8D: Alishan, Tainan & Kaohsiung

Alishan 阿里山, Tainan 台南 & Kaohsiung 高雄 8-Day Tour
-Meet the Warmest Hospitality and Experience the true lifestyle of Southern Taiwan

As your second trip in Taiwan, besides Sun Moon Lake, Cingjing Farm, and Taroko Gorge, how about experiencing the true life style of Southern Taiwan? In winter, comparing to Taipei, the climate of southern Taiwan is steadier and more comfortable which make it the best destination to visit during the cold time of the year. Here, you can board the mini train at Alishan and enjoy the gorgeous and jaw-dropping cloud sea; try the most traditional food in Tainan, the old capital of Taiwan. The taste of southern Taiwan is totally different from that of Taipei, so do not say you have tasted all the delicious food in Taiwan until you visit Tainan. Finally, set foot on the second biggest city of Taiwan: Kaohsiung. As a passionate harbor city, you will experience the friendly citizens and the diverse culture.


family tour

Family fun

Taiwan outdoor tour


Taiwan photo tour

Photo Spots​

Great Food


A Restful Mountain Retreat – Alishan National Scenic Area​

Alishan features the highland landscape with overwhelming tourist sites dotted along the high concentration of forest trails. Two Sisters Pond, Thousand Year Cypresses, Zhushan viewing platform are ones that attract the most visitors.

Tea Picking Experience

Taiwan is famous for its tea. In the tea picking activity, you'll know the process of making tea. Indulging in the aroma of tea is one of the best ways to experience the tea culture of Taiwan.

Tea Testing at Bamboo Forest

Sit in the magnificent green tunnel and have a cup of tea. The only thing you need to do is embracing the nature and relaxing your mind.

Four Grass Green Tunnel - Charming like a Dreamland!

It’s a Mangrove green shade tunnel. You can take a bamboo raft to visit this marine forest. The round trip is about 30 minutes and full of wonders. It is so unique and charming like a dreamland.

Ten-Drum Cultural Creative Group

The largest development goal of the group is to promote Taiwan local culture and carry on drum percussion art. Ten-Drum hopes to rouse people’s concern for traditional drum art and encourage professionals to be brave in Taiwan drum music

Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Fo Guang Mountain (Fo Guang Shan) Monastery is the most prominent landmark of the region, here stands a huge 120-meter golden statue of Buddha Amitaabha.


Day 1

- Alishan Tour
Arrive in Taiwan
Take high speed rail to Chiayi (around 1.5 hours)
Drive to Alishan(around 2 hours)
Meet Taiwanese Aboriginal in Alishan - Yu Yu Pass
Stay at Alishan

Day 2

- Alishan Tour
Visit the Kingdom of Railway Lunchboxes at Fenchihu Old Town
Make Tea with your own hand - Tea picking
Experience Tea Table at Bamboo Forest
Stay at Alishan

Day 3

- Alishan Tour
Experience Alishan Railway
Explore Alishan National Scenic Area
Take a forest shower - Sacred Forest Trail Hiking
Stay in Tainan

Day 4

- Tainan Tour
Take Cigu Lagoon Bamboo Raft to find hermit crab and taste the freshest oyster
Visit the Dreamland by Bamboo Raft - Four Grass Green Tunnel
Wander through the Anping Old Street to find the traditional flavor of Taiwan
Experience the vitality of plants: Anping Tree House
Stay in Tainan

Day 5

- Tainan Tour
Watch a nice drum show at Ten-Drum Cultural Creative Zone
Listen to the history about Taiwan at Chikanlou
Meet the Eastern Socrates at Tainan Confucius Temple
Have the best local snack in Taiwan
Stay in Tainan

Day 6

- Kaohsiung Tour
Pamper in Peace - Fo Guang Shan Monastery
Make Pottery at San-he Tile Kiln
Understand Ancient Exam System - Fongyi Academy
Make Your Mouth Watering at Liouhe Night Market
Stay in Kaohsiung

Day 7

- Kaohsiung Tour
Visit Dagou British Consulate
Enjoy Fine Art and the Surrounding Snacks at the Pier-2 Art Center
Dine at Qijin for Budget-Friendly Fresh Seafood
Enjoy the Night View Along the Romantic Love River
Stay in Kaohsiung

Day 8

- Kaohsiung Tour
Visit Dragon and Tiger Pagoda to Turn Bad Luck into Good Fortune
Be a Little Motor Rider at Suzuka Circuit Theme Park
Take high speed rail to Taipei or depart from Kaohsiung

Tour Details

Minimum Numbers

This tour is a private tour for at least 4 people


Departs on everyday

Meeting point

Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) or Songshan Airport (TSA)
* If you arrive in Kaohsiung Airport, please let us know in advance and we will reduce the fee of high speed rail tickets from Taipei to Kaohsiung.

When to book

Book 5 days in advance

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes, anti-mosquito measures, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.


Twin Room Sharing

1,367 USD per person

Single Supplement

+360 USD per person



7 nights of hotel or local high quality B&B (Twin Sharing)


Breakfast at the hotel every day


Yu Yu Pass, Tea Picking Experience, Alishan Railway Experience (branch line), Alishan national scenic area, Cigu Lagoon, Four Grass Green Tunnel, Anping Tree House, Ten-Drum Cultural Creative Village, Chikanlou, San-he Tile Kiln, Fongyi Academy, Qijin Ferry

Tour Guide

A great English-speaking driver guide
If you prefer Mandarin-speaking driver guide, feel free to let us know.


Airport pickup and drop-off service
High speed rail tickets between Taipei and Kaohsiung
Private transportation during the tour (8-10 hours per day)


Travel insurance and of course, memories that money can't buy!
Please note that tips for your tour guide are NOT included.

From 1367 USD per person


Don’t just take our word for it. Read what our previous clients have to say about us!

Great service and hospitality
Just completed our 9 persons 9 days trip to Taiwan with Topology. Peter, our trip planner is very helpful. We had a last minute request to add on an additional room the day before we flew, and he had everything settled by the time we touched down in Taipei. The hotels recommendation were good and suitable for our big family with young children. Joanna our tour guide took very good care of us throughout the trip. She knew that the elderly doesn’t like western food but the younger ones love it. She managed to find a restaurant that has a play area for the young kids, good Italian food for the parents and a hotpot for the elderly grandmother. A lot of thought went into catering to the diverse needs of the group. It’s truly a trip at our own pace, catered to our tastes and preferences. Thank you Peter, Joanna, and Topology! We’ll be back to explore other parts of Taiwan again with Topology!
A fun trip for young and old
Our 4th trip to Taiwan and 3rd time with Topology. 1st time was with an agency from our home country but we have not looked back since we started with Topology in 2016. Sincere personalised service is what we have been getting everytime. Core, our tour coordinator is always patient, responsive and pleasant. She planned our trip well... Addressing concerns of the elderly and the young and ensuring their needs were addressed. It's also our 3rd trip with our guide Taddy who is always charming, caring and thoughtful. He knows where to get the best value most delicious food in Taiwan! Taddy took special care of our elderly parents... he's always got a way to ensure that their ability to appreciate the locations we visit is not compromised by their inability to walk far. With Taddy always feel so welcome like visiting family. Great job Topology!
An unforgettable day trip with Topology
Our group of 10 had a wide range of people from ages 1 to 77 with different interests and needs from physical to dietary. Clint took care of everything and paid close attention to each family member (from finding a sandwich to locating a bike route) so that we could really enjoy being together and exploring Taiwan. The itinerary took us to hidden spots in Taiwan from a mystical bamboo forest where we tasted tea to a night tour of an ecological preserve. And Clint took amazing photos throughout our trip so that we have a lifetime of memories to treasure. We highly recommend Clint and Topology to everyone and look forward to traveling with them again in the future!
Custom private tour shifen, jiufen, and taipei
The 2 days tour began with our guide, Mr. Logan Chen, picked us up at our hotel on time. He was well prepared, courteous, very friendly, and welcoming. The car was clean, well stocked with mineral water, and comfortable. The way he drove was safe and comfortable that my boys were able to fall asleep on the way to Shifen and Jiufen. As we requested to be in Jiufen until night, Logan suggested we visit the Shifen waterfall first. So we did and we had fun. Then to Shifen we went. Had lunch at a restaurant recommended by Logan. It was a very good lunch. The restaurant was nice and unique and the food was delicious. Then up next was the flying lantern at Shifen. We got a good place to write our wishes and fly them up. Then up next was the golden waterfall which was simply breathtaking. From there we went to jiufen and stayed there till nightfall. Logan had a very good knowledge of the place. He recommended lots of food stops in Shifen and Jiufen. All were very delicious. We will surely use topology services again the next time we are in Taiwan.
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Nuttakarn M
Winter in Taiwan with 3 generations!!!
We all love this tour and enjoy this trip very much. The guide leader is polite and funny. He made a well-planned in each day and make us impressed with a delicious BD’s cake. Even we have 4 senior and 3 children, they are happy with this tour.

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