Taiwan Explorer

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • 1,385

Taiwan Explorer

$1,385.00

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Taipei Arrive Taipei
2 Taipei Enjoy double-decker sightseeing bus tour
3 Hualien Transfer to Hualien and visit Taroko National Park
4 Nantou Visit Sun Moon Lake
5 Tainan Transfer to Tainan and take a walking tour
6 Kaohsiung Transfer to Kaohsiung and visit city landmarks
7 Taipei Return to Taipei for your onward journey

DAY 1

Taipei

Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, you will be transferred to hotel. Enjoy the day at your own leisure.

Accommodation: hotel at your choice (2 nights, standard or deluxe option)

DAY 2

Taipei

Explore the city of Taipei using your 1 Day Taipei Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus ticket. The ticket will be valid between 9:10 AM - 8:00 PM (hop on and hop off on both Red or Blue line). There is onboard audio-guide information available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Meals: Breakfast

Taipei Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus - Start off at Taipei Main Station, both lines run west looping around the city's North Gate heading through Ximending and past the Presidential Office Building toward Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. After here, the lines split.

Red line - the bus continues east on Xinyi Road past foodie haven Yongkang Street toward Taipei 101. After looping the Xinyi Shopping District, the bus heads back east along Zhongxiao East Road, stopping at Taipei City Hall, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Dongqu (Eastern District), and nearby the Huashan Cultural and Creative Industries Park, ending up back at Taipei Main Station.

Blue line - the bus continues by heading north along Zhongshan North Road, stopping at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum which is within walking distance of the Dalongdong Cultural and Historical District and Taipei Expo Park. After crossing the river, the bus makes stops at several locations in Shilin District including the Martyrs' Shrine, Taipei's largest night market - Shilin Night Market, a children's amusement park and science museum, and Chiang Kai-shek's former residence. The blue line terminates at National Palace Museum, after which it switches direction back to Taipei Main Station.

DAY 3

Taipei - Taroko, Hualien

After breakfast, you will be picked up by the driving guide and drive to Taroko Gorge via the world’s fifth longest highway tunnel (12.9 km) and the breathtaking east coast cliff highway. Photo stop at Chinshui Cliff. Upon arrival at Taroko National Park, the only marble gorge in the world, will proceed visiting the Taroko Gorge Gateway, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, etc. Overnight at Taroko National Park

Accommodation: Silk Place or similar (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Sun Moon Lake, Nantou

After breakfast, drive to Sun Moon Lake via the picturesque Central Cross-Island Highway and Wuling on Mt. Hehuan. The highest spot (3,275m above sea level) of the highway is the best place to have a panoramic view over the Central mountain Ranges. Continue to Sun Moon Lake, a designated National Scenic Area, and drive along the lake to indulge yourself in the natural beauty all around, visiting Wen-wu Temple with beautiful lake view. Overnight at Sun Moon Lake

Accommodation: hotel at your choice (1 night, standard or deluxe option)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Tainan

In the morning, visit Holy Monk Shrine, Tehua VIllage, and Tse En Pagoda that dotted along the lakeside hill. Next, transfer to Tainan, a historical capital city established since 16th century. Upon arrival, take a walking tour around Anping Fort, and old street area which is one of the most historical streets. Immerse yourself in the blended atmosphere of traditional Chinese and modern Taiwanese culture. Overnight at Tainan.

Accommodation: hotel at your choice (1 night, standard or deluxe option)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Kaohsiung

After breakfast, visit Chikan Tower which founded in 1653 by Dutch as the control centre of Taiwan), and the first Confucius Temple in Taiwan founded in 1665). Then continue to Kaohsiung. Visit the biggest monastery in Taiwan - Foguangshan Monastery. Visit the Main Shrine and Buddhist Museum You will have a light vegetarian at the monastery. In the late afternoon, arrive the biggest city of Southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung City. Check in the hotel and you can enjoy the beautiful night view at your own time, or visit the famous Liuho Night Market to have an understanding about the local nightlife.

Accommodation: Howard Kaohsiung or similar (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7

Lukang - Taipei

In the morning, visit Dragon and Tiger Pagoda; Spring and Autumn Pavilion at Lotus Pond. Enjoy some leisurely walk around Lotus Pond Scenic Area, or enjoy a cup of coffee at a local cafe. Then drive north to Lukang to visit Lungshan Temple. Continue to the last photo stop at Sanyi wood carving street. In the evening, arrive Taoyuan International Airport for your onward flights.

Meals: Breakfast

Departure Date City Standard
From $1,385
Price per Person*
Deluxe
From $1,650
Price per Person*
Scheduled Saturdays in January - December 2019 Taipei (2 nights) Royal Inn Taipei Linsen or Papersun Hotel or similar The Sherwood Taipei or similar
Taroko, Hualien (1 night) Silks Place Taroko or similar Silks Place Taroko or similar
Sun Moon Lake, Nantou (1 night) Lea Lea Garden Hotel or similar The Lalu Hotel or similar
Tainan (1 night) Evergreen Plaza Hotel or similar The Place Tainan or similar
Kaohsiung (1 night) Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung or similar Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung or similar

*Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for departure dates and full pricing.

Note:

  • Tour is based on Seat-In-Coach basis.
  • If highway that conncects Taipei and Hualien is lcosed due to bad weather, we will arrange clients to take train from Taipei to Hualien. An additional surcharge for train ticket is US$20 per passenger.

6-night hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

English speaking guide

Transportation service as per itinerary

Admission fee to all venues as per itinerary

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to Taiwan. While uncommon for most of our guests, technically you may need to provide evidence of ‘sufficient funds’ for your stay. Some cash and credit cards normally suffice.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    Canadian passport holders do not require tourist or business visas for stays of up to 90 days. Once in Taiwan, they may extend their stay for an additional 90 days by placing a request with the Taiwanese Bureau of Consular Affairs. Canadians planning to stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days should obtain a visa before they arrive.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Smoking is not permitted at public places including hotel, restaurants, public transportation, etc. If caught smoking in these areas, you may be fined up to TWD 10,000. Non-smoking areas are clearly marked with signs. Smoking is also not permitted inside parks and some night markets. Designated smoking areas can also be found around the city and at major transportation hubs.

Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22°C with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12°C to 17°C. Therefore, with the exception of a few mountain areas where some traces of snow can be found during winter, no snow can be seen in Taiwan. During raining season (March to May), continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan. When visiting Taiwan during this period, remember to carry an umbrella at all time. Although it might seem romantic to have a stroll in the rain, it is no fun to travel when you're soaking wet. During the summer time (June to August), typhoons sometimes approach or hit the country.

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar (TWD).

Credit cards are accepted in many shops, restaurants and hotels in major cities, but are not widely accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at most major banks and hotels.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.

Tipping is not a Taiwanese custom and will not be expected by service personnel. However, many major hotels and upscale restaurants add a 10 percent service charge (in addition to the 10 percent VAT) to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but do appreciate if you let them keep the change.

While most Koreans will understand that foreigners who commit minor social faux pas do not mean disrespect, following basic Korean etiquette can help you make a better impression and have more positive interactions with locals.

  • Handshakes are the most usual form of greeting with foreigners
  • Remove your shoes when entering someone’s house
  • Give and receive any object using both hands.
  • A few Chinese greeting phrases that may come in handy: “ni hao ma?” (how are you?), “hai!” (hey!), “hao jiu bu jian!” (it’s been a while!) or “chi bao le ma?” (have you eaten?).

Dining Etiquette:

  • Chopsticks are placed either on the table or across the top of the bowl. NEVER EVER stick them vertically into the bowl.
  • Remember to use the shared pair of chopsticks when taking food from the plates.
  • Hosts often place food on the guest’s plate. Don’t be surprised and don’t refuse when this happens.
  • Plates remain on the table while your rice bowl should be brought close to the mouth when eating.

Most of the meals are all included in your itinerary so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese. The most popular foreign language in Taiwan is English, which is part of the regular school curriculum. However, for your own convenience, when taking a taxi in Taiwan, it is advisable to prepare a note with your destination written in Chinese to show the taxi driver.

If you need help when visiting Taiwan, such as information on transportation, hospital care, accommodations, or travel news, you can call the 24-hour toll-free Traveler Information Hotline at 0800-011-765. The friendly staff can help you free of charge in English, Japanese, Korean or Chinese.

In the event of an accident or a medical emergency
Contact the police at 110 or emergency medical help at 119. If you have travel accident insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider. More information on useful phone numbers and hospitals can be found here.

SIM card: Depends on your need, you can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card in the airport upon arrival.

The general situation for tourists visiting these countries is good.

Crime is generally limited due to harsh penalties, particularly when tourists are affected. However, petty theft and pickpocketing is definitely something to be aware of, particularly in the larger cities and around large groups of people.

It is always prudent to be constantly aware of your surroundings and to not take unnecessary valuables with you. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/taiwan

Featured Inclusions

6-night hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

English speaking guide

Transportation service as per itinerary

Admission fee to all venues as per itinerary

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