Type of tour:Guided
Level:4
Duration:10 Nights
Distance:63 Miles/day average
Dates: Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, 2015; Mar 20, Apr 3, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 13, 2016 (4 participants minimum)
Tour price:US$3400
Start city:Taipei, Taiwan
End city:Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Beautiful Taiwan
Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike

Tour Description: Guided

If you're looking for some challenging road cycling with dramatic views then this is definitely the ride for you!

Starting in Taipei, you ride from north to south on Taiwan's scenic roads to the highest point of 10745 ft/3275 m and then descend through endless tunnels to the Taroko Gorge and back to sea level. The views remain breathtaking here and the road undulates as you ride through valleys and along the coast to the southern most tip of Taiwan.

Spectacular winding roads that provide tough-but-rewarding climbs and exciting descents are the hallmarks of riding in Taiwan. The roads are surprisingly quiet on the less populated East Coast and are very well maintained.

Though only 248 mi/400 km long, Taiwan has a surprising variety of ecosystems. There are more than 100 peaks over 9843 mi/3000 m in the Central Mountain Range, which you'll cross twice! There's an amazing descent of 37 mi/60 km through the dramatic Taroko Gorge before you ride south through the lush East Rift Valley, then meet the power of the Pacific as it hits the coast. Here the beaches and palm trees will make you wonder if you are on the same island!

An added benefit of Taiwan is the plethora of hot springs, and for five nights you'll be able to soak your muscles after your hard day of riding to prepare them for the next day's efforts.

With breathtaking scenery, challenging riding and plenty of off-bike experiences to enjoy, the stage is set for a uniquely rewarding cycling holiday – one you will remember for a long time to come!

The minimum age for this tour is 18.

A note about weather: The Tropic of Cancer runs straight through the middle of Taiwan resulting in a subtropical climate. Summers can be hot, humid and wet, although rainfall is often limited to short showers.

Typhoon season hits in late summer to mid-autumn, and tends to strike the east coast particularly hard. Winter temperatures are mild and the only snowfall is on mountain peaks. The annual average temperature of the northern part is around 21.7C (71F) while is around 24.1C (75F) in the southern part. The coldest months are from January to March with the lowest temperature to about 10C (50F). The average temperature of the rest months is around 25C (77F).

Taiwan is also prone to earthquakes as it sits on the colliding Eurasian and Philippine plates. These grinding plates are also responsible for the beautiful mountains and amazing hot springs that make the trip to Taiwan truly worthwhile. Most of these quakes are small earth tremors. 

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