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Lead Price
From £2795pp
Duration
11 days & 9 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

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.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Taipei
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Fly to Taipei

Fly from London (regional connections available) direct to Taipei with China Airlines. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Taipei
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Taipei

Arrive and transfer to The Landis (or similar) for 2 nights. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: The Landis
DAY 3: Taipei
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Taipei

Full-day tour of Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Martyrs' Shrine and Longshan Temple. (B, L)

Accommodation: The Landis
DAY 4: Sun Moon Lake
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Sun Moon Lake

Drive south to the village of Beipu, home to members of 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 Einhan Hotel. The following day, take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda. (B)

Accommodation: Einhan Resort
DAY 5: Sun Moon Lake
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Sun Moon Lake

Take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda.

 

Accommodation: Einhan Resort
DAY 6: Alishan
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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)

Accommodation: Alishan House
DAY 7: Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Chihpen
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Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Chihpen

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 Taiwan. Stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse. (B, D)

DAY 8: Tainan - Fo Guang Shan Monastery
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Tainan - Fo Guang Shan Monastery

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)

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Chihpen
DAY 9: East Coast National Scenic Area
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East Coast National Scenic Area

Drive north through the East Coast National Scenic Area towards Hualien, and stay 1 night at the Fullon Hotel. A farewell dinner will be held tonight. (B, D)

Accommodation: Fullon Hotel Hualien
DAY 10: Taroko Gorge - Taipei
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Taroko Gorge - Taipei

Morning tour of the remarkable Taroko gorge followed by a visit to the Eternal Spring Shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Drive on to Taipei. Stay overnight at The Landis. Options available to extend your stay in Taipei. (B)

Accommodation: The Landis
DAY 11: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Fly direct to London with China Airlines. (B)

DAY 1: Fly to Taipei
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Fly to Taipei

Fly from London (regional connections available) direct to Taipei with China Airlines. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Taipei
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Taipei

Arrive and transfer to The Landis (or similar) for 2 nights. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: The Landis
DAY 3: Taipei
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Taipei

Full-day tour of Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Martyrs' Shrine and Longshan Temple. (B, L)

Accommodation: The Landis
DAY 4: Sun Moon Lake
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Sun Moon Lake

Drive south to the village of Beipu, home to members of 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 Einhan Hotel. The following day, take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda. (B)

Accommodation: Einhan Resort
DAY 5: Sun Moon Lake
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Sun Moon Lake

Take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda.

Accommodation: Einhan Resort
DAY 6: Alishan
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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)

Accommodation: Alishan House
DAY 7: Tainan - Fo Guang Shan Monastery
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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 Taiwan. Stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse. (B, D)

DAY 8: Tainan - Fo Guang Shan Monastery
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Tainan - Fo Guang Shan Monastery

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)

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Chihpen
DAY 9: East Coast National Scenic Area
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East Coast National Scenic Area

Drive north through the East Coast National Scenic Area towards Hualien, and stay 1 night at the Fullon Hotel. A farewell dinner will be held tonight. (B, D)

Accommodation: Fullon Hotel Hualien
DAY 10: Taroko Gorge - Taipei
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Taroko Gorge - Taipei

Morning tour of the remarkable Taroko gorge followed by a visit to the Eternal Spring Shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Drive on to Taipei. Stay overnight at The Landis. Options available to extend your stay in Taipei. (B)

Accommodation: The Landis
DAY 11: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Fly direct to London with China Airlines. (B)

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Overnight at the Fo Guang Shan monastery, and 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

important information

*Fo Guang Shan monastery
Overnight stays at the monastery are subject to availability. If an unscheduled event is being held at the monastery, a night at a nearby hotel will be provided instead.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • Average group size - 10 people (max 18)
  • International flights
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Welcome dinner to meet the group & guide
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at hotels & train stations

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