Excursion Details

Best of Taipei (Guided in English)

KE1-105 | Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan | See Special Notes

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • National Palace Museum National Palace Museum
  • Martyr's Shrine Martyr's Shrine
  • Confucius Temple Confucius Temple
  • Pao An Temple Pao An Temple
You will see:
  • Taipei 101 Taipei 101

Moderate Includes meal Shopping

Excursion Length:
Approx. 8 hours

Max. Group Size: 36

Tour Overview

Soak up China's incredible history on this breathtaking full-day tour to visit a wealth of Taipei's most extraordinary sights. The journey commences with a relaxing drive from Keelung City, Taiwan's second largest port, to the slopes of the Qing Mountain to visit the Martyr's Shrine, a stately monument constructed in 1969 to honor the 330,000 brave men who sacrificed their lives during key battles throughout Chinese history. Reminiscent in style to Beijing's Taihe Dian Imperial Palace, this stunning shrine is surrounded by over 350,000 square feet of grass and features a bright red main gate guarded by stoic white-uniformed officers trained to remain emotionless.

Back on the road, head through the bustling city of Taipei, taxis, busses and motorcycles zipping along the busy streets, to reach Pao-An Temple, a magnificent place of worship dedicated to Pashen Tati, the God of Medicine. Built in 1830 and restored to its original glory from 1995 to 2002 after years of neglect as a bamboo factory and Japanese language school, this splendid temple impresses with ornate dragon pillars, stone lions and valuable tablets inscribed by eminent Chinese scholars.

Continue on to the magnificent Confucius Temple, the most representative of about 30 Confucian temples in Taiwan. Thanks to its superb architecture, this majestic Ming dynasty temple has been classified a Level Three National Cultural Relic. In addition to its many intricate halls and gates, marvel at the two sets of stone steps leading to a carved dragon on an inclined stone at the main hall's entrance. Known as the "imperial way," this special entrance was designed for use by the emperor and gods alone.

Enjoy a feast for the senses at the palatial Grand Hotel, which was built in 1952 in the decadent style of classic Chinese architecture. After soaking up the rich dcor of this imperial hotel where national leaders including Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower have stayed, relax and savor a traditional Asian-style lunch buffet.

Upon arriving at the National Palace Museum, the Republic of China's amazing national museum, take in one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese objects and art in the world. Spanning over 8,000 years, the impressive collection includes bronze, paintings, jade, ceramics, and precious objects amassed by ancient emperors and more from the Sung, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Next, head to Liberty Square, which is part of a luxuriant two million square-foot park, to visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a regal monument paying to tribute to the former President of the Republic of China. With its brilliant blue glazed-tile roof, gold apex, white marble and natural red cypress ceiling, the shrine is designed to convey sacredness, solemnity, hospitality and peace. Inside, discover valuable artifacts related to the late president's life, including photographs, cars and historic documents.

Before returning to port, comb through the Handicraft Center for locally made clothing, art and charming souvenirs that capture the spirit of this incredible place.

Detailed itinerary Show All Itinerary Details

Depart from ship and drive to Martyr's Shrine & Visit

Details:
Travel time: 01:00 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):80
Total number of steps:10
Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):0
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Visit Pao-An Temple

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):50
Total number of steps:6
Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

3 steps to main entrance

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):0
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Visit Confucious Temple

Details:
Travel time: 00:05 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):60
Total number of steps:8
Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

3 steps to main entrance

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):0
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Buffet lunch at a leading local hotel

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:00:45 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):20
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):0
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Inside visit of the National Palace Museum

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:01:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):200
Total number of steps:20 Notes

Elevator

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):10 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Currency accepted:TWD Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:No
Photo/Video restrictions?:Yes Notes

No Photo inside National Palace Museum

Inside visit of Chiang Kai Shek's Memorial Hall

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):500
Total number of steps:89 Notes

Elevator

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):0 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Currency accepted:TWD Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Free time for shopping at the Handicraft Center

Details:
Travel time: 00:05 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Time at site:00:40 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):50
Total number of steps:3
Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

3 steps

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):40 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Details:
Travel time: 01:00 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):36
Walking distance (yards):0

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

The drive between the pier and Taipei is approximately one hour each way.

On Mondays the Confucius Temple is closed; a stop at Xingtian Temple will be substituted.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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