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Taroko Gorge in a Day

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Direct flight from Taipei to Taroko National Park’s closest airport
  • Walk beneath the impressive Qingshui Cliff, one of the eight wonders of Taiwan
  • Enjoy stunning views of Taroko Gorge, Taiwan’s Grand Canyon
  • Eat your way through Dongdamen night market, one of Taiwan’s largest night markets

Taroko in a Day is specifically designed for visitors wanting to optimize their time at Taiwan’s must-see attractions. A fifty-minute plane ride will take you from Taipei to Taiwan's most iconic, scenic spots featuring the largest marble canyon in the world. As you wind your way through the gorge's scenic road you'll learn the area's history, legends and more before stopping for a brief hike along Shakadang trail. After lunch, you'll spend the afternoon visiting Swallow Grotto, Lushui Trail and Buluowan, three scenic areas offering different vantage points of the raging river below and majestic cliffs above. Finally, it's back to Hualien for dinner at the Dongdamen night market before catching your flight back to Taipei in time for a nightcap. Valid passport required and comfortable shoes recommended.


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Explore Taiwan's #1 natural wonder

▴ Explore Taiwan's #1 natural wonder

Walk beneath the impressive Qing shui Cliffs, where the mountains meet the sea

▴ Walk beneath the impressive Qing shui Cliffs, where the mountains meet the sea

Witness the world's largest marble canyon

▴ Witness the world's largest marble canyon

Visit three scenic areas with different vantage points of the raging river below and majestic cliffs above

▴ Visit three scenic areas with different vantage points of the raging river below and majestic cliffs above

Catch your flight back to Taipei in time for a nightcap

▴ Catch your flight back to Taipei in time for a nightcap

ITINERARY

  • Pickup

    06:30 Arrive Taipei Songshan Airport - check in and security check

  • Point

    07:10 Flight departure from Taipei Songshan Airport

  • Point

    08:00 Land at Hualien airport and be greeted by guide

  • Point

    08:15 Qishingtan Scenic Area

  • Point

    09:00 Qing Shui Cliffs

  • Point

    09:30 Introduction to history of Taroko National Park at visitor center

  • Point

    10:00 Shakadang Trail

  • Meal

    11:30 Lunch

  • Point

    13:00 Swallow Grotto

  • Point

    14:00 Lushui Trail

  • Point

    15:00 Buluowan

  • Point

    17:00 Dongdamen night market

  • Pickup

    19:30 Hualien airport check-in

  • Point

    20:10 Flight to Taipei

  • Point

    21:00 Return to Taipei Songshan Airport

*In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • Meal :
    Breakfast : X | Lunch : O | Dinner : X
  • Duration :
    06:30 - 21:05 (14.5hrs)
  • Pick-up :
    Hualien Airport
  • Drop-Off :
    Hualien Airport
  • Group Size :
    2-14 people
  • Language :
    English

DETAILS

Inclusions

  • Round-trip flight tickets from Taipei to Hualien
  • A professional English speaking tour guide
  • Lunch
  • 5-seater seda / 9-seater van /21-seater mini bus between Hualien and Taroko

Exclusions

  • Transportation between your hotel and Taipei's Songshan Airport
  • Gratuity

Cancellation Policy

Tour requires a minimum of 2 guests.
We will do our best to accommodate individual travelers by placing them on tours with other guests. In the event an individual traveler cannot be so accommodated, guests will be offered an alternative tour of equal value or full refund.
Cancellations are permitted up until 48 hours before departure with a 15% cancellation fee.
Cancellations made 48 hours or less before departure are non-refundable.

REVIEWS

Zach Baumann

Vietnam
June 2019

Really Fun Day Trip

There are a few ways to get to this part of Taiwan, but there can't be an easier way than a quick flight. It saves a lot of time and is very effortless. The guide (Chester in our case), picked us up and we headed off for a full day. Chester was the backup guide and he was still awesome. He's lived there his whole life and really wanted us to experience everything planned for the day. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Thanks Chester. Had an amazing day and I was really glad we splurged a bit for the flight. Super easy and especially great if you are limited on time while in Taiwan!

Tommypics

United States
May 2019

Two Days of Awesomeness with MyTaiwanTours!!

Fnishing off a two week vacay in Asia, we opted for a few days in Taiwan before heading stateside. We knew we could handle Taipei on our own - enough English is spoken - so a visit to the National Palace Museum, to the Taipei 101 skyscraper and the Food Courts below it, the Night Markets and Sunday Flower and Jade markets didn’t scare us, we knew we could do it. But how to see something else of Taiwan besides the big city - that we didn’t know how to approach. Earlier on our trip a Brit we met in Korea raved about the Toroko Gorge, so we started searching on TripAdvisor. Lady Luck was on our side (or Karma or Feng Shui) - we stumbled across MyTaiwanTour. They offered a tour to Huelien which was instantly appealing: a short domestic flight to the eastern side of the island, a full day of private touring with an English speaking guide of the Gorge and the National Park, with a flight back to Taipei the same evening. A quick call to MyTaiwanTour and speaking with a staff specialist convinced us this was just perfect for us. The price was quite reasonable, we went back online and booked it. A brilliant decision - we were emailed a confirmation with instructions, very complete and easy to follow. Simply put, it was just terrific. We were met at the airport in Huelien by Ivan, our driver and guide. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic with fine English, we were taken around the park for enjoyable hikes and walks, magnificent views of the mountains, the river and the marble gorge, explanations of the history and the culture of the indigenous peoples who were there first. The touring lasted the entire day, the pace was good but not exhausting. After finding a little dinner in town, we returned to the military base where our flights occurred to return back to Taipei, we were back at our hotel at 915PM. Efficient and reasonably priced, for us we’d never would have had the opportunity to visit the gorge any other way. Highly recommended! We also booked for our final day a one day private tour of Taipei and the surrounding areas - it was completely flexible as to what we wanted to see, and as we had done the city, we wanted to see the environs. We were met on time at our hotel by Steven, our driver and guide. What others had written here prior about him was completely true, it was awesome to have him suggest a northern tour of the island, we immediately felt we were in really good hands. A safe and courteous driver, we viewed various places, from the fun and funky to the natural beauty of the island. His knowledge and experience helped to fill in the blanks we had about the history and politics of Taiwan, the Republic of China. Our day flew by fast, the conversation never lagged, his English is diplomatic and excellent and humorous and he even fulfilled our request for the last hour of the tour by taking us to a preferred electronics store to find the items we knew we’d not easily find at home. He translated, negotiated, and we succeeded. Fabulous! Can I repeat myself and again say highly recommended?!?…

Flavio_AA_Rodrigues

Portugal
June 2018

Great tour and great guide

The tour was really nice and Ivan was a great guide. Choosing this tour was the best think because the flight from Taipei to Hualien was very fast, which allow us to spend more time in this great area. We received our flight tickets a couple days before and when we arrived at Hualien airport Ivan was already there expecting us. The tour covers most of the areas around and inside Taroko Gorge and we even visit the beach and a local night market. Ivan was a great guide, very passion about the place and he explained us everything, and he even offered us a really nice lemon juice. He was very happy because we were his first Portuguese guests. The lunch was also good. Despite the price can be a little bitmuch, it totally worth it. I highly recommend this tour

Cydnee D.

United States
June 2018

taroko gorge by air

Way cool way to get out of the urban hustle and bustle.

Vivian Li

Australia
January 2018

The best day in my life

We rarely book tours as exploring on our own allows us to take our time and works out to be cheaper! however, I highly recommend this tour! Taroko National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan. The sights are breathtaking, accompanied with an interesting history. We only had a short stay in Taiwan but really wanted to visit so we found this a perfect one day tour. Travelling to Hualien by air saved plenty of time. Preferred this method over a 3-hour train ride. Our flight booking confirmation details were emailed 2 days before the tour so we could print them off or save e-ticket on your mobile. Hopped on an early flight departing from Taipei Songshan Airport. Our tour guide, Alicia, met us at Hualien Airport. There were no others, so it ended up being a private tour! We started our tour early which meant that we missed all the big tour groups and could really enjoy the tranquility. Our first stops were the Qingshui Cliff and Qixingtan Beach. The morning mist made for amazing photos! Then we headed into the National Park! Started off with more photo ops in front of the entrance. We trekked the Shakadang trail which wowed us with its crystal-clear turquoise water and rock/marble formations. Next, visited the Eternal Spring Shine which stands as a memorial for the workers that died during the construction of Central Cross-Island East-West Highway. From Changuang Temple, we crossed the suspension footbridge to climb the stairway to heaven, reaching the Taroko Bell Tower. We had lunch at the restaurant located in the Taroko National Park Visitors Centre. We had a nice choice of lunch options included. Lunch was enjoyable and Alicia met us in the lobby afterwards and we had a brief exploration of the exhibition there is also a film presentation on display. From there, we walked along the Swallow Grotto trail. Safety hats had to be worn due to the risk of falling rocks Alicia provided these. The cliff face against the Liwu River was truly magnificent! Then a visit to the Buluowan Visitors Centre exhibition halls where we learnt about aboriginal culture specifically the Taroko tribe. There was a lovely short film to watch. Alicia also took lead us through the Meander Core Trail which had several platforms that overlooked the Liwu River, Sipan Dam and sections of the eastern edge of Swallow Grotto. Alicia wanted to take us further in but there were road constructions as a result of landslides so we headed back out instead. We headed back to Hualien to Qixingtan Seven Star Lake.. getting it's name from the reflections of the stars - the beach, looking out to the Pacific was beautiful! Alicia tailored the tour to our interests and it was a jammed packed day! We ended up getting pretty tried and rather than the night market, we asked to go into the city instead we had already been to so many different night markets in Taipei which she was happy to accommodate. She organised a meeting point and picked us up, before returning us to the airport - even checking us in at the counter! The flight home to Songshan Airport was smooth. An easy MRT back to our accommodation. Quick stop for dinner snacks and we were ready for bed! Taroko would be one of the highlights of our trip! Alicia was a really lovely guide! She is experienced, knowledgeable and easy going. Her vehicle was new, clean and comfortable. She provided us with water, raincoats, etc.. She even tried to buy us drinks! Ask her as many questions as you like! Please make sure you leave her a tip! I'll only post two photos as a tease because you really have to see these sights for yourself!! Tip: Have a good night sleep before and remember to wear comfortable shoes as there will be plenty of walking in between the car rides.

Vivian

United States
January 2018

Full-Day Taroko Gorge Group Tour by Air

We rarely book tours as exploring on our own allows us to take our time and works out to be cheaper! however, I highly recommend this tour! Taroko National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan. The sights are breathtaking, accompanied with an interesting history. We only had a short stay in Taiwan but really wanted to visit so we found this a perfect one day tour. Travelling to Hualien by air saved plenty of time. Preferred this method over a 3-hour train ride. Our flight booking confirmation details were emailed 2 days before the tour so we could print them off or save e-ticket on your mobile. Hopped on an early flight departing from Taipei Songshan Airport. Our tour guide, Alicia, met us at Hualien Airport. There were no others, so it ended up being a private tour! We started our tour early which meant that we missed all the big tour groups and could really enjoy the tranquility. Our first stops were the Qingshui Cliff and Qixingtan Beach. The morning mist made for amazing photos! Then we headed into the National Park! Started off with more photo ops in front of the entrance. We trekked the Shakadang trail which wowed us with its crystal-clear turquoise water and rock/marble formations. Next, visited the Eternal Spring Shine which stands as a memorial for the workers that died during the construction of Central Cross-Island East-West Highway. From Changuang Temple, we crossed the suspension footbridge to climb the stairway to heaven, reaching the Taroko Bell Tower. We had lunch at the restaurant located in the Taroko National Park Visitors Centre. We had a nice choice of lunch options included. Lunch was enjoyable and Alicia met us in the lobby afterwards and we had a brief exploration of the exhibition there is also a film presentation on display. From there, we walked along the Swallow Grotto trail. Safety hats had to be worn due to the risk of falling rocks Alicia provided these. The cliff face against the Liwu River was truly magnificent! Then a visit to the Buluowan Visitors Centre exhibition halls where we learnt about aboriginal culture specifically the Taroko tribe. There was a lovely short film to watch. Alicia also took lead us through the Meander Core Trail which had several platforms that overlooked the Liwu River, Sipan Dam and sections of the eastern edge of Swallow Grotto. Alicia wanted to take us further in but there were road constructions as a result of landslides so we headed back out instead. We headed back to Hualien to Qixingtan Seven Star Lake.. getting it's name from the reflections of the stars - the beach, looking out to the Pacific was beautiful! Alicia tailored the tour to our interests and it was a jammed packed day! We ended up getting pretty tried and rather than the night market, we asked to go into the city instead we had already been to so many different night markets in Taipei which she was happy to accommodate. She organised a meeting point and picked us up, before returning us to the airport - even checking us in at the counter! The flight home to Songshan Airport was smooth. An easy MRT back to our accommodation. Quick stop for dinner snacks and we were ready for bed! Taroko would be one of the highlights of our trip! Alicia was a really lovely guide! She is experienced, knowledgeable and easy going. Her vehicle was new, clean and comfortable. She provided us with water, raincoats, etc.. She even tried to buy us drinks! Ask her as many questions as you like! Please make sure you leave her a tip! I'll only post two photos as a tease because you really have to see these sights for yourself!! Tip: Have a good night sleep before and remember to wear comfortable shoes as there will be plenty of walking in between the car rides.

YUAN

Japan
October 2017

Highly Recommended

Taroko National Park has plenty of places to see and do! This tour is more expensive than going by a train, but it’s totally worth it since you can get there within an hour. The guide is a very good person, I was given a banana as a snack! She also took me to find a secret bath which is really difficult to go if you were travel by yourself. There are few places you can explore on your own, so basic English communication skill is essential if you are not a English speaker.

Sandra

Germany
September 2017

MUST GO VISIT

I highly recommend you to join Taroko Gorge day tour from MyTaiwanTour! You will inspired by the Gorgeous scenery and the Amazing view.

Anne

Australia
January 2017

Because of their small groups I think MyTaiwanTour is your best pick,

I was with Ivan the Taroko gorge day trip by plane! A grey day but no rain! It was just me and a friend I met on the tour with Cola so we felt quite special! Ivan is a great guy. For me we could have skipped the night market and stayed in the gorge longer but hey there are a lot of people who love the night markets.

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