Highlights of Taiwan

Experience overview

Our Highlights of Taiwan holiday incorporates the essential highlights, offering a tantalising teaser of what the island has to offer. Travel from Taipei’s modern metropolis, along dramatic coastal cliffs into the world’s deepest marble gorge at Taroko National Park, descending through tea plantations to the glimmering Sun Moon Lake.


  • Discover Maeklong Railway Market & Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Chef’s Table at Blue Elephant
  • Northern Thai Style Cooking Class at Baan Book Pratana
  • nteract with Elephants at Patara
  • Explore Phi Phi Island & Bamboo Island by private speed boat

Taipei, Taroko National Park, Sun Moon Lake

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Taipei

On arrival in Taiwan, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your Taipei hotel.

Day 2
Tour of city's historic highlights

Set out for a day exploring this complex city, travelling like the locals do on Taipei’s efficient MRT (mass rapid transport). First stop is the grandiose Chiang Kaishek Memorial, Taipei’s most notable historical landmark, built to honour the late president Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. Get there early to experience the memorial at its most serene, sharing the space with groups of locals who congregate here at first light to practice tai chi. Continue to the National Palace Museum, arriving before the crowds, to see the world’s largest collection of Chinese artefacts, dating back over eight millennia. Take time to peruse the museum’s treasures before heading on to the Martyr’s Shrine, dedicated to the fallen Kuomintang soldiers of the Chinese Civil War, to witness the silent, solemn changing of the guard. Walk inside and see the beautiful Chinese architecture before enjoying the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 3
Taipei 101, Longshan Temple, Shilin night market

Take the MRT to Taipei 101, an iconic 1,666 ft high tower that was the ‘world’s tallest building’ for five years. Ride the high speed lift to the 89th floor observation deck (in just 40 seconds), to enjoy panoramic views over the city. Step back in time with a visit to the significant and atmospheric Longshan Temple, to see the colourful phoenix and dragon figures that adorn the roof, and enormous bronze incense burners fill the air with the scent of incense. Wander along Narrow Herb Alley, where a traditional market that has been here as long as the temple sells all manner of medicinal herbs. As the sun sets, head to the sprawling Shilin night market to sample tasty Taiwanese treats such as oyster omelette, stinky tofu and an astonishing array of barbecue. Shop, snack and soak up the atmosphere before returning to your hotel.

Day 4
Train to Taroko National Park via Qingshui Cliffs

Travel by train across the mountains towards Taiwan’s dramatic east coast. Disembark at Xincheng station and make the short drive to the breath-taking Qingshui Cliffs: towering coastal land that drops almost vertically into the ocean. From Qingshui, it’s just a short drive to Taroko National Park. Pause at the well-run Visitors Centre to get some background to your time here, before proceeding to your hotel in the heart of the national park, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 5
Taroko Gorge walking trail

Spend a full day exploring Taroko Gorge’s many highlights. As well as visiting Swallow Grotto and the Eternal Spring Shrine, escape the crowds and appreciate the area’s natural beauty with a walk along one of the National Park’s numerous trails. The Lushui Trail offers fantastic views over the gorge and Liwu River from its elevated cliff-cut sections, whilst the Shakadang Trail runs along the bottom of the gorge, following an old indigenous hunting track. The Swallow Grotto Trail follows an old section of road, and presents a particularly photogenic perspective of this narrow valley carved through seemingly endless sheer cliff-faces.

Day 6
Mountain drive to Sun Moon Lake via Qingjing Skywalk

Start early for a higher chance of clear skies as you drive across the Central Mountain Range, following Taiwan’s highest road across the spine of the island. Banana palms and bamboo make way for pines, then steep sided pastures as you climb higher where the views are reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Wuling is the highest point of the highway at 10,740 ft and from here the road descends again. Pause at the newly-opened, ¾ mile long Qingjing Skywalk from where you can enjoy even more panoramic mountain views, before continuing on to Sun Moon Lake where the rest of your day will be at leisure to sink into the serene surroundings.

Day 7
Cycle tour, private cruise, Wen Wu temple

The 20.5 mile undulating road that encircles Sun Moon Lake has been touted as one of the most breathtaking cycle routes in the world. The path is dotted with interesting pagodas and temples, small beaches and lush flora, and offers a picturesque perspective of the lake. Set off early to avoid the heat and the crowds, cycling for as little or as long as you like. Swap your bicycle for a private boat and head out onto the water, circling sacred Lalu Island and passing traditional floating bamboo cantilever fishing nets. Back on land, make a visit to the impressive Wen Wu Temple. On a hillside overlooking the lake, this temple’s dazzling orange roof affords a dramatic foreground to the azure lake, and the pagoda-clad hills and mountains beyond. The rest of your day will be at leisure to enjoy the lake.

Day 8
Depart Taipei

Journey north to Taipei Airport in time for your onward flight.

Booking Policy

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.


  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'


Personalised design
We’ll plan your trip around your specific interests, tastes and preferences, providing helpful tips and honest advice based on firsthand knowledge of the destionation.
Authentic Experience
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Feb 2023
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An amazing trip out together by Stephen at My Way Travel! This was our second trip ( went to Vietnam and Cambodia 2019). Stephen is great to work with- very flexible and listens to what we wanted to do. This trip was originally scheduled for April 2020. A honest company that asked if I wanted my deposit back and I said no - that I would use it in a future trip! How many companies around the world did this???? We had great guides In Bangkok and Chiang Rai and Chiang Rai. Fon was full of energy and fun in Bangkok. Ann was one of the best guides I have ever had- she took us to a couple of places not noted on the tour. We went for a hike at a waterfall and visited the cave where the Thai boys were rescued in the cave. Both Ann and Fon gave us wonderful suggestions for restaurants. I would absolutely recommend Stephen and My Way Travel! We plan to use him again in planning Bali!
April 18, 2023
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July 28, 2023
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