Taiwan: The Beautiful Island
Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’, due to the breathtaking scenery, which still impresses modern visitors today. The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to possibly the best collection of Chinese artefacts in the world, while Tainan showcases Taiwanese architecture. The countryside is perhaps the biggest surprise, with deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, tea plantations and rugged coastline.
10 nights from £2345pp
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Taiwan: The Beautiful Island Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Taipei
Fly from London (regional connections available) direct to Taipei with China Airlines. (N)
Day 2: Taipei
Arrive and transfer to The Sherwood Hotel Taipei hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)
Day 3: Taipei
Full-day tour of Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs’ Shrine and Longshan temple. Optional evening visit to the Chinese opera. (B, L)
Days 4-5: Sun Moon Lake
Drive south to the village of Beipu, home to members of the the Hakka ethnic minority group. See the traditional architecture and sample Hakka food, then continue to Sun Moon Lake for a 2-night stay at the Fleur de Chine hotel. The following day, take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda. (B)
Day 6: Alishan
Drive to the Alishan Forest Park, one of the most spectacular mountainous regions of Taiwan. Afternoon walking tour of the park. Overnight at Alishan House. (B, D)
Day 7: Tainan • Fo Guang Shan monastery
Optional early morning ride on the Alishan Forest Railway to see the sunrise (weather permitting) from the summit of Mount Alishan. After breakfast, drive to the charming mountain township of Zhuqi, and take a stroll down historic Fenchihu Old Street. Continue to Tainan to visit Fort Anping and historic Yanping Street. Then proceed to Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery in south-east Asia. Stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse*. (B, D)
Day 8: Kenting • Hualien
Option to rise early and join the monks for morning prayers. Drive south to Kenting National Park, which protects an area of low-lying hills, limestone caves, forests and beaches. Explore the park on foot, then head north towards Taitung. Stay 1 night at the Hotel Royal Chihpen. (B, L)
Day 9: Taroko gorge
Drive north on a sightseeing route to the Taroko National Park and stay 1 night at Silks Place Taroko. (B)
Day 10: Taipei
Morning tour of remarkable Taroko gorge and visit the Eternal Spring shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Drive on to Taipei. Stay overnight at The Sherwood hotel. Options available to extend your stay in Taipei. (B)
Day 11: Fly to London
Fly direct to London with China Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
*Fo Guang Shan monastery
Overnight stays at the Fo Guang Shan monastery are subject to availability. If an unscheduled event is being held at the monastery, a night at a Kaohsiung City hotel will be provided instead.
Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Taipei.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.
- Overnight at the Fo Guang Shan monastery & join the monks for prayers
- Discover ancient Chinese treasures at the National Palace Museum
- Walk along nature trails in the stunning Taroko gorge
- Discover traditional Hakka culture at Beipu village
- Stay in 4-star accommodation
- Small group size - average 10 people (max 26)
Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
Average group size - 10 people (max 26)
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Experienced local tour manager
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Welcome dinner to meet the group & guide
Guided sightseeing & entrance fees