2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival Tour & TIOS

The 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival is going to held at Dapeng Bay, Pingtung.  Being the largest single-crater lagoon as well as the only retractable cross-ocean bridge in Taiwan, Pingtung have splendid and gorgeous view, and would work with the landscape and topography of the site to bring in multiple cultures, mingling tradition, technology, agriculture, and tropics and others.  

 

Day 1 -  Departure from Australia
Depart flight from Sydney/ Brisbane / Melbourne, Australia with China Airlines CI52 / CI54 / CI58 22:10 to Taiwan.

 

Day 2 - Taipei / PingXi / Chiufen / Yehliu / Dienshuei / Taipei (B)
B: Traditional Taiwanese Breakfast 
L: ChiuFen Village Gourmet (your own expense)
D:
 Dienshuei Old Street Gourmet (your own expense)
On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 5AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays & Travel Tour Guide who will greet you at the Taipei Airport lobby. 
You will be served traditional Taiwanese Breakfast, then be transfered to to Pingxi, which is famous for sky lantern experience (included) - a must-do experience in Taiwan. The international event, PingXi Sky Lantern Festival is one of the three most popular customs of lantern festival in Taiwan. 
Feel spirited away in this decommissioned gold minning mountain, Chiufen Village - originally built by the Japanese and now a maze of lanes and alleyways with rich history and culture. Founded during the Qing Dynasty, this small town was a relatively isolated village until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893, quickly developing the town due to the gold rush. Many buildings here remain unchanged to this day, reflecting the Japanese influence on both architecture and culture in Taiwan. During World War II, the town housed a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp where capture Allied Force soldiers (main British and Australians) were forced to work in the gold mines. After the war, gold mining activities declined, and the Chiufen Village today exists as a tourist destination remembering and celebrating Taiwanese history and culture. 
After 
Chiufen Village Lunch (your own expenses), 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 in the evening will be
Dienshuei Old Street (Tamshui)  located along the riverfront in Tamsui (Danshui), Tamsui Old Srteet is a boardwalk-like area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants, cafes, and xiaoch (snacks). The waterfront area is a great place to watch the sunset over the Tamsui River. A ferry can be taken from the pier at Tamsui Old Street across to Bali Left Bank, a relaxing waterfront area popular with cyclists.  
Tonight you will start your stay at the 5 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 3 - Taipei / Taroko National Park / Hualien (B/L/D)
B: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
L: Aboriginal Gourmet Meal
D: 
Hualien Gourmet at Hotel
This morning you will depart
 to Hualien via Su-Hua Highway and Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel (12.9 kilometers), we will drive pass the "Chingshuei Clifflocated 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.  Then will drive for north of Hualien - the obscure coastal village of Chi Hsing Bay. The beach here remains undeveloped and have a spectacular backdrop of mountains. It is a great place to relax. We then visit 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.  Tonight you will be stayed overnight at Hualien City.

Hotel: Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5*)

 

Day 4 - Hualien / Butterfly Valley / Luye Hill  / Taitung  (B/L/D)

B: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
L: Gourmet Meal at Butterfly Valley
D: Local Taitung Gourmet

After Breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Aboriginal Amei Tribe Culture Centre & Historical GuanFu Sugar Factory. The Amis are an Austronesian ethnic group native to Taiwan. They are one of the sixteen officially recognized peoples of Taiwanese aborigines.  Then 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 & Spa in the deluxe Butterfly Valley Resort. Then we will drive thru the HuaTong Mt Route, to visit Luye Hill (Luje Gaotai) located in the mesmerizing East Rift Valley Scenic Area filled by high mountains, hills, terraces, and plains, providing an ideal location for hot air ballongs. Luye Hill is also fames for its tea, one may find the fields down the hill are most likely tea plantation. In additions, it is a popular spot for paragliding and camping.  After that we will drive to "Tainan Aboriginal Beinan Cultural Village" it is the site where the Neolithic Beinan People who live here 2000-3000 years ago, BC civil human evidences have been found.  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 / Kenting / Kaohsiung (B/L)
B: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
L: Fresh Kenting Seafood
D:
 Own arrangement at Lantern Festival
After breakfast, the tour will depart 
to Taitung via the Scenic Southern Link Highway for today's exciting journey towards the east side of Taiwan. Today's 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.) & 'Sail 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).   Today's highlight will be 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival at Pingtung.  You will able to see the beautiful display of lanterns in the event.  Local and overseas folk troupes dedicate their remarkable performances to the festival’s goers. Many other performance groups also bring their impressive shows to the audience. The festival has therefore been hailed by local participants and foreign guests alike.  This event been strongly recommended by the CNN & Lonely Planet the must do list in Taiwan. Tonight you will stay at the brand new 5 star hotel in Kaohsiung City next to Lotus Lake & Kaohsiung Park and night market.      

Hotel: Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung (5*)

 

Day 6 - Kaohsiung / Lotus Pond / 2019 Taiwan Intl Orchid Show (TIOS) / Chiayi (B/D)
B: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
L: Own arrangement at TIOS
D: Gourmet Meal at East Garden

After breakfast, we will firstly visit Lotus Pond today.  Lotus Pond is an artificial lake and popular tourist destination on the east side of Kaohsiung city. Opened in 1951, it is famous for the lotus plants on the lake and the numerous temples around the lake, including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and the Confucian Temple. Then we will proceed to the  2019 TIOS (Taiwan International Orchid Show) at Taiwan Orchid Planation in Houbi Tainan City. Every year, the TIOS attracts millions of visitors for its amazing display of orchid from loca and afar. Established in 2005, TIOS ranks alongside the annual Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival in Tokyo and the triennial World Orchid Conference as the largest of its kind in the world. Taiwan's Taichung has been selected to host the 23rd WOC (World Orchid Conference) in 2020 (Sunday 29MAR2020).

Having ample wild Orchid resources and conservation research experiences, Taiwan has earned the honor to hold the 23rd World Orchid Conference, 23rdWOC. In 23rdWOC, Taiwan hopes the conference to not only discuss the conservation of Orchid, but have more exchanging and sharing, and even deepen the responsibility and ideal to build a platform."

After the experience at the amazing orchid show,  you will be transferred to Hinoki Village Tea House.  Hinoki Village is Taiwan's first forest cultural and creative park.
The village was originally the dormitories of the Chiayi Forest division of Forestry Bureau of the Taiwan Governor General Office during the Japanese rule of Taiwan.  You will have chance to experience the Taiwan Tea Culture there.  Tonight you will be staying at Chiayi city.

Hotel: Maison de Chine Hotel, Chiayi (5*) 

 

Day 7 - Chiayi / Sun Moon Lake / Taichung (B/L)
B: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
L: Gourmet Meal at lakeside restaurant
D: Fengjia Night Market (your own expense)

After Breakfast, 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, Holy Monk Shrine and Peacock Garden. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, you will be transfered to the "Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant" to have lunch.  Experience Sun Moon Lake Sky Ropeway (1878m length) for the beautiful panoramic view of the lake.  Then depart for "Nine Aboriginal Tribes Culture Village" to see the shows and beautiful garden of the theme park and Aboriginal culture village.  Tonight we will visit Taiwan's largest night market, Fengjia Night Market, and overnight stay at Taichung city.

Hotel:  Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Taichung (5*)

   

Day 8 - Taichung / Taipei City / National Palace Museum / Taipei 101 (B/L/D)

B: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
L:
 Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant 
D: 
Taipei 101 DingTaiFung Dumpling House
After breakfast, we will go back to Taipei.  Firstly we will visit Martyrs' Shrine, Presidential Building (Pass by), and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.  Lunch will be held at the Taiwanese gourmet restaurant. After lunch, we will visit National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection - more than 650,000 pieces).  After that, you will be treated by the famous Taiwanese foot massage. You will sit in the reclining comfortable couche to receive the foot rubs from massage therapists. The massage concentrate swiftly pressing, probing and prodding. Some, albeit groaning, seem to enjoy the massage, which is popular among the local Taiwanese after a hard day's work. Tonight you will visit the tallest building in Taiwan, Taipei 101 (observatory deck is not included) and have a Taiwanese dinner at Taipei 101 DingTaiFung.
Hotel:Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5*)

Day 9 - Taipei (B)

After breakfast, you will have leisure time to explore the vibrant city of Taipei. Taipei is a shopaholic'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. XimendingXingyi Shopping DistrictEast 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 23:30PM. 

Day 10 - Arrive Australia
The flight will arrive Sydney approximately 11:45AM. 

 

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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Price guide

 

 2019 Taiwan

Lantern Festival
10 Days Grand Tour
 

Tour Code: TWG8D7N

Departure Date:

25 FEB 2019

  Adult Price Child Price* 
  $2480 $1980

 

Single Room Supplement: $595

Land Only: $1500 


# Child price  is for child between 2-12 yr old to share bed with existing bedding (child no bed and sharing 1TWN room with 2 adults) 
# Child between 2-12 yr old to have a bed (share room with 1-2 audlts), is $2080 per child.
* High season surcharge min $400-$900 p.p. apply, depends on the departure dates. 


Printable English Itinerary for 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival Tour Click Here

 

 

Inclusions

  • Return international economy airfare with China Airlines
  • 7 Nights hotel accommodation (5 star hotels)
  • Return Airport / Hotel Transfers
  • Meals as specified (B=8, L=5, D=4)
  • Admission and Entrance fees
  • Mandarin & English speaking tour guide throughout the whole tour
  • Tour Insurance


BONUS
Inclusions

  • FREE Taiwanese Foot Massage
  • FREE Taiwanese Hot Spring.
  • FREE entrance to 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival & 2019 TIOS 
     

Valuable Side-Trip Offer:   

Airfare extensions from Taipei to one of the Asia cities: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines,  Cambodia, Myanmar, Palu, Surabaya, India, Hong Kong, China.

Additional airfare applies, please contact us for details.

Other cities available at extra cost. Please contact us for details. 

 

Exclusions

  • Airport & Government Taxes (Approx min $220 p.p.)
  • Passports & Visa (if applicable)
  • Tips min. A$7 p.p. per day x 8 days = A$56 (NT$1600)
  • 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)  without bed (includes meals), but must sharing exist TWN room with 2 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

Chinese Itinerary click here. 中文行程
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