Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

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Best of Taiwan 5-Day Tour

1. Best of Taiwan 5-Day Tour

Explore the natural wonders of Taiwan on a 5-day tour from Taipei. Visit Sun Moon Lake, walk with Buddhist monks at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, drive along the Maopitou Coastal Scenic Area, and more. Enjoy accommodation in 5-star hotels. Day 1: Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, and Natural Hot Spring Following hotel pickup, drive to Sun Moon Lake, located in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan, 2,500 feet (762 meters) above sea level. Stop at the Wenwu Temple (Literature Warrior Temple), dedicated to Confucius as the Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as the Master of Sword. Continue your sightseeing tour to the Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda, then proceed to your hotel for check-in. Stay overnight at the Fleur De Chine at Sun Moon Lake (or a similar hotel). Day 2: Sun Moon Lake, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and Kaohisung After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a walk around the Xiangshan Visitor Center before driving to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous Buddhist sacred site in southern Taiwan. Learn about Buddhism during a monastery walking tour and taste Buddhist vegetarian lunch (cost not included). Talk with some of the monks and nuns during a visit to the Main Shrine and Great Buddha Land, the site of a huge Buddha statue. Continue to Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, and visit Liuhe Tourist Night Market. Stay overnight at Kaohsiung in the Grand Hi Lai Hotel (or similar). Day 3: Kaohsung, Kenting, and Taitung Join a morning tour of Kenting National Park, located at Taiwan’s southern tip. Travel past 37 miles of coral-rimmed shoreline and along 3 sides of the park to see its main attractions. Stop at the Eluanpi Lighthouse and Maopitou Coastal Scenic Area (Maopitou Park). Continue to Taitung via the Southern Link Highway. Stay overnight at the Royal Hotel Chihpen in Taitung (or similar). Day 4: Taitung, East Coast National Scenic Area, and Hualien After breakfast, enjoy an exciting East Coast National Scenic Area tour. The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as Taiwan's last unspoiled land, stretches for approximately 100 miles (170 kilometers) down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms. Your tour will stop at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, and the Stone Steps. By late afternoon, head to Hualien for an overnight stay at the Silks Place Taroko (or similar). Day 5: Hualien, Taroko Gorge, Taipei Spend a full day at Taroko National Park. Go to Taroko Gorge, a beautiful, narrow ravine created by the Liwu River, cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. Travel along a road that's been carved into sheer walls of rock, winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs, towering thousands of feet above it. Hundreds of feet below, the river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stop at Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang, and a marble factory before driving back to Taipei via the Su-Hwa Highway. Ride through the 8-mile-long Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel before arriving back in the city.

From Taipei: 2-Day Central Taiwan Highlight Trip

2. From Taipei: 2-Day Central Taiwan Highlight Trip

On the first day, the guide will meet you at your hotel or designated meeting place in downtown Taipei. Before lunch, enjoy a relaxing lake cruise in a motorboat on Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater lake on the island.  After lunch, head to Taichung. The first stop after your arrival is Miyahara. It was originally an ophthalmology clinic during Japanese colonization. Today, Miyahara is widely known for its Hogwarts-alike interior decoration and various flavors of ice cream. Your next stop is Rainbow Village, which is considered the most Instagrammable place in Taichung. As its name implies, it is a small village painted with vibrant colors. Here you will see animals, people and many decorative elements painted vividly on the wall in every corner, as if you walk in to a fairy tale. Your tour continues with a stop at National Taichung Theater, an opera house designed by the famous Japanese architect—Toyo Ito. The opera house is referred as one of the most difficult architectures to build in the world, because of its curved surfaces. Even if you are not here for an opera or a musical, the building itself will provide you with an extraordinary experience as you walk through it.  By night, Fengjia Night Market is one of the most famous sights in Taichung, with a variety of local delicacies on offer. The clothing, trinkets, and accessories in the market are also unique and affordable.  On the second day of the tour, enjoy a full breakfast before meeting the tour guide for your next adventure. Chung-she Flower Garden is a flower farm located in Houli District of Taichung. With a wide array of colorful flowers, it is the perfect place to capture precious moments with family and friends.  Then, get ready for the day to take a crazy turn at Leofoo Village Theme Park, one Taiwan's most popular amusement parks. Visit 4 areas: the Wild West, South Pacific, Arabian Palace and African Tribe. The Water Park is also open during the summer time. After the long, fun, and tiring day, head back to Taipei Main Station for your drop off location.

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What people are saying about Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 49 reviews

This tour is an excellent introduction to Taiwan. It covers the highlights while you travel in comfort and stay in luxurious hotels. The trip is well planned and thought out to the smallest detail. Booking was easy, questions answered fully in a timely manner. Everything was confirmed right from the start. We even got a call the night before to remind us of our hotel pick up. Each day our awesome guide, Alan Chou, outlined the days activities with a visual slide show, providing us with information about the places, along with tips and suggestions, answering our questions, to make the most of our experience. Also appreciated that while traveling, we stopped every 1.5 for a toilet break. Alan is very knowledgeable, informative, professional and personable. Loved his stories and humour. Our driver was excellent, safe and considerate. The coach was comfortable, clean, great wifi. We always got a morning wakeup call at the hotel. Breakfast buffets were unbelievable. Taiwan is a beautiful.

This was a wonderful tour - beyond our expectations. Our tour guide Alan Chou was extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to answer all our questions. It was very easy to understand and follow what he was showing us. The hotels were great with excellent breakfast options. The bus was very comfortable, wi-fi worked great, and the driver very skillful. The itinerary was scenic and Taroko Gorge a grand finale. 5 stars for Alan and this tour.

The tour was well organized and the guide Alan Chou was excellent...Alan Chou was personable, entertaining, organized, and a wealth of historical information. He answered every question and looked after everyone on the tour as well as recommending foods and places to eat....We were so fortunate to have him as our guide....

This tour is the best way to see Taiwan. The places, the hotels, the sights were all spectacular. Our guide Alan Chou made it even better. If you book this tour, ask for Alan.

Joe was a great tour guide, full of fascinating facts and kept us busy! Hotels were all very nice.