Discover Taiwan, from the capital city of Taipei to stunning Taroko Gorge and Sun Moon Lake.

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Tailor-Made Travel to Taiwan

13 days from $5,640

Discover Taiwan, from the capital city of Taipei to stunning Taroko Gorge and Sun Moon Lake.

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Overview

This sample itinerary can be tailored to match a variety of budgets and interests by selecting the trip duration, departure date, accommodation style, and tours that fit your needs.

This itinerary combines touring the capital city of Taipei with exploring the lesser-visited parts of Taiwan. Drive to Taroko Gorge along the coastal route and take in the scenery along the way. Visit some of the best spots for walking and trekking along the Walami Trail. Take the coastal train to Taitung, and visit the lush national park of Maolin. Finally, explore Sun Moon Lake and visit the old town of Lukang. End your trip on a high speed train to Taipei.

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Taipei and the National Palace Museum

This morning, a private guide will show you Taipei's highlights. Begin at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, an imposing structure and landmark of Taiwan's modern history. The hall itself houses an interesting museum, which features among other exhibits Chiang's presidential cars and a mock-up of his presidential office. In front of Chiang's statue, there is a guard change that takes place with much ceremony every hour. Outside, the large square is flanked on both sides by large palatial buildings in the style of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

You will also make a stop at the city's most well-known temple, Longshan Temple, built by Chinese settlers in 1738. It survived the Japanese occupation and is today constantly busy with worshippers stopping by to pray. 

This afternoon you head for the outstanding National Palace Museum, in the north of the city. The museum contains the world's largest collection of Chinese artifacts, brought across from China by the fleeing Guomindang as the Communists claimed victory in the civil war. Only a fraction of the works contained here can be displayed at any one time, but this is still more than enough for an afternoon's visit.

No visit to Taiwan would be complete without a visit to a night market. Lively and colorful, night markets are very much part of Taiwanese culture and a great way to meet with the locals. There is not much that can't be bought in the hundreds of shops and stalls that line the narrow alleys and streets, and they are ideal for browsing. Food is a key element of night markets, and smells of sizzling meat and tofu will tempt you to pick a stall and take a seat. Taipei's most famous night market is Shilin, in the north of the city, and is the best place to start with your guide for an introduction to this very Taiwanese activity.

Day 2 — Taipei

Enjoy a day on your own to explore Taipei. Suggested options include a visit to the tea houses of Maokong. Located to the south of the city, Maokong has excellent views of the Taipei, and its many tea houses are perched strategically facing the valley. At night it's an enchanting place, and most of the tea houses also serve food, meaning an afternoon up here need not be the end of your day out.

Another option is to visit Beitou, located to the north of Taipei. Beitou has some wonderful spa hotels, where you can try a spot of hot spring bathing. The first spa was opened here in the late 1800s by a Japanese businessman and the industry has since flourished. The town is accessible by MRT train from central Taipei. The hotels in Beitou allow nonresidential guests to use the baths during the day and towels can be hired.

Day 3 — Taipei to Taroko Gorge

Today you will drive by private vehicle to beautiful Taroko Gorge, deep in the Taiwanese countryside, taking the scenic coastal route.

Day 4 — Taroko Gorge and Hualien

With a private guide, tour the area of Taroko Gorge and take in some amazing sights, including the Eternal Spring Shrine, which features a pavilion with a waterfall passing through it built in memory of those who died while constructing the Cross Island Highway. You can also visit the Swallow Grotto and the Tunnel of Nine Turns. There are many excellent hikes to be made that disappear into the forest, where you will come across Aboriginal villages that rarely see tourists.

Then, take a drive from Taroko Gorge to Hualien. The largest city on the east coast, Hualien is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Taiwan and has an amazing backdrop of near vertical mountains. 

Day 5 — Coastal Train to Taitung

Enjoy a scenic train ride along Taiwan's east coast as you travel to Taitung. The city of Taitung is a little less developed than many of Taiwan's other cities, being relatively isolated from Taipei in the north. It's a pleasant city with a laid-back atmosphere and there are several places of interest to visit within easy reach of the city.

Day 6 — Taitung

You will spend time with a guide exploring the Taitung region. Visit Siaoyeliou, Sansiantai, Stone Steps, and the Caves of the Eight Immortals.

Day 7 — Kaohsiung

Your tour of Kaohsiung will take you to a collection of the best temples and pagodas in town, which include the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, and the tranquil Confucius Temple. You will also visit the former British Consulate.

Day 8 — Maolin National Park

See the magnificent Maolin National Scenic Area, which is situated in the southeast of Kaohsiung County. The area is covered mostly in virgin forest, dotted with hot springs, waterfalls and gorges, and is home to some of the island's best hiking opportunities.

After the Maolin National Scenic Area, your tour guide will take you to the Meinong Folk Village, rich in traditional arts and crafts, and the Butterfly Valley.

Day 9 — Kaohsiung and Tainan

Enjoy a private drive up the west coast to Tainan, a city with a long and colorful history. Tour the city with your guide and visit the Chihkah Tower, Fort Anping, and the Confucius Temple. The Chihkan Tower and Fort Anping were originally built by the Dutch in 1653, though both were leveled in the 1800s by natural disasters (one by an earthquake and one by a typhoon) and are now in different states of reconstruction and disfiguration. The Confucius Temple, built in 1665, is the oldest Confucius temple in Taiwan.

Day 10 — Tainan and Sun Moon Lake

Popular with honeymooners, Sun Moon Lake is arguably Taiwan's most beautiful lake, with clear waters and an impressive mountain backdrop offering fantastic photographic opportunities. This area of Taiwan has a pleasant climate year round and the surrounding areas are dotted with temples and pagodas to explore on a leisurely walk or bike ride around the lake's perimeter. There are also daily cruises across the lake, or rowing boats and canoes can also be hired.

Day 11 — Sun Moon Lake and Lukang

Your guide will take you out around Sun Moon Lake today, visiting the Chi-En Pagoda for outstanding views of the lake and mountains. You may also take a cruise boat on the lake to Lalu Island, which was inhabited by indigenous people until it was partially submerged by the Japanese.

Afterwards, visit Lukang. The historical and cultural town of Lukang is located on the west coast of Taiwan. Your visit will take in the sights of the Lungshan Temple and Lukang Tienho temples, Nine Turns Lane, the Lukang Folk Arts Museum, and the Shih Yih Hall.

Day 12 — Taichung

Today's drive takes you out of the hills to the city of Taichung. One of Taiwan's old industrial centres, Taichung is today a regenerated and attractive university city. The highlights of the city appeal to the island's younger generations, from shopping malls to nightclubs, while for culture you can head to one of the city's museums.

Then, travel via high-speed train to Taipei. Upon arrival, you will be met at the platform by your guide, escorted to your vehicle, and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 13 — Depart Taiwan for the U.S.

You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to the airport in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)