Luxury Taiwan Tours

Best of Taipei
(5 Days)

Taipei Stopover
(4 Days)

Highlights of Taiwan
(8 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake  

Taipei & Sun Moon Lake
(7 Days)

Discover Taiwan
(6 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge

Cultural & Culinary Tour of Taiwan
(8 Days)
Taipei, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake

Journey Through Taiwan
(11 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, Tainan, Taipei/Beitou

Cultural & Culinary Tour of Taiwan

(8 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Taipei, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake

Experience the extraordinary world of Taiwanese cuisine—including specialty food shops, incredible night markets and a private cooking lesson—as well as the cultural highlights of the country on this one-of-a-kind private Taiwan culinary tour.

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, take the HSR (High-Speed Rail) train 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.

Continue to Sun Moon Lake, a region of natural beauty and interesting cultural attractions. Stay at one of the best resorts in Taiwan with views of the lake and surrounding mountains. During flexible private touring in the region, visit a working tea plantation, dine on regional specialties that incorporate local ingredients and take a private cruise on Sun Moon Lake. Other options include visiting local temples, touring a handmade paper factory, visiting fascinating Chung Tai Chan Monastery, riding the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway over the mountains and visiting the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

Return to Taipei for flexible cultural or food-related touring. 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

Morning private cooking lesson. Afternoon private tour

Day 4 Taipei – Tainan

Private transfer to train station for HSR train (business-class tickets) to Tainan. Private transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private flexible touring of food shops, temples and cultural attractions

Day 5 Tainan – Sun Moon Lake

Morning private flexible touring in Tainan or Anping. Afternoon private transfer to resort for 2 nights

Day 6 Sun Moon Lake

Full-day flexible private tour, including private lake cruise, visit to tea plantation and other highlights

Day 7 Sun Moon Lake – Taipei

Private transfer to Taichung train station for HSR train (business-class tickets) to Taipei. Private transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 8 Depart Taipei

Private airport transfer with fast-track airport assistance


Hotels
Taipei: Mandarin Oriental, Taipei
Tainan: Silks Place Tainan
Sun Moon Lake: The Lalu

Cost

$6,572

Per person (double occupancy)

Luxury Taiwan Tours

Best of Taipei
(5 Days)

Taipei Stopover
(4 Days)

Highlights of Taiwan
(8 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake  

Taipei & Sun Moon Lake
(7 Days)

Discover Taiwan
(6 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge

Cultural & Culinary Tour of Taiwan
(8 Days)
Taipei, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake

Journey Through Taiwan
(11 Days)
Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, Tainan, Taipei/Beitou

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Our Taiwan trip was excellent and enjoyable. We cannot say enough about our escort guide—she was absolutely awesome.
~ A.S., St. Petersburg, FL

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