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Taiwan: Epic Outdoor Treasures, Culture & Taipei

Taiwan: Epic Outdoor Treasures, Culture & Taipei

$3390 per person

This fabulous tour of Taiwan blends the best of its epic natural wonders with the niftiest aspects of bustling Taipei. You start in Taipei and then discover Sun Moon Lake, Tainan, Kenting, Taitung and Hualien, all natural wonders — this trip provides you with a complete immersion into the best of Taiwan! You’ll visit museums to learn about the history and culture of Taiwan, explore the stunning scenes of Taroko National Park and walk the local streets to get glimpses of local leisure and lifestyle.

 

Lying on the western edge of the Pacific, Taiwan offers wondrous vistas, from majestic natural landscapes to lively traditions. Ps, Taiwan is well positioned for a short stopover on your way to mainland China or Southeast Asia. You have options! Taipei, Taiwan, has experienced an incredible revitalization — and you’ve got to check it out. In the late 1980s, Taipei was a sooty traffic jam barely giving way to a gritty, noisy industrial metropolis heaving with helmet-free scooters doubling as family mini-vans. Today, 23 million people riding 15 million scooters—now all wearing helmets—share the roads with 8 million 4-wheel vehicles…but it works. Rude driving and horn-honking are rare and the air is clear in what is now a dazzling, livable city. You might even see a scooter carrying a dog wearing her own helmet. As amazing as Singapore’s 1970’s turnaround, Taipei’s central planning rebirth makes it a great destination where shopping pedestrians enjoy a genuine right-of-way when crossing intersections. A once polluted river now has a tree-lined riverbank park with bicycle lanes. No food or drink is allowed on their vast, efficient, predictable and odorless subway network; this rule is enforced! Revitalized shrines, temples and colonial buildings mingle with dazzling skyscrapers that have repainted this into a contemporary landscape. A transformation miracle reminiscent of New York City’s Times Square, this revolution also showcases Taipei’s green architecture. Welcome to Taiwan — you are going to enjoy this incredible tour of the Taiwan and it’s green otherworlds as only International Experiences can do it.

Highlights

  • City tour of Taipei
  • National Palace Museum, the treasure chest of Chinese culture
  • Longshan Temple, a feast of architecture and folk culture
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan
  • The best of Sun Moon Lake in the mountains of Nantou at the geographic center of Taiwan island
  • Explore the old Anping Fort, the oldest fort in Taiwan
  • The stunning view of Anping Harbour
  • Anping Tree House, an old warehouse that’s been engulfed by the roots and branches of banyan trees
  • Drive along the coast to Baisha Beach and Kenting National Park
  • Wanlitong for a morning of snorkeling
  • National Museum of Prehistory
  • Tiehua music village and art market
  • Hualien, a region famous for its amazing valley plain
  • Wu He Tea Plantation
  • Qingshui Cliffs, one of the most spectacular sights along Taiwan’s Pacific coast
  • Taroko National Park, which features spectacular gorges, high mountains, and numerous waterfalls

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    Activities as Specified
    English Speaking Guide
    Government taxes
    Transportation
  • Not Included
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    International Airfare
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1

TAIPEI ARRIVAL

  • Upon arrival, your private guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you via private car to your hotel in Taipei. The rest of the day is free time on your own. Go explore!
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Amba Taipei Songshan
      INCLUDED: Transportation
2

TAIPEI

  • After breakfast, you'll rise with vibrant Taipei and start today's exploration. The first stop is the National Palace Museum, where you'll discover the treasure chest of Chinese culture. Later, you'll visit Longshan Temple to soak up a feast of architecture and folk culture.
  • Your next stop will be the historical Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, followed by a visit to the symbol of Taipei – Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan. You can take in the fantastic view of the whole city from its observation deck on the 89th floor.
  • Spend the remaining time of the day at leisure. Keep exploring!
National Palace Museum: One of the top 5 most visited museums worldwide, it's the best place to see the essence of Chinese civilization. Housed in a traditional Chinese building, the huge museum has a rich and extensive collection of artwork from modern to ancient. Longshan Temple is a famous and historic temple with an exquisite structure. You can try to communicate with the gods by throwing divining blocks or drawing divining lots -- and behold locals practicing the ritual as they do on a daily basis. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall's architecture and the changing of the guard ceremony are both very impressive. You can also learn the history of Taiwan and of Chiang Kai-Shek’s life at the museum or admire the beautiful Chinese-style garden outside. Taipei 101 is the iconic building of Taipei. The highlight is its observation deck where you'll see the damper, which is the key element of the building's earthquake resistance system. The view of the city's skyline is simply amazing. Go for it!
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Amba Taipei Songshan
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
3

TAIPEI / SUN MOON LAKE

  • After breakfast, your private driving guide will take you to Sun Moon Lake (3 hour scenic drive), the largest lake in Taiwan that's located in the mountains of Nantou at the geographic center of Taiwan island. The halves of the lake (respectively) resemble a sun and a moon, hence the name Sun Moon Lake, where we'll enjoy a cruise with scenic views of piers, gardens, and the clear blue-green lake. After the cruise, we'll visit the Wenwu Temple, which is located on the perimeter of Sun Moon Lake and known for its beautiful architecture, amazing decorations, and intricate paintings on the ceilings and walls.
  • Also, behind the Wen-wu Temple, you can enjoy the vista of the entire Sun Moon Lake.
  • Check into your hotel and spend the night. What a day!
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Sun Moon Lake Hotel
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
4

SUN MOON LAKE / TAINAN / KAOHSIUNG

  • After breakfast, we'll depart for Tainan and explore the old Anping Fort, the oldest fort in Taiwan, where the bricks are held in place with a mixture of sugarcane syrup, glutinous rice and crushed oyster shells. We'll walk up to the observation deck near the old castle and enjoy the stunning view of Anping Harbour.
  • We'll continue on to cross through the Anping Tree House, an old warehouse that has been engulfed by the roots and branches of banyan trees.
  • Later in the day, we'll have time to shop and visit with the locals along the Anping Old Street.
  • After today's tour, you'll be escorted to your hotel in Kaohsiung for an overnight stay.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Just Sleep Hotel Kaohsiung Zhongzheng 
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
5

KAOHSIUNG / KENTING

  • After breakfast, this morning we'll drive along the coast to Kenting and visit Baisha Beach and Kenting National Park, Taiwan's oldest and southernmost national park that covers the southernmost area of the island. This national park is well known for its tropical climate, sunshine, scenic mountains, and beaches.
  • We'll also visit neighboring Kenting National Forest Recreation Area, where you'll discover bamboo groves, limestone caverns, birds, monkeys, and perhaps other wildlife.
  • In the evening, you'll enjoy relaxing ambiance of the shops and restaurants along Kenting Street.
  • Overnight at your hotel.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Hotel Day+ Kenting 
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
6

KENTING / TAITUNG

  • After breakfast, we'll transfer to Wanlitong for a morning of snorkeling to explore the colorful under-waterworld! After drying off and changing back into our clothes, we'll continue onto Taitung to visit the National Museum of Prehistory and learn about the history and the aboriginal heritage of Taiwan.
  • Later in the afternoon, we'll relax with the locals at the Tiehua music village and art market to enjoy the authentic and moving musical performances. Lucky you!
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Sheraton Taitung 
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
7

TAITUNG – HUALIEN

  • After breakfast, the next destination is Hualien, a region famous for its amazing valley plain. En route, we'll visit Mr. Brown Avenue and Wu He Tourist Tea Plantation, where you'll learn the process of tea making from planting to finished product -- and pick the tea leaves on your own.
  • Evening in Hualien at your leisure to explore on your own. Go for it!
  • Overnight at the hotel.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Just Sleep Hotel-Hualien Zhongzheng
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
8

HUALIEN / TAIPEI

  • After breakfast, your exploration starts at Qingshui Cliffs, one of the most spectacular sights along Taiwan's Pacific coast, and then move onto Taroko National Park, which features spectacular gorges, high mountains, and numerous waterfalls that coexist with the indigenous Taroko people. Here you can also explore the Shakadang Trail and the delicate Swallows Grotto.
  • After this full day of adventure, you'll ride a train from Hualien back to Taipei (about 2.5 hours). Your driver will be waiting for you at the train station and escort you to your hotel for check-in. Taiwan loves you, too!
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (This hotel or equivalent in each class based on availability): Amba Taipei Songshan
      INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast
9

DEPARTURE FROM TAIWAN

  • After breakfast you'll be transferred from your hotel to the international airport for your onward flight.
INCLUDED: Transportation & Breakfast

Dates

Unlike most tour operators, you are not required to choose a fixed date or travel with a group. You can choose to begin your private tour on any date. These are EVERYDAY DEPARTURES.

Tour Price

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High Season (Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)
N/A double
N/A single
$3,390 double
$4,990 single
N/A double
N/A single
Low Season (Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Nov, Dec)
N/A double
N/A single
$3,390 double
$4,990 single
N/A double
N/A single
    • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
    • Single supplement price for single room as part of a group of 2 or more.
    • One person traveling alone will incur a higher price due to private tour.
    • All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. 
    • Please note: Prices for 5 & more travelers available upon request.
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