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Overview

Discover the beauty of Taiwan’s countryside on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary aboard your coach, and disembark to explore the picturesque region on foot with your guide. You’ll drive around Sun Moon Lake and walk through the well-preserved Alishan National Scenic Area. Visit the town of Puli. Includes two nights’ accommodation near Sun Moon Lake and Chiayi with breakfast, plus round-trip transport.
  • 3-day sightseeing tour of Puli, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei
  • Enjoy a drive around the Sun Moon Lake area and visit charming sites like Tehua Village, Wenwu Temple, Tse-En Pagoda and Holy Monk Shrine
  • Explore the beautiful Alishan National Scenic Area and marvel at natural wonders like the Sister Ponds and the Xianglin Sacred Tree
  • Stop at the Guangxing Paper Factory in Puli to learn about the paper-making process
  • Overnight accommodation in 4- to 5-star hotels, transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off included
Explore the natural beauty and must-see cultural attractions of the Sun Moon Lake region and Alishan National Scenic Area on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Your trip combines relaxing coach tours with walking tours of Chiayi County’s temples, forests and towns such as Puli. Visit Southern branch of National Palace Museum. Enjoy two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and informative commentary from your guide. Note: Your tour may return to Taipei by train.

Please see Itinerary below for a more detailed schedule.

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei – Sun Moon Lake
After pickup from your Taipei hotel, your guide will drive you by comfortable, air-conditioned coach to Puli in the county of Nantou. Stop at the Guangxing Paper Factory for a guided tour to learn about the elaborate process of making paper.

Continue your drive to Sun Moon Lake. As you travel through the scenic area around the lake, admire views of boats docked by the lake’s pier and listen to your guide’s informative commentary on local sites you pass such as Tehua Village, the local village of aboriginal people. Step off the bus for short stops at Wenwu Temple, Tse-En Pagoda and Holy Monk Shrine, among others.

Have lunch (own expense) either in Puli or around Sun Moon Lake. Your guide will give you suggestions on great local restaurants and eateries, where you can enjoy a delicious meal in the company of your fellow travelers. Head to your hotel and enjoy its extensive facilities before spending the night.
Overnight: Fleur de Chine near Sun Moon Lake (rated 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Alishan – Chiayi (B)
After a complimentary buffet breakfast in your hotel, board the bus and enjoy a scenic ride along the New Central Cross Island Highway. On this 2- to 3-hour (approx.) drive, enjoy gorgeous views of towering mountain ranges covered with dense forests as you pass Yushan National Park.

Visit Alishan National Scenic Area in Chiayi County for a walking tour of its forest. As you stroll along the shore and over the bridge of the Sister Ponds with your guide, learn about the tragic story of the Tsou sisters who, according to folk legend, threw themselves into these still waters after falling in love with the same man.

Follow your guide along the forest trails under the canopy of towering red cypress and cedar trees. Discover the quirky names given to nearly every tree, like the ‘Tree Spirit Pagoda,’ the ‘Tree of Three Generations’ and the ‘Xianglin Sacred Tree.’ Enter the Shoujen Pagoda, the park’s largest temple, and marvel at the ornate golden altar and thousands of illuminated miniature Buddhas.

Stop for lunch (own expense) in any of the towns along the way at a restaurant suggested by your guide, and then continue on a 2-hour drive to the city of Chiayi. Soak in scenic forest views along the highway and snap some photos of scenic villages like Fenchihu and Rueili while listening to your guide’s informative, fascinating tales. Afterward, check in your hotel and rest up for the night.
Overnight: Nice Prince in Chiayi (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 3: Chiayi – Southern Branch of National Palace Museum(B)
After a buffet breakfast on your third day, you will head to Southern Branch of National Palace Museum. The purpose of the establishment is to achieve cultural equity between the Northern and the Southern regions of Taiwan, and to drive cultural, educational, social, and economic developments in both regions.

Southern Branch of National Palace Museum complements the limited display space of National Palace Museum. It actively showcases a variety of awe-inspiring exhibitions to fulfill its duty as a museum for artifact collection, research, conservation, education, and exhibition as well as to introduce artifact-derived leisure and recreational activities, and engage in cultural and creative operations.At the end of your visit, you will be transferred head back to downtown Taipei.

Reviews

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a
, Jul 2018

Our tour driver David Chao is very good experience and a lot of knowledge about it.we can't go that place without joining tour.we have fun in the rain at Alisha.There are amazing view along the trip.First hotel is excellent and good service. we should have more time at the national palace museum will be the best of last day of tour.we got six place to see an hour.

R
, Jul 2018

If you have limited time in Taiwan, then this is the tour for you. You will see the best of the country side beyond big cities of Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake is marvelous. Alishan National Park is the most scenic landscape of Taiwan. On the way, you will see indigenous people culture, tea plantation, and others. The tour is small enough for interaction between tour guide and participants. I will highly recommend this tour to other travelers.

E
, Mar 2018

This tour was quite an experience both scenery and people were wonderful.
Very helpful and friendly guide. Accommodation was excellent and the sights we visited were very memorable.
Thank you for the experience.

S
, Jan 2018

Great road trip to tour the central/southern part of Taiwan. I came during off season, so my group tour ended up being a private tour of me and the driver/guide. He was informative and friendly. Ample of free time to explore. Sun Moon Lake and Alishan Park were beautiful. I especially enjoyed the hotspring hotel at Sun Moon Lake. The 3rd day was a bit dull, as it was just the Museum and a lot of driving back to Taipei.

E
, Feb 2017

A rather pleasant ride through the mountains. Great experience seeing Sun Moon Lake and the national park.

M
, Feb 2017

The bus and the hotels we stayed were nice.. but too much waiting time for the group and long bus ride.

C
, Dec 2016

The tour guide, Walter, was really friendly, and had a good sense of humor. He was always there to help everyone in our large group make purchases and translate menus when everything was in Chinese. He took the time to memorize all of our names even though there were 27 of us and the tour was only 3 days long. He made sure to repeat our meeting times and locations several times whenever we had free time to make sure everyone had heard and understood. He also knew a lot about the places we went, and could give good suggestions about where to eat or what to buy in each location.

The first day was great although it didn't start out very smoothly. The tour bus went to the wrong Hotel to pick me up, and when I called them they made me feel like it was my fault even though I was at the hotel indicated on my voucher ticket. After that though, we went to Wenwu Temple which was absolutely gorgeous, and I really enjoyed the hike up to Tse-En Pagoda. We had many great views of Sun Moon Lake. The itinerary on the website said we would go to Guangxing Paper Factory, but it was replaced with the Puli Shaohsing Brewery, which was still cool.

The second day, I was a little disappointed. We spent more time on the bus than actually visiting places. The hike through the Alishan forest was beautiful, but I wish we'd have had more time to take in the sites. We stopped to see Shouzhen Temple, but we only had about 15 or 20 minutes to see the temple and look at the shops. I felt very rushed. Also, the bus rides to and from Alishan are very long and might not be great for people who get car sick because the road goes through the mountains so we were constantly swerving back and forth for a couple hours. The description on this website also has interesting stories behind places like the sister ponds, but the tour guide didn't mention anything about this while we were there. It would have been nice to hear about the history and stuff like that while we were exploring.

Day three did not follow the website's itinerary at all. We were supposed to do a walking tour of Lukang, and Visit historic temples like Tianhou Temple and Lung Shan Temple but we didn't do any of that. Instead we went to The National Palace Museum of Asian art and culture. It was really interesting and I had a great time, but could not help but feel like I missed out on the temples. I would have liked to see them.

Overall, I did enjoy the trip but I feel a bit like I didn't get what I paid for. The places we went to were extraordinary, and the hotels were nice, but we didn't follow the itinerary on the website and we spent a lot more time on a bus than I would have liked.

A
, Oct 2016

Sun moon lake and Alishan is worth going. Our tour guide was not very informative and thorough about the background and trip. It's unfortunate as we did not get to see much of Sun Moon Lake when we stayed at the most amazing hotel right at the lake. We had a fun group though, so that was cool.

C
, Sep 2016

The landscape was lovely, but the tour guide was dull, dull, dull!

h
, Apr 2016

Every trip must start and finish with safety. Therefore a big thank you to our Bus Driver!!!
What can I say for this trip. Just amazing. Our Tour Guide David was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor and really friendly.
Yes, it is a tour with a lot of hours inside the Bus but the scenery and the surroundings during these 3 days were just unforgettable.
It is difficult to express with words what our eyes saw by visiting the Sun Moon Lake, the Alishan National Scenic Area, and all the magnificent Temples during our 3 day Tour.
The Hotels? The dinner buffet and the breakfast buffet at the Fleur de Chine and also the breakfast on the Nice Prince Hotel?
Everything was just perfect.
Yes, I fully recommend this Tour.

Thank you once more David for making us feel comfortable during these 3 days and learning so many things about Taiwan.


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