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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Taiwan

Cities Visited

Hualien, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan, Taipei


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Tour Itinerary

Explore the teahouses and street food stalls of Jiufen, Eat your way through Tainan's famous night market, Enjoy a bike ride around picturesque Sun Moon Lake, See grottos and waterfalls in Taroko National Park, Wander through the bustling metropolis of Taipei

Ample appetites and eager explorers come together on this 10-day tour through Taiwan. Just off Asia's typical tourist trail, Taiwan's vibrant culture shows through its bustling metropolises, awe-inspiring natural landscapes, and of course, those mouthwatering night markets. Embark on these unique experiences alongside newfound friends that have equally ambitious plans to see and do it all.

Day 1: Taipei
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: First Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Taipei
Enjoy a scenic excursion to the northern coast stopping at Yehliu Geo Park before arriving at Jiufen, a former gold-mining centre. Take a walking tour in this quaint mountain town adorned with traditional teahouses and street food stalls. Continue on with stops at the Golden Waterfall and the Bay of Two Colours to Shifen Village, where we explore the winding laneways and walk to the waterfall. Return to Taipei this evening.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a stop at the Gold Ecological Park region, and view the interestingly coloured patch of blue and yellow water known as the Sea of Two Colours. From here, we can also view the remains of 13 levels of the gold mines and a short distance away the golden waterfall. The waterfall radiates a golden hue from the heavy rainfall within the mining area and the abundance of heavy metal elements deposited in the riverbed.
Activity: Embark on an excursion to the scenic northern coast including Yehliu Geo Park to explore the unusual geological formations. Continue to Jiufen Village, founded during the Qing Dynasty, and a former gold-mining centre. Take a walking tour in this quaint mountain town where many buildings remain unchanged to this day, reflecting the Japanese influence in both architecture and culture on the island.adorned with traditional teahouses and street food stalls.
Activity: Visit Shifen Old Village, a collection of lanes and alleyways offering markets and local shops around the Shifen railway station area. The area was originally built for transporting coal during the Japanese era. This is a great place to do some shopping or opt to light and launch a sky lantern. Also take a walk to the waterfall.
Accommodation: First Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Taipei/Tainan
Catch the high speed train to Tainan. Enjoy a walk in the old city and visit Chikan Tower, Confucius Temple, and Anping Fort. In the evening, visit the famous night market.
Free Time: Enjoy free time this morning to explore on your own.
Transport: Catch the train to our next stop.
Activity: Ancient Chihkan Tower was originally built in 1652 as Fort Provintia by the Dutch, and has undergone numerous refurbishments over the past 300 years. Inside are Haisheng Temple, Wengchang Pavilion and Penghu College , and the controversial statue of Koxinga accepting the surrender of the Dutch. At the south gate, note the turtle-shaped stone Bixi. The Bixi, which local legend says is one of the nine sons of the Dragon King.
Activity: Tainan's Confucius Temple is considered the "Premier Academy of Taiwan" with over three hundred years of history as the ancient capital of culture.
Activity: Visit one of Tainan's famous night markets, and sample some local street cuisine such as danzai noodles or coffin bread.
Accommodation: Fushin Hotel Tainan (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Tainan/Sun Moon Lake
Continue exploring Tainan the first capital city of Taiwan with a walking tour through the Anping historic district. Wander the crooked lanes of the old town past traditional houses and stop at the Tree House and Anping Fort. Later, head to the Sun Moon Lake area and visit Wen Wu Temple.
Activity: Explore Anping historic district and take a walking tour through the crooked lanes and alleys of this historic old town. Visit the unique tree house and the Anping Fort whose origins date back 400 years to the Dutch military.
Activity: The Dutch military captured Anping in 1624, and built Fort Zeelandia as its defensive stronghold, which was completed in 1634. In 1662, Koxinga successfully took the Dutch fort back, and changed the name to Anping. Initially the inner fort became the seat of government for Taiwan but fell into disuse. The fort was rebuilt after the Japanese Colonial Period, and then renamed Anping Fort after World War II.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: During the Japanese occupation period there were two temples on the banks of the lake but when the Japanese built their hydroelectric power plants, the water levels rose, and the temples had to be removed. The Japanese electric company paid compensation, and the temple managers decided to combine resources and build a new temple which is Wenwu. Built in a northern China palace style, it is an imposing structure. The second floor holds a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature; the central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-god Yue Fei; and the rear hall is dedicated to Confucius. With a bronze statue of a seated Confucius, this the only Confucius temple in Taiwan containing an image of the sage.
Accommodation: LeaLea Garden Hotel-Moon (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Sun Moon Lake
Explore Sun Moon Lake, visit the Xuan Zhang Shrine and Tse En Pagoda. Afterwards, hop on a bicycle and ride around the lake to take in stunning views, then enjoy a hike on the Mt. Maolan trail. Later visit the Shueishe Wharf area.
Activity: Xuan Zhang was a revered Tang Dynasty monk who was sent by the Tang emperor to visit India and bring back the Buddhist scriptures. He returned after 10 years with 10 years with over 650 sutras which were then translated into 1335 volumes of scripture, making this an important contribution to the development of Buddhism in China. During World War II, the Japanese stole Xuan Zhang's remains until 1955, when they were taken to Taiwan and enshrined at Xuan Zhang Temple, located next to Sun Moon Lake. After Xuan Zhang Temple where they are worshiped today.
Activity: Built atop the 954 meter high Shabalan Mountain, Tse-En Pagoda is a Chinese style pagoda with 9 floors with the top of the pagoda reaching 1000 meters above sea level, a commanding point over Sun Moon Lake. Finished in 1971 by Chiang Kai-shek. it was built as a tribute to his mother, Lady Wang.
Activity: Pick up bikes at the Xian Shan Tourist Centre, for a ride on the round-the-lake trail. The total length of this cycling trail is 33KM and was reported by CNN Go as "one of the most beautiful 10 cycling trails in the world".
Activity: Enjoy a hike along the Yuchih Branch of the Tea Research and Extension Station. Along the trail take in stunning views of tea plantations, bamboo forest and panoramic views of the lake, Jioufen Mountain II, and Jiji Mountain.
Accommodation: LeaLea Garden Hotel-Moon (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Sun Moon Lake / Taroko (Hualien)
Set out on a scenic drive with sweeping views of "Taiwan Alps". Arrive in Hualien, gateway to Taroko national park.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Enjoy some downtime. Relax, take a walk or enjoy some traditional music.
Accommodation: Leader Village Taroko (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 7: Hualien/Taroko National Park
Spend the day exploring Taroko National Park. Visit the Swallow Grotto, Eternal Spring Shrine, and Taroko Gorge Gateway.
Activity: Taroko National Park is a stunningly beautiful gorge area in the mountainous Hualien County. with over 1200 sq/km of protected wilderness, over half of the islands flora and fauna can be found here. Explore various sspots throughout the park including; Swallow Grotto, Yufei Pavilion and Lushui Trail, Eternal Spring Shrine and Shakadang Trail.
Activity: Baiyang Trail leads to the Baiyang Waterfall and Shuiliandong Water Curtain and at 2KM it is an easy scenic route. The trail was originally built in 1984 by the Taiwan Power Company as a means to access the rivers to develop hydroelectric power. The plans were cancelled however the trail remains for visitors to enjoy. There are a few unlit, tunnel sections along the route, so be sure to bring a flashlight. Towards the end of the hike, a suspension bridge connects the trail to an observation deck overlooking the river basin.
Accommodation: Leader Village Taroko (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 8: Hualien/Yilan
Enjoy a stunning drive along Qingshui Cliff then visit Qixing lake and the Hualien railway cultural park. Later, catch the local train to the lively metropolis of Yilan. Famed for its black sand beach, waterfalls, and mountains, take free time to explore the beautiful scenery, excellent nightlife, and delicious food.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Qingshui Cliff is one of the most spectacular sights along Taiwan's Pacific coast. The cliff is over 1,000 mts high, dropping almost vertically into the sea. Drive along its curved face for more than 20 KM, with the sheer cliff rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other.
Activity: The Railway Cultural Park is famed for its well-preserved relics of narrow-gauge railways in Taiwan. An interesting historical site, its a great place to explore and do some shopping.
Transport: Catch the train to our next stop.
Accommodation: Lakeshore Hotel Yilan (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Yilan/Taipei
Morning visit to the Wufenchi Waterfall and a tea farm. After, stop at the National Center for Traditional Arts for lunch and some free time. Later catch a bus back to Taipei and opt to join a farewell dinner.
Activity: Take a scenic walk to view the stunning 3-tiered Wufenchi Water Falls.
Activity: Visit a local tea farm to learn about the harvesting process and enjoy a tea tasting.
Activity: Visit the National Centre for Traditional Arts whose focus is in preserving Taiwan's traditional arts including music, handicrafts and food.Enjoy time to explore and have an included lunch.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: First Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 10: Taipei
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, fast train, local train, walking, bicycle.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Full day north coast excursion. Tainan walking tour. Night market walk. Sun Moon Lake hike and cycling tour. Taroko National Park excursion with Baiyang Trail Hike. Visit Hualien Railway Cultural Park. Visit a tea farm. Visit and lunch at the National Center for Traditional Arts. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotels (9 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Overall Rating
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Accommodations
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Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
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Value for Money
3.9

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