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Tour description


Taiwan Round The Island Cycling

» Taiwan Bike Tour

SGD1790

11Days

970km


Description

Cycling Around the Island of Taiwan in 9Days!

Requested by popular demand over the years, we have decided to do this as a CELEBRATION trip when we Emerge Out from COVID-19!!
Cyclists whom have been with us to many destinations such as Hokkaido, Okinawa, Tibet & Malaysia have expressed their keen interest to join SCT for a Taiwan RTI.

We probably do no need to elaborate more on Taiwan Round-island Cycling, as there are tons of information out there.

There are several variants of this popular trip.  After much spending alot of time comparing those information, we have decided to reference closely to the route as suggested by ?????????Taiwan Tourism Bureau MOTC.

* If you do not have 11days to spare, another option is to ride the best part of it in our 6D Best of East Taiwan Hualien-Taitung Scenic Loop

Reference map from Taiwan Tourism Bureau:


Highlights

With tons of information on Taiwan Round-The-Island Cycling (RTI) available online, here we will just highlight the main differentiators:

3 KEY DIFFERENCES of SCT Taiwan Round-The-Island Cycling

+ 1) DIY-STYLE WITH SSV SUPPORT
This is the an important element of our Taiwan DIY RTI.
First of all, we will issue every cyclist the daily GPX files of the route.
+ What this means to you is that you are able to cycle confidently On Your Own, OR Collectively Together with cyclists of the same pace.  You do not need to rush nor be restricted by how you want to spend your time everyday.

+ We value PERSONAL time in cycling, hence by doing our DIY RTI, you can be informed of the daily route to take, where you can stop for meals/breaks, which hotels you will end up for the night, AND YET able to cycle like a personal adventure!  (There will be a SCT cycle-leader/guide for >4pax).

+ SCT DIY Taiwan RTI will give you that "SENSE of ADVENTURE" as if you are on your own.  It still come with our Support Sweeper Vehicle (SSV) to carry your luggage & to provide assistance in the event of mechanical issue or when you decide to take it easy for that day.

 

+ 2) 'UP THE BAR' CYCLE PLAN 
Apart from referencing the official Taiwan Round-The-Island Cycle Route 1, we have added extra kilometres daily to do more sight-seeing.  You will be rewarded with SURPRISES every now & then!

After all, we do not want to complete this journey, simply rushing from hotel to hotel.

+ From our extensive research plus own local knowledge over the years,  combined with valuable inputs from our local SSV drivers/friends whom have been with us for years, you can be assured of the BEST way to make this journey.
+ We include a well-balanced accommodation types so that you can gain a wonderful experience from the journey. 
+ Sight-seeing & local food/snacks stops are planned in our inclusions.

 

+ 3) SMALL/PRIVATE GROUP CYCLING
Unlike joining other bigger players or in a mega event, we will operate our RTI from minimum 4pax to go!
You can also gather your own friends you are comfortable with to cycle together in sub-groups of 6-8pax each, OR simply go out on your own following our GPX route.

+ We welcome customised itinerary for private groups/clubs/organisations registration


Information

Taiwan Round-Island Cycling Cost:
Note: Our cost is for services INCLUDING  2-way airport transfers + 2 extra nights of accom in Taipei (unlike others who meet & end at the start point Songshan Station)

SGD1790 (twin-share, min 04pax to go)
Single sup $490
Includes:
a) 10 nights accommodation (including arrival & post departure)
b) Airport pickup & transfers to hotel (main group)
c) 10 breakfasts 
d) 1x SSV support vehicle + daily luggage transfer

e) train-tickets if needed for transfer at Suao section
f) Mechanic support 
g) GPX file of our RI route
h) Detailed Pre-Departure Briefing & trip preparation
i) 1x cycle leader/guide (* if more than 10pax)

j) 1x Taiwan RTI-themed jersey

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

1) Make an online Pre-Trip Booking deposit of $50 via our 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) 

 


Detailed itinerary

SCT DIY Taiwan Round The Island Cycing Overview:

(Details & GPX files of our cycle route will be sent via pm on event Whatsapp)

Total RTI Loop est.  970km 

> Cycle 870km (+ Trfr 90km)
> We shall replace the treacherous ?? section by our SSV transfer due to very dangerous/heavy traffic.  After all, we don't believe in risking your lives for that!

 

Day01 Arrive to Taipei

Pickup from airport & transfer to hotel. Bike assembly/final prep. Welcome group dinner + briefing


Day02 Flag-off in Taipei Songshan Station  / Hsinchu (91km)

We will flag-off your Taiwan Round-The-Island the classic way from Songshan station.  Traffic will be heavy as we navigate our way out of the city, using a combination of river bike paths before we follow main provincial highway 3 towards Hsinchu.

Difficulty-level : 3 out of 5

Main sights: Sanxia old street, Daxi old street, Shimen reservoir, Hisinchu City God Temple

 

Day03 Hsinchu  / Taichung (107km)

Difficulty-level : 3 out of 5

If you are lucky, you may have some tailwind to help you as you ride along the west coast expressway.  Route is generally flat, except for 1 main climb above 200m, near the end over Dadu mountain as we roll down into Taichung. 

Main sights: Houlong Cape of Good Hope, Tongxiao salt factory, Dajia Zhenlan temple?Calligraphy greenway

 

Day04 Taichung / Changhua / Chiayi (97km)

Difficulty-level : 2 out of 5

Today is an easy day as the route is very flat with lots of sight-seeing along the way.

Main sights: Rainbow village, Eight Trigram Mountains Buddha Landscape, Tianwei highway garden, Xiluo bridge, Alishan Forest Railway Garage

 

Day05 Chiayi / Kaohsiung (117km)

Difficulty-level : 2 out of 5

Though the distance is 117km, the route is relatively flat as you roll into Kaohsiung, the biggest city in southern Taiwan.

Main sights: Tropic of Cancer marker, Confucius temple, Rainbow bridge, Heart of Love river

 

Day06 Kaohsiung / Checheng (89km)

Difficulty-level : 2 out of 5

A few undulating slopes near the end as we approach Checheng wth nice view of the ocean.  Distance is short today as we want you to rest early and prepare for the climb up to Shouka the next day.

Main sights: Kaohsiung airport, Donglong temple, Dapeng Bay scenic area

 

Day07 Checheng / Shouka / Taitung (114km)

Difficulty-level : 4 out of 5

Today is one of the tough day of the round-island journey, as you climb your way up to Shouka 470m, crossing from Pingtung in the west to arrive Taitung in eastern coast.  After reaching the top, you are rewarded with a nice long descent to Daren.  You may experience crosswind / headwind as you ride along the coastal route 9.

Main sights: Shouka bike service stop  Dawu rainbow street, Duoliang railway station, Tiehua Railway music & art street

 

Day08 Taitung / Chishang / Ruisui (113km)

 

Difficulty-level : 3 out of 5

The East Rift valley is a scenic route where you see beautiful rice fields and trains passing by every now and then. We will detour to ride up Luye Highlands where you may see colourful hot-air ballons or hang gliders if you are lucky.

Main sights: Longtian green corridor, Luye highlands, Guanshan bike path, Chishang Brown avenue 

 

Day09 Ruisui / Hualien (66km)

Main sights: Tropic of Cancer marker, Hualien Sugar factory

 

Day10 Hualien  / land transfer to Suao / Yilan  / Taipei  (100km)

 

Difficulty-level : 4 out of 5

This is the other tough day before you end your round-island journey.  There are 2 main climbs above 500m that you need to tackle before arriving back to Taipei.  One of the climb is nine turns and eighteen curves.  Though challenging, the view of the mountains and the sea from the top is a great motivator.  We are sure you can do it as it is the finale!

Congratulations & Well Done !! You have completed this epic journey around Taiwan !

We will apply for the official completion certification from the Taiwan Cyclist Federation on your behalf.

Main sights: Hualien Qixingtan scenic park, Taroko Gorge bridge, Dongshan river forest park, Pinglin tea garden, Bitan scenic spot, Taipei 101

Day11 Departure (*OR own extension)

Send-off to the airport for the main group. Pls arrange with us separately for those extending your trip.

 


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