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Tour description


Best of East Taiwan - Hualien Taitung

» Scenic Coastal & Spectacular East Rift Valley

SGD1290

6 Days

360km


Description

Best of East Taiwan is our cycling trip along the scenic coastal along the Pacific Ocean from Hualien to Taitung and back to Hualien via the inland East Rift Valley route.  If  you love nature & scenery, this itinerary is highly recommended for you to experience one of the best cycling tours in Taiwan.

Let us take care of everything & you just simply enjoy the ride!  Accommodation are carefully chosen, keeping in mind interesting & unique ingredients at selected towns n Chenggong, Luye & Ruisui.
 
Every year, the Taiwan Cyclist Federation organise this loop as a challenge event under Tour of East Taiwan 365 Challenge.  In that, you are required to complete the 180km or so ride within 11 hours each day.  Those who want challenge & take part in the race event can visit their website for registration details.

This Best of East Taiwan Scenic Loop, we do exactly the same route At Your Own Pace:
 4 cycling days, keep it simple, full cycling yet comes with our Support-Sweeper Vehicle s (SSVs) following behind, so that our cyclists get to enjoy the scenery along the way, pass scenic spots for picture stops, & arrive at our daily accommodation to relax. 

* If you have 11 days to spare, you may wish to join us for our DIY Taiwan Round The Island 


Highlights

+ Cycle one of the most scenic part of East Taiwan (if you are not a fan of 11-days Round Island)

+Quiet backcountry routes (not just the usual route 11 & 9, we know our way well! )

+ Meeting line of Eurasian & Philippine tectonic plates & Tropic of Cancer markers

+ Special accommodations (coastal resort facing the Pacific Ocean; home-stay in Luye Highlands; hot-springs hotel in Ruisui)

+ Ride through famous towns of ChiShang (canola fields; water wheels; Brown Boulevard); Chishang 'train packed lunch' (traditional train bento boxes)


Information

Event Grade: 3+ (Challenging) - Fully supported

Cycling Distance: est. 340-360km (total)

Cycling Pace: 22-25km/hr (optional: at own pace for selected sections) 
Average cycle distance per day: 90km (undulating & some winds)

6D Land Cost :

S$1290/pax (twin-share, min. 4 pax to go)

Single sup: S$270

 

Includes:

1) 5 nights accommodation

2) 2-way airport transfers (main group arrival/departure)

3) 2-way transfers Taipei-Hualien-Taipei

4) half-board: 5 breakfasts + 1 dinner

5) water/isotonic drinks & snacks during cycling

6) Very Experienced Cycling guide & Bike Mechanic Support

7) SSV (Support Sweeper Vehicle) during rides

8) Detailed Pre-Departure Briefing & Trip Preparation

 

* Excludes International airfares & other meals

Add-on: S$180 for rental of bike (GIANT road/hybrid)

We will advise you on the recommended international flight (for main group) to Taipei

 

* Cyclists who wish to experience climbing the famous HuaLien-WuLing (via Tarako Gorge) can join us for 3-day Taiwan KoM Experience Tour before this trip

Further queries, pls email: sct@shangrila-adventure.com

Closing Date: 1 month before departure OR seats fill up

 

>>>>> TRIP REGISTRATION <<<<<

1) Make an online Pre-Trip Booking of $50 (as deposit) via secured payment gateway Paypal/Stripe.

2) State the Tour, Your Name & Contact details (mobile & email)

3) We will get in touch with you within 3 business days (what's next, other details, balance payment etc)

 

* Cyclists who wish to experience climbing the famous HuaLien-WuLing (via Tarako Gorge) can join us for 3-day Taiwan KoM Experience Tour before this trip


Detailed itinerary

Day01 - Arrive Taipei / Transfer to Hualien. Hotel.  Bike Setup & Prep

We pick you up at Taipei airport for your transfer directly to Hualien.  Bike boxes will be taken care of by us.


Day02 - Start Cycling / ChengGong (120km) (B)

 

Cycling starts today!  We move out from our hotel in Hualien and we will use a section of the bike way (bicycle path) along the coast to get onto route11.  Although it is the longest day, it is very achievable with fresh legs and uplifted mood as you set out on this scenic journey.  There are 2 main climbs today of around 200-230m.  Stop by for a visit to Sanxiantai bridge.  Another reason is that we want you to stay at a nice coastal resort facing the Pacific Ocean.


 

Day03 - ChengGong / TaiTung / LuYe (65km) (B,D)

 

After yesterday longest ride, we take things alittle easier today.  Relax & enjoy the morning right in front of your resort (you can even go for a short ride or run along the quiet coastal lane).  After lake breakfast, we continue our journey towards Taitung.  Along the way, we stop at some attractions such as Xiaoyeliu & Raiway Art Village before we head for our lunch.   After lunch, continue along route 9 along the rift valley with a climb up towards the Luye highlands before arriving to our home-stay style accommodation.

 

Day04 - LuYe / ChiShang / YuLi / RuiSui  (90km) (B)

After breakfast, we head out to Luye Highlands, a vast area known for doing hot-air balloning.  You may catch some actions if you are lucky.  We spend some time doing leisure sight-seeing in Chishang, a scenic town known for her splendid canola flower fields and rice cultivation.  Try the famous traditional Chishang 'train packed lunch' (bento boxes) before we continue our journey to RuiSui.  We take into a part of the YuFu bike path, a dedicated bicycle pathway that a few scenic spots such as Eurasian & Philippine tectonic plates & Yushan view point.

Relax and enjoy the hot-spring at the hotel after a day of cycling.

 

 

Day05 - RuiSui / HuaLien (55km)  /  Transfer back to Taipei via Train  (B)

We head back north towards Hualien.  Our special itinerary will take you to Liyu lake for a round the lake ride  Although the distance is relatively short at only 62km, but undulating.  All cycling ends today at Liyutan (the carp lake) with late lunch before we will transfer you by vans back to Hualien.   

Free & easy for the night.

 

 

Day06 - Depart Hualien / Taipei  (B) (OR own extension afters)

After breakfast, depart Hualien back towards the airport or Taipei (for those extending their stay)

 


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