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Tastes and Treasures of Taiwan
Commences Taipei 14 October and ends Taipei 31 October 2022

  • Taipei with Taipei 101
    Taipei with Taipei 101
  • National Palace Museum
    National Palace Museum
  • Jiufen
  • Boats at Sun Moon Lake
    Boats at Sun Moon Lake
  • Forests around Taitung
    Forests around Taitung
  • Sun Moon Lake Ropeway
    Sun Moon Lake Ropeway
  • Longshan Temple
    Longshan Temple
  • Troko Gorgo
    Troko Gorgo
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD 7,990
  • Program Code GCTTT22
  • Single Supplement AUD 1,650
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 17 Nights
    • 5 - Taipei
    • 2 - Sun Moon Lake
    • 1 - Chiayi
    • 2 - Tainan
    • 1 - Koahsiung
    • 1 - Kenting
    • 2 - Taitung
    • 2 - Hualien
    • 1 - Taipei

Commences Taipei 14 October and ends Taipei 31 October 2022

 Tour Highlights

  • Fascinating sights, mystic monasteries and awesome museums of Taipei
  • Outstanding countryside surrounding the Taiwanese capital'
  • The grandeur of Sun Moon Lake
  • The history and old-world charm of Tainan
  • Incredible monastic sites around Kaohsiung
  • Glorious scenery of the Kenting National Park and Taiwan's dramatic East Coast
  • The incredible landscape of the Taroko Gorge National Park
  • Learning about and meeting the indigenous peoples of Taiwan
  • Sampling Taiwan's local cuisines

Tour Overview

This ruggedly mountainous country, which Portuguese sailors named Ilha Formosa, the beautiful island, has long attracted invaders and settlers, including the Dutch, the Spanish and the Japanese, but mainly those from the Chinese Mainland, who mixed with the indigenous peoples to create a colourful cultural mosaic, one of the highlights of this fascinating island.

In many of our minds Taiwan is known for its manufacturing prowess and perhaps for being an irritant to its larger neighbour, as it moved rapidly from martial law to its own style of modern democracy. However, the country boasts a rich treasure house of traditions, having not suffered the same degree of devastation brought about by war and revolution in Mainland China, so that its old towns are perhaps more traditional, its monasteries more ancient and its museums house a vast quantity of Chinese treasure, whisked away by Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists.

The island is also a trove of natural scenic splendours, from its fertile western flatlands to its pristine mountains and unspoilt, craggy east coast.

Our comprehensive 17-night circular tour of the island allows us to discover its history, culture, peoples and produce in depth and at a leisurely pace. We learn how Taiwan has preserved its ancient traditions but embraced modernity: an intriguing mix for the curious traveller.

Tour Inclusions

    • 17 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Preparatory Information

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.