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Korea & Jeju Island Adventure

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Korea & Jeju Island Adventure

Scheduled Tour

Price from

3450 USD

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights

Level

2

Tour Code

GHOA21

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The essential bike tour of South Korea

Breathtakingly beautiful cycling awaits on our premiere tour of South Korea. From the volcanic landscapes and stunning coastal routes of Jeju Island, through the picture-perfect rural countryside of the southern peninsula connecting remote villages, this friendly and fascinating county will thrill all levels of cyclist.

Quality Bikes
Well maintained bikes for touring

Your Guide
Knowledgable local leader

Group Size
6 to 14

Accommodation
Hotels carefully selected for high standards & local flavor

Activities
Cycle/Walk

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

Few countries in the world have kept their culture, traditions and values as alive as South Korea. This economic powerhouse of Asia is also a country that thrills cyclists with stunning scenery; from volcanic islands to thickly forested mountains, bucolic beaches to picturesque river valleys. And what better way to fuel your day of cycling than with the delicate tastes of Korea’s local cuisine. From Bibimbap to Bulgogi, experience first hand the fresh, flavorful renaissance of Korean foods.

On this bike tour you’ll explore Bamboo forests and tea fields, ancient Buddhist temples and high-speed bullet trains. Korea is also tailor-made for cycling with more than 1,000 miles of dedicated bike routes. Join us on this exciting two-wheeled adventure as we travel from Seoul to Jeju Island, then across the southern peninsula to Busan. Korea’s storied history, colorful heritage, savory tastes and friendly smiles are waiting to welcome you.

* If you are thinking of joining us in Korea make sure to ask about our optional tour extensions in Seoul & the DMZ (pre-trip - 3d/3n) and Busan & Gyeongju (post-trip - 3d/2n) so you can enjoy even more Grasshopper time.


Terrain
Cycling in Korea is primarily along dedicated cycleways and rural roads. The few times it is necessary to bike on busier roadways, you will find that drivers, respectful. For the most part, we will bike right-of-ways designed for cyclists. The terrain is mostly flat with occasional undulating hills. In the fall, stunning shades of orange and red dot the landscapes - particularly throughout the southern peninsula where most of our tour takes place.

Weather
September and October are considered the best month to visit South Korea. The hot, muggy and rainy days of summer have passed. Days are typically sunny and dry, with refreshing, mild daytime and evening temperatures. In the fall, stunning shades of orange and red dot the landscape, particularly throughout the southern peninsula where most of our tour takes place. Long into October, t-shirts or cycling jerseys are enough to keep you comfortable during the day.

Highlights

Jeju island’s flower-filled scenic coastal roads

Southern mainland provinces promise picturesque cycleways 

Hot springs and ancient villages contrast with bustling modern cities

Korean food, savory, spicy, hearty and oh so delicious! 

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights in comfortable accommodation selected for high standards and local flavor
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Healthy snacks, fruit & water during cycling
  • Knowledgable local guide
  • Quality well serviced bikes and helmet for riding
  • Custom country jersey and water bottle that are yours to keep
  • Comfortable van for support and transfers
  • All tickets and entry costs associated with the trip

Day to Day


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Riding:
50km
31mi
Meal:
L,D

Our tour starts on idyllic and historic Jeju Island. Popular with Korean’s on holiday yet relatively free of foreign tourists and with well marked cycling routes, Jeju is an ideal place to experience Korea like a local.

We’ll assemble at a seaside hotel on the edge of central Jeju city. After a short briefing transfer away from town to the starting point. A proper bike fitting and we’re off on the first of three days along Jeju's well-maintained coastal route, white sand beaches to starboard. Winding through the rocky headlands our destination is Seogwipo, an artistic enclave and peaceful seaside town.

Riding:
70km
43mi
Meal:
B,L,D

The coastal road today offers a bounty of natural wonders including Oedolgae Rock, Jeongbang Waterfall and Soesokkak Estuary, a picturesque landscape of deep blue ocean, lava rocks and thick pine forests. In the afternoon we cycle the narrow causeway to Seongsam Ilchulbong, also known as ‘Sunrise Peak’,  a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Jeju Island’s most famous geological formations. Nearby the last generation of Korean mermaids, the famous Haenyo grandmothers, free dive the deep waters in search of mollusks and seafood for local markets and restaurants.

Riding:
60km
37mi
Meal:
B,L

Sunrise views don’t get any more beautiful than from the volcanic peak of Seongsan Ilchulbong. Returning to our hotel for breakfast our ride this morning takes us through coastal wetlands teeming with wildlife. A slight inland diversion allows time to explore the spectacular lava tubes at Manjanggul Caves, hardened and hollow volcanic tunnels among the largest in the world.

By mid afternoon we’re nearing the completion of our circumnavigation passing through rural coastal settlements, a stark contrast to thoroughly modern Jeju City just ahead. This evening we’ll walk to the ever-bustling Dongman Fish Market where you can select a restaurant for dinner on your own.

Riding:
56km
35mi
Meal:
B,L,D

It’s a short flight this morning to Muan, a gateway to the Jeolla provinces where the essence of traditional Korea resonates even today. Local cuisine here, the envy of the nation and the landscape for cycling, spectacular. We’ll transfer away from town and join the bike route north towards Damyang, past undulating green fields and thick strands of bamboo forest. Locals here are considered the friendliest in the country and a stroll through the town tonight for dinner should help confirm this accolade.

Meal:
B,L

We are off the bikes today with an option to relax at the hotel, or join us to explore Samjinae Village, Korea’s first participating town in the “Slow city” movement. Behind centuries old stone walls, this small traditional community welcomes visitors to study and practice traditional crafts and cooking as we’ll join a demonstration for lunch. The afternoon and evening are free. Damyang city is famous for noodles and our guide can direct you to an entire alley of noodle shops. Slurp away.

Riding:
85km
53mi
Meal:
B,L,D

Back in the saddle today cycling towards Gurye, a picturesque ride along the Seomjingang river path. An extremely rural trail, we pass luscious farmlands and quaint villages, rice farms and fruit orchards crossing centuries old stone bridges as we skirt below the Jirisan National Park.

Gurye boasts several beautiful Buddhist temples and is known throughout Korea for its large fresh market, an entire section devoted to herbal remedies and potions. After a week of cycling you may become a devotee!

Riding:
40km
25mi
Meal:
B,L,D

We're off early to cycle through Korea’s tea country towards the city of Hadong. The first green tea trees were planted in this region and some of the original trees are still here today. We will finish at lunch time, a final photo with our bikes then board the local train to Busan, a delightful way to relax before re-entering modern, bustling Korea marked 

Lonely Planet called Busan “one of Asia’s great unheralded cities.” Set between mountains and the sea, it’s a must visit city on any Korean itinerary. A fun night and farewell dinner awaits.

Meal:
B

It’s difficult to do Busan justice in a half day but we’ll do our best to introduce you to this fascinating city. From the seaside temple of Hegond Yonggungsa, to the mountainside cultural quarter of Gamcheon and finally the world-famous Jagalchi Fish Market, it will be easy to see why Busan’s has become one of Asia’s most intriguing cities. The tour ends at noon with both rail and airport transfers available.

We highly recommend extra nights in Busan or Seoul, or both! By train it’s under 3 hours from south to north. Our travel team can assist you with planning your extended stay.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $500 USD
* Single room option: $690 USD
27 Sep - 04 Oct 2021 Seats available

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25 Oct - 01 Nov 2021 Seats available

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