3 Days in Taipei: Suggested Itineraries

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Taipei, the capital and largest city in Taiwan, has everything you’d want from a big city: monuments and museums, a buzzing nightlife, a rich food culture, easy transportation and some of Asia’s best shopping. Most travelers who come to Taiwan use Taipei as a base for exploring the rest of the island, and in three days, you should have plenty of time to see all the highlights.

Day 1: City Overview

Start your first day in Taipei with a trip to the top of its highest building, the Taipei 101. The world’s fastest elevator whisks you to the 89th floor, where an audio tour will point out some of the city’s major landmarks from the 360-degree windows. Check out the views from the outdoor observation deck, or mail a postcard from one of the highest mailboxes in the world.

After some shopping in the Taipei 101 mall, grab a lunch from the basement grocery store and head to the nearby Chiang Kai Shek Memorial for a picnic in the park. Now that you’ve had an survey of the city, get a sampling of Taiwanese cuisine with a visit to the Shilin Night Market for a dinner of inexpensive and delicious street food.

Day 2: History and Culture

Taiwan has a very rich history, one you’ll explore today with a morning visit to the National Palace Museum. Considered one of the best museums in the world, the National Museum displays a collection of art, artifacts and relics spanning 8,000 years of Chinese and Taiwanese history.

After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring one of Taipei’s many temples. Longshan, the most popular, is a Taoist temple dating back to the early 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. As evening approaches, catch a cab to the Elephant Mountain trailhead for a short hike to watch the sun set behind the iconic Taipei 101.

Day 3: Taipei Outdoors

Taipei is lucky enough to have a national park within its city limits. Get an early start for a day of hiking in Yangmingshan National Park, where you’ll find high peaks, rolling hills, waterfalls and mountaintop meadows waiting to be explored.

In the evening, relax those tired muscles with a soak in the famous Beitou Hot Springs. If you’re interested in the long history of thermal spas in Taipei, make sure to visit the Beitou Hot Springs Museum before you leave.
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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

Travel from Taipei to Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi. These charming, old-world destinations are great for romantic outings, nostalgic walks, and dining in traditional restaurants and teahouses. Take in amazing views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes while getting taught about the area's history. Wander the narrow cobbled streets of Jiufen, a town famous for having been an inspiration for the Miyazaki classic Spirited Away. Make sky lanterns by yourself and release them to send your wishes to the heaven in Pingxi, known for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

Admire the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Taroko Gorge, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Asia, on this 13-hour tour from Taipei. There will be a guide to drop you off at the train station to let you hop on a train bound for Haulien; enjoy the scenic ride and learning about your destination on the way. Arrive at this top attraction and start exploring its sheer marble cliffs, winding tunnels and the vein of the Liwu River flowing through the gorge. Stop at a traditional Taiwanese restaurant for a lunch of typical local fare before heading to Chi-Hsing Beach and the Hualien Stone Sculpture Park. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Taipei hotels are included.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Jiufen Village (Chiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei

Drive along the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area of northeastern Taiwan and stroll through charming Jiufen on this guided half-day tour from Taipei. Marvel at the unique rock formations at the Nanya coastline and see Pitou Cape. You'll pass fishing villages and pastoral farmlands before enjoying the charming teahouse-lined streets of Jiufen, also known as Chiufen. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Taipei Half-Day City Tour

Spend a morning or afternoon exploring Taipei’s urban and historic highlights on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Your savvy guide will escort you to key attractions such as Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs's Shrine and the National Palace Museum. Hear interesting commentary as you wind through vibrant neighborhoods and see examples of Ming Dynasty architecture. Then head to the Handicraft Center for a fascinating look at age-old Taiwanese crafts. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

Combine a full day of sightseeing with Taiwanese tea tasting in Taipei. Take a ride on the Maokong Gondola, get the opportunity to meet highly skilled local tea experts who will teach you how to steep the perfect pot of tea and stop at a lookout point above Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake). You’ll visit the picturesque Bagua Tea Plantation. Numbers are limited to 7 people for more personalized attention from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Taipei Night Tour including Din Tai Fung Dinner

This 3.5-hour tour starts from exploring the Longshan Temple, walk with your informative guide through the Huaxi Street night market, then tantalize your tastebuds with delicious Din Tai Fung dinner and watch Taipei’s city skyline shimmer from the observatory atop Taipei 101, the world’s second tallest building. You’ll catch the highlights of Taipei — ideal for those with limited time.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Coast Half-Day Tour including Yehliu Park from Taipei

Explore the harbor city of Keelung and the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area of northeastern Taiwan on this half-day trip from Taipei. Your knowledgeable guide explains the unique rock formations at Yehliu Geopark and the significance of Keelung’s statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. Relax with air-conditioned coach transport including hotel pickup and drop-off, and pose for plenty of photo ops!
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Yangmingshan National Park and Hot-Spring Half-Day Tour from Taipei

Experience the volcanic landscapes of Yangmingshan National Park and soak in the luxuriant Beitou (Peitou) hot springs on this half-day tour from Taipei. You’ll drive past fumaroles and crater lakes, stopping for photo ops of the thermal activity. Then relax in the sulfurous waters at Beitou Hot Spring Park whose open-air municipal public baths were constructed during Taiwan’s Japanese Colonial period. Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned coach is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Taipei in Motion: City Day Tour by Bike, Metro and Foot

Experience Taipei like a local, using public transportation to traverse the capital with a knowledgeable guide. Get an insider’s perspective of the city as you’re accompanied by MRT, bus and bike to metropolitan highlights on this full-day tour. You’ll pedal through Daan Forest Park to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, take the Xiangshan Hiking Trail up Elephant Mountain, and ride a bus to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring personalized attention.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment

Receive the ultimate treatment with a 50-minute Chinese foot-and-shoulder massage at a luxury Taipei spa, followed by dinner at Din Tai Fung, a Michelin-rated chain restaurant at Taipei 101. You’ll be pampered from head to foot before an award-winning meal of 'xiao long bao' — Shanghai dumplings filled with soup — prepared by expert chefs. This small-group experience is limited to seven people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Yingge and Sansia Half-Day Folk Arts Tour from Taipei

Discover two cultural gems in Taiwan’s crown on this half-day Yingge and Sansia folk arts tour from Taipei. Explore the town of Yingge with your guide and gain insight into Taiwan’s pottery-making heritage. Admire hand-painted replicas of beautiful Ming vases and watch artisan potters at a local pottery factory. Visit the 19th-century Ching Shui Tsu Shih Temple in Sansia. Marvel at the impressive wood carvings you find and learn of the temple’s checkered past. Then, follow your guide through Sansia’s streets, where wood carvings and stone sculptures adorn the buildings. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Beitou Hot Springs and National Palace Museum in Taipei

Dip into the delights of Beitou on this private full-day tour that includes a luxurious soak in the outdoor hot springs. You’ll learn about the history of the region’s Japanese baths at the Beitou Hot Springs Museum and, back in Taipei, enjoy an independent tour of the collections at the National Palace Museum. This personalized itinerary includes your choice of a standard lunch in a Taiwanese food court or a 9-course meal at the elegant Silks Palace restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Taroko Gorge Day Trip from Taipei

Travel to Haulien and Taroko National Park by express train or private car — your choice — on this personalized tour of Taroko Gorge. Hike under marble cliffs on the Lushui Trail, and walk with your knowledgeable private guide around Tienhsiang village. On a driving tour, stop at scenic spots, such as Hualien Stone Sculptural Park, Eternal Spring Shrine, and Chi Hsing Beach. Your full-day itinerary includes aboriginal-inspired Taiwanese cuisine for lunch and round-trip transport from Taipei.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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2-Day Private Yilan Trip from Taipei

Discover the real Taiwan on this private 2-day Yilan trip from Taipei. Sample delicious honey at a bee farm in Yilan, Taiwanese whiskey at the Kavalan Distillery and local fish at the BaJia Fish Farm, and gain insight into the flavors the Taiwanese love. Explore Plum Blossom Lake with your private guide and mingle with the locals at Luodong Night Market. Hike through the Limen Shipan Forest to the magnificent Shipan Waterfall. Prepare and enjoy a delicious Taiwanese lunch, then explore Taiwanese living.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Food and Market Evening Tour in Taipei

Indulge your taste buds and experience the hustle and bustle of Taiwan by night on this private 3-hour food market evening tour in Taipei. Travel by public transport to Ningxia Night Market with your private guide, and soak up the sounds and smells of the buzzing market stalls. Sample treats such as pork leg with rice, fried taro cake or salty chicken, and sip shrimp soup or sweet peanut soup. As you explore the vibrant stalls, listen as your private guide explains the market’s role in traditional Taiwanese life.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei

Learn the ins and outs of Taiwanese cuisine from an expert chef during a private cooking session, held at a professional demonstration kitchen. Your 4-hour experience includes a visit to Dongmen Market for fresh ingredients, followed by the preparation of three delicious dishes. Choose from a selection of two set menus — including chicken with sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine as well as braised pork — and practice a variety of cooking methods in this hands-on class. Bonus: enjoy your creations for lunch! Includes round-trip taxi transport from Dongmen MRT Station.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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