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Meditative Garden Bike Tour: Japanese and Chinese Gardens

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Portland is home to beautiful parks and gardens, and with this bike tour you can see two of the finest. Hop on a bicycle and head across the Willamette River to visit the traditionally landscaped Lan Su Chinese Garden and its tea house. Then cycle up to Washington Park to visit the Japanese Garden, considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Coast back downhill and over the Hawthorne Bridge to end your tour.
    What to Expect
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    Stop At: Cordilleran Tours, 811 SE Main St #106, Portland, OR 97214-3472

    We'll get fitted for bikes and head out on our ride.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, SE Water Ave &, SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97239, USA

    We'll ride along the Eastbank Esplanade, with views of the Willamette River, to begin our tour.

    Pass By: Steel Bridge, Connects Northwest Front Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street to Northeast Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

    Crossing the Steel Bridge into downtown is a highlight of our meditative garden bike tour.

    Stop At: Tanner Springs Park, 1100 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3472

    We'll ride into the Pearl District and stop at Tanner Springs Park, where your guide will introduce you to the complications and conflicts of urban parks and gardens; and the many-layered story of this park and the neighborhood where it resides.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Pearl District, 404 NW 10th Ave # LL1, Portland, OR 97209-3184

    Our ride will take us through the Pearl District and down the North Park Blocks.

    Stop At: Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209-3957

    At the Lan Su Garden, we'll explore the reasons the garden was placed here in this neighborhood in Portland; we'll describe the philosophies and poetry of the garden, and experience some of its meditative aspects, as well as working to understand the garden synesthetically.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Lan Su Chinese Garden Teahouse, 239 NW Everett Street Teahouse, Portland, OR 97209, USA

    In the Chinese Garden, we'll visit the tea house for a pot of Chinese tea.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Pass By: Washington Park, 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2760

    We'll ride up into Washington Park (or take the MAX train to avoid the hill)

    Stop At: Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205-5886

    At the Japanese Garden, we'll explore the approach from a different sister city, and a different (and much younger) culture to garden design, and how we achieve meditative states, or zen. We'll walk through the garden and give tour guests a little time to meditate on their own.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Pass By: Hawthorne Bridge, Main to Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97204

    We'll ride over the oldest bridge structure in Portland on our way back to the bike shop.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cordilleran Tours, 833 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Fitted bicycle
    • Helmet
    • Snacks
    • Professional cycling guide
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Lan Su Chinese Garden
    • Entry/Admission - Lan Su Chinese Garden Teahouse
    • Entry/Admission - Portland Japanese Garden
    • Gratuities (always appreciated)
    • Food and tea at garden teahouse (optional stop)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not at least 2 guests. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Shoes that are comfortable for both bicycling and walking are recommended
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


    About the operator

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    By: Cordilleran Tours
    Amanda D
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    Sarah Knows Her Stuff
    This was a small, intimate tour with myself, our guide, and another couple. As a result, the tour was incredibly
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    Kelly K
    Marietta, Georgia
    It rained so we chased the sun!!
    We booked a hike with our family for our 21st Anniversary. We woke up to rain and the teenagers were less than
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    Beautiful Day
    Natalie was a great guide for our beautiful day in Willamette Valley. The ride was great with views of both
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    Jason W
    Perfect Wildflower Hike!
    We had a lovely day trip to Rowena Crest to see the wildflowers at their peak. Sarah is a wonderful guide, with a
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    Agata L
    Amazing Columbia Gorge trip
    This was a great hiking & biking day trip. Very professional, knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend this trip if
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    Mario Ernesto Rojas Acosta
    Panama City, Panama
    Unforgettable day biking around Portland with Sarah
    Portland was the first stop on the epic journey I had the fortune of taking while on sabbatical from teaching and
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    Vancouver, Canada
    Such an incredible experience!
    Edwin picked us up from our hotel (we were the only ones on the tour) and drove us through sprawling farmland to
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    Ingrid G
    Singapore, Singapore
    Gorgeous waterfalls!
    This was a rather late review from me. I went to Portland back in December and went with Sarah for a half day tour
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    San Diego, California
    Excellent Wine Tour with friendly and knowledgeable guides
    My guides were Sarah and Edwin. They were friendly, knowledgeable and professional. There was good communication
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    Austin, Texas
    Best In The Business
    Sarah and her team run an excellent program. Far and away my preferred way to see Portland. I need to plan a
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