18 days in Taiwan Itinerary

18 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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18 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Nantou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pingtung
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  3​h 45​min
3
Hualien
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Taipei
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  18​h 45​min
End: Brussels

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Take a break from the city and head to Sun Moon Lake and Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Natural Science and Taiwan Historica. Change things up with a short trip to Kaomei Wetland in Taichung (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Ali Mountain (Alishan), hike along Hanbi Trail, admire the natural beauty at Sun Moon Lake Butterfly Garden, and look for gifts at Taiwan Times Village.

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Brussels, Belgium to Nantou is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in November, with highs in Nantou at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pingtung.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Taichung, Tianhou Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)

3
nights
Pingtung

Pingtung ©
Mostly serving as a base for exploring Kenting National Park, Pingtung enjoys a pleasant, subtropical climate, sandy beaches, and a friendly atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chimei Museum and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum. Get in touch with nature at Kenting National Park and Ai He (Love River). Get out of town with these interesting Pingtung side-trips: Kaohsiung (Lianchi (Lotus) Lake, Hu'an Temple, & more).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pingtung trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nantou to Pingtung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hualien.

Things to do in Pingtung

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kaohsiung, Chimei Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum

4
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Escape the urban bustle at Taroko Gorge and Zhuilu Old Trail. There's lots more to do: trek along Baiyang Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chishingtan Scenic Area, don't miss a visit to Hualien Railway Cultural Area, and delve into the lush surroundings at Danongdafu Forest Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hualien online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Pingtung to Hualien in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Baiyang Trail ©
Baiyang Trail

6
nights
Taipei

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Escape the urban bustle at Yangmingshan National Park and Yeh Liu Geo Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Taipei Confucius Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: New Taipei (Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park & Fulung Beach). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, meet the residents at Taipei Zoo, wander the streets of Ximending, and hunt for treasures at Shilin Nightmarket.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taipei tour planner.

Getting from Hualien to Taipei by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and subway. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park

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