A Taste of Taiwan by Train

A Taste of Taiwan by Train

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A Taste of Taiwan by Train

9 Days Starting and ending in Taipei City, Taiwan

Visiting: Taipei City, Taichung City, Kaohsiung City, Hualien City

Tour operator:

Culture Trip

Tour code:

TWN

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

25-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

This island nation off China’s east coast is a little paradise waiting to be discovered, from its modern Asian metropolises to stunning coastlines, luscious forests and epic mountain peaks. Taiwan boasts a rich cultural heritage, blending indigenous cultures with Chinese and Japanese influences, much like the country’s incredible food scene, which extends itself to bustling street food markets and authentic local restaurants. Our loop trip highlights the lot, starting and ending in the capital, Taipei. You’ll visit Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge, explore the diverse cities of Tainan, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien, as well as embarking on an unforgettable range of cultural, culinary and adventurous activities, from releasing lanterns to cooking classes and lakeside cycles. Not bad for just one island, right?

Highlights

  • Indulge on street food delights in Taipei’s night markets

  • Cycle the majestic forested trails surrounding Sun Moon Lake

  • Slurp down traditional beverages at a tea factory tasting session

  • Dine on local delicacies in Taiwan’s underrated culinary capital

  • Discover the quirky pagodas, luscious nature parks and artsy spaces of Kaohsiung City

  • Traverse the epic bridges, hillside trails and surreal caves of Taroko Gorge

  • Take part in a soulful sky lantern release on Shifen Old Street

  • Get the lowdown on Taiwanese cuisine on a Taipei cooking masterclass

Places You'll See

A Taste Of Taiwan By Train

A Taste Of Taiwan By Train

A Taste Of Taiwan By Train

A Taste Of Taiwan By Train

A Taste Of Taiwan By Train

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Taiwan!
Location: Taipei City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FX Hotel Taipei
Meals Included: Dinner

Make your way to the hotel on arrival in Taipei, where you can check-in and make yourself comfortable. The group will gather early in the evening for a welcome meeting with our Local Insider – your expert guide for the trip – and dinner at an authentic local restaurant.

Activities Included:
Welcome dinner

Day 2 : Tour Taipei And Take The Train To Taichung
Location: Taichung City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Park City Hotel (T)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your first morning starts with a guided tour of the capital, Taipei. Our Local Insider will take you to see the Office of the President, the guard changing ceremony at CKS Memorial Hall and Lungshan Temple. There’ll be time to grab lunch at one of the variety of food court options in Taipei Main Station before we embark on our first train journey, to Taichung City. High-speed rail means we’ll barely travel an hour before reaching our destination and heading straight out on a tour of the city’s finest sights, including Rainbow Village and National Taichung Theatre. This evening we’ll visit Fengjia Night Market, one of Taiwan’s most famous markets, to experience the hustle and bustle of Taiwanese street food culture, and tuck into some delicious local delicacies.

Activities Included:
Taipei City tour
Taichung City tour
Fengjia Night Market visit

Day 3 : Cycle, Sip Tea And Visit A Temple At Sun Moon Lake
Location: Taichung City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Park City Hotel (T)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll start the day right with a stunning two-hour cycle around Sun Moon Lake – a vast body of gorgeous turquoise water surrounded by forested mountain peaks, and Taiwan’s only large natural lake. At the end of our cycle we’ll visit Xiangshan Visitor Center, a strikingly unique building that homes a delightful cafe with views over the lake. After lunch at a local restaurant we’ll head out onto the waters with a gentle hour-long cruise, followed by a visit to the hilltop Wenwu Temple, which offers a higher vantage point over the lake. The area is famous for black tea, and we’ll visit Ho Ho Cha Tea factory to experience a hand-rolling and tasting session. Having seen the lake from pretty much every angle possible, and indulged in various local delights, we’ll return to Taichung for dinner and an evening at your leisure.

Activities Included:
Sun Moon Lake cycle
Lunch
Sun Moon Lake boat cruise
Wenwu Temple visit
Ho Ho Cha Tea Factory tasting
Dinner

Day 4 : Work Up An Appetite In Taiwan’S Culinary Capital
Location: Kaohsiung City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FX Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our next stop is Tainan, known by people in Taiwan as the country’s culinary capital, with an especially rich seafood culture. You can ask our Local Insider about the must-try dishes on the train, but we’ll keep your stomach waiting as we first visit the 350 year-old Confucius Temple. Then it’s off to a famous local restaurant to finally experience traditional Tainan cuisine. Our tour of the city continues after lunch, with stops at various historical sites like Chikan Tower, Anping Fort and Anping Old Street, as well as a chance for some retail therapy at Hayashi Department Store. Early evening we’ll jump back on the bus for an hour-long trip to Kaohsiung, where you’ll check-in to the hotel and have a night at your own leisure.

Activities Included:
Confucius Temple visit
Traditional Tainan lunch
Tainan City tour

Day 5 : Unique Temples, Vibrant Artworks And A Cityside Nature Park In Kaohsiung
Location: Kaohsiung City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FX Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The modern maritime metropolis of Kaohsiung City is our playground for the day. We’ll start by visiting the city’s most iconic spots, including Dragon and Tiger Pagodas – a striking two-tower temple, one entrance guarded by a giant tiger statue and the other by a fiery dragon – Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Pier-2 Art Center, a vibrant cultural artspace, teeming with amazing works of street art. In the afternoon we’ll stop at a souvenir shop for tea and snacks before being transferred to Shoushan National Nature Park, a verdant greenspace with the best views imaginable over Kaohsiung skyline. Finally we’ll return to the city to check out Formosa Boulevard Station’s famous ‘Dome of Light’ – one of the world’s largest glass artworks – before heading out for a group dinner and spending the rest of the night at your own speed.

Activities Included:
Kaohsiung City tour
Shoushan National Nature Park visit
Formosa Boulevard Station visit
Dinner

Day 6 : Next Stop, Taroko Gorge!
Location: Hualien City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Park City Hotel (H)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s an early start this morning as we board the express train to Hualien City – equipped with breakfast-to-go from the hotel – for the longest journey of our trip (around four hours). Luckily, the route is an incredibly beautiful one, and watching the mountains and ocean views of the East Coast National Scenic Area fly past the window is an experience in and of itself – the joys of train travel! On arrival we’ll head to Taroko Gorge, stopping for an aboriginal Taroko lunch, and spending the afternoon exploring the area. Highlights include the dramatic Tunnel of Nine Turns above the gushing Liwu River, the otherworldly Swallow Grotto and the Eternal Shrine, hidden among trees and a spectacular mountain waterfall. We’ll have dinner back in Hualien and check-in to our hotel for the evening.

Activities Included:
Taroko Gorge tour
Dinner

Day 7 : Mountain Towns, Street Food Delights And An Unforgettable Lantern Experience
Location: Taipei City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FX Hotel Taipei
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we’ll go on one final scenic train ride, this time back towards the capital, but hopping off in Jiufen, an incredibly picturesque mountainside town just east of Taipei. Narrow old streets are packed with teahouses and street food shacks, not to mention the gorgeous old Shengping Theater. We’ll have lunch with stunning mountain views over the northeastern coast, before heading to Shifen Waterfall and Shifen Old Street, where we’ll experience the releasing of sky lanterns – a famous tradition in this part of the country. We’ll end up back in Taipei City, heading to the 101 Building for a photo opp at Taiwan’s tallest building, before spending the evening at Raohe Night Market – a haven for street food lovers.

Activities Included:
Scenic lunch
Jiufen & Shifen tour
Shifen Old Street Sky Lantern Experience
Taipei 101 Building photo stop
Evening at Raohe Night Market

Day 8 : A Taiwanese Cooking Masterclass To Round Off The Trip
Location: Taipei City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FX Hotel Taipei
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our last full day is all about enjoying Taipei at a relaxed pace, starting at a local cooking school, where you’ll master the art of Taiwanese cuisine and leave with a recipe or two for the road. In the afternoon we’ll visit The Grand Hotel, a magnificent red-column masterpiece and an amazing example of grand Chinese architecture. Nearby is the Martyrs' Shrine, where we’ll head to watch the changing of the guards ceremony, before popping by the National Palace Museum. We’ll round up the day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where the group can reminisce on an unforgettable Taiwanese experience.

Activities Included:
Taiwanese cooking experience & lunch
The Grand Hotel visit
Guard changing ceremony at Martyrs' Shrine
National Palace Museum visit
Farewell dinner

Day 9 : Until Next Time, Taiwan!
Location: Taipei City
Meals Included: Breakfast

After one last breakfast at the hotel it’s time to say goodbye! After check-out you can either head straight to the airport, spend more time exploring Taipei, or continue the adventure somewhere else!

What's Included

  • Local Insider

  • Accommodation

    8 nights accommodation

  • Private and Local Transport

  • Train Tickets

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Taipei City tour

  • Taichung City tour

  • Fengjia Night Market visit

  • Sun Moon Lake cycle

  • Sun Moon Lake boat cruise

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What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Visas (if required)

  • Optional activities

  • Insurance

  • Resort Taxes (Where applicable)

Accommodation

FX Hotel
This impressive hotel in the heart of Taipei’s business district, is tastefully decorated with plush accents, Baroque interiors and all of the modern features you’d expect in a trendy hotel. There is a restaurant, fitness center and outdoor event space and the hotel is near both the train station and Liaoning Night markets.

Park City Hotel (T)
This metropolitan hotel in the city centre of Taichung is within walking distance of the train station. Rooms are bright, spacious and colourful, shared spaces are open and modern, and breakfast is served in a charming Cantonese restaurant. You’ll also have full access to a well-equipped fitness centre.

FX Inn
In Kaohsiung you’ll be staying in the Qianjin District, at this fashion-inspired hotel. Rooms are brimming with personality, designed in different themes and each popping in colour. The trendy Kitchen X restaurant can be found on the top floor, and it’s in these youthful surroundings that you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast. There’s also The Caffeine on the first floor, which offers coffee, cakes and light meals throughout the day.

Park City Hotel (H)
Our second Park City Hotel stay will be in Hualien City, and this branch places equal importance on creating a cosy, natural space for visitors to relax in the heart of the city. The beds are super comfy, and the room design is calming, with a lovely flow of sunlights coming in through the windows. Breakfast can be enjoyed either in the Park Cafe & Lounge or in Delicacy Restaurant, while downtime can be spent mastering your game skills in the Chess Room.


Please note that, while unlikely, the accommodation indicated may be subject to change (see T&C’s). On a rare occasion, alternative arrangements may be necessary – this may be due to a lack of availability at our preferred accommodation, or other reasons outside our control. We’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening; however, in cases where it is unavoidable, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

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Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Stephen  

I recommend this Taiwan tour to everyone!

09-Jan-2024

Lily Wang, our tour guide for this Taiwan trip was truly amazing. She was very knowledgeable in all the activities. Took us to many beautiful places in Taiwan.I recommend this Taiwan tour to everyone.

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A Taste of Taiwan by Train - For Your Tastebuds and Cultural Curiosity!

08-Jan-2024

The trip was well-organized and covered most cultural points in Taiwan, from street food to palace cuisine to spiritual traditions to aboriginal culture. The tour guide, Lily Wang, was excellent -- knowledgeable, accommodating, flexible, caring, and friendly. She constantly asked for our input, accommodated our individual needs, and made the whole trip so much more pleasant.

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