Taiwan Foodie Tour

 

 

Take a culinary journey in Taiwan, the heart of one the most exciting foodie scenes in Asia! Sample fresh oyster omelettes, golden-brown fried taro balls, the beloved beef noodle soup as well as opportunities to create your own dishes like xiao long bao, the Taiwanese approach to food is offers travellers a bit of modern flair mixed in with deep cultural traditions.

 

Package includes:

  • Return air with EVA Airways
  • 7 nights’ stay in hotels and 1 night in a guest house
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Transportation with a private bus, high-speed rail, Metro, Public Bus & Bike
  • Planned activities as indicates on the itinerary below
  • All taxes, fees & fuel surcharges

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1
  • Depart Canada

Day 2: Taipei

  • Arrive in Taiwan
  • Welcome to Taipei! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm in the hotel lobby where you’ll meet your tour leader and fellow travelers. Head to the Ningxia Night Market for dinner. Here you can eat like a local, sampling world-class street food – perhaps some fried yam, oyster omelette or Hakka-style mochi balls.
  • Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Tainan

 

  • Travel by high-speed rail to Tainan. This is the island’s oldest city, known as the food capital of the South. Begin your day with a tasting walk along the ancient and famed Anping Old Street.
  • Get a dose of history and culture at Anping Fort. Built in 1624 by the Dutch, the edifice served as a Dutch trading hub. After the Dutch were ousted in 1661, the sprawling grounds were renamed Anping Fort.
  • Dinner tonight is a truly special experience – a ‘menuless’ meal served at a 100-year-old house built during the Qing dynasty. The current owner is an antique-lover who has filled the home with fascinating pieces that surround you as you enjoy whatever Taiwanese delicacies are on offer that night
  • Included Activities: Old Anping Street Tasting Walk, Anping Fort, Anping Tree House
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Nantou

 

  • Your day begins with a visit to Chikan Lou. It is one of the most important historic sites in Taiwan. Chinese-style towers sit atop a foundation initially built by Dutch colonials, creating a unique hybrid structure surrounded by elegant lawns and the koi ponds. After this peaceful and contemplative visit, change gears as you enter the Hayashi Department Store – a beloved multi-story shopping centre. Opened in 1932 during Japanese rule, it was bombed by the U.S. in World War II. Beautifully restored and reopened in 2013, it now features museum-style exhibitions on local farming and handicrafts, as well as cutting-edge fashion, tech, a traditional tea shop, food court and observation deck.
  • Sample freshly harvested grilled oysters lagoon-side and perhaps get the opportunity to harvest some yourself!
  • In the evening, join the owner of Spring Land Villa and her family for a home-cooked repast in a family-run guesthouse; this is bound to be a memorable local experience. The meal will likely include a traditional communal hot pot where freshly harvested local ingredients can be cooked to your liking in various flavorful broths with accompanying sauces. 
  • Included Activities: Chikan Lou Fort, Hayashi Department Store, Cigu Lagoon Bamboo Raft, Taichang Confucian Temple, Puli - Traditional Home Cooked Meal with Family
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Taichung & Sun Moon Lake

 

  • Visit Sun Moon Lake today, Taiwan's only natural lagoon. This region provides an excellent backdrop for some cycling, so today you’ll set out on a 1.5-hour bike ride around Sun Moon Lake, taking in its full beauty and surrounding green hills, followed by a picnic lunch made with quality, local produce.
  • Included Activities: Sun Moon Lake - Bike Ride, Sun Moon Lake – Picnic, Taichung - Wufeng Lin, Family Mansion and Garden
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Yilan

 

  • Head out of town this morning to a restaurant in Taoyuan. Here, you’ll learn to make xiao long bao (steam soup dumplings) in a DIY class. Originating in the Jiangnan region of China, these little flavor bombs can be tricky to create but are well-worth the effort. Under the guidance an expert cook, create the filling (usually gelatinised ground pork) and learn the delicate art of shaping their thin shells, before steaming these small morsels in bamboo baskets. Then sit down and enjoy your creations for a satisfying lunch.
  • Included Activities: Taoyuan - Xiao Long Bao Cooking Demonstration & Lunch
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Yilan & Taipei

 

  • Begin in Yilan with a tea picking and tasting experience.
  • Wrap up an illuminating day with a tour and taste at a local whisky distillery. Though Taiwan may not be the first place you associate with whisky, it’s actually among the world’s top up-and-coming whisky producers alongside Tasmania (Australia), Japan and Sweden.
  • Included Activities: Yilan - Tea Picking and Tasting, Yilan - Spring onion farm & cooking, demonstration, Yilan - Whisky distillery
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Taipei

 

  • Today you’ll experience Taipei's 'Make My Day Cooking Lab', an amazing local cooking class operation that attracts people from all over the world. Join a master local chef and try your hand at some classic Taiwanese dishes! The excursion includes a market tour and wraps up in the early afternoon.
  • The remainder of your day is at leisure.
  • Included Activities: Taipei - Market Tour & Cooking Class
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Taipei

 

  • Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before learning about the local Sweet Potato Mama project in the late morning. As you’ll discover, the sweet potato is an important symbol in Taiwanese culture and a dietary staple. That’s why these women, or local mamas, roast them daily and serve them to a lunchtime crowd in order to support their families. You’ll get to taste some of the sweet potato, and roll up your sleeves and lend a hand, serving potatoes to locals. All proceeds from the excursion going to the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation’s Sweet Potato Mama Program to support single mothers
  • Included Activities: Taipei - Sweet Potato Mama Urban Adventure, Jiufen - Old Town Street Food Crawl
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Taipei

 

  • Your foodie Adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Valid on select, exclusive departures only: 14 Oct – 22 Oct 2019 OR 11 Nov – 19 Nov 2019.

 

Pricing:

 

Departing From:

Price Per Person:

Vancouver

$4,175

Calgary/Edmonton

$4,375

Toronto/Ottawa

$4,475

*Valid on select, exclusive departures only: 14 Oct – 22 Oct 2019 OR 11 Nov – 19 Nov 2019.

*Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy.

*We recommend the above package as a stopover.  Contact us for stopover locations and options!

 

 


 

Terms & Conditions:

Valid for travel times as indicated on the chart above.  Prices above include all taxes, fees and fuel surcharges.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy; however, does not include travel visas.  Price is subject to change without notice and all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking. Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Downunder Travel Ltd recommends all passengers purchase cancellation/interruption insurance for protection against any non pre-existing medical conditions which may cause you cancellation penalties or change fees. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.