Far East Asia Explorer 23 Days (2021)


$5,399.00

Immerse yourself in an incredible journey covering three fascinating countries, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Discover South Korea’s many archaeological sites and temples before enjoying the beautiful natural landscapes this country has to offer. Explore Japan, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and uncover a new level of cool with a journey through cherry blossoms, mountains, bustling cities and ultimately, history. Then discover the many sides of Taiwan, from picturesque towns and villages in the stunning countryside to modernist skyscrapers in the vibrant metropolis Taipei.

Tour Highlights

South Korea:

  • Stroll through the Changdeokgung Palace grounds
  • Gaze into North Korean territory at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling crowds of Myeongdong
  • Explore the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, Gyeongju
  • Explore Busan, and discover the gorgeous seaside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Japan:

  • Discover Osaka with a day free at leisure and a selection of optional activities
  • In Nara, visit the Great Eastern Temple with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park
  • Take a stroll through the peaceful Bamboo Groves in Arashiyama
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
  • Take in Tokyo’s stunning cityscape from above at Shinjuku Municipal Observation Deck
  • Enjoy optional activities or free time in Tokyo

Taiwan:

  • 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

Overview

  • Day 1: Australia Seoul
  • Day 2: Seoul
  • Day 3: Seoul Andong Daegu
  • Day 4: Daegu Gyeongju
  • Day 5: Gyeongju Busan
  • Day 6: h6Busan Seoul
  • Day 7: Seoul DMZ Seoul
  • Day 8: Seoul Osaka
  • Day 9: Osaka Nara Kyoto Osaka
  • Day 10: Osaka
  • Day 11: Osaka Kyoto Arashiyama Toyohashi
  • Day 12: Toyohashi Mt. Fuji Tokyo
  • Day 13: Tokyo
  • Day 14: Tokyo
  • Day 15: Tokyo Taipei
  • Day 16: Taipei
  • Day 17: Taipei Sun Moon Lake
  • Day 18: Sun Moon Lake  Fo Guang Shan  Kaohsiung
  • Day 19: Kaohsiung Kenting Taitung
  • Day 20: Taitung Hualien Taroko National Park
  • Day 21: Hualien Taroko Taipei
  • Day 22: Taipei Australia
  • Day 23: Australia

Note: Itinerary may be subject to change.

South Korea

South Korea has become a dream destination for many travellers. The capital, Seoul, is a fast-paced cosmopolitan centre with an appetite for fashion, pop culture and the latest in high-tech gadgets. Yet just an hour away from the cityscape, travellers can find themselves enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the various national parks encompassing gorgeous hiking trails and dense mountain landscapes, and with the ancient cultural traditions retaining a strong presence throughout the country, travellers seeking a cultural experience are also sure to be satisfied.

Friendly people, delicious food and delightful contrasts between the modern and the traditional, ensure that the indomitable spirit of South Korea will absorb and inspire travellers from all walks.

Japan

We love for our customers to experience and Japanese culture & history. From the ancient temples and Zen settings of Nara and Kyoto, to the manic energy of Tokyo, this country has something for everyone. We will spend few nights of the tour in a traditional Japanese hotel, sleeping on rice straw mats called tatami. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove your shoes and be seated at low tables called kotatsu. It’s all part of the Japanese experience!

Taiwan

Taiwan remains a mystery to many Australians. The ‘renegade province’ 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 on the mainland, in some ways it’s ‘more Chinese than China’ on this beautiful island. Emerging from military dictatorship in 1987, Taiwan is now 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.

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2021

Departure Dates

Twin Share Per Person

All prices are in AUD

Single Supplement

Triple Share Unavailable

16 Mar** 13 Jul From
$5,399
+$1,350
23 Mar** 10 Aug
30 Mar** 31 Aug
04 May 12 Oct
08 Jun 09 Nov*
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $300 per person
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $500 per person

 

When is the best time to travel?

Late March through to early April Late March through to early April
This period is is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms, but we cannot guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people gather in parks in a Japanese tradition known as hanami (flower viewing).
June to August June to August
This period is the best time to view fresh spring greens and enjoy the warm climate.
Late October through to early November Late October through to early November
This period is historically the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn, but we cannot guarantee that they will fall on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions. You can feel the fragile beauty of the changing seasons from observing nature. The fiery red is a true spectacle.

Itinerary

Print itinerary

  • Day 1: Australia Seoul

    Take an international flight from Australia to Seoul via a connecting city.

    Note: Depending on the city of departure, some flights may depart one day later. Flights will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

  • Day 2: Seoul

    On arrival in Seoul, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Note: Standard hotel check-in time is 2-3pm. You may leave your luggage at the hotel until check-in, allowing you to start exploring this amazing city straight away.

  • Day 3: Seoul Andong Daegu

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Visit the traditional village, Andong, which features traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1897). In Daegu, take a stroll in Dongseongno Shopping District, a major fashion retail district. The streets are packed with hundreds of stores full of personality that reflect the city’s fast-paced fashion trends. Enjoy magnificent views by taking a cable car to Palgongsan Natural Park.

  • Day 4: Daegu Gyeongju

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Today we explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs, and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom (57 BC – 935 AD). Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.

  • Day 5: Gyeongju Busan

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    In Busan, we visit Haedong Yonggungsa (East Sea Dragon Palace Temple), situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of the city and overlooking the ocean. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to view the waves while looking down through the transparent floor of the 15 metre high Oryukdo Skywalk, which is set over a 35 meter-high coastal cliff. Travel to Gamcheon Culture Village situated on the foothills of a coastal mountain and nicknamed ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. You will be thrilled by the many alleys cutting through this village, vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the local residents. Stop at one of Korea’s largest markets, Nampo Dong Gukje Market for a wide variety of goods at affordable prices. Then visit Nurimaru APEC House, a memorial hall and prestigious international conference hall located near Haeundae Beach, offering visitors spectacular views of the nearby natural landscape.

  • Day 6: Busan Seoul

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    This morning, visit Changdeokgung Palace, one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built by the Kings of the Jeoson Dynasty, and Insadong, a street full of traditional Korean antique and art shops, restaurants and tea houses. Continue to Cheonggyecheon Stream and admire this urban oasis before visiting Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main commercial districts.

  • Day 7: Seoul DMZ Seoul

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. In the event of an invasion from the North, an entire infantry division could have move through the tunnel in an hour. View North Korean territory, including the Propaganda Village, People’s School, and Gaeseong City – the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom – from the Dora Observation Platform. Also visit Freedom Park, dedicated to the 5 million people who left their families and homes in North Korea. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle. Later, try on a hanbok, the traditional attire of the Korean people at Namsan Hanbok Culture Experience Centre before experiencing the city’s best night view at Namsan Tower.

  • Day 8: Seoul Osaka

    Meals: Breakfast

    Board a direct flight operated by a local carrier from Seoul to Osaka. Your friendly tour representative will be waiting at the airport to greet you.

    Note: Baggage allowance for this sector is 1 piece max weight 15kg per person
    Standard hotel check-in time is 2-3pm. You may leave your luggage at the hotel until check-in, allowing you to start exploring this amazing city straight away.

  • Day 9: Osaka Nara Kyoto Osaka

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 10: Osaka

    Meals: Breakfast

    Optional Activity:

    • Hiroshima Day Tour with lunch; or
    • World Heritage Himeji Castle Day Tour with lunch; or
    • Universal Studios Japan Day Pass

    Spend today free at your own leisure. You may join one of the following optional activities: Hiroshima Day Tour with lunch or World Heritage Himeji Castle Day Tour with lunch or Universal Studios Japan Day Pass.

  • Day 11: Osaka Kyoto Arashiyama Toyohashi

    Meals: Breakfast

    This morning, head to Kyoto and visit Nijo Castle. Then, continue to Arashiyama and enjoy some time strolling in the Bamboo Groove and see the Togetsu Bridge. In the afternoon, transfer to Toyohashi and check in to your hotel.

  • Day 12: Toyohashi Mt. Fuji Tokyo

    Meals: Breakfast

    Today, visit Mt. Fuji 5th Station, a place on the hillside and at an altitude of 2305 metres, where you can enjoy the best scenery of the mountain. Then visit Oshino Hakkai. known as the springs of Mt. Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mt. Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by locals. Later, head to Tokyo.

    Note: In case of bad weather, Mt. Fuji 5th Station may be closed, you will instead visit Fuji Visitor Centre.

  • Day 13: Tokyo

    Meals: Breakfast

    Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is packed with so much to see and do. After breakfast, you will visit Hamarikyu Garden, a large and attractive landscape garden in central Tokyo. It was the earliest hunting grounds of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It retains the layout of courtyard in Edo Era, where you can learn about Japanese courtyard art. Then take the Sumida River cruise to Asakusa. Upon arrival, visit Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), the oldest temple in Tokyo and Nakamise Shopping Street in front of the Sensoji. Nowadays, this Edo-style temple complex is a place for leisure and entertainment. Later, visit Shinjuku Municipal Observation Deck to see the panoramic view of Tokyo before transferring back to hotel.

  • Day 14: Tokyo

    Meals: Breakfast

    Optional Activity:

    • World Heritage Nikko Day Tour; or
    • Tokyo Disneyland Day Pass; or
    • Tokyo DisneySea Day Pass

    Free day at your own leisure, or you may join one of the following optional activities (at your own expense): World Heritage Nikko Day Tour or Tokyo Disneyland Day Pass or Tokyo DisneySea Day Pass

  • Day 15: Tokyo Taipei

    Meals: Breakfast

    Spend today free at leisure as time permits before transferring to the airport for your flight to Taipei. On arrival at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, you will be greeted warmly at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Standard hotel check-in time is 3pm.

  • Day 16: Taipei

    Meals: Breakfast

    Today’s highlight is a visit to the Presidential Building (outside) and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. 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. Visit Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum. This elegant building is built in the style of prosperous 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. Then, proceed to colourful Huahsi Night Market.

  • Day 17: Taipei Sun Moon Lake

    Meals: Breakfast

    This morning travel to Sun Moon Lake, situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan for a 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 Taiwanese traditional indigenous lifestyles and traditions.

  • Day 18: Sun Moon Lake  Fo Guang Shan  Kaohsiung

    Meals: Breakfast

    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. Then, explore one of Kaohsiung’s bustling night markets.

  • Day 19: Kaohsiung Kenting Meals: Taitung

    Breakfast

    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.

  • Day 20: Taitung Hualien Taroko National Park

    Meals: Breakfast

    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.

  • Day 21: Hualien Taroko Taipei

    Meals: Breakfast

    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.

  • Day 22: Taipei Australia

    Meals: Breakfast

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home via a connecting city.

  • Day 23: Australia

    Arrive home today.

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Inclusions

Departure City
Sydney/Melbourne (included in package)
Brisbane/Adelaide $300 pp, Perth $600 pp (interstate flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
Inclusions
  • Economy airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • Internal flights (operated by local carriers)
    • Note: Baggage allowance for the flight between Seoul and Osaka is 1 piece max weight 15kg
  • 20 nights hotel accommodation (twin-share)
  • Internal flights (operated by local carriers)
  • Dedicated transport in air-conditioned vehicles & transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions (unless otherwise indicated)
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)
Exclusions
  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $220 pp
  • Optional Taipei 101 Observatory Fee: From $25 pp payable to the guide
  • Optional recommended programs
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

 

Optional Activities

Whether it is a fun day out at Tokyo Disneyland or a bullet train to explore Hiroshima, get to know Japan better with our list of in-depth activities recommended to add another dimension to your trip.
 

Osaka (3 items)

All optional activities are payable to Nexus Holidays and subject to minimum operating numbers.

Hiroshima Day Tour with lunch

$590 pp
 
Note: This tour requires minimum 5 passengers to operate. Public transportation will be used throughout the tour. You will be fully escorted by your tour guide.

Meet your tour guide at hotel in the morning. Then, board your bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, travel by ferry to Miyajima – a small island in Hiroshima Bay known for its forests and ancient temples. Here we will visit Itsukushima Shrine a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its floating torii gate. After lunch, visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb explosion in World War II. In the evening, transfer back to Osaka by bullet train.

World Heritage Himeji Castle Day Tour with lunch

$290 pp
 
Note: This tour requires minimum 5 passengers to operate. For 5-9 passengers, public transportation will be used throughout the tour. You will be fully escorted by your tour guide. For more than 10 passengers, a private coach will be used.

Meet your tour guide at hotel in the morning, then transfer to Maiko. Upon arrival, visit the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Then, transfer to Himeji Castle by train. Himeji Castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is well-known for its elegant white decorations and magnificent appearance. Unlike many other Japanese castles, this early 17th century castle is an original; never damaged by war, earthquakes or fires. Its complex structure was designed as an advanced defence mechanism and continues to draw in many visitors today. In the evening, transfer back to hotel.

Universal Studios Japan Day Pass

$125 pp

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is a fun-filled destination for anyone to enjoy. Each area is uniquely themed and offers extraordinary experiences that impress and inspire the guests’ emotions. Enjoy a wide variety of entertainment offerings from the exciting ride attractions themed after blockbuster Hollywood movies to the shows performed by popular characters. The theme park has a total of 8 sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland, Waterworld, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

 

Tokyo (3 items)

All optional activities are payable to Nexus Holidays and subject to minimum operating numbers.

World Heritage Nikko Day Tour with lunch

$290 pp
 
Note: This tour requires minimum 8 passengers to operate. For 8-14 passengers, public transportation will be used throughout the tour. You will be fully escorted by your tour guide. For more than 15 passengers, a private coach will be used.

Meet your tour guide at hotel in the morning and transfer to Nikko. Nikko is a major centre for Buddhism and the Shinto religion. It is located in a valley and surrounded by beautiful deciduous forests and majestic waterfalls. After lunch, visit Kegon Waterfall (around 100m high) which is the main natural attraction in Nikko. Then tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine. This area is well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorations on the buildings. This design is unique and not seen elsewhere in Japan. You will also This is the best spot to view maple leaves during autumn. In the evening, transfer back to Tokyo.

Tokyo Disneyland Day Pass

$130 pp

Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre (47 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. It was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, and it opened on 15 April 1983. The park has seven themed areas: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disneylands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. Many of the games and rides in these areas mirror those in the original Disneyland as they are based on American Disney films and fantasies. Fantasyland includes Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more based on classic Disney films and characters.

Tokyo DisneySea Day Pass

$130 pp

Tokyo DisneySea is a 176-acre (71.22 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001. Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 14 million visitors in 2013, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world. In 2002 Tokyo DisneySea won a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association for the concept, design, and construction of the theme park. Tokyo DisneySea also won the 2012-2015 Theme Park Insider Awards “Best theme park”. There are seven uniquely themed areas or “ports of call”. The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbour, which opens up to six additional nautically-themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.

 

Upgrade Flights

Premium Carrier

Cathay Pacific (Sydney departure only) from $700 pp subject to availability & applicable fare difference

Note: International long haul sectors only

Premium Economy Class

Cathay Pacific from $2,400 pp subject to availability

Note: International long haul sectors only

Business Class
China Southern Airlines from $3,000 pp, Cathay Pacific from $4,100 pp subject to availability

Note: International long haul sectors only

 

Extend Your Trip

Arrive Early in Osaka
  • Early arrival airfare surcharge: From $250 pp (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Pre-tour accommodation (incl. breakfast): $450/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Stay Behind in Taipei
  • Stay behind airfare surcharge: From $250 pp (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Post-tour accommodation (incl. breakfast): $250/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Stopover in an intermediate city

(subject to airline/flight routing)

Stopover airfare surcharge: From $250 pp per city (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)

 

Stopover in Hong Kong for 3 Nights From $489 pp

Includes hotel stay with breakfast, half-day tour and return transfers

Upgrade your flights to Cathay Pacific Airways to book this package

Once a sleepy fishing village, Hong Kong has developed into one of the premier financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends modernity with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences.

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Accommodation

City
Hotel Name
Seoul Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo Seoul or similar
Daegu Hotel Inter Burgo Exco Daegu or similar
Gyeongju Commodore Hotel Gyeongju or similar
Busan Centum Premier Hotel or similar
Osaka Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar
Osaka FP HOTELS South-Namba or similar
Toyohashi Loisir Hotel Toyohashi or similar
Tokyo Sunshine Prince Hotel or similar
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 Hualien Park City Hotel or similar
Tamshui Tamshui Park City or similar

 

FAQs

Triple share is not available. The third person will need to pay a single supplement in addition to the twin share package price.

No discounts apply for children. Same price as adults.

Australian passport holders are exempt for a stay of up to 90 days.