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Gourmet Culinary Vacation in Taiwan

Explore the best Taiwanese food on this deep gastronomical tour of the entire island! This extensive food tour will take you from "locals-only" food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants while keeping your palette satisfied, surprised, and eager for more with local foods and traditions. Start with Taiwan's famous soup dumplings in Taipei before embarking on a rich exploration of locally-grown wines, whisky, tea, tofu, soy sauce, and even chocolate. Try indigenous dishes found nowhere else in the world. Satisfy your taste buds with Taiwan's ultimate food tour!

Highlights

  • Visit an award-winning, local chocolate farm
  • Sample Taiwan's Michelin-starred soup dumplings
  • Try locally-grown wine, whisky and handpick tea in Taiwan's high mountains
  • Learn the ancient art of making soy sauce and make traditional pastry in a DIY class
  • Roast your own organic coffee beans with an indigenous tribe
  • 11 nights accommodation

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11 days with instruction
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Included in the package are 11 nights stay at various hotels with breakfast.

  • Day 1: 4-star hotel Sonnien Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 2: 4-star Park City Hotel Taichung (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 3: 4-star LeaLea Garden Hotel Sun Moon Lake (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 4: 3-star Jiayi Guanzi Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 5: 4-star Alishan House (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 6: 4-star hotel The Place Tainan (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 7: 5-star The Grand HiLai Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 8: 3-star hotel J Resort (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 9: Luxury local B&B Adagio Resort (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 10: 4-star Azure Hotel (double or twin room) or equivalent
  • Day 11: 5-star hotel Silks Place Taroko (double or twin room) or equivalent

Program

Day 1: Taipei

Try famous soup dumplings at Taiwan’s Michelin-starred restaurant after an educational walking tour through Taipei's historical landmarks and most treasured museum with 5,000 years of Chinese art, history, and culture and end the first day at the well-known night market.

Day 2: Hakka food tour

Enjoy cultural relics and beautiful scenery as you take a bicycle-powered "train ride" through Hakka culture. Then, try Taiwan's locally grown wine before eating traditional Taiwanese food at a classic night market.

Day 3: Departs Taichung to Sun Moon Lake

Take an electric, luxurious boat ride across Taiwan's largest and most beautiful lake. Then, tour a tea factory and enjoy a tasting of Sun Moon Lake's world-renowned artisan black tea while gaining a deep understanding of the region's devoted tea culture.

Day 4: Departs Sun Moon Lake to Chiayi

Visit a traditional soy sauce studio where soy sauce is still made over a wooden fire. Stop by an ancient temple, and then head to the food mecca featured on Netflix's "Street Food" series.

Day 5: Departs Chiayi to Alishan

Enter the Alishan National Park and handpick tea at a local tea farm with breathtaking views. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the park's natural forest, enjoying Taiwan's mountainous terrain that supports ideal tea growing conditions.

Day 6: Departs Alishan to Tainan

In the morning, you’ll get up early and hop on the Alishan Forest Railway to catch a glimpse of the area’s famed “sea of clouds” that appear in the hours around dawn. Afterward, we’ll head to Tainan, Taiwan's oldest city to learn about the island's history dating all the way back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial periods.

Day 7: Departs Tainan to Kaohsiung

Visit an organic pineapple farm that uses natural farming to sustain pineapples and other fruits and vegetables that grow in harmony on this farmer's land. Enjoy an inmate experience getting to know the farmers with DIY activities that feature the pineapple fruit. End your day making Taiwan's famous pineapple cakes and learn why these pastries are so symbolic in Taiwanese culture.

Day 8: Departs Pingtong to Taitung

Visit a local, award-winning chocolate farm that combines local ingredients to create innovative novelties. Enjoy a picturesque drive along the Pacific Ocean. Then, dine with a local indigenous tribe.

Day 9: Taitung Coast: Indigenous fine dining

Explore the roots of Taiwan's food culture with a beautiful bike ride through the famous Chishang rice farms. Meet an indigenous tribe member who will teach you how to make fleur de sel (fine crystal salt). Then, feast on the creations from a Michelin-star chef that uses and draws inspiration from locally-sourced ingredients.

Day 10: Taitung Coast: Indigenous coffee farm

Visit an all organic, indigenous-owned coffee farm overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a rare experience to roast your own coffee beans with the tribe over a wooden fire. Absorb the unique topography of the East Rift Valley during a scenic drive.

Day 11: Taroko Gorge

Explore the world’s largest marble cliff and blue, turquoise waters at Taroko Gorge. Make an unforgettable stop at Qixingtan Beach and spend the night at the natural wonder's most luxurious hotel.

Day 12: Departs Taroko Gorge to Yilan and back to Taipei

Enjoy more of Taiwan's beautiful, natural scenery during the drive along the coast. Try Taiwan's internationally-acclaimed Kavalan whisky and take a tour of the distillery before returning to Taipei.

Location

This culinary tour takes place in Taiwan. Starting in Taipei, you will visit various places such as Taichung, Sun Moon Lake, Chiayi, Alishan, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Taitung before returning to Taipei.

Food

The following meals are included in the price:

  • Breakfast in hotel (day 2 to day 12)
  • Lunch (day 1, day 3, day 6, day 9, day 10)
  • Dinner (day 4, day 5, day 8, day 11)

Please let My Taiwan Tour know if you have allergies / dietary restrictions when making your reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • All transportation (5-seater sedan or 8-seater van, driver)
  • Admission tickets to all activities on the itinerary
  • 11 nights hotel with breakfast
  • Lunch (day 1, day 3, day 6, day 9, day 10)
  • Dinner (day 4, day 5, day 8, day 11)
  • Travel insurance

What's not included

  • Meals not listed above
  • Any optional activities not on itinerary
  • Gratuity

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The cost of the transfer is 50 USD per car (5-seater). The transfer service can only accept two people with one piece of 28-inch (70x48x30cm) luggage and one piece of 22-inch (55x40x20cm) luggage.

Airport: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Airport transfer available: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

This tour is available all year round with arrival every Saturday. To be on the safe side, booking at least 10 days before the start date is highly recommended.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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