Day 1: Taipei / High-speed Rail Experience / Kaohsiung
Depart from Taipei in the morning, and take the high-speed train south to the second biggest city of Taiwan: Kaohsiung. Your bus driver will be waiting at the train station to take you to your first stop: Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, which was constructed by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun to enshrine the Buddha’s relic.
You'll then proceed to Pier-2 Art Center, once an abandoned and forgotten warehouse, now a transformed hub where tourists and locals can come together to enjoy fine arts.
Next, you will take the ferry to Cijing Island, an offshore island of Kaohsiung. You'll experience a thrilling cycle rickshaw ride through the streets, before you arrive for your dinner at Liuhe Night Market: the oldest and most traditional night market in Kaohsiung. There, you'll have the chance to taste the city’s signature street foods, like the seafood congee, steamed salted shrimps, a papaya-milk drink, rice cakes and Stinky Tofu.
Day 2: Kaohsiung / Kenting / Kaohsiung
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will head south again, this time to Kenting: a tropical paradise perfect for a romantic getaway. Along the way to Kenting, you will visit the best-preserved historical town in Taiwan: Hengchun (literally meaning eternal spring).
You'll also explore Eluanbi Lighthouse, considered one of the most important monuments in Taiwan during the period the nation was under Japanese rule. You will also see Maobitou (literally meaning cat’s nose) and Longpan Park, a coral limestone tableland eroded by rainwater.
Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Kaohsiung or similar
Day 3: Kaohsiung / Tainan / High-speed Rail Experience / Taipei
After breakfast at your hotel, you will go on a historic tour in Tainan: the oldest city in Taiwan and commonly known as the “Capital City”.
The first stop will be at Fort Provintia, which was originally constructed by the Dutch in 1653, then destroyed, and rebuilt during the Qing Dynasty. You'll then venture forth to Koxinga Shrine built in 1662 during the Ming Dynasty, to commemorate the achievements of Chinese Ming Loyalist Cheng Cheng Kung.
You'll continue on to Fort Zeelandia, built by the Dutch East India Company during their 38-year rule of the western part of Taiwan. The original fortress was nearly destroyed by the British army during the 19th century then reconstructed by the Japanese.
Once your tour is concluded, you will head back to Taipei by the high-speed train.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.