Formosa – a beautiful island of mountains, national parks, hot springs and scenic coastlines. During its long history, prehistoric people, aborigines, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and Han Chinese have all successively populated the island now known as Taiwan, creating a varied culture and developing different local customs and traditions along the way. These various cultures found their artistic expression in unique architecture, wood carvings, pottery and ceramics. Taiwan is also custodian to a fine collection of Chinese Arts. The National Palace Museum in Taipei holds the essence of five thousand years of Chinese history. Throughout Taiwan the Chinese way of life has been maintained in a modern and democratic society.
Taiwan Highlights 11 Days
- Itinerary and Tour Map
Day 1 – Australia to Taipei
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Taipei and take a private transfer (vehicle with driver) to your hotel. (May be an overnight flight, depending on departure city.)
Stay three nights at the Golden China Hotel in Taipei.
Day 2 – Northern Coast and Chiufen Village
(Seat-In-Coach) Travel to Keelung to visit Chung Ching Park and see the huge statue of the Goddess of Mercy and the panoramic view of Keelung Harbor. Continue on to Yehliu famed for its numerous rock formations. In the afternoon, visit Pitou Cape and the Chiufen villages, once centres of gold mining, and now quaint old villages, clinging to steep mountainsides. (B)
Day 3 – Taipei and Folk Arts Tour
(Seat-In-Coach) Morning tour of Taipei City including visits to the impressive C.K.S. Memorial Hall, the Martyrs’ Shrine, the Traditional Taiwanese Temple, the National Palace Museum and Taipei Handicraft Centre. In the afternoon, visit Sanhsia Tsushih Temple, the Old Street in Sanhsia, the Yingko’s Pottery Factory and Showroom and the Pottery Street in Yingko. (B)
Day 4 – Taipei to Sun Moon Lake (Monday – see note below in Price Includes)
(Seat-In-Coach) Drive to Sun Moon Lake located in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan. Stop at the Literature Warrior Temple (also known as Wenwu Temple) dedicated to Confucius as Master of the Pen, the Holy Monk Shrine and Ci En Pagoda. Tour the scenic lake.
Stay one night at the Fleur De Chine Hotel in Sun Moon Lake. (B)
Day 5 – Sun Moon Lake to Kaohsiung
(Seat-In-Coach) Drive to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery and take a walking tour through the grounds. If you wish, join the monks for a vegetarian lunch (at your own cost). Travel on to Kaohsiung City, the second largest city in Taiwan, visiting Love River and Lio Ho Night Market.
Stay one night at the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung. (B)
Day 6 – Kaohsiung to Taitung
(Seat-In-Coach) Kenting National Park, on Taiwan’s southern tip, is visited this morning. See miles of coral rimmed shoreline, stopping at Eluanpi light house, Maopitou coast scenic area and Longpan Park. Travel on via Southern Link Highway, to Taitung.
Stay overnight at the Hotel Royal Chihpen in Taitung. (B)
Day 7 – Taitung to Hualien
(Seat-In-Coach) Enjoy a scenic drive along the East Coast National Scenic Area, a 170 kilometre section of coastline with an interesting array of landforms caused by weather and erosion. Stops en route include Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, Shitiping (Stone Steps) and a marble factory and showroom.
Stay one night at the Silks Place Taroko in Hualien. (B)
Day 8 – Taroko National Park to Taipei
(Seat-In-Coach) Spend the whole day in Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow ravine cut deep into mountains of solid marble. The road through the park is carved into sheer walls of rock snaking between forested peaks. Stops will be made at Swallow Grotto, Changchun Temple (Eternal Spring Shrine) and Cingshui Cliff. Return to Taipei via Syue-Shang Long Tunnel and arrive at your hotel early in the evening
Stay two nights at the Golden China Hotel in Taipei. (B)
Day 9 – Yangmingshan excursion and Taipei by Night
Morning at leisure. Afternoon (Seat-In-Coach) visit Yangmingshan National Park, the mountainous volcanic area north of Taipei City, famous for its beautiful scenery and abundant natural resources. Soak in a refreshing hot spring bath before an evening treat of dinner at a Mongolian BBQ Restaurant. And then there will still be time for visits to some of Taipei’s famous night markets. (B,D)
Day 10 – Depart Taipei
At leisure until check out and take a private transfer (vehicle with driver) to the airport for departure flight. (B)
Day 11 – Arrive Australia
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- Departure dates and prices
Depart on Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun only Twin share
Twin share Land Only Single supp. Jan – Dec 2017 $2229 $1873 $972 Jan – Dec 2018 Register now – prices to be advised
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Sole traveller prices on request. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- International air travel with Singapore Airlines, economy class, ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth (based on N class fare)
- 9 nights in 3 to 5 star hotels as listed, or similar
- 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- Transfers by private vehicle, sightseeing as listed, seat-in-coach, with English speaking guides and entrance fees included
- International air taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $810 and subject to change – actual amount at time of ticket issue will apply.
Prices based on a minimum of two people travelling together. Surcharges may apply during holiday and festival times. Sole traveller prices on request.
Note, the itinerary operates as stated if beginning on a Friday. If beginning on a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, the number of nights spent in Taipei at the start and end of the tour will be adjusted to fit with a Monday departure from Taipei to Sun Moon Lake, maintaining an 11 day tour with all sightseeing inclusions.
- See quaint villages clinging to steep mountainsides
- Beware of the native tribesmen (they were once head hunters!)
- Tour Sun Moon Lake in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan
- Try a refreshing hot spring bath
- Visit the night markets in Taipei