Amazing Taiwan

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This seat-in-coach tour is operated by our partner in Taiwan and is therefore not a Wendy Wu Tours group tour. This seat-in-coach tour departs on Sundays, on a join-in basis, with a minimum group size of two people.

 

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  Twin Share Sole Traveller
Standard $980pp $1,365
Superior $1,345pp $1,955

 

The above prices are from per person, based on low season travel. Shoulder and high season, Christmas and Chinese New Years surcharges apply. Note: This seat-in-coach tour departs on a Sunday. A minimum of two people is required for this tour to operate. Where less than six people are booked, an English-speaking driver-guide may be used. A train may be substituted between Hualien and Taipei in adverse weather conditions and a locally paid surcharge may apply.

Places Visited

Sun Moon Lake (1N) - Kaoshiung (1N) - Taitung (1N) - Hualien (1N)

Day 1: Taipei to Sun Moon Lake
This morning you will be met at your Taipei hotel to commence your round island tour. You will have a brief photo-stop in Sanyi, a woodcarving village, before continuing on to Puli. Visit a paper workshop and have a brief photo-stop at Paper Church. Continue to Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest lake; the eastern part of the lake is round like the sun and the western side is shaped like a crescent moon. If time permits, stop at Tehua Village and Tse En Pagoda. The pagoda was built under the orders of Chiang Kai-Shek to honour the memory of his mother. It is an octagonal building, with three levels painted in white and another nine levels painted in golden red and is located at the top of Mt Sabalan.
Day 1: Taipei to Sun Moon Lake
Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Tainan to Kaohsiung
Drive south to Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan, rich in preserved historical sites and cultural relics. Visit Chihkan Tower, originally named Fort Provintia and built in 1653 by Dutch colonisers. Stop at the Confucius Temple to enjoy a walking tour around the surrounding area. Continue to Kaohsiung where you will visit the Spring and Autumn Pavilion and the Dragon and Tiger Pagoda. Spring and Autumn Pavilions are dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of War, and were completed in 1951. Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are located a short distance from the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. The dragon’s mouth is the entrance and the tiger’s mouth is the exit which symbolises turning bad luck into good fortune. (B)
Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Tainan to Kaohsiung
Day 3: Kaohsiung to Taitung
Rise early to visit Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Taiwan, where you will see the Buddhist Culture Museum, main shrine and Great Buddha Land, where there are hundreds of Buddha statues. If time permits, explore the Buddha Memorial Centre to see the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. Drive to Taitung, where there are natural hot springs at the hotel for you to relax in. (B)
Day 3: Kaohsiung to Taitung
Day 4: Taitung to Hualien
Drive north along the scenic east coast via Siaoyeliou, Dulan, Tunghe Bridge (where you may see wild monkeys) and Sansientai. Sansientai is reached by crossing the intriguing Eight-Arch Bridge. The island of Sansientai (translates to Three Immortals Terrace) has three large rock formations which, legend says, was visited by three of the eight Immortals from Chinese mythology. Upon arrival into Hualien, the rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or explore. (B)
Day 4: Taitung to Hualien
Day 5: Hualien – Taroko to Taipei
Journey to Taroko National Park. With its marble-walled gorges, lush flora and mountainous landscape, Taroko is one of Taiwan’s most stunning locations. It is a sanctuary for half of Taiwan’s plant and animal species. Visit locations such as Swallow Grotto, Eternal Spring Shrine and Taroko Gorge Gateway. Return to Taipei this afternoon via the Su-Hua Highway, stopping at the Chingshui Cliffs en route. Your arrangements will end upon arrival at your Taipei hotel (at approximately 1800hrs). (B)
Day 5: Hualien – Taroko to Taipei

Tour prices are per person, twin share

A visa is not required for visitors to Taiwan.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Taiwan and you will find high quality coverage. Taiwan has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
 Drinks will be at your own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

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