17 Day Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido and Taiwan Tour

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Visiting: Taipei, Taichung, Mt. Alishan, Hualien, Kenting, Sapporo, Lake Akan, Sounkyo and many more

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS: Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY 1. DEPART MELBOURNE
Tonight we depart from Melbourne late in the evening with China Airlines and once you have settled into your flight, we invite you to sit back and relax and not long you will be in Taipei. If you are from another city, we can also try to request with the airline– subject to availability. Meals – As per flight

DAY 2. ARRIVE TAIPEI / TAI CHUNG
Our flight will arrive into Taipei airport in the morning and your Friendly tour guide will be ready to pick you up. Once we have packed our luggage into the coach, we make our way to Taichung. Visits include Taichung Park, Taichung Confucius Temple and Qiu landscape ecology park. After dinner, we check into our hotel for overnight. Meals – As per flight / L / D Overnight – Taichung Splendor Inn or similar

DAY 3 . TAICHUNG / CHIAYI
After breakfast, we drive to Sun Moon Lake, and proceed to take a cruise here. Sun Moon Lake is the biggest freshwater lake with beautiful scenery. After the cruise ride we will proceed to go visit Wen-wu Temple, Xuan-zang Temple, Ci En Pagoda, Ita Thao Tribe. Afterwards, Continue by coach to Chiayi take dinner and then check in at our hotel for overnight stay. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Chiayi Maison de Chine or similar

DAY 4. CHIAYI / ALISHAN MOUNTAIN / TAINAN
The highlight for today is Alishan Mountain. On arrival, we visit the Forest Amusement area including the Three General Trees, Sister Pool, Chen-Ten Temple and Small Train, etc. Then make our way to Tainan by coach. On arrival, proceed to visit Chih-Kan-Lou (The Chamber of Red Hill), Anping Port, Yi Tzai Golden Castle, and Koxinga Shrine. Tonight you will have some time at the largest Garden Night Market to enjoy the sights and sounds! Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Tainan Wei Yat Grand Hotel or similar

DAY 5. KAOHSUING / KENTING
Today in Kaohsiung, we visit some of the famous attractions of the city including the Spring & Autumn Pavilions, Former British Consulate Building and Sizihwan Scenic Area. Then continue by coach to enjoy the famous Pingtung Guanshan sunset before heading towards to Kenting. In the evening, walking to visit the very famous Kenting Scenic Street by your own leisure time. Overnight at Kenting Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Lealea Gardens Hotel or similar

DAY 6. KENTING / TAITUNG
After breakfast, proceed by coach to visit the popular holiday destination of Southern Taiwan – Kenting. Once here, we visit the Oluanpi Light House, Maopitou and Kuanshan, etc. After lunch, proceed by coach to Taitung with a visit to the National Pre-History Museum. For tonight, we check in at our resort for you to enjoy the natural hot springs in the area. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Century Hot Spring or similar

DAY 7. TAITUNG / HUALIEN
This morning we depart for Hualien via the East Coast and en-route enjoy the seacoast scenery which includes the Stone Steps, Caves of the Eight Immortals, Umbrella Rock, Sanhsientai and Rueisuei, etc. In Hualien City, we visit Taroko Gorge Gateway, Eternal-spring Shrine, Swallow Caves, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Tienhsiang Lodge and Marble Factory. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Hualien Parkview Hotel or similar

DAY 8. HUALIEN / YILAN / CHIUFEN VILLAGE / TAIPEI
Today we drive along the beautiful Su Hua Road to appreciate the magnificent scenery along the way. You will also go past the small urban township of Suao and arrive in Yilan to visit Yilan National Centre for Traditional Arts. After lunch, we continue our journey to visit Chiufen Ancient Street where you can try lots of local cuisines and street snacks. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Amain Boutique Hotel or similar

DAY 9. TAIPEI / DANSHUI / TAIPEI
Soon after breakfast, we head off by coach for a city tour which includes visits to Martyrs’ Shrine, National Palace Museum, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and Taipei 101 Tower, etc.. After lunch, we arrive into Danshui Ancient Street so we can enjoy the beautiful sunset at Fishermans Wharf. We then return to Taipei for the famous Shilin Night Market before checking in at our hotel. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Royal Seasons Hotel or similar

DAY 10. TAIPEI / CHITOSE / SAPPORO
Early this morning, we will drive to the airport with our boxed breakfast for check in at the airport bound for Chitose (Japan). We should arrive early in the afternoon and our Japan tour guide will pick us up and take us to our hotel. Afternoon free at leisure before meeting up again for dinner. Meals – B / As per flight / D Overnight –Sapporo ANA Holiday Inn or similar

DAY 11. CHITOSE / TOKACHIGAWA / KUSHIRO / LAKE AKAN
This morning, we visit Tokachigawa bridge and enjoy a view of the beautiful scenery. Along the way we’ll visit Ikeda wine factory where you will get to sample the finest Japanese wines. Afterwards, we make our way into Kushiro, often fondly regarded as the ‘the town of mist’ – which is situated in the southeastern part of Hokkaido and here, take in the magnificent view of the marshland. Tsurumi-dai is also on today’s itinerary – have the unique opportunity to take photos of the Japanese cranes. We then continue our journey to Lake Akan, famous for a rare water plant called Marimo. Lake Akan Hot spring area is considered as one of the most beautiful sights in eastern Hokkaido. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Akan Gozensui Hotel or similar

DAY 12. LAKE AKAN / SOUNKYO
This morning after breakfast we depart for Lake Mashu, which ranks first in terms of water transparency in the world. This mysterious lake is rarely seen because of the thick mist which lends to its nickname – Mysterious Lake. Afterwards we visit Mt Io, a mountain which is covered in yellow sulfur. Abashiri Prison museum is up next! In this museum, the buildings that were actually used in the Meiji era have been preserved and shown to the public. In those days, the construction wood was made by hand and not by machine. Hence you will be able to see the rough surface of the big beams and pillars that the prisoners made. As we drive along the coast of Okhotsk Sea, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the drift ice (Ryuhyo-kan). Today we will also drop into Kitami fox farm. By the end of today, we will have arrived into Sounkyo. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Sounkyo Kanko Hotel or similar

DAY 13. SOUNKYO / OTARU / SAPPORO
After breakfast our group will visit Sounkyo Ginga & Ryusei falls at the foot of Mt. Daisetsu. This great canyon surrounded by cliffs on both sides is a sight to behold especially the two waterfalls (Ginga & Ryusei waterfalls). Thereafter we head towards Otaru. Here, enjoy a photo stop at the Otaru Canal where all the century-old stone warehouses are lined on both sides of the canal. The Kitaichi Glass Museum is on the agenda next – famous for its unique lamps and hand-blown glassware. This place also houses the historical red brick & Domoto music box museum where you can admire all the beautiful crated music boxes and listen to its heavenly music. In the afternoon we reach Susukino in Sapporo which is Japan’s largest entertainment district north of Japan for some free time! Meals – B / L / D Overnight –Sapporo ANA Holiday Inn or similar

DAY 14. SAPPORO / NOBORIBETSU
After breakfast we stop at Odori Park which is located in the heart of Sapporo, separating the city into north and south parts. This park stretches about one and a half kilometres and offers pleasant green space during the warmer months. Today we also enjoy the view from the Sapporo TV Tower, and then visit the Clock Tower. Thereafter we drop into Sapporo Beer factory. We also visit the famous Ishiya Chocolate Factory. Afterwards, we drive to Date Jidaimura a historic theme park highlighting the Edo Period, one of the most attractive eras in Japanese history. Step back in time to enjoy traditional games, activities, theaters, street performances and more. Then it is off to Noboribetsu, a city in Iburi subprefecture, Hokkaido. Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Manseikaku Noboribetsu Hotel or similar

DAY 15. NOBORIBETSU / LAKE TOYA / SAPPORO
This morning, we will experience the Mt Usu ropeway in which you will also get to enjoy the beautiful views of Mt Showa. We then drive towards Lake Toya, said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices and also the second most transparent lake in Japan. We continue our drive back to Sapporo in the afternoon. Meals – B / L / D Overnight –Sapporo ANA Holiday Inn or similar

DAY 16. SAPPORO / CHITOSE / TAIPEI / MELBOURNE
After breakfast, enjoy a few more relaxing hours in the morning before we drive to Chitose Airport for our flight with China airlines to Taipei this afternon. We should arrive into Taipei airport in the evening and a just before midnight, we reboard our connecting flight back home. Meals – B / Own arrangements

DAY 17. ARRIVE MELBOURNE
Your overnight flight arrives back into Melbourne just before noon and we hope you enjoyed this holiday! Meals – As per flight  

All in Pricing package price includes :
– Return flights with China Airlines (including airport taxes) – Accommodation as per itinerary
– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary
– Tour guide and bus services
– Entries to places listed on itinerary including Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary
– Daily bottle of water provided

This group is scheduled to depart on the 15 April 2019

All in price – $5,480* pp (twin share)

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS: Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

DAY 01. DEPART MELBOURNE
DAY 02. ARRIVE TAIPEI / TAICHUNG – Taichung Splendor Inn or similar
DAY 03. TAICHUNG / CHIAYI – Chiayi Maison de Chine or similar
DAY 04. CHIAYI / ALISHAN MOUNTAIN / TAINAN – Tainan Wei Yat Grand Hotel or similar
DAY 05. KAOHSUING / KENTING – Lealea Gardens Hotel or similar
DAY 06. KENTING / TAITUNG – Century Hot Spring or similar
DAY 07. TAITUNG / HUALIEN – Hualien Parkview Hotel or similar
DAY 08. HUALIEN / YILAN / CHIUFEN VILLAGE / TAIPEI – Amain Boutique Hotel or similar
DAY 09. TAIPEI / DANSHUI / TAIPEI – Royal Seasons Hotel or similar
DAY 10. TAIPEI / CHITOSE / SAPPORO – Sapporo ANA Holiday Inn or similar
DAY 11. CHITOSE / TOKACHIGAWA / KUSHIRO / LAKE AKAN – Akan Gozensui Hotel or similar
DAY 12. LAKE AKAN / SOUNKYO – Sounkyo Kanko Hotel or similar
DAY 13. SOUNKYO / OTARU / SAPPPRO – Sapporo ANA Holiday Inn or similar
DAY 14. SAPPORO / NOBORIBETSU – Manseikaku Noboribetsu Hotel or similar
DAY 15. NOBORIBETSU / LAKE TOYA / SAPPORO – Sapporo ANA Holiday Inn or similar
DAY 16. SAPPORO / CHITOSE / TAIPEI / MELBOURNE
DAY 17. ARRIVE MELBOURNE

Taipei – Taiwan
April – Average High – 26 degree Celsius / Average Low 20 degrees Celsius

Sapporo – Japan
April – Average High 12 degrees Celsius / Average Low 2 degrees Celsius

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