The 7 Best Guided Tours in and Around Taipei

C.K.S. Memorial Hall
C.K.S. Memorial Hall | © Jiang / Wikimedia
Ciaran McEneaney

A city of beautiful temples and impressive buildings, Taipei is a place where tourists will struggle to find the time to fit everything into their trip. So what better way to see all there is to see around Taiwan’s capital than on a guided tour. But don’t stop there, some of our favorite guided tours will also take you on short day trips just outside the city where you can experience the island’s stunning scenery and many interesting local customs.

1. Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour

Historical Landmark

The local tradition of releasing sky lanterns in the rural village of Pingxi is one of the most popular tourist activities in Taiwan. But getting there can be a bit of trouble for those unfamiliar with the local transport network. My Taiwan Tour operates a full day tour that includes some hiking up Mt. Xiaozi and Cimu Peak and a sky lantern experience in Shifen. For an incredible taste of the local countryside, this tour is up there with the best.

National Palace and Hot Spring tour combined

The National Palace is a must for any trip to Taipei but what better way to prepare for a long day of looking at the thousands of Chinese empirical artifacts, than with a steaming hot spring bath? Your local guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the municipal public baths in Beitou Hot Spring Park where you can soak in the thermal waters. Then after lunch, it’s off to spend the afternoon in the National Palace Museum.

Beitou Public Hot Spring, 6 Zhongshan Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan

National Palace Museum, 221 Zhishan Road Section 2, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan

A cycling tour of the city

With the city’s extensive network of YouBikes, Taipei is now a great place for those that love to cycle through their holiday. However, the city’s traffic can make it a daunting prospect to undertake on your own. Taipei Bike Tours take the worry out of threading your way through the rush hour traffic by taking you on a safe, guided tour of the city’s many top tourist attractions and even a few hidden gems.

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