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6 Days | 5 Nights
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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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Giant Fastroad or E-bike
Stylish and comfortable hotels
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Our dedicated Grasshopper Self-guided Adventures app combines navigating technology with visual and audio descriptions of points of interest along your routes, and can be hosted on all Android and iOS devices. The app contains your detailed tour route, podcasts with background information on the regions you will pass through, plus an audio commentary describing points of interest along the way. It also provides dining suggestions along your routes as well as in destination locations with translated menu recommendations. Furthermore, it will provide voiced glossaries of common phrases and words which you can use to make connections with locals.
On request we can provide iPads if you don’t wish to use your own mobile device.
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 tires 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 centers, we use stylish and comfortable hotels and resorts. In the smaller destinations we use simple hotels with air-conditioning and private bathrooms, and some with private hot springs and swimming pool.
Exclusive to self-guided tours, our bikes come fitted with top of the range GPS navigation units. These biking computers have remarkable customization capabilities and can easily be ported with all major biking software, such as Strava, RidewithGPS or Kamoot, for all fans of cycling data. Never fear if you are not technically minded, as we've made them accessible to all riders. The device will be customised for you and we will upload the most accurate maps and routes. Furthermore, you will be well briefed on putting it to good use. You can download a free companion app and play around with its setup, download results of a day’s ride, or set yourself daily workout goals.
Before you ride out on your Self-guided adventure, you will be given a set of essential tools to handle all possible minor repairs, or you can turn to local mechanics for help. However, in the unlikely event of a breakdown, you just need to reach out to our representative who will either talk you through basic repairs or organize support in your location or will help you handle transfer to your destination.
On request, and for an additional fee, we provide a premium transfer service, to pick you up anywhere on the road if you feel you can’t make it to your ride’s destination.
We provide the technology, travel planning and attention to detail so that you can just focus on enjoying the ride. You'll have your pick of great places to eat plus endless opportunities for local interaction as you cycle through regional communities. This is true independent touring without the hassle. It will take you to places you'd never reach any other way and allow you to explore new locations at your own pace.
We provide secure luggage transfers between each of your hotels. This way you can enjoy the ride knowing that when you arrive, your bags will already be waiting at reception. We will also call ahead to ensure that everything is ready for your arrival.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for 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.
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.
Our itineraries are carefully crafted to make the best of your time while touring and to balance out cycling and off-the-saddle activities. However, on this tour, there are locations which are ideal to spend an additional day, enjoy the hotel facilities, try your hand at surfing or just to relax while taking in the sights.
Reach out to our expert team to learn more about extending your adventure in Taiwan.
We are proud of the skills of our mechanics and put our full trust in the quality of our bikes, but we are always ready to act if something goes wrong. Self-guided touring requires that you can perform minor repairs yourself, but for any tough repairs you can count on our staff to provide assistance.
Your safety on a self-guided tour is our top concern as you ride without a local guide to offer immediate help. For this reason we provide means of contacting our Representative anytime, so if an urgent situation arises they can assist with translation, arranging transportation to medical facilities, or obtaining documentation required by your insurer.
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 lovely resort is right on the bright blue Pacific Ocean. Enjoy gorgeous sea and mountain views galore, or catch some rest in beautiful wood-paneled rooms.
Sheraton is an international 5-star hotel with 5-star facilities, including an impressive swimming pool, sauna, gym, and rooftop bar. Located in the heart of central Taitung by the night market, you don't have to travel far to soak up some local atmosphere.
Overall an excellent experience. This was my first organized bicycle trip and first "self-guided" trip and I found it to be an excellent way to see the land.
Self-guided tours are a great way to go. With GPS and all the back up, it's hard to go wrong, and it's just such a great adventure to do with 1 or 2 mates, even for a comparatively inexperienced cyclist like me. Grasshopper has a really good selection of routes, and great soft infrastructure in terms of people, accommodation choices, etc. We never had a mechanical or navigational problem, but if we had I am confident we could have got hold of some help from Grasshopper pretty quickly even though we were in remote areas
Amazing.We started from Taroko and cycled down to Kenting. The route was preplanned and saved in GPS cycling computer by Grasshopper. This was very comfortable to follow the road. We never get lost from the road. The route was very beautiful. The roads are very good quality, safe and quiet. The accommodation, booked by Grasshopper was also very good. I certainly recommend this kind of trip and I certainly recommend cycling in (Eastern) Taiwan.
Amazing trip overall - brilliantly organized, great routes and support. I would thoroughly recommend it. Everything was incredibly well taken care of from pre-trip communication to bike set up to safety briefings to some idyllic stays along the way. Tot, Mandy and Kenji make a super team and were always there if we needed anything.
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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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