Guaranteed Departure with 2 person minimum

korea100Korea has invested heavily in dedicated cycle paths & trails of a very high quality in recent years (currently 1500 kms of a planned 2500 kms of trail are completed) and cycling has been enthusiastically taken up by the natives. By combining these great trails with the good climate, excellent food, an interesting modern culture and a friendly and welcoming people, South Korea is soon to become a very popular cycle tour destination.

We have created an eight night/nine day cycle tour in Korea, with scheduled departures starting in April 2014. Tours are timed for the Korean spring and fall seasons, when the weather is good and the spring flowers/autumn foliage will be in spectacular display. It's a little known fact that 70% of Korea is covered in natural forest, rivers, lakes and mountains.

On this tour you cycle on easy paved bicycle trails from the bustling centre of cosmopolitan Seoul, following the river system into the scenic heart of the rural countryside, before finishing in the traditional heartland of Andong.

Highlights

  • Collect stamps in your souvenir Korean cycle tour passport
  • Learn about Korean cuisine and enjoy delicious Korean BBQ’s
  • Sample the excellent coffee and local teas at purpose built cafes on all the bike paths
  • Visit the world's largest mask collection at the Hahoe mask museum
  • Stay 2 nights in a traditional Hanok house and soak in the Andong Hot Springs
  • Visit the very interesting bicycle museum in Sangju
  • Take a hike amongst the mountain trails in the centre of Seoul with awesome city views
  • Eight nights / nine days staying hotels, motels and a traditional village
  • Optional upgrade to the Seoul Grand Hilton for two nights

We have no doubt that South Korea is about to be discovered as the next big destination in international cycle touring. In the company of your local guides you will learn so much about this lovely country and the interaction with the friendly local cyclists on the trails is a delight. We look forward to introducing you to the wonders of cycle touring in Korea.

 

Bike Tour Details

  • Type:
    Guided - English
  • Duration:
    9 Days/8 Nights
  • Lodging:
    Mostly 3+ hotels.
  • Biking distance:
    Daily varies, 400km approx. total
  • Biking Level:
    Easy - Novice
  • Tour Begins & Ends in:
    Seoul, Korea
  • Bike Tour Price:
    $2599 USD
2014 Tour Dates:
Apr 12-20, May 10-18, Jun 14-22, Aug 24-Sep 1, Sep 6-14, Oct 25-Nov 2

Day 1 - Arrival

Day 2 - Yangsu (Daily Biking: 66km)

Day 3 - Chuncheon (Daily Biking: 97km)

Day 4 - Yeoju (Daily Biking: 70km)

Day 5 - Sangju (Daily Biking: 66km)

Day 6 - Andong Hahoe Village (Daily Biking: 70km)

Day 7 - Andong Hahoe Village & Andong Hot Spring

Day 8 - Andong - Seoul (Daily Biking: 32km)

Day 9 - Departure

 

Day 1 Arrival

  • Pick-up at the Incheon Int'l Airport and tranfer to hotel in Seoul (optional)
  • City tour (City Center incl. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong)
  • Dinner at Bulgogi Brothers (Seoul Finance Center, SFC)
  • Free time

Included Meals: Dinner
Hotel: - Junhuibin Hotel 3-star hotel near the bike trail including in the base price - A/C, Private Bathroom, Fridge, Wifi, TV, Elevator
Seoul Grand Hilton Hotel is optional at a surcharge

Local Information:
Gyeongbokgung Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces.

Insa-Dong

Insa-dong Street is one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and is the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong are specialized in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea such ashanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts.

Food:

Bulgogi is an extremely versatile way of preparing beef and the one most westerners have sampled at Korean restaurants. Typically in the west we eat bulgogi on a korean barbecue – a hot plate in the middle of the table. But in Korea this is just one of many ways. It can be made into a stew (as in the recipe above) or as the basis for other dishes.


Day 2 - Yangsu (Daily Biking: 66km)

  • Breakfast at the Hotel or nearby the Hotel
  • Ride along Han River Bike Path and Sightseeing
  • Lunch (Hanjeongsik)
  • Ride along Han River Bike Path and Sightseeing
  • Arrive Yangsu hotel
  • Free Time
  • Dinner (Korean Pork BBQ - Samgyeopsal)
  • Free Time

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: E Hotel - A/C, Private Bathroom, Fridge, WiFi, TV

Local Information:
Yeouido Hangang Park

Located in Yeouido, the heart of politics, media, banking and finance, Yeouido Hangang Park is easily accessible via public transportation. As one of the most popular parks along Hangang River, the park attracts many visitors, residents, and office workers.

The National Assembly Building

With 24 granite pillars, a splendid blue dome, and white exterior, the National Assembly Building is a beautiful piece of architecture. The historic building came to life in 1975 after six years of construction. The pillars and the dome symbolize the various opinions of the public emerging as one. The building is a favorite among tourists as it is located next to the Hangang River. The Hangang River sits behind the building as a beautiful backdrop.

Dasan Heritage Site

Dasan Heritage Site is located in the hometown of Dasan Jeong Yak-Yong (1762~1836), a scholar from the late Joseon Dynasty. Growing up in the village, Dasan criticized corruption, and tried to reform outdated institutions and conventions. During his long exile, Dasan authored "Mongminsimseo" (a book on how to rule the people) and "Gyeongseyupo" (a book on how to reform land policies, stabilize people's lives, and strengthen the nation and its army) among others. Today, Dasan is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of Silhak (Realist school of Confucianism) of the late Joseon Dynasty.

Food:

Hanjeongsik (Traditional Korean Meal)

Korean cuisine as a national cuisine known today has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal.

Samgyeopsal (Korean Pork BBQ)
Samgyeopsal restaurants are really famous in Korea. Samgyeopsal consists of thin sliced pork belly, which is neither marinated nor seasoned. It is cooked on a grill with vegetables and Korean salads, such as kimchi and bean sprouts, just on the dinner table. The cooking process is very easy because you just put the meat on a grill and turn it over until it is prepared, but the eating method requires some skills.


Day 3 - Chuncheon (Daily Biking: 97km)

  • Departure from the hotel
  • Breakfast (Korean Breakfast)
  • Ride along the Han River bike path and sightseeing
  • Lunch (Makguksu)
  • Option 1:
    • Ride along the Han River bike path and sightseeing
    • Check into Chuncheon Hotel
    • Free Time
    • Dinner (Dakgalbi)
    • Free Time
  • Option 2:
    • Relax on Jara Island
    • Take suburb train from Gapyeong Station to Chuncheon Station
    • Check into Chuncheon Hotel
    • Free Time
    • Dinner (Dakgalbi)
    • Free Time

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Hotel Chuncheon - A/C, Private Bathroom, TV, Elevator

Local Information:
Jaraseom Island

Jaraseom Island is an island formed on the Bukhangang River as a result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam in 1943. It is approximately 800 meters from Namiseom Island, as the crow flies. The name ‘Jaraseom’ comes from the fact that it faces a hill that resembles a Jara (Korean word for soft-shelled turtle). Jaraseom consists of four islands called Dongdo, Seodo, Jungdo, and Namdo, and has various leisure and park facilities. Visitors can find a car camping site and the filming location of the popular TV drama series 'Iris' on Seodo (west island), and an eco-cultural park with a grass plaza of over 100 meters in diameter on Jungdo (central island). There is also an ecosystem theme park called Ehwawon Garden at the westernmost tip of the Jaraseom Campground. A popular camping spot, Jaraseom Island is also widely known as the venue of the annual Jaraseom International Jazz Festival.

Food:

Dakgalbi is very popular for its Dakgalbi Street; a street mushroomed with many restaurants that specialized in Dakgalbi. Dakgalbi is a South Korean dish featuring delicious chicken cubes with vegetables and topped off with a spicy Gochujang sauce.


Day 4 - Yeoju (Daily Biking: 70km)

  • Breakfast
  • Ride from Hotel Chuncheon to Chuncheon Station
  • Suburb train from Chuncheon Station to Daeseongli Station
  • Ride along the South Han River bike path and sightseeing
  • Lunch (Korean food)
  • Ride along the South Han River bike path and sightseeing
  • Arrive at hotel
  • Dinner (Galbijjim)
  • Free Time to see sights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Sopung Hotel - A/C, Private Bathroom, TV, Elevator, Computer with LAN connection, washer

Local Information:
Dumulmeori

Dumulmeori literally means 'two water area,' and refers to the place where Bukhangang River and Namhangang River meet. The dock for an ancient-style ferry and weeping willows add to the rustic beauty of this area. Another attraction at this site is the three 400-year-old Zelkova trees that appear as one giant tree. A privately owned place, Dumulmeori remains as a popular site for shooting Korean TV dramas, movies, commercials, wedding pictures as well as nature pictures.

Yeojubo

Yeoju is blessed with Namhangang and Yeoju Field, surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is the resting place of Sejong the Great and a cultural capital where old wisdom is still honored and praised. Yeojubo is dedicated to harmony between the tomb of Sejong the Great and its natural beauty.


Day 5 - Sangju (Daily Biking: 66km)

  • Visit of Silleuksa Temple and breakfast (Breakfast to Silleuksa Temple if the weather is fine)
  • Ride along the Han River bike path and sightseeing
  • Lunch (Oritang)
  • Ride along the Han River bike path and sightseeing
  • Shuttle Transportation from Chungju to Sangju Hotel (arrival to the Hotel around 5:00pm)
  • Check into Sangju Hotel (couples in one room, singles in one room - no twin share
  • Dinner on your own

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Sangju Hotel - A/C, Private Bathroom, TV, Wifi only in lounge

Local Information:
Silleuksa Temple

Silleuksa Temple built during the Silla dynasty and located deep in the forest of Mt. Bongmisan in Cheonsong-ri, Buknae-myeon, Yeoju-gun. This temple holds several notable national treasures including Geukrakjeon, Josadang, and Dacheung Jeontap. The temple is an excellent place to learn about Korean Buddhism and temple culture. The 600-year-old gingko tree is also noteworthy.

Gangcheonbo

Gangcheonbo was inspired by the eight beautiful sceneries of Yeoju and Yeoju-gun's cultural and historic heritage. The white heron and Hwangpo sail boat represent the local culture and its traditional image reinvented into a majestic modern image. Its concept is "a new world reflected on Namhangang" and named "Mulbitnuri Gangcheonbo" meaning "light reflecting Gangcheonbo."

Tangeumdae

Tangeumdae is an important landmark in the city of Chungju, for most of the festivals and events of the city such as the Chungju World Martial Arts Festival are usually held here. Besides, the place is historically significant as the famous musician Ureuk enchanted the subjects of Shilla King Jinheung with his performance. This is also a lovely place to enjoy a quiet stroll or a picnic.

Food:

Oritang is a variety of guk, Korean soup or stew made by slowly simmering duck and various vegetables. Ori means "duck" and tang is another name for guk in Korean. While its recipe depends on region and taste, the soup is generally in a form of a clear soup. Some variants can contain chili pepper powder to make the soup spicy like maeuntang (spicy fish soup) or roasted perilla seeds to thicken the dish. Oritang is a local specialty of Gyeonggi Province and South Jeolla Province, especially Gwangju City. In Gwangju, about 20 restaurants specializing in Oritang and other duck dishes are centered on Yudong Alley in Buk-gu (Northern District).


Day 6 - Andong Hahoe Village (Daily Biking: 70km)

  • Breakfast near Sangju Hotel
  • Ride along the Nakdong River bike path and sightseeing
  • Visit of Sangju Bicycle Museum
  • Visit of Donam Confucian school
  • Lunch (Bibimbap)
  • Ride along the Nakdong River bike path and sightseeing
  • Arrival at Hanok Village
  • Visit of Mask Museum
  • Check into Hanok (couples in one room, singles in one room - no twin share) (only one towel provided for two days stay)
  • Dinner (Andong Jjimdak)
  • Check into Hanok (couples in one room, singles in one room - no twin share)
  • Free time

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Andong Hanok - A/C, TV, Shared bath, only one towel provided for two days (participants should bring their own towel)

Local Information:
Mask museum

Hahoe Mask Museum is located in Andong Hahoe Village. At the museum, you’ll encounter time-honored Korean masks that have long since been used in a variety of traditional mask dances. The museum not only displays Hahoe masks, but also other traditional masks from all over the world.

Sangju Bicycle Museum

The Sangju Bicycle Museum has a large collection of bicycles of all types and sizes, and from all over the world. On the first floor, bicycles are arranged in the order of production year and model. On the second floor, a special exhibition is set up to show the history of bicycles in Korea. Finally, the museum runs a free bicycle rental in the yard outside the main building

Donam Confucian School

Donam Confucian School was founded in 1606. And still nowadays this school has some scholars.

Andong Hahoe Village (UNESCO World Heritage)

Hahoe Village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well-known for its traditional houses. Birthplace of renowned scholars of the Joseon Period such as Gyeomam Ryu Un-ryong and Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, the village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited on April 21, 1999.

Hahoe Village (translating to “Village Enveloped by Water”) gets its name from Nakdong River, which flows around the town’s perimeter. The village is located at the foothills of Hwasan Mountain, an offshoot of Taebaek Mountain that rises up to the east. The center of the village is populated by large tile-roofed houses belonging to the Ryu clan, adding their own unique charm to the surrounding thatched roofs.

Food:

Bibimbap - In Korean, “bibim” means “mixed” and “bap” means rice. All of the ingredients except the meat (which is optional) are prepared in advance so you can add them at room temperature to the top of hot steamed rice. You then quickly fry and add the meat and a sunnyside up egg to the top. Bibimbap is usually served with a spicy sauce made of gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste).

Andong jjimdak is a variety of jjim (a Korean steamed or boiled dish), which originated in the city of Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province and is made with chicken, various vegetables marinated in a ganjang (Korean soy sauce) based sauce. The name literally means "steamed chicken of Andong.

Andong Hanok

Located in Andong Hahoe Village, Bukchondaek House was built by Ryu Sa-chun, a high-ranking official from the Joseon Dynasty, in 1797 (21 years into the reign of King Jeongjo from the Joseon Dynasty). The small guest house and servants' quarters to the left and right of the front gate were established first. In 1862 (13 years into the reign of King Cheoljong from the Joseon Dynasty), Ryu's great-grandchild, who served as a senior official of Gyeongsang-do, added inner quarters, a large guest house, a space within the gate, and a shrine, which completed the construction. The hanok is the largest hanok in the village.


Day 7 - Andong Hahoe Village & Andong Hot Spring

  • Breakfast (Korean Breakfast)
  • Visit of the village with a guide
  • Free time and lunch (not included)
  • Public bus from Andong Hahoe Village to Andong Hot Spring
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Relax to Andong Hot Spring (swimsuit not allowed; women and men are separated)
  • Shuttle transportation from Andong Hot Spring to Andong Hahoe Village
  • Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Andong Hanok - A/C, TV, Shared bath

Local Information:
Food:

This breakfast is really famous in Andong. This Korean breakfast is made of grilled fish, rice, miso (Korean soup) and side dishes. This breakfast is recognized among Korean people as really healthy.

Our Hotel:

Located in AndongHahoe Village, Bukchondaek House was built by Ryu Sa-chun, a high-ranking official from the Joseon Dynasty, in 1797 (21 years into the reign of King Jeongjo from the Joseon Dynasty). The small guest house and servants' quarters to the left and right of the front gate were established first. In 1862 (13 years into the reign of King Cheoljong from the Joseon Dynasty), Ryu's great-grandchild, who served as a senior official of Gyeongsang-do, added inner quarters, a large guest house, a space within the gate, and a shrine, which completed the construction. The hanok is the largest hanok in the village.


Day 8 - Andong - Seoul (Daily Biking: 32km)

  • Departure of the accommodation
  • Breakfast (Korean Breakfast)
  • Ride along the Nakdong River bike path and Sightseeing
  • Lunch in Andong Express Bus Terminal (not included)
  • Express bus from Andong Express Bus Terminal to Seoul Express Bus Terminal
  • Arrival in Seoul
  • Subway from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Junhibin Hotel
  • Check into the hotel
  • Farewell Dinner at Korean BBQ Restaurant Bulgogi Brothers
  • Night walk along Han river (optional)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Junhuibin Hotel 3-star hotel near the bike trail including in the base price - A/C, Private Bathroom, Fridge, Wifi, TV, Elevator
Seoul Grand Hilton Hotel is optional at a surcharge

Local Information:
Food:

Korean Breakfast (grilled fish) - This breakfast is really famous in Andong. This Korean breakfast is made of grilled fish, rice, miso (Korean soup) and side dishes. This breakfast is recognized among Korean people as really healthy.

DwaejiGalbi - Dwaeji galbi is made with pork ribs that can be seasoned with a typical ganjang-based sauce or gochujang-based sauce (chili pepper condiment). In the latter case, the dish is called "maeundwaejigalbi", literally meaning "hot and spicy pork ribs" in Korean.


Day 9 - Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Tour finishes after breakfast
  • Transfer to airport for your flight home

IMPORTANT! Please note that the itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guideline only. Each day may vary due to the cycling times of the group, weather and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of BIKE BEYOND BOUNDARIES and your guides.

All prices are per person double occupancy

$2599 per person

Single Supplement: + $398 USD (per 1 person)

Surcharge for the Hilton Hotel: + USD 212 (per 1 person sharing 1 room, 2 nights)

Surcharge for the Hilton Hotel: + USD 541 (per room, 2 nights)

Surcharge for Single Supplement + the Hilton Hotel Upgrade: + USD 821 (per 1 person)

Pick up/Drop off Service from/to Airport : + USD 34 (per 1 person) (one way only; total airport pick up and drop off service: + USD 68)

Guaranteed Departure with 2 person minimum.

Included

  • 8 nights accommodations in hotels/hanok
  • Bicycle and helmet
  • Water bottle
  • A bike passport
  • Support vehicle for the entire trip
  • Korean-English speaking guide(s) for 9 days
  • Entry tickets for the museum, parks and other places we visit
  • 20 Meals:
    • 8 Breakfasts
    • 5 Lunches
    • 7 Dinners
  • We do provide (not give) bottle water for participants during the bike tour.
  • Truck for the transportation of the bicycle
  • Subway, suburb train and express bus transportation
  • Suburb train and express bus transportation

 

Not Included

  • Drinks and snacks
  • Some meals
  • All extra personal expenses in hotels & during tours not mentioned in itinerary such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance Fees, unless otherwise noted
  • Airport Transfers (optional)
  • Airfare to/from Korea

Scott-Sporster-40-Men-frame

Scott-Sportster-40-Women

The Sportster X40 emphasizes comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. The frame design offers the user a smooth ride and plenty of standover clearance for safety and confidence. NOTE: There is a limited number of bike with women's frames. These are given out on a first arrive, first serve basis.

  • Frame: SCOTT Sportster Alloy 6061 Double Butted, Integrated Headtube, SCOTT urban kit ready
  • Fork: Suntour NEX MLO Lockout Suspension fork, 63mm travel, Integr. 700C
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera M390 / 31.8mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio M430 27 Speed
  • Number of Gears: 27
  • Shifters: Shimano M390-9R R-fire plus
  • Chainset: Shimano M391 48×36×26 tooth with chainguard
  • Chainrings: 48×36×26 tooth
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN 26 / 68-122.5mm
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG20-9 11-32 tooth
  • Chain: KMC X9
  • Pedals: Wellgo C 127 S
  • Front Brake: Shimano M395 Hydr. Disc 160F/160R mm Rotor
  • Rear Brake: Shimano M395 Hydr. Disc 160F/160R mm Rotor
  • Brake Levers: Shimano M395
  • Handlebars: Sportster T-bar 620mm, 9 degrees bend Solution: 620mm, 15 degrees bend
  • Stem: Sportster X JD-ST58 A (31,8mm)
  • Headset: Ritchey OE Logic Zero, semi integ
  • Rims: Araya DS-700 Disc 32H, black
  • Front Hub: Formula CL51
  • Rear Hub: Shimano FH-RM35 CL
  • Spokes: Stainless black, 14G / 2mm
  • Front Tyre: Impac Crosspac 700×35C 24 TPI
  • Rear Tyre: Impac Crosspac 700×35C 24 TPI
  • Saddle: Sportster Men EVO / Lady EVO
  • Seatpost: Alloy, 31.6mm
  • Weight: 14kg / 30,84lbs (PLEASE NOTE: Weight is approximate and is provided by Evans Cycles as a guide only, actual weight may vary due to manufacturing processes and other factors)

 

Ride Level: Easy to Novice

Cycling Conditions: Mostly paved surface.

Number of Participants: Max. 15 participants.

Entry requirements: US citizens only need a valid passport to enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days. Visit the US Department of State - South Korea website for more information. Note: It is the responsibility of the traveler to be aware of and obtain all travel documents.

Lodging:

Most nights you will stay in 3 + star hotels with A/C and private bathrooms. You will spend 2 nights in a traditional Korean hanok with lots of local atmosphere, very comfortable, but like a Japanese traditional house where you sleep on mattresses on the floor, and sometimes they have a private wc/shower and sometimes they don't.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made in writing. The date we receive the cancellation letter determines the applicable cancellation charge.
Cancellation fees are as follows:
Booking date to 60 days prior to departure - 10% of total trip cost per person;
59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of total trip cost per person;
29 to 0 days prior to departure - 100% of the total trip cost per person.

If air flights are included, there are no refunds once the air portion has been ticketed.

Please refer to the "fine print" for a complete list of terms and conditions.

Changes: We reserve the right to alter the itinerary details, published times, and accommodations due to weather, local conditions, organization necessity or safety concerns.

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