Day 1 - Departure from Australia / Arrive Taiwan
Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China Airlines CI52 22:10 to Taiwan. Arrive Taipei International Airport at approx 04:40, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays guide who will greeted and transfered to your hotel in Taipei. You may explore the local night markets which are near your hotel. Hotel: Holiday Inn Express,Taoyuan(4«)
Day 2 - Taoyuan / Taipei City Tour / Northeast Scenic Area / Yilan (B/L/D) After breakfast, you will be met by our tour guide at the hotel lobby, and be taken to Taipei City to see the most visited plaxes in Taipei, including: Presidential Building (Pass by), Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection in the world). Lunch will be held at the famous restaurant inside the museum where the chef was favored by the ex-President Chen. After lunch, we will visit Martyrs' Shrine. In the afternoon, you will visit the beautiful Northeast Scenic Area, where you pass the 66km long ocean drive. You then arrive at Jiaosi Hot Spring Area. Jiaosi hot springs have been a popular tourist destination since the Japanese colonial period. At that time, a hot springs bathing pool was built for public use. A profound hot springs culture has since sprung up here in Jiaosi, and the flatland hot springs are more popular than ever. Locals use the mineral water to grow mineral rich vegetables: a specialty of Jiaosi. Between the extra tasty vegetables and rich heritage, Jiaosi is more than just a hot springs venue; it's its own culture! Hotel: Jiaosi Hotel Spring Resort, Yilan(4«)
Day 3 - Yilan / Taroko Gorge / Hualien / Taitung Chihpen (B/L/X) This morning you will depart for Taroko National Park. 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. You 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. Later you will arrive Chisingtan before lunch. Then, after lunch, we will drive and see the Scenice Hualien & Eastern Coast area "Taiwan's Last Unspoiled Land", stretches 170 kilometers down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here. Our tour will stop at Siaoyeliou, Sansientai, Stone Steps, Caves of the Eight Immortals. The area is the closest coast to the famous Green Island. Delicious Lunch will be held near "Rainbow Bridge", it is the end of the Shiouguluan River Rafting stop, where the river widens out and becomes calm. The river bed here is scattered with large snow-white boulders that have been given the name of " Shiouguluan jade.". A visit to the Amis Aboriginal Village, before arriving at your Taitung Chihpen and enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath at the 5 star hotel in Chiben area. The service here is excellent and the water is not as hot as other hot springs , allowing bathers to jump right in. The hot springs water is also drinkable. Plunge straight in! And if you forget to close your mouth on the way in, fear not! In fact, go ahead and gulp some down! Hotel: Chihpen Hot Spring Resort, Chihpen Taitung(4«)
Day 4 - Chihpen / Kenting / Tainan (B/L/D) 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 southermost tip of Taiwan, "Maopitou" (named after the shape of cat-nose-like rock.) The coast of coral reef is worth a visit for landreforms 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). After lunch, you will arrive at Taiwan's second largest city, Kaohsiung City, sightseeings including: Shizhi Bay, the Former British Consulate, and Kaohsiung Harbour. We then continue to Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan which showcases Taiwan's varied cultures through its lively temples, traditional cushions and colonial remnants. Tonight you will stay at Gunsling Hot Springs Resort. It has been renowned since the Japanese colonial era. Because the hot springs are loaded with minerals from subterranean rock strata, the water is of a dark Grey hue; the hot springs are also referred to as the “mud springs” or the “black hot springs .” The abundant minerals make the skin soft and radiant. With the exception of the Sicilian hot springs and the Japanese Kagoshima hot springs , the Taiwanese Gunsling hot springs are the only other hot springs of this kind. Hotel: Gunsling Hot Spring Resort(4«)
Day 5 - Gunsling / Alison / Sun Moon Lake / Pauli (B/L/D) After Breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to "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), Sister Lake, Zhaoping Park,Sochun Temple, Old Alisan Tree Site, ... just to name a few. After the experience at Alisan, you will be transferred 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 Shrien, Lalu, and Peacock Garden. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, you will be transfered to the "Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant" to have dinner in Puli (the wine township in Taiwan). Hotel: Puli Hotel, Puli(4«)
Day 6 - Puli / Taipei / Taipei 101 / Beitou (B/L/D)
This morning you will depart for Taipei, arriving at Xingyi Shopping District, and seeing the Taipei 101 Tower, the world's second tallest building. After lunch, we depart for "Beitou Hot Spring Museum" (the world's first hot spring museum). Beitou has two faces. Old Beitou is the area where the local people have lived and worked for over a century and is located around Beitou MRT Station and Beitou Market, while Xin Beitou (New Beitou) is the area around Xin Beitou MRT Station and Qinshui Park that was developed as a hot spring resort during the Japanese era (1895-1945). In addition to the waters, Xin Beitou's other attraction was the girls, and the area had the dubious distinction of being one of Taiwan's largest illegal red light districts. Like a phoenix rising from the steam of the scalding waters, the Beitou of today is characterized by its high quality spas, good hotels, excellent living accommodation and green and lush environment. Due to the smell of sulphur and the constant rising of steam, the Beitou valley had the appearance of a witch's cauldron, and so the Aboriginal inhabitants of the area named it paktaaw, meaning 'witch'. Beitou is the Sinicized form of this name. Hotel: The Riverview Hotel, Taipei(4«)
Day 7 - Taipei (B/X/X) 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, 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 23:55PM.
Day 8 - Arrive Australia The flight will arrive Sydney approximately 11:05AM.
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Hot Spring Adventure in Taiwan
8 Days from $1980
Tour Code: TWSIP3 *Departs: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
Single Room Supplement: $425
15JAN11 - 31MAR11
Return international economy airfare with China Airlines
6 Nights hotel accommodation (4-5 star hotels) TWN share
Return Airport / Hotel Transfers
Meals as specified (B=6, L=5, D=5)
All Admission fees
All transfers with air conditioned vehicle
English speaking guide throughout the whole tour
FREEReturn Airfare from Taipei to one of the Asia cities: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Denpasar, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Phuket, Jakarta, Kula Lumpur, Manila, Penang, Phnom Penh, Rangoon, Saigon, Singapore.
Airport & Government Taxes (Approx min $350 p.p.)
Passports & Visa
Drinks & Food not mentioned in your itinerary
All other items of a personal nature.
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, and Saturdays surcharges may apply when overnight at Hualien, Taroko Gorge, Chihpen and Sun Moon Lake. Please always check with our consultants for more details.
Child Price is available from 2-11 years old (inclusive) with bed & meal, but must sharing room with 2 Adults or would be charged same rate as Adults.
Above Packages rate based on minimum 10 PAX.
If Package based on min 2 PAX per group, each seaon's package rates are:
L: $3480 p.p. twn share + tax
K: $3550 p.p. twn share + tax
H: $3950 p.p. twn share + tax
B= Breakfast, L=Lunch. D=Dinner
Nine rules for bathing hot springs
1. Take a shower before bathing in hot springs to maintain the cleanliness of the water.
2. Women should avoid bathing in hot springs during their menstrual period.
3. Be sure to test the temperature of the water with a finger or toe before getting in to make sure the hot springs are not too hot.
4. Avoid bathing in hot springs 30 minutes before eating a meal, and one hour after a meal.
5. Do not drink alcohol while bathing in hot springs .
6. Make sure there is enough air circulation in indoor hot springs facilities.
7. Do not soak in hot springs for too long. Generally, 30 minutes each time is the limit, and one should not bath in the springs more than three times per day.
8. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after soaking in hot springs . Drinking sports drinks is also recommended.
9. People with heart diseases and pregnant women should not soak in hot springs .