You will board your transatlantic jet from the United States (OR for earlier VIP departure, Own hotel occupancy, Please call for more info). Meals on plane. Early Arrivals leisure until tour starts.
The evening flight will arrive in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport at about 9 P.M., and VIPs will be transported to hotel for check-in by hotel limousine bus. Early arrivals may check in on their own.
Hotel: Caesar Hotel OR Similar
0815 – 0937 Begin your trip from the Taipei Railway Station. Take the spacious and comfortable “2080 Island Star” tourist train from the fourth platform to Ilan. Take in the beautiful scenery of the northern Taiwan from the comfort of your seat.
0937 – 1500 Transfer to the National Center for Traditional Arts Center to enjoy – the essential Arts Collection, “North Tube” heritage; folk arts performances; Mingei neighborhood. Try out various hands-on DIY activities at your own expenses at a local glass factory, Guang Sing Handcrafted Paper factory, and Three Gorges Dye factory as you learn about the interesting yet sophisticated Ilan. Finally, take the “Duck Boat” towards Dongshan River Water Park (lunch not included).
1500 – 1540 Take the designated tour bus back to the hotel. Dinner is provided at the hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Royal Chiaohsi (Jiaoxi) OR Similar
0800 – 0810 8AM morning call. Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast then take the hotel shuttle to Jiaoxi Train Station.
0939 – 1057 Board the “2080 Island Star” tourist train to Hualien. You will pass by the gorgeous East Rift Valley Railway Scenic Area along your train ride.
1110 – 1140 Our tour bus at the station will take you to the relaxing Chishingtan Beach. Shaped like a graceful arc, Chishingtan is a top destination in Taiwan known for its clear blue sea.
1140 – 1300 Enjoy lunch at your choice of (1)Parkview Hotel (2)Yokozuna Restaurant (3)Pacific Organic Chinese Restaurant. Head towards the world renowned Taroko National Park after lunch.
1300 – 1600 Spend your afternoon by touring Taroko National Park. You will start at the Visitor Center then travel to Eternal Spring Shrine → Swallows’ Grottos → Tunnel of Nine Turns → Lushui Water. These world class sights are certainly worthy of a closer look.
1600 – 1640 Your day ends with a designated bus trip back to your accommodation. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Silks Place Taroko Hotel OR Similar
0800 – 0810 Morning call and buffet breakfast at the hotel. Take the hotel shuttle to Hualien Train Station.
1118 – 1351 Board “2080 Island Star” to Taitung, and take in the spectacular East Rift Valley from the opposite direction and different time of day. Experience the authentic Railway Lunch Box along your ride before arriving at the Taitung Railway Station. Our bus will transfer you to the luxurious Royal Chihpen Hotel. Spend a relaxing afternoon perusing the hotel facilities or sign up for a recommended local half-day tour at your own expense.
1800 – 2000 Dinner is provided by the hotel.
Hotel: Taitung Royal Hotel Chihpen OR Similar
0800 – 0810 Morning call and buffet breakfast at the hotel.
0830 – 0950 Start your day with a ride to the Beinan Cultural Park. Beinan Cultural Park is located in the northern edge of Nanwang Township which sits on an historical land of over 10 million square meters. This land holds an important place in Taiwan’s archaeological history as it is the place of the largest and most complete prehistoric human remains.
0955 – 1150 Afterwards, visit Bunun Tribe’s Yanping Township which was founded in 1997 by pastor Bai Guangsheng and the Bunun Foundation. The township features indigenous handicrafts, local markets, aboriginal performances and Bunun weaving workshops. A large number of Aboriginal arts like wood carving, stone carving, pottery and paintings are displayed.
1150 – 1330 Enjoy lunch at the Eastern King Seafood Restaurant or Port City Seafood.
1330 – 1340 Head to Taitung Railway Station.
1400 – 1954 Board the “2079 Hike Star” and try authentic and delicious Railroad Box Meal along your relaxing ride while being submerged in the beautiful mountain scenery. Explore Taipei City at night or return to hotel.
Hotel: Caesar Hotel OR Similar
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before catching your flight to continue your trip.