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Taiwan Road Cycling Holiday

10 nights from £2855.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Ride along the famous Hehuanshan Road at 3416 metres
  • Explore Taiwan with the help of an experienced guide, introducing you to the hidden secrets of the island
  • Become immersed in the diverse and breathtaking lifestyle of those in East Asia
  • Spend each night in a new, luxury accommodation after a rewarding day on the bike
Taiwan Road Cycling Holiday
10 nights from £2855.00
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WE LOVEIncredible Climbs
As you ride from north to south, you will encounter some of the most picturesque cycling roads in the world. These will lead you towards Taiwan's esteemed Central Mountain Range, boasting 100 incredible peaks over 3000 metres. This is a special challenge and one that, upon reaching each peak, you will never forget.
WE LOVEStunning Coastal Rides
You will encounter the famous Taroko Gorge and the lush East Rift Valley along your journey. On the East Coast you will then enjoy unforgettable views over the Philippine Sea. The smooth tarmac routes are traffic free and provide cycling experiences that aren't achievable anywhere else in the world.

What's Included

Day By Day Taiwan Road Cycling Holiday

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Day 1Taipei to Fusing

You will be picked up from your Taipei hotel in the morning and driven outside the busy city to start the ride to Fusing.

You will start at sea level and end at 450m, allowing for a gradual ease into cycling in Taiwan. Following a gentle 12km through the undulating hills, you’ll begin the climbing through thick forest, moss and ferns that line the narrow roads, giving it a scenic Jurassic feel.

Spend the night at the Da Kung Hotel where you’ll enjoy a local dinner before preparing for a longer ride tomorrow.

Total distance50kmTotal climb514m
Day 2Fusing to Wuling Farm

Start day 2 from your hotel where the ascent of the Central Cross Islands Link takes you to just under 2000m and the high altitude plateau of Wuling.

The exotic forest will, once again, provide you with a exceptional views and the air will be clear and fresh. Spend the night in a special region of Taiwan where, in 1960, veterans were resettled as farmers. You will notice that this area has been oriented towards the tourism and agriculture industry. Spend the night in charming Wuling Farm.

Total distance100kmTotal climb2200m
Day 3Wuling Farm to Lu Shan Hot Spring

Begin the day with a ride up the north cross island highway to Lu Shan, a town famous for its mountain fruit. After 25km, you will reach the highest point of the day which is just over 2000m up. From here, you’ll take a turn off for Li Sying Road where you’ll ride through one of the most remote parts of the island. This ride is mostly downhill and surrounded by farmland and high mountains. It is undoubtedly one of our favourite days of the trip.

Spend the night in the Honey Moon hotel where the friendly staff will greet you and make you feel at home.

Total distance90kmTotal climb1562m
Day 4Lu Shan to Taroko Gorge

There is an optional ride today in the morning for those looking to challenge themselves. After an early start, ride 32km and climb 2175m up to the Hehuanshan Pass Sitting at 3275m, this is the highest road in East Asia. Transport options will be provided for those who wish to start the day at the top.

From here, it’s all downhill. This is one of the most exhilarating cycling experiences you can endure. Descend 3270m through the world famous Taroko Gorge, endless tunnels and a number of different Eco zones.

The last 20 km of Taroko Gorge is a mind-blowing ride through marbled walled passageways that twist and turn as the gorge rises some 500-1,100m above. You will never forget this experience.

Total distance125kmTotal climb2275m
Day 5Taroko National Park Rest Day

Today you will take a break from the bikes and, instead, hike around Taroko Gorge. Visit Siangde Temple that has a giant statue of Guanyin and a pagoda that provides views of the valley from the top. Next, walk the Tunnel of Nine Turns trail, which is on the original road through the narrowest part of the gorge.

There are many other hikes to choose from. You and your group will be given the different options, then you can decide which ones are best to do based on the group’s interests.

Day 6Taroko Gorge to Yu Li Hot Spring

From Taroko Gorge, you will ride out onto the east coast and into the superb East Rift Valley.

Next, follow an undulating cycle route that hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous aboriginal villages. After cycling through this fertile valley, you will overnight at yet another wonderful hot spring resort!

Total distance135kmTotal climb801m
Day 7Yu Li-Jhihben Hot Spring

Begin the day with a ride south from your hotel. Following this, head up into the Badlands area and enjoy splendid views from the deserted mountain road.

After a scenic ride, you will connect with the Luye back roads and enjoy a wonderful route through the outskirts of the port town of Taitung and down to the lush Jhihben River Valley. Here, the hot springs are between 75-96 degrees Celsius.

Total distance110kmTotal climb714m
Day 8Jhihben Hot Springs to Kenting National Park

Today’s spectacular ride takes you over the top of the Capricorn Pass and down to the white sand beaches of Kenting. You will spend the early parts of the day riding down the south-east coast where you’ll make the east to west crossing – a popular part of the island for cyclists.

You’ll continue the ride over the southern mountains before descending down the west coast and around the Kenting peninsula. As you reach the southernmost point of Taiwan, you will have time to take photos after a stunning day of riding. Stay at the White hotel tonight, a charming hotel overlooking the¬†Baisha beach.

Total distance120kmTotal climb1013m
Day 9Kenting to Wutai Aborigine Village

Another early morning awaits you as you set off exploring southern Taiwan and its dramatic coastline. Ride parallel to the islands beaches before climbing into the mountains after lunch. Here, the village of Wu Tai awaits you, famous for its stone house architecture.

The road up to Wu Tai village takes you along the highest bridge in Taiwan at 100m above the river. The ascent is a gradual 20km. Enjoy a short walking tour of Wu Tai in the afternoon and spend the evening relaxing.

Total distance105kmTotal climb1366m
Day 10Wutai Aborigine Village to Bao Lai

Today is the final day of cycling as you leave behind the mountain village towards the last hot spring of the tour. You’ll cycle through a number of aborigine villages between the fertile farmland before stopping for traditional aborigine food.

In the afternoon you will ride to the banks of the Lao Nong River, a preferred area of Buddhist monks with impressive temples dotting the landscape. Enjoy a farewell dinner and soak in the hot springs this evening.

Total distance80kmTotal climb1267m
Day 11Departure

There will be a group transfer to Jaohsiung where you can catch a flight or the high speed train (highly recommended!) to Taipei. If you’re planning to spend the night in the Kaoshiung hotel in Taipei just let us know.

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What to Expect

The East Asian State has a completely unique environment. The island’s east coast is notorious for its mountainous landscape, spanning the length of the coast and working its way in-land to the 100 peaks in central Taiwan. The views atop these mountains will last with you forever, as will the Jurassic landscape that surrounds you for much of your trip. The aborigine lifestyles in the south are truly fascinating and there is no better way to discover their culture than getting involved yourself. The mix of climates and Eco zones makes Taiwan a completely unique place to travel. You won’t regret embarking on this awe-inspiring adventure.

100km avg
Expect to ride an average of 100km per day
1305m avg
Expect to climb an average of 1305m per day

How's the Weather? in Taiwan

The SummerJune to August
Taiwan has a subtropical climate due to the Tropic of Cancer than runs through the middle of the island. Summers in Taiwan and typically hot and wet however, due to the small size of the island, the coastal breeze often has a positive, cooling effect. The average temperature during this time is 30 degrees. Thunderstorms and typhoons are most likely towards the end of the summer and tend to hit the east coast quite hard.
The AutumnSeptember to November
The average temperature in Autumn is 25 degrees. Rain is always a possibility but it is less likely than it was in summer. As you reach the higher altitudes, rain becomes more likely and temperatures get cooler due to the constantly changing climate. Make sure you come prepared with clothing for all weather possibilities as the higher up you ride, the more unpredictable the climate will become.
The WinterDecember to February
Winter in Taiwan is often foggy and mild due to the northeasterly winds entering the island from Siberia. Temperatures can reach as low as 8 degrees although warm spells are still likely.
The SpringMarch to May
Temperatures increase again during Spring. The average temperature in Taipei is 25 degrees, meaning it is generally a comfortable temperature during the day.

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