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Taiwan: The Beautiful Island

Group Tour | General Interest 11 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £2495

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Overnight at the Fo Guang Shan monastery & 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
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Taipei

Fly from London (regional connections available) direct to Taipei with China Airlines. (N)

Day 2: Taipei

Arrive and transfer to The Sherwood Hotel Taipei hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Taipei

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)

Days 4-5: Sun Moon Lake

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

Day 6: 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)

Day 7: 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 south-east Asia. Stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse*. (B, D)

Day 8: Kenting • Hualien

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, L)

Day 9: Taroko gorge

Drive north on a sightseeing route to the Taroko National Park and stay 1 night at Silks Place Taroko. (B)

Day 10: Taipei

Morning tour of remarkable Taroko gorge and visit the Eternal Spring shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Drive on to Taipei. Stay overnight at The Sherwood hotel. Options available to extend your stay in Taipei. (B)

Day 11: Fly to London

Fly direct to London with China Airlines. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information *Fo Guang Shan monastery:

Overnight stays 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.

Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Sherwood Taipei
    The Sherwood Taipei

    The Sherwood is in Taipei's financial centre and shopping district and a 10-minute walk to the Zhongshan MRT station. The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is approximately one hour's drive away. All rooms and suites are spacious, well-equipped and have a choice of pillows, wall soundproofing and filtered fresh air to ensure a good night's sleep. Each room has a complimentary phone with unlimited local calls, internet access and local recommendations. Features: 343 rooms, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, spa with indoor swimming pool & sauna, fitness room. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee & tea making facilities.

  • Alishan House
    Alishan House

    Alishan House has a delightful setting on the forested hillsides near Alishan Forest Park. Rooms are spread between a historic building dating from the 1950s, which retains some of its original features and contains most of the hotel's suite accommodation, and a modern building, which houses the regular guestrooms. Facilities include one restaurant serving Chinese food and a spacious terrace for enjoying the panoramic views from the hotel, and where stargazing experiences are held on clear evenings. Features: 102 rooms, restaurant, lobby bar, cafe, spa, gym, Wi-Fi, observation deck. Room amenities: Balcony/terrace, television, tea & coffee facilities, heater.

  • Fo Guang Shan Pilgrim's Lodge
    Fo Guang Shan Pilgrim's Lodge

    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 stricture.

  • Hotel Royal Chihpen
    Hotel Royal Chihpen

    The Hotel Royal Chihpen is located in the Chihpen Hot Springs, 20km south-west of Taitung City and close to the Chihpen National Forest Recreation Area. Rooms are brightly decorated and feature large glass windows for superb views of the surrounding rich natural landscapes. There is a choice of three restaurants serving a range of Chinese, Japanese and western cuisine. The hotel offers guests extensive spa facilities including indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Features: 183 rooms, 3 restaurants, lobby lounge, spa, swimming pool, gym, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar, television, tea & coffee facilities.

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Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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  • Sun Moon Lake

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  • Alishan

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  • Fo Guang Shan

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