A world apart from Mainland China, here the skylines are free from smog and protesters fearlessly hit the streets. Taiwan is blessed for its duel trait of culturally dense cities and untainted natural reserves. Taipei may have a cosy population, but lovers of lights will die for the night markets and food.
The countryside is strewn with such beauties as Yehliu, the cape of mystical formations, and Sun Moon Lake, the eerily shaped and spectacular-at-sunset waterbody. For a new take on Chinese culture, experience the magic of Taiwan.
|Tour Type||Trip Name||No. Days||Bookings||Prices per person|
|Adventure Tour||Treasures of Taiwan||11||From $4,855.00|
Treasures of Taiwan
From bustling Taipei to the cool blue streams of the Shakadang River, this nine-day journey drops you into some of Taiwan’s most spectacular scenes.
You’ll encounter the breadth of Taiwanese culture, from the minority indigenous tribes of Sun Moon Lake to the friendly merchants of the urban night markets. Not to mention natural wonders like Yehliu National Geo Park.
|Day 1: Taipei||
Welcome to Taiwan! Your adventure begins in the capital, Taipei. The city sits in an ancient lakebed basin, enclosed by mountains and teeming with hot springs. Home to nearly 4 million people, Taipei is one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world. Whether you want to roam around world-class museums, laze about the hot springs or try the local delicacies, Taipei will keep you entertained for days. You can arrive at any time today, as there are no activities planned until a welcome meeting at 6pm. Your leader will leave a note for you at reception detailing the time and place of this important meeting. Tonight you’ll head out on a first Taiwanese dinner with your group.
|Day 2: Sun Moon Lake||
This morning you’ll drive to Sun Moon Lake, the largest body of freshwater in Taiwan (approximately 3-4 hours drive). Sun Moon Lake is divided in two by Lalu Isand, with one side of the lake taking the shape of the sun and the other that of a crescent moon. The beauty of the place means it’s a traditional destination for newlyweds to honeymoon. The area around the lake is home to one of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, the Thao, and you’ll enjoy a traditional aboriginal meal for lunch. In the afternoon, take a boat ride, cycle or walk around the lush mountainous scenery that surrounds the clear water lake. If you decide to the bike, the scenery will make the 3-hour ride more than worth the effort – past sparkling water, locals fishing, colourful boats, little beaches, rice paddies and all manner of trees. Tonight you’ll stay in a comfortable guesthouse, where dinner is included.
|Day 3: Sun Moon Lake||
Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous Have you ever dined in a tree house? Today's your chance. Tree Top Restaurant, in the New Era Art Resort, is a highly regarded restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine from a chef's tasting menu. Incorporating living trees that weave through its multistory interior, the Tree Top Restaurant offers exceptional dining in bamboo-inlaid nooks amid the aroma of native trees.
|Day 4: Puli - Ming Ging Farm||
Begin today by visiting Chung Tai Chan Monastery. You will be guided by a local monk or nun. The construction of the building combines both Chinese and Western styles.
|Day 5: Taroko Gorge - Hualien||
Today you’ll drive approximately 4 hours to the east coast and Hualien, Taiwan's largest state, from where you’ll explore the majestic Taroko Gorge. The gorge stretches out over 18 kilometres, with marble walls that climb hundreds of metres above the Liwu River. Its spectacular scenery makes it a popular walking and hiking destination. Taroko (named after the Truku tribe that once populated the surrounding river valleys) was formed over millions of years by the erosion of marble by the path of the river. With dramatic scenery and an abundance of wildlife, Taroko Gorge is a natural splendour that covers 92,000 hectares and is undeniably one of the highlights of the trip. Photographers are sure to get some dramatic landscape shots while walking around the gorge. Be prepared though as, as one Taiwan's most popular sights, the area can get busy. You’ll enjoy a one-hour hike on the Shakadang Trail around the lush surrounds, following the crystal clear Shakadang River as it winds through the marble canyons. The walk is not on a steep incline so anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness will be fine on this trail. You’ll then travel to Hualien for the evening, perhaps for a spot of shopping and a visit to the local night market for dinner.
|Day 6: Hualien||
Visit an Aboriginal Tribe Farm for an encounter with another side of Taiwan. Through organised activities such as fishing and hot pot cooking, learn about the lifestyle of Hualien's aboriginal people. Next, travel on to beautiful Liyu Lake, perhaps taking in its surrounds on an optional bike ride or swan boat outing. The night is spent back in Hualien.
|Day 7: Yilan||
Continue your journey north to Yilan county for an afternoon spent exploring Lo-don Forest District and the National Center for Traditional Arts (approx. 3 hours). Created to showcase traditional Taiwanese life and culture, this centre contains in its complex numerous examples of everyday life, from conventional grocery stores to folk arts, merchants and eateries. Live shows of colourful costumes and acrobatic acts parade through the streets, and you can browse the stores for traditional Taiwanese arts. While here you’ll also stop to see a Chinese puppet show, ceramic glaze making, fabric dyeing, and a host of other cultural artisan crafts, each providing an insight into the past society of the island.
|Day 8: Yilan - Taipei||
Consider kickstarting your day a different way with a nip of Kavalan whiskey at the King Car Distillery, the country's only whiskey distillery. After learning how this golden drop is produced, those seeking to start their morning more conventionally can enjoy a cup of the distillery's own coffee roast, Mr Browns Coffee.
|Day 9: Juifen - Taipei||
Today travel the short distance (approximately 1 hour) out to the north coast and Yehliu National Geological Park. The park has stunning views across the bay and is famous for its hoodoo stones (isolated free standing rocks) and thin spires of rock that were formed by sea erosion, wind and the movement of the Earth. It’s easily possible to spend a couple of hours here gazing at the rock formations – many have been given names like “Ice Cream Rock” and “Candle”, with the most famous being the “The Queen's Head”.
|Day 10: Taipei||
Your last full day is dedicated to checking out the sights that Taipei itself has to offer.
|Day 11: Taipei||
There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. If you choose to extend your stay here we can assist you with booking additional accommodation.
|Meals:||10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Private Bus|
|Accommodation:||7 nights in Hotels & 3 nights Guesthouse|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|