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The eleven-day Taiwan bike tour offers incredibly unique and safe cycling experiences. Take the high-speed train (included in trip fee) from Taipei at the north end of the island to Kaohsiung City on the sound end. Savor long rides along the beautiful Eastern coast. Test your legs on a challenging climb through Taroko Gorge (one of Asia's most iconic cycling roads). Enjoy days of riding through Taiwan's sparsely populated south and east, filled with national parks, rice paddies, palm trees, aboriginal villages, colorful temples and incredibly friendly people.
Along the way, stay in fine hotels and feast on amazing local cuisine. Explore night markets. Soak in natural geothermal hot springs. Visit Taiwan's famous National Palace Museum with its huge collection of Chinese art. With two local drivers and a Taiwanese guide plus your Bicycle Adventures guide, you are in for a first-class, ultra-supported adventure. We guarantee an unparalleled cultural and culinary experience, with cycling suitable for all levels of riders.
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Meet us at the Taoyuan Airport. Go for a warm-up ride along the Tamsui River's bike path (30-60 KM, depending on your taste.)
Meet us at the airport when your flight arrives this morning. We'll take you to the fabulous Grand Victoria Hotel to freshen up. After brunch, test out your bike on a late morning ride along the lovely Tamsui (meaning "freshwater") River. One of the few rivers that flows north to south on the island, the river curves past temples, parks and cultural sights to the old town of Tamsui on the Taiwan Straits.
This evening, ascend to the top of Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers. Enjoy a fantastic dinner at Michelin-rated Din Tai Fung, known throughout Asia for serving the world's best dumplings. Stay tonight and tomorrow night at the Grand Victoria Hotel.
Pedal an amazing route through Yangmingshan National Park to the east coast. Explore Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf. Spend another night at Taipei's luxurious Grand Victoria Hotel.
Today's bike ride begins in Taipei and cruises 50 KM through lush foothills, over Yamingshan (Yaming Mountain) and alongside the ocean on the other side. Yamingshan is revered for its cherry blossom trees, hot springs and also for being the island's tallest dormant volcano. After lunch, pedal another 30 KM to finish at Tamsui's Fisherman's Wharf. Explore the shops and take time for some people-watching.
80 KM isn't enough for you? Ride another 20 KM back to the Grand Victoria - mostly on bike paths. Or hop in the van for a shuttle back to the hotel. Tonight's dinner is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach at a restaurant with some of the most unusual architecture you'll find anywhere. (80-100 KM; shorter options available)
Jump on the high-speed train from Taipei to Kaohsiung City - at 180 mph, the island's southernmost major city is less than two hours away. Ride to Kenting National Park.
Board the high-speed train this morning for a speedy ride to Kaohsiung. Stop to visit a temple or two while bicycling south through Taiwan's banana belt into Kenting National Park. Kenting is renowned for its glorious beaches, coral cliffs and tropical climate. After lunch in Kenting, head to the Kenting Chateau Beach Resort, tonight's lodging. Soak up the views from your gorgeous oceanside room. Or go for an afternoon ride along the island's southern tip. Tonight: feast on whatever you wish from the local night market in a town that is famous for great seafood. (33-65 KM)
Ride north along the island's east coast, then inland through rice paddies, past palm trees and into the jungle. Finish in the hot springs region of Chiben, south of Taitung city.
Today's ride is hilly, lush and completely memorable. Start off with a cruise along protected bike paths and bike lanes beside the ocean, then head inland through rice fields and past palm trees. Revel in the quiet: you'll see few cars once we leave the coastline. After lunch at an oceanside park, pedal onward to visit Duoliang Station, once Taiwan's most beautiful railway station. The site is now a lovely seaside park with blissful views of mountain, jungle and seashore. Back on the bike, ride onward to Chihpen, a popular hot spring area where canyon gives way to lush jungle and beautiful banyan forest. After a restful soak, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant serving aboriginal cuisine...and then maybe another soak. (120 KM; shorter options available)
Along the coast and into the rift! Ride the border of the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area from Chiben to Jui-shaing.
A gorgeous coastline that rivals Big Sur for beauty is on today's ride menu. Then follow the route inland, pausing to take in views of rice paddies and mountain ranges. Discover Taiwan waxes eloquent about the East Rift Valley: "...it stretches from Mugua River in Hualien to the north to Taitung City and covers a total of 138,386 hectares, encompassing mountains, valleys, and hot springs, together with fields of rice, daylilies, pomelos, tea, and sugar apples in rich abundance." It's also home to four of Taiwan's indigenous tribes. Finish today's ride with a soak in the mineral springs of Jui-shaing. (110 KM; shorter options available)
Head through the rift this morning. Visit the Cave of the Eight Immortals before riding back to the coast along the foothills of the East Rift Valley. Stay in a sugar town tonight.
Start today with a ride to Bashian Cave, the "Cave of the Eight Immortals." One of Taiwan's geological wonders, the cave dates to the Stone Age and houses a Buddhist temple carved into the side of a cliff. Explore a bit. Then continue riding up the pristine coast and back into the green rift valley to the Hualien Sugar Factory in Guangfu Township. This honest-to-goodness sugar factory was built during the days of Taiwan's occupation by Japan. Tonight, sleep in the Japanese-style sugar factory guesthouse. Tonight's dinner is a guest favorite, a Japanese-influenced meal offered in a quaint, intimate setting. (120 KM; shorter options available)
Today: Begin one of the world's most epic rides into the mountains and gorge of Taroko National Park.
Ride through pineapple fields and to the ocean for a seaside lunch before heading inland - and upland - into Taroko Gorge National Park. The most stunning of Taiwan's nine National Parks, Taroko is best known for its marble gorge carved by eons of erosion - and the Taiwan KOM Challenge, part of the Taiwan Cycling Festival held each fall. As you climb, massive stone cliffs rise above; the river rages below. Stop here and there to visit the colorful temples and shrines along the way.
Finish at the magnificent Silks Place Taroko. Spend the next two nights here. Perched inside the gorge, this stunning hotel boasts rooftop firepits and pool with hot tubs, fine dining and even a nighttime mountainside light show. (100 KM; shorter options available)
Explore Taroko National Park. Or enjoy the luxury of Silks Place Taroko's hotel and spa. Or do both.
Cycling in the gorge is just one of today's options. Or hike, explore or just soak up the scenery. Within strolling distance of the fabulous Silks Place Taroko are pagodas, temples, shrines, tunnels carved through mountains, wooden suspension bridges and amazing views in all directions. Prefer to stay at the hotel and relax? Enjoy the luxurious spa and the hotel's other amenities - fire pits, ping pong, amazing food and luxury galore. What's your pleasure?
Try for the summit if you like. Afterward, enjoy the long descent to Lishan and the colorful Swallow Castle Hotel.
Choose your option for today's ride. Try your legs at a 17% grade and one of the most beautiful and challenging uphill climbs in the world. Or take it at your own pace, exploring along the way and taking plenty of enviable photos. After lunch at the Sacred Tree Cafe, swoosh (mostly) downhill to Lishan, a mountain town surrounding by farms, clouds and sheer rustic beauty. This evening, take part in a traditional tea ceremony at a local shop. (85 KM; shorter options available)
Ride down through the mountains past tribal villages, tea farms and palm trees en route to the coast. This evening: explore Luodong's night market and spend the night at the Kapok Hotel.
Spend another amazing day bicycling spectacular roads through palm-fringed farming communities. Finish with a 45 KM downhill-then-flat ride into the bustling town of Luodong. Explore the town's amazing night market, just two blocks from the luxurious Kapok Hotel, where you'll stay tonight. (110 KM; shorter options available).
Back to Taipei, with a few stops along the way - including hot-air lanterns in the old town of Shifen and the National Palace Museum.
This last morning, shuttle back to Taipei with some unique stops along the way, including the old town of Shifen for hot-air lanterns. Stroll to visit a couple of the sparkling waterfalls for which this area is famous. Then it's on to the National Palace Museum with its permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts, one of the largest of its type in the world. Afterward, you'll have time to pack up your bike (if you brought your own). Enjoy a final celebration dinner before we drop you off at the airport for your late-night flight back home.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.