5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung

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  • Operation DayMonday
  • DepartureMorning
  • Duration5 Days
  • Pick-up Time07:30
  • Vehicle Type43-seater bus, 20-seater mini bus or 9-seater mini van (according to the number of participants)
  • Meeting PointHotel or metro station in downtown Taipei City
  • Drop-off PointHotel or metro station in downtown Taipei City

Highlights

  • Marvel at the biggest marble gorge in the world—Taroko Gorge
  • Immerse in the stunning landscapes and rich culture of Sun Moon Lake
  • Discover the unique landforms and biodiversity in Kenting National Park
  • Explore East Coast National Scenic Area—the last unspoiled land of Taiwan
  • Enjoy 4-night accommodation at local 5-star hotels
  • Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 1 participant
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off is available (within city limits)

Overview

Taiwan, also known as Formosa, is an island located in the Asia Pacific Region. The place was found by Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, who were impressed by the stunning scenery of the place. To honor the island’s magnificence, they dubbed it Ilha Formosa, which translates to “beautiful island”.

From the north to the south, there is no shortage of amazing, awe-inspiring and fascinating places to explore in Taiwan. But how to maximize your vacation with limited time and budget can be a little challenging.

No worries. We’ve got you covered. On this 5-day package tour to Taiwan, you will visit all the must-see tourist spots and get the chance to stay in the local 5-star hotels for 4 nights! You will visit the remarkable natural sites such as Sun Moon Lake, Kenting National Park, East Coast National Scenic Area and Taroko National Park, to witness Taiwan’s most spectacular natural wonders. Aside from the stunning natural landscapes, the man-made attractions such as Ci’en Pagoda, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Liuhe Night Market, Eluanpi Lighthouse, etc, will give you more insights into Taiwan’s diverse culture and the history of each place your visit.

The tour is available all year around, leaving on Monday and returning to Taipei on Friday evening. If you take 7-8 days off, you will still have extra time to explore this amazing country on your own. Book this 5-day Taiwan round island tour and make the most out of your trip to Taiwan!

  • Day 01

    Taipei – Sun Moon Lake

    On the first morning of your Taiwan-round island tour you will depart from central Taipei and head for the heart of the island, Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area.

    Sun Moon Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in the island. The lake is divided by Lalu Island; the east side of the lake resembles the sun while the west side resembles the crescent moon, hence the name. The area around the lake is also the home to the Thao people, a group of Taiwan indigenous peoples. With a rich indigenous culture and abundant natural beauty, Sun Moon Lake has become one of the top-ranked destinations in Taiwan.

    After lunch, you will tour around the lake by bus and visit the most well-known attractions in this area: Ita Thao, an indigenous village where you can get glimpses of Thao people’s culture and lifestyle; Ci’en Pagoda, a majestic pagoda also a famous landmark in Sun Moon Lake, built by the late president Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his mother; Xuanzang Temple, a Buddhist temple devoted to the prominent monk Xuanzang; Wenwu Temple, an imposing Taoist temple with 3 halls dedicated to the Martial God and the God of Literature. Through the professional commentary of your tour guide, you will learn more about this place.

    For the first night of your 5-day tour in Taiwan, you can enjoy a charming stay in a 5-star resort hotel.

    Overnight: Hotel Fleur de Chine – Mountain View Room(5-star), Sun Moon Lake or equivalent

  • Day 02

    Sun Moon Lake – Kaohsiung

    After breakfast, your 5 days in Taiwan can resume by enjoying a pleasant walk around the Xiangshan Visitor Center, a unique building designed for tourism and administration use. The massive canopy structure allows people to enjoy the stunning views of Sun Moon Lake from the top.

    After that, you will depart for Kaohsiung, the most populated city in South Taiwan, also a romantic harbor city. The first stop upon your arrival is Fo Guang Shan, a big Buddhist monastery founded by Master Hsing Yun in 1967. The signature of the monastery is the enormous statue of Buddha Amitabha in gold color that can be seen from miles away, also the tallest bronze sitting Buddha statue in the world.

    Here you will have a good understanding about the doctrines and development of Buddhism, the most widely practiced religion in Taiwan. Additionally, the restaurants in the monastery provide tasty and hearty vegetarian meals that you have a try at your own expense.

    After the monastery, you will move down the hill to the center of Kaohsiung City. It’s time to fulfill your appetite with some local delicacies at Liuhe Tourist Night Market, the oldest and most typical night market in Kaohsiung. Here you have a chance to taste the city’s signature street food, such as seafood congee, steamed salted shrimps, papaya milk drink, rice cake, stinky tofu and many more.

    Today you will stay overnight in a centrally located 5-star hotel with a department store, convenient stores and drug store nearby. You can visit these stores to get extra supplies for your 5-day tour in Taiwan.

    Overnight: Grand Hi Lai Hotel(5-star), Kaohsiung or equivalent

  • Day 03

    Kaohsiung – Kenting – Taitung

    After breakfast, you will head for the south of the border, also where Taiwan’s first national park is located. 

    Kenting National Park - Maobitou Kenting National Park - Maobitou

    Kenting National Park is known for its coastal geologic features and landscapes, and the marine biodiversity due to crustal deformation and tropical climate. Besides, Kenting is also a paradise for surfers and divers.

    For the 3rd day of your Taiwan-round island tour, you will stop at Maopitou, literally cat’s nose, a unique natural rock formation that looks just like a giant crouching cat from a distance; Chuanfan Rock, literally sail rock, another unique natural rock formation that looks just like the sail of a ship, or a portrait of US former president Richard Nixon; Eluanpi Lighthouse, built during the Qing Dynasty, was listed as one of the Eight Views of Taiwan during Japanese colonization; and Longpan Park, a coral limestone tableland facing the Pacific Ocean that was eroded by rainwater.

    After that, you will head off to Taitung via the South Link Highway, enjoying the scenery along the way. Tonight you will stay in a 5-star hot spring resort in Chihpen, Taitung County. Chihpen is a hot spring town that is famous for carbonate hot spring; the water is effective for improving blood circulation and fatigue relief.

    Overnight: Hotel Royal Chihpen(5-star), Taitung or equivalent

  • Day 04

    Taitung – East Coast – Hualien

    After a good night’s sleep and a substantial breakfast, your 5-day tour in Taiwan resumes by traveling along the east coast, the last unspoiled place of the island. Wherever you go, it never ceases to amaze you with its enchanting natural scenery.

    You will stop at the most famous scenic spots: Xiaoyeliu, Sanxientai, Shitiping and Fanshuliao; each of them features unique geologic characteristics.

    The first stop is Xiaoyehliu (literally little Yehliu). The natural rock formations in this area resemble to those found in Yehliu Geopark in the northern coast of Taiwan, hence the name. Here you can have a close-up look at those unique landforms created by weathering and sea erosion.

    Then you will visit Sanxientai (literally the terrace of the three immortals), which is composed of an offshore island and coral reefs. The cross-sea bridge that connects the mainland and the island is an iconic landmark of the East Coast National Scenic Area.

    Your next stop is Shitiping (literally stone steps), a well-developed sea erosion terrace. The promontories along the coastline eroded by sea water over millions of years, resulted in the abrasion platform, the sea grooves, the sea cliffs, and the potholes that we see today. Therefore, Shitiping is also considered a world-class outdoor geology classroom.

    Before you visit the marble factory in Hualien, you will stop by Fanshuliao, a unique canyon that is regarded as a small version of Taroko Gorge.

    Marble mining and processing was an important industry in Hualien, and helped boost the prosperity of the city. Through the marble factory and its exhibits, you will have an overview of the major industry in Hualien.

    Enjoy a peaceful night stay in a 5-star resort hotel. On the last day of your tour, you will marvel at the world-famous nature wonder—Taroko Gorge.

    Overnight: Hotel Silks Place Taroko – Garden View Room(5-star), Hualien or equivalent

  • Day 05

    Hualien – Taroko – Taipei

    On the last day of your 5 days in Taiwan, you will visit the most spectacular place in Taiwan, also the biggest marble canyon in the world—Taroko National Park. Pull out your camera or phone, and be ready for a mind-blowing adventure!

    Situated in the eastern part of Taiwan, Taroko National Park was established in the year of 1986. This park features high mountains and sheer gorges with a diverse range of wildlife and geologic characteristics.

    The most well-known parts of this park are the marble cliffs, which can soar up to 1,100 meters high. Today you will stop at the most popular attractions: Shakadang Trail/ Lushui Trail, Eternal Spring Shrine (Changchun Temple), Swallow Grotto and Cimu Bridge.

    First, take a walk along Shakadang Trail or Lushui Trail, where the river gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meander along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above.

    The next stop is Swallow Grotto. The potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. 

    Before lunch, you will stop by Cimu Bridge (literally motherly devotion bridge), an H-shape hanging bridge built of marble and named by the late president Chiang Jing-guo, for a heart-touching story about a loving mother.

    After then, you will take a short break at Tianxiang. It is a large river terrace recreational area, where the Youth Activity Center, a Catholic Church and the only 5-star hotel in the park are located. This area features many spectacular river landscapes, such as the meandering streams and the potholes, making Tianxiang the most picturesque place for dinning and lodge.

    After lunch, you will stop by Eternal Spring Shrine, a memorial shrine established in 1958, to commemorate the 225 personnel (military veterans) who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. From afar, you can see the waterfall cascading over the sheer cliff below the shrine, creating a picturesque view.

    Before ending your Taiwan-round island tour and returning to Taipei, you will stop for a visit at one of the “Eight Wonders” in Taiwan, Qingshui Cliff, for another visual feast.

    The soaring cliff is more than 1000 meters high, stretches for 21 kilometers and nearly vertically drops into the sea, that you can enjoy a sweeping view from the viewing platform.

    You will then head back to Taipei and arrive in your hotel or designated drop-off place in the evening, marking the end of your 5 tour days in Taiwan.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Professional licensed tour guide (Mandarin / English / Japanese)
  • Local transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • 4 night hotel accommodation
  • Hotel breakfast*4
  • Local general liabilities insurance
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
Important Notice
  1. Tour commentary will be provided in Mandarin, English and Japanese.
  2. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults.
  3. Infants must sit on laps and share existing bedding with adults.
  4. 2 people will share 1 twin room; for an odd number of individuals, 3 people will share 1 triple room.
  5. The sequence and time of stay at tour stops might be adjusted according to the traffic/weather condition.
  6. Please advise your designated meeting point (within Taipei city limits) and provide your SMS contact info or e-mail address. We will contact you directly and advise the pick-up time.
  7. If the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, the tour operation will contact you no later than the evening before the excursion day by e-mail or SMS.
  8. Please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes earlier than the pick-up time.
  9. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, you must cancel your booking at least 7 days before the listings local pick-up time(GMT+8). Please contact us by email or phone. 

 

Email: edisonts@ms6.hinet.net 

Phone: +886 2 25635313

 

No-shows are defined as passengers who do not show up on time for the tours. In this event, the bookings will be cancelled and non-refundable.

 

Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: full refund

Cancellations made 6-4 days in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: 50% refund

Cancellations made less than 3 days in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: non-refundable

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