I used half day Taipei tour and 5 days around the island tour and both of them are very organzied and deliver everything they offered.
1) great value. It is difficult to arrange hotels, bus/train travel with English speaking guide in a foreign country. Since this is an off season (yet this island climate is more or less the same, a bit less heat right now) they reduced price for 5 days tour to a bit over 500$. This includes 2 nights stay at truly world class 5 stars hotels (fluer de chine hotel in beautiful Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Silks Place hotel in national park area) and 2 more nights at 4 stars (claimed to be 5 stars by their own standard, more individual review will come) with very good, expended breakfast buffets. Of course travel agency must have deep discount but you, as individual visitors can not book in those hotels without spending much more than that.
2) tour guides are very knowledgeable and have very good time management skills as well. Plenty of time to enjoy those 5 stars hotel since check in time is around 5pm on those days. Expect to spend good amount of time at Buddhist temples on first two days of 5 days tour if you are a non Asian visitor or your focus is more on sightseeing, nature etc. Adequate rest room break and snack time are given at highway visitor centers and small towns during the day. Never feel rashed but firm departure time is announced at each break.
3) Taiwanese tour definitely has more culture and i am pretty impressed with my half day tour where tour guide spent almost one and half hour at rather tiny but gem of the tour "national palace museum"; first tour guide gave us a brief tour of the museum and after that there was almost one hour to explore on your own. This is way better than those infamous Chinese tours in United States where their sole intention is to get off the bus, take a few pictures in front of US landmark and leave (of course those tours are also cheap).
Thing could improve:
- Edison tour should tell us ahead about a change in plan, i.e. highspeed train on last day of 5 days tour back to Taipei because of road damage. It was fun to taste Taiwan high speed train but it was not so funny to those Asian visitors who carry multiple big bags for the trip.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.