Explore Taiwan

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

4.3 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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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

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, except Day 7&8, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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Ann · Traveled January 2024
An excellent tour but it needs to be longer to do justice to Taiwan, 10 days is too short, a fortnight would be better. The itinerary was good with many interesting sights and activities. The visit to the Leshui tribe was amazing, the highlight of the trip.
Review submitted 11 Feb 2024

Christopher · Traveled January 2024
This was a fantastic trip but needs to be a few days longer to do Taiwan justice. It's a beautiful island and there is a lot to see. Spotlessly clean, lovely food and lovely people, with dramatic mountainous backdrops.
Review submitted 11 Feb 2024

Jacklyn · Traveled November 2023
Taiwan is an amazing country and this trip really showed it off! We got to see so many aspects of Taiwan and all the different influences that made it what it is today! Highly recommended trip!
Review submitted 20 Dec 2023

Anisha · Traveled November 2023
Absolutely brilliant way to check out the highlights of Taiwan in a short amount of time. Our guide Joanna was incredible and you get a lot of free time to explore on your own as well. 10/10, would recommend to anyone wanting to visit Taiwan for the first time.
Review submitted 25 Jan 2024

SHINTA · Traveled November 2023
This is not a trip if you expected to slowdown and chill. The itinerary is hectic, physically quite tiring with average 17k - 20k steps daily. This is a great trip to give you quick introduction to Taiwan. Bring your appetite and your inner foodie. Be adventurous with street snacks and night market. People are so nice and welcoming. It's easy to navigate the country, even if you don't speak and read Chinese. I'll definitely be back. 11 days are too short for all the food I want to taste.
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023
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