Taipei, Taiwan

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Overview

Visit the numerous temples, shrines, hot springs and national parks of Taiwan on this 5-day tour around the entire island. Leave bustling Taipei behind for the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park and the East Coast National Scenic Area. Your guide provides insightful commentary on sites such as Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. You’ll travel by comfortable coach and stay in 5-star hotels with daily breakfasts and all entrance fees included.
  • 5-day Taiwan island tour
  • Experience the whole island of Taiwan aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Enjoy several guided tours and learn about Taiwan from your expert English-speaking guide
  • Visit Sun Moon Lake, bustling metropolitan districts, historic shrines and Buddhist temples
  • Interact with monks and nuns at Fo Guang Shan Monastery
  • Admire the remote beaches and rocky coastal areas of Kenting National Park and East Coast National Scenic Area
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels, daily breakfasts, entrance fees and transportation included
Start your 5-day round-island tour of Taiwan with the coach drive from Taipei to the temples of Sun Moon Lake, including Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. Day 2 takes you to Fo Guang Shan Monastery and the night market of Kaohsiung. You’ll explore Kenting National Park on Day 3, continue your journey through the unspoiled coastline of Taitung’s East Coast National Scenic Area, then finish at Hualien and nearby Taroko Gorge, whose towering marble cliffs dominate Taroko National Park.

Enjoy four nights’ accommodation in 5-star hotels with daily breakfasts included; your guide can make recommendations of authentic Taiwanese cuisine for lunch and dinner. 

For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei – Sun Moon Lake
You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Taipei for a drive south to Sun Moon Lake, located in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan about 2,500 feet (762 meters) above sea level.

Around the lake — the largest body of water in Taiwan — stop at Wenwu Temple or Literature Warrior Temple, dedicated to Confucius and Kuan Ti, the Protector of Buddhism. You’ll also visit Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. Proceed to your hotel for check-in and relax in the nearby natural hot springs.   
Overnight: 5-star Fleur De Chine or similar near Sun Moon Lake

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Kaohsiung (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Fo Guang Shan Monastery, one of the most famous Buddhist sites in southern Taiwan. Here, take a walking tour to learn about Buddhist culture. Communicate with some of the monks and nuns during a visit to the Main Shrine, where you will find a massive Buddha statue, and feel free to eat a traditional vegetarian lunch here (own expense).

Afterward, drive to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan. Stop at Former British Consulate, pass by Love River (Ai River), and stroll through Lio Ho Night Market.

Overnight: 5-star Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung or similar

Day 3: Kaoshiung – Kenting – Taitung (B)
Have breakfast and then take a morning tour to Kenting National Park, located on the southern tip of Taiwan. The 37 miles (60 km) of coral-rimmed shoreline along three sides of the park provide many notable attractions. Inside the park, stop at the Oluanpi lighthouse, the Maobitou scenic coastal area and the forest recreation area. Then, continue your drive to Taitung, where you’ll stay overnight.

Overnight: 5-star Hotel Royal Chihpen or similar in Taitung

Day 4: Taitung – Hualien (B)
Start your morning with breakfast before taking an exciting tour of the East Coast National Scenic Area, an unspoiled parcel of land stretching 106 miles (170 km) down the east coast of the island. Erosion and weather conditions have produced a wide range of landforms here.

On your tour, stop at Siaoyeliou, Sanxientai or Sanxiantai (Terrace of the Three Immortals), all scenic spots featuring interesting land formations. You’ll also see the Sanxiantai Bridge, Caves of the Eight Immortals and Shitiping, step-like rocks formed by coral reefs.

In the late afternoon, proceed to Hualien for an overnight stay.

Overnight: 5-star Silks Place Taroko or similar in Hualien

Day 5: Hualien – Taipei (B)

After breakfast, you’ll have the whole day visit to Taroko National Park with your guide. See Taroko Gorge, an exceptionally beautiful, narrow marble gorge created by the Liwu River and cut deep into the mountains. See the road that's carved into the rock walls, winding its way under forested peaks and towering cliffs.

Stop at several notable natural sites here, like Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble Bridge, Tienhsiang and even a marble factory.

At the end of your tour, you’ll head back to Taipei and arrive in the evening.

Reviews

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M
, Nov 2018

Our tour guide (Isaac) and driver (Godzilla) were superb, and the bus and accommodations were beyond reproach. My reason for four stars instead of five was that we spent so much time on the bus getting from one place to another, that we didn't have much time to explore at some spots, such as Kenting National Park, that I would have given my right hand to see more of. I don't see any way around this, other than to pick a tour that lasts a couple more days. Overall, an excellent value, just a bit rushed at some of the stops.

S
, Oct 2018

This is the best tour of Taiwan that we ever experienced with. Alan Chou was our tour guide and we were so happy to have him as our tour guide. He is very efficient, hilarious and very knowledgeable of those areas we’re going to. We love the tour.

s
, Oct 2018

Our family of four 2 parents and 2 adult children in their 20's took the 5-day Best of Taiwan tour by Edison Travel Service and LOVED it!.

Our guide John Chan was awesome! He provided a lot of information about Taiwan and also kept us entertained with fun facts and jokes. John is very knowledgeable about Taiwan's history, culture, and attractions. We enjoyed having him as our tour guide.

The bus/coach was comfortable with good air conditioning, USB charging at every seat, and free WIFI. Our bus did not have a bathroom onboard, but there were plenty of opportunities for restroom breaks. Also, plenty of bottled water was provided throughout the tour.

The hotels are indeed 5-star quality. Before booking the tour, I was skeptical of the accommodations given the price of the tour itself. We were pleasantly surprised!

We stayed at the following hotels: Fleur De Chine, Grand Hi-Lai Hotel, Hotel Royal Chihpen, Silks Place Taroko.

b
, Oct 2018

Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and informative he answered every question with intelligent and well worded opinions

N
, Sep 2018

The tour bus was very comfortable. It is a bus tour so the schedule is pretty much set, if you are not used to use this kind of service, it might feel a little bit forced. The bus driver was an awesome driver. I think it would be very hard to drive that big bus through street of Taiwan. The tour guild, Alan Chou was very knowledgeable, he had a little bit of dry humor so sometime felt a little sarcastic but funny. The hotels were the highlights of the trip, there were awesome hotels. Breakfast that was included, was awesome. We saw the most famous spots of the whole island in 5 days, so it was very fast paced. Next time I go to Taiwan with my family, I would buy this package again.

h
, Sep 2018

An excellent tour to experience the island of Taiwan. From the ease of booking to the First Class Hotels, Professional Driver and Guide (Alan Chou). The Howard Plaza Hotel conveniently located in Downtown Taipei makes a perfect base for the start and finish of the tour. Overall a wonderful excursion.

D
, Jul 2018

A wonder panoply of Taiwan from cities to beautiful scenery with the Pacific all around. Superb hotels, an excellent tour guide, and excellent food. A different but great look at China.

A
, Jul 2018

Hotel accommodation is exceptional. Daniel, the tour guide is very good. I would recommend this tour.

J
, Jul 2018

Alan Chou was the best tour guide I’ve experienced. Spoke English and Chinese very fluently which made everything very easy. He gave us all the “inside tips” at every stop we made. His us of the big screen TV on the bus to educate us about the next stop, and Taiwan in general, made the time spent riding the bus go by fast. He even bought me and my wife a beer to celebrate her birthday. Great guy! Great trip! Great value!

L
, Jul 2018

What a fabulous tour!! Excellent value for money and our tour guide Eric was fantastic. We were all english speakers from a variety of countries which made a nice mix of personalities. I would thoroughly recommend this trip!


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