Round Island Tour of Taiwan

Fly with EVA Air, an award-winning 5 star airline on this adventure to Taiwan. Start your holiday in style with a choice of three classes of cabin service: Royal Laurel Class (complete flat bed Business Class), award-winning Premium Economy Class and Economy class. Personal seat-back state of the art touch screen, audio/video on demand entertainment systems.

This Taiwan adventure takes you from bustling Taipei to some of the most spectacular scenery on the stunning East Coast. You’ll experience Taiwanese history and culture, visit the minority indigenous tribes of Sun Moon Lake, walk through historic Lukang, join in the morning prayers with the monks of Foguangshan and perhaps enjoy a dip in the hot springs. There is also time for some soft trekking in the Taroko Gorge area and options to include some adventure walks in the Maolin Scenic Area.

The holiday is fully flexible and we can tailor made this to your exact requirements. This holiday may also be enjoyed via rail travel.

Best time for this itinerary is April, May, October, and November.

Touring style: Self-guided adventure or with a private guide using a vehicle or by rail.

  • Experience Taiwanese history and culture
  • Walk through the small and winding streets of historic Lukang
  • Take a private lake cruise to Lalu island
  • Join the monks in morning prayers and a meditation session
Round Island Tour of Taiwan at a glance
  • Day 1 Fly to Taipei
  • Day 2 Arrival in Taipei
  • Day 3 Taipei sightseeing
  • Day 4 Taipei to historic Lukang and Sun Moon Lake
  • Day 5 Sun Moon Lake touring and relaxation
  • Day 6 Sun Moon Lake via Puli to Alishan
  • Day 7 Sunrise at Alishan, soft trek and drive to Tainan
  • Day 8 Tainan touring (optional trip to Maolin Scenic Area)
  • Day 9 Tainan to Fo Guang Shan and Kaohsiung
  • Day 10 Kaohsiung to Kenting National Park
  • Day 11 Kenting to the hot springs of Chihpen via the spectacular East Coast
  • Day 12 East Coast Scenic drive to Taroko Gorge
  • Day 13 Taroko Gorge soft trek
  • Day 14 Scenic drive from Taroko Gorge to Yilan
  • Day 15 Yilan to the Northeast Coast, Yehliu Geopark and Jiufen
  • Day 16 Departure from Taipei or extend to Penghu Island

Day 1: Flight to Taipei

Fly with EVA Air, an award-winning 5 star airline on this adventure to Taiwan. Start your holiday in style with a choice of three classes of cabin service: Royal Laurel Class (complete flat bed Business Class), award-winning Premium Economy Class and Economy class. Personal seat-back state of the art touch screen, audio/video on demand entertainment systems.

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Day 2 Arrival in Taipei

Arrive in Taipei - meet and greet at the airport for a transfer to your hotel.
This evening you will experience a Taipei night tour near the Lungshan temple area, one of the oldest areas of Taipei city. Lungshan Temple has been a local landmark since its establishment in 1738. It is frequented by locals as well as international visitors for its vibrant atmosphere and lively night scene.

Overnight in Taipei.

Distance and journey time: 48 km, 45 mins

 

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Day 3 Taipei sightseeing

Enjoy a Taipei city tour. Spend the whole morning in the world's finest Chinese art gallery, the National Palace Museum. The collection includes several thousand years of artefacts.
In the afternoon, visit the memorial hall of former President Chiang Kai Shek with its striking white walls and blue tiled roof. Proceed to visit the Martyr's Shrine and Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world.

Overnight in Taipei.

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Day 4 Taipei to Lukang and Sun Moon Lake

After breakfast, depart with your driver and head down the highway to the historic town of Lukang. Lukang was Central Taiwan's most important port and second largest city from the mid-17th to the 18th century. It's small and winding streets still preserve the look and feel of southern Chinese architecture. Sites to be visited include the old street, the Tien Hou Kung Temple, the Lukang Longshan Temple and the Lukang Folklore Museum. After your Lukang tour, turn west into the mountains to Sun Moon Lake.

Overnight in Sun Moon Lake.

Distance and journey times: 

Taipei to Lukang: 184 km, approx 2.45 hrs

Lukang to Sun Moon Lake: 89 km, approx 1.30 hrs

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Day 5 Sun Moon Lake

Wake up early this morning to appreciate the sunrise. Take your time and enjoy a refreshing breakfast by the lakeside. After breakfast, there is an opportunity to ride a bicycle along the shore or take a private lake cruise and visit Lalu Island and the Tse-En Pagoda.

Overnight in Sun Moon Lake.

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Day 6 Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan

Morning at leisure and depart at midday to Alishan. Stop at the Taomi eco-village to see the only one “Paper Church” in the world (a church made of paper!).

Alishan is well known for its rich forests, cherry blossoms, a sea of clouds and the sunrises. Visit The Alishan National Forest Recreational Area and enjoy a ride on the Forest Train (Shenmu Line) 

Overnight in Alishan.

Distance and journey times:

Sun Moon Lake to Puli: 25 km, 40 mins

Puli to Alishan: 175 km, allow 3 hrs 

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Day 7 Alishan trekking and leave for Tainan

Wake up very early in the morning. Enjoy a ride on the Alishan Forest Train to see the sunrise at Chu-Shan. Afterwards, take a soft trek along forest trails and return to your hotel for breakfast. Depart for Tainan

Overnight in Tainan

Distance and journey time: 123 km, 2.30 hrs

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Day 8 Tainan touring

Tour the cultural riches of Tainan city. Start the day with a visit to the Ten Drum Culture Village to see a drum percussion performance,  Afterwards, visit Fort Zeelandia and the Tainan Confucius Temple. End the day with a visit to Shenon Old Street to visit the Old Hayashi Department Store. 

(optional side trip to Maolin Scenic Area for trekking)

Overnight in Tainan.

 

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Day 9 Tainan, Foguangshan and Kaohsiung

Travel to Fo Guang Shan to visit the impressive Buddhist Monastery. Continue to Kaohsiung.
Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s largest commercial harbour and the second-largest city. Visit Sijin Peninsula, a narrow shoal in the sea at the western edge of Kaohsiung, Spring, and Autumn Pavilions. In the evening, visit Love River and wander around the bustling Lio Ho Night Market

Overnight in Kaohsiung.

Distance and journey times: 

Tainan to Go Guang Shan: 48 km, 1 hr

Fo Guang Shan to Kaohsiung: 36 km, 40 mins

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Day 10 Kaohsiung to Kenting National Park

A full day tour to Kenting National Park, which is 90 kilometres away from Kaohsiung. With a total area of 466.8 hectares, it is the first national park in Taiwan and home to beautiful beaches, hot springs, tropical forests, and varied wildlife. Pay a special visit to Oluanbi Lighthouse and Maobitou Park, which are famous spots in the National Park.

Stay overnight in Kenting.

Distance and journey time: 110 km, 2 hrs

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Day 11 Kenting National Park to Taitung / Chihpen

After breakfast, head toward the famous East Coast, which stretches 170 kilometres. Enjoy the stunning coastal view and stay overnight at the hot spring resort town of Chihpen.
Overnight in Chihpen

Distance and journey time: 120 km, 2.30 hrs

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Day 12 Chihpen to Taroko Gorge

Proceed north up the east coast driving by some of the island's most striking and beautiful terrain, arriving in Taroko Gorge in the late afternoon. Stops will be made at the Tung He Bridge, Sansiantai, and the stone steps.

Overnight in Taroko

Distance and journey time: 178 km, 3.30 hrs

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Day 13 Taroko Gorge sightseeing and soft trek

Tour the amazing Taroko Gorge, a stunning, awe-inspiring river gorge lined by sheer river-carved cliffs of marble. The visit includes stops at the Swallow Grottoes, the Marble Bridge, and the Eternal Spring Shrine.

Afternoon soft trekking on the Sakadon Trail.

 

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Day 14 Taroko Gorge to Yilan

Depart for Yilan via Qinshui Cliff, one of the most spectacular sights on Taiwan ‘s Pacific coast. The cliff is more than 1,000 meters high and drops almost vertically into the sea.
Overnight at Forte Dong-shan Villa in National Centre for Traditional Arts.

Distance and journey time: 107 km, 2.30 hrs

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Day 15 Yeliu & Chiu Fen & Northeast Coast National Scenic Area

Onward via Northeast Coast National Scenic Area nestled between the mountains and the sea. Visit Yeliu Geo Park famous for its bizarre rock formation, especially Queen ‘s Head Rock, Cinderella ‘s Slipper, candlestick rocks and many others. Chiu Fen (Jiu fen) is an old gold-mining town built on a steep mountain slope and retains much of its quaint traditional flavour. 

Return to Taipei for overnight.

Distance and journey times: 

Yilan to Yehliu: 70 km, 1 hr

Yehliu to Taipei: 40 km, 45 mins

Day 16: Departure from Taipei

Do you like the freedom of travelling on your own instead of an organised tour? Then this round island trip is for you. This suggested itinerary will cover the main sites. It is your choice to choose to visit different sites or not to visit some. You can add days or reduce the overall programme. Please get in touch with us to discuss. We are ready to help.

Highlights

Alishan Forest Railway

The Alishan Forest Railway meanders to the summit of Mount Alishan, one of Taiwan’s most stunning and revered natural wonders

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Hualien: Gateway to Taroko

Taroko National Park is set among spectacular mountain scenery, foaming rivers, winding marble canyons.

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Kaohsiung Fo Guang Shan Buddhist monastery

In the shade of Monkey Mountain (Shoushan), the old city of Zuoying nestles in a bend of the Love River.

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Kenting National Park: lakes, dunes, beaches and coral reefs

Kenting National Park is an extraordinary microcosm of Taiwan’s natural riches.

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Lukang: stunning Longshan Temple

Lukang is a well preserved historic seaport, during the Dutch period Taiwan’s most populous city. Today the city’s historic lanes and alleys, its tall, narrow fronted buildings, as though preserved in amber remain little changed since the 19th Century, retaining much of its period charm.

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Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan’s mountainous centre

The southern section of Lalu Island is shaped like a new moon, giving the lake that contains it, Sun Moon Lake, its name.

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Tainan:natural and cultural attractions

Located on the warm, temperate coastal plain of south west Taiwan, the ancient capital Tainan is also known as Chikan Lou, or the Chamber of the Red Hill.

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Taipei glittering 21st Century skyline

Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, is as varied as the island named by the Portuguese as Formosa, meaning ‘beautifully formed’.

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Taitung and the East Coast

Located on the delta of the Beinan River, at the southern tip of Taiwan’s rift valley, Taitung County’s natural beauty justifies the name local people have bestowed upon it through generations, ‘The Garden of Taiwan.’

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Yehliu Geopark

Experience deserted, rocky shoreline, fine beaches, natural hot springs, steaming rivers, tumbling waterfalls, other-worldly rock formations – lake, island and mountain scenery, all in a day.

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Accommodation

Mt Ali, Superior Class
Alishan House

Located on a slope of Mt Ali, the highest peak in south-east Asia, the charming Mt Ali Forest Railway lifts you through the clouds to this stunning and unique property.

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Hualien, Deluxe Class
Silks Place Taroko

Located amid stunning mountain scenery, the property, combining modern Chinese and traditional Taroko architecture, is set within the Taroko National Park.

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Hualien, Speciality Lodging
Leader Village Taroko

Located on the Bruwan Plateau in the Taroko National Park, the traditional home of the indigenous Taroko people, the hotel is set idyllically among stunning mountain scenery.

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Kaohsiung, Deluxe Class,
Grand Hi-Lai Hotel

Located in the bustling Central Business District, at 186 metres high the hotel, designed in a neo-Classical style, commands panoramic views across the city.

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Kenting National Park, Deluxe Class,
Chateau Beach Resort

Located on a pristine, white sand beach overlooking the Taiwan Strait, the property is set within the natural beauty of Kenting National Park.

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Sun Moon Lake, Deluxe Class
The Lalu

Constructed in 1923 on the orders of Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan, on the shores of the lake, and later used by President Chiang Kai-Shek to entertain foreign dignitaries, the property today is a fabulous and historically important resort hotel.

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Sun Moon Lake, Standard Class
Hotel Del Lago

Located on the shores of Sun Moon Lake, a minute’s stroll from Shueishe Wharf, the hotel’s architecture is a delightful fusion of western minimalism, serenely in concord with its pristine environment, and authentic aboriginal detailing.

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Tainan, Deluxe Class,
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan

Located at the heart of downtown Tainan, the hotel is conveniently placed for the city’s temples, and significant historic sites. It is also ideally situated in terms of transport links, and for Tainan’s signature FE21 department store.

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Taipei, Deluxe Class,
Landis Taipei Hotel

Located at the heart of Taipei’s Central Business District, the hotel is conveniently positioned for airport, MRT and road links. It is also an easy walk to many of the capital’s attractions, including Xinsheng Park, Xingtian Temple, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

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Taipei, Deluxe Class,
Palais de Chine Hotel

Located in the heart of old Taipei, the 5 Star property is a happy fusion of eastern elegance and western chic, with stunning views across Taipei West.

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Taipei, Superior Class,
Hotel Quote Taipei

Located at the heart of Taipei City, a short walk from the MRT and Taipei Arena, and a 6 minute drive only to the airport, the hotel’s contemporary wood and metal architecture is a fusion of traditional Taiwan architecture, with the Modern.

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Taitung, Superior Class
Hotel Royal Chihpen

Located at Taitung’s celebrated Chihpen Hot Springs, the property is set idyllically among the lush green landscape of the National Forest.

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