• Discover Taroko Gorge's Natural Beauty

  • Make Rice Pasta by Hand

  • Enjoy the Private Sky Lounge at Sun Moon Lake

  • Relax at Chingjing Farm 

  • Watch the Sunrise from Joy Mountain

Taiwan Island- 10 Days 2016

Taipei, Jiaosi, Taroko, Taitung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Lukang, Chingjing, Sun Moon Lake, Jiufen

Departs January-December 2016

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Highlights

    Featured Arrangements

    Our Taiwan tours are designed for the best balance of sightseeing and freedom while avoiding tourist traps.

    East Coast:

    • Taipei:
      • Visit the National Palace Museum which houses over 670,000 pieces of Chinese artifacts and relics.
      • Dine in the original location of Taiwan's iconic Din Tai Fung restaurant.
    • Jiaosi: Relax in mineral-rich hot springs. 
    • Tarako National Park: Stay inside nature’s masterpiece.
    • Chihshang: Bike or stroll through the picturesque East Rift Valley. 
    • See the serene Taiwanese countryside on the North Link Railway. 

    West Coast: 

    • Learn about Taiwan's origin and history in Tainan and Lukang. 
    • Breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy the vast greenery of the Chingjing Highlands.  
    • Enjoy a mountain getaway and experience true farm to table cuisine at Ming Ging farm.
    • Journey up Hehuan Mountain to see a stunning sunrise (optional).
    • Bike, walk and cruise along Sun Moon Lake.
    • Appreciate mystic Sun Moon Lake from our private Sky Lounge.
    • Explore nostalgic old streets of seaside Jiufen. 

    Luxury Accommodations

    • TaipeiPalais De Chine or Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei – Taipei's most luxurious and centrally located hotels. 
    • JiaosiEvergreen Resort Hotel or Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi – Magnificent views and unique hot springs. 
    • Taroko National ParkSilks Place Taroko – The only 5 star hotel located inside Taroko National Park.
    • East Rift Valley: Papago International Resort – Luxury hotel surrounded by the East Rift Valley. 
    • Tainan: Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan – Modern design near shopping and 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice winner.
    • Chingjing Highlands: Ming Ging Farm – Expansive scenery and organic cuisine.
    • Sun Moon Lake: Fleur de Chine Hotel – 270 degree panoramic views from the Sky Lounge; all lakeview rooms.

    Culinary Experiences  

    • We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences with you. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Taiwanese delicacies including Din Tai Fung dumplings, Ami-style tribal cuisine, Ice Monster Shaved Ice and much more.

    Super Value Standards

    • Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.
    • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details  
    • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
    • Porterage service is included at every hotel.
    • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip.

Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart North America for Taipei, Taiwan 

Day 2

Arrive in Taoyuan International Airport or Taipei Songshan Airport  Taipei 

  • "Ni Hao" or "Welcome" to Taiwan! You will be greeted by a Super Value Tours Representative at the airport.
  • Hotel check in is at 3pm. If you arrive early, you may drop off your luggage at the hotel and explore the city independently. The Taiwan Night Markets are a great choice tonight.

Hotel  
Palais de Chine or Okura Prestige
Day 3

Taipei  (8.8 miles, 45 mins) National Palace Museum  (31 miles,1 hr) Jiaosi Hot Springs 【3 meals】

  • Taipei City Bus Tour:
    • Take a brief photo stop at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and the Presidential Palace. 
    • Experience Taiwanese local living at Nanmen Market (We will spend extra time in YongKang street if the market is closed). 
  • National Palace Museum: See the world's largest collection of Chinese artifacts. Our visit is carefully arranged to avoid crowds. 
  • YongKang Street: Known for its delicious foods and drinks, this is one of the most famous streets in Taipei. Feast on unforgettable dim sum at the original Din Tai Fung restaurant.
  • Ice Monster: Taste shaved ice on a whole new level. Soft, delicate, and sweet, their mango shaved ice is the perfect dessert after a nice meal. 
  • Jiaosi Hot Springs: Soak in the rejuvenating waters of this natural hot spring, a truly relaxing and rustic experience.
  • We will be taking a train tomorrow where onboard luggage space is limited. Please pack a day bag with you with essential belongings. Large suitcases will be shipped to the next destination. 

 

  • National Palace Museum

  • Din Tai Fung

  • Jiaosi Hot Springs

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
YongKang Street Din Tai Fung (Original Restaurant)
Dinner  
Lan Yang Style Buffet in Hotel
Hotel  
Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi or Evergreen Resort Hotel
Day 4

Jiaosi Hot Springs  (5.8 miles, 30 mins) North Link Railway  (86 miles, 1 hr) Hualien  (14 miles, 45 mins) Taroko National Park【3 meals】

  • Free time in the morning to soak in the Hot Springs or participate in the hotel's morning hike. 
  • North Link Railway: Avoid traffic and take a wonderful journey by train along the Pacific Ocean to Hualien, a natural conservatory at the edge of Taroko National Park.
  • Taroko National Park: Literally meaning “magnificent and beautiful" in the Truku aboriginal language, Taroko Gorge is a natural wonder and a landmark of Taiwan.
    • Photo stop at the East-West Highway Arch, the starting point of Taroko National Park.
    • Swallow Grotto Trail: Hike the most beautiful section of the Taroko Gorge, see magnificent canyons, soaring marble formations, and subtropical springs. (Walking time: 1 hour; Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆).
  • Silks Place Taroko: Tonight's hotel is the only 5-star resort inside the National Park. Take in a beautiful view of the stars and gorge while soaking in the rooftop spa or watch an aboriginal performance in the evening (weekends only).
    • Gorge View rooms not available for Triple room type. We will arrange Garden View rooms in this case.

 

  • North Link Railway

  • Swallow Grotto Trail

  • Silks Place Taroko

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Local Specialty (Mola Mola--Ocean Sunfish)
Dinner  
Local Specialty Buffet in Hotel
Hotel  
Silks Place Taroko (Gorge View Room)
Day 5

Tiansiang  (53 miles, 2 hrs) Fata'an Wetlands  (47.5 miles,1hr 45 mins) Chihshang, Taitung 【3 meals】

  • Tiansiang: Free time to see nearby sites: Zhihhui Bridge, Pudu Bridge, and Xiangde Temple.
  • Fata’an Wetlands: Learn about the rich heritage of Taiwan's aborigines. An "Ami- style" lunch in a private home will be served. 
  • We will be taking a train tomorrow where luggage space is extremely limited onboard. Please pack a day bag with you with essential belongings. Large suitcases will be shipped to the next destination. 

  • Ami Style Lunch

  • Xiangde Temple

  • Taroko Eternal Spring Shrine

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Ami-Style Tribal Lunch
Dinner  
Local Specialty Buffet in Hotel
Hotel  
Papago International Resort
Day 6

Chihshang, Taitung  (58 miles, 3hrs 43mins) South Link Railway  (91 miles, 3 hrs) Kaohsiung  (30 miles, 1 hr) Tainan 【3 meals】

  • Chihshang:
    • East Rift Valley: Bike or stroll through the lush green rice fields of Chihshang. 
    • Learn to make rice pasta by hand, a fun local passtime. 
  • South Link Railway: Sit back, relax and enjoy the rustic scenery to Kaohsiung. 
  • Kaohsiung City bus tour.

  • Biking through East Rift Valley

  • Handmade Pasta

  • Kaohsiung Love River

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Taiwanese Specialty
Dinner  
Taiwanese Seafood
Hotel  
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan (2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Winner)
Day 7

Tainan【3 meals】

  • Tainan: Visit Taiwan's first capital. 
    • Ten-Drum Culture Village: Transformed from a historic sugar refinery, see, hear, and feel the drum music of Taiwan. 
    • Walking Tour: Explore the Dutch settlement of Anping Fort and Chihkan Towers

  • Anping Fort

  • Chihkan Tower

  • Ten-Drum Village

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Taiwanese Dim Sum
Dinner  
Taiwanese Specialty
Hotel  
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan (2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Winner)
Day 8

Tainan  (82 miles, 2 hrs) Lukang  (64 miles, 1hr 45mins) ChingJing Farm【3 meals】

  • Lukang: Explore the sites of this authentic and historical trading town.
    • Specially arranged electric tricycle tour of Lukang Old Streets (approx: 1.5hrs). 
    • Longshan Temple: One of the last remaining examples of traditional southern architecture, beautifully designed and preserved. 
    • Folk Arts Museum: Once the private residence of one of Taiwan's wealthiest families, today it houses a vast collection of Ming and Qing dynasty artifacts.  
  • Ming Ging Farm:
    • Villa Park Tour: Set against outstanding views of the valley below, tour the private garden and pick seasonal fruits, herbs, and vegetables. 
    • Watch the sun slowly set across this serene landscape (subject to weather conditions). 

  • Lukang Tricycle Tour

  • Lukang Old Streets

  • Sunset at Ming Ging Farm

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Taiwanese Specialty
Dinner  
Western Style Cuisine
Hotel  
Ming Ging Farm (Deluxe View Rooms)
Day 9

ChingJing  (36 miles,1.5hrs) Sun Moon Lake 【3 meals】

  • Hehuan or “Joy” Mountain: Optional early morning journey for a stunning sunrise. Roundtrip approximately 4 hours, itinerary subject to change based on weather conditions. (Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆)
  • Enjoy the remainder of the morning at Chingjing Farm. Walk along the trail and enjoy the alpine prairie scenery; friendly resident sheep are eager to be fed. (Walking time: 1 hour; Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆).
  • Sun Moon Lake: Mystic views and picturesque scenery captivate travelers from all over the world.
    • Cruise the lake's majestic waters on a private chartered motorboat.
    • Enjoy a 270 degree panoramic view of Sun Moon Lake from the private Sky Lounge, in the comfort of our lakeview rooms, or direct from your own private in-room hot spring bath*.
      • Private bath lakeview rooms are only available for Double rooms (one king-sized bed per room). In case you are booking standard Twin rooms and prefer special arrangements for this hotel, please let us know. 

  • Joy Mountain Sunrise

  • Chingjing Farm

  • Fleur de Chine Sky Lounge

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Vegetarian Delight
Dinner  
Buffet Dinner in Hotel
Hotel  
Fleur de Chine (Lakeview Rooms)
Day 10
 

Sun Moon Lake  Jiufen  Taipei  Taoyuan International Airport  Your Next Destination【B, L】

  • Sun Moon Lake:

a.Our late checkout today means you can relax and take advantage of the hotel amenities.  
b.Stroll along the lakeshore. (Distance: 1 mile; Walking time: 1 hour; Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆).
c.Bike along the lake biking trail (additional fee applies): CNN named this biking trail one of world's top 10! It will be sure to take your breath away. (Biking time: 1 hr; Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆). 

  • Jiufen: Take a step back in time and visit this historic mining town. 
    • Free time to explore the old streets to find delicious snacks such as sweet taro soup, Hakka dumplings, and "Lu Wei" (marinated combination).  
    • Special arrangements at a century-old tea house for tea tasting while overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 
  • "Zai jian!" or "See you again!" Please be sure to book your flight after 9:00pm.

  • Biking around Sun Moon Lake

  • Jiufen Old Streets

  • Jiufen Tea House

Breakfast  
Hotel Buffet
Lunch  
Taiwanese Hakka Specialty
Jiufen

Jiufen is a historic mining town. With its antique architecture and narrow alleyways, Jiufen’s nostalgic charm offers the perfect inspiration for artists; in fact, Jiufen served as a model for scenes from the 2001 Academy Award-winning film, Spirited Away.

Jiaosi hot springs

Jiaosi is Taiwan's best location for hot spring resorts. The natural water of the hot springs is clear and enriched with rejuvenating minerals. 

Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park is one of eight national parks in Taiwan and home to the landmark Taroko Gorge. Sites of the park include Swallow Grotto and Tiansiang.

Tiansiang

One of the most important sites in Taroko, Tiansiang is the starting point of the river valley and offers some of the best overviews of the gorge.

Swallow Grotto

In this section of Taroko valley, countless small holes in the rock walls were created through erosion and became natural habitats for birds. In the past, swallows soared through the air, creating a vision of hundreds of swallows flying in the valley. Thus, the beautiful name “Swallow Grotto” was given.

Fata'an Wetlands

Stroll through the park to enjoy the stunning natural scenery. With mountains and hills in the backdrop and streams of clean water running by your feet, the wetlands are not only picturesque but also home to a diverse range of ecology.

Tainan City

Tainan was one of the first cities in Taiwan. The city was also the first capital, and the center of politics and economy for about 300 years. From this history, an ancient atmosphere has emerged with the most abundant collection of historical buildings & national treasures in all of Taiwan.

National Museum of Taiwan History

Located in the historic city of Tainan, the museum contains 60,000 artifacts spanning the Aboriginal, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, British, and Japanese influences on Taiwan. 

Chihkan Tower

Chihkan Tower is a reminder of Tainan's colonial era and period of Dutch occupation dating back to the 1600s.

Fort Zeelandia

Previously a lavish tax department building, this building was remodeled in May 2009 in order to showcase 17th century Zeelandia and its business activities. Today, the exhibit showcases lifestyle, history and development of both Taiwan and Anping.

Sun Moon Lake

Hidden in the mountains, Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's biggest fresh water lake and also a popular honeymoon destination. The lake surrounds Lalu island. The east side of the lake resembles the sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the lake's name: Sun Moon Lake. The area surrounding the lake has many trails for walking, hiking and biking. 

 

National Palace Museum

Considered one of the four great international museums of human culture (alongside the Louvre in Paris, The Met in New York, and The British Museum), the National Palace Museum houses the best artifacts of Chinese civilization. The museum concentrates 8,000 years worth of artifacts. The depth of the collection is so vast, displays are rotated once every three months. 

Lukang (Lugang)

An important point of trade during 18th and 19th centuries, Lukang (Deer Port) is named for its trade of deerskins during the Dutch colonial period. The city remained central Taiwan’s most populous city until the early 20th century. Lukang was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan for its rich heritage, great food  and friendly environment.

Chingjing Farm

With fresh air, stunning blue skies, wide grassy plains, & rolling hills, Chingjing Farm has earned the nickname “the Alps of Taiwan.”  In addition to being able to pick the local fruit, special attractions also include the beautiful trails, Swiss Gardens, and the Green Green Grasslands Park where we can see local livestock.

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei

As the tallest hotel in the city, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei offers not only unparalleled views but also exceptional amenities and service. Don’t miss the spectacular rooftop pool which offers panoramic views of Taipei including the Taipei 101 building. 

Room  Information:

Room Type: Superior Room

Size: 33 sqm

Twin Bed: 120 x 200 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 200 x 200 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room: Rollaway bed (105 x 180cm) will be added to Twin Room. 


Palais de Chine Hotel

Stationed in one of the most convenient spots in Taipei, this hotel has access to TSR, HSR, bus stations, and MRT service. Guests can travel at leisure with easy access to all major transportation in the city. This 5-star hotel also has one of the most fashionable plazas (Q Square), office buildings, Vieshow Cinemas, and other entertainment facilities; all included to allow guests to have a colorful trip from the very beginning!

Room  Information:

Room Type: Deluxe Room (upgraded from Superior Room) 

Size: 37 sqm

Twin Bed: 110 x 200 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 150 x 200 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room: Rollaway bed (90 x 190cm) will be added to Twin Room. 


Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi

Located in the city of Jiaosi, the Hotel Royal is one of the most luxurious in the area. The exterior features architecture inspired by traditional local artwork, and inside, guests can enjoy modern comforts with spa facilities, hot springs, and a variety of different amenities.

Room  Information:

Room Type: Western Suite 

Size: 40 sqm

Twin Bed: 120 x 200 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 200 x 200 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room: Japanese Suite; Tatami style bed


Evergreen Resort Hotel - Jiaosi

Located in Yilan county, this hotel is known for its hot springs and magnificent views. The rooms are designed in a Euro-Asian style. The bath houses offer healthy nano-milk baths and more. The 1.2 acre garden hot spring also provides a unique hot spring banquet experience. Fresh seafood is used in its delicious multi-cultural buffet.

Room  Information:

Room Type: Superior Room

Size: 40.4 sqm

Twin Bed: 120 x 200 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 240 x 200 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room: Rollaway Bed (90 x 180cm) will be added to Twin room. 


Silks Place Taroko

Built within the Taroko National Park, Silks Place Taroko is the only 5-star hotel inside a national park in all of Taiwan. We have chosen this hotel for its exclusive location; making the Silks Place Taroko perfect for exploring the Gorge. Silks Place Taroko was awarded TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for luxury and service in 2015.

Room  Information:

Room Type: Gorge View Room

Size: 40 sqm

Twin Bed: 150 x 200 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 180 x 200 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room

1. Garden View Room: 150 x 200 (3 beds--only 2 rooms available)

2. Japanese Room: Tatami style bed

3. Gorge View Room: Cannot accommodate extra bed, 3 guests must share 150 x 200 cm x 2 beds. 

Due to limited availability of the triple rooms, we will not be able to guarantee the room type until check in. We apologize for the inconvenience in advance. 


Papago International Resort

This resort is set amongst natural mountain scenery and features hot springs, an outdoor pool, and health club.  

Room  Information:

Room Type: Classical Double Room

Size: 40 sqm

Twin Bed: 120 x 210 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 180 x 210 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room

1. Classical Family Room: 180 x 210cm (2 beds)

2. Classical Family Room: 180 x 210cm (1 bed) + 120 x 210cm (2 beds) 

**Limited Triple room available, actual room type will be determined upon check in. 


Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan

This hotel is Tainan’s international 5-star hotel, located right next to Tainan Cheng Gong University and Tainan DaYuan Shopping center. The luxurious and modern interior design embodies the local enthusiastic atmosphere.

Room  Information:

Room Type: Deluxe Room

Size: 50 sqm

Twin Bed: 122 x 203 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 198 x 203 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room: Rollaway bed (150 x 190cm) will be added to Twin room. 


Ming Ging Farm Resort

Located in Cingjing Farm, Ming Ging Resort is a boutique hotel known as "the backyard of Cingjing Farm."  Stay here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and feel as if you are walking in a watercolor painting. Super Value Tours arranged room with the best views. Each guestroom is unique and offers different vistas and experience. 


Fleur De Chine

This hotel is the first top-rated hotel to have a natural spa facility. Located in the northern area of the lake, the entire hotel faces the lake with large floor to ceiling windows that allow the natural beauty of the lake to enter. This open design lets guests enjoy unobstructed views.

Room Information:

Room Type: Lakeview Two Queen Room

Size: 43 sqm

Twin Bed: 152 x 200 cm (2 beds)

DBL Bed: 182 x 200 cm (1 bed)

Triple Room:

1. Lake View Two Queen Room: 150 x 200cm (2 beds) for 3 guests

2. Washiki Lake View Room (limited 8 rooms available): Tatami style beds with add on bed (90 x 190cm)

*Washiki Lake View Room is limited. We cannot guarantee room type until check in. 

*If you wish to soak in the hot tub and enjoy the lakeview at the same time, you may choose a Double rooms (one king-sized bed per room). Due to limited DBL room quantity, please let us know in advance and we will try our best to accommodate this request. Twin room also offers in room hot tub and lakeview, however, you cannot enjoy the lakeview while in the hot tub. 

 

 


Din Tai Fung soup dumplings (xiao long bao)
Golden Fried Shrimp Roll
Milkfish Soup
Ami-Style Tribal Cuisine
Ami-Style Tribal Cuisine
Dan Zai Noodle Soup
Golden Crispy Tofu
Taiwanese Style Cabbage Soup
Chicken Rice Cooked with Sesame Oil and Wine
Oyster Noodles with Sesame Oil
Stir Fry Lotus with Pork
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
Fried Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) Roll
Appetizer Platter
Seasonal Vegetables cooked with Shallot Sauce
Taiwanese Style Salted Pork

Patricia L.

  

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 Andrew, our tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable on facts during our tour. Great energy and spirit!

March 2015

Clayton W.

  

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An excellent agenda with an excellent tour guide, Andrew, thank you!

March 2015

Sylvia P.

  

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Every detail was considered, excellent tour!

March 2015

Gary L.

  

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Andrew is an excellent guide. He took care of all our needs. He is always prompt and has excellent knowledge of Taiwan. I will recommend Super Value Tours and Andrew to my friends who plan to tour Taiwan. 

March 2015 

William T.

  

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Hotels were unmatched in comfort, service and breakfast- no company has shown a greater hotel selection and concern for customer satisfaction. The meals were exquisite at every turn. They were one of the highlights in that they were all delicious, tastefully prepared and satisfying to the taste and in presentation.

April 2015

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