TA3 Taiwan Tour
La Isla Formosa
Vibrant Taipei; Taroko Gorge - scenic highlight of Taiwan; Historical TainanINQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Mon 16 Mar 2020||Mon 23 Mar 2020||$2440 USD|
|Sat 03 Oct 2020||Sat 10 Oct 2020||$2440 USD|
|Mon 15 Mar 2021||Mon 22 Mar 2021||$2440 USD|
|Sat 02 Oct 2021||Sat 09 Oct 2021||$2440 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $633 USD (number of singles limited).
Despite being among the world's most densely populated areas, on our Taiwan tour you’ll discover Taiwan is a place full of jaw dropping natural splendour. With a society known as Asia's most democratic and tolerant, a rich culinary history and a fascinating convergence of Chinese traditions that include Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, Taiwan is a multi-faceted country full of surprise and delight.
On arrival in Taipei, Taiwan's bustling centre of commerce and culture, a tour touches down at a number of the city's most important attractions. Among them, the world-famous National Palace Museum and its unparalleled collection of Chinese artifacts, including art that once belonged to emperors.
Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines gives further historical context of the area's development and people. After lunch visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a grandiose and sobering monument to the former authoritarian president. And, of course, time is set aside to ascend Taipei 101, a remarkable landmark affording truly spectacular views.
In the morning travel through Hsuehshan Tunnel, Taiwan's longest, en route to Taroko Gorge, the undisputed scenic highlight of this Taiwan tour. With plenty of awe inspiring viewpoints and trails to explore, this phenomenal marble canyon with its sheer cliffs and ever changing terrain is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Driving away from the gorge through sub-alpine forest we visit Chung Tai Chan monastery - an internationally lauded centre of Buddhist research and culture - ahead of a visit to Sun Moon Lake, in the foothills of the Central Mountain range. The popular vacation area is idyllic, notable for the lake's deep blue waters and a surrounding countryside dotted with pagodas and temples.
Cruise across the lake before setting out for Tainan. The oldest city in Taiwan, Tainan is celebrated as a hotbed of traditional culture and features several significant temples among its attractions.
In the North, the Chihkan Cultural Zone's most notable feature is Chihkan Tower, built by the Dutch in in the 1650s and retaining many of its original architectural features. In the southern part of the city, the Confucius Temple Cultural Zone is as the name implies, and features the remarkable Confucius Temple, thought to be the oldest in Taiwan.
The day's agenda also includes the coastal Dutch Fort of Anping. Walk the winding streets and soak up the reminders of colonial rule from another era, while perusing the readily available, handmade wares, in what is known as the cradle of Han Chinese civilization.
And finally, a highlight of our Taiwan tour, we rocket back to Taipei at 300 km/h aboard one of the high speed trains the region is known for. A final afternoon of sightseeing in Taipei takes in the Taoist Lungshan Temple, the old town market of Dihua Street and Taipei Martyrs Shrine. The bulky structure serves as commemoration to the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the War of Resistance and features an hourly changing of the guards.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Folio Taipei Daan
In a converted landmark building in the vibrant Da'an commercial district, this trendy hotel is a 2-minute walk from the ... metro station, a 14-minute walk from Da'an Forest Park
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Hotel Silks Place
Location: Taroko Gorge
Offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding greenery, Silks Place Taroko Hotel is located within the Taroko National Park in Hualien ... It features an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Guests can relax in the sauna, or enjoy scenic mountain views while exercising in the gym.
Rooms at Silks Place Taroko Hotel have private balconies with mountain or river views. Amenities include a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities.
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Landis Tainan Hotel
Tayih Landis Hotel boasts of 315 spacious and comfortable guest rooms that are equipped with modern amenities such as air ... cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, mini bar, telephone and a private bathroom.
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Breakfast and dinner (mostly at local restaurants) are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping and not included meals.
Seasonality and Weather
Our autumn tour can expect moderate humidity and mild temperatures ranging from 12-25 C (53-78 F), depending on elevation (our time in the mountains can be chilly). Rain showers can occur at any time. Spring will experience slightly cooler temperatures and the same possibility of rainfall. Our spring date may feature annual cherry & plum blossoms at some locations.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Our land transport will be via comfortable private air-conditioned/heated bus.
We rate this tour difficulty 'Level 1', which relates mostly to relatively short drives, lack of heat and remote locations, comfortable accommodations, the lack of train travel, and the likelihood of baggage handling assistance at hotels. One can, however, expect plenty of walking on the tour. Our pace is leisurely, but we have some full days of activities and travel and numerous sites visited that require that you be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. We also have short walks to/from dinner at the end of our days.
There is also a very strong culinary element to this trip. Breakfasts feature Asian as well as Western items, but our dinners out at local restaurants will feature a wide range of local specialties. Eating is very much a cultural experience in this part of the world, and this aspect of our program is an integral part of the overall experience. Though individual tastes and requirements will be taken into account by your leader who will be organizing our evening meals on-the-go, if you are strictly a meat-and-potatoes person, or a strict vegan/gluten-free etc, you may find your preferences significantly challenged on this tour.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Hotels in Taiwan are international style, 3-star properties.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides at various locations.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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