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Bike Taiwan

Scheduled Tour

Price from

3300 USD

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights

Level

3

Tour Code

TSCB21

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The Quintessential Taiwan Bike Tour

The latest and greatest version of our most popular Taiwan bike tour - Cycle the rugged and beautiful east coast of Taiwan, descending into the spectacular Taroko marble gorge, riding by pristine beaches, and through the lush rift valley. En route, you'll enjoy coastal mountain views, sleepy indigenous villages, hot springs and plenty of mouthwatering Taiwanese cuisine. The cycling is superb, following well-maintained but quiet roads for most of the journey, with a healthy variety of flat and hilly terrain to keep each day's riding as interesting as the last. And there is even the opportunity to try your hand at some Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Donghe River's emerald waters.

From the northern capital Taipei to the beachside town of Kenting on the southern tip, this is our most comprehensive cycle tour of Taiwan and the perfect pick for any traveler who wants to maximize their adventure.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale Quick 4 disc or Giant E-bike

Your Guide
Friendly Taiwan Team

Group Size
4 to 14

Accommodation
Boutique B&B, comfortable resorts

Activities
Cycle/SUP/Hike

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

This classic route takes us from Taipei in the north of the island, all the way to the very southern tip at Kenting. The first day’s ride out through Taroko Gorge down to the Pacific Coast and into the majestic East Rift Valley is hard to beat, but is just the beginning! Riding quiet but amazingly well-maintained roads through idyllic tropical countryside we’ll pass through sleepy indigenous villages, pomelo orchards and endless rice paddies, punctuating our journey with delicious local meals.

At day's end, the island offers yet more surprises: whether marvelling at the sheer power of the Pacific, soaking away the stresses of life in one of the island’s numerous hot springs or just slurping down a hearty bowl of delicious noodles, Taiwan assaults your senses and leaves you hungry for more!

325-340 km distance - The terrain varies from gently undulating along parts of the East Coast to steep ascents and descents over the Coastal Mountain Range. Traffic is generally light, although there will be stretches on busier roads.

Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $275 surcharge.

Highlights

  • Cycle through dramatic Taroko Gorge on part of the famous King of the Mountain route.
  • Ride the Rift Valley, an enchanting lost world of lush green rice paddies, tropical fruit farms, hot springs and tribal villages.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, deer, eagles and Formosan bears on a hike into the Central Mountain Range on the Walami Trail.
  • Glide on a Stand Up Paddleboard along the emerald green waters of Donghe River Gorge.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights accommodation in resorts & boutique B&B's
  • Meals: Breakfast x7, Lunch x6, Dinner x6
  • Quality well maintained bikes & equipment
  • Stand up Paddleboard experience
  • Experienced Grasshopper Guide
  • Full vehicle support
  • Snacks & Water while riding
  • Complimentary cycling jersey and water bottle

Day to Day


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Riding:
10km
Meal:
L,D

We’ll meet up early in Taipei for introductions before a beautiful train ride along the dramatic east coast 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. From the station, it’s a short but beautiful drive to our luxurious overnight lodgings, situated deep into the heart of the gorge. On arrival, we’ll check in and then have a bike fitting and take a short warm-up ride deeper into the gorge (part of the famous King of the Mountain route!)

Riding:
65km
Meal:
B,L,D

We have an early start to make the exhilarating ride down through Taroko Gorge, stopping for a short but stunning hike along the aquamarine waters of Shakadang stream, a tributary of the main Liwu River. On pedalling out of the gorge, we’ll emerge onto the Pacific Coast, and avoiding the main highway we ride narrow lanes lined with banana palms and temples, taking beachside rest stops on our way south.

After lunch in Hualien and a visit to a traditional Taoist temple, we’ll move away from the city and into the picturesque but little visited East Rift Valley, a land of lush green rice paddies and small indigenous communities. We spend the night in a unique and boutique bed and breakfast with architecture that takes full advantage of the idyllic views. Dinner this evening is at a wonderful organic restaurant with a menu determined by the best and freshest local produce.

Riding:
60km
Meal:
B,L,D

This morning we continue our journey down through the Rift Valley, with towering mountains on either side. We’ll stop for lunch at a community-run organic farm restaurant in an Amis village and have the chance to meet some of the friendly locals.

In the afternoon we’ll move on south through prime tropical fruit growing country to our lovely resort set amidst beautiful countryside where a refreshing pool and soothing hot springs await. There’s also the opportunity to visit the Tropic of Cancer Monument, the Saoba Monoliths (Taiwan’s version of Stone Henge), and for a cuppa amidst the tea farms of Wuhe.

Riding:
50km
Meal:
B,L,D

Now officially in the tropics, we continue south through the ever-widening Rift Valley, to our overnight stop, which enjoys fabulous views. In the afternoon there’s the option of a hike into the foothills of the Central Mountain Range along the enchanting Walami Trail where sightings of monkeys, deer, Swinhoe’s Pheasant and eagles are commonplace, and Formosan bears are occasionally spotted!

Riding:
65km
Meal:
B,L,D

This morning we pedal away from the Rift Valley, along a magical little road (often with more monkeys than cars) which cuts its way southeast through the low jungly hills of the Coastal Mountain Range. We’ll hit the coast at one of its most impressive stretches, often compared with Hawaii, and after some tasty local baozi (steamed buns) it’s only a short hop south to the laid-back surf settlement of Dulan.

As well as being a mecca for surfers, Dulan is also famous for a recent indigenous arts revival which encompasses music, painting and sculpture which can be seen in the warehouse galleries around the focal point of the village, the old Sugar Factory. In the evening we’ll meet for a traditional indigenous meal overlooking the ocean.

Meal:
B

This morning we’ll rise early to enjoy a sunrise SUP ride in Donghe River Gorge. Paddling the emerald green waters to a backdrop of giant white boulders and lush tropical forest makes for a magical start to the day. The rest of the day is free to relax on the beach, hike, surf, visit some of the local sights or just read a book and rest!

As well as Taiwanese and indigenous cuisine, Dulan has a host of Western-oriented cafés and restaurants serving food from around the globe, including authentic French, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine. There is also sometimes live music at the Sugar Factory on Saturday nights. Soak up Taiwanese life as you rest your legs!

Riding:
75-90km
Meal:
B,L,D

Today we’ll transfer by vehicle along the beautiful but busy coastal highway to Dawu where we’ll begin our epic final day’s ride with a long, gradual ascent into the hills of the Hengchun Peninsula, taking a brief rest stop at an ornate temple with great views before we reach the top. For those keen to preserve their legs for later in the day there is also the option to transfer this first hill section. From the top we bear off the main east-west route and cycle a lovely little road through remote jungle dotted with the odd indigenous village before bringing us back down to the coast.

The coastal stretch here is one of Taiwan’s finest, with the road running right alongside the ocean, passing windswept beaches and abandoned military bases before once again ascending into the jungle. The last leg of the ride takes us all the way to the island’s southernmost point, from where it’s just a short ride to Kenting, Taiwan's tropical playground. In the evening we’ll explore Kenting night market and head out for a final dinner to celebrate our incredible Taiwan ride.

Meal:
B

This morning is free for you to further explore Kenting’s bounty of activities. A group transfer is available at noon back to Kaohsiung International Airport or the High-Speed-Rail Station. The tour ends on arrival in Kaohsiung. For those who want longer to explore this spectacular region please see our Kenting Explorer tour extension.

Dates & Price


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05 - 12 Jul 2021 Seats available

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27 Sep - 04 Oct 2021 Seats available

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29 Nov - 06 Dec 2021 Seats available

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17 - 24 Jan 2022 Seats available

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14 - 20 Mar 2022 Seats available

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09 - 16 May 2022 Seats available

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04 - 11 Jul 2022 Seats available

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17 - 24 Oct 2022 Seats available

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28 Nov - 06 Dec 2022 Seats available

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With our experience in providing bike tours through Asia, we are able to craft an unforgettable cycling route with cultural immersion, delicious meals, comfortable hotels, and some incredibly photogenic views. This iconic bike tour of Taiwan takes you along the spectacular east coast of what is probably the most cycle-friendly country in Asia. Ride down the epic Tarokok marble gorge, along rugged coastline and through the beautiful east rift valley, all the way to the southern coast for a comprehensive look at this beautiful island nation.

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