Explore the cities of Taipei and Tainan, where ancient and modern sit side by side, and lose yourself in the natural beauty of Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park. This magical and diverse island has so much to offer, and on our Treasures of Taiwan tour you can experience it for yourself!
Our Treasures of Taiwan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Explore bustling Taipei
Unwind at beautiful Sun Moon Lake
Discover the port city of Kaohsiung
Explore Taroko National Park
Our Treasures of Taiwan Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Make a stop at the Kavalan Whisky Distillery, one of Taiwan's most famous, where you can learn all about the process of creating Taiwanese whisky.
Visit the unique spectacle of Foguangshan, Taiwan's largest monastery and explore the Buddha Museum, the fascinating 'Buddha Land' with its 36-metre Buddha and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch in the monastery's dining room.
Take some time to relax and unwind in the warm, mineral-rich volcanic waters of Taitung - you'll have time to make the most of them at your hotel which has hot spring pools for you to enjoy.
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.
Taipei is a laidback and vibrant city that, as well as being packed with the upmarket and ultramodern, is a bastion of Taiwan's wonderfully rich heritage. Begin your explorations at the National Palace Museum, home to the world's largest and finest collection of Chinese art and artefacts, and the Martyrs' Shrine. This afternoon, visit CKS Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple and ascend the world-famous Taipei 101 to see the city from above.
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, Cien Pagoda and the aboriginal village of Tehua.
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.
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.
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, Foguanshan. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 high- speed rail and then enjoy a farewell dinner, the perfect opportunity to reflect on your adventures with your fellow passengers.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
The 4-Star Sherwood Taipei is perfectly located in the centre of vibrant Taipei and a short distance from some of the cities main attractions. The elegantly decorated and spacious guest rooms offer free WiFi and modern en suite bathrooms.
The exquisitely designed LeaLea Garden Hotel offers guests beautiful views of Sun Moon Lake and the surrounding areas. This boutique hotel features an indoor swimming pool, gym and in house restaurant offering a selection of Chinese and western cuisines.
The sophisticated The Place Hotel Tainan offers guests a cultural experience while showcasing some of the finest works from local designers and craftsmen. Situated in downtown Tainan the hotel features an Italian Restaurant, a bar and fitness centre.
Located in the business district of Kaohsiung city, the Howard Plaza Hotel presents guests with stunning views of the city. Guest rooms are complete with a flat screen TV, free WiFi and en suite bathrooms.
In the centre of Taitung's famous Chihpen Hot Springs and a short distance from Chihpen National Forest, the Royal Hotel Taitung is a beautiful place to relax and soak up the surroundings. The comfortable guest rooms feature large picture windows while the hotel offers a variety of hot springs to enjoy.
Surrounded by the beauty of Taroko National Park, Taroko Village Hotel enjoys a naturally peaceful location. The hotel features air-conditioned guest rooms with a balcony and wonderful mountain views. The in house restaurant offers delicious dishes with local flavours.
Places Visited: UK - Taipei (3N) - Sun Moon Lake (2N) - Tainan (1N) - Kaohsiung (1N) - Kenting (2N) - Taitung - Chihpen (1N) - Taroko (2N) - Luodong - Taipei - UK
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