Fascinating Taiwan

This seat-in-coach tour is operated by our partner in Taiwan and is therefore not a Wendy Wu Tours group tour. This seat-in-coach tour departs on Mondays, on a join-in basis, with a minimum group size of two people.

Places Visited

Taipai - Taroko National Park (1N) - Sun Moon Lake (1N) - Tainan (1N) - Kaoshiung (1N) - Taipai

Day 1: Taipei to Taroko
This morning you will be met at your Taipei hotel to commence your round-island tour. Journey to Taroko National Park. With its marble-walled gorges, lush flora and mountainous landscapes, Taroko is one of Taiwan's most stunning locations. It is a sanctuary for half of Taiwan's plant and animal species. Visit locations such as Swallow Grotto, Eternal Spring Shrine and Taroko Gorge Gateway.
Day 1: Taipei to Taroko
Day 2: Taroko to Sun Moon Lake
Depart Taroko and drive along the scenic mountain road to Puli, stopping en route at Mt Hehuan Visitors Centre for incredible views. In Puli, visit a paper workshop and have a brief photo-stop at Paper Church. Continue to Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan's largest lake; the eastern part of the lake is round like the sun and the western part is shaped like a crescent moon. Drive along the lake and visit Wen-Wu Temple, which has beautiful lake views. Spend the night close to the lake. (B)
Day 2: Taroko to Sun Moon Lake
Day 3: Sun Moon Lake to Tainan
Visit the Holy Monk Shrine, Tehua Village and Tse En Pagoda, before driving south to Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan, rich in preserved historical sites and cultural relics. Take a walking tour around Anping Fort, which was established by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century, though what you see today is a reconstruction. Wander down some of the city’s most historical streets, catching a glimpse of the Tainan of times-gone-by. (B)
Day 3: Sun Moon Lake to Tainan
Day 4: Tainan to Kaohsiung
Visit Chihkan Tower, originally named Fort Provintia and built in 1653 by Dutch colonisers. Stop at the Confucius Temple to enjoy a walking tour around the surrounding area. Continue to Kaohsiung where you will visit Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Taiwan, where you will see the Buddhist Culture Museum and main shrine. Enjoy a light vegetarian lunch at the monastery. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Why not take a stroll to enjoy the beautiful night views or visit the Liuho Night Market. (B,L)
Day 4: Tainan to Kaohsiung
Day 5: Kaohsiung and Lukang to Taipei
Visit the Spring and Autumn Pavilion and the Dragon and Tiger Pagoda. Spring and Autumn Pavilions are dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of War, and were completed in 1951. Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are located a short distance from the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. The dragon’s mouth is the entrance and the tiger’s mouth is the exit which symbolises turning bad luck into good fortune. Drive north to Lukang and visit Lungshan Temple and market. Travel back to Taipei, making a stop at Sanyi, a woodcarving village, en route. Your arrangements will end upon arrival at your Taipei hotel. (B)
Day 5: Kaohsiung and Lukang to Taipei

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:

Shoulder and high season, Christmas and Chinese New Year's surcharges apply.

A visa is not required for visitors to Taiwan.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at your own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.