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Explore Taiwan

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Discover a glittering coastline, lush green landscapes and tranquil temples on this 11-day adventure through tantalising Taiwan. Squeeze between food stalls and medicine pedlars in narrow alleyways, get behind-the-scenes glimpses (and a hands-on experience) in local industries and taste some of the most innovative dishes in Asia, from oyster omelettes to taro balls. Then, travel to the misty mountains and rugged coastal forests that have captured the attention of so many international powers throughout history and learn why Taiwan earned the nickname ‘the beautiful island’.

Trip Name
Explore Taiwan
Last Updated
2024-04-30
Days
11
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Discover Taiwan’s food culture by collecting clams in Wangong, sipping black tea at a plantation, cooking farm-fresh spring onion pancakes in Yilan and wandering through the bustling street food night markets in Hualien.
  • Hike through lush mountain foothills to a 12-tiered pagoda that overlooks Sun Moon Lake, and take a ride around the emerald green waters on a cycling adventure.
  • Take in the scenic beauty of Taroko Gorge, then follow the aquamarine river along the Shakadang Trail on a hike past marbled cliffs and immense boulders.
  • Explore stalls pilled with dried fruits, herbs and medicines housed in a mixture of modern and historic buildings on Dihua Street – considered one of the oldest streets in Taiwan.
  • Enjoy a special visit to the Indigenous Atayal tribe and spend some time with their community to learn about their forest survival techniques and costumes, then enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal that showcases tradition and Indigenous flavours.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Taipei
Welcome to Taipei! Your adventure begins in the densely populated and beautifully located capital of Taiwan. You can arrive at any time today, as there are no activities planned until a welcome meeting at 6 pm. With the formalities out of the way, head out for an optional dinner with your fellow group members this evening. If you arrive with time to spare, perhaps visit the hot springs at Yangmingshan National Park.
Day 2 - Taipei
Explore Taipei this morning by foot and by the excellent metro system. With your local leader, you’ll stroll through Dihua Street – the oldest street in Taipei – to get a sense of the city’s merchant past and to see how young entrepreneurs are revitalising the area. You’ll pass by traditional Fujian-style Qing Dynasty homes, Baroque and modernist architecture from the Japanese colonial occupation, and 100-year-old businesses still in operation, alongside modern cafes and craft shops – representing the different phases of Taipei’s history. Continue to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – an impressive dedication to the former president of the Republic of China. Then, you’ll have free time for the rest of the day and night. Maybe head to the Shilin Night Market for dinner tonight.
Day 3 - Hualien
Visit the National Palace Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese art. After, leave Taipei behind and head to Hualien – best known for it’s natural surroundings, including the rift valley plain and a rocky seashore that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. On the way, stop in at Qixingtan for a stroll along the promenade and some fresh ocean air. Continue to Hualien and when you arrive, head out for an orientation walk. Tonight, you’ll explore the night markets on a street food crawl with your group, trying some local specialties like coffin bread (fluffy French toast with fillings), exploding chicken rolls, spring onion pancakes and oyster omelettes. Hualien has the largest Indigenous population in Taiwan, so you can also find traditional specialties like bamboo rice, wild boar, and flying fish.
Day 4 - Hualien
Visit the Qingshui Cliff today – a long stretch of coast that drops almost vertically into the sea. After taking in the view, continue your journey to Taroko National Park (named after the epic Taroko Gorge). Witness the natural beauty, winding turquoise river and high cliffs of the gorge and then set out along the Shakadang Trail, which follows an aqua stream to a Truku village. Entry to the village isn’t permitted, but if you’re lucky, you might see the small market outside, which sells Indigenous foods and handicrafts. After a two-hour hike, you’ll have the chance to explore one of the park’s other trails. Your leader can advise on which one is right for you, depending on energy levels and desires. Later, return to Hualien and enjoy free time to relax, or maybe grab a foot reflexology massage to truly unwind after a tiring day.
Day 5 - Yilan
Today, you’ll make your way to Yilan, stopping at Leshui along the way. Here, visit the Indigenous Atayal tribe – only 2.5% of the Taiwanese population are identified as Indigenous, and the Atayal people are one of the 16 main groups. Soak up the rare opportunity to connect with their community and learn about the cultural significance of their tribal costume and face tattoos. Try your hand at making the local bamboo rice and then enjoy the fruits of your labour as part of the hearty, home-cooked lunch with the locals. Using local ingredients, you’ll be treated to a showcase of delicious Indigenous flavours. Then head into the forest with a local who will demonstrate their traditional hunting and trap-setting tricks. Say goodbye to your gracious hosts and carry on to Yilan, where your evening is free.
Day 6 - Yilan
Visit a spring onion farm this morning to see how one of Taiwan’s favourite ingredients is grown. Pop on a pair of gum boots and get grubby in the fields, trying your hand at produce picking. Then, learn how to cook the spring onions in the beloved snack of Taiwanese pancakes. Enjoy the product of your success and then kick back with a free afternoon. You might like to head to a local hot spring and indulge in a relaxing soak (or stay close to home and choose to try out the hotel’s hot spring instead). Tonight, maybe ask your trip leader where the best spot for a local feed is and head out with your fellow travellers.
Day 7 - Sun Moon Lake
Take a private bus to Sun Moon Lake this morning – one of the most iconic destinations in Taiwan. On the way, visit the Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Puli. Though it was built just 20 years ago, the unique combination of Chinese and Western architectural styles makes it an impressive sight. Here, you’ll take a guided tour with one of the resident nuns or a guide and learn the secrets and history of the monastery. Continue to Sun Moon Lake, arriving in the afternoon. This is the only natural lake in Taiwan and is named for the shapes that its outline forms. This is a gorgeous destination, so make sure you’ve got your camera handy! Tonight, return to Puli and relax in your guesthouse for the night.
Day 8 - Sun Moon Lake
After breakfast, hop in a private vehicle headed for the Hugosum Tea Farm. Here, you’ll gain an insight into the production of Taiwan’s beloved black tea and have the opportunity to roll your own leaves, which will then be dried and packaged so you can take a taste of Taiwan home with you. Then head back to Sun Moon Lake and walk through the forested foothills of the mountains around Sun Moon Lake, along the Ci'en Pagoda Trail. At the trail's end, you can climb to the top of the 46-m-high pagoda and take in the sweeping views. Keep the active energy going on a cycling adventure along some scenic paths on the lake’s shores. The evening is yours to spend.
Day 9 - Taichung
Today, head to the flat and fertile land of Changhua County, sometimes known as the ‘breadbasket’ of Taiwan. Visit Longshan Temple and explore the beautiful gardens on site. Continue to the fishing village of Fangyuan, where you’ll have the chance to go clam picking and discover water birds, fiddler crabs and mudskippers. There will also be the chance to sample local seafood like clams, crabs and oysters. In the afternoon, travel to Taichung and enjoy an free evening.
Day 10 - Taipei
Before returning to Taipei, stop at the Rainbow Village and learn the story behind the incredible murals that cover every inch of the town. If you’re lucky, you may just catch the artist Huang Yung-Fu (who is 96 years old, and counting!) sitting outside his house and enjoying some sunshine. Return to Taipei, arriving around midday. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore the city at your leisure. Maybe meet back up with your leader and group for an optional dinner or visit the Taipei 101 Observation Deck for a magnificent view over the city at night.
Day 11 - Taipei
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. No activities are planned for the day, and you're free to leave the hotel any time after checkout. If you’d like to extend your stay, just speak to your booking agent.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
13-06-202423-06-2024AUD $ 3,770-
27-06-202407-07-2024AUD $ 4,025-
12-09-202422-09-2024AUD $ 3,804-
14-09-202424-09-2024AUD $ 3,876-
19-09-202429-09-2024AUD $ 3,914-
26-09-202406-10-2024AUD $ 3,838-
03-10-202413-10-2024AUD $ 4,029-
17-10-202427-10-2024AUD $ 4,186-
19-10-202429-10-2024AUD $ 3,991-
24-10-202403-11-2024AUD $ 3,991-
31-10-202410-11-2024AUD $ 3,991-
04-11-202414-11-2024AUD $ 3,838-
07-11-202417-11-2024AUD $ 3,838-
11-11-202421-11-2024AUD $ 3,838-
14-11-202424-11-2024AUD $ 4,029-
18-11-202428-11-2024AUD $ 3,693-
21-11-202401-12-2024AUD $ 3,693-
28-11-202408-12-2024AUD $ 3,693-
12-12-202422-12-2024AUD $ 3,693-
13-01-202523-01-2025AUD $ 4,560-
06-02-202516-02-2025AUD $ 3,876-
13-02-202523-02-2025AUD $ 3,876-
06-03-202516-03-2025AUD $ 3,876-
13-03-202523-03-2025AUD $ 4,033-
20-03-202530-03-2025AUD $ 4,033-
22-03-202501-04-2025AUD $ 4,033-
10-04-202520-04-2025AUD $ 4,745-
12-04-202522-04-2025AUD $ 4,745-
17-04-202527-04-2025AUD $ 4,745-
24-04-202504-05-2025AUD $ 4,560-
01-05-202511-05-2025AUD $ 4,560-
15-05-202525-05-2025AUD $ 4,560-
17-05-202527-05-2025AUD $ 4,560-
12-06-202522-06-2025AUD $ 4,560-
26-06-202506-07-2025AUD $ 4,560-
04-09-202514-09-2025AUD $ 4,745-
11-09-202521-09-2025AUD $ 4,745-
18-09-202528-09-2025AUD $ 4,745-
25-09-202505-10-2025AUD $ 4,925-
13-10-202523-10-2025AUD $ 4,925-
16-10-202526-10-2025AUD $ 4,925-
18-10-202528-10-2025AUD $ 4,925-
20-10-202530-10-2025AUD $ 4,925-
23-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
25-10-202504-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
27-10-202506-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
30-10-202509-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
01-11-202511-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
06-11-202516-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
13-11-202523-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
15-11-202525-11-2025AUD $ 4,925-
20-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 4,745-
22-11-202502-12-2025AUD $ 4,745-
27-11-202507-12-2025AUD $ 4,745-
11-12-202521-12-2025AUD $ 4,560-

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights),Guesthouse (2 nights)

Transport

Private Bus,Metro,Public Bus,Bike

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