Active Tours

Active Tour of Switzerland
(9 Days)
Lucerne & Mount Pilatus, Interlaken & Berner Oberland, Zermatt, Lausanne

Adventure Tour of Iceland
(9 Days)
Reykjavik, Husafell, Golden Circle & South Iceland, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Blue Lagoon

Active Argentina
(13 Days)
Buenos Aires, El Chalten, El Calafate, Iguazu Falls

Australia Luxury Adventure
(16 Days)
Sydney, Arkaba & Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef

Wellness Tour of Bali
(10 Days)
Ubud, Candidasa

Luxury Adventure Tour of Bhutan
(11 Days)
Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Paro

Adventure Tour of Chile
(11 Days)
Atacama, Santiago & Valparaiso & Casablanca Valley, Torres del Paine

Active Tour of China
(13 Days)
Beijing & Great Wall, Huangshan, Yangshuo, Guilin & Longsheng, Hong Kong

Luxury Adventure Tour of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(12 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos cruise (5 nights)

Biking Tour of France
(9 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Saint-Emilion

Ayurveda & Yoga Tour of India
(12 Days)
Delhi, Himalayas, Goa, Mumbai

Indonesia Luxury Adventure
(13 Days)
Bali, Moyo Island, Java

Luxury Golf Tour of Ireland
(9 days)
Dublin, Kildare, Kenmare, Adare, Doonbeg

Family Adventure in Israel
(12 Days)
Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Eilat & Negev Desert

Hiking Tour of Japan: Nakasendo Road & the Japan Alps
(12 Days)
Kyoto, Nakasendo Road, Takayama & Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Tokyo

Historic Hikes of Japan: Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo Road
(12 Days)
Kyoto, Kumano Kodo, Ise-Shima region, Nakasendo Road, Tokyo

Active Tour of Jordan
(9 Days)
Amman & Jerash, King’s Highway, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Dead Sea

Hiking Tour of Lebanon
(8 Days)
Beirut, Chouf Mountains, Jabal Moussa or Tannourine (or Sidon and Tyre), Jeita Grotto, Byblos, Qadisha Valley, Baalbek

Luxury Adventure Tour of Morocco
(9 Days)
Fez, Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh

Adventure Tour of New Zealand
(9 Days)
Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Active & Nature Tour of Oman
(9 Days)
Muscat, Ras Al Jinz, Wahiba Sands & Nizwa, Jebel Akhdar region

Luxury Active Tour of Peru
(9 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Exclusive Inca Trail
(10 Day)
Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Active Family Tour of Sicily
(11 Days)
Palermo with Monreale, Segesta & Erice, Sciacca & Agrigento, Noto with Modica, Ragusa & Syracuse, Taormina & Mount Etna

Active Tour of Spain
(10 Days)
Madrid & Segovia, Marbella & Ronda, Granada, Barcelona & Montserrat

Nature & Northern Lights in Sweden
(8 Days)
Stockholm, Swedish Lapland

Active & Adventure Tour of Turkey
(15 Days)
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir & Ephesus, Bodrum & Turquoise Coast

Luxury Golf Tour of Portugal
(9 Days)
Lisbon & environs, Algarve

Luxury Golf Tour of Spain
(10 Days)
Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella & Ronda

Luxury Golf Tour of Scotland
(10 Days)
Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Food & Hiking Tour of Taiwan
(11 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan, Beitou

Winter & Northern Lights Tour of Norway
(6 Days)
Bergen & Sognefjord, Tromso

MULTI-COUNTRY TOURS

Patagonia Adventure: Argentina & Chile
(13 Days)
Buenos Aires, Bariloche, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, Santiago

Hiking and Wellness Tour of Bhutan & India
(14 Days)
Delhi, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Himalayas & Rishikesh

Culture & Adventure in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Oman
(11 days)
Zighy Bay, Dubai, Arabian Desert, Abu Dhabi

Active Tour of Iceland & Norway
(11 Days)
Reykjavik, Husafell & Langjokull Glacier, South Iceland, Blue Lagoon, Bergen & Sognefjord

Active Tour of Slovenia & Croatia
(10 Days)
Ljubljana & Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik

Active Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia
(16 Days)
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

Winter Highlights of Lapland
(10 Days)
Helsinki, Finnish Lapland, Swedish Lapland, Stockholm

Food & Hiking Tour of Taiwan

(11 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan, Beitou

The ultimate private Taiwan tour, this itinerary features the many unforgettable cultural, natural and culinary highlights across this beautiful island country.

Begin in Taipei, the fascinating capital of Taiwan. During flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, dive into the city's many culinary traditions. Enjoy a private cooking lesson to learn to prepare favorite Taiwanese and Chinese dishes. Explore the best food stalls at renowned Shilin night market, a vast indoor-outdoor emporium of tiny shops offering Taiwanese delicacies such as stinky tofu, oyster omelets and fried chicken cutlets. Also visit Raohe or other night markets to try distinctive dishes according to your interests. Walk through the historic port district and along backstreets where shops inside evocative, century-old buildings offer Taiwanese specialties such as dried mushrooms, mullet roe and ginseng. At an atmospheric local tea house, sample Taiwan's acclaimed tea, such as delicate mountain-grown oolong. Try ice cream flavored with beer, pork or tropical fruit. Learn about traditional Taiwanese herbs in a local market. Visit beautiful Longshan Temple and other Buddhist and Taoist temples that bustle with worshippers at all hours. Stop by the landmark Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial to learn about one of the founding fathers of modern Taiwan. Venture up Taipei 101—among the tallest buildings in the world—for panoramic views over the city and mountains. Enjoy time to browse for Taiwanese crafts, such as high-quality ceramics and glassware, or explore the shops at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Also visit the renowned National Palace Museum, the repository of the imperial Chinese art collection, to see masterpieces of painting, porcelain, jade carving, calligraphy and other arts.

Next, enjoy the scenic train ride to Hualien, followed by a private transfer into spectacular Taroko Gorge, a narrow canyon carved into marble mountains. Visit highlights such as Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto and the Shakadang River. If desired, enjoy hiking in the hills to see beautiful waterfalls and Buddhist temples. You will also have time to relax at the spa and other facilities at your Taroko Gorge resort.

Continue with your private guide and driver on the Central Cross-Island Highway through forested mountains and over breathtaking Wuling Pass (10,745 ft), the highest road pass in Taiwan, to Sun Moon Lake. Stay at one of the best resorts in Taiwan with views of the beautiful lake and surrounding mountains. During flexible private touring in the region, enjoy options such as a private cruise on Sun Moon Lake, visits to local temples, a stop at a working tea plantation, a visit to a handmade paper factory and a tour of fascinating Chung Tai Chan Monastery, one of the most important religious sites in Taiwan. Other options include riding the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway over the mountains and visiting the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

Continue south to Tainan, one of Taiwan's oldest cities and home to some of the finest regional dishes. Dine on local culinary favorites such as danzai noodles, pineapple cake, black sugar cakes, coffin bread and steamed rice dumplings in banana leaves. Also see cultural highlights such as remnants of the Dutch colonial period, the Confucius Temple and other beautiful temples, and small workshops that produce crafts such as embroidery and hand-painted lanterns.

Return to Taipei, and stay in the hot springs area of Beitou. Enjoy scenic touring or hiking in Yangmingshan National Park, an expanse of lush green volcanic mountains on the edge of the city. Alternatively, stay in Taipei and enjoy flexible touring or shopping according to your interests. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange reservations at the finest restaurants in Taipei and tickets to performances of puppet theater, Chinese opera and Cloud Gate Dance Theater.

Taiwan combines well with other destinations in Asia, such as Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Taipei

Fast-track airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2 Taipei

Full-day flexible private tour. Evening night market visit

Day 3 Taipei

Half-day flexible private culinary tour

Day 4

Taipei – Taroko Gorge

Private transfer to train station. Morning train to Hualien with guide, then private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring and/or hiking en route

Day 5 Taroko Gorge

Full-day private hiking excursion

Day 6

Taroko Gorge – Sun Moon Lake

Morning private hiking, if desired. Private transfer over mountains to resort for 2 nights with flexible touring en route

Day 7

Sun Moon Lake

Full-day flexible private tour, including private lake cruise and visits to local temples and other highlights

Day 8

Sun Moon Lake – Tainan

Private transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon flexible private tour

Day 9

Tainan – Taipei (Beitou)

Morning flexible private touring in Tainan or Anping. Private transfer to train station for business-class HSR train to Taipei. Private transfer to Taipei hotel or Beitou resort for 2 nights. Afternoon flexible private tour

Day 10

Taipei (Beitou) & Yangmingshan National Park

Half-day private scenic touring or hiking

Day 11

Depart Taipei

Private airport transfer. Fast-track departure assistance


Hotels
Taipei: Mandarin Oriental, Taipei
Taroko Gorge: Silks Place Taroko
Sun Moon Lake: The Lalu
Tainan: Silks Place Tainan
Taipei (Beitou): Villa 32 or The Gaia Hotel

Cost

$10,825

Per person (double occupancy)

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Luxury Active Tour of Peru
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Exclusive Inca Trail
(10 Day)
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Active Family Tour of Sicily
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Palermo with Monreale, Segesta & Erice, Sciacca & Agrigento, Noto with Modica, Ragusa & Syracuse, Taormina & Mount Etna

Active Tour of Spain
(10 Days)
Madrid & Segovia, Marbella & Ronda, Granada, Barcelona & Montserrat

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Testimonials

This was truly the trip of a lifetime…In New Zealand, all six of us caught trout, went horse riding, helicoptering, jet boating…all the while being cared for by the most wonderful people ever.
~ P.F., Gwynedd Valley, PA

Peru was absolutely outstanding. Our guide gave me the encouragement and help I needed in climbing to the very top of Huayna Picchu – an accomplishment of which I will always be thankful!! 
~ P.C., Smyrna, GA

We had a wonderful time in Asia!!! Highlights in Indonesia were the airplane view of the volcanoes on Java, walking each level of Borobudur by ourselves with no one else around, the trek to Selogriyo and its breathtaking terraced rice fields…
~ T.T., New York, NY

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