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7 DAYS TAIWAN’S EAST RIFT VALLEY ON 2-WHEELS (19-25 Mar 2022)

Taipei, Ruisui, Chisang, Taitung

Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Experience Taiwan’s gorgeous East Coast from flatland forests, vast rice fields and a wild coastline back by imposing mountains.
  • Enjoy a hassle-free biking tour, with experienced guides and support vehicles to ensure you are well taken care of
  • Stay at some of the best hotels in the region
  • Learn about aboriginal culture at the fascinating Luan-Shan Forest Museum

In recent years, Taiwan has developed its reputation as haven for cyclists, with a sheer variety of road experiences that cover the entire island. On this 2-wheel adventure, we choose a relaxed route down the East Coast of Taiwan that would suit everyone of any cycling proficiency but yet takes in a myriad of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.

Starting in Taipei, we get an insight into Taiwanese culture through food and drink, before being transported to Hualien to begin this cycling adventure. The route traverses forested flatlands to verdant rice fields and a stunning coastline backed by the mountains of the East Rift Valley, ending in Taitung.

LAND TOUR PRICE

Twin Sharing: S$ 6,980/-

SGD 6,980 Per Person
Per Person

Early Bird Promotion
First 4 guests (2 rooms) with deposit enjoy a complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Room to Deluxe Suite at Palais de Chine.

Deposit Amount

SGD 800/- Per Person

8 Days 7 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
18 Feb 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
Free cancellation until 30 Oct 2021
S$ 250 admin fees for cancellations from 1 Nov 2021 to 18 Feb 2022
100% charge for cancellations from 19 Feb 2022 onwards

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
19 Mar, Sat Arrival in Taipei

19 Mar, Sat Arrival in Taipei
Taipei
Dinner included

Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Taipei. The day is at your leisure to explore this bustling metropolis – do not miss the world-famous National Museum to see the finest Chinese artwork, whizz through the night markets, get your bubble tea fix and shoot up to the 89th floor of Taiwan 101 for a 360 panoramic view from this iconic landmark.

Welcome dinner at Toh-A Restaurant, which features Taiwanese fusion cuisine with an omakase menu in an elegant French setting.

Day 02
20 Mar, Sun Taipei / Hualien / Ruisui

20 Mar, Sun Taipei / Hualien / Ruisui
Ruisui
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After breakfast, transfer to Hualien by train where you will meet up with your cycling team who will look after you for the next few days. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be driven to your hotel for check-in, with a visit to an indigenous fish farm en route to learn more about the local culture.

 

At your hotel today, your cycling team will start to prepare and adjust the bikes to your measurements for your upcoming cycling journey and conduct a safety briefing before a warm-up test ride to nearby Danongdafu Forest Park, a reforestation project that is Taiwan’s first flatland forest of 1,250 hectare with picturesque fields of flowers and woodlands, a perfect place to kickstart your cycling adventure before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Your resort is in the Ruisui hot springs area, and is a great opportunity to enjoy a relaxing soak in the mineral rich waters before calling it a night.

Total cycling: approx. 17km, 1hr

Day 03
21 Mar, Mon Ruisui / Yuli / Ruisui

21 Mar, Mon Ruisui / Yuli / Ruisui
Ruisui
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Enjoy a relaxing morning – there are many trails in Fuyuan Forest Recreation Area where your resort is located and we recommend taking a stroll to Long Ying Waterfall, the star attraction of the area. Your resort is also aptly named for its butterfly sightings – more than 30 species have been recorded here.

In the late morning, commence your cycling adventure down Route No. 193, the longest County Highway in the country and runs parallel with the East Rift Valley. This is one of the best cycling routes in Taiwan, a smooth countryside path with less traffic and a vast pretty landscape of green rice fields. You will hit the 10km Yufu Bikeway as you approach Yuli, an old train track repurposed as a bikeway.  

From Yuli, you will return by van to your hotel (approx. 40min drive) to freshen up before dinner. In the evening, enjoy one more soak in the hot springs to relax your muscles after the day of cycling.

Total cycling: approx. 40km, 4-5hrs including breaks and photo stops

Day 04
22 Mar, Tue Ruisui / Chisang

22 Mar, Tue Ruisui / Chisang
Chisang
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer to Yuli (approx. 1hr drive) to continue where we left off yesterday. Your luggage will be safely stowed on the support vehicle so you can enjoy a hassle-free cycle with a peace of mind.

Today’s route is a similar landscape of rice paddy fields, taking the Zhoufu Country Road away from heavy traffic and people. Dotted along the landscape are aboriginal tribes where you can experience their unique architecture and cultures. As we approach Chisang Township, ride through Mr Brown Avenue, made popular by a commercial by Mr Brown Coffee, featuring a stunning landscape of fields against a mountainous backdrop without a single wire pole along the roadside.

End the trip directly at your hotel, where you have the rest of the evening at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and dinner at their restaurant.

Total cycling: approx. 43km, 4-5hrs including breaks and photo stops

Day 05
23 Mar, Wed Chisang / Taitung

23 Mar, Wed Chisang / Taitung
Taitung
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and be transferred to the dramatic landscape of the East Coast (approx. 1hr drive). The East Rift Valley was formed by the convergence of the Philippine and Eurasian tectonic plates, creating a stunning mountain range that hugs the coast.

You will start from Nimpu village, cycling along the scenic coast before reaching Chenggon for a seafood lunch at a local restaurant. View the local landmark – Sanxiantai Arch Bridge, before continuing your journey with several photo stops, including Donghe Bridge, Dulan Sugar Factory, and the Jialulan Recreation Area before arriving into Taitung.

Check into your hotel where you bid farewell to your cycling team and enjoy dinner in the hotel. If you are not too tired, you could head out to explore the night markets in the evening  at your leisure.

Total cycling: approx. 55km, 5-6hrs including breaks and photo stops

Day 06
24 Mar, Thu Taitung

24 Mar, Thu Taitung
Taitung
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Meet your guide for the day to visit the Luan-Shan Forest Museum. This is an open-air forest museum that was a former aboriginal tribal site, and resembles a scene from the movie Avatar, with lush forests and protected giant Banyan trees. Here you can learn about the forest conservation and the cultural practices of the aboriginal people, including a tribal meal and also learning to make mocha dessert.

In the evening, we will arrange a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 07
25 Mar, Fri Taitung / Departure from Taipei

25 Mar, Fri Taitung / Departure from Taipei
N.A.
Breakfast & packed lunch included

After breakfast, transfer to Taitung train station for your train to Taipei (4hrs), and then a transfer will be arranged to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport for your departure flight.

BIKE INFORMATION

RAPID 2

BIKE
Accessories

Accessories
  1. GIANT Flat Bar Road Bike
  2. Meter
  3. Water Bottle Holder
  4. Comfortable Saddle
  5. Tail Light
  6. Upper Tube Bag (with left hand and right hand side small bags)
  7. Head Light
  8. Handle Bar Extensions
  9. Helmet

BIKE
Specifications

Specifications

Frame System
Year: 2013
Frame: GIANT ALUXX SL lightweight aluminium frame
Front fork: GIANT Carbon Fiber Front Fork (Carbon Fiber OverDrive Steerer)
Front shock absorber: N/A
Rear shock: N/A
Size: Variable
Colour: RAPID 2

Control System
Car handle: GIANT CONNECT XC 31.8
Rider’s vertical bar: GIANT Connect aluminium alloy

Variable Speed System
Shift knob: SHIMANO SL-R441/R440
Front derailleur: SHIMANO FD-R 9S
Rear derailleur: SHIMANO Tiagra
Fast farewell: 27

Brake System
Brake handle: TEKTRO CL330
Brake group: TEKTRO R359

Transmission System
Large chainring: SHIMANO FC-R453 50/39/30T
Flywheel: SHIMANO HG50-9 12-27T
Chain: KMC X10
Pedal: LU-M085

Rotation System
Rim: GIANT S-R2
Hub: FORMULA 32H
Steel wire : N/A
Tire: GIANT P-R3 700x25C

Other
Cushion: VELO VL1205
Seat tube: GIANT Carbon Fiber 30.9
Reference weight: 9.6 KG-S

Hotels & Tour Price

Intriq Journey's Curated Hotels

Cost per person (based on 12 to go)

Twin Share
S$ 6,980
Single Supplement
S$ 1,980

Note:
We can arrange a bicycle transportation service at an additional cost if you wish to bring your own bicycle, please contact us for further details.

Taipei

Taipei

Palais de Chine Hotel (Deluxe Room)

A home away from home for leading artists, academics, explorers, and diplomats, Palais de Chine blends regal European design with the philosophies of Asian scholars to create a “museum hotel” rich in aesthetic, culture, and extravagance that will live long in the memory.

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Ruisui

Ruisui

Butterfly Valley Resort (Superior Room)

This unassuming but comfortable hotel is the only property in the Fuyuan National Forest Recreation Area, well positioned to bike the country roads of Hualien Country. The hotel blends well into the camphor forest, and has its own natural hot springs bath. (Rooms: 50)

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Chisang

Chisang

Papago International Resort (Classic Double Room)

One of the best hotels to explore the dramatic East Rift Valley, offering a myriad of leisure facilities including adult and children pools, a comprehensive spa and fitness centre. Accommodations range from modern guest rooms to spacious villas with their own private pools. (Opened: 2008, Rooms: 203)

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Taitung

Taitung

Sheraton Taitung Hotel (Baron Twin Room)

Modern hotel located in the heart of Taitung, within easy reach to the city’s main attractions. The contemporary-style rooms offer excellent views of the ocean and mountains. (Opened 2015, Rooms: 277)

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DEPOSIT
SGD 800/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 4 guests (2 rooms) with deposit enjoy a complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Room to Deluxe Suite at Palais de Chine.

Registration Closing Date: 18 Feb 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, excluding drinks.
  • Return airport transfers in Taipei
  • Sightseeing experiences as mentioned in the itinerary with an English speaking guide, and transfers
  • During your cycling expedition:
    – Bike and helmet rental, as well as snacks
    – Cycling tour guide
    – A support van and a luggage van throughout your cycling journey
    – Bike repair and maintenance services
    – Photo shooting services and daily upload of photos
  • Train tickets from Taipei to Hualien, and Taitung to Taipei
  • Travel Insurance

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes (as separately quoted)
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry, spa services
  • COVID-19 tests and vaccines

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