3 Days in Taiwan: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2014

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Steeped in traditional Chinese culture, with influences from Japan and the island's own indigenous tribes, Taiwan is a destination full of surprises. Beyond the bustling metropolises are lush tropical landscapes, rushing rivers, hot springs and some of northeast Asia's tallest mountains. The island is a compact showcase of natural attractions and cultural jewels, with unexpected marvels around every corner.

Day 1:  Taipei by Day...and Night

Taipei is a fascinating city, and what better way to get a sense it than by taking a half-day tour to spot the highlights? This tour takes in Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyr's Shrine (a classic example of Ming Dynasty architecture), the incredible Chinese art treasures of National Palace Museum and a handicraft center where you can see some classic Taiwanese craftsmanship.

Then see Taipei on the flipside with an exciting night tour – including a Mongolian BBQ dinner! You'll enjoy a delicious meal at a downtown restaurant before strolling through the exotic night markets and exploring the ancient Longshan Temple. Then you'll shoot up to the top of the world's second-tallest building to watch Taipei sparkle below.

Day 2: By Gorge! Exploring Taroko Gorge.

Taroko Gorge is one of the seven wonders of Asia and it's an absolute must-do if you're in Taipei. Take a day tour to this incredible sight, where you'll take a short flight to this stunning gorge known for its sheer marble cliffs, deep winding tunnels, and the Liwu River, which flows through its craggy landscape. See the Eternal Spring Shrine then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Chi Hsing Beach, Hualien Stone Sculptural Park and a marble factory.

Day 3: Parks, Art and Hot Springs

Yes you're on holiday - but don't you want to up the relaxation factor a little bit more? Take a half-day tour to Yangmingshan National Park where hot springs, tranquil lakes and luscious green fields rich with birds, butterflies and blossoms await you. Once you're all blissed out, spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the arts and crafts of the two neighboring towns of Yingge and Sansia. Yingge is Taiwan's ceramics capital, producing magnificent hand-painted works of art, from earthenware tea sets to delicate statues, while Sansia's Ching Shui Tsu Shih Temple, built in 1769, is one of the world's finest examples of current Chinese temple art. You'll find some truly unique pieces to bring home with you.

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5-Day Best of Taiwan Tour from Taipei: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung and Taitung

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 113 Reviews

This 5-day Taiwan tour will take you around the whole island, opening your eyes to the country’s diverse, astounding beauty and culture. Visit Sun Moon Lake ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

From USD $581.90

Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

4.5 star rating: Recommended 301 Reviews

See one of the seven wonders of Asia, the Taroko Gorge, on a full-day tour. Led by a local guide, take a train ride to Hualien from Taipei to see this top ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00

Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip From Taipei: Old Pingxi Railway Line and Sky Lantern Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Travel to the remote mountain town of Pingxi, renowned for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Stop at the Yin-Yang Sea and Shifen Waterfall before a stroll down ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

Yangmingshan National Park and Hot-Spring Half-Day Tour from Taipei

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 33 Reviews

Want to take a relaxing hot spring bath? Visit the Yangmingshan National Park and Beitou (Peitou) on this tour from Taipei. Visit the hot spring and ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.99

Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Enjoy a tea and sightseeing tour steeped in history from Taipei! Taste tea and learn how it is prepared at the Pinglin Tea Museum, explore the Bagua Tea ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

Taipei Night Tour including Din Tai Fung Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 43 Reviews

Taipei comes alive at night and the city is a buzzing. This 3.5-hour night tour of Taipei starts with exploring the ancient Longshan Temple, stroll through the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

Private Tour: Taroko Gorge Day Trip from Taipei

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

View the natural and cultural highlights of Taroko Gorge, one of the Seven Wonders of Asia, on a private day trip from Taipei. Receive the expertise of a ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.51

Taipei in Motion: City Day Tour by Bike, Metro and Foot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Take in the sights of Taipei from an insider’s point of view as you travel through the city using local transportation! A friendly and knowledgeable guide ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $50.00

Private Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Prepare Taiwanese cuisine with an experienced instructor during a private 5-hour cooking lesson. Before class, a knowledgeable private chef leads you through ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.90

Taipei Bar Hopping Tour

There’s no shortage of award-winning bars and stunning nightclubs in Taipei, and this tour introduces you to a few of the best! During a fun-filled night ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99

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