From  £2115
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Admire scenic views on the Pingxi line
  • Board the tilting Taroko Express train
  • Visit the magnificent Taroko Gorge
  • Take the Forest Train to Alishan
  • Visit the serene Sun Moon Lake
  • Take the high speed railway to Taipei
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Taiwan by Train

12 Day Tour, from £2115 per person

Travel through the incredible network of trains that link the bustling Taipei with Taiwan’s national parks and historic towns. From the capital take an excursion on the scenic 8-mile Pingxi Line past mountain cliffs and waterfalls, stopping at small traditional mining towns along the way.

To explore the country’s stunningly beautiful mountainous interior, tale the  wonderful tilting Taroko Express to Taroko Gorge or embark  on a journey to the famous Forest Train to Alishan and be sure to rise early the following day to watch the sun rise over Taiwan's highest mountain.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
TAIPEI
TAIPEI
Fly to Taipai. Transfer to the hotel and check in for three nights.
DAY 2
TAIPEI
TAIPEI
Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour of Taipei including the city's oldest temple, Longshan, Ching Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the observation deck of Taipei 101 the tallest building in Asia and second tallest in the world, and the National Palace Museum, which holds an extensive Chinese treasure collection. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure or take an optional night market tour. (B,L)
DAY 3
TAIPEI & PINGXI SCENIC TRAIN
TAIPEI & PINGXI SCENIC TRAIN
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and transfer to Taipei train station for journey by train to Ruifang before switching to the 8-mile long Pingxi line, a beautiful stretch of rail originally used to transport coal. Savour the beauty of mountain cliffs, streams and waterfalls along the way and experience the rustic lifestyle of country villages and small mining towns. Stop off at any of the 12 stations along the route with your one day pass. Return to Taipei in the afternoon. (B,L)
DAY 4
TAIPEI TO TAROKO
TAIPEI TO TAROKO
Transfer to Taipei train station and board the tilting Taroko Express train for the journey to Taroko Gorge National Park. At Taroko, enjoy a tour of the gorge including the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Swallow Grotto and the Eternal Spring Shrine. Check in to a guesthouse inside the park for two nights. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
TAROKO
TAROKO
Day free to explore Taroko Gorge National Park at your leisure. (B)
DAY 6
TAROKO TO CHINPEN
TAROKO TO CHINPEN
With your guide head south along the east coast, visiting Sansientai, Tunghe and Siaoyeliou en route. Arrive in Chinpen, a hot spring village, and check into the hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy the natural hot spring for the remainder of the day. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
CHINPEN TO CHIAYI
CHINPEN TO CHIAYI
Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to Taitung train station for train to Chiayi, the closest station to Alishan. Arrive in Chiayi and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 8
CHIAYI TO ALISHAN
CHIAYI TO ALISHAN
Depart for Alishan by Forest Train on a journey taking around 3 1/2 hours - one of three rare mountain trains in the world. Local weather condition may mean we have to take this trip by car. On arrival check in to the hotel for an overnight stay before a embarking upon a short trek around the Alishan Giant Tree area. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
ALISHAN TO SUN MOON LAKE
ALISHAN TO SUN MOON LAKE
Rise early before breakfast to catch the famous Alishan sunrise train which travels through the mountains. Later, head to Sun Moon Lake by car, arriving in the evening. Overnight at Sun Moon Lake for 2 nights (B,L,D)
DAY 10
SUN MOON LAKE
SUN MOON LAKE
Enjoy a cruise to enjoy the beauty of Taiwan’s most famous beauty spot. Visit Wen Wu Temple and take a short hike around the lake. The afternoon will be at leisure when you can opt to take the cable car to Formosa Aboriginal Culture village, hire bikes to follow the path around the lake or simply enjoy the facilities of your hotel. (B,L)
DAY 11
SUN MOON LAKE TO TAICHUNG
SUN MOON LAKE TO TAICHUNG
Transfer to Checheng train station for train to Changhua station. Here, visit the round house before taking the train to Taichung. On arrival inTaichung, transfer to the hotel and check in for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
TAICHUNG TO TAIPEI AND DEPARTURE TO UK
TAICHUNG TO TAIPEI AND DEPARTURE TO UK
Transfer to Taichung station and take the high speed railway to Taipei. Once in Taipei transfer to the airport for your onward connection. Optional extra night in Taipei if required. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £2115 per person

Price Includes


  • Accommodation in guesthouses 3 & 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers
  • Train tickets and transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Excludes

  • International flights (please speak to one of our Travel Specialists for best available prices)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Price Notes

Single supplement £465

Tour Route Map


  1. Taiwan, Taipei
  2. Taiwan, Pingxi
  3. Taiwan, Taipei
  4. Taiwan, Taroko
  5. Taiwan, Chiaya
  6. Taiwan, Alishan
  7. Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake
  8. Taiwan, Tai Chung
  9. Taiwan, Taipei

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