2015 Winter School Holiday in Taiwan with Culture & Gourmet Experience 10 Days Tour (27JUN)
Day 1 - Departure from Australia 27JUN2015: Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China Airlines CI52 22:10 to Taiwan.
Day 2 - Arrive Taiwan / Sun Moon Lake / Puli / Chiayi (B/L/D) 28JUN2015: On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 5:55AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays & Travel tour guide who will greet you at the Taipei Airport arrival lobby. You will be transfered 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 Shrine. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, you will be transfered to the "Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant" to have lunch. Enjoy a panoramic view on the new Sun Moon Lake Cable Car ride which has a total length of 1,877.15 meters, linking the Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village. You will able to see the Buji mountains across Lake community. This offers grand views over the Taiwan’s largest natural lake and surrounding mountain scenery. "Nine Aboriginal Tribes Culture Village", where you will see the shows and beautiful garden of the theme park and Aboriginal culture village. Tonight you will stay at Chiayi City, there is a night market near your hotel.
Hotel: Maison De Chine Hotel, Chiayi (5)
Day 3 - Chiayi / Alisan / Kaohsiung (B/L/X) 29JUN2015: After breakfast, you will depart for the "Eight Wonders of Taiwan - Alisan", which is located at the end of the Alisan Forest Railway. If the weather permits, you will be able to see the eternal sea of clouds and sunrise on Jhushan after an early morning walk through a spectacular landscapes of valleys and trails. Sightseeings around the Alisan National Scenic Area including: Cherry Blossom (Season: 15Mar-20Apr), Three Generations Tree, Elephant Shaped Tree, Sochun Temple, Suling Tower, Old Alisan Tree Site, ... just to name a few. Taiwanese Banquet Lunch will be served at Alishan House, where many cherry blossom trees are. We will visit local Alishan Tea House for tea tasting on famous Alishan High Mountain Oolong Tea and you'll see plenty of plantations. After the experience at Alisan, you will be transferred to Kaohsiung City, where will have the City Tour of Kaohsiung, see the largest industrial harbor- Kaohsiung Harbor in Taiwan, and the second busiest harbor in Asia and the Former British Consulate at ShiziwanBay. 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 café culture and night tour which are popular among local couples for a romantic night. Tonight you will stay at the 5 star Garden Villa Hotel, which is opposite the famous Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung City.
Hotel: Garden Villa, Kaohsiung (5)
Day 4 - Kaohsiung / Kenting / Taitung (B/L/D) 30JUN2015: After breakfast, the tour will depart for Theresa Deng Memorial Museum. She was the most popular and influential Taiwanese singer in the world. Today, the highlight for many visit Taiwan is a visit to Kenting National Park, undoubtedly one of the most beautifully reserved natural forest in Taiwan. It is located in south of Taiwan with popular beach bordering on the tropical region of Taiwan where palm tree, banana trees, sugar cane and surfing beach are part of the scene. It's an excellent place for swim, surf, and dive. Other sightseeings will be visited today are 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 'water therapy spa" at the 5 star hotel in Taitung.
Hotel: Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5)
Day 5 - Taitung / East Coast National Scenic Area / Hualien (B/L/D) 1JUL2015: 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 Butterfly Valley Resort. Other sightseeing in the afternoon are: GuanFu Sugar Factory and Amei Culture Centre. Luyeh Gao Tai is located at the long and narrow rift at the junction of the Central Range and Coastal Range. This famous sky diving practice hub in Taiwan is a perfect place for sky diving and hot air balloon activities, attracting a lot of sky divers to come and enjoy gliding with the wind. Luye Tableland enjoys wonderful scenery overseeing the rivers and green land of the rift valley. Tonight you will be overnight at Hualien City. You may explore the Hualien Night Market (5 minutes taxi ride) nearby for the local specialties snacks. Hotel: Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5)
Day 6 - Hualien / Taroko National Park / Taipei (B/L/D) 2JUL2015: After breakfast, you will visit "SevenStarLake” the area is called Qixingtan in Mandarin. Qixingtan was once the name of a series of small lakes situated where the HualienAirport now stands. But in 1936, Taiwan’s Japanese rulers filled in the lakes as part of a modernization drive, and the local people retreated to the coastal area their descendants now still call Qixingtan.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 Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang 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 3 nights accommodation at the five star hotel accommodation at Howard Plaza Hotel, which is located at the most convenient & popular & busiest shopping district of Taipei City! Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 7 - Taipei / CKS Memorial Hall / National Palace Museum / Yangmingshan / Dienshuei (B/L/X) 3JUL2015: After breakfast, we will visit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection - more than 650,000 pieces). Martyrs' Shrine is a classic Ming Dynasty architecture, and you might have the opportunity to see the colorful ceremony of the changing of the guards at the entrance. Other sightseeings for today are: Presidential Building (Pass by). Lunch will be held at the famous restaurant - Five Dimes, which was the masterpiece of the artist Ms Hsieh. After lunch, we will visit Yangmingshan National Park which is Taiwan's third national park (the one closest to a major city). All year round, Yangmingshan has something to offer: flowers in spring, beautiful sky in summer, fruits and maple leaves in autumn as well as hot-spring bathing and snow in winter. In the evening we will visit Dienshuei Fisherman’s Wharf: well-known by its beautiful sunset and fresh seafood. While having sightseeing and leisure facilities, it still holds its functionality as a harbor for fishing boats. We will stop at Dienshuei Old Street for your opportunity to taste the variety of Taiwanese snacks. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 8 - Yehliu / Chiufen / Wulai (B/L/X) 4JUL2015:After breakfast, you will be taking to 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". Lunch will be at Chiufen Village, famous for its old mining town's charming characteristics. Many famous Taiwanese movies were shot here. In the afternoon, we will visit Wulai, it is famous for hot spring, waterfall, and Aboriginal culture. There is even a cable car to whisk you up to the to top the mountain to have panoramic view of the valley. The "Wulai Old Street" will be visited, where you can taste the many famous Taiwanese gourmet and snacks for dinner. You will be able to see the beautiful sunset when you arrive at the village. Dinner will be a great variety of choices at the village's traditional shops. In the evening, you will be treated by the famous Taiwanese foot massage. 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. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 9 - Taipei (B/X/X) 5JUL2015: After breakfast, you will have leisure time to explore the vibrant city of Taipei. Taipei is a shopholic's heaven. You can find all sorts of bargain to all the world famous brands at one shopping district. You can catch the MRT to many parts of the city, e,g. Ximending, Xingyi Shopping District, East Chungxiao Area for shopping. See some suggestions by click here. About 7PM in the evening, you will be transferred to the Taipei International Airport for flight back to Australia at 23:00PM.
Day 10 - Arrive Australia 6JUL2015: The flight will arrive Sydney approximately before 11:15AM.
Images of Our Hotels on Tour:
Maison De Chine Hotel, Chiayi (5)
Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung (5)
Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5)
Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5)
Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
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2015 Winter School Holiday in Taiwan Culture & Gourmet Experience in 10 Days Tour
Tour Code: TWG27JUN Departure Date: 27JUN2015
CI 52 22:10-05:55
Single Room Supplement: $580
*Child price $ 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.