Tour Provider: Wendy Wu
Duration: 15 Days
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO TAIPEI
Fly overnight to Taipei, Taiwan’s buzzing capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. This evening meet with your National Escort and fellow travellers to enjoy dinner at a nearby, local restaurant.
DAY 3: TAIPEI
Take a full day Taipei City tour, beginning with a visit to the impressive National Palace Museum and the Martyrs’ Shrine. After a Dim Sum style lunch, proceed to visit CKS Memorial Hall and Longshan Temple before making a photo stop at the Taipei 101 skyscraper. You will be on your feet sightseeing for several hours today. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local dumpling restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure to explore the area if you wish.
DAY 4: TAIPEI – SUN MOON LAKE
Depart Taipei to journey towards the heart of the island to what is arguably Taiwan’s most scenic spot – Sun Moon Lake. Visit the Wen Wu Temple before embarking on a motorboat cruise around the lake for picture perfect views of the area’s beautiful landscapes. You’ll also visit the Holy Monk Shrine, Tze-En Pagoda and the aboriginal village of Tehua.
DAY 5: TEA PLANTATION
Begin today with a visit to a famous tea farm to discover all about the process of tea growth and production before taking the cable car to Formosan Cultural Village. There will also be some time at leisure, with the option of biking on trails around Sun Moon Lake, listed as one of the 10 most beautiful places to cycle in the world.
DAY 6: DISCOVER TAINAN
Depart Sun Moon Lake and travel to Tainan. Taiwan’s oldest city and capital until 1887 when Taipei took over, Tainan was originally established as a trading port by the Dutch East India Company. It is renowned for its preservation of traditions and rich folk culture, and you’ll start exploring at the Chihkan Tower and Confucius Temple. In the afternoon, wander the old streets of the Anping district and view the sunset from Anping Harbour.
DAY 7: EXPLORE KAOHSIUNG
Head south to the port city of Kaohsiung where you’ll admire the Dragon & Tiger Tower and the Spring & Autumn Pavilion before paying a visit to Taiwan’s largest monastery, Foguangshan. Lunch here will be a vegetarian feast, before you stroll over to the main shrine, the Buddhist Museum and Great Buddha Land, where you’ll find a 36-metre Buddha watching over a garden of many smaller Buddhas. Finally, see the Martyrs’ Shrine at Shoushan.
DAY 8: VISIT KENTING NATIONAL PARK
Travel over to the beach resort of Kenting, gateway to the beautiful Kenting National Park. Consisting of a range of landscapes – low mountains, rolling hills, cliffs and deserts, all fringed by excellent beaches and helped along by a balmy tropical climate, Kenting is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
DAY 9: DISCOVER SHEDING NATURE PARK
Spend the morning amongst the rock formations and lush greenery of Sheding Nature Park with a pause to take in the ocean views at Oluanpi Lighthouse. The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 10: OCEAN DRIVE TO TAITUNG
Depart Kenting and drive along the beautiful east coast to Taitung, admiring the ocean views throughout the journey. Continue to Chihpen, famous for its hot springs. On arrival, your afternoon will be free to relax and bathe in the thermal waters at your hotel. Tonight’s dinner will be accompanied by a performance of traditional music and dance.
DAY 11: HEAD TO TAROKO
Travel northwards to Hualien, the gateway to the magnificent Taroko National Park. En route there will be a series of stops including Donghe, where you may spot wild monkeys, and the scenic Cisingtan Lake, where you can head out on an optional bike ride on the lakeshore.
DAY 12: EXPLORE TAROKO NATIONAL PARK
Encompassing sea cliffs, soaring peaks and a famously picturesque gorge, Taroko National Park is home to a huge diversity of features and habitats and shelters a great range of plant and animal species. Today your visits will include the Gorge Gateway, the Eternal Spring Shrine and Swallow Grotto and you can enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful landscapes.
DAY 13: RETURN TO TAIPEI
Take a photo stop at Cingshuei Cliff for beautiful views and visit the Kavalan Whisky Distillery, where a few tastings will be in order. Return to Taipei via Luodong by highspeed rail and then enjoy a farewell dinner, the perfect opportunity to reflect on your adventures with your fellow passengers.
DAYS 14-15: FLY TAIPEI TO THE AUSTRALIA
This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Your Guided Holiday Includes:
Price is based on 11 April 2020 departure. Other dates available.
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Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share in Australian dollars based on departures from 11 April 2020. Tour prices and dates are correct as of 4 December 2019 but are subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Prices include international flights from Australia. Please speak to your travel consultant for further details.