Combine fitness and photos with this scenic week-long bike trip. Start out with some urban adventures in Taipei, then make your way to the spectacular Taroko Gorge National Park. After that, your biking begins, taking you through the East Rift Valley and along the Pacific Coast before you arrive in the beach town of Kenting.

Highlights

  • Hike through the marble Taroko Gorge
  • Bike past the scenery of the Pacific Coast
  • Relax on the beaches of Kenting
  • Marvel at the Chuhuo Natural Fire

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Taipei Bicycle & Walking Tour Taipei City
Day 2 Taipei to Taroko Gorge Hualien
Day 3 Bike the East Rift Valley Yuli
Day 4 Bike the Pacific Coast Taitung
Day 5 Taitung to Kenting Kending
Day 6 Explore Kenting Kending
Day 7 Kenting to Taipei Taipei City

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei Bicycle & Walking Tour

Downtown Taipei at dusk

Welcome to Taiwan! Your journey starts in bustling Taipei, where you'll meet your guide at your hotel for a personalized tour of the city. You'll start by riding the MRT to Longshan Temple, then continue on your own power with a bike ride around Daan Park. Other stops will include Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Yongkang Street, and another MRT trip to the Taipei 101 skyscraper, formerly the tallest building in the world.

Day 2: Taipei to Taroko Gorge

Entering one of the park's tunnels

Venture outside of the city with a train ride out to Hualien, where you'll catch a transfer to Taroko Gorge National Park. While the park access may change depending on the time of year and weather conditions, its namesake marble gorge is always spectacular. Pay a visit to the Eternal Spring Shrine, seated atop the Changchun Falls; Swallow Grotto trail, named for its population of the petite nesting birds and known for its views into the gorge; and the Baiyang trail, where you can hike through tunnels and past rushing waterfalls.

Day 3: Bike the East Rift Valley

Take a spin past the greenery

Pick up a bicycle at the Hualien train station to make your way from Jian to Ruisui, a roughly 44-mile (70 km) ride. You'll enjoy views along the East Rift Valley and rice paddies as you ride, then meet your transfer in Ruisui to head Yuli town with your luggage.

Day 4: Bike the Pacific Coast

Take a dip

Get back in the saddle today to ride from Yuli to Chenggong via Antong Mountain. The route will take you along the coast, with views of the Pacific and a stop at the Sansiantai Scenic Area and its intricate Dragon Bridge before you transfer to Taitung City for the evening.

Day 5: Taitung to Kenting

Kenting coast

Give your legs a break with a scenic drive along the sea coast on the South Link highway. You'll stop at Millennium Dawn Memorial Park in the coastal town of Taimali, then keep going to lounge on the beach once you arrive at your destination in Kenting. Head to the Kenting night market for snacking and shopping once the sun goes down.

Day 6: Kenting

Chuhuo Natural Fire

Your agenda for today is up to you as you explore Kenting. Pay a visit to the Chuanfan Rock, known for inspiring comparisons to a sailboat setting out, and Eluanbi Lighthouse as you while away the day. Once it gets dark, you can visit the Chuhuo Natural Fire, where natural gas coming up from the ground seems to spontaneously ignite, and stargaze at Longpan Park.

Day 7: Kenting to Taipei

Awaiting departure

Get in one more day of exploring, starting with a transfer from Kenting to Kaohsiung. You'll visit Cijin island to enjoy its famous fresh seafood, then return to the mainland to see Lotus Pond and the Spring and Autumn Pavilions on its shores before you take the HSR train back to Taipei.

Map

Map of Taiwan Nature & Bicycle Tour - 7 Days
Map of Taiwan Nature & Bicycle Tour - 7 Days