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
and tea plantations.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Taipei via Hong Kong with Cathay
Arrive and transfer to The Landis hotel (or
similar) for 2 nights. Welcome dinner at The
Landis Hotel. (D)
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)
Drive to Taroko* passing through the hilly tea
estates of Yilan, stopping en route to sample
some local tea. Stay 2 nights at Silks Place
Morning tour of the remarkable Taroko gorge,
visiting the Eternal Spring shrine, Swallow Grotto
and the Siangde temple. Optional afternoon
walk on the Shakadang trail. (B)
Drive on the Central Cross-Island Highway to
the atmospheric Sun Moon Lake for a 2-night
stay at The Lalu hotel. The following day take a
short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the
Wenwu temple and the Tse-en pagoda. (B)
Drive to Alishan Forest Park, one of the most
spectacular mountainous regions of Taiwan.
Afternoon walk in the Alishan Forest Park.
Overnight at Alishan House. (B, D)
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 Tainan and visit the
Chihkan Towers and the Confucian temple, then
proceed to Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist
monastery in south-east Asia. Stay overnight at
the monastery guesthouse†. (B, D)
Option to rise early and join the monks for
morning prayers, then drive to Kaohsiung city
and the village of Meinong, known for its oilpaper
umbrellas. Train to Taipei. Stay overnight
at The Landis hotel. (B)
Fly to London via Hong Kong with Cathay
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Typically based in 4- to 5-star
Please note that due to
local weather conditions the journey to Taroko
may need to be taken by train instead, in which
case the visit to Yilan will not be possible.
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
hotel will be provided instead.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5233 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Alishan House is a simple yet charming guesthouse in a delightful setting on the forested hillsides of Alishan. Facilities include one restaurant serving Chinese food and a spacious terrace for enjoying the panoramic views from the...
Founded by Master Hsing Yun in 1967, Fo Guang Shan has evolved from a mountaintop bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The two lodges here, Pilgrims and Bamboo Garden, offer en suite guest accommodation within the monastery. Rooms are basic but comfortable, with air conditioning, bottled water, small televisions and tea making facilities. Both lodges have convention rooms and extensive dining facilities serving vegetarian meals such as noodles or dumplings, in keeping with Buddhist...
Located inside the Taroko Gorge National Park, the five star Silks Place has 203 well-equipped guest rooms all with great views of the surrounding landscape. The variety of dining outlets includes Sichuanese, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Southeast Asian and international cuisine, as well as a coffee shop, pub and bar. Health and fitness facilities are available at the hotel's fitness centre featuring sauna and steam bath, indoor swimming pool and a...
Standing on the shores of one of Taiwan's main national parks, Sun Moon Lake, the Lalu is surrounded by misty green landscapes and emerald waters. The hotel is named after an indigenous aboriginal settlement on the lake and it is an area rich in local culture. Trails around the hotel offer the chance for strenuous mountain walks or gentle meanders through forests and grasslands, past temples and pagodas and around the lake shore. There are good bird watching opportunities in the area, with waterfowl such as heron, kingfisher and egret. Boat trips are also possible as well as drives into the surrounding mountains to small towns, craft workshops and tea estates.
The views of the lake and surrounding mountains from the hotel are wide-ranging and all suites and villas have lake views. The rooms are designed in a modern Asian style, uncluttered and in dark woods with large windows and...
A member of the Preferred Hotel Group, the Landis Taipei Hotel combines cutting-edge technology with attention to detail in the heart of the city. Each of the 209 spacious rooms have been renovated and refurbished to blend classic detail with contemporary comfort. Dining facilities include a traditional French restaurant in elegant surroundings with luxurious cuisine and an award-winning wine cellar. For the more active guests there is also a fully equipped fitness room complete with a rooftop jacuzzi and an expert...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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TWN2018: 9 Nights
Alishan is famous throughout South East Asia as a spectacular place to watch the sunrise...
Fo Guang Shan means 'Light of Buddha Mountain'. It is the centre of Buddhism in Taiwan...
Sun Moon Lake
Surrounded by green mountains is one of the main national parks and the...
Taroko National Park Taroko National Park is situated in the north east of Taiwan,...
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a vibrant blend of traditional culture and cosmopolita...