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Not having had the tour confirmed ... company not at fault as I booked the day before I left and they ask for min 48hrs notice. My hotel, The Shangri-La were superb in ensuring it was all sorted when I told them on my arrival as it was the next day! The price paid was same as other tour company's but I think this company did a very good job ... pick up from hotel, the driver took us to the airport, sorted all our tickets and took us right up to departures. Flight out to Taroko was 40 mins and arrived in Haulien and had the guide waiting for us. A very luxurious and comfortable coach. The whole trip was breathtakingly beautiful through the gorge and our guide was superb with her knowledge. Lunch when told was 5*, I was sceptical but indeed it was! Silks Place put on an amazing lunch and so much food. The only thing is we probably would have liked about an hour or so for lunch to be a bit more relaxed. The group I was with were amazing, just 10 of us. All in all a splendid trip.
The tour was very enjoyable and good for those that just want to unwind, slow down, relax and take in all the knowledge and magnificent sites of Taiwan. The only thing I would have like was to spend a little more time at Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park. The 5 star accommodations were also a plus point and we felt absolutely pampered. We were also very lucky to have Lenny as our tour guide, very knowledgeable, funny and delightful man. He even speaks German and English fluently, and on the trip he tirelessly makes an effort to translate English to German and than to Mandarin; making sure everyone on the tour understands what he's trying to say. And always on the lookout for us, making sure we have enough meal options to decide what we want to have for lunch/dinner and that everyone was on time so we don't hold anyone up or waste any precious time. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to visit key Taiwan sites and get 5 star treatments! ;)
The highlight of the tour was the fact that it was unrushed and we still got to see all the right sights. Daniel the tour guide and William was very helpful all along the way. Daniel was especially good in providing insights of the different places and provide narrative along the way. The good thing as well is all the hotels were top hotels - not just clean but amazingly great - 5 star quality and all had a unique feature to them The facilities in the hotel such as a mist spa in Hotel Fleur de Chine, the actual hot spring in Hotel Royal Chihpen and the wonderful outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi overlooking Taroko Gorge in Silks Palace hotel was amazing. Daniel was the ever gentlemen and always keeping his composure and getting us to our hotels and destination on time. He also was very health and safety aware getting all of us to wear a hard hat in taroko gorge. One feedback is the tires condition on the coach/bus was bald. Need to be better maintained.
I liked the tour, the gorge is beautiful place and it is worth to see it. The guide is a nice person and talks a lot. However I have complains about the timing. In the morning you are rushed through the gorge and in the afternoon they take you to stupid jade shop....this is not acceptable. More time should be spend in the nature and not in shops selling overpriced goods. A stop in a expensive cofe shop was another trick to rib us off. Besides of that the tour was nice and I recommend to make it
The tour was excellently organised and the tour leader Alan Chou was first-rate. The pacing was good, the hotels were great and the man event, the visit to the Taroko Gorge, was given lots of time (unlike the comments on the one-day tour) so that we walked around and saw the whole thing. I recommend it wholeheartedly.