Taiwan Taroko Gorge Day Tour (From Taipei by Car)


Taroko National Park in Taiwan's Hualien County is famous for its stunning marble gorge. On this tour that departs from and returns to Taipei by car, you'll marvel at the awe-inspiring feats of nature at Taroko: the soaring marble cliffs, the natural grottoes, the clear blue water, and so much more.


  • Perfect for solo travelers — guaranteed departure from one guest
  • Convenient for guests staying in downtown Taipei — no need to worry about transportation to and from Taroko National Park
  • Discover the wonders of Taroko Gorge, the world’s largest marble gorge
  • Ramble along trails and enjoy the stunning view of the soaring marble cliffs
  • Marvel at one of the area's "Eight Wonders”: Qingshui Cliff

Key Information

Important Information

• The tour will be conducted with live commentary in English and Japanese; additionally, your guide can speak Mandarin Chinese • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult • As some of Taroko National Park's natural attractions have narrow passageways and steep steps, this tour is not recommended for those using wheelchairs and/or with physical disabilities • If this tour will have to be cancelled due to inclement weather, natural disasters, or other factors, we will contact you no later than the evening before your tour date to refund or reschedule • The itinerary, including the sequence and the amount of time spent at an attraction, is subject to change depending on the weather, traffic conditions, and other factors • Pick-up can only be made at a designated hotel or train station in central Taipei; drop-off will be at Taipei Main Station • Please be ready to meet your guide 5 minutes before your pick-up time. For those arranging for hotel pick-up, please meet your guide at the lobby. If your hotel lobby is on a higher floor, please meet your guide at the ground floor • Each guest may bring 1 piece of carry-on baggage on this tour • Your transportation for this tour will be arranged by Edison Tours. Your vehicle will be a 43-seater bus, 20-seater minibus, or 9-seater minivan, depending on the number of participants


Best known for its iconic landmark gorge of the same name, Taroko National Park in Taiwan's Hualien County is blessed with a wealth of natural wonders: a rich terrain teeming with flora and fauna, stunning geographical formations such as marble gorges, scenic hiking trails, lush forests, and more. If you're a nature lover seeking some respite from urban life, book this tour that departs from Taipei by car for a one-day getaway to Taroko National Park! Meet your guide at your designated pick-up point in downtown Taipei early in the morning, then enjoy a cozy ride to Hualien. Just sit back in the comfort of your air-conditioned vehicle, and enjoy the view from the windows. Before arriving at Taroko Gorge, you'll stop for a break at TCC DAKA Park, an ecological recycling factory that's also an Instagram hotspot because of how photogenic it is. Take a closer look at the Smart Flower installations! Then, you'll enter Taroko National Park through its iconic entrance: the Taroko Archway, which leads to Tianxiang. You'll pass through the 12.5-mile (20km) section of Central Cross-Island Highway, which winds through steep marble cliffs and tunnels — the sight will surely take your breath away. Once you've reached the park, you'll start with a walk along Shakadang Trail, where the shimmering, crystal-clear blue waters of the Liwu River run in parallel. This river has cut through the marble formations of Taroko over millions of years, creating the deep, narrow gorge that the park is known for. Then, walk through the tunnels of Swallow Grotto, where you'll enjoy stunning views of the cliffs reaching up to the sky. Take note of the potholes on the cliffs' surface, which were created by groundwater and river rapids. In the past, they served as a natural nesting area for swallows, which earned this section of the park the name "Swallow Grotto." Next, you'll stop by Cihmu Bridge, also known as Motherly Devotion Bridge. This hanging bridge shaped like the letter "H" was built with marble and was named by the late president Chiang Jing-guo after a heartwarming story about a loving mother. After seeing Cihmu Bridge, it'll be close to lunch time. But before that, take a short break at Tianxiang, a spacious, picturesque river terrace that functions as a recreational area. Here, you'll find the Youth Activity Center, a Catholic church, and the park's only five-star hotel nearby. This area features spectacular river landscapes and meandering trails that make Tianxiang such an attractive place to dine and stay at. Once you've had a quick break at Tianxiang, you'll have lunch at a restaurant in the park. When you're done with lunch, hold your breath, because you're about to see a masterpiece of nature that will take your breath away! The Tunnel of Nine Turns, which reopened in 2019 after years of repairs, is considered the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. This narrow trail winds through the mountains, giving you spectacular views of the deep canyons above and around. Walking through this trail, you'll also be able to take a closer look at the faults and folds of the larger-than-life marble cliffs, as well as the lush vegetation on the walls. Next up is a visit to Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Before heading back to Taipei, your Taroko National Park day trip will end with another feast for your eyes: the amazing Qingshui Cliff, which is considered one of the area's "Eight Wonders”. Qingshui is actually comprised of soaring coastal cliffs that stretch for 21 kilometers — you can enjoy sweeping views of Qingshui from the viewing platform. Then, it's time to head back to Taipei. On the way back, you'll stop for a break at Su'ao Service Area, where you can grab a bite — try some local snacks! — and buy souvenirs, if you like. Finally, your 13-hour adventure will come to a close with drop-off at Taipei Main Station in the evening — rest well after a day well spent!

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