Taiwan Uncovered & Southeast Asia Cruise 16 Days


Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko, Singapore, Southeast Asia Cruise

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit Taipei 101, the world’s sixth tallest building
  • Stroll through the famous bustling Night Markets of Taiwan
  • Cruise across Sun Moon Lake and experience its tranquil beauty
  • Explore the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery
  • Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Taroko National Park
  • Cruise Southeast Asia with Royal Caribbean: Voyager of the Seas (Singapore – Penang – Phuket) or Quantum of the Seas (Singapore – Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) – Penang)

It's a wonderful place to get a taste of modern Asia, but Taiwan remains a mystery to most Australians. The country remains close to its ancient cultural roots, yet it's super-contemporary, with the urban action sitting comfortably alongside pristine natural settings. Having escaped the Cultural Revolution and decades of social engineering on the mainland, in some ways it's 'more Chinese than China' on this beautiful island.

Emerging from military dictatorship in 1987, Taiwan has become a thriving democracy. Tourism has boomed, attracting travellers who come to enjoy a thriving indigenous folk culture, museums bursting with treasures, bustling night markets with a unique food culture, and the latest in high-tech gadgets. But what really makes visiting Taiwan such a pleasure is the friendly outlook of the 23 million people who call the island home.

Then, fly from Taiwan to Singapore to board your Southeast Asia cruise with Royal Caribbean International.

Please Note: Departures from March to October 2018 will travel Singapore – Penang – Phuket aboard Voyager of the Seas. Thereafter, cruises will be aboard Quantum of the Seas (Singapore – Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) – Penang).

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Departure Dates

2019 Price Per Person Single Supplement
Mar 05 Jun 01 Oct 19 From
Mar 09 Jun 08* Oct 26
Apr 27* Jul 20* Nov 12#
May 04 Aug 10 Nov 26*#
May 11 Sep 14* Dec 10**#
May 18 Oct 05*
May 25 Oct 12
Jan 07*# Feb 11#
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $300pp
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $500pp
# = Cruising with Quantum of the Seas: Singapore – Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) – Penang

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying Scoot, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines or China Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in Taiwan and 2 nights lead-in hotel accommodation in Singapore (twin/double occupancy)
  • 4 nights onboard Royal Caribbean in lead-in room (Voyager of the Seas or Quantum of the Seas) + 1 Day Room Use (from 12:00PM to 18:00PM) after cruising
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Taiwan: Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Singapore: Round trip hotel (Day 9) and airport (Day 14) transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

  • Return transfers from Singapore hotel to cruise terminal (Day 10) and from cruise terminal to Singapore hotel (Day 15)
  • Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $100
  • Cruise shore excursions, select onboard activities & specialty dining
  • Optional Taipei 101 Observatory Fee: From $25 payable to the guide
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Stopovers Optional Extension

Singapore Stopover 2 Nights From $399

Upgrade your flights to Singapore Airlines to book this package

Singapore is loved as a ‘hot’ destination, full of contrasts inside a small area. The shopping is incredible and the food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes such as stir-fried noodles, roti chennai, and laksa are well known. You will see hundreds of different street foods in Chinatown.

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Voyager of the Seas℠ Optional Extension

MS Voyager of the Seas is the lead ship of the Voyager class of cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI).

Upon her maiden voyage, Voyager of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world. The most revolutionary ship ever built has forever changed the world of cruising, with first-ever facilities such as an ice skating rink/concert arena, rock-climbing wall, in-line skating track, and horizontal atrium now known as the Royal Promenade. The Royal Promenade is a marble floored street stretching just over 3/4 the length of the ship, and includes shops and light dining venues. This area is the heart of the ship in the evenings.

In 2014, Voyager of the Seas underwent dry dock refurbishment to receive ‘Royal Advantage’ upgrades. This $80 million upgrade including the installation of an outdoor movie screen near the pool, replacing the inline skating track with a flowrider surf simulator, and refreshing a number of restaurants.

You’ll enjoy the wide range of dining options, and the exciting activities and entertaniment for both kids and adults. Select from a range of shore excursions at your ports of call.

Quantum of the Seas℠ Optional Extension

MS Quantum of the Seas is a cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and the lead ship of the Quantum class of cruise ships.

The Quantum class surpasses RCI’s earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, becoming the second-largest class of passenger ships behind RCI’s Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis.

During the ship’s relocation cruises from New Jersey to Shanghai to service the East Asian cruise market, several venues on the ship were reworked for the Asian market. Changes included increasing the size of the casino, incorporating a ‘high-rollers’ room in a section of the Music Hall, and modifying menus to include more Asian food.

Unlike previous Royal Caribbean ships, Quantum of the Seas does not have a main dining room. Instead, the ship uses a ‘Dynamic Dining’ concept, with guests making reservations for their choice of restaurant each night. Select from a range of shore excursions at your ports of call.

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Taipei Taipei Grace Hotel or similar
Nantou Nantou Hotel Formosa or similar
Kaohsiung Kaohsiung City Suite Hotel or similar
Taitung Chihpen century Hotel Hot Spring or similar
Hualien Hualian Park City Hotel Hualien or similar
Tamshui Tamshui Park City or similar
Singapore Hotel Royal or similar
Fly to Taipei via a connecting city. Note: Some flights may depart one day later.
Arrive at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, you will be greeted warmly at the airport by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Standard hotel check-in time is 3pm.
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Presidential Building (outside) and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. An undeniably historical figure, ‘Generalissimo Chiang’ led the Chinese Nationalist Party through the war against Japan and civil war against Mao’s communists, fleeing to exile in Taiwan in 1949. This afternoon, visit Tamsui – a laidback waterfront town on the northern part of Taipei city. Enjoy lunch today at Tamsui Old Street, where you can feast on many famous Taiwanese snacks. See Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf’s Lovers’ Bridge from a distance. At one end of the bridge, a giant pointed arch thrusts from the water towards the sky. Visit Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum. This elegant building is in the style of prosperous trading houses in China’s Fujian province, where many Taiwanese migrated from, and the paving stones in the courtyard were once ballast in merchant ships. In the evening, explore the bustling night life of Taipei. Have a traditional Taiwanese dinner of Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumplings), then proceed to colourful Huahsi Night Market – Snake Alley. Located in the oldest district of Taipei, the market is known for traditional Taiwanese snacks, many with quite exotic ingredients.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
This morning travel to Sun Moon Lake, situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan. Cruise across the lake and take in the view of Xuanguang Temple & Lalu Island, as you relax on the lake’s tranquil waters. Then, take Sun Moon Lake Ropeway to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and observe Taiwan’s traditional indigenous lifestyles and traditions. After a dinner of Taiwanese-style roasted chicken, check in to the hotel.
Sun Moon Lake
After breakfast, we will head to an Oolong Tea Farm before continuing south towards Kaohsiung and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre (BMC). Completed in 2011, BMC has enshrined a relic of the Buddha, gifted by Tibetan Lama Kunga Dorje Rinpoche, since the beginning of contraction in 2001. We will be spending most of our day at this place to enjoy the serene atmosphere and explore the entire area at our leisure. Then, learn how to make Pineapple Tarts at the popular Vigor Pineapple Factory. Later we will be enter Kaohsiung City and explore Pier 2 Art Central, where 25 former warehouses have been converted into a thriving arts precinct. After dinner (Taiwanese Shabu Shabu hotpot), explore one of Kaohsiung’s bustling night markets.
Fo Guang Shan
The highlight today is a visit to Kenting National Park, Taiwan’s first nationally recognised park and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landscapes you will see. Be awestruck by the vastness of the natural reserve and stand on the southernmost tip of the island at Maopitou and Longpan Park, also known as ‘The Light of East Asia’ as its lighthouse is one of the most powerful along the Taiwan coast. This afternoon, head to Kenting Main Street in the heart of Kenting, an area bustling with locals, tourists and vendors. Spend lunch time discovering the numerous stalls and restaurants offering a variety of local snacks and cuisines. Travel up the scenic Southern Link Highway to Taitung Country, ending the day with dinner at the hotel.
The highlight today is a visit the East Coast National Scenic Area, known as ‘Taiwan’s last unspoiled land’, stretching 170 kilometres down the east coast of Taiwan. Weathering and erosion have produced a wide range of breathtaking landforms here which can only be appreciated first-hand. Stop at Siao-ye-liou (‘little wild willow’ geological formations), San-sien-tai (Three Immortals Island), Shi-ti-ping (Stone Steps) and take in the spectacular views. Proceed to Hualien, to Taroko National Park. Encompassing Taroko Gorge, Swallow Grotto, and Shakadong Trail, the park covers over 120,000 hectares and rises from sea level in the east to heights of over 3700m further west. The aquamarine Liwu River cuts through the centre, forging deep slit valleys before joining the sea.
Today, visit a Marble Factory on the return trip to Taipei. Depending on the size of the group, visit local scenic towns Yilan or Shifen. These towns are both rich in culture and local history, and provide a nice glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. Later, visit Taipei 101 (admission fee at your own expense, payable to the guide). Experience soaring heights and impressive views at the tallest building in Taiwan, and the 6th highest in the world. Taipei 101 was the first building to exceed 500m in height and has a unique design that mimics the shape of bamboo. Dinner will be hotpot (or similar, depending on availability).
After breakfast, enjoy free time at leisure until transferring to airport for your flight to Singapore. You’ll be met at Changi Airport and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the evening free at leisure.
Singapore Merlion
Enjoy free time at leisure until making your own way to the cruise terminal for a 4:30pm departure.
Arrive at Penang, Malaysia at 3:00pm & depart at 10:00pm.
Note: From November 2019, this port of call will be Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang).
Arrive at Phuket, Thailand at 9:00am & depart at 8:00pm
Note: From November 2019, this port of call will be Penang, Malaysia.
Arrive in Singapore this morning. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the day and evening at leisure in Singapore.
Enjoy today free at leisure, until you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Little India
Arrive home this morning.

Note: Some flights may arrive one day earlier.