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Taiwan: The Hidden Gem of Asia
10 Days


10 Days: Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Chiufen Village

Tour Overview:
Experience why Taiwan is known as the Hidden Gem of Asia. Discover the culture, the history, the delicious food as well as the natural beauty of Taiwan. This tour highlights the best of Taiwan. Visit bustling Taipei as well as explore the natural treasures of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, East Coast Scenic Area and Taroko Gorge. This tour has some fun foodie experiences: Dumpling Lunch at the famous Din Tai Feng Restaurant and a cooking class featuring traditional Taiwanese food.

Day 1 – Taipei (L/D)

Start your exciting Taipei City Tour today upon arrival in the city. Taipei City is Taiwan’s largest city as well as its economic, political, and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversified face, filled with exuberance. Stops will be made at National Palace Museum, Martyrs’ Shrine, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Lungshan Temple, Taipei 101 Building (architecture) and Observatory. Dumpling lunch is included at the famous Din Tai Feng Restaurant.
Hotel: Marriott Hotel Taipei (5*) or similar

Day 2 – Taipei / Sun Moon Lake (B/L/D)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Sun Moon Lake. The Sun Moon Lake, located in the middle of Taiwan, with an elevation of 748 meters above sea level, is the only large natural lake in Taiwan. After a Sun Moon Lake cruise tour, transfer for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Wenwu Temple, Tehua Village, Tse-En Pagoda, and the Holy Monk Shrine. We will then take the Sun Moon Lake Cable car, where you will have a panoramic view of the majestic lake. Overnight at Sun Moon Lake.

Hotel: Fleur de Chine, Sun Moon Lake (Lake View Room) (5*) or similar

Day 3 – Sun Moon Lake / Alishan (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart Sun Moon Lake for Alishan by bus. We will make a stop at a Tea Plantation on the drive to Alishan. Arrive Alishan at the noontime, and visit the Alishan Forest Recreation. A leisurely half-day stroll along forested paths allows visitors to take in Alishan’s other attractions. The enchanting Sisters Ponds are two small pools (one with a wooden bridge and pavilion) named for two lovelorn aborigine sisters. Another attraction is the Three-Generation Trees – one growing out of another, and a third from the second. Stay overnight at Alishan.

Hotel: Alishan House (4*) or similar

Day 4 -Alishan/Tainan (B/L/D)

Early morning, take the forest train to JuShan Mt. to view the Alishan sunrise. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Tainan City. Tainan City is located in southwest Taiwan. Tainan is positioned at the inland of the Wide Chia-Nan Plain and the city was the earliest developed city in Taiwan. Tainan was an important location for the aboriginals; was then dominated by the Dutch, and later governed by three generations of Cheng Cheng-Kung. After political construction and changes, Tainan became the first capital of Taiwan. The city’s rich history and beauty of the ancient capital is still evident today. Our tour will stop at Anping Port, Chihkan Tower, Eternal Fortress, Koxinga Shrine and Confucius Temple. Overnight at Tainan.

Hotel: Silks Place Hotel, Tainan (5*) or similar

Day 5 – Tainan / Kaohsiung (B/L/D)

After breakfast, proceed to Kaohsiung and visit Fokuangshan (Light of Buddha Mountain). The architecture of the temples are very characteristic. At the southeastern side of Fokuang Mountain the most prominent landmark of the region is found: a huge golden statue of Buddha Amitaabha, which measures some 120 meters. The main square is surrounded by 480 standing Buddha’s, while water and mountains form the magnificent scenery. We will also visit other famous scenic area in Kaohsiung such as the Spring& Autumn Pavilions, Love River andthe bustling Lioho Night Market. Overnight in Kaohsiung.

Hotel: Grand Hi-Lai Hotel, Kaohsiung (5*) or similar

Day 6 – Kaohsiung /Kenting/Taitung (B/L/D)

After breakfast, proceed to Kenting. Visit Kenting National Park, which is Taiwan’s only tropical national park. The national park includes mountains, forests, pasture, lakes, sand dunes, beaches, and coral reefs – everything you could desire when you want to get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Later, we will proceed to Taitung. Overnight in Taitung, where you may choose to relax in the hot spring bath at the hotel.

Hotel: Royal Chihpen Hot Spring Resort, Taitung (5*) or similar

Day 7 – Taitung/ East Coast Scenic Area / Hualien (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit the East Coast Scenic Area, which is well noted for its scenic beauty and miles of nearly deserted black sand or pebble beaches. Points of interest along the scenic area include the marvelous coastal views from the Caves of the Eight Immortals (Pahsientung), which are an important archaeological site perched on the steep mountainside; the lighthouse and interesting seashells on the Island of the three Immortals (Sanhsientai); and the unusual rock formations and ancient banyan trees of Little Yehliu. The Shihtiping area, just south of Chichi Bay, is known for its aboriginal village and coral reefs, as well as incredible rock formations. After that, drive to Hualien city for overnight stay.

Hotel: Silks Place Taroko, Hualien (5*) or similar

Day 8 – Hualien/Taroko Gorge /Taipei (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit Taroko Gorge.Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Awe-inspiring cliffs and canyons stretch along the Li Wu River. Stops will be made at Tienhsiang, Swallow Caves, and Eternal Spring Shrine. Late afternoon, drive to Taipei and overnight.

Hotel: Marriott Hotel Taipei (5*) or similar

Day 9 – Taipei / Cooking Class / Chiufen Village / Taipei (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit a traditional market with your guide to buy the food for your traditional Taiwanese cooking class. The chef will instruct on how to prepare one or two traditional dishes.

Later we will proceed to Chiufen Village. The villages of Chiufen were once centers of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is gone, but these quaint old villages, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continue to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Tonight, dinner is included at the Silks Place Restaurant located at the National Palace Museum.

Hotel: Marriott Hotel Taipei (5*) or similar

Day 10 – Depart (B)

The morning is at leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

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Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 03 - Jan 12 5740 7905
Jan 10 - Jan 19 5740 7905
Jan 17 - Jan 26 5740 7905
Jan 24 - Feb 02 5740 7905
Jan 31 - Feb 09 5740 7905
Feb 07 - Feb 16 5740 7905
Feb 14 - Feb 23 5740 7905
Feb 21 - Mar 02 5740 7905
Feb 28 - Mar 09 5740 7905
Mar 07 - Mar 16 5740 7905
Mar 14 - Mar 23 5740 7905
Mar 21 - Mar 30 5740 7905
Mar 28 - Apr 06 5740 7905
Apr 04 - Apr 13 5740 7905
Apr 11 - Apr 20 5740 7905
Apr 18 - Apr 27 5740 7905
Apr 25 - May 04 5740 7905
May 02 - May 11 5740 7905
May 09 - May 18 5740 7905
May 16 - May 25 5740 7905
May 23 - Jun 01 5740 7905
May 30 - Jun 08 5740 7905
Jun 06 - Jun 15 5740 7905
Jun 13 - Jun 22 5740 7905
Jun 20 - Jun 29 5740 7905
Jun 27 - Jul 06 5740 7905
Jul 04 - Jul 13 5740 7905
Jul 11 - Jul 20 5740 7905
Jul 18 - Jul 27 5740 7905
Jul 25 - Aug 03 5740 7905
Aug 01 - Aug 10 5740 7905
Aug 08 - Aug 17 5740 7905
Aug 15 - Aug 24 5740 7905
Aug 22 - Aug 31 5740 7905
Aug 29 - Sep 07 5740 7905
Sep 05 - Sep 14 5740 7905
Sep 12 - Sep 21 5740 7905
Sep 19 - Sep 28 5740 7905
Sep 26 - Oct 05 5740 7905
Oct 03 - Oct 12 5740 7905
Oct 10 - Oct 19 5740 7905
Oct 17 - Oct 26 5740 7905
Oct 24 - Nov 02 5740 7905
Oct 31 - Nov 09 5740 7905
Nov 07 - Nov 16 5740 7905
Nov 14 - Nov 23 5740 7905
Nov 21 - Nov 30 5740 7905
Nov 28 - Dec 07 5740 7905
Dec 05 - Dec 14 5740 7905
Dec 12 - Dec 21 5740 7905
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day as a Private Tour. Please check for prices.
* Travel must be completed within these seasonal date ranges - split season cost available upon request
* Solo Travel Supplement available upon request
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays

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Inclusions & Highlights:

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All transfers with air-conditioned private vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Admission fees
  • All meals as listed in itinerary.
  • Insurance
  • Traditional Taiwanese Cooking Class

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