5 days: Crossing the mountains: Hualien, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake and Alishan

5 Full days licensed English speaking guide/driver: Hualien; Taroko, Cingjing:, Sun Moon lake, Alishan.

Itinerary Features


  • 1st day : Taipei – Yilan – Hualien;
  • 2nd day  : Hualien – Crossing Crossing the Central Mountain Range, Taroko  – Cingjing;
  • 3rd day : Cingjing – Sun Moon lake;
  • 4th day : Sun Moon lake – Alishan;
  • 5th day : Alishan – Chayi ( or Taichung ) and train for the next destination.
  • All transportation including 5-seater sedan / 8-seater van and driver;
  • English speaking licensed guide;
  • In one day you will go from the ocean to 3.275 meters above the sea;
  • Taste the Yuyupas tribe’s coffee;
  • Be amazed by the “sea of clouds”;
  • This tour can be customized.

Day 1

Taipei – Yilan - Hualien

After breakfast, meet with your English speaking driver at the hotel and transfer to Yilan .
Visit the  National Center of Traditional Arts,  a distinctive window to Taiwanese culture, a dynamic museum that brings traditional arts into everyday life,

Lunch on the way, not included and transfer to Hualien. 
Dinner at the night market or guide will suggest other options ( not included )

Overnight in Hualien hotel 3* or B&B

► Crossing The Rainbow Bridge B&B
► Kindness Hotel Hualien Main Station
► Pure B&B 
► East Town 26 

Traditional Art center Yilan

Day 2

Hualien - Taroko - Cijing

Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with your guide. Crossing the Central Mountain Range on the Central Cross-Island highway and enjoy the wondrous high mountain scenery.  Explore the breathtaking, world-renowned Taroko National Park. Enjoy a guided tour of its spectacular mountains, marble canyons, gorges, rapid rivers, and stunning waterfalls. Visit the eternal Spring Shrine and the Swallow Grotto trail till the Bayang Waterfall through the Water Curtain Tunnel (itinerary might change according to the weather).  Pass by the Bilu Sacred Tree and drive to the highest point of Taiwan’s highway: Wuling, 3.275 meters above the sea level.
Arrive in Cijing and check in.  Taiwanese Dinner in local panoramic place.
Dinner in a typical restaurant with lake view.

Overnight in Hotel 3* in the area of Cijing 
► Shan Shui-Yuan Vege Guest House
► 31 Homwstay
► Mountain Traveler
► Le retour du printemps
► Margaret Garden Villa
or similar


Day 3

Cingjing - Sun Moon lake

After breakfast, meet your guide/driver and drive to Sun Moon Lake 

Taiwan’s largest freshwater lake, located at an elevation of 748 meters above sea level. The lake is divided into two sections by Lalu Island. One section is circular, somewhat shaped like the sun, while the other is more crescent shaped, similar to the moon. Thus, this is how the lake got its name. Lalu Island is considered the dwelling place of the ancestors and the sacred land of the Thao tribe. Thao legend tells that the tribe originally lived in Alishan but hunters following a mysterious white deer found their way to the banks of this lake and found it to be a good place to live. This is a very diverse scenic area with more than a dozen hiking trails, cycling paths and boat tours. In addition to a Thao village, there are several temples to explore including those devoted to Confucius and to two monks from the Tang Dynasty. In addition, at the top of the Ci’en Pagoda are panoramic views of this breathtaking lake and its surrounding mountains.

Depending on the arrival time and the weather: take a boat ride to Ita Thao Wharf to Xuanguang Temple or cycling around one of the top ten cycling routes in the world or take the Gondola to the top of the hill and enjoy the magnificent view. 
Overnight in Sun Moon lake Hotel 3* on the lake and with view if available 
Cherng Yuan Hotel
► Doris Home
► Sun Moon Tea Hotel  
► Laurel Villa 
or similar 

Sun Moon lake

Day 4

Sun Moon lake - Alishan

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast visit Sun Moon Lake or take the road to Alishan ( you can decide with the guide). 

The Alishan National Scenic Area covers four townships in Chiayi County, located in southern Taiwan. It is famous for its towering mountains, pristine forests, cherry blossoms, tea plantations, coffee plantations, and indigenous Tsou culture. Although this scenic area is rich in natural forest, Alishan was once home to a flourishing forestry industry. Traces of that can be seen in the small town of Fenqihu and in the narrow gauge railway that zigzags up the mountain.
On the way to Alishan stop in some beautiful viewpoints and at the Elephant Mountain National Scenic area to learn about tea culture and magnificent views.

Your guide will also suggest some stops along the road; there are several train stations with small villages and old street markets as well as stunning tea plantations.

Lunch on the way will be in a local place with aboriginal taste and cooking.

In the afternoon transfer  to Alishan. Dinner in Alishan is not included. 

Hotel in Alishan Area. B&B or 3*
Applause In The Mountain
– Alishan Gou Hotel
– Alishan Shermuh 
– International Tourist Hotel

or similar


Day 5

Early in the morning you will take the Alishan Mountain Railway to Zhushan Station and witness one of the famous sunrises. You will then have a walk at the Alishan Forest Recreation Area and meet the thousand year old Taiwan cypress tree.
Back to the hotel and breakfast.
On the way back home  enjoy a cup of coffee at the Yuyupas tribe and visit their home.

After breakfast, take the road to Tainan or Taichung. From here you will decide if taking the Highs speed train to Taipei or continue your tour in the South.
End of services 


  • Price for a group of 8 persons: TWD 20.000 P/P
  • Price for a group of 6 persons: TWD 22.000 P/P
  • Price for a group of 4 persons: TWD 26.000 P/P
  • Price for a group of 2 persons: TWD 35.000 P/P

For different number of participants, please contact us.

Price includes:
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking licensed guide & driver;
  • Four nights stay at selected B&B or 3* hotels  with breakfast;
  • All transportation including 5-seater sedan / 8-seater van and driver;
  • Entrance tickets National Center of Traditional Arts;
  • Alishan park & parking fees;
  • Lunch on the way SML – Alishan;
  • Travel insurance.
Price does not includes:
  • Anything not mentioned in the “price includes”;
  • High season fees 
  • Yuyupas tribe entrance museum and coffee.
  • Mountain rail ticket in Alishan
  • Single room supplement.


  • Price is calculated  for regular season, it might be that flight companies offer discounted ticket, in this case we will deduct the fee, same adjustment will be required in case of high seaons or holidays.
  • To confirm the reservation a deposit of 30% is required, final payment has to be done at least one week before the tour starts.
  • Due to the very limited space, we suggest to book this tour as earlier as possible.
  • These prices are not valid during High season and National holidays.


  • Guests canceling at any point up to 31 days prior to this tour’s starting date will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between 30 and 15 days prior to departure will receive a 70% refund.
  • Cancellations made between 14 and 7 days prior to departure will receive a 50% refund;
  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to departure are non-refundable.
  • There will be a 100% charge for no-sho

Request price & availability




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