Set out from Taipei Songshan Airport for a 50-minute morning flight direct to Hualien Airport. On arrival, you're welcomed by a guide who accompanies you to the magnificent scenery of the Pacific Ocean at Qixingtan Beach. Stop for a leisurely walk along the rocky beach at Qingshui Cliff, where ocean waves crash onto shore at the foot of the towering cliffs.
Next, learn about the geological formation of Taroko Gorge at the Visitors Center. See evidence of jade deposits and other natural resources, before heading out for a walk on the Shakadang Trail, a flat path that follows the clear waters of the namesake river.
After a provided lunch, head out to Swallow Grotto for a look at the scenic and swift Liwu River carving through the narrow limestone gorge. Your guide makes a brief stop at the Buluowan terrace and the Lushui Trail perched high on a clifftop with stunning views over the river and gorge.
You'll return to Hualien for a tour of the Dongdamen Night Market and its street fare (food is your own expense), before the return flight to Taipei city.