Highlights: Beautiful Taroko Gorge with marble walls over 1,000m high Soak in the serenity at the tranquil Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest fresh water lake Marvel at the historic homes and temples of Lukang Village Tour the National Palace Museum, exhibiting the largest collection of Chinese art in the world View the impressive Goddess of Mercy Buddhist Statue at Keelung, one of Taiwan’s spiritual centres

Taiwan Escape

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 6 DAYSPrice : FROM $890Country : TAIWAN
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Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Taroko, TaiwanTaipei, TaiwanMen, TaiwanHualien, TaiwanLukang Longshan Temple, TaiwanTaiwan by night

Highlights: Beautiful Taroko Gorge with marble walls over 1,000m high - Soak in the serenity at the tranquil Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest fresh water lake - Marvel at the historic homes and temples of Lukang Village - Tour the National Palace Museum, exhibiting the largest collection of Chinese art in the world - View the impressive Goddess of Mercy Buddhist Statue at Keelung, one of Taiwan’s spiritual centres

Included in the price

  • 5 nights 4 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Return Airport Limo Transfers
  • Hotel Daily breakfast
  • All entrance fees
  • Domestic flight from Taipei to Hualien
  • English speaking tour guide throughout
  • All transfers by air conditioned coach/train

Day 1: Australia - Taipei

Upon arrival at Chiang Kai-Shek international airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be free. Accommodation: Golden China Hotel, Taipei (4-star) or similar

Day 2: Taipei

After breakfast, travel to Keelung where you can view the Goddess of Mercy statue and enjoy panoramic harbour views. Return to Taipei for noon lunch. Afternoon tour of Taipei City, stopping at the National Palace Museum where 5,000 years of Chinese Imperial arts are exhibited. (B) Accommodation: Golden China Hotel, Taipei (4-star) or similar

Day 3: Taipei - Sun Moon Lake

Morning tour will take you to Sun Moon Lake, situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan, visiting the famous Wen Wu Temple. Then proceed to the cultural centre of Puli. In the evening, group will transfer to Taichung for overnight stay. (B) Del Lago Sun Moon Lake, Street View, Sun Moon Lake (4-star) or similar

Day 4: Sun Moon Lake - Lukang Village - Hualien

Proceed to Lukang village, a center of bamboo arts and handicrafts. The city was once the site of magnificent homes and temples of uniquely Taiwanese architecture. Some of these structures still exist today. Then proceed to Taipei domestic airport to take plane to Hualien for overnight stay. (B) Accommodation: Marshal Hotel, Hualien (4-star) or similar

Day 5: Hualien - Taipei

After breakfast visit Taroko National Park, home of Taroko Gorge, an exceptionally beautiful, narrow canyon where a road carved into sheer walls of rock snakes its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it. On return trip to Hualien City you will see Chi Hsing beach and Hualien Stone Sculptural Park. Then, proceed to Hualien Railway Station to take the train back to Taipei. (B) Accommodation: Golden China Hotel, Taipei (4-star) or similar

Day 6: Taipei - Australia

At your own leisure until the time for hotel check out and transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)

Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area

Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area

Sun Moon Lake (Rìyuè Tán) is the largest body of freshwater in Taiwan and has one of the island’s loveliest natural landscapes. In his blue period, Picasso would have had no end of inspiration. At an altitude of 762m, the lake is backed by high-forested mountains and boasts good weather year-round. Boating is popular, both touring in large craft and in DIY rowing boats, as is hiking and biking. By the time you read this there will be a hotel offering hot springs.
 Goddess of Mercy & Zhongzheng Park

Goddess of Mercy & Zhongzheng Park

Zhongzheng Park is situated at the east of Keelung City. There is a white statue of Goddess of Mercy in the park. This 25-meter high statue has become one of the characteristics of Keelung. It is the biggest Goddess statue in Southeast Asia. Inside the statue is a stairway leading to the top. The park overlooks Keelung City and the harbor. There are three levels in the park. On the first level is a historic canon fort. On the second level is a Buddhist library, Martyrs' Shrine and Zhuputan Temple. The temple attracts many worshipers on July 15. On the third level is Guanhai Pavilion. Sitting in the pavilion, visitors can see the entire Keelung and the ocean.
National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures, one which spans China's nearly 5,000-year history. Most of the museum's 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000 years ago in the early Song dynasty.
Lukang Village

Lukang Village

Lugang was the economic and transport hub of central Taiwan in earlier times. The saying "first Tainan, second Lugang and third Mengjia (today Wanhua District in Taipei)," illustrates the high position of the town in its glory days. Visit Lugang and discover why it shares a spot with Taichung City and Nantou County among Taiwan's must-see "Golden Triangle" tourism destinations.
Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park

Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Taiwan

VISAS: Australian passports valid for more than six months are eligible for 30 days free entrance into Taiwan without a visa. If you need to stay for more than 30 days or your passport is due to expire within six months, please apply for a visa through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia. Other types of visas are available. You should contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of the Interior for details.

MONEY: The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar. The current exchange rate is about AUD$1 = NTD$23. Major credit cards are accepted in Taipei. Southern Taiwan is still a cash economy, so it is necessary to carry the equivalent of NTD$500-NTD$1000 in your wallet - this is generally a safe practice. Taiwan has a modern banking system and there are ATMs accepting foreign cards in all major settlements, you are able to withdraw local currency if you have "Cirrus" on your Australian bank cards.

ELECTRICITY: Taiwan's power supply is 110 volts, 60 Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The two-pin flat plugs are the most common.

CLOTHING: Taiwan is a hot and relaxed country and in the cities you will see similar styles of dress as you might in Australia, Europe, or North America.    

CLIMATE / WEATHER: In Taiwan, there is usually a lot of rain in May to June so it is advisable to travel with an umbrella. Summer is very humid and hot with temperatures in the high 30s. Bring light summer suits and plenty of shirts (preferably cotton). Earthquakes may occur and if you are caught in one, the safest place to stand is within a doorway. If you are outside, stand well away from power lines and building frontage where signs and objects can fall. If in doubt, stay still as fallen power lines can electrify other fallen material. Typhoons may also strike, usually in the rainy season (July to September).

LANGUAGE: One of the highlights of a visit to Taiwan is her people and whilst English is increasingly spoken, away from cities, Chinese, Taiwanese regional and ethnic dialects rule. The basic Gwoyu (Mandarin) is the most widely spoken version of Chinese, which is the national language in Taiwan, but it's also worth bringing a phrasebook along with you. Click here to print the list of some useful phrases to use in Taiwan that Taiwan Holidays have prepared for you.   

TIPPING: There is no need to tip in Taiwan as a service charge is incorporated in the bill.

SHOPPING:  As in many Asian countries, night markets are a staple of Taiwanese entertainment, shopping and eating. Night markets are open-air markets, usually on a street or alleyway, with vendors selling all sorts of wares on every side. Many bargains can be had, and wherever prices are not displayed, haggling is expected. In the larger cities you will have a night market every night and in the same place. In smaller cities, they are only open certain nights of the week, and may move to different streets depending on the day of the week. Every city has at least one night market; larger cities like Taipei may have a dozen or more. Night markets are crowded, so remember to watch out for your wallet! Shops selling the same items tend to congregate in the same part of the city. If you want to buy something, ask someone to take you to one shop and there will probably be shops selling similar things nearby.

EATING AND DRINKING: Westerners should be cautious of relatively undercooked food. Many Taiwanese restaurants offer plates of raw, sliced red meat and uncooked seafood that are brought to the table and either barbecued or simmered in a pot of stock. As this constitutes a staple of the Taiwanese diet, any bacteria that may remain doesn't affect the locals, but it can wreak havoc with foreigners. The best policy is to make sure you cook the food in a manner to which you are accustomed.   Don't drink tap water without boiling it, though it's safe for brushing your teeth.   

HEALTHCAREMedicines are available for minor ailments at drug stores. You may also find common drugs requiring a prescription in the west (like asthma inhalers and birth control pills) cheaply available from drug stores without a prescription. Taiwan has both Chinese physicians and Western doctors, both of which are taken equally seriously. However, as a foreigner, the assumption would generally be to direct you to a Western doctor. The quality of the hospitals in Taiwan is excellent and on par, if not better, with those found in the West. Taiwan's health care program is considered as one of the best health care in the world. Legal residents with a National Health Card can avail themselves of the very convenient and efficient national health service, which covers treatment and medication using both Western and traditional Chinese medicine. However, this service is not available to short term visitors on tourist visas; nor does it cover major hospitalization expenses. Still, hospital visits and medicine in Taiwan tends to be far less expensive than in the west. For minor ailments and problems (flu, broken bones, stitches, etc). Note that outside the major cities, it might be difficult to find a doctor who speaks English, so try to learn some basic Mandarin before heading off the beaten track. 

DIALING CODES: Taiwan's country code is 886. For calls to Taiwan from Australia dial: 001 + 886 + area code + telephone number. For calls from Taiwan to Australia dial: 002 + 61 + area code + telephone number 

TIME ZONE: Taiwan is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

Tours starts from Taipei every Satturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

$890

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Child

$760 p.p. (2-11 of age must share room with 2 adults)


Optional

1. Single room supplement $370

2. Add-on Lunch and Dinner available upon request

3. 5 star hotel upgrade available upon request


Terms and Conditions

1. Price are in AUD, subject to the availabilities and per person twin-share price.

2. Valid for sale & departure until 31 December 2014

3.FIT Departures with minimum 1 passenger

4. Deposit of 50% of total tour is required within 5 days of confirmation, with final balance due at least 60 days prior to departure.     

5. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary unless otherwise stated such as “free at leisure”.