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Meditative Garden Bike Tour: Japanese and Chinese Gardens

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Experience Portland’s gardens in a deeper way on a bike tour that will delve into garden design as it is meant to access your higher self and touch all your senses — including your sense of spiritual connectedness. Our about five-hour tour includes admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden, guided meditations, and visits our guide’s favorite downtown meditative gardens and places. The tour is meant as a philosophical and historical approach to the garden as it is used in urban spaces, but one with a significant sense of delight in the encounter. Eight to 12 miles of biking and an option for an uphill climb (with a sweet transit workaround if that's not your thing).

Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes, helmets, snacks and garden admission provided.

What You'll Get

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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.

Additional Information

  • 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
  • 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)

Departure Point
Cordilleran Tours, 833 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

Departure Time
10:00 AM

5 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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