Discover Taiwan 9 Days
Sun Moon Lake - Nantou - Kenting - Taichung - Hualien - Kaohsiung - Taitung - Taipei - Taroko
Taiwan is a sorely under-explored travel destination in Asia, but those who make it here will be in for a real treat. Although just a small island, Taiwan is blessed with clear tranquil lakes, stunning aquamarine rivers and the majestic Taroko Gorge that will render you speechless. Discover the diversity that Taiwan has to o er from the peaceful Fo Guang Shan Monastery to its bustling night markets alive with the aromas of delicious local snacks and exquisite Taiwanese cuisine.
Day 1: Canada - Taipei
Board an overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Taipei.
Day 2: Taipei
Upon arrival in Taipei, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Standard hotel check in time is 3pm.
Day 3: Taipei (B, D)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Presidential Building and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Explore the National Palace Museum which has the world’s largest Chinese art and painting collection, and then proceed to the traditional Martyrs’ Shrine. Continue on to a traditional localChinese Temple, and then on to a Taiwanese Handicraft Centre, where you can purchase Taiwanese souvenirs. This afternoon, visit Danshui – a laid back waterfront town on the northern part of Taipei city. One of the main settlements for the Spanish in the 1600s, and settled by the Japanese during World War II, this is a town filled with history and unique 1900s architecture and infrastructure. Enjoy lunch today at Danshui Old Street, where you can feast on many famous Taiwanese snacks. In the evening, explore the bustling night life of Taipei. Have a traditional Taiwanese Local Dinner before visiting the oldest temple in Taiwan – Longshan Temple. Proceed to the most colourful night market in Taiwan – Huahsi Night Market and experience soaring heights at the world’s second tallest building – Taipei 101 (at your own expense – from CAD$25.
Day 4: Taipei - Sun Moon Lake (B)
This morning travel to Sun Moon Lake, situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan. Cruise across the lake and take in the view of Xuanguang Temple & Lalu Island, as you relax on the lake’s tranquil waters. Then, take Sun Moon Lake Ropeway to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and observe Taiwan’s traditional indigenous lifestyles and traditions. After a dinner of Taiwanese-style roasted chicken, check in to the hotel.
Day 5: Sun Moon Lake - Fo Guang Shan - Kaohsiung (B)
After breakfast, we will head to an Oolong Tea Farm before continuing south towards Kaohsiung and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre (BMC). Completed in 2011, BMC has enshrined a relic of the Buddha, gifted by Tibetan Lama Kunga Dorje Rinpoche, since the beginning of contraction in 2001. We will be spending most of our day at this place to enjoy the serene atmosphere and explore the entire area at our leisure. Then, learn how to make Pineapple Tarts at the popular Vigor Pineapple Factory. Later we will be enter Kaohsiung City and explore Pier 2 Art Central, where 25 former warehouses have been converted into a thriving arts precinct. After dinner (Taiwanese Shabu Shabu hotpot), explore one of Kaohsiung’s bustling night markets.
Day 6: Kaohsiung - Kenting - Taitung (B, D)
The highlight today is a visit to Kenting National Park, Taiwan’s first nationally recognised park and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landscapes you will see. Be awestruck by the vastness of the natural reserve and stand on the southernmost tip of the island at Maopitouand Longpan Park, also known as ‘The Light of East Asia’ as its lighthouse is one of the most powerful along the Taiwan coast. This afternoon, head to Kenting Main Street in the heart of Kenting, an area bustling with locals, tourists and vendors. Spend lunch time discovering the numerous stalls and restaurants offering a variety of local snacks and cuisines. Travel up the scenic Southern Link Highway to Taitung Country, ending the day with dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Taitung - Taroko - Hualien (B, L, D)
The highlight today is a visit the East Coast National Scenic Area, known as ‘Taiwan’s last unspoiled land’, stretching 170 kilometres down the east coast of Taiwan. Weathering and erosion have produced a wide range of breathtaking landforms here which can only be appreciated first-hand. Stop at Siao-ye-liou (‘little wild willow’ geological formations), San-sien-tai (Three Immortals Island), Shi-ti-ping (Stone Steps) and take in the spectacular views. Proceed to Hualien, to Taroko National Park. Encompassing Taroko Gorge, Swallow Grotto, and Shakadong Trail, the park covers over 120,000 hectares and rises from sea level in the east to heights of over 3700m further west. The aquamarine Liwu River cuts through the centre, forging deep slit valleys before joining the sea.
Day 8: Hualien - Taipei (B, L)
Today, visit a Marble Factory on the return trip to Taipei. Depending on the size of the group, visit local scenic towns Yilan or Shifen. These towns are both rich in culture and local history, and provide a nice glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. Later, visit Taipei 101(admission fee at your own expense, payable to the guide). Experience soaring heights and impressive views at the tallest building in Taiwan, and the 6th highest in the world. Taipei 101 was the first building to exceed 500m in height and has a unique design that mimics the shape of bamboo. Dinner will be hotpot (or similar, depending on availability).
Day 9: Taipei - Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Canada.
|Departure Dates||Price (double occupancy)CAD P,P
International flight included
|Return Date||Land Only||Package Price|
NanTouNantou Cheng Pao Hotel
TaiBeiTaipei M Hotel
Address: No. 64, Section 1, Hankou Street , Taipei, Taipei Municipality, 100, Taiwan
Tel: +8862 23310065
Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, Taipei M Hotel -Main Station offers accommodation in Taipei. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms come with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer.
There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
GaoXiongKaohsiung Hotel Sunshine
HuaLianHualien Charming City Hotel
Address: No. 19, Guoxing 2nd St, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970 Phone: +886 3 835 3355
From $2,199 pp. twin share (excluding flight)
Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Nagoya - Hakone - Mount Fuji - Tokyo
Nexus Holidays has partnered with the Japan Tourism Board to provide travellers an immersive experience in Japanese culture and lifestyle to go with the sights on your unforgettable trip to Japan. We would love for our customers to experience Japanese culture and history. We will spend few nights of the tour in a traditional Japanese hotel sleeping on rice straw mattresses called “Tatami Mats”. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove shoes and be seated at low tables called “Kotatsu”. It’s all part of the Japanese experience!
The electrical current is 220V in Korea, 100V in Japan and Taiwan. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapes. You are advised to bring along adapters and converters for your U.S. purchased appliances. Clients can borrow adapters and converters from Housekeeping at most hotels. Hair dryer and iron are readily available. Simply contact hotel housekeeping when you need them.
Japan weather throughout the four main islands that make up Japan is generally temperate, with four distinct seasons. The weather can get very hot during the summer months. June, July and August are hot and humid and after June the country experiences its wettest months. In the south winters are cool but sunny, but as one move further north temperatures drop and snow falls. The island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan is bitterly cold in the winter, with snow guaranteed.
Tokyo has four distinct seasons, similar to New York. The summer months (June, July and August) are hot and sticky while winter can be freezing. Tokyo is best visited in spring or autumn.
Korea The climate in Korea is temperate with four very distinct seasons. Summers are very hot and humid, while in winter temperatures plummet to below freezing. Autumn and spring are the most comfortable seasons to visit South Korea. Most of the rain falls in summer during a monsoon season known as 'jangma'.
Seoul is classed as having a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but temperature differences between the hottest part of summer and the depths of winter are extreme. In summer the influence of the North Pacific high-pressure system brings hot, humid weather with temperatures soaring as high as 95°F (35°C) on occasion. In winter the city is topographically influenced by expanding Siberian high-pressure zones and prevailing west winds, temperatures dropping as low as 7°F (-13.7°C). The bitterly cold days tend to come in three-day cycles regulated by rising and falling pressure systems, however, bringing some relief. The most pleasant seasons in the city are spring and autumn, when azure blue skies and comfortable temperatures are a sure bet. The city experiences heavy rainfall, but most of it falls in the summer monsoon period between June and September.
Unless noted, Gratuities are usually not included in your tour cost. They are customary, and their purpose is to encourage and reward quality service. Our tour guides, drivers, hotel porters do their utmost to make the trip smooth and pleasant. Gratuities are a way of showing your appreciation and also constitute a large part of their monthly income.
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Always carry medications in the original prescription container when traveling. Keep the medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term travel overseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water, food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
Vaccinations are not mandatory for travel to with the exception of anyone traveling from or via an infected area.
For the latest overseas travel health information, please contact Foreign Affairs Canada by visiting their website for more information.
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Japan and Korea. Bottled purified water and soft drinks are easily obtained at reasonable prices either in hotel or in grocery markets. Nexus Holidays provides one bottle of pure water for free to each group travelers every day. You will also find that your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily; with this boiled water you can safely make your own tea or drink directly. This is the similar case while you travel to other Southeast Asia countries.
Most of meals are included per itinerary. Breakfasts included on your tour are familiar American Breakfasts to give you a good start to the day. Lunches and Dinners are usually served in set menu family style and feature a variety of regional specialties. One beverage of your choice (beer, pure or mineral water and soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Tea is usually complimentary.
Shopping is always a part of the travel experience. Asia is known as bargain shoppers' paradise, offering a marvelous selection of arts and crafts such as jade, silk, rugs, cloisonné, ceramics, antique, painting, furniture and more. Purchasing an item in the area where it is "noted for" has proven to be the best value. Your National Tour Guide and Local Tour Guides will be glad to assist you with detailed shopping orientation. However, your tour guides might not be an expert on gemstones, porcelain, jade, paintings, etc., so if you intend to purchase items of this nature, please do some research before departing and have an idea of what you are looking for as well as the price you are prepared to pay. In addition, please carefully check the quality of the products, and always ask for a receipt with product descriptions.
When shopping it is wise to use credit card for large purchases. Retain all receipts. Purchase insurance for items that you have shipped. A supply of one dollar bills is very handy when shopping with street vendors. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Nexus Holidays and its staff are not involved in and are not responsible for any purchases you make during the trip, whether that merchant is part of the scheduled itinerary or not. It is also suggest learning what are Restricted and Prohibited by Canadian Border Services Agency.
|Major Airline Contacts|
|Air China||N. America||800-882-8122||China Eastern||N. America||888-358-1582|
|China Southern||N. America||888-338-8988||United Airline||N. America||800-864-8331|
|Cathay Pacific||N. America||800-268-8888||Korean Airline||N. America||800-438-5000|
|Hong Kong||852 2747 3333||Seoul||1588-2001|
|Air Canada||N. America||800-268-8888||Japan Airline||N. America||800-525-3663|
|Osaka||0570 014 787||Osaka||0570-025-121|
|Tokyo||0570 014 787||Tokyo||0570-025-121|
|All Nippon Air||N. America||800-235-9262||Asiana Airline||N. America||800-438-5000|
|Seoul||82-2-3783-6000||21, Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong), Jung-gu Seoul, 100 - 120|
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503, Japan
1-8-19 Hirabayashi Minami, Suminoe-ku
Osaka, 559-8550, Japan