Taiwan Explorer by Bike

Taiwan Explorer by Bike

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Taiwan Explorer by Bike

10 Days Starting in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan and ending in Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

Visiting: Kaohsiung City, Kenting National Park, Dawu, Jhihben National Forest Recreation Area, Chenggong, Tamasato Hot Springs, Guangfu Township, Hualien City, Tailuge Xia, Taipei City

Tour operator:

SpiceRoads Cycling

Tour code:

TWN-TEB

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

Min age:12

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Cycling, Hiking

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$3500
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NB: Prices correct on 20-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Taiwan is a cycling paradise. Between coast-hugging highways that offer breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, undulating country roads dissecting lush valleys, and extreme ascents/thrilling descents winding around majestic mountain ranges, Taiwan has something for riders at all levels. If you are looking for casual riding combined with a diverse and immersive experience on this fascinating island nation, then SpiceRoads invites you to experience our brand new “Taiwan Explorer by Bike”. This tour has been specifically designed to strike the perfect balance between leisurely riding along scenic roads and intimately exploring the landscapes, cultures, and cuisines that span the south and east coasts of Taiwan.



The journey begins in the city of Kaohsiung, where we will zip down the so-called “tail of Taiwan” to reach the scenic coastline and white sand beaches of Kenting. We then traverse across the southern mountains and through Indigenous villages before rolling down to the east coast to be greeted by sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean. The next couple of days will be filled with epic stretches along the coast, stopping in maritime towns and villages steeped in history, filling our bellies with local delicacies, exploring forested areas, and lounging in hot springs! Once we reach the town of Chenggong, we’ll trade the blue ocean vistas for visuals of emerald green as we enter the Rift Valley, a simply stunning area of meandering rivers, rice paddies, quiet country roads and quaint local villages. The Rift Valley will be our cycling playground for the final days of riding before we cap off the adventure with an off-saddle exploration of Taroko Gorge, the world’s deepest marble gorge and probably Taiwan’s most impressive geological formation. Here we will hike the Zhuilu ancient trail for stunning views of the gorge from all angles. This is the perfect way to end our adventure on a truly high note (literally!) before we say our goodbyes the following morning and you head up to Taipei by train.



This tour is sure to leave you with lasting impressions of Taiwan, still an underappreciated and much less visited destination compared with other East Asian countries! Let us show you what makes this cycling paradise such a gem to explore.

Highlights

  • Explore scenic coastline of Kenting National Park and Baisha Beach where we can reward our cycling efforts with a dip in the ocean.

  • Learn about the history and culture of taiwan.

  • Discover the gateway to the incredible Taroko National Park, home to Taiwan’s most awe-inspiring geological formations.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Kaohsiung

Location: Kaohsiung City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kindness Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Taiwan! Today you will arrive in Kaohsiung, the country's second biggest city and nicknamed the “Harbor Capital '' due to its primal role as a hub for maritime trade. Depending on your arrival time feel free to explore on your own or relax at the hotel. In the afternoon we will meet for a bike fitting and trip briefing before enjoying a delicious Taiwanese welcome dinner.

Day 2 : Kaohsiung - Kenting

Location: Kaohsiung City, Kenting National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kenting White Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Let the adventure begin! This morning we will transfer from Kaohsiung to Pingtung (around 1.5 hours) to reach the starting point of our inaugural cycling day. The ride begins with a jaunt along flat roads down “Taiwan’s Tail”, towards the island's southernmost point where we’ll find the impressive Eluanbi Lighthouse. From there, we skirt along the scenic coastline of Kenting National Park. Our final destination is Baisha Beach where we can reward our cycling efforts with a dip in the ocean! This is one of Taiwan’s most beautiful beaches, but don’t take our word for it; just watch the hit movie “Life of Pi” which used this area as the location for many of the beach scenes. After some beach time and checking into our hotel nearby we will regroup for dinner and stroll through Kenting’s buzzing street night market.



Ride 75km

Elevation: +347m

Descent: -341m

Day 3 : Kenting To Dawu

Location: Kenting National Park, Dawu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Oriental Cloud B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we travel coast to coast from Kenting to Dawu, along the way traversing the southern part of Taiwan’s mountainous spine, rolling past Indigenous villages and surrounded by incredible vistas. Beginning from Kenting we embark on a two-wheeled crossing of Taiwan's tail. The majority of the way will be along scenic road No. 199, one of the most gorgeous stretches of tarmac in the country! As we meander across the terrain we will pass through several Indigenous villages and our guide will explain some of the history and culture of Taiwan’s diverse ethnic groups. While the ride today will involve several ascents, as we begin to approach the east coast we’ll be rewarded with a gradual descent complemented by sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean. We’ll spend the night at a small coastal village in Dawu Township.



Ride: 75km

Elevation: +735m

Descent: -733m

Day 4 : Dawu To Zhiben

Location: Dawu, Jhihben National Forest Recreation Area

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hoya Hot Spring Hotel & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the day with a gentle 40 km ride further up the east coast, rejoicing in continuous vistas of the endless Pacific Ocean as we pedal forth. Our port of call today is Zhiben, famous for its hot springs. We arrive in time for lunch and in the afternoon we’ll take time to roam around the Zhiben National Forest Recreational Area. Here we’ll find not only hot springs but an abundance of natural scenery of waterfalls, banyan trees and tropical forests. Tonight’s accommodation will be a treat as you’ll have the option to soothe your muscles with hot spring baths and spa treatments directly at the hotel.



Ride: 40km

Elevation: +354m

Descent: -292m

Day 5 : Zhiben To Chenggong

Location: Jhihben National Forest Recreation Area, Chenggong

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Sanxian Tai Hairy Crab Guest House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is our last day along the coast before we move inland. Departing from Zhiben, we cycle through a string of coastal towns and fishing villages before arriving in Chenggong. Here we will visit Samxianthai, a small off-shore island accessible by a beautifully arched bridge, and relish in spectacular views back onto the coast from atop the lighthouse. Chenggong is well known by the Taiwanese for its incredible seafood and we’ll be sure to sample some local delicacies at dinner here this evening.



Ride: 60km

Elevation: +348m

Descent: -376m

Day 6 : Chenggong To Antong

Location: Chenggong, Tamasato Hot Springs

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: An-Tong Hot Spring Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we trade blue ocean vistas for visuals of emerald green as we enter the Rift Valley of Taitung. In the morning we depart from Chenggong and embark on the second mountain range crossing of the trip, transitioning from coast to inland river valley. It is well worth the effort as we’ll be greeted by a lush landscape of meandering rivers, rice paddies, quiet country roads and quaint local villages. This is the incredible Rift Valley of Taitung and it will be our cycling paradise for the next few days. Tonight we will stay at another hot spring resort southwest of Yuli, one of the 5 hot springs established during the Japanese colonial period from 1895 – 1945. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and don’t be shy to go for a therapeutic soak in the hot spring!



Ride: 30km

Elevation: +794m

Descent: -664m

Day 7 : Antong To Guangfu

Location: Tamasato Hot Springs, Guangfu Township

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Sapientia Guest House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we say goodbye to our hot spring hotel and spend the day cycling through the Rift Valley. Nestled between the central and coastal mountains this is the most fertile part of the island - in fact, the Rift Valley is referred to as Taiwan’s “rice basket” epitomized by a seemingly endless sea of rice paddy fields along the valley floor. If you ask around, many Taiwanese consider this to be the most beautiful part of the country and we’re sure you’ll probably agree with that! We cycle on an undulating route that hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous Indigenous villages. There is almost no traffic and you can enjoy views of the coastal mountains on your right and the towering peaks of the famous Central Mountains on your left. Taiwan has 270 peaks which are over 3,000 m in elevation and looking at this range as we ride north is a joy. We spend the night at a cozy guesthouse in the rural township of Guangfu. If the sky is clear at night be sure to do some star gazing!



Ride: 50km

Elevation: +408m

Descent: -439m

Day 8 : Guangfu To Taroko Gorge

Location: Guangfu Township, Hualien City, Tailuge Xia

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Get ready for the final ride of the trip! We follow the Rift Valley to its northernmost point at the mouth of the Liwu River, where we find ourselves back on the coast facing the vast Pacific Ocean. This is also the gateway to the incredible Taroko National Park, home to Taiwan’s most awe-inspiring geological formations which will be our adventure playground the following day. Departing from Guangfu we’ll cycle leisurely on meandering country roads before ascending another mountain crossing which will carry us down back to the coast. We’ll cruise through Hualien City and, as we approach the Liwu River Delta, we'll get our first glimpse of the marble cliffs of Taroko Gorge. We spend the remainder of the day at leisure near the coast as we save our exploration of the Gorge for the following day!



Ride: 70km

Elevation: +229m

Descent: -315m

Day 9 : Taroko Gorge (Zhuilu Ancient Trail)

Location: Tailuge Xia

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our last day is off the saddle as we explore the natural wonders of Taroko Gorge, the world’s deepest marble gorge. While we won’t be biking, we’ll certainly still be active as we hike along the Zhuilu ancient trail which was carved into the cliff face centuries ago by the Indigenous people of the area. The views are simply stunning - look below and you’ll see the bright blue water of the river raging through the canyon, look up and around and you’ll see marble-walled mountains and peaks partially blanketed by lush vegetation. The hike itself is around 10 kilometres and includes some steep sections, as well as some bridges and tunnels. After the hike we’ll break for a well-deserved lunch and then continue exploring other areas of Taroko National Park, such as Xiande Temple which has a giant statue of Guanyin and a pagoda that provides views of the valley from the top.

Day 10 : Departure

Location: Hualien City, Taipei City

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast and our goodbyes, we will drop you off at the Hualien train station for your return to Taipei and onward journey. We can also arrange for a vehicle transfer if you prefer.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

    Experienced local English-speaking guide on this tour.

  • Meals

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • SpiceRoads jersey

  • Water bottle,Snacks and drinks

  • Support vehicle

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Tips service are not included.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Airport pick up and drop off service are not included.

  • International Travel

    International flights are not included.

  • Visa fees

  • Alcohol

Bike Hire

Hybrid: US$ 350

Single Supplement

US$ 550

Mode of Transport

Bikes

Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the tour pricing section. The bikes are well-known makes of hybrid bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is in good mechanical order.



You can also hire an electric bike (or an E-Bike) for the price listed in the tour pricing section.



Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Domestic and International flights are not included.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is US$ 550.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking guide on this tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for yellow fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 12 peoples.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    All nationalities require a passport for entry into Taiwan. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa is not required for European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport pick up and drop off are not included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Do I need to have travel insurance?

    Yes! SpiceRoads insists that all clients must take out good travel insurance before joining one of our tours. There are inherent risks involved in cycling and mountain biking and we will not be liable for your medical expenses or evacuation in case of an accident. This insurance must include adequate coverage for any personal accident, medical expenses, injury, death and repatriation. Insurance should also provide coverage for cancellations or curtailment of the holiday. Clients should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for any dangerous or unusual activities that might be included in their tour. If you join the tour without adequate insurance you may be disallowed from continuing on the tour without the right of refund. Clients are solely responsible for arranging their insurance and they should ensure that they are covered for the full duration of their tour. Your tour leader will ask for copies of your insurance before allowing you to join the tour. This protects both you and us.

  • Is the trip guaranteed to depart and does it require a minimum number of people?

    There is a minimum number of participants (usually 2) required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to Depart'. Once a trip is guaranteed to depart you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements. If the trip status is ‘Limited’ will mean we have only a small number of spaces available for booking. If you are unsure about the trip status, please contact us.

  • Why hire a bike from SpiceRoads?

    SpiceRoads bikes are never just "fit for duty" but a key component of our riders’ tour experience and satisfaction. For tours with bike hire option, renting one of our bikes saves hassle, not to mention precious luggage allowance. All SpiceRoads tours use well-known makes of mountain, hybrid or road bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes or disc brakes and Shimano components. Mountain bikes all have front suspension. We renew bikes in our fleet every two seasons. When in use, our bikes are well-cared for, including full service before each trip and daily cleaning while on tour. SpiceRoads tour support vehicles carry plenty of spares and extra tubes for every emergency.

  • Do you have E-Bikes?

    Electric "pedal assist" e-bikes are available on select tours. E-bikes can help manage long distances and climbing terrain through the use of a pedal-activated electric motor. Unlike other e-bikes, "pedal assistedr" e-bikes feel more natural to the rider. We recommend e-bikes for riders interested in tours that might normally be too challenging for them, or for groups of riders with mixed ability. E-bikes provide assistance for long distance or more challenging terrain, but they can’t do all the work for you! Always chose a tour within the range of your own abilities to ensure your own enjoyment when exploring a new destination. Contact us for a complete list of e-bike available tours.

  • What do I need to bring if I rent a SpiceRoads bike?

    Bikes rented for tours always come with a helmet, a single water bottle cage, and a standard saddle. If you prefer to bring your own saddle (just the saddle, not the seat post), additional water bottle cage, or SPD pedals, we will fit them to your bike for the tour. Don’t forgot to bring your shoes and cleats if you bring SPD pedals! Women specific seats are recommended for longer tours. We have a limited supply of gel seat covers to soften the ride, and of strap-on toe cages. Please enquire about adding these during your booking.

  • Do you have details of the SpiceRoads fleet?

    In Thailand we have a fleet of Verve city bikes, TREK 4300 and X-Caliber 7 mountain bikes, TREK 7.2 X, FX 3 and 7200 hybrid bikes and Trek 2.1 C, Domane 2.0, Lexa SL and carbon Émonda S5 road bikes. We also carry Giant 2019 Explore E+ 3 e-bikes. Our bicycles are available in sizes ranging from 13 inches to 22 1/2 inches or 47 cm to 62 cm. Please note that a certain frame model is not guaranteed. In Bangkok and Chiang Mai, baby seats, tag-alongs, and child bikes for children are available. In Bangkok the single-wheeled tag-along bike attach to the seat-post of an adult bike, allowing a child to pedal along behind the adult. There's no age limit to the tag-along bike, but there is a 36 kg weight limit. Bike hire is include in the tour price for short tours, while longer tours offer bike hire as a supplement, as many riders opt to bring their own bike for our cycling tours. Depending on the destination, length of tour, and type of bike, hire costs vary.

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    SpiceRoads Cycling requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of spiceroads cycling charges.

    At 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 0% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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