Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Taiwan Cultural Treasures & Majestic Landscapes

Mar 3 - 13, 2020
11 days
£3,630 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,135 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour
Leader

Judy Tenzing

Overview

An overlooked jewel among Asia’s diverse destinations, with a thriving arts scene and a vibrant traditional culture.

Ancient temples, stunning mountain scenery, superb museums: Taiwan has much to fascinate the cultural traveller. This 11-day tour explores the many facets of Taiwan in depth, from the natural beauty of its interior and coastlines, to the thriving contemporary arts scene in Taipei and some of East Asia’s greatest cultural treasures. The island also has a rich history to be discovered, from Portuguese and Dutch colonists to the enduring influence of its power neighbours, China and Japan, and the survival of indigenous cultures and rich artisanal traditions that have been lost elsewhere.

Highlights

 

  • Historic ancient temples, colonial forts and Meiji-era architecture in Old Tainan
  • The pristine environment of Sun Moon Lake, surrounded by an iconic landscape of steep mountain peaks
  • The art of Taiwanese tea-making at an Assam tea farm
  • The extraordinary Chung Tai Chan Monastery near Puli, headquarters of a popular Zen Buddhist order
  • A spectacular drive hugging the Chingshui Cliffs and penetrating deep into the valley of Taroko Gorge
  • Taipei’s National Palace Museum, Taiwan’s celebrated cultural institution, home to over 500,000 artefacts and artworks

Itinerary overview

Days 1–2: Arrive into Kaohsiung and transfer to Tainan. Explore the city’s colonial past at Fort Zeelandia and its centuries-old Daoist temples.

Day 3: Admire Lugang’s temples and Japanese-era family mansions.

Days 4–6: Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung and travel to Sun Moon Lake. Explore the lake’s surrounds and the Chung Tai Chan monastery and museum.

Day 7: Traverse the central range to Taroko Gorge and experience Taiwanese indigenous culture.

Days 8–10: Drive to Taipei. Ascend the Taipei 101 skyscraper; visit Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall and the extensive collection at the National Palace Museum.

Day 11: Depart Taipei.

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