Travel to the heart of tantalising Taiwan.
Welcome to one of Asia's most exciting up-and-coming destinations. Breathtaking coastline, lush green landscapes and tranquil temples are only the beginning of this eclectic adventure. Kick off in Taipei, where heritage charm meets cosmopolitan buzz, and make your way to the idyllic Sun Moon Lake. The city of Hualien boasts mountain trails, marble gorges and Pacific Ocean panoramas right on its doorstep, while Yilan is a wonderland of creative farms and hot springs. Along the way, get behind-the-scenes glimpses of local industries, enjoy hands-on activities, and experience an older, slower Taiwan – from Jiufeng's timeless old streets to the traditional noodle making village of Lukang.
Get behind the scenes of Taiwan's exciting food culture – go oyster collecting in Wangong, sip Yuchih black tea at a plantation, and cook spring onion pancakes with your own hand-picked ingredients
Become a 'Sweet Potato Mama' as you join a street-food merchant on their daily routine. This is both a unique experience and a great cause, with proceeds going to the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation
Hike, ride or kayak at stunning Sun Moon Lake - Taiwan's one and only natural lagoon
Named after the local Truku word for 'magnificent' and 'splendid', Taroko Gorge more than lives up to its name. The Shakadang Trail is a hiker's dream, a shadowy world of coastal cliffs and marble canyons
Eat till you drop at Taiwan's many and varied night markets - no one does street food like the Taiwanese!
We use mainly private transport between destinations on this trip to enable us to pack as many highlights as we can into each day. When in Taipei you can expect plenty of walking and making use of the efficient metro system. Between Taipei, Hualien and Yilan we use local trains.
Due to geography and road infrastructure we need to return to Taipei on Day 6 of our itinerary before exploring the west coast.
There are a number of opportunities for hiking, cycling and kayaking on this trip. While these are not strenuous, they do require a good overall level of fitness.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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Our Explore Taiwan trips score an average of 4.18 out of 5 based on 11 reviews in the last year.
The Taiwan weather in May was very hot an humid, take a hat (I wish I had), an umberalla for shade is useful or a pocket fan.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2018
If you enjoy staying active during your travel, then Intrepid Travel will be a good fit for you. You can walk park and lake trails, take bike tours, kayak and walk the night markets to experience local life. Make sure you have good walking shoes.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2018