Discover Taiwan

9 Days

from £1,995 

Taiwan remains one of Asia’s largely undiscovered destinations. The island is an eclectic mix of Chinese, Western, Japanese and indigenous influences, while retaining many of its traditions. It has a dramatic mountainous terrain and a picturesque coastline. Explore the capital city of Taipei before driving to the remarkable Sun Moon Lake, in the centre of the island. Visit the famous Foguangshan Buddhist Monastery, for the opportunity to converse with the monks, and discover the scenic Kenting National Park and the beautiful Taroko Gorge, the famous landmark carved by the Liwu River.

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Day 1 UK to Taipei
Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Taipei.

Day 2 Arrive Taipei
Upon arrival in Taipei, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore your surroundings and relax after your flight.

Day 3 Taipei City Tour (B)
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before your half day city tour. Pass by the Presidential Office and visit the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, followed by a visit to the National Palace Museum and a trip to a traditional Taiwanese Temple and a Handicraft Centre.

Day 4 Taipei to Sun Moon Lake (B)
After breakfast, your tour continues to Sun Moon Lake, situated 762 metres above sea level in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan. The tour will stop at the famous Wenwu Temple, also known as Literature-Warrior Temple, dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, and continues to the Holy Monk Shrine and the Ci En Pagoda. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, check in to your hotel where you may wish to relax in the natural hot springs.

Day 5 Sun Moon Lake to Kaohsiung (B)
Your holiday continues after breakfast to the Foguangshan Buddhist Monastery, the largest in Taiwan and the most famous sacred Buddhist place in southern Taiwan, passing the quaint, Jiji Railway Station, en route. Upon arrival at Foguangshan, a monastery walking tour will include the “Buddha Memorial Centre” and the chance to interact with some of the monks and nuns. Maybe treat yourself to a tasty Buddhist vegetarian lunch, before continuing to Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan. The tour continues to the Love River, the Liuhe Night Market and an overnight at Kaohsiung.

Day 6 Kaohsiung to Taitung (B)
Following breakfast, discover the Kenting National Park, located at Taiwan’s southern tip, where the 37 miles of coral-rimmed shoreline along three sides of the park provide its main attractions. Stops will be made at the Eluanbi Lighthouse, the Maobitou Coastal Scenic Area and Longpan Park, on your way to Taitung via the Southern Link Highway, for a night in Zhiben.

Day 7 Taitung to Taroko (B)
After breakfast, embark upon an exciting East Coast Tour. The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as “Taiwan’s last unspoiled land”, stretches 170 km down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here. You will make stops at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, Shitiping (Stone Steps) and a marble factory. Then in the late afternoon, continue to Hualien, for an overnight stay at the Taroko National Park.

Day 8 Hualien to Taipei (B)
Following breakfast, visit the Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow ravine created by the Liwu River, which has cut deep into the solid marble mountains. The road, carved into sheer walls of rock, winds its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above, while hundreds of feet below a river rushes past gigantic marble boulders. Stops will be made at Ci Mu Bridge, Swallow Grotto, and Changchun Temple (the Eternal Spring Shrine). Drive back to Taipei with a stop at Cingshui Cliff, navigating through the Syue-Shan Long Tunnel (12.9 km) to arrive Taipei in the early evening for an overnight stay.

Day 9 Taipei to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Please Note: This tour operates on a shared basis with minimum two passengers and is not exclusive to Links Travel & Tours customers.

Your Sample 4★ and 5★ Accommodation

Taipei: Howard Plaza 4★

This modern hotel is 3 km from the Taipei 101 skyscraperThe rooms with rosewood furniture offer minibars, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffee makers. There are 7 dining options, including an American buffet eatery, an English pub and a Chinese restaurant. There is also a seasonal outdoor pool and a gym.

Sun Moon Lake: Fleur de Chine 5★

Just across the road from Sun Moon Lake, this hotel is only 1 km from the Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple. Featuring marble bathrooms, the polished, minimalist rooms come with flat-screen TV’s, and tea and coffee makers. Dining options include casual eateries, Asian restaurants, and a rooftop restaurant with terrace and lake views. There are indoor and outdoor pools, plus thermal baths and massages.

Kaohsiung: Grand Hi Lai 5★

This art-filled hotel, in a neoclassical building, overlooks Kaohsiung Harbour and is just 2 km from the Liuhe Night Market. Featuring city or harbour views, the elegant rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and minibars. There are 13 restaurants, as well as a bar, an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa, and a department store!

Taitung: Royal Chihpen 5★

Surrounded by trees, this hotel is only 2 km from the Chih-pen Forest Recreation Area. Featuring elegantly carved wood furnishings, the rooms come with free WiFi, flat-screen TV’s, and tea and coffee makers. There are 5 restaurants (1 is a Japanese-style grill) and 3 spa areas, including an outdoor area fed by hot springs. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and karaoke rooms.

Taroko: Silks Place 5★

Situated on the side of a mountain in Taroko National Park, the hotel offers panoramic views. The elegant rooms and suites, most with balconies, range in decor from chic and serene to Japanese-style. All feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffee makers. There are 2 restaurants, a gym and a spa, as well as an indoor pool and a rooftop pool with whirlpool tubs.

Tour Name: Discover Taiwan

Tour Code: DT9
Duration:
 9 Days

Departs from the UK on Fridays.

Price from £1,995

Single supplement from £495

Land only from £1,195

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights in economy class, departing from London Heathrow with Cathay Pacific. Regional departures and flight upgrades available on request.
  • 4★ and 5★accommodation, based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides,
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance