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.
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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...