San Francisco

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San Francisco

Welcome to the USA

The Golden Gate City is also the gateway to an incredible holiday. When heading to Hawaii, you need to stop somewhere and maximising your layover in San Francisco is a great way to get your trip started in style.

What to do in San Francisco

See the famous landmarks

Bike over the Golden Gate Bridge, take a boat trip and tour Alcatraz at night, spot the Painted Ladies, and stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf – there are so many iconic locations in San Francisco. To make sure you see the highlights, take a city tour, and you can hop on and hop off the tour bus as you please.

Where to stay in San Francisco

Stylish stays

Start your trip with a touch of glamour at one of San Francisco’s plushest hotels. Choose the beautiful Fairmont San Francisco for unrivalled views over the Bay, or cross the Bridge and stay at Casa Madrona in Sausalito to have Muir Woods and Napa Valley within an easy distance.

Oahu

Fly over the Pacific Ocean

You’ll fly another six or seven hours to reach the sandy shores of Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean. Your first destination is Oahu, the livelier of the Hawaiian island, where you can enjoy the energy of Waikiki Beach, relax poolside, or take a hike to Diamond Head for sensational views.

What to do in Oahu

Relax on sunny shores

Waikiki is one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii. This buzzy neighbourhood is known for its high-rise luxury hotels overlooking white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and perfect waves. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options to keep you busy.

Where to stay in Oahu

Beach resorts aplenty

Choose a high-level floor with an ocean view at one of the luxury resorts that line the waterfront, all with easy access to the beach. The Laylow Waikiki is one of the best, with its chic and fresh design.

Maui

Beach bliss

It’s only a quick flight from Oahu to Maui to experience a calmer side of Hawaii. Explore the island's rich history, search for diverse wildlife, and try outdoor activities like hiking and snorkelling.

What to do in Maui

Visit Wailea

Maui boasts natural beauty with pristine beaches, rainforests, and volcanic mountains. Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll also find exceptionally luxurious resorts and a thriving culinary scene here.

Where to stay in Maui

Decisions, decisions…

Maui is replete with hotel options, whether you’re celebrating and looking to splurge (look no further than Hotel Wailea) or if you fancy something trendier (in which case, check out Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort).