Explore Taiwan

12 Day • Taipei, Hualien, Taichung, Gueishan (Turtle) Island, Yilan, Sun Moon Lake & more

Sun Moon Lake

Longshan Temple

Taipei City

Night Market, Taipei

Explore Taiwan

12 Day Guided Tour - Taipei, Hualien, Taichung, Gueishan (Turtle) Island, Yilan, Sun Moon Lake & more

Breathtaking coastline, lush green landscapes and tranquil temples are only the beginning on this 11-day adventure through tantalising Taiwan. Squeeze between food stalls and medicine pedlars in narrow alleyways. Get behind-the-scenes glimpses (and hands-on experience) in local industries. Taste some of the most innovative dishes in Asia, from oyster omelettes to taro balls. Perhaps best of all? Discover the misty mountains and rugged coastal forests that have captured the attention of so many powers throughout history and earned Taiwan the name ‘the beautiful island’.


Valid for travel: Select Dates between March – November 2023

per person, based on double occupancy
  • Thu 16 Mar 2023
  • Sat 8 Apr 2023
  • Thu 13 Apr 2023
  • Thu 20 Apr 2023
  • Thu 4 May 2023
  • Thu 18 May 2023
  • Mon 11 Sep 2023
  • Thu 21 Sep 2023
  • Thu 12 Oct 2023
  • Thu 19 Oct 2023
  • Thu 9 Nov 2023
  • Mon 20 Nov 2023
  • *Airfare is NOT included in the above price.  Price includes all taxes & fees.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Cultural Experience
Foodie Experience
Tour Guide
Walking Tour
Hotel Accommodations
Some Meals
Taxes & Fees


Spa Services
Motor Sports
Travel Visa


  • Taiwan
  • Taipei
  • Danong Dafu Forest Park
  • mountain ranges
  • Yilan
  • King Car Distillery
  • Gueishan Island
  • Kite Museum
  • Jiufen
  • Sun Moon Lake
  • Pagoda Trail walk
  • Chung Tai Chan Monastery
  • Hugosum Tea Farm
  • Changhua County
  • Fenchia Night Market
  • Longshan Temple
  • Wanggong
  • National Palace Museum
  • Rainbow Village
  • Taichung
  • Dihua Street walk
  • Taroko Gorge


Taipei to Taichung

12 Day Adventure

Day 1: Taipei

Welcome to Taiwan! Your adventure begins in the densely-populated, beautifully located capital.
Your leader will leave a note for you at reception detailing the time and place of where you will meet your group.
If you arrive early in Taipei, get out and discover the excellent museums, or perhaps visit the hot springs at Yangmingshan National Park. When the sun goes down out pop over to the street food stalls of the Ningxia Night Market.
No meals included today

Day 2: Taipei

Explore Taipei this morning using the city’s excellent metro system as well as on foot. You’ll visit Sweet Potato Mama – a social enterprise managed by the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation. The sweet potato is more than just a food in Taiwan — it’s a quintessential part of Taiwanese culture. There are many sayings and proverbs about the sweet potato, and even the island is said to be shaped like one. But most of all, the sweet potato is a popular street food snack. By providing the space, training, and equipment needed, the foundation helps “Sweet Potato Mamas” to start their own businesses. The foundation also provides the first bag of sweet potatoes to women free of charge, to help get the business going.
Your group will also take a stroll through the Dihua Street zone to get a sense of Taipei’s merchant past, browse traditional local wares as well as see how new, young, hip entrepreneurs are revitalising the area.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Hualien

Leave Taipei behind today and take the train to Hualien, best known for its beautiful natural surrounds – the rift valley plain which lies just besides a mountain range and a rocky seashore overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This nearby countryside is also one of the most beautiful natural environments in Taiwan.
You’ll visit the Danong Dafu Forest Park, 11 hectares of reforested ground with spectacular views and plenty of birdlife. In the evening there are more night markets to explore back in Hualien.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Hualien

Today you’ll visit the Qingshui Cliff, a spectacular 1,000-metre-long cliff that drops almost vertically into the sea) and then continue to Taroko National Park, where we might spot swallows nesting on the cliff. Then visit the stunning Taroko Gorge. There are several trails to choose from in this national park and Shakadang is one of the most scenic and popular ones.The Shakadang Trail, also known as the “Mysterious Valley Trail” follows a gentle stream through imposing marble boulders and a Truku tribal village.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Yilan

After arrival in Yilan, visit a spring onion farm to see how one of Taiwan’s favourite ingredients is grown. Don some gum boots and get grubby in the fields to pick some spring onions and then learn how to cook them into delicious pancakes; this is a beloved Taiwanese snack.
You’ll then stop at a the King Car (“Kavalan”) Distillery, the island’s only whisky producer, for a tour and tasting. King Car are also coffee roasters, so you’ll definitely have a few beverages covered!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Turtle Island

Head out on the water this morning with a boat trip around Gueishan (Turtle) Island.
Back on land, drive to the former gold mining centre of Jiufen, whose architecture is said to be the inspiration for the town in the Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. The Old Town here is full of beautiful old buildings lining the hillsides. Sit down with a cup of tea at a 100 year old teahouse, visit the quirky Kite Museum or just browse the snack and craft shops.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Sun Moon Lake

Travel by private bus to Sun Moon Lake, perhaps the most iconic destination in Taiwan. You will take a walk along the Ci’en Pagoda Trail (around 1 hour) to view the lake from above. You can also climb to the top of the 46m high pagoda for an extra vantage point. This beautiful body of water is the largest and only natural lake in Taiwan. Its southern part is shaped like a new moon, and the northern part is like to be a sun, hence the name.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Puli

Embark on a kayaking trip on the calm, serene waters of Sun Moon Lake.
Visit the Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Puli. Built relatively recently, it is a unique combination Chinese and Western architectural styles and an impressive sight. We will have a guided tour with one of the resident nuns here. Drive to the Hugosum Tea Farm next for an insight into the production of Taiwan’s beloved black tea. Not only will you see how it is grown here, but you will also have the opportunity to roll your own leaves which will then be dried and packaged on site for you to take a taste of Taiwan home with you.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Fangyuan – Taichung

Today, head to the flat and fertile land of Changhua County, sometimes known as the ‘breadbasket’ of Taiwan. Visit Longshan Temple and its beautiful grounds.
Today you will also visit the fishing village of Wanggong where there is the chance to go oyster picking, discover mangroves filled with water birds, fiddler crabs and mudskippers, and of course, sample plenty of local seafood including clams, crabs and oysters. Travel on to Taichung and check out the Fenchia Night Market if you are still hungry!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Taipei

Before returning to Taipei, stop at the ‘rainbow’ village and learn about the beautiful story of this former Nationalist Army soldier saved his village from the government’s demolition through his art. The village now is very popular with visitors and doesn’t take long to visit, but
Return to Taipei from Taichung, arriving around midday. After checking back into the hotel we spend the afternoon at perhap’s the city’s top attraction – the National Palace Museum. This is home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese art and it’s easy to spend the rest of the day here.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Taipei

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Chat with your Downunder Travel specialist if you’re interested in exploring more of Asia!
Meals included: Breakfast


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