Nicknamed the “Ilha Formosa” or the “beautiful island” by Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, Taiwan is a stunning tropical and mountainous island. The small island has a surprisingly large economic presence in the world’s financial realm. Venture outside of the capital city of Taipei and travel into the off-the-radar fascinating areas of Zuoying and Tainan. This 5-day Discovering Historical Taiwan itinerary will show you a entire new side to the island.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Spirituality: Historic Tainan is home to seven Buddhist temples, eight Taoist shrines and the island's first Confucian temple, which still holds ceremonies today.
• Colonial Legacy: Learn about the Dutch colonization of Taiwan at Fort Provintia, an outpost built in 1653 when Dutch merchants established the city of Tainan as a trading base.
• Politics & Peace: Taiwan has a fascinating yet complex past and its political situation is still a delicate issue. Taipei's National Palace Museum and 228 Peace Park offer insights into the island's relationships with Japan and mainland China.
Arrive in the Republic of China, more commonly known as Taiwan. You land in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, where you will be transferred to your hotel, the Regent. After freshening up, check out the city’s many attractions including the Longshan Temple, the National Palace Museum, the Taipei Artist Village or take a stroll through the 228 Peace Park.
Take a high-speed train into Zuoying. The once-military fortress town is home to a stunning lotus pond surrounded by numerous temples. Take a stroll through the lovely area after you check in to the De En Gorge Guesthouse.
Travel by high-speed rail to the oldest city in all of Taiwan - Tainan. The city was originally founded by Dutch merchants to serve as a trading base. Stay in the plush Shangri-La this evening, enjoying its five-star dining and services.
Check out the area’s famous temples and shrines. There are seven Buddhist temples and eight Taoist shrines in the area alone. Tainan is home to the island’s first Confucian temple. The National Museum of Taiwan History and the National Museum of Taiwan Literature are fascinating spots to learn about Taiwanese culture. The Dutch colonial Fort Provintia is a worth visiting as well. Return to the Shangri-La to relax for the evening.
Enjoy a leisurely morning at the Shangri-La, including a hearty gourmet breakfast. Travel from Tainan to Taipei, enjoying a last glance of the countryside. You’ll be assisted with your departure from Taipei to either continue your travels or return home.
The utterly stunning Mandarin Oriental Taipei stands shining over Dun Hua North Road in central Taipei. Just a short distance from both Songshan Airport Station and from Nanjing East Road MRT station, this architectural marvel is within easy reach of the city and all its delights. Nearby attractions certain to interest guests include Taipei Arena, Taipei Fine Art Museum, a number of beautiful riverside parks and the city’s shopping district with Taipei 101. Within the hotel are a range of opulent rooms and suites to suit all tastes, sumptuously decorated and well equipped for comfort and luxury. Guests can choose between three formal restaurants serving a range of cuisines from around the world, while the hotel’s bar and cake shop serve delightful little treats. What’s more, the pool, spa and lounge encourage guests to relax and unwind, while the fitness center is perfect for invigorating workouts.
Set in the Maolin Valley, De En Gorge Guesthouse is a rustic and basic option for travelers who want to experience more verdant accommodations. Two options are available for patrons, the stone cabins for those looking for a solid bed and protection from the elements and a campsite for the adventurous looking to sleep outside (note: you must bring your own equipment). The staff is renowned for their friendly demeanor and the locale is located near the Maolin Recreation Facility and the Purple Butterfly Valley.
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Tainan, southern Taiwan, combines luxury, comfort and first-rate services and facilities all conveniently located in downtown Tainan, within walking distance from the city center. The hotel’s rooms are some of the most spacious in Tainan and have a variety of features including en-suite bathrooms, televisions, satellite/cable channels, refrigerators, desks, bathrobes and deluxe toiletries. The hotel’s amenities range from a spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, sauna, and steam room to five-star restaurants, a bar and a pub. Guests can also take advantage of the laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting and 24-hour room services.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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