At Lahaina, the twosome can opt for a 1.25-mile Walking Tour Through Lahaina’s Past, on which they’ll learn about ancient voyages, religious temples, sacred Hawaiian kings, and visit archaeological sites and monuments left by Hawaiians, missionaries, whalers, merchants and plantation owners. They’ll also see former residences and the final resting places of Hawaiian royalty ($49). But this is Hawaii and newlyweds should definitely make time for the Kaanapali Sunset Luau on Lahaina where Tihati’s Polynesia Revue performs everything from the celebrative festival dances of Tahiti and the legendary dance of the Tahitian princess Tiare, to the intriguing fire-knife dance of Samoa ($128). On Oahu, the most unique excursion is Explore the North Shore, a trip over the Ko’olau Mountains to the windward side and north shore of the island, featuring the fabled Valley of the Temples, picturesque Sunset Beach and a drive past the world-famous surfing spots, the scenic shores of Kahana Bay, shrimp farms, the Dole Pineapple Plantation and the historic village of Haleiwa ($84).
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Myanmar, which everybody is starting to call Burma again, is the hot new destination for 2012/2013 and honeymoon couples eager to start off their lives sharing an exotic adventure together are lining up for a first-time destination experience here. And why not—this is a country where the heart of Buddha beats strongest, reverberating in the thousands of exotic temples throughout the land, circulating a sense of serenity and spirituality that manifests itself in the richest of smiles on the poorest of faces.
What better place then for Western newlyweds to look for an opportunity to meld their souls and join themselves in the serenity and purposeful growth of their newfound love and commitment than in Burma on a Pandaw River Cruise Expeditions in Asia sailing. The line’s 10-night Golden Land: Mandalay-Pagan-Prome sails placidly along the Irrawaddy River, and along the way couples will awe at ancient civilizations and temples, visiting monasteries, rural villages, British colonial forts and buildings, pagodas and crafts villages—places and people Westerners have been shut off from for years. What could be more romantic for newlyweds starting their lives together than having the opportunity to share the chance to see a once-closed nation give birth and see an exotic society come to life.
Upon arrival in Burma’s capital, Yangon—formerly Rangoon—the couple is met by a Pandaw representative and transferred to Chatrium Hotel for a 1-night stay. In the afternoon a guide will meet them for an excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most spectacular pagodas in Burma, leaving the evening for the couple to enjoy Yangon. In the morning after breakfast, they’ll board a domestic flight to Mandalay and transfer to the ship. Price is $3,182.85.
For honeymooners on Princess Cruises’ 13-day Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan cruise aboard either the Grand Princess or the Star Princess departing from Buenos Aires to a string of interesting ports, there’s no better place for an excursion than the home of the torrid tango. The once-banned dance that’s become an iconic symbol of Argentina is part of this excursions as it’s an integral part of Buenos Aires, but there’s a whole lot more to this cosmopolitan jewel as honeymoon couples will delightfully find out. The day-long program kicks off with views of El Centro, the old Bohemian San Telmo district and the Tres de Febrero Park in Palermo, the largest of Buenos Aires’ 150 parks. With a photo stop at the Colon Theatre, honeymooners can capture memories of their honeymoon in one of the world’s grandest opera houses. In La Boca, they’ll enjoy a stroll along Caminito, the main street of La Boca and a little alone time if they wish, as they soak up the flavors of one of Buenos Aires’ oldest and most authentic neighborhoods. It’s a chance for the twosome to browse the outdoor galleries, marvel at the brightly painted wood-and-corrugated-steel conventillos (shared homes) and take a peek inside the historic tango cafes. Then it’s on to the Plaza de Mayo, the political and cultural heart of the city. Lining the square are the Metropolitan Cathedral, the government ministry buildings and the famous Casa Rosada, a National Historic Monument that was once home to Juan and Eva “Evita” Peron, the country’s most famous couple. At La Recoleta Cemetery, they’ll wander through the last resting place for many of Buenos Aires’ most influential people, including the immortal Evita. A fanciful array of 6,400 neoclassical-, neogothic-, Art Nouveau- and Art Deco-style mausoleums are laid out like a city with street names and a town center. At lunch, regional cuisine will be the focus at a local restaurant, followed by—what else—a specially arranged performance at a traditional tango hall in the Abasto district. There may even be time for an impromptu tango lesson for the happy couple ($139).