Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Total Taiwan: Around the Island in Twelve Days (12 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Taipei, Taiwan To Taipei, Taiwan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Taipei, Taiwan
None Dinner

This first day will be spent mostly in transition. After arriving in Tokyo, you’ll be connected to an onwards flight to Taipei for a late evening arrival. The first night will be spent in style at the five-star Mandarin Oriental, in the ultra-luxurious Club City Suite which offers some stunning views of the city skyline.

Day 2
Taipei, Taiwan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an international buffet breakfast, it’s time to explore the Taiwanese capital for the first time. Guided stop-offs include the National Palace Museum, the bustling commercial hub of Dihua Old Street and a traditional Buddhist temple. Following a seafood dinner, you’re free to explore the city at night, with recommendations including the Taipei 101 Observatory or Raohe Street Market for a taste of local life.

Day 3
Taipei, Taiwan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day of touring around the capital will take you to Jiufen, a small mountainous town famous for its quaint winding roads and local life. After exploring Jiufen, there’s opportunity to visit Yehliu Geopark, Fort Santo Domingo and the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, a stunning spot especially at sunset. After dinner at Shillin Night Market, you’re free to explore the rest of this fascinating market in the evening.

Day 4
Tainan, Taiwan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A half day of touring awaits on day four, with a trip to Yingee Ceramics Museum and Yingee Old Street both on the morning’s itinerary. After a cafe lunch, it’s time to board the bullet train to Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan. The journey takes less than two hours, meaning you’ll have the afternoon and evening to explore this pretty southern city before checking-in to the elegant Shangri-La hotel.

Day 5
Tainan, Taiwan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This full day of touring Tainan includes visits to an ancient shrine, the 17th-century Confucian Temple, Ten Drum Culture Village in the suburbs and the impressive Chihkan Towers, home to a vibrant night market selling local produce. Dinner is set in a classic-style Chinese teahouse. Bellies full, you’ll be transferred back to the Shangri-La to rest up after a long day of sightseeing.

Day 6
Alishan National Park, Taiwan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s time to leave Tainan behind, and in the morning you’ll depart for Chiayi Train Station and journey along the atmospheric, 100-year-old Alishan Railway Train Ride, passing through dense forests and past local village life. After the two-hour journey, you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel in Alishan Park. You’re then free to explore this natural park on foot for the rest of the day.

Day 7
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A 9am pickup from your hotel takes you to Sun Moon Lake, with plenty of opportunities for some sightseeing along the scenic route. The lake itself is quite incredible, with a towering mountain creating a majestic backdrop to the azure waters. The area is situated at 2,454 feet above sea level and has long been inhabited by groups of Taiwanese Aboriginals. Check in to your hotel in the evening and have a leisurely dinner.

Day 8
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

First up on the day’s itinerary is a tranquil boat tour of the huge lake, which on a clear day will reflect the sunlight for miles. You can get a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding mountain region at Sun Moon Lake Ropeway and Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and there’s also time to see an ancient monastery - one of the largest in the country.

Day 9
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prepare yourself with a big breakfast by the lake, ready for a four-hour journey to Taroko, a region famous for its vast parks, forests and natural beauty. Your drive will take you through Aowanda National Forest as well as Hehuanshan National Forest, which both boast some incredible mountain views as well as some precarious rocky roads. Check in to your River View Suite at Silks hotel before an evening dinner.

Day 10
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This whole day is dedicated visiting all the must-see spots around this beautiful region of Taiwan, with visits to waterfalls at Taroko Gorge, the brilliant-red washed Marble Bridge and a local shrine. The route through the park passes local villages, temples and markets that you can spend as much or as little time as you need. Arrive back at the same hotel before a relaxing evening dinner to wind down another full day.

Day 11
Taipei, Taiwan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning of this penultimate day can be spent at your own leisure, relaxing in the hotel grounds or venturing out on foot to explore this picturesque area further. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and prepare yourself for the five-hour trip back to Taipei. You’ll arrive in time for first-class dinner back at the Mandarin Oriental in the Taiwanese capital.

Day 12
Taipei, Taiwan
None Breakfast

Enjoy the Mandarin Oriental’s world-class breakfast buffet one last time before checking out of the hotel just after sunrise. Private transportation will take you to the international airport of Taiwan where you’ll take an onwards flight to Tokyo for lunch. Wave goodbye to Taiwan, and we wish you safe travels for your next exciting adventure.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Despite its small size, Taiwan is an island packed full of surprises. This 12-day itinerary offers the best of what this charming state has to offer, from the ever-impressive 21st-century metropolis of Taipei, to the untouched village life throughout the countryside that has seldom seen change over the years. Start your adventure with three days in the capital, before making your way to the island's historical southern city of Tainan via bullet train. You'll then leave modern civilisation behind as you head along a hundred-year-old train route in Alishan, before cruising over postcard-perfect Sun Moon Lake, and finally exploring the stunning national parks of Taroko.


  •     Spend three full days seeing all the highlights of the capital, Taipei, with your private tour guide

  •     Ride the historic Alishan Train Passing through dense forests and past untouched village life

  •     Take a cruise over the stunning Sun Moon Lake, situated in a majestic mountainous region of Taiwan

  •     Discover the natural beauty of Taroko, including breathtaking gorges, vast national parks and winding country roads

About Us

Remote Lands creates highly personalized itineraries with extraordinary experiences for discerning travelers, based on their own passions, interests and needs. The world’s most elite travel advisors rely on us for our deep knowledge of Asia and entrust us with their highly discerning clients, from celebrities to CEO’s, Wall Street titans to professional athletes. We are available to travel advisors 24/7 from the initial consultation to the day your clients return from Asia.

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
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By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
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By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
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By: Morty

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
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By: Emily

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

We had 4 different guides (one in each city) and they were all wonderful. We appreciated that they let us be flexible and make game time decisions. We skipped a lot of the "touristy" sites and felt we had a more authentic experience.

Beyond expectation

By: Anon

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

Excellent. Guides at each location were friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Want to share a special thank you to Nadia Thakul (Bangkok) & Mr. Buntheun (Siem Reap). After missing my connecting flight from Shanghai to Siem Reap, I called Mr. Buntheun to let him know I was not able tomake it to Siem Reap as planned and for him to notify the hotel. I was flying instead to Phnom Phen and would notify him later of my flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Phnom Phen as I was filling out my visa on arrival form, a Remote Land guide greeted me and told me that Mr. Buntheun had notified the Bangkok office of my predicament and sent him to greet me. As you can imagine being in a foreign land in an unplanned location he was a sight for sore eyes. He got me in contact with Nadia who then took care of the rest of the accommodations (hotel, transportation to/from airport and flight from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap the next day). Assistance provided by Remote Lands got us to Siem Reap on time.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

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By: susan

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

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By: KB

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2019

Our experience with Remote Lands was great. Everything went as planned from the time they met us at the airport until they took us back to the airport. Our guide and driver were fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Gerson