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5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung

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Xinyi District, Taiwan
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung

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Overview

Visit the numerous temples, shrines, hot springs and national parks of Taiwan on this 5-day tour around the entire island. Leave bustling Taipei behind for the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park, and the East Coast National Scenic Area. Your guide provides insightful commentary on sites such as Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine, and Tse-En Pagoda.
  • 5-day Taiwan island tour to Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge and more
  • Experience the whole island of Taiwan aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Admire the remote beaches and rocky coastal areas of Kenting National Park and East Coast National Scenic Area
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels, daily breakfasts, entrance fees, and transportation included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional tour guide
Admission fee and entrance ticket included in the itinerary
4-night hotel accommodation (5-star)
Insurance
Breakfast (4)
Gratuities
Lunch
Dinner

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from hotels in Taipei City Center. If the hotel lobby is located on an upper level, please meet the tour guide on the ground level of the hotel building. Exact pick-up time will be provided by local operator upon confirmation.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Start your 5-day round-island tour of Taiwan with the coach drive from Taipei to the temples of Sun Moon Lake, including Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine, and Tse-En Pagoda. Day 2 takes you to Fo Guang Shan Monastery and the night market of Kaohsiung. Explore Kenting National Park on Day 3, continue your journey through the unspoiled coastline of Taitung’s East Coast National Scenic Area, then finish on the fourth day at Hualien and nearby Taroko Gorge, whose towering marble cliffs dominate Taroko National Park.

Enjoy four nights’ accommodation in 5-star hotels with daily breakfasts included; your guide can make recommendations of authentic Taiwanese cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Itinerary
Sun Moon Lake
This morning you will depart from central Taipei and head for the heart of the island, Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area. Sun Moon Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in the island. Divided by Lalu Island, the lake got its name from the unique terrains that look like sun on one side and crescent moon on the other side. The area around the lake is also the home to the Thao people, a group of Taiwanese aborigines.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Yidashao Pier
Yidashao(Ita Thao), was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan. It has become the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "Thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the Thao Tribe.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Xuanzhuang Temple
Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. In 1965, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were moved to the Xuanzang Temple after the temple was rebuilt. There is a bell in front of the main gate,called "wake up bell." If you prefer quiet atmosphere, Xuanzang temple is the best places for you.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Ci'en Pagoda
Ci-en Pagoda was built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The Ci-en Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Wenwu Temple
Wenwu Temple is located at the shoulder of mountain where is on the north of Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938.The temple is two (Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang) in one. It was rebuilt in 1969. Its gate is face to the north. People pray the Civil Saint of Confucius, the Military Saint of Guangong, and the Established God of two temples in the temple.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Hotel Fleur de Chine - Mountain View Room, Sun Moon Lake (5-star) or equivalent
Meals:
  Not Included
Xiangshan Visitor Center
After breakfast, you will enjoy a pleasant walk around Xiangshang Visitor Center, a unique building that allows people to enjoy the beautiful views of Sun Moon Lake from the top. The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Fo Guang Shan
Next, you will depart for Kaohsiung, the most populated city in South Taiwan, also a romantic harbor city. Your first stop is Fo Guang Shan, a large monastery founded by Master Hsing Yun in 1967. The signature of the temple is the huge statue of Buddha Amitabha in gold color that can be seen from miles away.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Liuhe Tourist Night Market
After the temple tour, you will move down the hill to the center of the city. It’s time to fulfill your appetite with some local delicacies at Liuhe Night Market, the oldest and most typical night market in Kaohsiung. Here you have a chance to taste the city’s signature street foods like the seafood congee, steamed salted shrimps, papaya milk drink, rice cake, Stinky Tofu…
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Grand Hi Lai Hotel, Kaohsiung (5-star) or equivalent
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Kenting National Park
After breakfast, you will head for the south of the border, also where Taiwan’s first national park is situated. Kenting National Park is well-known for its coastal geographical features and marine biodiversity due to crustal deformation and tropical climate. Kenting is also a paradise for surfers and divers.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Eluanbi
Eluanbi is also known as "Taiwan's Tail". Eluanpi Lighthouse was built during the Qing Dynasty. It was listed as one of the Eight Views of Taiwan during the period under Japanese rule. The area covered by the park is also one of the sites of Kending's prehistoric cultures.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Maobitou Park
Maopitou (literally meaning cat’s nose), is a unique natural rock formation. From distance, it looks just like a giant crouching cat.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Longpan Park
Longpan Park is a coral limestone tableland eroded by rainwater. It keeps the original features of the landscape with wide grassland and faces the Pacific Ocean.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Hotel Royal Chihpen, Taitung (5-star) or equivalent
Meals:
 Breakfast  
East Coast National Scenic Area
After a good night sleep and a rich breakfast, you will travel along the east coast, the last unspoiled place of the island. Wherever you go, there are picturesque places of natural and human features.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Xiaoyeliu
Xiaoyehliu (Little Yehliu) offers a rich variety of fascinating rock formations similar to those found at Yehliu on Taiwan's North Shore. On clear days, you can easily see Green Island from the shore at Fugang Geopark.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Sanxiantai
Sanxiantai(literally meaning terrace of the three immortals) is composed of offshore islands and coral reefs. The most famous landmark is the cross-sea bridge, connects the mainland and the island.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Shitiping
The shoreline at Shitiping(literally meaning stone steps), which is situated at the 65-kilometer point on the coastal highway, was formed when volcanic rock worn smooth by sea erosion was uplifted in layers that resemble stone steps-which is just what the Shiti of the name means.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Fanshuliao
Stop by Fanshuliao, a unique canyon also regarded as a small version of Taroko Gorge.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Silks Place Taroko - Garden View Room(5-star), Hualien or equivalent
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Taroko National Park
After breakfast, you will visit the most spectacular place in Taiwan, also the largest marble canyon in the world – Taroko National Park. Situated in the eastern part of Taiwan, Taroko National Park was established in the year of 1986. This park features high mountains and sheer gorges with a diverse range of wildlife and geological characteristics.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Shakadang Trail
You will take a walk along Shakadang Trail or Lushui Trail, where the crystal clear blue water of Liwu River is running beside you. This river has cut through the marble over millions of years, and created the deep, narrow gorge.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Eternal Spring Shrine
Next you will stop by Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 226 personnel (military veterans) who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. If the weather permits, we will take a walk through the tunnel below the shrine.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)
Before lunch, you will walk through the tunnel of Swallow Grotto, where you will enjoy a stunning view of the cliffs reaching up to the sky. The potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows; hence it got the name Swallow Grotto.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Cihmu Bridge
After lunch, stroll around Tianxiang, where Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge) is located, an H-Shape hanging bridge built of marble by late President Chiang Jing-guo, in memory of his mother.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Qingshui Cliff
After a breathtaking tour of Taroko Gorge, you will stop by Qingshui Cliff and admire the scenery of the cliffed coastline on the way back to Taipei.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Standard hotel rooms in Taiwan contain either two single/twin beds or a double bed fit for two people. Twin-Share Accommodation is for two people per standard room (traveling parties are booked in the same room); Private Accommodation is for one person in a standard room.
  • For traveling parties with an odd number of individuals, either three people will be placed in a triple (three twin/single beds) or one person will be placed in a twin-share with another traveler or in private single room (at an additional cost), depending on availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Times and sequences are subject to change according to the weather and traffic condition.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edison Travel Service

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers.

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Awesome Experience in Taiwan
Mark_A
, Mar 2020
Just finished our 5 day tour of Taiwan. Loved the scenery, especially at Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge, fabulous hotels too. The icing on the cake was our guide, Alan Chou, with his deep knowledge and love of Taiwan, his use of technology to help impart information and his friendly manner, helping to make all in our small group have a truly memorable experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. If you have an opportunity to make another trip to Taiwan, there are lots more to explore all year round. We look forward to see you again. :)
star-5
Great itinerary, great guide, great price.....
Jeff_B
, Mar 2020
Great tour in everyway. Alan Chou our tour guide was fantastic....informative and took care of all our questions and concerns. Hotel where all 5 star and a couple had hot springs in our room. You get to see beautiful coastlines, mountains and Taroko Gorge. Don't hesitate to take tour as it is a great way to see the best of the island for a great price. Our driver, Eason was experience and smooth, making you feel safe on the twisty roads.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. If you have an opportunity to make another trip to Taiwan, there are lots more to explore all year round. We look forward to see you again. :)
star-5
Wonderful tour
Michele_W
, Mar 2020
This tour is a great choice for anyone who wants to visit Taiwan highlights outside of Taipai city that would be challenging to get to on your own. The hotels were all 5 stars, two included hot spring pools on site. The breakfast buffets included in the tour at the hotels all had a great selection of Taiwanese and Western food. The tour bus was older, but adequate. Our guide Eric showed us educational videos which were helpful for me to better appreciate the history of the sites we visited. I would definitely recommend this tour for a good overview of the country at a reasonable price.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. If you have an opportunity to make another trip to Taiwan, there are lots more to explore all year round. We look forward to see you again. :)
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Fantastic 5-Day Tour Across Taiwan! Alan Chou is a Master!
balezonasla
, Jan 2020
Incredible! At first, I was a little hesitant to book this tour, however upon reading the reviews I became curious. Everything about this 5-Day Tour across Taiwan is world-class. The itinerary is very well organized, with a great variety of interesting stops along the way. All the hotels are five star and very nice. However, the tour guide, Alan Chou, really makes the tour special! He is engaging, funny, and extremely knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that is seeking an exciting adventure throughout Taiwan. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. There are a lot more to see and to experience all year round in Taiwan: nature scenery, historic relics, gourmet foods, culture activities. We look forward to see you again in the near future. :)
star-5
Even better 2nd time around
Jamie R
, Dec 2019
We did the same tour almost five years ago, Allan Chou the best tour guide ever! Went over and above as a guide and ran everything seemlesly and like clock work this is not a follow the guide tour. You get loads of info and then good amount of time to explore. Even organised a left item to be forwarded ahead to Taipei hotel before we got back from the trip. One word! Awesome...
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Great tour of Taiwan
frostytig
, Nov 2019
We have visited many beautiful scenic areas, a famous monastery, few temples, night markets and National Parks in Taiwan. All hotels we stayed in were excellence. In addition, we were lucky to have a humorous, enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide Alan Chou. That made our trip extra wonderful.
star-5
Truly The Best Of Taiwan
Adventure65660189531
, Nov 2019
This tour is truly hassle-free - booking this takes your mind and stress off of making decisions like where to go, eat & stay. Almost every detail is planned - just sit back and enjoy the trip. The 5-star hotels with breakfasts were excellent. We also had a fantastic guide - Alan Chou. He is informative, funny and easy on the eyes. (Do not leave him behind!)
star-5
Excellent and enjoyable tour
kevjanle
, Oct 2019
This was a very enjoyable tour with nice hotels and an excellent tour guide (Alan). It provided full coverage of Taiwan (except Taipei). It would have been nicer to extend the stay in the hot springs hotels longer (2 nights vs. 1 night). We had a great group with a great guide!
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WOW - EXCELLENT TOUR
bob1323
, Oct 2019
Booked without knowing too much about Taiwan so wanted to get the best of our days there. We liked the look of the tour and boy we got much more than we hoped for or expected. The tour was so well organised from start to finish - not only the places where we visited (many of which I am sure you would miss if doing independently) but also organisation like getting our hotel rooms etc., which was painless and quick - unlike some tours where you wait in line at the reception individually. We were a bit worried when we saw there were 36 on our tour but in fairness it did not make any difference as you were not led around in a group but just pointed in the right direction and the tour guide on hand all the time for questions etc. The hotels were amazing, especially the first and last ones - we did know they were meant to be 5* but did not think they really would be, they put European 5* in the shadows! I have to make a special mention to both our driver (Crocodile?) who drive safely and purposefully and also a huge thanks to Alan our Tour Guide who was upbeat throughout the whole trip, kept us well informed on the sites, where we were going, toilet stops, details about hotels and restaurants so we knew what to do etc., His English was perfect, I have a hearing problem, but he was so clear and precise it was an absolute pleasure - a good guy, keep hold of him! Thank you Viator and Edison Tours, really appreciated such a great tour.
star-5
Fantastic tour with Alan Chou
klakbrisbane
, Sep 2019
We’re a family of four from Australia including 2 kids and this was our first organised tour as a family. Whilst we were initially a bit concerned, it ended up being an amazing and enjoyable experience for us. The trip was very well planned and included many natural and culturally significant sites in Taiwan. Our tour guide, Alan Chou, was very informative, considerate and highly entertaining which made the tour what it was! Before every stop, Alan not only told told us useful historical information of the location, but also detailed the food and amenity options. The hotels we stayed at were all 5 star with the usual expected facilities like restaurants, pool, fitness centre, free wi-fi etc. As well as this, two of the hotels even had certified hot springs. Overall, we would highly recommend this tour.

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