Best of Taiwan 1030 , 8 Days

Sitting off the south-east coast of China, the island nation of Taiwan –is one of the most densely populated places in the world. With the interior of the island being mountainous, the majority of its 23 million strong population lives in cities strung out along the flatter west coastal belt. Taiwan is therefore a land of contrasts: crowded cities with a plethora of restaurants, shops and entertainment options in one part, and lush forested mountains, sandy beaches and marble-walled gorges in the other. It may surprise some people to know that Taiwan has eight national parks protecting its wildlife-rich tropical forest.

Highlights:
Sun Moon Lake – a gentle journey through the history, culture and scenery of this remarkable place
Kenting – Taiwan’s first national park
East Coast National Scenic Area - Taiwan's last unspoiled land
Taroko National Park – Taroko Gorge, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grott


Itinerary:

Day 1. Saturday. Taipei
Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car (NO guide). The remainder of the day will be free. -/-/-

Day 2. Sunday. Taipei
Our first stop is Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, an impressive monument in memory of President Chiang Kai-shek. After that, we will depart to the Grand Hotel Taipei and have a photo stop. This 5-star hotel is another historical landmark. On the way to the Grand Hotel, our tour guide will have a quick introduce when we pass by Presidential Office Building, a symbolic landmark and historical site in Taipei City. After the photo stop, we will depart to Martyrs’ Shrine. The highlight of this place is guard changing ceremony. Our last stop is the world-famous National Palace Museum, which has a collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks throughout 8,000 years of Chinese art over multiple dynasties. B/-/-

Day 3. Monday. Taipei-Sun Moon Lake
On the first morning of your Taiwan round-island tour, you will depart from central Taipei and travel to the heart of the island, Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area. Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater lake on the island, is divided by Lalu Island. The eastern side of the lake resembles the sun, while the western side resembles the crescent moon, giving the lake its unique name. This picturesque area is also the ancestral home of the Thao people, one of Taiwan's indigenous groups. With its rich indigenous culture and abundant natural beauty, Sun Moon Lake has earned its place as one of Taiwan's premier destinations.
After lunch, your journey continues with a scenic bus tour around Sun Moon Lake, where you'll explore the most renowned attractions in this area. Begin with a visit to Ita Thao, an indigenous village that offers insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Thao people. Then, marvel at the grandeur of Ci'en Pagoda, an iconic Sun Moon Lake landmark constructed by the late President Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his mother. Following your visit to Ci'en Pagoda, your exploration of Sun Moon Lake continues with stops at two significant temples. First, you'll arrive at Xuanzang Temple, a serene Buddhist sanctuary dedicated to the esteemed monk Xuanzang. Then, your journey takes you to Wenwu Temple, an imposing Taoist temple featuring three halls devoted to the Martial God and the God of Literature. With the expert commentary of your tour guide, you'll gain deeper insights into Sun Moon Lake, enriching your appreciation of the area's history and significance.
For the first night of your Taiwan round-island tour, you can enjoy a comfortable stay in a 5-star hotel, either in the serene surroundings of Sun Moon Lake or in the vibrant heart of downtown Taichung. B/-/-

Day 4. Tuesday. Sun Moon Lake-Tainan-Kaohsiung
Kick off the second day of your Taiwan round-island adventure with a delightful breakfast, setting the tone for another day of exploration. Hop on the bus and make your way to Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan, celebrated for its abundance of historic buildings and profound historical heritage. Your adventure proceeds with a visit to Fort Zeelandia, constructed by the Dutch East India Company during their 38-year administration of western Taiwan. The original fortress faced near destruction by the British army in the 19th century but was subsequently rebuilt by the Japanese. After exploring Fort Zeelandia, take a leisurely walk along Anping Old Street. Situated on the east side of Fort Zeelandia, this historic street was established by the Dutch over 300 years ago and holds the distinction of being the first officially named street in Taiwan. Besides its fascinating history, Anping Old Street is also known for its local specialties such as tofu pudding, shrimp rolls, fish skin dishes, beef soup, and many more. While you're here, don't miss the chance to savor the city's signature delicacies, adding a delightful culinary experience to your historical journey in Tainan.
After lunch, your next destination is the romantic harbor city of Kaohsiung, the most populous city in Southern Taiwan. Upon arriving in Kaohsiung, your first stop is the renowned Fo Guang Shan Monastery (FGS), a significant Buddhist monastery founded by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1967. The monastery is most famous for its Great Buddha Land, featuring a majestic 36-meter-tall golden statue of Buddha Amitabha, which stands as the tallest standing Buddha in Southeast Asia. It is encircled by an impressive array of 480 smaller statues depicting Buddha Amitabha. During your visit to Fo Guang Shan Monastery, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with a knowledgeable monk who provides insights into the doctrines and development of Buddhism, which is the most widely practiced religion in Taiwan Tonight, you'll have a pleasant stay in a conveniently located 5-star hotel, surrounded by department store, convenience stores, and drugstores. Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on any additional supplies you may need for the remaining days of your Taiwan round-island tour. B/-/-

Day 5. Wednesday. Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung
After a hearty breakfast, set out on your journey as you head south toward the border, where Taiwan's first national park awaits. Kenting National Park is celebrated for its coastal geological formations, scenic landscapes, and rich marine biodiversity, fostered by its unique combination of crustal deformation and tropical climate. Additionally, Kenting is also a paradise for surfers and divers alike. On the third day of your Taiwan-round island tour, you will make your stops at Maopitou, literally cat’s nose, aptly named as it resembles a colossal crouching cat when viewed from afar; Chuanfan Rock, literally sail rock, another distinctive natural formation that resembles the sail of a ship or a likeness of the former US President Richard Nixon; Eluanpi Lighthouse, a Qing Dynasty-era construction that was recognized as one of the Eight Views of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period; and Longpan Park, a coral limestone plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean, shaped over time by rainfall erosion. Following your exploration of Kenting National Park, your journey will take you to Taitung via the scenic South Link Highway, allowing you to savor the continually shifting landscapes throughout your drive. Tonight, you'll enjoy the pleasure of staying in a serene hot spring resort in Zhiben, Taitung County. Zhiben is renowned for its carbonate hot springs, which are known for enhancing blood circulation and alleviating, fatigue, making it the perfect place to rejuvenate after a day of exploration.  B/-/-

Day 6. Thursday. Taitung -East Coast National Scenic Area-Hualien
After a good night’s sleep and a delectable breakfast, your tour in Taiwan continues as you journey along the east coast, known as the last unspoiled place of the island. Wherever you go, it never ceases to amaze you with its enchanting natural beauty. You'll visit some of the most impressive scenic spots along the way, including Xiaoyeliu, Sanxientai, Shitiping, and Fanshuliao, each boasting its own distinctive geological features. The first stop is Xiaoyehliu (literally “Little Yehliu, or officially “Fugang Geopark”). This area is known for its natural rock formations, resembling those found in Yehliu Geopark on the northern coast of Taiwan, hence the name. Here, you can get up close to these unique landforms, shaped over time by weathering and sea erosion. Your adventure continues with a visit to Sanxientai (literally the terrace of the three immortals), which comprises an offshore island and coral reefs, with a cross-sea bridge that connects the mainland to the island, serving as a prominent landmark in the East Coast National Scenic Area. After exploring Sanxientai, you will make a stop at Shitiping (literally stone steps). This area is a well-developed sea erosion terrace, featuring promontories along the coastline that have been eroded by sea water over millions of years. This natural process has created an abrasion platform, sea grooves, sea cliffs, and potholes, making Shitiping a world-class outdoor geology classroom. Before visiting the marble factory in Hualien, your next stop is Fanshuliao, a unique canyon often considered a smaller version of Taroko Gorge. Marble mining and processing have been integral to Hualien's history, significantly contributing to the city's prosperity. The marble factory and its exhibits provide valuable insights into this major industry in Hualien. Indulge in a serene overnight stay at a luxurious 5-star resort as you prepare to be amazed by the world-renowned natural wonder—Taroko Gorge, on the last day of your Taiwan round-island tour. B/-/-

Day 7. Friday. Hualien - Taroko George-Taipei
On the last day of your Taiwan round-island tour, you’ll explore the most awe-inspiring destination in Taiwan, Taroko National Park. Get your camera or phone ready for an unforgettable adventure in the world’s largest marble canyon! Situated in the eastern part of Taiwan, Taroko National Park was established in the year of 1986. This national park is renowned for its dramatic gorges, diverse wildlife, unique geological formations, and particularly, its towering marble cliffs, which can reach heights of up to 1,100 meters. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the park’s most famous attractions, including Cimu Bridge, the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Buluowan Suspension Bridge, Eternal Spring Shrine (Changchun Temple), Swallow Grotto Trail, and Qingshui Cliff. Embark on your day at Cimu Bridge after a hearty breakfast. The name “Cimu” directly translates to “loving mother”, as a homage to a touching story of maternal love. At the eastern end of the bridge proudly stands the Cimu Pavilion, a structure commissioned by the late president Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his own mother.
Originally constructed with white marble from the region, this red steel bridge, resembling a cable-stayed design, was known as the “Marble Bridge” before being swept away by a typhoon in 1990. On its eastern end, visitors can take in the scenic beauty of a riverbend where millions of years of powerful rapids have
artistically shaped the riverbed. Following your visit to Cimu Bridge, the next enchanting highlight on your Taroko adventure is the Tunnel of Nine Turns, which is considered the most picturesque section of Taroko Gorge. After extensive repair work, it reopened to the public in 2019. As you walk along the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the meandering river below, running through the deep and spectacular canyon. Additionally, you’ll get a closer view of the geological faults and folds in the towering marble cliffs, as well as the unique vegetation clinging to the canyon walls. Your next stop is Swallow Grotto Trail. The distinctive potholes on the cliff surface were formed by the combination of groundwater and the swift-flowing river. These natural formations were once the favored nesting spots for swallows, giving the trail its name. As you stroll through the tunnels, get ready to be amazed by the stunning vistas of the soaring marble cliffs that seem to reach the sky. Your adventure persists as you explore the awe-inspiring Buluowan Suspension Bridge. Spanning 196 meters in length, 2.5 meters in width, and soaring approximately 152 meters above the Liwu Valley, this bridge offers visitors a remarkable vantage point to witness the twists and turns of the Liwu River. As you gaze eastward from the bridge, you will be captivated by the sweeping panoramas of the Liwu River Valley. Likewise, when you turn your gaze to the west, you’ll be enchanted by the breathtaking landscapes of the Swallow Grotto. Next, you’ll stop by the Eternal Spring Shrine, a memorial shrine built in 1958 to commemorate the 225 personnel (military veterans), who lost their lives during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. From a distance, you’ll witness a waterfall gracefully descending over the sheer cliff beneath the shrine, forming a poetic and picturesque sight. As your Taiwan round -island tour nears its conclusion, you’ll have the chance to visit one of Taiwan’s renowned “Eight Wonders” – the Qingshui Cliff, offering yet another visual spectacle. This towering cliff, standing at over 1,000 meters in height and stretching for 21 kilometers, plunges almost vertically into the sea. At the viewing platform, you’ll be able to relish a breathtaking panoramic view of this natural wonder. Subsequently, you’ll return to Taipei and reach your hotel or the designated drop-off location in the evening, marking the end of your unforgettable Taiwan round-island tour B/-/-

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.

Visa: Citizens of most European countries and North America do not need a visa to enter Taiwan. Please, check the latest requirements regarding your country. 


Price Includes:
7 nights in a double room at 3-star hotel in Taipei and 5-star hotels in the other cities
daily breakfast
air-conditioned coach
English speaking guide
entrance fees
transfer from/to the airport (no guide)
Tour insurance

Not Included:
Flight tickets to/from Taipei
tips
personal expenses
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
insurance
any item not mentioned in the above itinerary

Additional Services:
Accommodation at 4**** or 5***** hotel in Taipei: on request


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Best of Taiwan (Rated 4.8 / 5 Based on 393 Reviews.)
Price
1030 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
590 EUR
Status
Open for booking

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Group Size
Min. 1
Reservation System Code
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