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East Taiwan Self-guided Cycle Tour

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East Taiwan Self-guided Cycle Tour

Self-Guided Tour

Price from

1700 USD

Duration

6 Days | 5 Nights

Level

3

Tour Code

SGCD18

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A Self-Guided Cycle Tour of Taiwan’s Coast and East Rift Valley

Ride at your own pace on this self-guided cycling adventure of Taiwan’s East Coast. Crafted from years of experience touring Taiwan, our perfect self-guided route is compact but diverse and takes in some of the island’s most impressive scenery on quiet, easy to follow roads along the East Coast and East Rift Valley.

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Quality Bikes
Giant Fastroad or E-bike

Your Guide
Self-guided

Group Size
1-14

Accommodation
Stylish and comfortable hotels

Activities
Ride/walk

Minimum Age
-

Overview

This self-guided independent cycling adventure features a carefully crafted and easy to follow route through the Taroko Gorge to the verdant East Rift Valley and on to the dazzling East Coast. With our audio guide, suggestions for must-see stops and best eateries, and a few helpful words in the local language, you’ll seek out your own adventure, stop at places you otherwise wouldn’t find, and make connections with locals. After a train transfer from Taipei, the riding begins in Taroko, the world’s deepest marble gorge, and then snakes its way south, with sections on the rugged Pacific Coastline, and on quiet country roads through the idyllic East Rift Valley, a lush landscape of rice paddies, tropical fruit orchards, indigenous villages, and hot springs!

You'll emerge from the valley at the southern end of your unforgettable adventure for a final cruise along the coast, before rolling into the laidback seaside town of Taitung.

Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $330.


270 Km riding. You'll 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 short but steep ascent and long descent over the Coastal Mountain Range. Traffic is generally light although there will be occasional stretches on busier roads.
 
Deposit payment: $700 USD
Single room option: $525 USD
Solo rider option: $990 USD

Highlights

Walk along Swallow Grotto in the dramatic Taroko Gorge before heading to your accommodation nestled within it.

Pedal through the bright green rice paddies and small indigenous communities of the East Rift Valley.

Park your bike to explore the rocky volcano-formed Sanxiantai island and take a swim in the clear waters.

Cycle along the coastline with the opportunity to visit some monkeys or explore the intriguing rock formations of Xiao Yeliu.

Day to Day


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Riding:
10-30km
Meal:
L

This morning you’ll make your way to the train station for the beautiful journey along the spectacular east coast to Xincheng station (Taroko). Train tickets will be delivered to your chosen hotel in advance. You’ll be met on arrival at Xincheng train station by one of our friendly tour leaders and head for a local lunch and a full briefing to the week ahead.
After lunch, you’ll transfer to your overnight lodgings deep in the gorge, stopping en route for a short walk along Swallow’s Grotto, one of the most dramatic sections. On arrival at the hotel you’ll check in and have a bike fitting, after which your tour leader will depart. The rest of the afternoon can be spent riding further west into the gorge (part of the famous King of the Mountain route), wandering to a nearby monastery, or just soaking up the views.

Riding:
60km
Meal:
B

Today you get an early start to make the exhilarating ride down through Taroko Gorge and to the sea, maybe stopping for a hike along the Lushui-Heliu or Shakadang trails before exiting the gorge and emerging onto the Pacific Coast. Avoiding the main highway, you ride narrow lanes lined with banana palms and temples, taking beachside rest stops on the way south along the coast. Tonight you stay in a small boutique bed and breakfast overlooking the sea in the fishing village of Yanliao. There is an excellent seafood restaurant just a short walk from the hotel.

Riding:
75km
Meal:
BD

Today you take a break from the coast, pedaling into the picturesque but little-visited East Rift Valley, a land of lush green rice paddies and small indigenous communities, heading south on a lovely little road to Ruisui, where a refreshing pool and soothing hot springs await! Dinner is included at your hotel.

Riding:
75km
Meal:
B

The first part of today’s ride continues south through the ever-widening Rift Valley with mountains on either side, before bearing east across the coastal mountain range. After a short, steep climb there’s a wonderful 12km descent, offering spectacular views down the coast as you cycle. Once back on the coastal road, there are options to swim and to explore magical Sanxiantai, a rugged and rocky island formed by a long extinct volcano. Ride’s end is a lovely resort, just south of the fishing town of Chenggong.

Riding:
50km
Meal:
B

Your final day’s ride takes you south along the ever more impressive coastline, and throws up a host of possible stops including monkey spotting, a coffee or snack in the laid-back surf mecca of Dulan (also famous as an indigenous arts centre), a swim at beautiful Shanyuan Beach, or exploring the otherworldly coastal rock formations at Xiao Yeliu. The ride ends in Taitung, where there are temples, parks, an arts district and night markets to explore, or you could just take a swim in the hotel pool.

Meal:
B

This morning you’ll be met by a Grasshopper tour leader, return your bikes and equipment, and then be transferred to the train station for your return journey to Taipei (or Kaohsiung if preferred).

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT

GRASSHOPPER STYLE


This self-guided cycling adventure allows you to discover the natural wonders of Taiwan at your own pace and with your own choice of stops, meals, and activities while incorporating our knowledge of the must-see destinations as well as the hidden gems. We’ve taken care of the details, specially crafting an easy-to-follow and beautiful route in this cycling-friendly country as well as taking care of your accommodations and luggage transfer. Take our expertise and pursue your own adventure as you explore the rugged Pacific coast of Taiwan by bike!

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