In the morning, make your way to the Daan Park MRT station to meet your guide and small group. You’ll get equipped with your bike rental before hopping on two wheels to explore the city for the next 2.5 hours. Pedal through Daan Forest Park (aka Da'an Park), a public park covering 64 acres (26 hectares) of green space, including an amphitheater, children's playground and skating rink, that Taipei residents commonly use for outdoor recreation.
Ride along the pathway past pavilions and ponds where ducks, egrets and turtles find respite from the bustling city, and take in the sight of luxury condominiums that border the park. After half an hour you’ll arrive at Qingtian Street, a quiet lane with a well-preserved heritage building from the era of Japanese occupation. Enjoy a guided tour of the old street and Qingtian Geo 76, a rustic Japanese-style home constructed in 1931 that hides behind leafy trees.
The next stop on your bike route is Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in downtown Taipei, where you’ll have the opportunity for some great photo ops. If you arrive on time, watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony before a short, guided tour. Gape in awe at the impressive monument, which pays homage to former president Chiang Kai Shek.
Around noon you’ll drop off your bike at Dongmen station, and then walk to Yongkang Street for a delicious lunch (own expense). Your guide can recommend favorite local specialties from the many food stalls, restaurants and cafés. Try beef noodles, steam-fried baozi (dumplings), stewed minced pork, baked goods and other traditional Taiwanese cuisine.
When you’ve had your fill, take the MRT to Xiangshan station — just a 15-minute ride — to the Xiangshan Hiking Trail, which leads up a series of steps to Elephant Mountain. At an elevation of 453 feet (138 meters), the lookout point provides a panoramic vista that includes the astonishing sight of Taipei 101 towering above the cityscape.
After these camera-worthy views, hop on a public bus with your guide for an approximate 30-minute ride to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Your 1.5-hour guided tour of the old tobacco building, commonly referred to as the ‘Creative Hub of Taipei,’ introduces you to an exhibition space for designers to display their work (some areas are free of charge, while others are at your own expense). Learn about the artistic, cultural and interdisciplinary talents showcased here, including film shootings and fashion shows.
Your full-day Taipei tour ends here, and your guide can point you in the direction of your next destination from the nearby MRT station.