B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
2019 Catch the Wave in Taiwan – Daylily
Day 1**Aug. 28 | Honolulu – Taipei
We start our adventure by boarding an international flight to Taipei, the capital city, and the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan (ROC). Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Aug. 29 | Taipei
Upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us before transferring to Taipei for an overnight stay.
Day 3**Aug. 30 | Taipei – Yilan | (B, D)
This morning, we proceed to Yehliu Promontory, a cape in Wanli District, New Taipei City that is part of the Daliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed the Datun Mountains out of the sea. A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface. These shapes can be viewed at the Yehliu Geopark operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The best known is the “Queen’s Head”, an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include the “Fairy Shoe”, the “Beehive”, the “Ginger Rocks”, and the “Sea Candles”. Next, we will visit Jiufen, formerly the center for gold mining. The most prosperous shopping district is Chiufen or Jiufen Old Street, lined with many local snack vendors and special accessory stores. Various foods such as “Yu Yuan” (taro balls), fried meat balls, steamed taro cakes, and herbal rice cakes are Chiufen’s specialties. There are some historical items well preserved too. Enjoy lunch on your own here. Both Pingxi, a remote hillside town, and Shifen are rich in culture and history and provide a delightful glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. In the past, those who worked or farmed in the mountains faced the risk of being robbed or killed so they used lanterns to inform their families of their safety. The lanterns do not function as signals anymore, but are now used as symbols of peace and good fortune. We will each be given a Lantern with a wish written on it to release into the sky. Shifen is well known for the Shifen Waterfall, a 20 meter tall waterfall that creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake, widely regarded as the most scenic in all of Taiwan. After this gorgeous day of sightseeing, we will check into our hot spring resort in Jiaoxi. During our stay, feel free to enjoy the Hot Spring inside the resort, as this rejuvenating experience will help reduce insomnia and aid in recovering from fatigue.
Jiaoxi Hot Springs: The reef brook hot spring is rich in sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and carbonic acid ions and is a rare flat land hot spring. The spring water is clear, odorless and makes our skin soft and supple.
***Please bring a swimming suit and swimming cap for the hot springs**
Day 4**Aug. 31 | Yilan – Hualien | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is Taroko National Park, one of eight national parks in Taiwan. The name Taroko means “magnificent and beautiful” in the language of the Truku indigenous tribe. On our way to the park, we will have a stop at Qingshui Cliff, designated in 1953 by the Taiwan government as one of the island’s “Eight Wonders” . The route along Qingshui Cliff is the only coastal road in Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an amazing natural gorge created by the Liwu River which has cut deep into mountains made of solid marble. As we travel on a road carved into sheer walls of rock winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders, we can appreciate the natural beauty along the way. We will arrive at Tienshiang after passing Shakadang Trail Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou), and Tse Mu Bridge. Swallow Grotto is the most impressive natural site in Taroko Gorge where the canyons are the narrowest. Swallows nesting on the cliff can be seen chirping and flying back and forth. Changchun Shrine or Eternal Spring Shrine is a landmark and memorial shrine in Taroko National Park.
Day 5**Sep. 1 | Hualien – Taitung | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will visit the Lintienshan Forestry Cultural Area, a large park and recreation area with hiking trails and museum exhibitions detailing Taiwan’s forestry traditions. It was previously the largest logging operation in Hualien County and eastern Taiwan. Once named “Little Shanghai” due to the mountain town’s thriving timber logging operations, Lintienshan began to decline after the government’s ban on logging. Since then, the town has rescued the remaining forest areas and transformed the area into a park. The contrast between the forest area and the logging equipment available for viewing in both the museum exhibits and around the park contributes to the area’s charm. After lunch, we will transfer to Liushidan Mountain (literally translates to Sixty Stone Mountain), located northeast of Fuli Village, and situated at an elevation of around 800 meters above sea level. It is perhaps most well-known for its Daylily Flowers which bloom once a year between August and September, covering at least 300 hectares! It is an extremely popular destination for tourists during the summer holidays. Today, we can see thousands of these flowers creating a picturesque scenery just like one out of a painting. Daylily flowers are known as “Day Flowers” because it only takes one day for a mature bud to blossom. Tonight, when time permits, we can walk along the Tiehuacun, where lanterns along the street and create a romantic ambiance. Take a stroll around the park to relax, and browse through handmade items at the many souvenir stalls.
Day 6**Sep. 2 | Taitung – Taipei | (B, L)
Today, enjoy a free leisure time on your own in the morning. You can have a Grocery Supermarket Experience in Carrefour. Carrefour is one of the famous grocery supermarkets in Taiwan and operates almost 100 stores across Taiwan in multiple forms, including hypermarkets, supermarkets and online shops, with annual turnover of around 2 billion USD. In the relatively small Taiwan market, it is a major player and very respected. Afterward, we will transfer to Taitung Train Station for continuing our journey in Taipei, lunch will be severed on the train.
Day 7**Sep. 3 | Taipei | (B, L)
Today, our first stop is Beitou Hot Spring Museum, housed in a public hot spring bath built during the Japanese colonial era. The Tudor-style building has a brick and wood façade and black tile roof set picturesquely in the surrounding greenery. This is a good spot to learn about Beitou’s rich hot spring culture and history. We will visit Geothermal Valley, sometimes simply Thermal Valley or Hell Valley. It is a volcanic crater filled with steaming natural sulfuric hot spring water. The mineral composition of the rare green sulfur spring waters can only be found in two locations in the world, here in Beitou and in Akita, Japan. After lunch, we will take a Ferry from Bali Left Bank to Tamsui Old Street, a wonderful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Taipei City. You’ll surely find something worth tasting among the diverse snacks available here. An ice cream cone longer than your face will amaze adults and children alike. The tiny “Iron Eggs” with their rich, chewy flavor will be hard to stop once you start eating them. Enjoying a cup of sour plum juice with the gentle riverside breeze is a great way to cool off on a summer afternoon. Or a bowl of fish ball soup (fried tofu filled with glass noodles) makes for a memorable local experience. Eating to the sound of talented buskers, with the beautiful view of the setting sun before you, it is no surprise that people love this place! Before we leave for dinner, we can enjoy the beautiful sunset in Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. Tonight, we will experience another one of Taiwan’s nightlife by walking around the popular, bustling Shilin Night Market, the largest and most famous night market in Taiwan. Enjoy your dinner here.
Day 8**Sep 4 | Taipei – Honolulu | (B)
Today, enjoy a free leisure time on your own. You can visit Taipei 101, located in the Xinyi business district, the most developed business district in Taipei. Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center and ranked as the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. You can also walk around the Xin Yi Commercial Center, a newly developed area in Taiwan and a place for the younger generation to hang out. We can enjoy our free time for souvenir shopping and exploring the charming views of Taipei here. Tonight, we will transfer to Taoyuan International Airport for our return flight home, ending our fantastic tour to Taiwan.
Gratuity for Tour Guides and Drivers
Written notice is required for any cancellation. The cancellation fee will be as follow:
**After June 18, 2019, $350 deposit is non-refundable.
** June 19 – July 27, 2019, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** From July 28, 2019 to departure or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute shall not be accepted.
**We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you make your reservation**
Price from: $2,688.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $650)