The Great Taroko Gorge - Hualien (花蓮) in-depth 2 Day Tour

Hualien is a region rich with natural resources and a bustling hub of activity for tourists.
It is famous for its rift valley plain that lies just beside a mountainous range, and rocky seashore overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The tribal culture here offers an extra diverse travel experience. The countryside in Hualien has one of the best natural environments in Taiwan. Both foreign and local travelers plan their weekend get-aways down to Hualien to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.

Features:

family tour

Family fun

Taipei food tour

Great Food​​

Taiwan photo tour

Photo Spots

Taiwan outdoor tour

Outdoor

Highlights

Aboriginal Specialty - Savor the Origin of Taiwan

Aboriginal specialty includes dishes that utilize the mountain vegetables and fresh seafood of the region. Learn about the many aboriginal cultures that comprise nearly one third of Hualien County’s population.

The Great Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge is an impressive 19km long canyon famous for its spectacular mountains and marble cliffs that stretch along the Liwu River. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area. Some people get immense satisfaction taking in the majestic scenery just touring the park in a bus, car or taxi. For the more active, there are a few hiking trails and great water areas to go swimming and river tracing.

Unveiling the Mysterious Shakadang (砂卡噹) Trail

Shakagang Trail, also known as "mysterious valley trail", is built along a river cliff. Travellers can easily observe the folds in rocks and the natural ecosystem beside the river shore. After passing a 3D cabin, the trail will lead visitors to the old Datong tribal village - a perennial favorite for our visitors.

Wind of Pacific Ocean – Seven Star Bay (Qixingtan 七星潭)

At the northeast of Hualien City, the moon-shaped Seven Star Bay has a pebble beach that extends along the shore for several kilometers. You don’t need to fully plan what to do here since what you do can be quite spontaneous, which includes cycling, picnicking, taking a long walk, enjoying the geological sights. If you come at the right time of morning, you may see some fishermen working along the shore.

The Military Command Center: Pine Garden

Due to its vantage point atop mountain, and camouflage provided by lush towering pines. The Japanese military established a command center here during WWII. After the war, buildings and the pine trees are remained, and becomes one of the most popular sight in Hualien city. Visitors can explore the history of Japanese army, such as the well-known suicide attack team “Kamikaze attack unit” here.

Surrounding by mountains – The Carps Lake

Surrounded by the mountains, Carp Lake maintains its own quietness and unique scenery. Here, you can take a leisure walk, cycle around the lake, or traverse the lake by pedal boat. If you’re lucky enough, you might spot fireflies along the lake in April and May!

Itinerary

Day1

07 : 30 Departure from Taipei. Meet your tour guide at Taipei Main Station West 3 Gate (台北車站西3門) and take the train to Hualien
12 : 30 Lunch: Aboriginal Specialty
13 : 30 Great Taroko Gorge
16 : 00 Shakadang Trail
17 : 50 Dinner at Hualien night market
Overnight at a local high quality B&B or 3-star hotel in Hualien

Day2

09 : 00 Depart from B&B or hotel
09 : 30 The Military Command Center: Pine Garden
11 : 00 The story of Japanese immigration – Chinghsiu temple
12 : 00 Lunch
13 : 30 Surrounding by Mountains – The Carps Lake
15 : 30 Wind of Pacific Ocean – Seven Star Bay
16 : 40 Head back to Taipei by train (The tour will end at Taipei Train Station)

Tour Details

Minimum Numbers

2 people

Availability

Departs on every Tuesday and Thursday

Meeting point

07:30 am at Taipei Main Station West 3 Gate (台北車站西3門)

When to book

Book 3 days in advance

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes, a light coat, anti-mosquito measures. Please avoid wearing colorful clothes and perfume to prevent wasp attacks.

Price

Infant (0 to 1 years old)

Free of charge. (Please note there must be at least one adult accompanying the tour with infant.)

Child (1 to 6 years old)

205 USD per person

Adult (Over 6 years old)​

410 USD per person * If your group is 4 adults or over, the special price is 355USD per person.

Inclusion

Accommodation

1 night of local high quality B&B

Food

1st Day: Lunch & Dinner / 2nd Day: Breakfast & Lunch

Admissions

Pine Garden, Chinghsiu Temple and bike rental at The Carps Lake

Tour Guide

A great English/Chinese -speaking guide

Transportation

Round way Taipei – Hualien train tickets and van or sedan in Hualien

Others

Travel insurance and of course, memories that money can't buy!
Please note that tips for your tour guide are NOT included.

From 355 USD per person

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babymatters
babymatters
Great service and hospitality
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Just completed our 9 persons 9 days trip to Taiwan with Topology. Peter, our trip planner is very helpful. We had a last minute request to add on an additional room the day before we flew, and he had everything settled by the time we touched down in Taipei. The hotels recommendation were good and suitable for our big family with young children. Joanna our tour guide took very good care of us throughout the trip. She knew that the elderly doesn’t like western food but the younger ones love it. She managed to find a restaurant that has a play area for the young kids, good Italian food for the parents and a hotpot for the elderly grandmother. A lot of thought went into catering to the diverse needs of the group. It’s truly a trip at our own pace, catered to our tastes and preferences. Thank you Peter, Joanna, and Topology! We’ll be back to explore other parts of Taiwan again with Topology!
julesyongsg
julesyongsg
A fun trip for young and old
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Our 4th trip to Taiwan and 3rd time with Topology. 1st time was with an agency from our home country but we have not looked back since we started with Topology in 2016. Sincere personalised service is what we have been getting everytime. Core, our tour coordinator is always patient, responsive and pleasant. She planned our trip well... Addressing concerns of the elderly and the young and ensuring their needs were addressed. It's also our 3rd trip with our guide Taddy who is always charming, caring and thoughtful. He knows where to get the best value most delicious food in Taiwan! Taddy took special care of our elderly parents... he's always got a way to ensure that their ability to appreciate the locations we visit is not compromised by their inability to walk far. With Taddy always feel so welcome like visiting family. Great job Topology!
Liu-Elsdon
Liu-Elsdon
An unforgettable day trip with Topology
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Our group of 10 had a wide range of people from ages 1 to 77 with different interests and needs from physical to dietary. Clint took care of everything and paid close attention to each family member (from finding a sandwich to locating a bike route) so that we could really enjoy being together and exploring Taiwan. The itinerary took us to hidden spots in Taiwan from a mystical bamboo forest where we tasted tea to a night tour of an ecological preserve. And Clint took amazing photos throughout our trip so that we have a lifetime of memories to treasure. We highly recommend Clint and Topology to everyone and look forward to traveling with them again in the future!
FerryKris
FerryKris
Custom private tour shifen, jiufen, and taipei
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The 2 days tour began with our guide, Mr. Logan Chen, picked us up at our hotel on time. He was well prepared, courteous, very friendly, and welcoming. The car was clean, well stocked with mineral water, and comfortable. The way he drove was safe and comfortable that my boys were able to fall asleep on the way to Shifen and Jiufen. As we requested to be in Jiufen until night, Logan suggested we visit the Shifen waterfall first. So we did and we had fun. Then to Shifen we went. Had lunch at a restaurant recommended by Logan. It was a very good lunch. The restaurant was nice and unique and the food was delicious. Then up next was the flying lantern at Shifen. We got a good place to write our wishes and fly them up. Then up next was the golden waterfall which was simply breathtaking. From there we went to jiufen and stayed there till nightfall. Logan had a very good knowledge of the place. He recommended lots of food stops in Shifen and Jiufen. All were very delicious. We will surely use topology services again the next time we are in Taiwan.
Nuttakarn M
Nuttakarn M
Winter in Taiwan with 3 generations!!!
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We all love this tour and enjoy this trip very much. The guide leader is polite and funny. He made a well-planned in each day and make us impressed with a delicious BD’s cake. Even we have 4 senior and 3 children, they are happy with this tour.
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