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Early Summer Sea and Valley Cycling Tour

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • • Cycle along Taiwan’s most scenic roads
  • • Ride on excellent Rikulau touring bikes
  • • Soak in the geothermal springs of Rusiui
  • • Dine on local Taiwanese cuisine
  • • Experience Taiwan’s unique nature and wildlife

The fact that Taiwan is Asia’s top spot for cycling tours is secret no longer, and MyTaiwanTour’s Early Summer Sea and Valley Cycling Tour combines some of the best features of our other amazing east coast scenic tours with great bikes, custom tailored routes, and some of the world’s most amazing cycling. You’ll ride along the coast, cross mountains and ride along beautiful jungle roads on a tour lead by a cycling guide who also happens to be a lifelong cycling enthusiast. Accommodations range from lakeside bed and breakfasts and boutique designer hotels to guest houses built around beautiful geothermal hot springs perfect for post-ride soaking. As for food, we’ve planned each day to include multiple stops where guests can experience Taiwan’s fabulous culinary scene. So while Early Summer Sea and Valley was designed with cyclists in mind, amazing cycling will be but one of the great experiences you’ll take away from this tour! *Please note* This tour requires both a reasonable degree of physical fitness. Your guide reserves the right to alter cycling route details based on any unforeseen circumstances conditions.


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Ruigang Highway, a winding two-lane road crossing the coastal mountain range from valley to coast

▴ Ruigang Highway, a winding two-lane road crossing the coastal mountain range from valley to coast

Day1, stay at beautifully serene Liyu Lake | Photo Courtesy of Lake House Inn

▴ Day1, stay at beautifully serene Liyu Lake | Photo Courtesy of Lake House Inn

Serene Danongdafu Forest Park Bicycle Path

▴ Serene Danongdafu Forest Park Bicycle Path

Cycle across the coastal mountains on the winding Ruigang highway| Photo Courtesy of NCNSA

▴ Cycle across the coastal mountains on the winding Ruigang highway| Photo Courtesy of NCNSA

Day 3, stay at unique design hostel | Photo Courtesy of Sanya Hill

▴ Day 3, stay at unique design hostel | Photo Courtesy of Sanya Hill

Ride pass through beautiful Sanxiantai bridge | Photo Courtesy of NCNSA

▴ Ride pass through beautiful Sanxiantai bridge | Photo Courtesy of NCNSA

Head down the winding coast

▴ Head down the winding coast

Cycle along Taiwan’s most scenic roads

▴ Cycle along Taiwan’s most scenic roads

MyTaiwanTour cycling tours is provided by one of our Hyundai Starex or Mercedes vans

▴ MyTaiwanTour cycling tours is provided by one of our Hyundai Starex or Mercedes vans

ITINERARY

DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4

Day 1 / Along the Coast from Sea to Lake

Day one offers unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as we head south from the mouth of Taroko Gorge National Park along the coast to Hualien Harbor. After an amazing local lunch, we’ll continue through lush countryside before doing some light climbing into the foothills for the day’s destination, beautifully serene Liyu Lake.

Day 2 / Serenity Through the Great Rift Valley

Get ready to do some beautiful riding with a few medium-grade climbs and descents on day two as we leave Liyu Lake and make our way to Rift Valley road 193, Taiwan’s longest (and most beloved by cyclists) county road. After stopping in the picturesque town of Guangfu for lunch and ice cream, we’ll ride the astoundingly serene Danongdafu Forest Park Bicycle Path most of the way to the day’s destination (with a few side trips along both 9 and 193), the famous hot-spring town of Ruisui where you’ll enjoy a great meal and long soak in hot springs, cold springs, or both!

Day 3 / Crossing the coastal mountain range

Get ready for a bit of climbing as we head from Ruisui to the coast along the beautiful Ruigang Highway, a winding two-lane road crossing the coastal mountain range from valley to coast. The road is beautiful, challenging, and on most days filled with monkeys. While we can’t promise you’ll see any, you’ll almost always hear them. (And we’ll always stop to watch any troops we do encounter.) After reaching the coast, we’ll lunch at the Eight Immortals Cave and an optional hike to visit the gods before heading down the coast itself to the day’s destination, the seaside town of Chenggong.

Day 4 / Winding Down the Coast

The fourth and final day of our tour is all about the coast, and after a morning stretch (and optional hike) at the astoundingly beautiful Sanxiantai bridge, we’ll head down the winding coast, stopping along the way for lunch in the town of Donghe. If we didn’t see monkeys on day three, we may take a quick detour up the road to a bridge that’s home to a locally famous troop before continuing down the coast for a coffee in Dulan before reaching Taitung, from where you can head right back to Taipei or continue your east coast adventures on your own.

  • Point
    Train down east coast from Taipei to Xincheng
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    Bicycle fitting and testing
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    Mostly flat coastal riding alongside Pacific ocean (prepare to be dazzled)
  • Meal
    Lunch at Hualien Harbor (can be adjusted based on the riding schedule)
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    Afternoon riding through farmland
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    Mild climbing in foothills to reach beautiful Liyu Lake
  • Meal
    Dinner: Traditional tribal meal (or equivalent)
  • Accomadaiton
    Accommodation: Lake House Inn (or equivalent)
  • Meal
    Breakfast at guest house
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    Morning ride around Liyu Lake
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    Scenic ride skirting the Coastal Moutian Range
  • Meal
    Lunch and Ice Cream in Guangfu
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    Peaceful ride through Danongdafu Forest Park
  • Meal
    Dinner: Hakka restaurant (or equivelant)
  • Accomadaiton
    Accomdation: Coconut Forest Hot Spring Hotel (or equivalent)
  • Meal
    Breakfast at hostel
  • Point
    Cycle across the coastal mountains on the winding Ruigang highway
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    Continue cycling south along the coast on scenic Route 11
  • Meal
    Lunch and optional hike at the Cave of the Eight Immortals
  • Point
    Continue cycling down coastal Route 11
  • Meal
    Dinner: (Guide’s recommendation)
  • Accomadaiton
    Accommodation: Sanya Hill Boutique Hotel (Or equivalent)
  • Meal
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • Point
    Morning stretch / optional hike at Sanxiantai bridge across the sea
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    Ride down coast from Chenggong to Donghe
  • Meal
    Lunch at Donghe followed by option trip to check out monkeys
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    Continue riding to Dulan, optional coffee break at Dulan
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    Final leg of ride to Taitung
  • Meal
    Simple dinner at Taitung city
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    Heading back to Taipei via plane
*In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • Meal :
    Breakfast : 3| Lunch : 4 | Dinner : 4
  • Duration :
    4 Days 3 Night
  • Pick-up :
    Meet your guide at Xincheng Train Station
  • Drop-Off :
    Taitung Train Station
  • Group Size :
    4-12 people
  • Language :
    English

DETAILS

Inclusions

  • A knowledgeable, licensed and fun-loving English-speaking guide
  • Excellent Rikulau touring bikes with Sun Up electricity generating dynamos
  • Support van with a knowledgeable driver
  • Transportation listed in itinerary
  • Admission to all activities on itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Accommodation listed in itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Exclusions

  • Any meals not listed specifically in itinerary
  • Any optional activities
  • Gratuity

Cancellation Policy

This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Guests canceling at any point up to 31 days prior to this tour’s starting date will receive a full refund.
Cancellations made between 30 and 15 days prior to departure will receive a 90% refund.
Cancellations made between 14 and 7 days prior to departure will receive a 70% refund;
Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to departure are non-refundable.

REVIEWS

February 2018
United States / Josh B
Taiwan has tons of great roads for cycling
Taiwan has tons of great roads for cycling, whether you’re into climbing, coastal rides, riding in the city, whatever you like. People always ask me to provide a top spot, and I always have a hard time doing that. Every time I ride through Taroko I find myself pretty amazed by the scenery, and once you get past the town of Tienshang (where nearly everyone stops), you’ve got mile after mile of winding mountain road with postcard views on all sides.
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*Tour requires a minimum of 4 guests
* Book 10 days in advance(GMT+8 09:00)
* Departs every Tuesday from the end of February to the end of May

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