Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike
Spectacular winding roads that provide tough-but-rewarding climbs and exciting descents are the hallmarks of riding in Taiwan. The roads are surprisingly quiet on the less populated East Coast and are very well maintained.
Though being only 400 km long, Taiwan has a surprising variety of eco zones. There are more than 100 peaks over 3,000 metres in the Central Mountain Range, which we will cross twice! We have an amazing descent of 60 kms down through the dramatic Taroko Gorge before we ride south through the lush East Rift Valley and then we will meet the power of the Pacific as it hits the coast. Here the beaches and palm trees will make you wonder if you are on the same island!
An added benefit of Taiwan is the plethora of hot springs, and for five nights you;'ll be able to soak your muscles after your hard day of riding to prepare them for the next day's efforts. .
With breathtaking scenery, challenging riding and plenty of off-bike experiences to enjoy as well, the stage is set for a uniquely rewarding cycling holiday – one you and your legs will remember for a long time to come!
|Tour Cost||US$3,100||Single Supplement||US$625|
|Bike Hire||US$350||Total Cycling Distance||920 km|
|Tour Grade||out of 5||Number of Days||11 Days/10 Nights|
|Number of Cycling Days||8 full, 1 half||Tour Meets||Taipei|
|Tour Ends||Kaoshiung||Countries Visited||Taiwan|
|Group Size||Minimum 4. Maximum 16.||Minimum age on scheduled departures||18 years old|
- Day 1
- We pick you up from your Taipei hotel and drive to Fusing to start our ride. We are already at 350 m and in pine country as we start our climb of gentle gradients. We will top off at 1,240 m today, but it won't be strenuous. You'll be riding through thick forest, and the thick moss and huge ferns line that line the narrow road give the whole place a Jurassic aura.
- Day 2
- We ride straight from the hotel to start our ascent of the Central Cross Island Link that takes us to just under 2000m and the high altitude plateau of Wuling. The scenery is spectacular up here and the air fresh.
- Day 3
- We continue up the Central Cordillera with views that will will inspire awe. We make our way up to the high altitude farming village of Lishan then it's a glorious downhill to Gu Guan and waiting hot springs!
- Day 4
- We traverse the Spine of Taiwan and pass though the Tri Mountain National Scenic Area. Along the way we enter Puli, the geographical centre of Taiwan and the starting point for the highest and toughest climb Taiwan has to offer.
- Day 5
- Today we tackle the highest road in East Asia at 3275m. Start with a 32 km climb up 2,175m then there's an exhilarating ride down some 3270m into Taroko National Park and the world famous Taroko Gorge.
- Day 6
- Today we take a break from the bikes and spend the day visiting and hiking in Taroko Gorge. We will visit the Siangde Temple that has a giant statue of Guanyin and a pagoda that provides views of the valley from the top and walk the Tunnel of Nine Turns trail.
- Day 7
- From Taroko Gorge we ride out onto the east coast and into the superb East Rift Valley. We cycle on an undulating route that hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous Aboriginal villages. We overnight at yet another wonderful hot spring resort!
- Day 8
- We ride from our hotel south and then up into the Badlands area and enjoy splendid views from our deserted mountain road. We eventually connect with back roads to the lush Jhihben River valley where the hot springs are between 75-96 degrees Celsius.
- Day 9
- Today's ride takes us over the top of the Capricorn pass and down to the white sand beaches of Kenting and to the southern most point of Formosa. We stop for a photo op at the southernmost point of Taiwan.
- Day 10
- Our last ride of the tour to our last hot spring of the tour. The ride starts off along the coast then turns inland and we cycle along the banks of the Lao Nong river for our soak in the hot springs.
- Day 11
- Transfer to Kaohsiung where you can catch a flight or the high speed train (highly recommend!) to Taipei or to your Kaoshiung hotel.
|Date||Availability||Price||Single Supplement||Bike Hire||Book|
|March 23, 2014||Available||USD 3,100.00||USD 625.00||USD 350.00|
|April 6, 2014||Available||USD 3,100.00||USD 625.00||USD 350.00|
|September 21, 2014||Available||USD 3,100.00||USD 625.00||USD 350.00|
|October 19, 2014||Available||USD 3,100.00||USD 625.00||USD 350.00|
|November 16, 2014||Available||USD 3,100.00||USD 625.00||USD 350.00|
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