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Sun Moon Lake

Taipei – Taroko National Park – Sun Moon Lake – Tainan – Taipei

The luxury tour brings you the best Taiwan has to offer combining rich culture with spectacular scenery and fantastic food!

Anyone who has been to Taiwan would tell you how impressed they are with what they experienced. Famed for centuries as Ihla Formosa (beautiful island), this is a land blessed with sandy beaches, marble-walled gorges, tropical forests, and alpine mountain ranges. Taiwan is a paradise for hikers and cyclists. Taiwan’s eco-diversity delights nature lovers. In fact, Taiwan is a kingdom of butterflies and home to a host of other endemic flying, crawling and swimming creatures. On top of all the spectacular scenery, rich culture, colourful traditions and fantastic food, there is the hospitality of the 23 million people.

Important Features

  • Small group size – 20 maximum
  • Expert guide(s)
  • Luxury accommodations
  • Tips for local guides and drivers included
  • All applicable taxes and surcharges
  • Gourmet food, local and Western
  • No forced shopping stops
  • Cooking class
  • Daily breakfasts and most lunches and dinners

Meal Code: B = breakfast / L = lunch / D = dinner

Scroll down for dates, prices, hotel list and documentation requirements.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1/Wed: Departing for Taipei

Fly to Taipei from a city of your choice. International air is not included. You’ll lose a day upon crossing the International Date Line.

Day 2/Thu: Arrival in Taipei

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel on your own by airport limousine shuttle bus or a combination of airport express train and taxi. More info on transfer is included in finalized itinerary.

Day 3/Fri: Taipei (B/L/D)

Taipei is the capital of the Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan. ROC should not be confused with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party. With a population around 2.7 million, Taipei is also the economic, educational and cultural center of Taiwan and one of the major hubs of transportation in East Asia.

Our walking tour this morning begins at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which is followed by the Presidential Palace, National 228 Memorial Park, and Taipei Botanical Garden. Be prepared to walk for 3-4 kilometres this morning.

We spend the afternoon exploring the National Palace Museum which houses a huge collection of national treasures removed from the Forbidden City in Beijing when the national government under the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT) fled to Taiwan in 1949.

The visit to the 508-metre-tall Taipei 101, a new symbol of the city, takes place after dinner.

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Day 4/Sat: Taipei (B/L)

We begin the day with a tour of Dalongdong Bao’an Temple, an old house of worship that embraces Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism all at the same time. We then proceed to National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

We arrive at the venue for cooking lesson at 11:00 AM. The lesson starts with a trip to a local market for ingredients. During the 2-hour lesson you’ll learn to make xiaolongbao, Chinese beef noodle soup and a common appetizer or two.

We retreat to the hotel to rest up for a couple of hours before heading out to a popular night market where the main draw is the mouth-watering street food. The market is crowded but very safe. Everyone should be able to find something to their liking due to the abundance of choices available.

Day 5/Sun: Taipei – Taroko National Park (B/L/D)best taiwan tour for canadians

This morning we drive 160km (3 hours) to Taroko National Park located on the northeast coast of Taiwan. Taroko is famous not only for its deep marble gorges but also for the aboriginal tribal culture.

After a delicious lunch at a popular restaurant staffed by local Austronesian aboriginals, we spend the whole afternoon exploring the spectacular national park on foot.

Overnight at a resort in the park.

Day 6/Mon: Taroko National Park (B/L/D)

Our exploration of Taroko National Park this morning features a 2-hour hike over mountainous terrain.

Free afternoon to relax or explore on your own.

Day 7/Tue: Taroko – Sun Moon Lake (B/L/D)

We drive back to Taipei in the morning to connect the high-speed train for Taichung, from where we continue on to Sun Moon Lake by motorcoach.best taiwan travel package

Surrounded by forested peaks and crisscrossed by foot trails, the 7.93-square-kilometre Sun Moon Lake is a popular resort destination all year round due to mild climate (elevation 748 metres). The area around the lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. East of the lake, the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is a theme park with a section devoted to re-created indigenous villages. Displays here include centuries-old carved lintel pieces, handicrafts and weapons.

Afternoon schedule includes a cruise on Sun Moon Lake and visit to the township nearby called Yuchi (Fish Pond).

Day 8/Wed: Sun Moon Lake (B)

We begin today with a visit to the aboriginal cultural village. This is followed by a hike on a scenic route around the lake.

We spend the rest of the day exploring on our own.

Day 9/Thu: Sun Moon Lake – Tainan (B/L/D)

After breakfast we drive two and half hours (170km) to Tainan, a historical city that once served as Taiwan’s capital between 1683 and 1887. Sightseeing in Tainan takes in An Ping Old Street, Fort Zeelandia and Grand Matsu temple.best taiwan vacation tour

Fort Zeelandia was a fortress built by the Dutch East India Company between 1624 and 1634 in the town of Anping, present-day Anping District in the City of Tainan. The fort is gone and part of the wall surrounding the fort is still standing. The small museum onsite is fairly informative giving the visitor a clear idea of what happened during Dutch colonization days. The terrace inside the compound was rebuilt by the Japanese during their occupation of Taiwan between 1895 and 1945.

Day 10/Fri: Tainan – Taipei (B/L/D)

This morning we visit Chih Kan Tower and Confucius Temple. The architectural style of Chih Kan Tower looks unmistakenly Chinese but it was built on the site of the original Dutch outpost known as Fort Provintia or Providentia; part of the foundation of Fort Provintia remains and is protected by the government.

Later today we ride the high-speed train back to Taipei.

Day 11/Sat: Returning Home (B)

Your Taiwan tour comes to an end this morning. Transfer to the airport by airport express train or limousine shuttle bus. Further details on airport transfer can be found in the final update sent to you two weeks prior to commencement of your trip.

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City Nights Hotel Category
Taipei, 1st stay 3 The Sherwood Taipei luxury/5 stars
Taroko National Park 2 Silks Place Taroko luxury/5 stars
Sun Moon Lake 2 Fleur de Chine luxury/5 stars
Tainan 1 Silks Place Tainan luxury/5 stars
Taipei, 2nd stay 1 The Sherwood Taipei luxury/5 stars
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Dates and Prices

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Land Only*
Single Supplement
29-Apr 09-May $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
13-May 23-May $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
16-Sep 26-Sep $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
30-Sep 10-Oct $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
14-Oct 24-Oct $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
21-Oct 31-Oct $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
18-Nov 28-Nov $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
02-Dec 12-Dec $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
20-Jan 30-Jan $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
17-Feb 27-Feb $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
10-Mar 20-Mar $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
14-Apr 24-Apr $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
28-Apr 08-May $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
12-May 22-May $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
15-Sep 25-Sep $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
29-Sep 09-Oct $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
13-Oct 23-Oct $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550
20-Oct 30-Oct $4990/$3850 $2015/$1550

* Land Only price does not include international air. Contact us for a competitive fare quote.

Tour price includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Ground transportation by private coach
  • Ordinary Class seat on high-speed train wherever applicable
  • Daily meals as specified
  • Guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Chinese cooking classes per itinerary
  • English-speaking guides throughout tour
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
Tour price does NOT include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Visa is not required of visitors from Western countries.

Budget a few hundred dollars for incidentals and meals not included in the tour price.

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