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Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

If you have just one day to spend in Taipei, this city sightseeing tour covers it all! A savvy local guide takes you to must-see attractions in Taiwan’s capital city, from the outstanding architectural feats of Taipei 101 to the elaborate Longshan Temple. You’ll stop by the Lin An Tai Historical House, the Grand Hotel, National Palace Museum, Shilin Night Market and the Beitou Hot Spring Museum to learn about the bubbling springs that make the thermal valley famous. Numbers are limited to 16 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.After hotel pickup, your guide will take your small group to the complex of Longshan Temple, one of Taiwan’s most popular temples. Next, tour the Presidential Office Building, constructed during Taiwan’s Japanese colonization as a governor's mansion. After a few photo ops in front, visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a world-famous monument established in memory of the 20th-century President of the Republic of China. Walk up the 89 steps, which stand for Chiang Kai-shek’s age at the time of his death, and discover a bronze statue of the former president inside. The impressive white-walled landmark and blue-tiled octagonal roof, along with red flowerbeds, represent the colors of the Republic’s flag.Then, heading to Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, this iconic tower of Taiwan features 101 floors above ground and five floors underground. Spend an hour of free time here, with the opportunity to purchase lunch and visit the observatory deck on the 89th floor (each at own expense).Visit the Lin An Tai Historical House, a Southern Fujianese-style house, and the Grand Hotel, a Chinese Palace-style architecture.Drive through Yangmingshan National Park — home to Taipei’s tallest peak, Mt Qixing (Seven Star Mountain) — and stop at a scenic spot that overlooks the entire city (if the weather allows). When you reach the Thermal Valley, spend approximately one hour exploring the area with your guide. At the Beitou Hot Spring Museum, a former Japanese public bathhouse (onsen), you’ll learn about the thermal sources that supply the region’s bubbling springs.Your guide will accompany you to the National Palace Museum to view three of its most famous treasures on display: the jadeite cabbage, the meat-shaped stone (created from banded jasper) and the Mao caldron. Take a 1- to 1.5-hour guided tour of the museum, which features painting, calligraphy, ceramics and bronzes on display. See curios from the Tang and Ming dynasties, such as snuff bottles and elaborately designed boxes. Your final stop is the Shilin Night Market, the largest night market in Taipei! You’ll find plenty of delicious food and shopping options to satisfy your appetite. Stay as long as you like before making your own way back to your hotel or next sightseeing destination, with the Jiantan MRT Station conveniently located nearby.

$220.51 Private & luxury

Private Tour: Taroko Gorge Day Trip from Taipei

View the natural and cultural highlights of Taroko Gorge, one of the Seven Wonders of Asia, on a private day trip from Taipei. Receive the expertise of a private guide who has insider knowledge of Taroko National Park and its scenic spots. You’ll have amazing views of the marble cliffs and surrounding features like Hualien Stone Sculptural Park and Eternal Spring Shrine, plus a walk around Tienhsiang and the scenic Lushui Trail. Opt to travel by express train or private vehicle – your choice.Meet your private local guide upon pickup from your Taipei city hotel in the early morning. Depending on which option you select, take the two-hour express train or drive for several hours to the town of Hualien by private air-conditioned vehicle – with stops for breaks and views along the way. Your guide will transfer you to Taroko Gorge Gateway to begin your private tour of this spectacular region. Gaze with awe at the sheer marble cliffs of this remarkable gorge and the Liwu River that flows through its rocky landscape. Visit the Eternal Spring Shrine, one of the most photographed scenes around the gorge, where small temples were built to memorialize those who lost their lives in the construction of the central cross-island highway. Then stop for lunch at Leader Village Taroko, a sublime mountain hideaway serving aboriginal-inspired dishes. Afterward, travel with your private guide through Swallows Grotto, a 12-mile (20-kilometer) section of the highway that runs through tunnels carved into the vertical sides of the gorge from Taroko to Tienhsiang. Drive through 38 tunnels, including the Tunnel of Nine Turns – a stunning part of the gorge where numerous hiking trails begin.When you reach Tienhsiang, embark on a walking tour of the small village, a frequent stop for travelers to Taroko National Park. Check out the Tienhsiang Lodge and nearby amenities as you walk along shaded walkways and take in the photo-worthy landscape. Catch sight of Hsiangte Temple and its pagoda, situated on a hilltop and reached by a suspension bridge over the Liwu River. Next, your guide will accompany you onto the scenic Lushui Trail, an easy hiking trail that includes magnificent views of Taroko Gorge and the Liwu River below. Follow the trail as you climb uphill at a mild pace, then cross a suspension bridge before making your way onto an exposed cliff – wide enough for two people – with safety railings along the entire cliff segment.When you’ve returned to your car, continue to Chi Hsing Beach for a stroll. Finally, visit the Hualien Stone Sculptural Park and a marble factory before your guide returns you to Taipei by express train or private vehicle.

$93.75 Private & luxury

Private Taiwan Northeast Coast Tour: Longdong, Nanya and Jiaoshi Hot Springs from Taipei

If you love to photograph stunning seascapes, then this private day trip to Taiwan’s northeastern coast is for you! Travel by private vehicle with an experienced guide and gain access to a variety of majestic natural landscapes. You’ll marvel at coastal wildlife amid the unique geographical formations of Nanya, the rocky shore in Longdong, as well as Cape Santiago’s glimmering white lighthouse and sunny Fulong Beach. Enjoy a seafood lunch and a delicious soak at Jiaoshi Hot Spring before your return to Taipei city.Meet your experienced guide at 9am in Taipei’s Zhongzheng District and depart for Taiwan’s northeast coast by private vehicle. Arrive in Longdong by 10am and walk around Nanya, the rocky shore, as you enjoy the sea breeze and take spectacular photos of the scenery along the coastline. Frolic along sandy beaches where sea cucumbers, seashells and hermit crabs are plentiful in clear pools, and spot visitors rock climbing and fishing amid the natural beauty.Afterward, head to Cape Santiago, named by Spanish ships that once sailed along the northeastern coast. Spend some time here exploring the cape, where a famous white lighthouse sits atop a grassy hill and attracts many photographers, especially during the magnificent reflection at sunset. (Please note: The lighthouse is closed on Wednesdays.)Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the fisherman's harbor before your guide delivers you to Fulong Beach, also known as Fulong Bathing Beach. After spending half the day walking on the rocky shore and hiking uphill, the soft sand of this beach is a welcome respite and offers more great photo ops!Finally, soak any sore muscles at Jiaoshi Hot Spring, rated one of the world’s best hot spring sites. Dip into both hot and cold springs, which are odorless (not sulfurous) and extraordinarily rich with natural minerals known for their ability to fortify ailments and nourish irritated skin. Choose from various springs onsite, from open-air hot springs, exclusive private hot spring houses or spa-style pools as you relax your mind and body during a soak in this cozy setting. Your guide will take you back to Taipei by private vehicle at 5pm, arriving in the city around 6pm.

$111.55 Private & luxury

Private Tour: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Geopark from Taipei

Discover Taiwan’s natural and cultural highlights on a private day trip to Yehliu National Geopark and Jiufen. Walk over fascinating geological formations at boulder-strewn Yehliu before taking to the narrow streets of Jiufen, a former gold mining town with Japanese influences. Your experienced guide will lead you down Old Street for a taste of Taiwan and take you to Shengping Theater House for a peek into Jiufen’s cinematic past. Round-trip private transport from Taipei and seafood lunch are included. Begin your private tour at 9am with hotel pickup by your guide in Taipei. You’ll be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to Yehliu National Geopark, less than one hour away. Yehliu – situated in one of the most remarkable geological coastal areas in northern Taiwan – is well known for its rocky promontory overlooking the bay. Admire magnificent scenic views of this phenomenal natural environment shaped over time by wind and waves. You’ll enjoy many photo ops as you explore the large rocks dubbed with imaginative names such as Queen’s Head; many of the boulders are named by the locals for their resemblance to everyday objects.After stopping for a delicious seafood lunch at the fishing harbor, your guide will take you to Jiufen, situated in the hills overlooking a small harbor on Taiwan’s northeastern coast. Once a prosperous town famous for its gold mining industry, Jiufen was abandoned by the 1970s and nearly forgotten, but is now a mecca for artists and writers as well as the inspiration for films like A City of Sadness and Spirited Away. Follow your guide down narrow cobbled streets past stone walls and tea houses that provide a picture of the town during Japanese occupation. If you would like to try the local fare (own expense), Jiufen Old Street offers plentiful food stalls as well as souvenirs and tea shops that stretch through the entire town. Walk down the long, narrow street that brims with traditional crafts and delicious snacks such as sweet taro balls, rice cakes and grilled squid. Next, your guide will take you to see old houses in Jiufen’s residential area and explore an old narrow pathway where mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. Then, visit the restored Shengping Theater House, the first movie theater in northern Taiwan, originally built for the mineworkers' after-hours entertainment. Admire authentic details such as the ticket office, seats and stage, as well as vintage movie posters and defunct equipment. Your guide will share tales about Spirited Away, which won the 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and point out some of the signature locations from the movie. Hear about the director, Hayao Miyazaki, who was inspired by the scenic beauty of Jiufen on a long visit to Taiwan and used the town’s scenery as a backdrop for the Japanese film. When your private tour of Jiufen ends around 5pm, your guide will drop you off at your hotel in Taipei.

$581.90 Small group tours

5-Day Best of Taiwan Tour from Taipei: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung and Taitung

This 5-day Taiwan tour will take you around the whole island, opening your eyes to the country’s diverse, astounding beauty and culture. Visit Sun Moon Lake and admire the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of places like Tarako National Park. Tour historic shrines and Buddhist temples such as Fo Guang Shan Monastery, explore bustling urban districts, and relax in natural hot springs. You’ll stay in 5-star hotels and travel aboard a comfortable coach, stopping in several locations for sightseeing tours with your English-speaking guide. Daily breakfasts and all entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary are included.

$607.05 Small group tours

4-Day Taiwan Tour from Taipei: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park and Hualien

Enjoy an amazing 4-day experience of Taiwan on this tour from Taipei. With your guide, visit beautiful Sun Moon Lake, see various monuments in Tainan and explore lush Kenting National Park and Taroko National Park, filled with incredible marble formations. Hear interesting commentary about the sites you visit, and make plenty of stops for photo opportunities. You’ll travel by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and stay in 4- to 4.5-star hotels, with daily breakfasts included.