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Charming Taiwan: Taipei, Jiufen, Hualien, and more

Discover just how charming Taiwan can be on this 11-day journey through its most pleasant areas, old and new. Starting in the capital of Taipei, you’ll traverse Jiufen, Hualien, Taitung, and Tainan, taking in the natural beauty and historic charms that permeate these cities and towns. See ancient temples, shrines, markets, museums, and forts, while taking in mountains, parks, rainforests and even a Gorge. You’re sure to fall in love with Taiwan after experiencing this delightful expedition. 

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  • Shop in some of Taipei’s best-known markets
  • Relax your tired muscles in the healing waters of Taiwan’s natural hot springs
  • Take a stroll through the incredible Takoro Gorge
  • Visit Taiwan’s first-ever Confucius temple
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Day 1

Fly into Taiwan Taoyuen International Airport, and head to Taiwan’s capital and largest city, Taipei. Here, check in to either the luxurious Villa 32 or W Hotel. Once settled in, spend some time shopping in Ximending, a retail district buzzing with activity. Continue your shopping excursion into the evening, moving on to Shilin Night Market. Grab some tasty bites for dinner while you’re there, and head back to your hotel to drop your bags and collapse, relaxing in your comfortable hotel room.

Day 2

Wake up and enjoy a gourmet breakfast, before stepping back into Taipei’s bustling streets. Your first stop today will be the National Palace Museum, where you can view a vast collection of artefacts from Taiwan’s past. Move on to the centuries-old Longshan Temple, followed by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for the ultimate juxtaposition of Taiwan’s past and present. Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 3

Take a daytrip to Jiufen today, a charming small, one-time gold-mining town with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore the city at your leisure - the Historic Commercial District, nestled into the side of the coastal hills, Songde Park, and Xiaojingua Peak atop Mt Jilong, are all must-see spots. Return this evening to your luxurious Taipei hotel.

Day 4

Enjoy Taipei’s great outdoors today. Yangmingshan National Park is your first port-of-call. Marvel at its blanket of tall silvergrass amidst the sub-tropical rainforest. Next, you’ll submerge your body in Wulai’s hot springs - a treat for the muscles and the mind. Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, return to your luxury hotel for the night.

Day 5

Leave Taipei once again, this time for Hualien. This is considered one of Taiwan’s most pleasant cities. Check in to a comfortable local hotel, and spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with your new surroundings - including ancient temples, museums, and gardens.

Day 6

Today you’ll head to Hualien’s main draw - Taroko Gorge. This long canyon is made up of metamorphic rocks, rugged coastal cliffs, and thick throngs of rainforest, rising from sea-level to 3,400 meters. Take deep breaths and lots of photos, this is one place of natural beauty you’ll want heavily imprinted on your mind.

Day 7

Continue your journey onwards to Taitung today. The city is known for its warm, tropical weather, ocean breeze, and stunning scenery. Check in to your local hotel of choice, and get settled in. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure - perhaps exploring the town’s sights by bicycle, or on foot. The Museum of Prehistory provides an indepth look at Taiwan’s aboriginal groups, and the converted Taitung Railway Art Village is a great place to explore local artworks.

Day 8

Today you’ll arrive in Taiwan’s oldest city, Tainan, once a trading base for Dutch merchants. You’ll be transferred to the luxurious Shangri-La, where you can settle in and freshen up. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish.

Day 9

Spend some time exploring ancient Tainan today. The area is bursting at the seams with Buddhist, Taoist, and even Confucian sites. Learn more about Taiwan’s history at the National Museum of Taiwan History, as well as the National Museum of Taiwan Literature. If you’re up for it, round off the day with a visit to the reconstructed and historically-significant Fort Provintia. Return to your hotel for a five-star dinner and a comfortable sleep this evening.

Day 10

For the final full day of your journey today, you may explore more of Tainan at your leisure. Check out any temples you missed, including Taiwan’s first-ever Confucius temple, and the shrine of Koxinga, a revered pirate and later naval commander who conquered and ousted Dutch rule in the country.

Day 11
Taoyuan - Departure

Say goodbye to Tainan and Taiwan today, as you’re transferred to the airport in Taoyuan in time for your international departure flight, either home, or on to your next exciting destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, Villa 32, W Hotel

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei

The utterly stunning Mandarin Oriental Taipei stands shining over Dun Hua North Road in central Taipei. Just a short distance from both Songshan Airport Station and from Nanjing East Road MRT station, this architectural marvel is within easy reach of the city and all its delights. Nearby attractions certain to interest guests include Taipei Arena, Taipei Fine Art Museum, a number of beautiful riverside parks and the city’s shopping district with Taipei 101. Within the hotel are a range of opulent rooms and suites to suit all tastes, sumptuously decorated and well equipped for comfort and luxury. Guests can choose between three formal restaurants serving a range of cuisines from around the world, while the hotel’s bar and cake shop serve delightful little treats. What’s more, the pool, spa and lounge encourage guests to relax and unwind, while the fitness center is perfect for invigorating workouts. 


Villa 32

An ultra-luxurious Japanese onsen-style boutique resort in Taipei's Beitou district, Villa 32 sets new standards in luxury and comfort for Taiwan. A truly intimate resort with just 5 suites, all coming with Bang & Olufsen stereos, Hermes cutlery, Boffi bathing facilities, and skincare products by L'Occitane and Dermalogica, each suite has its own hot spring fed by underground geothermal springs. The restaurant offers superb fine dining with an exquisite Italian menu cooked up by Chef Jimmy, accompanied by one of the city's finest wine lists.


W Hotel

Fans of contemporary design will enjoy the refreshing W Taipei hotel with its unique city chic style. The hotel is set in the central Xinyi District, directly above Uni-Hanku Department Store and within walking distance from the City Hall MRT Station and the iconic Taipei 101 Building. The hotel’s signature facilities range from the stylish WET® outdoor swimming pool, indulgent treatments at AWAY® Spa, modern equipment, iPod docks, a yoga room and personal trainers at SWEAT® and the cool after hours Woobar Night Club. The individually styled rooms provide wide vistas of the vibrant capital city and the local mountain range. The colorful guestrooms feature large and comfortable beds, roomy bathrooms complete with bathtub and Bliss Spa® toiletries, state of the art BOSE audio systems and flat screen TVs. The in-house restaurant, YEN, popular with Taiwanese celebrities, plates up contemporary Chinese cuisine, there is also an international buffet and tasty cocktails, wine and beer at the pool-side bar.  

Silks Place

Silks Place

This large, sleek, contemporary Chinese style hotel offers sweeping vistas of Taroko Gorge and its surrounding mountainside. The hotel has many five-star well-being facilities including an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, sauna and gym with fitness classes. The hotel’s deluxe rooms are well-furnished with modern amenities and private balconies overlooking either the nearby mountains or the river below. Diners may enjoy Chinese or international dishes al-fresco amongst the rugged gorge edges, or inside in the elegant restaurant with two private rooms. In the evenings, guests can indulge in a few after dinner drinks and star gazing at the Fire Place bar -complete with stylish outdoor heaters.

Luming Hot Spring

Luming Hot Spring

Guests may enjoy traditional Taiwanese hospitality at Luming Hot Spring resort, a clean and comfortable hotel that provides an excellent home base for exploring the natural areas. The hotel can help arrange many tours to bring guests to the local attractions, and for those guests who choose to relax and enjoy the stay at the hotel, they may take a dip in their private hot spring bath or the larger hot spring pool. In the evening, after a busy day of touring, guests may enjoy traditional Taiwanese cuisine in the on-site restaurant. 

Silks Place

Silks Place

Within a short walk of Tainan’s Confucian temple, baseball stadium and a number of parks, Silks Place is the perfect hotel for visitors to the enchanting, historic city. The hotel itself nods to its heritage with authentic calligraphy and beautiful pottery adorning walls and surfaces, without any compromise on modern luxury. Spacious and comfortable, the rooms at Silks Place cater to leisure or business guests with excellent amenities including WiFi as well as laundry and shoe shine services. Gastronomic offerings are provided by the Chinese, Japanese and steak restaurants while T Bar serves traditional teas in a tranquil atmosphere. The hotel’s fourth floor is home to recreation activities for all ages. The outdoor swimming pool is perfect for soaking up the sun with a refreshing dip and the well-equipped gym takes care of the fitness regime. Younger guests will also be occupied in the fun and colorful kids’ club.

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