2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival Tour & Japan Cherry Blossom 15 Days Tour

Day 1 - Departure from Australia
5Mar2015 (Thu): Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China Airlines CI52 22:10 to Taiwan.


Day 2 - Arrive Taiwan / Taipei City Sightseeing / Taichung (L) 
6Mar2015 (Fri): On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 4:30AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays & Travels tour guide who will greet and transfer you to Taipei City. Sightseeing for today including: Longshan Temple, Presidential Building (Pass by), Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs' Shrine and National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection - more than 650,000 pieces). Lunch will be held at the famous restaurant - Five Dimes, which was the masterpiece of the artist Ms Hsieh. After lunch, you will be treated by the famous Taiwanese foot massage. This afternoon, we will drive to Taichung City, where the 2015 Taiwan Lantern Festival for the Year of Goat will be held at. The Lantern Festival will last for 17 days from 27th February 2015 to 15th March 2015. You can try varieties of Taiwanese food at the Taichung Lantern Festival for dinner.
Hotel: Splendor Hotel, Taichung (55  Stars)

Day 3 - Taichung / Sun Moon Lake / Chiyi (B/L/D)

7Mar2015 (Sat): After breakfast, depart to Nantou, where Sun Moon Lake is located. It is Taiwan's largest lake with the east side shaped like "Sun", and West side shaped like "Moon", hence the name "Sun Moon Lake". Sightseeing around the area includes:  famous Wenwu Temple and Literature Warrior Temple dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, and Holy Monk ShrineAfter lunch, we will depart for Nine Aboriginal Tribes Culture Village to see the shows, beautiful garden of the theme park and aboriginal culture village. Dinner will be held at the only Taiwanese restaurant with the Eight Infernal Generals Performance. Tonight you will stay at Chiayi City. There is night market nearby.
Hotel: Maison De Chine Hotel, Chiayi (55  Stars)


Day 4 - Chiayi / Alishan / Kaohsiung (B/L)
8Mar2015 (Sun): After having buffet breakfast at hotel, you will depart for the Eight Wonders of Taiwan - Alishan", which is located at the end of the Alishan Forest Railway. If the weather permits, you will be able to see the eternal sea of clouds. Sightseeing around the Alisan National Scenic Area including: Cherry Blossom (Season: 15Mar-20Apr), Three Generation Trees, Thousand Years Old Tree, Suling Tower and Sister Pond, just to name a few. After the experience at Alisan,  you will be transferred to Kaohsiung City, where you will have the City Tour of Kaohsiung, see the largest industrial harbor- Kaohsiung Harbor  in Taiwan, and the second busiest harbor in Asia. In the evening, you will visit Liuho Night Market, to taste the Taiwanese desserts and snacks. You can then visit the famous Love River which is now renowned for its cafe culture and night tour which are popular among local couples for a romantic night. The Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is held along the Love River every year. During the festival period, both sides of the river as well as Wufu Rd., Heping Rd., Guangzhou St., and other thoroughfares have lantern exhibitions. There are also musical performances, helping to throw the whole city into a festive mood. Tour guide will advise whether you are able to enjoy the romantic water lantern event at Love River this year.      
Hotel: Garden Villa, Kaohsiung (55  Stars)


Day 5 - Kaohsiung / Kenting / Taitung (B/L/D)
9Mar2015 (Mon): After breakfast, the tour will depart for Theresa Deng Museum. She was the most popular and influential Taiwanese singer in the world. Today, the highlight for many visits Taiwan is a visit to Kenting National Park, undoubtedly one of the most beautifully reserved natural forests in Taiwan. It is located in south of Taiwan with popular beach bordering on the tropical region of Taiwan where palm tree, sugar cane and surfing beach are part of the scene. It's an excellent place for swim, surf, and dive. Other sightseeing visited today includes the southernmost tip of Taiwan, "Maopitou" (named after the shape of cat-nose-like rock.) The coast of coral reef is worth a visit for land-reforms which strongly affected by wave erosions, efflorescence, and salt-soaking. The natural landscape like wave erosion caves, ditches, and pillars are amazing, sea view here is attractive and very enjoyable. The Oluanpi Light House will also be visited (it is the world's first military equipped light house). We then continue to Taitung via the Scenic Southern Link Highway. Overnight at Taitung and enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath at the 5 star hotel in Taitung area.
Hotel: Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (55  Stars)


Day 6 - Taitung / East Coast National Scenic Area / Hualien (B/L/D)
10Mar2015 (Tue): After Breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to "Tainan Aboriginal Beinan Cultural Village" it is the site where the BC civil human evidences have been found. Then we will drive thru the HuaTong Mt Route, where we will stop at: “Butterfly Valley”which is abundance with beautiful landscape and natural environment. It's just the perfect essence to a perfect relaxing vacation and well renowned butterfly sceneries. Here you can enjoy an unique natural experience and amazing comfortable sensation outdoor hot spring and spa in the deluxe Butter valley Resort.  Tonight you will be overnight at Hualien City.
Hotel: Chateau de Chine Hotel, Hualien (55  Stars)


Day 7 - Hualien / Taroko Gorge / Taipei (B/L/D)
11Mar2015 (Wed): This morning you will depart for Taroko Gorge National Park. The Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful area of Taiwan. It is the "Seven Wonder of Asia", its narrow raving created by the Liwu River which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock rewinding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stops will be made at Eternal Spring ShrineSwallow GrottoTunnel of Nine TurnsMarble BridgeTienshiang and Marble Factory. On our way back to Taipei, we will drive pass the Chingshuei Cliff located on the section of the Suao-Hualien Highway that stretches between Heping and Chongde stations, is one of the most spectacular sights on Taiwan's Pacific coast. The cliff is more than 1,000 meters high and drops almost vertically into the sea. The highway snakes along its curving face more than 20 kilometers, with the sheer cliff rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other.We will then drive back to Taipei via Su-Hua Highway and Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel (12.9 kilometers) to arrive Taipei at around 5PM, and then you will be driven  to explore the vibrant night life of Taipei, e.g. Taipei 101 Building, Night Markets... etc. Tonight you will start your accommodation at the five star hotel at Howard Plaza Hotel, which is located at the most convenient & popular & busiest shopping district of Taipei City!
Hotel:  Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (55  Stars)


Day 8 - Taipei / Yeliu / Chiufen / Pingxi / Night Market (B)
 
12Mar2015 (Thu): After breakfast, we will depart for Yehliu Ocean Park. It is known for its spectacular rock formations, sculptured throughout the ages by wind and sea erosion leaving fascinating pillars, including the famous Queen's Head and Fairy's Shoe. The next stop will be Chiufen Village, famous for its old mining town's charming characteristics. Many famous Taiwanese movies were shot here. Lunch will be a great variety of choices at the village's traditional shops. After Lunch, you will be taking to Pingxi to light up the sky lanterns. Sky lanterns are made with rice paper and thin bamboo strips. You can pen your hopes on the bulbous-shaped paper creation and watched it drift off in the clear sky. Tonight you will visit the largest night market in Taiwan, Shilin Night Market. In the night market, you will able to explore and see all sorts of bargains. In the evening, tour guide will advise whether you are able to join the Lantern Festival events in Taipei city.
Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (55  Stars)


Day 9 Taipei - Arrive Tokyo (B)

13MAR2015 (Fri) Morning time at leisure in Taipei City. Meet driver at hotel lobby & transfer for Flight CI100 (TPE/NRT) departing 9:30AM & Arrive Tokyo approximate 13:30PM, you will be met by your friendly guide who will greet and transfer you to your hotel. The remaining day will be at your own leisure time. You may refresh at your hotel first or you may want to explore yourself nearby the hotel.

Hotel: Grand Palace (4*) or similar

 

Day 10 Tokyo / Meiji Shrine / Imperial Palace / Tokyo Tower / Ginza (B)

14MAR2015 (Sat) Sightseeing of Tokyo city including:- 

Meiji Shrine: Take in a fine example of Japanese shrine architechure , nestled in a peaceful , picturesque area.

Imperial Palace: Visit Imperial Palace Plaza and Double Bridge. Also visiting the inner moat, 15-feet thick  wall and pine trees surrounding the 250 acre fortress, home of the emperor and empress. 

Tokyo Tower: Enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform.

Ginza: Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numurous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

Hotel: Grand Palace (4*) or similar

 

Day 11 Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone Ropeway / Lake Ashi Cruise / Owakudani Valley (B/L)

15MAR2015 (Sun) Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. You travel with just an overnight bag for your night in Hakone. Proceed to Mt.Fuji by train and join our Hakone Tour visiting Owakudani Boiling Valley, take Hakone Ropeway to the mountain top, Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi. After the tour, you will be transferred to Hakone Palace hotel or similar for overnight stay. Enjoy hot spring facility in your Ryokan resort tonight!

Hotel: Palace Hotel, Hakone (4*) or similar

 

Day 12 Kyoto / Kiyomizu Temple / Kodaji Temple / Yasaka Shrine / Gion District (B)

16MAR2015 (Mon) Transfer to Odawara and take bullet train to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Make your own way to your accommodation near the station-New Miyako Hotel or similar for 2 nights stay.
Today's Sightseeing of Kyoto city including:-

Kiyomizu Temple: This architecturally unique temple has a main hall on a steep slope with a wooden platform supported by pillars, from which a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed.

Kodaji Temple: Temple commemorates Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great general in 16th century. It was founded by his widow.

Yasaka Shrine: Well known as the central site for the Gion-Matsuri Festival, held in summer.

Gion District: Gion is one of the famous entertainment and geisha quarters, with traditional restaurants and tea-houses.
In the Edo Period, ochaya (geisha houses) were built in this area. It still retains its tranquil, old-fashioned charm.

Hotel: New Hankyu Hotel, Kyoto (4*) or similar

 

Day 13 Nara / Tondaji Temple / Nara Deer Park / Kufuguji Temple (B)

17MAR2015 (Tue)  Sightseeing of Nara, the Imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century including:-

Tondaji Temple: The temple has an enormous bronze Buddha image within its Daibutsuden Hall, one of the largest wooden structures in the world.

Nara Deer Park: Walk among the 1,100 or so tame deer roaming about the park. They are considered divine messengers.

Kufuguji Temple: This temple was transferred from Kyoto in 710. It has a five-story pagoda, the second highest in Japan.

Hotel: New Hankyu Hotel, Kyoto (4*) or similar

 

Day 14 Kyoto / Osaka / Taipei (B)

18MAR2015 After breakfast, free of leisure until transfer to Kansai International Airport by Airport Shuttle Bus for your flight CI173 departs18:50PM (KIX-TPE-SYD) via Taipei back to Sydney Australia. 
Morning free of leisure to explore this ancient capital at your own pace. Gion Conner or Philosopher Path is highly recommended to visit during your free time.


Day 15 - Arrive Sydney, Australia
19Mar 2015:  The flight will arrive Sydney approximately at 11:20AM.


Images of Taiwan & Japan Hotels on Tour:  

Maison De Chine Hotel, Chiayi
Maison de Chine Hotel Chiayi

Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung
Naruwan Hotel, Taitung
Chateau De Chine, Hualien
Chateau de Chine Hotel Hualien Taiwan
Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei
China Airlines

 
Grand Prince Hotel, Tokyo Palace Hotel, Hakone
New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

Granvia Hotel, Hiroshima 

Hida HOtel Plaza, Takayama Koemon (Gasshozukuri), Shirakawago

ANA Croenr Plaza Kanazawa


Fukuchiin Mt Koya


Granvia Hotel, Osaka

Japan Cherry Blossom Geisha
 

 


Cherry Blossom in Taiwan 



Cherry Blossom in Japan


Lantern Festival in Taiwan 



2014 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Nan Tou Sun Moon Lake - Year of the Horse


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Taiwan Lantern Fesitval & Japan Cherry Blossm
15 Days Tour

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Tour Code: TWJP15D
Departure Date: 5Mar2015

  Adult Price $4880 $4280
  Child Price*  $3880 $3580
  Land Only  $3480
  Single Room Supplement: $1580


*Child price $3580 is for child between 2-12 yr old to share bed with existing bedding (sharing with 2 adults)  
*Child between 2-12 yr old to have a bed (share room with 1-2 audlts), is $ per child.

 


Inclusions

  • Return international economy airfare with China Airlines
  • 12 Nights hotel accommodation (4-5 star hotels
  • Return Airport / Hotel Transfers
  • Meals as specified
  • Admission and Entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide in Taiwan
  • English speaking tour guide in Japan 
  • Tour Insurance (inside coach and hotels only)

BONUS Inclusions

  • FREE Taiwanese Foot Massage
  • FREE Taiwanese Hot Spring
  • FREE Hot Spring in Japan
  • FREE Japanese culture festival
     

Exclusions

  • Airport & Government Taxes (Approx min $450 p.p.)
  • Passports & Visa (if applicable)
  • Taiwan: Tips min. A$8 p.p. per day x 7 days = A$56 (NT$1600)
  • Japan: Tips min A$10 p.p. per day x 4 days = A$40
  • Drinks & Food not mentioned in your itinerary
  • All other items of a personal nature. 

Remark

  • All prices are in AUD, and based on PER PERSON TWIN SHARE. Prices are indicative only and are subject to change at anytime due to currency fluctuations.
  • During Public Holidays or Special Events surcharges may apply. Please always check with our consultants for more details.
  • Child Price is available from 2-11 years old (inclusive)  with bed & meal, but must sharing room with 2 Adults or would be charged same rate as Adults.
  • Child who is under 2 years old (no bed & no meal) we would charge 10% of adults price.
  • Minimum 10 passengers per group is required.

B= Breakfast, L=Lunch. D=Dinner

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Images of the Japan Tour:
Cheery Blossom at Mt Fuji
Japan Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom Nagoya Castle
Japan Cherry Blossom at Nagoya castle
Biwako

Genkyu Garden

Takayama

Jinya Morning Market

Praying Village, Shirakawago

Asinoko Cruise, Hakone

Asakusa Kanonji Temple

Meiji Shrine

Sumida River Cruise


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