After hotel pickup, your guide will take your small group to the Presidential Office Building, constructed during Taiwan’s Japanese colonization as a governor's mansion. After a few photo ops in front, visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a world-famous monument established in memory of the 20th-century President of the Republic of China.
Walk up the 89 steps, which stand for Chiang Kai-shek’s age at the time of his death, and discover a bronze statue of the former president inside. The impressive white-walled landmark and blue-tiled octagonal roof, along with red flowerbeds, represent the colors of the Republic’s flag.
Next, tour the complex of Longshan Temple, one of Taiwan’s most popular temples, before heading to Taipei 101. One of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, this iconic tower of Taiwan features 101 floors above ground and five floors underground. Spend an hour of free time here, with the opportunity to purchase lunch and visit the observatory deck on the 89th floor (each at own expense).
Your guide will accompany you to the National Palace Museum to view three of its most famous treasures on display: the jadeite cabbage, the meat-shaped stone (created from banded jasper) and the Mao caldron. Take a 1- to 1.5-hour guided tour of the museum, which features painting, calligraphy, ceramics and bronzes on display. See curios from the Tang and Ming dynasties, such as snuff bottles and elaborately designed boxes.
Drive through Yangmingshan National Park — home to Taipei’s tallest peak, Mt Qixing (Seven Star Mountain) — and stop at a scenic spot that overlooks the entire city (if the weather allows). When you reach the Thermal Valley, spend approximately one hour exploring the area with your guide. At the Beitou Hot Spring Museum, a former Japanese public bathhouse (onsen), you’ll learn about the thermal sources that supply the region’s bubbling springs.
Pass by Guandu Bridge on the way to Danshui for a walk along the riverside. Stroll down Danshui Old Street and enjoy traditional Taiwanese street fare (own expense) along the way.
Your final stop is the Shilin Night Market, the largest night market in Taipei! You’ll find plenty of delicious food and shopping options to satisfy your appetite. Stay as long as you like before making your own way back to your hotel or next sightseeing destination, with the Jiantan MRT Station conveniently located nearby.