Day 1: Taipei - Arrival.
Arriving at Taipei's international airport, you will be met by a driver and taken to our joining hotel where you will be greeted by your tour leader.
In the evening the group will meet for a briefing followed by our first evening meal together.
Day 2: Taipei - Tamsui.
There cannot be many cities in the world, let alone Asia, were cycling out from the centre can be as a pleasure, but such is the nature of Taipei. Riding from the city along the Tamsui River cycle path is a surprising and thoroughly enjoyable warm-up for our journey ahead. We will arrive at our hotel near the Tamsui estuary in time for a stroll and a relaxing pre-dinner drink.
Day 3: Tamsui - Keelung.
Our first full day on the road begins with a climb as we head slightly inland before descending to the coast. We pass graveyards and multi-storey Buddhist temples during a descent that will bring us to seaside bicycle trails, at times cling to the beachside cliff face en route to the coastal town of Keelung.
Day 4: Keelung - Luodong.
We leave our harbour-side hotel heading for the Keelong River where a car-free cycling route and deserted byway climbs through a region of tranquil forest. The climb is short and steep, and as we climb the sound of silence is broken only by the occasional babbling stream and bird song.
Back down on the coast, we ride on the shoulder of a busier road between the mountains and rugged coastline. After 20kms the area between sea and mountains widens and our onward journey is a variety of wide shoulder, bicycle path, and traffic-free seaside lanes as we pass through small towns and rice fields on the way to our town centre lodgings.
Day 5: Luodong - Hualien: Exploring Taroko Gorge.
After breakfast, we can enjoy fine views of the Pacific Ocean as we let a locomotive take the strain for an hour or so as we avoid the narrow busy tunnels of the coastal road leading south.
Back on the bikes, we enter the narrow Taroko Gorge where, for the next 20kms, we climb on a gentle gradient between the towering walls of this beautiful marble canyon. The climb ends at Xiangde Temple, where we can relax and enjoy lunch before turning to retrace our path and enjoy the views from a different perspective as we head back towards the ocean. The final third of this varied day sees us follow quiet paths with little traffic as we head towards Hualien.
Day 6: Hualien - Yuli: Riding the East Rift Valley.
Riding the East Rift Valley one could be forgiven for believing this route was created exclusively for two wheels. The road is all but bereft of cars and is well surfaced as it meanders through a beautiful valley of citrus groves, beetle nut palms, and pineapple plantations leading eventually to a wider valley of vivid green rice fields and our hot spring resort. Another delightful day's cycling through Taiwan.
Day 7: Yuli - Dulan.
A gentle six-kilometre climb begins our day as we cross the mountain barrier between the East Rift Valley and the Pacific. We pass through a well-lit tunnel as we begin the beautiful descent to the sea, curving between mountain views and ocean vistas. Once back at sea level we follow the coast, sometimes on highway side bike lanes, sometimes on winding bicycle paths, and otherwise on rural country lanes as we head towards the surfer seaside town of Dulan.
Day 6: Dulan. Rest Day.
Dulan is a small relaxed town catering for the needs of resting travellers and surfers, which makes it an ideal spot for us to take a day of the bikes and recharge the legs.
Day 9: Dulan - Taimali.
Today's route south follows the coast on a series of routes ranging from highways to bicycle paths to tracks to coastal paths, all following the azure Pacific Ocean Coastline. As we ride, rugged views will share our attention with fishing harbours, beaches, and estuaries as we head for the little town of Jinlin.
Day 10: Taimali - Kenting Street
A Spectacular coast to coast ride across Taiwan is a fitting finale to a tour never to be forgotten. The day begins with a short coastal ride south before heading inland on an eleven-kilometre climb. From the pass, we begin a ride through beautiful green hills that lead onto a coastal road around the southern cape of Taiwan, where the rugged sea views rival those of finest ocean roads anywhere on earth.
Quiet roads and stunning vistas mark the end of a thoroughly wonderful exploration of Isle Formosa, the beautiful island.
Day 11: Finish.
The tour official finished today in Kenting Street.
A group transfer to Kaohsiung International Aiport (IATA Code: KHH) and Kaohsiung train station will be provided at noon. For those wishing to make their way back to Tapei, the high-speed train will make short work of the journey.
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