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A compact Cycle Tour of Taiwan exploring many highlights along 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.
Giant Fastroad or E-bike
Expert tour leader
4 to 14
This compact loop ride takes in the full diversity of Taiwan’s wild east, from Taroko, the world’s deepest marble gorge, south along the stunning Pacific Coast, and then crossing the Coastal Mountains to the East Rift Valley, a lush, forgotten land of rice paddies, tropical fruit orchards, sleepy indigenous settlements, and hot springs galore! We follow the valley north to the laid-back city of Hualien where our ride ends.
On this active adventure, you’ll enjoy rewarding, achievable cycling as well as a fun hike through the Taroko Gorge to see more of the breathtaking scenery. The riding showcases a variety of different Taiwanese landscapes, from mountains to tropics and rice paddies, through small indigenous villages all the way to the sparkling coast. Along the way, you’ll enjoy comfortable and well-located accommodations and fresh Taiwanese meals and you’ll come away with lasting memories of your cycling holiday.
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.
360 Km 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.
Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $385 surcharge.
Savor super-fresh seafood at Yanliao
Explore the bizarre coastal rock formations near pretty Shitiping Harbour
Hike across an eight-arched bridge to reach the magical volcanic islet of Sanxiantai
Explore the indigenous culinary delights at Hualien Nightmarket
Today you’ll meet your tour leader at Taipei Main Station for the spectacular train ride along the coast to Taroko, the world’s deepest marble gorge, which forges its way through the Central Mountain Range. On arrival, we’ll have some lunch and then take a short but stunning walk before continuing to our hotel in the heart of the gorge. Whether shrouded in mist or glowing in the sunlight, this sheer marble gorge is a captivating sight. On arrival, we’ll have a bike fitting and short test ride before dinner, and then a full briefing to the exciting week ahead!
We make an early start for the exhilarating ride down through Taroko Gorge and to the sea. Near the end of the gorge we’ll make a short diversion to trek alongside the aquamarine waters of a tributary gorge. On exiting the gorge we then ride narrow lanes lined with banana palms and temples, taking beachside rest stops on our way south along the coast. Our ride ends at the seaside settlement of Yanliao, famous for its seafood.
Today we ride south along the increasingly dramatic coastline, starting with some hills! We’ll make a few stops at some of the most spectacular points before reaching our lovely hotel at Shitiping. The afternoon is free to explore the otherworldly coastal scenery and lovely fishing harbor at Shitiping. In the evening we’ll head out for another excellent seafood dinner.
Today we continue our journey south on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Pacific East Coast, often compared with Hawaii. Just a few kilometers into the ride we’ll pass the Tropic of Cancer Monument which denotes our entry into the tropics, and then shortly after we’ll make a stop at Baxian Caves, the site of earliest known human settlement in Taiwan. Weather permitting we’ll have chance to stop and hike around the craggy volcanic islet of Sanxiantai on our route to the laid-back surf settlement of Donghe where we overnight.
Today’s ride is the toughest of the tour, but also the most spectacular. We take a break from the coast, heading across the Coastal Mountain Range on a gorgeous little road which offers the chance to spot monkeys before climbing into the hills. Once we’ve crossed the mountains we’ll make our way north through the magical East Rift Valley, a land of lush rice paddies, fruit orchards and sleepy Amis villages nestled between the Coastal Mountains and the towering Central Mountain Range. Our long ride is rewarded by the chance to soothe weary limbs in the mineral-rich hot springs at Ruisui.
Our final day’s ride takes us north on a lovely little road which hugs the valley side, passing through orange and pomelo orchards and eventually back to the coast and the city of Hualien where the ride ends. Today’s lunch will be at an amazing indigenous community-run organic farm restaurant, and in the evening there’ll be a chance to explore Hualien’s famous night market.
This morning we’ll transfer to Hualien train station for your early morning return train to Taipei. The tour ends on arrival at Taipei Train Station.
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 bathroom, however in the truly off-the-beaten-track locations, we will stay in guest houses 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. While our leaders all come from different backgrounds and have a mind boggling 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 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. Your guide will also keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
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 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 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.
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.
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 hotel located in the hills of Jinguashi features incredible views of verdant hills, winding roads, and terraced rice paddies. You’re sure to sleep well in comfortable, modern rooms, then can enjoy some relaxation on the terrace by an inviting pool.
This charming and modern hotel by the seaside features gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy modern and clean accommodation in this new building, then explore the scenic coast!
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.
Excellent. Very enjoyable cycling and overall experience. Great tour guides and friendly Taiwanese people. Highlights included climbing over the coastal mountain range and all the wonderful food.
All staff were amazing. They all made the tour so smooth and easy. Nothing was too much trouble!
Just completed a ride down the east coast of Taiwan. Great food, accommodation and support for the two of us in scorching heat, wind and a little rain!
Great communication pre trip from the office, including restaurant tips in Taipei from Mandy! A great team effort!
Click here to see our Taiwan Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Taiwan.
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Since Taiwan is an extremely cycling-friendly country with unexpectedly beautiful scenery and few tourists, it is the ideal destination for a bike tour. We’ve crafted this itinerary to showcase the highlights of the Pacific coast on a ride that is accessible to anyone who is moderately comfortable on a bike. If you’re looking for tropical weather, Hawaii-like scenery, and satisfying cycling, this is the tour for you. Take in the views, culture, and tasty cuisine of Taiwan on this bike adventure.
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