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)
direct to Taipei with China Airlines. (N)
Arrive and transfer to The Sherwood Hotel
Taipei hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. A welcome
dinner will be held this evening. (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 National Park* and stay 2
nights at Silks Place Taroko. (B)
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 Fleur de Chine Hotel hotel. The following day
take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit
the Wenwu temple and the Tse-en pagoda. (B)
Morning drive to the Yuyupas tea plantation
for a short tour, tea-tasting and lunch.
Continue to the Alishan Forest Park, one of
the most spectacular mountainous regions of
Taiwan. 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 the charming
mountain town of Fenchihu, then on to Tainan to visit Fort Anping and historic Yanping
Street. 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
to visit the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and
the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. Evening
high-speed train journey back to Taipei. Stay
overnight at The Sherwood Hotel. (B)
Fly direct to London with China Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
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
City hotel will be provided instead.
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. Please call to speak to a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
TWP2019: 9 Nights
The whole holiday was a fantastic experience, made especially so firstly by the fantastic guide, and secondly by the wonderful company of your other guests. Mr David Carter
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...