Enchanting East Coast of Taiwan Bike Tour

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Overview

We set out on a enthralling cycling adventure through Taiwan's diverse landscapes and rich culture. This unforgettable journey takes us from the vibrant city of Kaohsiung to the stunning cliffs of Taroko Gorge. We cycle picturesque coastal roads, traverse mountain ranges, and immerse ourselves in the scenic beauty of the Rift Valley. Enjoy a variety of experiences, from hot springs and cultural encounters to a mesmerizing cliff hike in Taroko Gorge. As we conclude our adventure, we ensure a seamless return to Taipei, making this an all-encompassing and exhilarating exploration of Taiwan's natural and cultural treasures.

Start

Kaohsiung | 17:00hrs

Finish

Taipei

Lodging

casual

Level

moderate

Avg. dist. cycled

60km or 36mi

Suitable for

Age: 16+

Highlights

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Scenic Cycling Routes

Explore Taiwan's breathtaking landscapes, from lush mountains to serene coastal roads. Pedal through the picturesque countryside, passing by vibrant paddy fields and enchanting Indigenous villages, offering a unique glimpse into the island's cultural heritage.

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Kaohsiung

Today, we come together in the evening for a bike fit and a briefing during dinner in Kaohsiung. This gathering ensures that everyone's bikes are properly set up, and we discuss the upcoming adventure. In addition to our bike-related activities, Kaohsiung offers a variety of interesting things to do. Explore the city's vibrant arts scene at the Pier-2 Art Center, stroll along Love River, and sample delicious Taiwanese street food at Liouhe Night Market. Night markets in Taiwan come up at sundown and sell everything from local crafts to street food to clothing. We highly recommend visiting at least one night market when in Taiwan.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Kindness Hotel
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Day 2: Kenting

We depart from Kaohsiung at 8 am to visit Fo Guang Shan — the largest Buddhist monastery and museum in Taiwan. Today, our plan includes a 40 km loop along mostly flat roads around the Southernmost Point of Taiwan, where we visit the Eluanbi lighthouse. In the afternoon, we cycle along the incredibly scenic coastline within Kenting National Park, with the opportunity to spend some time at a beach. After dinner, we explore the renowned night market in the area.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 40km / 25mi
Accommodation: White Hotel
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Day 3: Dawu

Leaving Kenting, our journey takes us across the southern section of the central mountains, where we pass through enchanting Indigenous villages. We climb to an elevation of 480 meters ( 1,574 ft) before descending to the east coast, offering us our initial glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. If time permits, we can take a stroll on the Alanyi Coastal Trail which features a wonderful rocky trail and indigenous art. Our overnight stay is in a cozy coastal village, and we stay in a small family guest house. Today is a quiet evening given to admiring the natural beauty of this part of Taiwan.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 80km / 48mi
Accommodation: Oriental Cloud B&B
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Day 4: Zhiben Hot Springs

As we continue our journey along the east coast, we see a vast expanse of rice paddies open up around us presenting a serene, soothing sight. Our next destination is Zhiben, one of the most famous hot springs in Taiwan. Today's ride is relatively short, covering just 40km, allowing us ample time to explore the Zhiben National Forest Recreational Area in the afternoon. Stay tonight is at a charming resort with refreshing hot springs to rejuvenate us.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 40km / 24mi
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Day 5: Antong Hot Springs

We depart by car to transfer to the trailhead of Mt. Dulan which is 1,190m (3,900ft) high. This is quite a strenuous hike which takes 3-4 hours to complete including return. While on the trail, it is possible to see the Rift Valley, where which is where we stay in the evening. In the afternoon we again transfer by car to the town of Yuli. We stay tonight at An Tong Hot Springs hotel, renowned as one of the country's oldest, dating back to the Japanese Colonial Period (1895 – 1945).

Meals: B,L,D
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Day 6: Guangfu

The Rift Valley, considered the favorite part of the island by most Taiwanese, is likely to win your favor as well. As we cycle northwards, vast paddy fields extend as far as the eye can see. The entire day is spent on a serene country road with minimal traffic, offering picturesque views of the coastal mountains to the right and the renowned Central Mountains to the left. Taiwan boasts an impressive 270 peaks surpassing 3,000 meters in elevation, and gazing at this range while heading north is a truly delightful experience. If time permits, we may visit Hinoki village, a collection of charming Japanese-style buildings built during Japanese rule over Taiwan that are today preserved as a cultural attraction. The Japanese introduced sugar cultivation to this part of Taiwan, and we stay tonight at a 100-year old guest house originally built by the Japanese.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
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Day 7: Taroko Gorge

As we head north, we reenter the valley on our way to Hualien. Later in the day, we return to the coast, where we get our first sight of the cliffs of Taroko Gorge. Taroko Gorge is a breathtaking natural wonder, known for its stunning marble canyons, towering cliffs, and crystal-clear rivers, making it one of Taiwan's most iconic and picturesque locations.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
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Day 8: Taroko Gorge

Today, we have no cycling planned. We spend the whole day in the Taroko Gorge visiting 3-4 different trails which show all the wonderful aspects of the Gorge, including The 'Swallow Grotto' trail, the 'Eternal Spring Memorial' trail' and the 'Tunnel of Nine Turns'. After the hikes, we head to the top of the Gorge for lunch and spend the afternoon visiting some other famous sites. We load the bikes on the van to give us the option of riding down the Gorge back to our guest house in the afternoon.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 20 km / 12 mi

Day 9: Train to Taipei

On the last day, we drop you off at Hualien train station for you return journey to Taipei. The train tickets are prearranged and are included in the tour price.

Meals: B
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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

shuttle

A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

E-bikes

E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

Arrival & Departure Details

Consider following options for your arrival at Kaohsiung:

  • Kaohsiung Main Station: Kaohsiung Main Station is the primary train station in the city, and it's well-connected to the national railway network. It serves as a major transportation hub for travelers arriving in Kaohsiung by train.
  • Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH): If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely land at Kaohsiung International Airport. The airport is well-connected to major international and domestic destinations, making it a convenient entry point to the city.

The bike tour ends at Hualien, and we drop you off at the Hualien train station for the train ride to Taipei. The tickets for your train ride to Taipei are included in the trip price. Taipei is Taiwan's capital, and the Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei is the largest airport in the country. You can plan your onwards journey from here.

Weather

Spring (Feb to April) and autumn (September to November) are the ideal seasons for cycling in Taiwan. During spring, temperatures range from 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F), and there might be occasional rain showers. Autumn offers even more pleasant conditions with temperatures between 24°C and 30°C (75°F to 86°F) and lower chances of rain. These seasons provide comfortable weather for cycling and exploring the scenic East Coast of Taiwan.

January

Good

February

Best

March

Best

April

Best

May

Mixed

June

Offseason

July

Offseason

August

Offseason

September

Mixed

October

Best

November

Best

December

Good

Best

Good

Mixed

Offseason

Visa

Citizens of over 50 nations including the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and the EU are eligible for visa-free entry to Taiwan for visits not exceeding 90 days, provided your passport is valid throughout the duration of the stay. The complete list of countries that are exempt from Taiwan visa requirements for short-term stays can be viewed on the official website of the Taiwanese Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Reviews from our friends

Jacob N. from US

5.0

Exceeded all expectations

This Taiwan cycling adventure exceeded all expectations! From the breathtaking cliffs of Taroko Gorge to the enchanting coastal routes, every moment was a visual delight. The blend of culture, nature, and well-organized logistics made it a journey of a lifetime.

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