Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.