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10 Day Around Taiwan: Tea Origin Tour

Sonnien Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

Tea Farm Tour in Taiwan

This tour offers the finest teas that the island of Taiwan has to offer, combined with intimate, local experiences and DIY activities that can't be found elsewhere. Travel to Taiwan's most beautiful spots like Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, and Pingtung and learn why these picturesque spots also provide ideal tea growing conditions. Visit organic tea farms in the high mountains, make a savory tea with a sub-minority group, and make Taiwan's famous bubble milk tea at the original shop. A tour for serious tea connoisseurs, this tour will leave an impression on all visitors and instill a deep appreciation for Taiwan's tea culture.

Highlights

  • Visit organic tea farms in Taiwan's high mountains
  • Make a savory, edible tea with Taiwan's Hakka people
  • Travel to the island's natural wonders and learn about each region's unique tea
  • Gain an understanding of Taiwanese tea culture from local tea farmers
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation

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8 days with instruction
Group size: 2-7 participants
Airport transfer available:
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

  • Day 1: 4-star hotel Sonnien Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 2: 3.5-star In Sky Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 3: 4-star LeaLea Garden Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 4: Jiayi Guanzi Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 5: Alishan History House (double or twin room) or equivalent with dinner
  • Day 6: 3.5-star hotel U.I.J Hotel And Hostel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 7: 3-star Hotel DayPlus Kenting (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 8: 3-star hotel J Resort (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 9: 3.5-star hotel Taroko Likko Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent

Program

Day 1: Taipei: Taiwan’s bubble milk tea (original boba tea)

Start at one of the oldest tea factories on the island and then explore modern-day bubble milk tea (“boba”) at the first bubble tea shop. Go back in time at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Dadaocheng, then learn about modern Taipei at Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world.

Day 2: From Taipei to Miaoli and Taichung: Hakka tea culture experience

Learn how to make the savory and edible “thunder tea” with a subminority group in Taiwan before enjoying a scenic "train ride" featuring a renovated train powered by bicycles. After cycling through cultural relics, head to Taichung and enjoy traditional Taiwanese food at a night market.

Day 3: From to Taichung and Sun Moon Lake

Take an electric boat, luxurious boat ride across Taiwan's largest and most beautiful lake. Then, tour a tea factory and enjoy a tasting of Sun Moon Lake's world-renowned artisan black tea while gaining a deep understanding of the region's devoted tea culture.

Day 4: In Nantou: Eco-Cha founder take you to visit high mountain tea to Chiayi

Try Eco-Cha’s organic tea and take a tour by Andy Kincart, founder of Eco-Cha high up in the mountains. Enjoy lunch surrounded by the beautiful scenery, then head to a traditional town in Taiwan whose food was featured by Netflix.

Day 5: From Chiayi to Alishan

Enter the Alishan National Park and handpick tea at a local tea farm with breathtaking views. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the park's natural forest, enjoying Taiwan's mountainous terrain that supports ideal tea growing conditions.

Day 6: From Alishan to Tainan

In the morning, you’ll get up early and hop on the Alishan Forest Railway to catch a glimpse of the area’s famed “sea of clouds” that appear in the hours around dawn. Afterward, you’ll head to Tainan, Taiwan's oldest city to learn about the island's history dating all the way back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial periods.

Day 7: From Tainan to Pingtung, tea from the Pacific Ocean

Tour a tea farm next to the Pacific Ocean and taste how the tea leaves and local snacks are influenced by the neighboring seawater, producing a unique flavored tea. Then, head to Taiwan's beautiful beach towns in both Hengchun and Kenting, two resort towns that still preserve Taiwan's history.

Day 8: From Pingtungto Taitung

Enjoy a picturesque drive along the Pacific Ocean. Then, dine with a local indigenous tribe. Visit a local tea farmer and tour his farm before cycling through the beautiful Chishang rice farms.

Day 9: From Taitung to Taroko Gorge

Absorb the unique topography of the East Rift Valley during the drive to Taroko Gorge. Then, explore the world’s largest marble cliff and blue, turquoise waters at Taroko Gorge.

Day 10: Depart Hualien and back to Taipei

On the tour’s final day, you’ll start slowly, allowing you an hour or so after breakfast to continue to enjoy the facilities at the Taroko Silk before heading out to tour the gorge itself. You’ll spend the rest of the morning visiting the temples and shrines of the gorge, and, weather permitting, taking a hike to the Baiyang Waterfall.

After lunch, you’ll head back towards the coast through the gorge and continue north up Taiwan’s magnificent east coast back to Taipei.

Location

You will visit various places in Taiwan to learn about the tea culture in the country.

Food

The following meals are included in the package:

  • Breakfast in hotel (day 2 to day 10)
  • Lunch (day 8)
  • Dinner (day 5)

Please advise any specific dietary requirement at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guide to introduce you to local culture and history
  • All transportation (5-seater sedan or 8-seater van, driver)
  • Admission tickets to all activities on the itinerary
  • 9 nights accommodation at 3 to 4-star hotels with breakfast each day
  • Lunch (day 8) and dinner (day 5)
  • Travel insurance (accidental death and disability: maximum 2,000,000 TWD, medical expenses: maximum 200,000 TWD)

What's not included

  • Meals not listed above
  • Any optional activities not on the itinerary
  • Gratuity

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The cost of the transfer is 50 USD per car (five-seater). The transfer service only accepts two people with one piece of 28-inch (70x48x30cm) luggage and one piece of 22 inches (55x40x20cm) luggage.

Airport: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Airport transfer available: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

This tour is available all year round with arrival on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. To be on the safe side, booking at least 10 days before the start date is highly recommended.


Tour requires a minimum of 2 guests. My Taiwan Tour team will do their best to accommodate individual travelers by placing them on tours with other guests. In the event an individual traveler cannot be so accommodated, guests will be offered an alternative tour of equal value or a full refund.

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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