Not worth the money spent-can go by yourselfReviewed by: notsatisfied, 2016/05/29
I signed up for English speaking tour, but our tour guide who met us in Hualien and led us throughout the day didn't have a "heavy asian accent", I just could not understand her English. When another person asked her to speak in Mandarin, then I understood her, which seems a bit ironic. Also, she is a bit pushy, and when we went to the "marble factory" in the afternoon, it's just a shop to buy jade and jewelry in order for the tour guides to get commission. Also, when the Mandarin speaking woman leading the short tour at the marble factory, our tour guide spoke over her in English at the same time, and as a result, I didn't understand anything either one of them was saying. The train tickets provided only cost 440NT, which is $12 USD, so it's a lot better if you take the train to Hualien yourself and maybe join a tour group there. Since it's a national park that involves a lot of driving around, it's hard to drive in their yourself, but it's definitely not worth it to pay to go to Taroko from Taipei.
Amazing taroko!Reviewed by: Aviela, 2016/05/26
The gorge was beautiful..the tour itself was in general too short for the gorge. It was mainly hop on and hop off the bus to walk few minutes on certain trails. In a way, the tour was suitable for all ages,but not satisfying enough for adventurous people or nature lovers. The 5 star lunch was nicely located in a hotel in the gorge. However,food was average. The tour guide Josephine,as many reviews have mentioned, was very helpful and knowledgable. She was indeed entitled the name queen of taroko. Journey from taipei to hualien by train took around 3 hours. Pleasent journey, clean train, fully air conditioned
Nice professional touristic day trip.Reviewed by: Petros, 2016/01/16
Fast going tour, early morning starting, professional friendly staff. The Gorge is fantastic, the nature at its best and the infrastructures really very good, a bit too touristic for my taste :-). Interesting easy tour, glad and satisfied I've did it!