Example Itinerary

Classic Taiwan

Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
Destinations
Taiwan

Explore the underappreciated island of Taiwan on this exciting 8-day Classic Taiwan journey. Its island landscape is comprised of mostly mountains along a north-south axis dotted with hot springs, dramatic cliffs on the east coast, deep ravines, sandy beaches with world-class surf, and swathes of verdant farmland. Taipei is a cultural epicenter with a unique lifestyle, owing to its complex history with China and influences absorbed from Japan during colonial times. Experience the juxtaposition of ancient temples and towering skyscrapers on the age-old landscape. Travel down the scenic coastline to go trekking in a gorge before heading to Kaosiung, a port city in the south.

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Highlights

  • New and Old: Taiwan's cities appeal to the whole family, offering history, culture, and nature everyone can appreciate. Amongst the incense-perfumed temples, memorial halls, and museums displaying ancient national treasures, are street art, lotus ponds, youth shopping plazas, and futuristic buildings.
  • Dramatic Coastal Scenes: The island's east coast is defined by its stunning coastal bluffs, steep cliffs that drop off into the Pacific Ocean of jewel blue shades.Take a drive along this coastal road, arguably one of Asia's most magnificent roadtrips.
  • Gorge Trekking: Taroko Gorge National Park is a premier destination for nature-lovers. An impressive almost 12-mile long canyon, this area offers a variety of easy to difficult treks amongst rugged coastal cliffs, narrow passages cut into rock, and coniferous forests.
  • Snacking Paradise: If you didn't visit a night market, did you really visit Taiwan? These ubiquitous lively evening markets are quintessentially Taiwan. Cheap clothes and accessories aside, these markets' main draw is the variety of delicious local delicacies at affordable prices.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Taipei

Begin your journey in Taiwan at the capital city of Taipei. You will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel to check in and freshen up. In the afternoon, explore Ximending, a lively hip entertainment and commercial pedestrian zone. Hip since the Japanese colonial era, this recreation district offers boutiques, brand name shops, an adjoining theatre district, bars, a graffiti lane, and casual eateries. Stop at the Red House, one of the oldest buildings in the area at 110-years old which showcases arts and crafts from local artists. At night, it is time to visit the quintessential night market. Raohe Night Market is one of the oldest and most popular. Its almost 2000-feet stretch is packed with shops and stalls selling souvenirs and snacks. Eat your way down the market as you browse deeply discounted fashion. Don't forget to try this market's famed black pepper bun.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: In the Taipei’s central business district, the Mandarin Oriental is located near to MRT stations and is only a short distance from Songshan Airport.

Service: From the moment a reservation is made, staff are on hand to cater to guests’ every need before they ask, offering world-famous Mandarin Oriental service.

History: Since its opening in spring 2014, the Mandarin Oriental Taipei has been wowing guests and proving its reputation as Taiwan’s finest five-star hotel.

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Day 2

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Taipei

Today discover the city's mix of new and old. Start the morning at Longshan temple, built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian, China. Then head to the Taiwan 101 building, an iconic skyscraper for its unique architectural style evoking traditional Asian aesthetics in a modern structure. Head to the observation deck for views over the city and to see the world's largest damper sphere which helps the building endure earthquakes. We recommend trying soup dumplings made famous by Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung, at its original location for lunch. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and catch the changing of the guards before exploring the National Palace Museum. This museum has an impressive permanent collection of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artwork which were brought to Taiwan by the fleeing Nationalist party, saving them from being destroyed during China's Cultural Revolution. This evening, visit the nearby Shilin night market, the largest and most famous in the city. Peruse the alleys and lanes lined with food stalls, video arcades, shops, karaoke bars and snack to your heart's content. If you dare, try the night market classic snack, stinky tofu.

Taipei
Taipei

Day 3

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Taipei

Take a day-trip to explore a few nearby villages, just to the north of Taipei. At the very north coast on a cape is an interesting geopark known for unique geological formations. The soft limestone eroded by seawater and wave has created interesting formations named for the shape, the most iconic of which is the 'Queen's Head.' A short walk beyond the geopark brings you to the top of a cliff for outstanding views of the North Coast and Pacific Ocean. Continue to the fairytale-esque hillside village of Jiufen which offers rich history, atmospheric lanes, teahouses, and snacks at every turn. Then, visit the nearby Shifen village, a collection of lanes and alleys built around the central railway that runs through the town. Visit the town's waterfall and if you wish, release a sky lantern. As an option, your final stop can be the traditional Keelung port city with its famous Miaokou night market and seafood, or the obscure and strange Wanli UFO village, a collection of derelict Venturo houses lining an eerie abandoned beachside town.

Day 4

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Taroko Gorge

Leave the city behind and embark on a spectacular car journey along the island's east coast. The land here consists of volcanic rock that has been pushed upward by tectonic action, creating dramatic landforms of coastal terraces, sand and pebble beaches, shoreline reefs, trenches, and caves. Travel south with the emerald mountains to your right and ocean blues to your left. En route, visit Kavalan Whisky Distillery which makes Taiwan's acclaimed spirit, followed by lunch at a local fishing village, and a stop at the magnificent Qingshui Cliff. Your final destination is Silk's Place hotel located deep inside Taroko Gorge National Park. Unwind and rest up for tomorrow's adventure in the park.

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About

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.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge

Day 5

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Taroko Gorge

Take your journey to the next level as you river trace in the Taroko Gorge. Truly the best way to enjoy the view, you will combine climbing and hiking in the picturesque (and safe) environment. Visit the Changchun Shrine, or the Eternal Spring Shrine. The shrine commemorates the 212 construction workers who died building the Central Cross-Island Highway. Enjoy a unique lunch of aboriginal cuisine at a local restaurant. Put on your waterproof gear when you visit the Shuilian Cave, or the Water Curtain Cave. Brought to fame by the novel, Journey to the West, this is where the main character sought enlightenment. End the day with a hike along the Shakadang Trail or Mysterious Valley Trail (subject to weather/trail conditions), built along the river’s edge, and get one last glimpse of the postcard-perfect views.

Day 6

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Kaohsiung

Today you are headed to your final destination of this journey, the southern port city of Kaohsiung. Depart from Taroko and cut across the island to Taichung via the curvy and mountainous Cross Island Highway. Stop between Ci'en and Bilu to visit the Bilu Sacred Tree, a Formosan Chinese Fir that is 3,200 years old and about 50 meters high with a diameter of 3.5 meters. In Taichung, have lunch and visit the Rainbow Village, a settlement of brightly painted homes and streets. The work was single-handedly done by a man on the quest to save his village from demolition.  Board the train for a high-speed rail journey that takes only an hour to reach Kaosiung. Check in to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

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About

Whether you travel to Kaohsiung for history, nature, or simply to shop, this southern Taiwanese city is a tempting destination, and the luxurious Silks Club Hotel is a perfect home base for your travels. The hotel's airy, minimalist rooms start at 197 square feet, and guests can pick between two twins or a king-size bed.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung

Day 7

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Kaohsiung

Once a purely industrial city with a busy harbor, Kaohsiung has become an exciting, trendy landscape. Visit Fo Guang Shan, Taiwan's largest temple which has an impressive path called The Noble Eightfold Path which leads to an enormous bronze sitting Buddha statue. Head to the scenic Lotus Lake, fringed with temples. The most interesting and popular of which is the flamboyant Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, twin seven-storey towers with a dragon's mouth entrance and tiger's jaws exit. Take it easy in the afternoon with a stroll around the Pier 2 Art District and Xinjuejiang shopping district. Tonight, take one last opportunity to enjoy the snacks at one of the city's night markets.

Day 8

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Departure

Have breakfast and spend the morning at leisure, perhaps enjoying a final bowl of Taiwanese beef noodle soup or last minute souvenir collecting. When ready, a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight onward.

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