Ultimate 5 Day Tour – Sun Moon Lake & Alishan (阿里山)

Ultimate 5 Day Tour – Sun Moon Lake & Alishan (阿里山)

Be prepared to experience the real Taiwan in one go in this ultimate 5 Day Tour! This package combines some of the most symbolic and beautiful attractions that Taiwan has to offer. We will take you to see the famous nature destinations Sun Moon Lake and Alishan, to eat awesome food at the infamous Fengchia night market, to experience the Hakka culture in Beipu, and last but not least, to learn about the wonderful traditional arts at Puli Paper Factory and Shueli Snake Kiln. Get ready!

Features:

Taiwan photo tour

Photo Spots​

Great Food

Taipei Culture tour

Culture

Highlights

Hakka Village - Beipu (北埔) Old Street Beipu is a scenic spot that has been famous throughout Taiwan. Here you can see the historic sites and old houses. Besides, you can enjoy the local delicacies such as Pong-Feng Tea, LeiTea, sweet potato cake and Hakka snacks.

Hakka Village - Beipu (北埔) Old Street

Beipu is a scenic spot that has been famous throughout Taiwan. Here you can see the historic sites and old houses. Besides, you can enjoy the local delicacies such as Pong-Feng Tea, LeiTea, sweet potato cake and Hakka snacks.

A Food Paradise: Feng-Chia (逢甲) Night Market The food at Feng-Chia night market is often described as “delicious, cheap, and generous portions.” Feng-Chia night market isn’t only about being big, it’s also about taking an innovative spirit to Taiwan’s traditional night-market foods. Come and experience this hub of Taiwanese gourmet innovation for yourself, and gain insight into the food culture of our beautiful Ilha Formosa.

A Food Paradise: Feng-Chia (逢甲) Night Market

The food at Feng-Chia night market is often described as “delicious, cheap, and generous portions.” Feng-Chia night market isn’t only about being big, it’s also about taking an innovative spirit to Taiwan’s traditional night-market foods. Come and experience this hub of Taiwanese gourmet innovation for yourself, and gain insight into the food culture of our beautiful Ilha Formosa.

Chung Tai Chan Monastery - Find Your Inner Peace Chung Tai Chan Monastery's bodybuilding contains Wu Hua changes, Gather lives, education, art learning, art, science. The building of the temple, the statue of Buddha, the fresco, the color paints, the carving structure, the calligraphy and etc, all of these form the content of the art. They show the real truth, the real nice and the real beauty of the spirit of Buddha. All of these are the art and the unimposing. Making a trip of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, you will feel the relaxation. It is just like a heart spirit bathing. You can also gain the peace in your heart.

Chung Tai Chan Monastery - Find Your Inner Peace

Chung Tai Chan Monastery's bodybuilding contains Wu Hua changes, Gather lives, education, art learning, art, science. The building of the temple, the statue of Buddha, the fresco, the color paints, the carving structure, the calligraphy and etc, all of these form the content of the art. They show the real truth, the real nice and the real beauty of the spirit of Buddha. All of these are the art and the unimposing. Making a trip of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, you will feel the relaxation. It is just like a heart spirit bathing. You can also gain the peace in your heart.

A Town of Paper: Paper Making at Local Paper Factory

In Puli, excellent water resources make for fine produce. From processing raw wood to printing your own creative patterns on your paper creation, at the Paper Factory, make sure to participate in a DIY paper crafting tour! During 1970s, paper was massively exported abroad. The paper making industry has been completely developed and enhanced with Chinese and Japanese techniques during the Japanese colonial period.

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty – Sun Moon Lake Offering breathtaking beauty every season, Sun Moon Lake attracts those who love mountains and the outdoors to find peace and contentment from its unpredictable natural appearance. If you like biking, you don’t want to miss the chance to bike around Sun Moon Lake. Nominated as one of the most breathtaking cycle paths by CNN, the bike trail has attracted cycling lovers from the world. It offers the closest contact with the idyllic scenery along the lake shores.

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty – Sun Moon Lake

Offering breathtaking beauty every season, Sun Moon Lake attracts those who love mountains and the outdoors to find peace and contentment from its unpredictable natural appearance. If you like biking, you don’t want to miss the chance to bike around Sun Moon Lake. Nominated as one of the most breathtaking cycle paths by CNN, the bike trail has attracted cycling lovers from the world. It offers the closest contact with the idyllic scenery along the lake shores.

Itathao Aboriginal Cuisine

Itathao Aboriginal Cuisine

Sun Moon Lake has long been home to the Thao tribe. Local Thao activities and charms include aboriginal food like flavorful rice cooked in bamboo tubes, salt roasted shrimp and the infamous Thao tribal millet wine.

Shuili Snake Kiln - The Hometown of Pottery

Shuili Snake Kiln - The Hometown of Pottery

Shuili Snake Kiln is the town where it remains the eldest tradition of kiln-making. There lies the biggest kiln work which is in the Guinness Book of Records by the size of 6.68 meters.

A Restful Mountain Retreat – Alishan National Scenic Area

A Restful Mountain Retreat – Alishan National Scenic Area

Alishan is renowned far and wide for its cloud sea, sunrises and sunset glow and also has enchanting gorge waterfall, sakura cherry blossom and bamboo grove scenery. The scenic area’s unique Z-shaped forest railway (nicknamed “train hits the wall ”) and the culture of the local Tsou aborigines add to Alishan’s uniqueness.

Itinerary

Day 1

09 : 00 Pick you up at your hotel in Taipei
* If you need to be picked up at airport, Keelung port or hotels out of Taipei, there will be additional charge.
10 : 30 Hakka village - Beipu Old Street
12 : 00 Lunch
13 : 30 Hakka ground tea (lei cha 擂茶) experience
15 : 30 Rainbow Village - veterans' colorful world
17 : 00 A food paradise: Feng-Chia Night Market (Dinner is on your own expense)
Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Taichung (台中)

Day 2

09 : 00 Depart from B&B
10 : 00 Chung Tai Chan Monastery - Find Your Inner Peace
12 : 00 Lunch
13 : 30 A Town of Paper: Paper Making at Local Paper Factory
16 : 00 Paper Dome
17 : 00 Dinner
Overnight at a local high quality B&B at Puli (埔里)

Day 3

09 : 00 Depart from B&B
10 : 00 Sun Moon Lake
12 : 00 Lunch: Aboriginal cuisine
13 : 00 Boating or cycling along the lake
15 : 30 Shuili Snake Kiln - The Hometown of Pottery
* If you would like to try the pottery making, it will be own expense.
17 : 00 Dinner
Overnight at a local high quality B&B in Nantou (南投)

Day 4

09 : 00 Depart from B&B
12 : 00 Lunch
13 : 30 Alishan National Scenic Area
14 : 00 Alishan Railway Experience
14 : 30 Sacred Forest Trail Hiking
17 : 00 Dinner
Overnight at a local high quality B&B at Alishan (阿里山)

Day 5

09 : 00 Depart from B&B
10 : 30 Fenchihu Old Town visit
12 : 00 Lunch
13 : 30 Turn back to Taipei (Send you back to your hotel in Taipei)
17 : 00 Arrive in Taipei

Tour Details

Minimum Numbers

2 people

Availability

Departs on every Monday and Friday

Meeting point

The lobby of the Taipei hotel you stay

When to book

Book 3 days in advance

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes, a light coat and anti-mosquito measures. Please avoid wearing colorful clothes and perfume to prevent wasp attacks.

Price

Infant (0 to 1 years old)

Free of charge. (Please note there must be at least one adult accompanying the tour with infant.)

Child (1 to 6 years old)

555 USD per person

Adult (Over 6 years old)​

1110 USD per person * If your group is 4 adults or over, the special price is 940 USD per person.

Inclusion

Accommodation

4 nights of local high quality B&B or 3-star hotel

Food

1st Day: Lunch / 2nd Day: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner /
3rd Day: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner / 4th Day: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner /
5th Day: Breakfast & Lunch

Admissions

Hakka ground tea (lei cha 擂茶) experience, Paper Making at Local Paper Factory, Paper Dome, Boating or cycling along the lake, Shuili Snake Kiln, Alishan National Scenic Area, Alishan Railway Experience

Tour Guide

A great English/Chinese -speaking guide

Transportation

Van or sedan

Others

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

From 940 USD per person

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babymatters
babymatters
Great service and hospitality
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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!
julesyongsg
julesyongsg
A fun trip for young and old
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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!
Liu-Elsdon
Liu-Elsdon
An unforgettable day trip with Topology
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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!
FerryKris
FerryKris
Custom private tour shifen, jiufen, and taipei
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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.
Nuttakarn M
Nuttakarn M
Winter in Taiwan with 3 generations!!!
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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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