Explore Taiwan

11 Days | Tantalising food, lush views, tranquil temples and sweet black tea

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Discover a glittering coastline, lush green landscapes and tranquil temples on this 11-day adventure through tantalising Taiwan. Squeeze between food stalls and medicine pedlars in narrow alleyways, get behind-the-scenes glimpses (and a hands-on experience) in local industries and taste some of the most innovative dishes in Asia, from oyster omelettes to taro balls. Then, travel to the misty mountains and rugged coastal forests that have captured the attention of so many international powers throughout history and learn why Taiwan earned the nickname ‘the beautiful island’.

Trip overview

Map of Explore Taiwan including Taiwan, Republic Of China
Start
Taipei, Taiwan
Finish
Taipei, Taiwan
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Taiwan
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
CJSA
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover Taiwan’s food culture by collecting clams in Wangong, sipping black tea at a plantation, cooking farm-fresh spring onion pancakes in Yilan and wandering through the bustling street food night markets in Hualien.
  • Hike through lush mountain foothills to a 12-tiered pagoda that overlooks Sun Moon Lake, and take a ride around the emerald green waters on a cycling adventure.
  • Take in the scenic beauty of Taroko Gorge, then follow the aquamarine river along the Shakadang Trail on a hike past marbled cliffs and immense boulders.
  • Explore stalls pilled with dried fruits, herbs and medicines housed in a mixture of modern and historic buildings on Dihua Street – considered one of the oldest streets in Taiwan.
  • Enjoy a special visit to the Indigenous Atayal tribe and spend some time with their community to learn about their forest survival techniques and costumes, then enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal that showcases tradition and Indigenous flavours.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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 to make use of the efficient metro system.
  • There are a number of opportunities for hiking and cycling on this trip. While these are not strenuous, they do require a good overall level of fitness.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private Bus, Metro, Public Bus, Bike

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

Activities
  • Taipei - Dihua Street walk
  • Taipei - Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
  • Hualien - Night Market Street Food Crawl
  • Taipei - National Palace Museum
  • Hualien - Qixingtan
  • Hualien - Qingshui Cliff
  • Taroko Gorge - scenic hike
  • Yilan - Indigenous Atayal tribe half day visit
  • Yilan - Spring onion farm & cooking demostration
  • Puli - Chung Tai Chan Monastery
  • Puli - Hugosum Tea Farm
  • Sun Moon Lake - Ci'en Pagoda Trail walk
  • Sun Moon Lake - Bike Ride
  • Lukang - Longshan Temple
  • Fangyuan - Clam picking
  • Taichung - Rainbow Village

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Important notes

Important Itinerary change from June onwards: Taroko Gorge will be closed for this year due to damages caused by the earthquake in April. therefore, we will reroute our trip for all departures from June onwards until Taroko Gorge reopens again. The revised itinerary will be as follows:
Day 1 Taipei
Day 2 Taipei
Day 3 Yilan
Day 4 Yilan
Day 5 Sun Moon Lake
Day 6 Sun Moon Lake
Day 7 Chiayi
Day 8 Chiayi (Day tour to Alishan National Scenic Area, including Forest Railway & hiking the Sacred Forest Trail)
Day 9 Taichung
Day 10 Taipei
Day 11 trip finishes
All activities in the original destinations are unchanged, except for adjustment of order. We will visit Chiayi and Alishan instead of Hualien and Taroko Gorge.
1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, except in Sun Moon lAKEand is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
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Kirsty · Traveled May 2024
Taiwan is such a beautiful country! Exceed any expectations. A nature lover and foodies best holiday!
Review submitted 12 May 2024

Carolyn · Traveled April 2024
My Taiwan tour will always have a special place in my memories.We experience their culture, the food was amazing and the Taiwanese people we met along the way were just beautiful
Review submitted 08 May 2024

Melissa · Traveled April 2024
Taiwan is a fabulous place to visit, the people, food and culture was much more than I expected! Great tour!
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024

Ruth · Traveled April 2024
Despite the major change of the original itinerary due to the recent Hualien quake, the alternate itinerary was rewarding and exciting. The organization, smooth coordination, local knowledge and professionalism of both the trip leader and the driver made the entire tour very pleasant. 2 days of rainy weather was barely noticeable because of the driver and the trip leader.
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024

Matthew · Traveled March 2024
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip as an introduction to Taiwan. Taroko Gorge and Sun Moon Lake were particular highlights, as was the wonderful food we were introduced to throughout the trip. Doing this tour and then staying in and around Taipei for a further week made for a great holiday.
Review submitted 15 Apr 2024
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