Taiwan Tours

Taiwan Tours

Known for centuries as Isla Formosa or the Beautiful Island, Taiwan is an emerald green island that holds both beauty and a fascinating history. Despite being one of the most densely-populated places on earth, this island is home to a natural wonderland of luscious forests that cling to steep mountainsides and offer up classic views around every corner. Taiwan tours offer the chance to cross the rolling hills, venture beyond the plains to spectacular coastlines and captivating cities.

Historically, the original inhabitants of Taiwan are thought to apart of the group of seafarers that ended up inhabiting much of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. These Austronesian peoples are related through blood or...   Read More
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Our Taiwan Tour Leaders


Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Known for centuries as Isla Formosa or the Beautiful Island, Taiwan is an emerald green island that holds both beauty and a fascinating history. Despite being one of the most densely-populated places on earth, this island is home to a natural wonderland of luscious forests that cling to steep mountainsides and offer up classic views around every corner. Taiwan tours offer the chance to cross the rolling hills, venture beyond the plains to spectacular coastlines and captivating cities.

Historically, the original inhabitants of Taiwan are thought to apart of the group of seafarers that ended up inhabiting much of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. These Austronesian peoples are related through blood or linguistic ties to people across precolonial Oceania, as far away as Madagascar. The tribes developed pottery, basketry, woodcarvings, musical instruments and colourful costumes.

Isolated for centuries, the indigenous peoples remained land are thought to have only had a few fishermen settling on their island until Europeans began setting up trading posts in the 17th century. After the opening of the ports by the Spanish and Dutch, Formosa fell under the rule of the Chinese Qing Dynasty in the 17th century followed by the Japanese in the late 19th century. It was the Japanese that would industrialize the country, and would heavily rely on Taiwan during the WWII Pacific Theatre. Following the Japanese defeat in WWII, all the Japanese inhabitants would be expelled with the country surrendered, however, their presence would be replaced by nearly two million Chinese fleeing the rise of communism on mainland China after successful communist gains in the Chinese Civil War.

The culture of Imperial China is a shared history among many of the Taiwanese. Our Taiwan tours ensure a stop in Taipei's world-famous National Palace Museum, which the world's largest collection of Chinese artifacts of porcelain, paintings, jade, bronze, tapestries and other art objects that once belonged to the emperors of China. In 1949, the collection was brought to Taiwan by Chiang Kai Shek's armies.

Despite a large influx of people, the landscape of Taiwan has remained stunning. Our Taiwan tours take a drive along eastern coast of Taiwan where nature is less tamed on this side of the island. Our drive will take us past the Qingshui Cliffs, more than 1,000 meters high and they drop almost vertically into the sea. The highway snakes along its curving face, with the sheer cliffs rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other until Taroko Gorge. The gorge itself is a marble canyon featuring a rushing white water river, towering cliffs, hiking trails and even the odd hot spring.

From the peaceful to the fast paced, Taiwan is a country that is also continually changing and advancing. While still adhering to the traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism with cultural centres in Tainan and Taipei allowing a perfect explanation to these ancient practices, high speed trains whisk travellers away to impressive skylines and buzzing cities.

Known for its splendid beauty, its 15,000 temples that are home to tolerant preachings, its delicious samplings of cuisine that includes both Chinese and Japanese delicacies, Taiwan is the perfect destination for those wanting a blend of adventure and cosmopolitan explorations.