Discovering Formosa

Discovering Formosa

Purpose: Culture, Nature, Spirituality, Relaxation
No. of days: 9 days - 8 nights
First & Last Cities: Taipei
Other cities: Taroko, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Penghu
Starting cost: $1,835
Day 1: Taipei
Upon arrival at Taoyuan Airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure. You may use the One-day Taipei Metro Pass that you were handed by the driver to start exploring this fascinating city. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2: Taipei
After breakfast you’ll be picked-up by your guide for a half-day sightseeing of Taipei and visit the National Palace Museum, Martyr’s Shrine, Chinese temple, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, The Grand Hotel (photo stop) and pass by the Presidential building. Taipei is known for its excellent food and great shopping opportunities! The rest of the day is free so you may enjoy one or both of these activities. Overnight at your hotel. [B]
Day 3: Taipei (Taroko)
After breakfast you’ll be driven to Taroko National Park named after the local aboriginal tribe called Truku. The park is one of the most beautiful on the island and results from the combination of rising mountains with the erosion created by the Liwu River. One of the best sightings is the Taroko Gorge that will be a highlight of today’s tour. Stop at Chinsui Cliff and make sure your camera is ready to take a few spectacular photos.  Then, continue to enjoy the many park’s attractions such as aborigine settlements, museums and temples with special accent on the Shrine of Eternal Spring and Swallow Grotto. Return to Taipei via limited express train. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. [B/L]
Day 4: Taipei, Sun Moon Lake
Be ready and packed after breakfast for today’s drive through the Western side of Taiwan to Sun Moon Lake, continuing southwest to visit the Wen Wu Temple established in 1938 and a center of faith among locals. The temple, converted to Chinese palatial Architecture offers three different halls: The first enshrines the Civil God of Wealth and the God of Literature. The center hall is dedicated to the God of War and General Yue. The third hall, in the rear of the building, is known as the Hall of Great Achievements and is dedicated to Confucius and four saints. After visiting the temple continue to your destination driving along the lake. The aboriginal Thao tribe lives around Sun Moon Lake, and are the proprietors of many local businesses. Enjoy the beauty of the place before a final drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight. [B/D]
Note: The small island in the center of the lake, named Lalu, is reserved for aboriginal religious practices and is not open to visitors.
Day 5: Sun Moon Lake, Tainan
Today, visit the Syuentzang Temple. Also known as Holy Monk Shrine the temple is located by Sun Moon Lake and it was built for the famous monk Tang Xuanzang who contributed greatly to Chinese culture and the spread of Buddhism in China. After the visit continue to Tehua Village, and Tse En Pagoda Built by Chiang Kai Shek in 1971 in Memory of his Mother. Continue your drive to Tainan, the ancient capital andtake a walking tour around Anping Fort built on the foundations of the Dutch stronghold named Fort Zeelandia. Both Dutch and Chinese settled around the fort and built the streets surrounding it. Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga) the Chinese-Japanese Ming loyalist who conquered the Dutch colony made it his home and changed the name to Anping Castle. Visit the old street area, one of the most historical in the city before checking-in at your hotel for overnight. [B]
Day 6: Tainan, Kaohsiung
This morning complete you visit of the city by touring Chihkan Tower, a Dutch administration building in the 17th century, Confucius Temple the Taiwan Palace of "Confucianism Study" that owned the incompatible position of culture and education and was called "The Highest Institute". Continue to Kaohsiung to visit the biggest monastery in Taiwan the Foguanshan Monastery. Visit the Main Shrine, and Buddhist Museum before enjoying a light vegetarian lunch at the monastery. Later in the afternoon, drive to Kaohsiung City, the biggest city in the Southern Taiwan, to check-in at your hotel. After settling down it’s a good time to take a stroll on your own, enjoy the beautiful night view or visit the famous Liuho Night Market. Overnight in Kaohsiung. [B/L]
Day 7: Kaohsiung, Penghu
After breakfast visit the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas belonging to the Cihji Palace Temple houses Baosheng Dadi, who along with other deities, are the patron saints of the area. The original Cihji Palace was built in the 17th century. When the temple became a military base during the Japanese rule of Taiwan, the patron saints were temporarily moved to other locations until 1959 when the construction of the current temple was completed. Then, visit the Spring and Autumn Pavilion, a religious building made to honor the goddess of mercy. Take the opportunity to admire the colorful building showcasing traditional architecture with its extravagantly decorated terraces. There's also the gigantic statue of a dragon, big enough for you to enter through its mouth! Explore the dragon's insides, which resemble a tunnel and abound with funny and unusual decorations. Some free time, after the visits, to walk around and have some coffee or refreshment at a nearby café. Then continue to Kaoshsiung airport to board your flight to Penghu. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Overnight in Penghu. [B]
Day 8: Penghu
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and join your guide for today’s tour that will highlight the best on the island:
Tongliang great Banyan
Legend has it that 300 years ago local people picked up a sapling from a ship wreck and planted on the place where later would be built the Baoan Temple in Tongliang Village. The tree it is the oldest and largest tree in Penghu, with a total of 95 aerial feet and, no doubt a spectacular sight.
The 8,182 feet long Trans-Ocean Bridge spans Houmen (Roaring Gate) Channel, linking the islands of Baisha and Xiyu providing viewing awesome oceanic vistas.
Erkan Historical Houses
At the end of Ming Dynasty, a fishermen’s family established on the island and grew their business in Erkan. Their house eventually developed into a village. The rebuilt house it the one and only historical house in Penghu.
Daguoye Columnar Basalt
During the construction of a wharf workers found the impressive columnar basalt which had been buried and had been in sound sleep for thousands of years and is now a unique view on the island
Whale Cave
Basalt attacked by the strong east monsoon and the ceaseless erosive wear of seawater over time, formed cape-shaped arched gate that now looks like a whale strained on the beach leading to its name of Whale Cave.
Return to the hotel for overnight. [B/L]
Day 9: Penghu, Taipei, USA
Enjoy the beach and hotel facilities until the appointed time for your transfer to Penghu airport to board your flight to Taipei connecting with your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch






Tour includes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 6 nights’ accommodation:
    • Taipei 3 nights
    • Sun Moon Lake 1 night
    • Tainan 1 night
    • Penghu 2 nights
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 3 lunches
    • 1 dinner
  • One-day Taipei Metro Pass
  • Panoramic sightseeing of Taipei
  • Shared tour as by itinerary visiting:
    • Sun Moon Lake
    • Tainan
    • Foguangshan Buddhist Monastery
    • Mt. Hehuan
    • Taroko National Park
    • Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
    • Sping and Autumn Pavillion
    • Tonglian Great Banyan
    • Erkan Historical Houses
    • Doguoye Columnar Basalt
    • Whale Cave
  • English speaking guides
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Entrance fees for sites visited
  • Hotel taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airfare, taxes and fees
  • Meals or drinks other than specified as included
  • Japan Visa processing and issuing visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature (minibar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips to guides/drivers/porters, etc.
  • Entrance fees for any extra sightseeing
  • Optional activities

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
First Class
Taipei The Riviera 4.5
Sun Moon Lake Einhan Resort 3.5
Tainan Hotel Tainan 4
Kaohsiung City Suites Zhen-Ai 4
Penghu Discovery 4.5
Taipei Caesar Park Taipei 4
Sun Moon Lake Lealea Garden Hotel 4
Tainan Evergreen Plaza 4.5
Kaohsiung Fullon Hotel Kaohsiung 4
Penghu Four Points by Sheraton 4.5

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking

Tour Pricing

Season 2-3 Pax 4-5 Pax 6-9 Pax Single Suppl.
First Class
Jan -Mar '20 $2,805 $2,015 $1,835 $645
Jan -Mar '20 $3,119 $2,335 $2,145 $955
Prices are per person and may change without notice.
Not valid 1 January & Chinese New Year Period 19-29 January ‘20
Tour Code: TW02TPE20TE