The island nation of Taiwan is the focus of Bicycle Adventures' new cycling tour. The 11-day tour, led by Lonely Planet writer and cyclist Joshua Samuel Brown, will begin in Taipei with a high-speed train ride to the city of Kaohsiung at the southern end of the island.
The itinerary features rides along the rugged eastern coastline, through pineapple fields and rice paddies and into the Taroko and Jinshan national parks. Pit stops include culturally significant sites, aboriginal villages and night markets.
The tour is suitable for both beginning and experienced cyclists; the average distance is about 45 miles a day.
Dates: Oct. 24 and Nov. 7
Price: $4,850 per person, double occupancy. Includes accommodations, most meals and bicycle rental. International airfare not included.
Info: Bicycle Adventures, (800) 443-6060