Day 1 - Arrival at Taipei International Airport and explore Taipei
❥ Fly into Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei. ❥ Depending on time available and weather, this may include a look at Taipei Botanical Garden, a visit to Taipei 101 and its observatory for sunset views over the city, a soak in a hot spring, or a stroll around Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (a landmark dedicated to Taiwan and Nationalist China’s former leader).
Day 2 - Taipei Zoo & Maokong Gondola
❥ Away from the city center, Taipei Zoo & Maokong gondola are the best choices. The baby panda is one of the hottest super stars in Taipei! ❥ Taking a gondola to Maokong is a fun choice. Maokong Gondola Station is only a few steps from the zoo. The gondola takes you onto a mountain full of tea gardens. After having a cup of tea, take a walk on the well-organized hiking trail, suitable for all ages.
Day 3 - Flying Cow Ranch & Fruit Picking Farm
❥ Flying Cow Ranch Near Taipei city, Flying Cow Ranch is one of the best choices for a family trip. Besides seeing and touching animals in the ranch, you’ll have the chance to milk a cow or feed a goat. Kids enjoy the practical activities on the ranch. ❥ Visiting a fruit farm which allows you pick the fruit yourself is another good idea. It’s a nice opportunity for kids to learn how the fruit has been grown.
Day 4 - Tamsui Northern Coast
❥ Off to the seaside! Today we’ll take a look at Taiwan’s rugged north coast via Tamsui. One of the most visible landmarks in this historic riverside town is the castle-like Fort San Domingo, built by the Dutch on the site of a Spanish stockade, then later occupied by the British. A fun thing to do while in Tamsui is take the ferry across the estuary to Bali, an even smaller town but a good place to see crabs and mudskippers. ❥ After Tamsui and Bali, we can enjoy seafood at nearby Fuji Fishing Harbour, splash in the water at the beach called Baishawan (‘white sand bay’) or continue northeast along the coast, stopping wherever you want to take in the view or stretch your legs. Visiting a family-friendly hot spring is another option, as both Jinshan on the north coast and Yangmingshan National Park are riddled with places where naturally-heated mineral water rises to the surface.
Day 5 - Wrap up
❥ Whatever time your flight out, we’ll help you make the very most of your final day in Taiwan. Almost everyone agrees that just after daybreak, as the sun climbs up over the nearby peaks, is a splendid moment to appreciate the beauty of Sun Moon Lake. ❥ Depending on your schedule, we’ll visit Cien Pagoda and perhaps a pair of temples that preserve relics associated with Xuan Zang, a Buddhist monk revered for traveling from China to India in 7th century and translating religious texts.