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.
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Get behind the scenes of Taiwan's exciting food culture – go oyster picking 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
Get an insight into the food and culture of Taiwan's indigenous tribes with a visit to an aboriginal village
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 of the country.
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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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Our Explore Taiwan trips score an average of 4.2 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
Taiwan is a surprising destination, with very friendly and helpful locals. There are plenty of opportunities to partake in fun activities and visit scenic natural sites. It will definitely be a destination that you will enjoy and recommend to fellow travelers.
Review submitted 02 Nov 2017
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Review submitted 06 Jun 2017