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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.

Highlights

  • View the marble cliffs and more than 30 tunnels of the Taroko Gorge, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Asia
  • See the Eternal Spring Shine, one of the most-photographed sites in Taroko National Park
  • Savor a traditional lunch at Mei Yuan Restaurant of the Silks Place Taroko
  • Stroll along Chi Hsing Beach
  • Relax with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

Taroko Gorge

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 6 am, and then transfer to the Taipei railway station. You will board an express train bound for Haulien on your own. During the approximately 2.5-hour journey, watch the scenery pass by and learn about your destination from your local guide. 

Upon arrival in Hualien, board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach for the trip through the Taroko Gorge in Taroko National Park, named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Asia. Set out on the 12.5-mile (20-km) section of highway that runs from Taroko to Tiansiang, winding through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge. 

As you ride, admire views of the Liwu River, which cut through the marble to form the deep, narrow gorge over millions of years. In all, the coach trip will travel through an impressive 38 separate tunnels, ending up at the Eternal Spring Shine. Here, small temples have been built to honor those Taiwanese veterans who lost their lives in the construction of the tunnels. 

After passing through the gorge, stop for lunch at a local restaurant serving typical local fare. Before returning to Taipei by express train, make stops at the Hualien Stone Sculpture Park, Chi-Hsing Beach and a local marble factory. 

Your 13-hour adventure in Taroko National Park and the surrounds ends with drop-off at your hotel in Taipei.

Customer Reviews

Erin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour highlighted some of the main sights of the Taroko Gorge. The sights are definitely unique - the gorge features marble mountains and some of the bluest water you'll see. The temple by the waterfall is beautiful but the trail there was closed when I was there.

Josephine, the tour guide, did a great job of accommodating the more and less physically able by allowing extra time to see the sight you could either stay or go further on the trail and come back. She's a funny and enthusiastic guide! I appreciated that she was a native to the area. She has an inspiring story of how she got to where she was - you go girl!

The tour starts with a 3 hour train ride there, you'll be able to fuel up at 7 Eleven before the train ride. You then meet Josephine, and the driver and go on a 15 minute ride to the gorge. The first stop is at the entrance of the gorge, unremarkable. The 2nd stop is at a short hike along the river. This is stroll down a dirt road, not strenuous. We then stop at the Swallow's grotto where swallows nest in the caves. More views of the river and gorge while walking through the cave. The driver will drop you off in the beginning and meet you at the end of the walk each time. Lunch is at a very luxurious hotel - you can choose between chicken, beef, and tofu. The presentation was nice but the food itself was just ok. Next you see the famous temple waterfall. It's actually farther off in the distance than I thought it would be.

Next on the tour is the marble factory - the standard overpriced factory tour with pushy sales people. Next you go to a beach with some food vendors. The rocks on the beach are interesting and have quartz in veins in them. Next is a train ride back to Taipei - 2.5 hours.

Overall, I give this tour high marks because the price is right for what you get.

Lim A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is one of my favourite tour offered by Edison Travel. Our guide was Josephine. Shes a professional tour guide and speaks fluent English and Japanese. We had a very wonderful lunch in a 5 star hotel. It was all really delicious and we couldnt finish it all since it was a lot. The guide was really passionate in explaining everything during our journey and made time for us to get off for a while to take selfie. This tour is not only good for family or couple but also for those who travelling alone. You can make new friends here and our journey from Taipei-Hualien and Hualien-Taipei was really awesome in very good train.
Totally worth it and Recommend it for everybody.

Lim A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is one of my favourite tour offered by Edison Travel. Our guide was Josephine. Shes a professional tour guide and speaks fluent English and Japanese. We had a very wonderful lunch in a 5 star hotel. It was all really delicious and we couldnt finish it all since it was a lot. The guide was really passionate in explaining everything during our journey and made time for us to get off for a while to take selfie. This tour is not only good for family or couple but also for those who travelling alone. You can make new friends here and our journey from Taipei-Hualien and Hualien-Taipei was really awesome in very good train.
Totally worth it and Recommend it for everybody.

awfriedman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A long train ride and bus ride from Taipei but worth every minute. Coming from the Grand Canyon State of Arizona this sight rivals ours in its natural beauty and wonder. The tour thru the park affords you the opportunity to do some degree of hiking and the ability to take in tremendous views of both mans and Mother Nature work. The guide was very knowledgeable and got off the bus at every stop to explain what we were looking at and to answer any of our questions. The lunch stop at a five star hotel was very good and enabled the tour bus group to get to know one another. The train ride provided and opportunity to see the country-side outside of Taipei.

dougmoss

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I wanted to get to Taroko but was not keen on doing this on my own.....so VIATOR offered a day trip from Taipei. Why Not? What an adventure in a good way! You leave very early in the morning by train. The early departure is made up for the beautiful views of early morning light on the rice fields, hills and the seaside towns. You are met at the train station in Hualien/Jian and get a tour of this cool town and then up into the national park. The national park is stunning. You get hard hats during a section of the journey with rocks all around and views that are amazing. There are many stops and several shorts walks. The tour guide was great. She is funny woman with a great sense of humor. She speaks excellent English and loves what she does. I would have enjoyed an hour or so to hike around at a few places and skip the marble stop or really even lunch. The nature is what this trip is all about. I would recommend it to friends who want a day trip to Taroko from Taipei. I want to go back and spend a few days in this area hiking and exploring the cool towns. PS. The mountains and beaches for this area are stunning and make this trip special as well!!!!!

Darcy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Tour was great and the gorge was beautiful!

Darcy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved this tour! The gorge was breath-taking!

T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

For people who are adventurous and need a break from city, this tour is for your. Was at first reluctant when we saw that the tour will take 13 hours coming from Taipei. But it was a very convenient and relaxing trip. There is a guide that will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off on the train platform and vice versa. From Hualien another local guide will be picking you up from the platform and the same guide will be with you throughout the trip.The train from Taipei to Hualien is very comfortable it was modern and spacious the tour is not all walking and there are alot of beautiful sights to absorb. The 5 star lunch at the SILKS hotel was also good. The weather was abit gloomy when we went there so there was rain here and there. They provide umbrellas and hard hats during the tour. Dont forget to pack extra battery for your camera or phone if youre using it as camera. And extra socks if the weather is wet.

Anh T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The Queen of Taroko herself was pretty entertaining - thanks Josephine for an amazing time.

Jessika R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing from start to finish! Our driver who put us on the train was great, Josephine our tour leader was exceptional. Taroko Gorge is amazing, I highly recommend a visit if you are in Taiwan. The timing was great, the information was great, you could tell that Josephine is really interested in what she does, and really friendly. The lunch was incredible as well! I highly recommend with tour with Josephine as your leader!

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