Cycle Taiwan's beautiful east coast
A more compact bike journey that explores many highlights along much of Taiwan’s stunning East Coast over 7 days. Bike tour this cycle friendly country on an unforgettable ride down its rugged pacific coast, and enjoy beaches, hot springs, beautiful views and the stunning Taroko Gorge along the journey.
This bike tour runs Taipei to Zhiben.
This shorter version of our classic Bike Taiwan route takes us from Taroko Gorge down the beautiful and rugged east coast, before crossing the coastal mountain range into the lush East Rift Valley, a land of rice paddies, tea fields and remote aboriginal communities. We end our trip with well-deserved hot springs in the forested Zhiben valley.
7 days duration
280 km distance
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Quality, well maintained Giant bikes in a full range of sizes are included in the price of your tour. These bikes are fitted-out to suit the conditions with hybrid tyres for smooth touring performance, a wide gear range to help you on any climbs and removable mudguards in case we encounter wet conditions.
In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and comfortable hotels and resorts. In the smaller destinations we use simple hotels with air-conditioning and private bathroom, however in the truly off-the-beaten-track locations we will stay in guesthouses with shared facilities. We stay here because the ride is worth it! Find out more about the hotels we use on tour in Taiwan.
In Taiwan we use a mix of local and foreign leaders, all of whom are fluent in both English and Chinese. Whilst our leaders all come from different backgrounds and have a mindboggling array of hobbies and interests, they share a passion for exploring this beautiful island on two wheels, and are well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine, local customs and cultures. Our leaders take pride in introducing you to every aspect of the country and will help you to connect with the the people you meet along the way. For groups of 4+ people a cycling guide will also join the group, and for groups of 2 and 3 your guide will drive the support vehicle.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
The island’s unique cultural and geographic diversity means that mealtimes are always a culinary adventure in Taiwan. The Pacifc’s rich bounty gives ample opportunity to sample super-fresh seafood, which the Japanese influence has nurtured into a love for sushi, whilst on terra firma the East Rift Valley is home to some of the island’s finest tropical fruit orchards producing dragonfruit, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, papaya, pomelos and pineapples to name but a few. In the cities everything is available around the clock, but in remote areas meals typically consist of two or three meat and fish dishes, two or three vegetable dishes, plus staples of rice or noodles, with fruit to finish. Meat dishes are usually chicken or pork, but beef, lamb, boar and other more exotic choices are sometimes on offer. Beer is available almost everywhere, but good wine is more difficult to find. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
for Eastern Escape
Arrival Day in Taipei
On day 1 people will be arriving throughout the day. We'll meet in the evening to get to know one another over dinner and have an introduction to the tour. Meals: D
Transfer to & Hike Taroko Gorge
Today we transfer to the train station for the scenic journey to Xincheng, gateway to breathtaking Taroko Gorge which forges its way through the Central Mountain Range. Whether shrouded in mist or glowing in sunlight this sheer marble gorge is a captivating sight. We’ll take a gentle but stunning hike en-route to our overnight accommodation deep in the heart of the chasm. On arrival we’ll have a bike fitting and a cycling and safety briefing to prepare us for the ride. Meals: BL
Cycle to Baci
We make an early start to make the exhilarating ride down through Taroko Gorge and to the sea. Avoiding the main highway we ride narrow lanes lined with banana palms and temples, taking beachside rest stops on our way south along the coast. South of Hualien there are a few decent hills to prepare us for tomorrow before we reach our lovely overnight rest-stop nestled in a beautiful bay. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Tropic of Cancer
This morning we take a break from the coastal route to explore little-used mountain roads into the picturesque East Rift Valley, a land of lush green rice paddies and small aboriginal communities. After lunch we cut east back across the mountains and emerge at the Tropic of Cancer monument where today's ride ends. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Chengong
Today we'll continue our ride south along the coast, towering mountains to the right, rice paddies and then endless blue swell to the left. We end our day at a lovely resort, right on the ocean. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Zhiben
Our route today hugs the coastline, passing the bustling fishing harbour of Fugang, before heading inland to Zhiben. Here we'll have the chance to ease any aching muscles with a soak in the therapeutic hot springs followed by a celebratory dinner to mark journey's end. Meals: BLD
Tour Concludes in Zhiben
This morning your tour ends after breakfast. Zhiben is just a short drive from Taitung from where there are regular train connections with Kaohsiung and Taipei. Volcanic Green Island is just an hour's boat ride from Taitung, and we can offer day or overnight trips as an extension to Eastern Escape. Meals: B
What's the Riding Like?
Some hilly terrain
4 days riding
We ride on well made roads some of which have designated cycle lanes. The terrain varies from gently undulating along parts of the east coast to the steep ascent and descent over the coastal mountain range. Traffic is generally light although there will be stretches on busier roads. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding.
Taiwan’s varied topography and location on the Tropic of Cancer gives it a diverse climate with countless separate micro-climates. Broadly speaking the best times to visit are autumn (October to December), which generally offers clear, warm sunny weather (18-28°C) and spring (March-May), which has similar if slightly wetter conditions, with the humidity on the rise as summer approaches.
Summers (mid-May to the end of September) are hot and humid (28-35°C) with the risk of heavy tropical downpours and typhoons, particularly in July, August and September. However if you’re used to the heat and are prepared for the possibility of the odd typhoon this is also a beautiful time to ride in Taiwan – the hills are alive with flowers and wildlife, tropical fruits burst from seemingly every tree, and many villages celebrate traditional festivals. This is also the time you’ll see the most local riders out on the road.
The "cold" of winter (December to March) is really only felt in the north and northeast (12-24°C) , which are prone to rain showers and colder temperatures, but in the south and southwest conditions are typically dry and mild during this period. Winter is generally a very comfortable time to ride, particularly in the south, and is the most enjoyable time to soak in the island’s countless hot springs.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
Simon and Ana were wonderful hosts, who guided us through the amazing terrain of Taiwan. A wealth of local knowledge they were able to enhance the experience with detailed history and quirky information. A wonderful ride and a great way to see Taiwan.
Highlights included climbing over the coastal mountain range and all the wonderful food.
Excellent. Very enjoyable cycling and overall experience. Great tour guides and friendly Taiwanese people.
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