A Restful Mountain Retreat – Tainan (台南) and Alishan (阿里山) 3 Day Tour
People in the south of Taiwan live at a different pace than their northern city-dwelling brethren. They are extremely amiable, people-oriented, always smiling and ready to help out a stranger. The people are the primary reason that tourists continue coming back to these cities in Southern Taiwan – their passion, friendliness, and helpfulness. Come experience the South of Taiwan together with us.
The greatest attractions and features of Southern Taiwan are all to be found in Tainan: the former cultural capital of the Chinese-Fujianese population in Taiwan. Tainan is full of unique and beautiful temples, and is home to some of the most interesting cultural customs on our beautiful island. Being one of Taiwan’s top three destinations, Alishan features a highland landscape with various tourist sites dotted along the its abundance forest trails. Two Sisters Pond, Thousand Year Cypresses, Zhushan viewing platform are ones that attract the most visitors. Do not miss taking the Alishan forest train that runs through a charming mountain valley. Depending on the season, you can view deep green landscapes or cherry blossoms during the train ride.
Historic Treasure Landmarks – Anping
Old Fort That fort was the anchor point of early settlements in Tainan for both the Dutch and the Chinese, and much of the settlement’s history lies in Anping’s old streets surrounding the fort.
River in the Forest: Four-Grass Green
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.
A Restful Mountain Retreat – Alishan National Scenic Area
Alishan is renowned far and wide for its cloud sea, sunrises and sunset glow. It also has an enchanting gorge waterfall, Sakura cherry blossoms and bamboo groves. 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.
Alishan Railway Experience
Construction of the Alishan Forest Railway was commenced in 1899 by the Japanese. Intended to transport logs and carry supplies, the railway has now become an integral part of the Alishan recreation facilities.
09 : 00 Departure from Taipei.
Meet your tour guide at Taipei Main Station West 3 Gate (台北車站西3門) and take High Speed Rail to Tainan
11 : 30 Lunch
13 : 00 Anping Old Fort and Old Street
15 : 00 Anping Tree House
17 : 00 Sunset at the Salt Farm
18 : 30 The best local food in Tainan
Overnight at a local high quality B&B or 3-star hotel in Tainan (台南)
09 : 00 Depart from B&B
10 : 00 River in the Forest: Four-Grass Green Tunnel
12 : 00 Lunch
13 : 30 Chiayi Beimen Station visit
15 : 30 Fenchihu Old town
17 : 00 Dinner
Overnight at a local high quality B&B at Alisan (阿里山)
09 : 00 Depart from B&B
09 : 30 Alishan Railway Experience
10 : 00 Sacred Forest Trail Hiking
13 : 00 Lunch: Aboriginal Dishes
15 : 00 Eternity Suspension Bridges
17 : 00 Turn back to Taipei by High Speed Rail (The tour will end at Taipei Train Station)
Departs on every Tuesday and Wednesday
Taipei Main Station West 3 Gate (台北車站西3門)
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.
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)
445 USD per person
Adult (Over 6 years old)
890 USD per person * If your group is 4 adults or over, the special price is 770 USD per person.
2 nights of local high quality B&B or 3-star hotel
1st Day: Lunch & Dinner / 2nd Day: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner / 3rd Day: Breakfast & Lunch
Anping Old Fort, Four-Grass Green Tunnel Boating Tour, Alishan National Scenic Area and Alishan Railway tickets
A great English/Chinese -speaking guide
Taipei to Tainan HSR tickets, Chiayi to Taipei HSR tickets and van or sedan in Tainan and Chiayi
Travel insurance and of course, memories that money can't buy!
Please note that tips for your tour guide are NOT included.