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9 Days | 8 Nights
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New 2019 itinerary - The most recent redesign of our classic bike tour of Taiwan. Cycle tour the length of the country from the northern capital, Taipei, to the southern tip. Along the way, take in the sheer beauty of east Taiwan's rugged Pacific coast, with pristine beaches, exotic inland hot springs and valleys, including the stunning Taroko Gorge.
Cannondale Quick 1 disc or Giant E-bike
Friendly Taiwan team
4 to 14
Boutique B&B, comfortable resorts
This classic cycling route takes us from Taroko Gorge down along the coast, and into the lush East Rift Valley before we re-emerge on the rugged Pacific East Coast and enjoy a rest day at the laid-back surf village of Dulan. Along the way, hike to the beautiful Shakadang stream, cycle narrow paths through banana palms to the coast for a beachside rest stop, and pedal into the little-visited East Rift Valley full of vibrant rice paddies and small communities.
Visit the striking Saoba Monuments and hike along the Walami Trail to spot some wildlife. We’ll take a rest day to enjoy the beach of Dulan before the final leg of the ride takes us past Taitung, south along the increasingly dramatic coastal cliffs and then inland across the mountains to Kenting in the tropical south. At day's end, the island offers yet more surprises: whether marveling 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!
355-435 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 $495 surcharge.
Cycle through the dramatic Taroko Gorge on part of the famous King of the Mountain route.
Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, deer, eagles and Formosan bears on a hike into the Central Mountain Range on the Walami Trail.
Pedal through the lush East Rift Valley into the jungle then past gorgeous beaches to Dulan.
Spend a day soaking up the sun or in the bright blue waters of the Pacific as we hit the coast and cycle to the tropical south.
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 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!).
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 pedaling 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.
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.
This morning we start with a short detour 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. 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!
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.
Today 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.
Fresh from our day out of the saddle, we have the option of taking a longer 80km ride, or shortening it to 40km with a transfer. We'll continue south along the East Coast, bypassing the city of Taitung and then climbing over a series of headlands which afford stunning ocean vistas. This is Taiwan’s premier Buddha Head Fruit (aka custard apple) region and we’ll have the chance to sample some along the way. We stop for lunch at a famous beef noodle restaurant and then a few kilometers before the end of the ride, we bear inland to our simple but lovely overnight stop near the tiny fishing harbor at Shangwu. Dinner this evening is at a simple harbourside restaurant which turns out incredible sushi and seafood.
Fittingly, our last day’s ride is also the most challenging and starts with a long, gradual ascent into the hills of the Hengchun Peninsula. Those not quite up for this final push into the mountains have a shorter route option of 55km that starts with a brief transfer. Following the longer route, we’ll take a brief rest stop at an ornate temple with great views and once we’ve reached the top, we bear off the main east-west 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.
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 High-Speed-Rail Station. The tour ends on arrival in Kaohsiung. For those who want to stay longer in Kenting, we can arrange additional accommodation at our lovely tour hotel, plus a range of activities.
Top quality, well maintained Cannondale Quick 1 Disc 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 tires for smooth touring performance, a wide gear range to help you on any climbs and removable mudguards in case we encounter wet conditions.
A pleasure to ride, the Giant Fast E+ e-bike is a unique offer for tours in Taiwan - historic home to Giant bicycles. The pedal-assist feature of this lightweight aluminium build expands touring possibilities for all riders and to explore more of the world by bike is a great thing in our books! Find out more about our E-Bikes here.
Giant Fast E+ is an upgrade that can be purchased for this trip, availability is limited and on a first-in basis.
We use a range of properties from comfortable, modern resorts to family run guesthouses and boutique B&Bs. While some of the national park accommodation is on the simple and functional side, the locations can't be beaten. Find out more about the hotels we use on tour in Taiwan.
Experienced English / Mandarin speaking leaders will host you on this trip - they are well spoken, very knowledgeable, and always charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use a mix of local & foreign guides all who have a passion for the country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of Taiwan and will help you to connect with the people you meet along the way. They will also keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
*Groups of 5 or more riders will also be accompanied by a special cycle leader.
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 Pacific's rich bounty gives ample opportunity to sample super-fresh seafood, which the Japanese influence has nurtured into a love for sushi, while 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. 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.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 4 travelers. And we limit the group size to 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for additional navigational support. These are the latest in user-friendly navigation tech from Wahoo Fitness. With Wahoo devices you will be able to track your progress and monitor your route. Beyond their basic setup, the geek-cyclists will find Wahoo ELEMNTs to be excellent data mining devices allowing to measure almost any aspect of the ride.
This unique B&B offers modern architecture and unparalleled views along the East Rift Valley. The tranquil atmosphere, idyllic views, and comfortable rooms will ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Silence Manor is an elegant B&B nestled at the base of verdant mountains, offering private hot springs, and a stunning outdoor refreshing swimming pool with gorgeous garden views. From the rooftop, you can breathe fresh mountain air as you admire the picturesque and peaceful surroundings.
This 5-star hotel on the beach of Kenting has spacious, elegant guest rooms and incredibly idyllic surroundings. You can enjoy a dip in the pool or reach the waterfront with just a few steps.
Just completed a ride down the east coast of Taiwan, with the fabulous Emily as our guide. Great food, accommodation and support for the two of us in scorching heat, wind and a little rain! Sensible itinerary built by Tot and Simon, great communication pre trip from the office, including restaurant tips in Taipei from Mandy! A great team effort!
This was my first cycling trip and I was not sure what to expect - our tour guides and the whole team were great to work with! The scenery was breathtaking and the tour overall was very well catered for. I would recommend this tour to any cyclist who wished to explore the wonderful scenery Taiwan has to offer (at pace) as well as getting a little exercise!
By day 3 my face was hurting from smiling so much ! Our tour mates were amazing and our guides, Simon and Armando were stellar. I absolutely cannot say enough about how great our time was!!
We did the quintessential Bike Taiwan tour along the East Coast. Simon and his team were wonderful tour guides. They were organized, supportive, and genuinely cared for your needs. The food was excellent. In a country where seafood is a staple at every meal, we never went hungry even with a seafood allergy. Some of the accommodations were so spectacular and unique. What a great way to see the country on a bike. Do it with Grasshopper!!!
Simon and his team have organised the perfect tour for medium grade cyclists here, providing excellent biking and a wonderful introduction to life in Taiwan. Excellent in every respect. How do you improve on something which was so faultlessly put together by a great team. A huge thank you to Simon and his support.
What a magnificent start riding down Tarako Gorge, then down the scenic quiet roads of the East Rift Valley and the wild southern coast. Enjoyed the extra walks and seeing points of interest and tea tasting to provide a great experience of Taiwan.
Grasshopper Tours was very organized and professional. The thoughtful guides and well-executed plans made my first cycling experience one to remember. Upon completion from my tour in Taiwan, I immediately booked another for Vietnam.”
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With our experience in providing bike tours through Asia, we are able to pack a great cycling route, cultural immersion, delicious meals, comfortable resorts, and some incredibly photogenic views into our cycling holiday itineraries. This iconic Taiwan tour takes you through spectacular views in this cycling-friendly country, from the mountains through the valley to the coast for a comprehensive look at this beautiful island nation.
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