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8 days: Best of Taiwan

FROM TAIPEI TO KAOHSIUNG, 8 Full days to explore the beauty of Taiwan. Licensed English speaking guide/driver: Taipei, Hualien; Taroko,:, Sun Moon lake, Alishan, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

Itinerary Features

Highlights:
  • 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;
  • Be amazed by the “sea of clouds”;
  • This tour can be customized.

Travelling with a licensed driver/guide means: 
– You can change plans in case you want or need.
– You can decide your daily schedule, your morning wake up alarm and for how long you want to stay or visit a place or a restaurant where you would like to stop for food.

Prices won’t appear in here. It will be created according to your budget.  Price depends on the type of accommodation, number of participants and the season. Please do contact us for a quotation.

Itinerary:  

  • Day 1  : Taipei – Arrival

  • Day 2  : Taipei 

  • Day 3 : Taipei Hualien  

  • Day 4 : Hualien – Sun Moon Lake ( via Taroko ) 

  • Day 5 : Sun Moon Lake – Alishan 

  • Day 6 : Alishan – Chiayi ( HSR to ) Kaohsiung  

  • Day 7  : Kaohsiung

  • Day 8  : Kaohsiung (HSR to ) Taipei 

Day 1

Taipei - Arrival

► Meeting with your English speaking  licensed guide/driver at the airport; 
► Transfer Airport   to Hotel in Taipei and check in;
► English speaking licensed Guide and driver available to visit Taipei: Depending on the arrival time we can schedule a visit to the city on this day with English speaking guide and van. 
► Visit 101 ( elevator and dumper included )  
►Dinner at Din Tai Fung ( Taipei 101 branch )

Menu @ Din Tai Fung 
– Package A (for 1): 4 Xiao long bao, 1 steamed vegetable dumpling, 1 steamed shrimp dumpling, 1 steamed fish dumpling, 1 steamed shrimp shao mai, red bean xiao long bao, shredded pork and egg fried rice, stir-fried vegetables, hot and sour soup
– Package B (for 1): 4 Xiao long bao, 1 chicken xiao long bao, 1 steamed vegetarian mushroom dumpling, 1 steamed fish dumpling, 1 steamed shrimp shao mai, 1 taro xiao long bao, shrimp and egg fried rice, stir-fried vegetables, hot and sour soup 

 ► Overnight in Taipei.

Type of accommodations available: B&B – 3* or 4* or 5* hotel
Meals: Dinner at Ding Tai Fung;
Guide & transportation: English speaking licensed guide & private car/van

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Day 2

Taipei

►Breakfast at the hotel.
► 09.00 Meeting with your English speaking guide and driver and visit Northern coast

North coast tour ( itinerary might change ) 

  • Gold museum, mining history with Gold panning experience;
  • Jiufen: Old street & Old theater
    Tea experience ( tea tasting, 150TWD per person )
  • YinYang sea and Golden Waterfall (Elephant Trun Rock if time allows)
  • Shifen Waterfall
  • Sky lantern in Shifen

►Back to Taipei around 17.00 and rest of the day free to explore Taipei or relax.
► Overnight in Taipei.

Type of accommodations available: B&B – 3* or 4* or 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast, tea tasting;
Guide & transportation: English speaking licensed guide & private car/van

Day 3

Taipei - Hualien

After breakfast, meet your guide/driver

► Breakfast at the hotel
► Meeting with English speaking licensed guide/driver 
 Transfer Taipei – Hualien via Yilan.  

Sightseeing Stops
:

  • Yilan / national Center of Traditional Arts
  • Quinshui cliff 
  • Other sightseeing will be scheduled during the road to Hualien, itinerary will follow once the schedule is confirmed).

►At 15.30 Hualien aboriginal cooking class & light dinner.
Afternoon sessions will start at 15.30 ( dinner will be around 18.00/18.30 ) and ends around 19.30.
► After dinner free time to enjoy the Hualien night market or the city;
►Overnight in Hualien hotel or at Silk Palace in Taroko Gorge, 5 star hotel.

Type of accommodations available: B&B – 3* or 4* or 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Aboriginal Dinner
Guide & transportation: English speaking licensed guide & private car/van

Cooking Class Hualien

Day 4

Hualien - Sun Moon lake

► Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with the English speaking licensed  guide/driver;
► Take the road to Sun Moon Lake through the famous Taroko Gorge,

Sightseeing spots:

  • Swallow Grotto 
  • Lyushuei
  • Heliou Trail
  • TianXiang/ Zhuilu Trail
  • Shakadang Trail
  • Buluowan and aboriginal tribes / Wuling 

Note:  if you decide not to stop – place is not really easy for wheelchair or for people with mobility issues –  you can just enjoy the trip and the landscape and arrive earlier at Sun Moon Lake.) 

►Depending on the arrival time visit:  Bilu Sacred Tree/ WenWu Temple and boat on the lake.
►Dinner at the Crimson restaurant at the Fleur de Chine Hotel.
► Overnight in Sun Moon.

Type of accommodations available:
B&B – 3* or 4* or 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Aboriginal Dinner
Guide & transportation: English speaking licensed guide & private car/van.

Sun Moon lake

Day 5

Sun Moon Lake - Alishan

► Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with the English speaking licensed guide/driver;
 Transfer with  car or van from Sun Moon Lake to Alishan;
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 view. 
Lunch on the way (not included in the quotation). Your Tour guide will suggest some places on the way.
► Dinner at the hotel ( it 4*, or dinner free )
► Overnight in Alishan

Type of accommodations available: only B&B or 4* hotel, inside the National Park or at Applause in the mountain B&B.
Meals: Breakfast & dinner ( only with 4* hotel )
Guide & transportation: English speaking licensed guide & private car/van.

Alishan

Day 6

Alishan - Chayi ( High speed train to ) Kaohsiung

► Meeting with the English speaking licensed guide/driver
► Early in the morning ( around 4.00am) you will take the Alishan Mountain Railway to Zhushan Station and witness one of the famous sunrises. (Tickets not included, please pay for your guide.)
With the guide you will then have a walk at the Alishan Forest Recreation Area and meet the thousand year old Taiwan cypress tree. (not suitable for wheelchair or for people with mobility issues)

► back to the hotel and breakfast;
► After Breakfast, transfer by private van to Chiayi High speed train station.
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 plantations tea. 
► High speed train to Chiayi ( transfer to hotel not provided – Uber or taxi ) 
► Overnight in Kaohsiung, central located 

Type of accommodations available: only B&B 3*, 4* or 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast & dinner ( only with 4* hotel )
Guide & transportation:
– English speaking licensed guide & private car/van till Chayi; 
– High speed train ticket Chayi – Kaohsiung ( 2nd class )

Alishan

Day 7

Kaohsiung

Breakfast at the hotel

► Today you can decide to visit Kaohsiung by yourself or take a guide/ driver for the full day visit Kaohsiung and the surroundings: ( Sample itinerary, the order of the visits can change )

⇒ The British Consulate at Takow: built in 1867, it is the most antique western-style modern architecture as well as the first British Consulate in Taiwan. Shoushan, the “love” Deck from where you will enjoy the spectacular view of the city.

⇒ Kaohsiung Rose Basilica, designed in a Gothic style., was rebuilt in 1928 and is the largest cathedral in Taiwan and one of the 3 cathedrals in Asia.

⇒ Formosa Boulevard Station was rated second most beautiful subway stops in the world. The real treasure is underground — the 2,180-square-meter Dome of Light, a glass mural built into the ceiling of the station. The colorful ceiling was created by American-Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. It’s the largest such glass installation in the world.

⇒ Lotus Pond is an artificial lake, ended in 1951, it is – as you can guess from the name – famous for the lotus plants!

Lotus Pond, only 5 Km from the city center, it can take around 2 to 3 hours to walk all around the lake. The most interesting thing about the pond is that there are more than twenty temples worshiping different deities around the lake. Among the temples, one of the main attractions is the Dragon and Tiger pagodas.

⇒ Dragon and Tiger Pagodas: The name comes form the the 2 buildings represented a dragon and tiger. Visitors enter the towers through the statues’ bodies. Entering the dragon’s mouth and exiting via the tiger’s mouth is believed to be auspicious. The towers are connected to the shore with a 9-angle bridge (九曲橋).

⇒ Cijin or Qijin Island: Cijin or Qijin Island is a small and narrow island about 10-15 minutes away by ferry from Kaohsiung harbor.

Here you will have some time to explore this little island. There are many bike rental shops on Cijin Island but you can rent or just take a drink in one of the bars on the beach and relax on the quiet Black Sand Beach.

If instead you want to visit the island with your bike don’t miss the Chi Jin Mazu or Tianhou Temple, one of Cijin Island’s foremost attractions. Opened in 1673, it’s Kaohsiung’s very first temple dedicated to Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea. Cihou Lighthouse and Cihou Fort are both offering great views of the ocean and island and a nice spot to take pictures. The colorful Rainbow Church – which is actually not a place of worship – is also a nice spot to take some photos due to its colorful architecture, it is located at Cijin Seaside Park.

Dinner in the city and overnight in Kaohsiung. 
 
Type of accommodations available: only B&B 3*, 4* or 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast.
Guide & transportation:
– English speaking licensed guide & private car/van ON REQUEST.

Day 8

Kaohsiung ( end of the itinerary )

Breakfast at the hotel.

High speed train to Taipei  or other destinations. 
We do suggest to continue your trip towards Xialioqiu and Kenting. Or take the ferry or the plane to Penghu.
You can also spend 1 day in Taichung on the way back to Taipei.

useful information:

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Price will be calculated  for the dates you will request and for the number of participants and type of accommodation.
  • 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 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-shows.

OUR GUIDES AND DRIVERS: 

– Our guide/drivers are official licensed authorized guide. They drive carefully and they know the territory.
– Guide/Driver and car are available for 8 hours a day. 
– Guide/Driver can decide to change the itinerary in case of emergency as well as you can also decide to change or stop longer or skip one destination.

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