Ancient Korea by Bicycle

Price from
US$ 2,880
Duration
9 Days / 8 Nights
Distance
358 km
Tour code
KOR-AKO
Next departure
07-Apr-2018
Number of Cycling Days 5
Average Distance Per Day: 72
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150 Km
Total Cycling Distance 358 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire Included
Single Supplement US$ 388

All About this Tour

South Korea - The Land of the Morning Calm - is steeped in contradictions and traditions. Craggy mountain ranges slope down to pristine beaches and bustling cosmopolitan cities are surrounded by serene farmland. Elements of Confucianism, practiced for a thousand years across several dynasties, linger on today, living alongside the innovative economic power of this thriving country.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We meet you at our hotel lobby at 1 pm for a city tour of Seoul, trip briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Today we cycle along the scenic Han River to Namyangju, riding past Yeo-ido and Hangang Park, the local's favourite place to stroll along the river, and the National Assembly Building. After a stop at Dasan Heritage site we overnight in Namyangju.

Day 3

Today the bike path takes us along the Bukhangang River and stop at Jara Island which was created in 1943 due to the construction of the dam. Continue cycling north to our overnight hotel in Chuncheon.

Day 4

We start with a short train ride to Daeseongli before cycling south to Dumulmeori. We pass by three 400-year-old giant Zelkova trees, the town of Yeojubo and royal tombs dating from the 14th century that are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 5

We begin the day visiting the Silleuksa Temple, built during the Silla dynasty circa 580. We learn about Korean Buddhism at this religious site set amidst a 500-year-old juniper tree and a 600-year-old ginkgo tree. Then we embark on our bikes and again follow the Han River bike path.

Day 6

Today we switch rivers as we cycle along the Nakdong River. Our first stop will be at the Sangju Bicycle Museum where variety of bicycles from all over the world are on exhibit. Tonight we spend the night in a traditional Korean guest house that dates back to 1797.

Day 7

Today we explore Hahoe village without bikes. This UNESCO World Heritage site has preserved Joseon period-style architecture, tiled and thatched roof houses, and folk traditions of clan-based villages. In the afternoon we visit the mask museum before we hike to Buyongdae.

Day 8

After breakfast we visit a local hot spring to relax and enjoy the mineral hot water before we catch the express bus to Seoul. Later we meet up for a farewell dinner for traditional Korean cuisine before we head back to our hotel via Han river, as it lit up at night.

Day 9

After breakfast depart for onward journey home.

Additional journey information

Meets: Seoul
Ends: Seoul
Fly in to: Incheon International Airport (IIA)
Fly out of: Incheon International Airport (IIA)
Countries visited: South Korea
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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