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

Highlights
  • Travel to all corners of the island in just five days
  • Guided tours of Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kenting National Park, and Taroko Gorge
  • Great value: 5-star accommodation, entrance fees, and return transport included
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5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
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Two people per room in a shared hotel room; for an odd number of individuals, either three people will be placed in one room or one person in a twin-share with another traveler
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Overview

Discover Taiwan’s natural wonders, sacred temples, and lively cities with an all-encompassing trip that takes in the whole island in just five days. Travel further than you could using public transport and see attractions including Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and Kaohsiung.

What to Expect
Your 5-day island tour starts in Taipei. After being picked up from your hotel, take a scenic drive along the west coast to Sun Moon Lake and spend the afternoon exploring the sacred temples of Wenwu, Holy Monk Shrine, and Tse-En Pagoda.

On the following day, continue south to visit the famous Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Then, spend the night in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city, which is renowned for its atmospheric night markets. On the third day of the tour, make it to the southern tip of the island, where the Kenting National Park is full of photo-worthy natural landscapes. After a night in Taitung, set out on a dramatic road trip along the east coast, before spending your fourth and final night in Hualien. Make a final stop to see the Taroko Gorge, before returning to Taipei, where your adventure ends.
Itinerary
Day 1: Taipei – Sun Moon Lake
You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Taipei for a drive south to Sun Moon Lake, located in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan about 2,500 feet (762 meters) above sea level.

Around the lake — the largest body of water in Taiwan — stop at Wenwu Temple or Literature Warrior Temple, dedicated to Confucius and Kuan Ti, the Protector of Buddhism. You’ll also visit Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. Proceed to your hotel for check-in and relax in the nearby natural hot springs.   
Overnight: 5-star Fleur De Chine or similar near Sun Moon Lake

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Kaohsiung (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Fo Guang Shan Monastery, one of the most famous Buddhist sites in southern Taiwan. Here, take a walking tour to learn about Buddhist culture. Communicate with some of the monks and nuns during a visit to the Main Shrine, where you will find a massive Buddha statue, and feel free to eat a traditional vegetarian lunch here (own expense).

Afterward, drive to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan. Stop at Former British Consulate, pass by Love River (Ai River), and stroll through Lio Ho Night Market.

Overnight: 5-star Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung or similar

Day 3: Kaoshiung – Kenting – Taitung (B)
Have breakfast and then take a morning tour to Kenting National Park, located on the southern tip of Taiwan. The 37 miles (60 km) of coral-rimmed shoreline along three sides of the park provide many notable attractions. Inside the park, stop at the Oluanpi lighthouse, the Maobitou scenic coastal area and the forest recreation area. Then, continue your drive to Taitung, where you’ll stay overnight.

Overnight: 5-star Hotel Royal Chihpen or similar in Taitung

Day 4: Taitung – Hualien (B)
Start your morning with breakfast before taking an exciting tour of the East Coast National Scenic Area, an unspoiled parcel of land stretching 106 miles (170 km) down the east coast of the island. Erosion and weather conditions have produced a wide range of landforms here.

On your tour, stop at Siaoyeliou, Sanxientai or Sanxiantai (Terrace of the Three Immortals), all scenic spots featuring interesting land formations. You’ll also see the Sanxiantai Bridge, Caves of the Eight Immortals and Shitiping, step-like rocks formed by coral reefs.

In the late afternoon, proceed to Hualien for an overnight stay.

Overnight: 5-star Silks Place Taroko or similar in Hualien

Day 5: Hualien – Taipei (B)

After breakfast, you’ll have the whole day visit to Taroko National Park with your guide. See Taroko Gorge, an exceptionally beautiful, narrow marble gorge created by the Liwu River and cut deep into the mountains. See the road that's carved into the rock walls, winding its way under forested peaks and towering cliffs.

Stop at several notable natural sites here, like Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble Bridge, Tienhsiang and even a marble factory.

At the end of your tour, you’ll head back to Taipei and arrive in the evening.
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Reviews (249)
1 - 5 of 44 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Taiwan is Gorgeous!

I've been to the island quite a few times to visit family but this is the first time I ever toured the island. Daniel Yu from Edison Tour Services was our guide and he was so well-organized, knowledgeable, friendly, and considerate of everyone on the...More

1  Thank supermonk7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing tour for a great value!

we had just finished our 5 day best of taiwan tour, and we were truly impressed. alan chou was our tour guide and not enough good things can be said about him. everything was well organized, from our pick up point on the first day,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank jumpman0128
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent experience

Our 5 Day trip was well organized by experienced travel guide Daniel Yu. There is a lot to see on beautiful green island and David made all effort to make us familiar with history, geography and religions of Taiwan. He even snap pictures of entire...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tMinneapolisTurtle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent Tour Around Taiwan

This tour consists of 5 days of sightseeing with 4 nights at lovely 5 star hotels, at places outside of Taipei. The Taiwan government pays part of the cost of the tour so this tour is amazing value. This tour was nicely paced so we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 2torontotraveller
Reviewed 27 October 2018
Excellent tour

Besides Taipei, there is so much more to Taiwan and this 5-day tour is the best way to explore the best Taiwan has to offer. 1) Despite the length of the tour, 5 days passed by extremely quickly. The tour is very well organised and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vladimir L
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catherinesyn
9 November 2018|
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Response from Francis P | Reviewed this property |
At the end of Day 5 of the tour. we arrived at the hotel mid-afternoon and had time for dinner. So I believe you should enough time to get to the airport for a 1 am flight
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Roving235672
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I just came back from this trip. The tour includes 4 breakfasts. These are like the classic East West breakfast buffets you see in other parts of main land China. I always found that these are the best meals of the day... More
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