20 days in Taiwan Itinerary

20 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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20 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Lyon
tram + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Taipei
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yilan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Tainan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Taichung
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Lyon

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.
You've added Shifen Waterfall, Sparkle Spa, National Taiwan University, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Yeh Liu Geo Park and Lotus Pond. Get a sense of the local culture at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Taipei side-trips: Wulai (in Wulai), Yonglian Temple (in Luzhou) and The Lin Family Mansion and Garden (in Banqiao). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Beitou Hot Spring, get a taste of the local shopping with Eslite Bookstore - Xinyi, steep yourself in history at 228 Peace Memorial Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Office Building.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taipei holiday tool .

Lyon, France to Taipei is an approximately 20-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lyon to Taipei. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in August: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 39°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yilan.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
The Lin Family Mansion and Garden ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Yeh Liu Geo Park ©
Yeh Liu Geo Park

2
nights
Yilan

Yilan ©
The coastal city of Yilan makes a good base for trips around the wider eponymous county.
On the 8th (Wed), kick back and relax at Yilan Lover's Bay and then explore the galleries of National Center for Traditional Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): hike along Shakadang Trail and then hike along Taroko Gorge.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yilan County trip planner .

You can drive from Taipei to Yilan County in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Yilan County sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Yilan

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hualien
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Shakadang Trail ©
Shakadang Trail
National Center for Traditional Arts ©

2
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fo Guang Shan, Liuhe Tourist Night Market, Dragon Tiger Tower, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Dragon Tiger Tower, make a trip to Fo Guang Shan, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lianchi (Lotus) Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, kick back and relax at Seaside Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung trip planner .

You can drive from Yilan to Kaohsiung in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In August in Kaohsiung, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Tainan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Fo Guang Shan ©
Fo Guang Shan

3
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Let the collections at Chimei Museum and National Museum of Taiwan History capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) and Hayashi Department Store. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House, expand your understanding of the military at Anping Fort (Anping gubao), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Taiwan Literature, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San-Shan Guo-Wang Temple.

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Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Tainan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Taichung.

Things to do in Tainan

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Taiwan Literature ©
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

5
nights
Taichung

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Taichung Baptist Church and PaoChueh Temple are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Miso Cultyral Factory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taichung: Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake, Wenwu Temple, & more) and Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Rainbow Village Taichung, stop by Eslite Bookstore, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pusasi.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Taichung trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Tainan to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Taichung sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nantou
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)

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