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This is possibly the best organized tour on the planet! Edison Travel Services picked me up at my hotel exactly on time at 610AM for the short ride to nearby Songshan Airport Taipei City Airport. Rather than take the tour guests all over town, Edison uses two vans for the hotel pick-ups. The TransAsia Airways flight to Hualien via turboprop was just 30 minutes and most pleasant. Newspapers and starfruit juice were provided. In Hualien our mini-bus was waiting and we began the tour. Josephine was born and raised in Hualien we passed her house enroute to Taroko Gorge and she's absolutely the best. She is fluent in English and Japanese and she really knows the area. Her energy, enthusiasm and great sense of humor made the tour even more memorable. Although not exactly new, the bus was very comfortable. Lunch was served at an first rate aborigine restaurant atop the mountain at Buluowan. A wonderful meal consisting of salad, breaded fish and various other local delicacies in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is part of a log cabin lodge and was a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the stop at the marble factory and rice cake shop could have been omitted but I understand the tour operator gets a little commission from sales and that's factored into the tour price. After the tour, we were taken to the Hualien train station where we had assigned seats on the express train 2 hours 35 minutes back to Taipei. Knowing where we were sitting, Edison travel had three gentlemen waiting for us on the platform and we were whisked away to the underground parking garage at Taipei Main Station where two vans were parked. Got to my hotel in less than 25 minutes from the time the train arrived.
Taroko Gorge is beautiful. Well worth the trip. Lunch was good too.
The arrangements worked "as advertised" - a well organised tour. Taroko Gorge is well worth the money and the time, and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather. I would have liked more time in the Gorge, and forget the extra cost Aborigine show and the "rip-off" marble factory tour on the way back to the station. On the approach to land, there looked to be a much nicer beach park and temple just to the south of the airfield that would be a much better beach visit than the one we made. Overall though the beauty of the Gorge more than balanced these criticisms.
Very professionally arranged, I felt comfortable and safe to join the tour and enjoyed it very much!
The tour was very well organized! Our guide was a lady who grew up in the area, she was extremely knowledgeable and fun. Although the full day tour and the train back to Taipei were pretty long, the experience was fabulous because the scenery of the Taroko Gorge was just breathtaking!
I liked the small group! The guides spoke in Japanese, Mandarin and English. They were very knowledgeable. Because this was a small group the tour driver made many accommodations for us especially to take pictures! The train ride back to Taipei was very comfortable. The guides must have forgotten to tell us to purchase snacks for the two and half hour ride back to Taipei. This was a memorable day. Well worth the price!
The trip is spectacular. The scenery is wonderful. The tour company is excellent and very well organized and specializes in small groups - a definite plus. The guide was very informative. There were opportunities to have short hikes in the gorge. It is well-worth getting up early to go on this trip.
The Taroko Gorge was beautiful- a must see while in Taiwan. The tour is very long, but well worth it!
If you only have 1 day to spare, this is a great trip to see some of the countryside and how the non city people live. You fly there from Taipei and return by train unfortunately most of the train ride was after dark and the scenery was probably spectacular. The gorge is beautiful but all the trails off the main road were closed to walkers because of rain for a few days. I understand they had a small landslide recently that injured a tourist. The tour ended at a marble factory with a huge retail store of jade and marble jewelry and sculptures. It is the largest selection I saw in Taiwan and prices are negotiable. Hard to say though if the final price is cheaper here that what you would get in Taipei.
Had the unique experience to see the gorge after/during a heavy rainfall, tremendous waterfalls and different scenery. Logistics were good with a short flight and excellent tour guide. Visit to the Marble Store was excruciating! Horrible, persistent, stalking salesladies. Bad reflection on wonderful Taiwan. This tour for Sunday should be sold separately since it is not as presented in Viator's website and voucher with a shorter duration and no trip to the Marble Factory.
Transport for the whole day was excellent. Tour bus driver very careful. Our tour guide had a sense of humor, and kept us interested the whole day with her excellent knowledge of the area. The gorge is absolutely breathtaking we highly recommend this tour .
This was the highlight of our short stay in Taiwan! The guide was great fun! Her explanations in English were very clear and understandable.The sights of the Marble Gorge were fantastic! The return train trip was quick, but it gave us a good view of the countryside.Well worth the money!
Easily one of the more interesting natural sights in Taipei. Had great fun doing lots of walking.