Best of South Korea Road Cycling Tour

Best of South Korea Road Cycling Tour

Best of South Korea Road Cycling Tour

Prices

From $5,475USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Ride from Seoul to Busan on an epic 15-day guided cycling adventure

Experience the heartbeat of South Korea as you kick off your tour in the country’s dynamic capital, Seoul.

Enjoy 9 fast-paced days of cycling, tackling the scenic 4 Rivers Cross Country Cycling Path.

Explore South Korean cultural heritage in bustling cities like Seoul and tiny villages like Hahoe Folk Village.

Enjoy overnight stays in Yeoju, Andong, Gyeongju, Busan, and more!

Discover the heart and soul of South Korea on this mesmerizing cycling tour that takes you from Seoul to Busan. The 14-day Best of South Korea Cycling Tour invites you to explore the gripping highlights of the country’s most famous cities, traditional villages, and cultural landmarks, accompanied by an expert guide.

The cycling tour begins in Seoul, where you’ll enjoy a driving tour through the capital’s unique districts, spotting landmarks like Seoul Plaza and Cheonggye Square. Then, setting out on the scenic 4 Rivers Bike Trail, you’ll explore scenic rural landscapes and vibrant cities as you ride south. Cutting through the heart of the country, you’ll enjoy overnight stays and explorations of Yeoju, Suanbo, Andong, Sangju, Busan, and more!

Visits to fascinating museums, ancient sites, traditional villages, and sacred temples allow you to strike the perfect balance between an active holiday and a culturally immersive one. Embark on a unique adventure that will ensure you don’t miss a single one of South Korea’s highlights. Book the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour today!

Best of South Korea Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Arrive at the Incheon International Airport where you’ll meet your tour guide, who will take you to your hotel in Seoul.

Settle into your hotel and relax as you acclimatize to the new time zone. Get a good night’s rest in preparation for an in-depth exploration of Seoul tomorrow!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Seoul
Distance
60km
Meals
None

Day 2 Tour of Seoul

Your adventure begins with a driving tour of Seoul, introducing you to Seoul Plaza, City Hall, Gwanghwamum Plaza, and Cheonggye Square, among other spots.

Your exploration of Seoul continues with an afternoon visit to the National Folk Museum of South Korea followed by walking (and snacking) at the 5000-stall Gwangjang Market.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Seoul
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 The 4 Rivers Bike Trail

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll jump in the support vehicle and head to Gwangnaru Park where your route begins. Picking up the Hangang Section of the 4 Rivers Bike Trail, you’ll ride 80km to Yeoju.

When you arrive in Yeoju, check out the Silleuksa Temple, an ancient sanctuary perched on a riverbank dating back to the Silla Dynasty.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Yeoju
Distance
100km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle to Suanbo via Chungju

This morning you’ll enjoy a mostly flat ride alongside the river as you cruise to Chungju. Passing apple orchards and small crop farms, you’ll have a chance to bask in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside—the perfect prelude to the relaxing hot springs experience you’re heading towards at Suanbo.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Suanbo
Distance
84km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Challenging Ride to Munyeong

The adrenaline will be pumping this morning following two challenging climbs to Sojoryoeng and Ihwaryeong. Thankfully, the rewards make it well worth your effort as you sail downhill following both climbs surrounded by breathtaking scenery!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Munyeong
Distance
52km
Meals
None

Day 6 Cycle from Mungyeong to Andong

This morning the support vehicle will drop you at Jeomchonyeok, where your 87km ride to Andong begins.

You’ll enjoy mostly flat terrain during this ride as you trace the river to the Sangpunggyo bridge. Cross the bridge, and then power upstream to Andong!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Andong
Distance
88km
Meals
None

Day 7 Explore Andong

Today is a free day to explore Andong at your leisure!

Check out the Andong Folk Museum, followed by an afternoon of cruising the city streets, stopping off at markets and shops along the way.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Andong
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Hahoemaul Village and Angye

This morning you’ll ride to the Hahoemaul Village, where you’ll encounter a fascinating blast from the past! Andong Haho Folk Village is a well-preserved 15th-century housing complex. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the village invites visitors to experience relics of traditional Korean village life during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The village is home to a 600-year-old Zelkova Tree, and if you’re quiet enough, you may even hear the whispers of the village spirit that’s said to live within it.

Continue your ride to your accommodations in Angye

Overnight Location
Hotel in Angye
Distance
76km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Visit the Tomb of King Muyeol and Bunhwangsa Temple

Take a speedy ride this morning, passing many towns and villages along the way. As you approach the city the roads get busier, so you’ll hop off near Gyeongju and ride the rest of the way in a car.

You’ll be treated to a visit to a very significant historical site, exploring the temples, worn stone pagodas, and fortresses of the Tomb of King Muyeol and the Bunhwangsa temple.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Gyeongju
Distance
128km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Seokguram Grotto and Bulkuksa Temple

An exciting day of cultural discovery awaits you as you explore Gyeongju! Often called “the museum without walls,” Gyeongju is renowned for its spectacular collection of historical sites. Today, you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Seokguram grotto, where a shining white Buddha is surrounded by 37 other statues. The grotto represents the harmony of religion, science, and the arts.

Later, you’ll admire the tall gates of Bulkuksa temple, going inside to find ancient paintings and amazing architecture. You’re not done yet, though! Stops at Donggung palace, Wolji pond, and Cheomseongdae, the world’s oldest astronomical observatory, are all on the to-do list today.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Gyeongju
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Onwards to Busan

Packing up and hopping on your bike, you’re off towards Busan this morning. Arriving in South Korea’s second-largest city, Busan, you’ll enjoy ocean and mountain views as you take in the energy of this vibrant area. Enjoy some downtime at the world-class beach resort of Haeundae before crossing the Suyeong Bay as you pedal the impressive Gwangan Bridge.

This afternoon, you’ll visit the UN Memorial Cemetery, where 2,300 deceased Korean ally soldiers are honoured and remembered.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Busan
Distance
110km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Haeundae Beach Resort and Busan

Today you can enjoy Busan at your leisure, relaxing on the beaches, checking out the Jagalchi fish market, or window shopping on Gwangbokro Street.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Busan
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 13 Busan to Seoul by Speed Train

This morning you’ll catch the speed train back to Seoul for one last night in the vibrant capital before your tour comes to an end tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Seoul
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 14 Departure

This morning your cycling tour comes to an end. You’ll pack up and head to the airport in a private transfer to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Best of South Korea Cycling Tour Dates and Prices

This guided tour of South Korea is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the number of participants. The minimum group size is 3 people.

Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided groups of 3: $7,575USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4: $5,925USD per person
  • Guided groups of 5-7: $5,475USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8+: on request
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Accommodation on the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour

This tour is based in 2-star and 4-star hotels. The hotels offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $1,025USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible.

Night 1-13

2-star and 4-star hotels in South Korea

The accommodation on this tour will range from 2-star to 4-star hotels in a variety of locations as you travel across different provinces and regions of South Korea.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour?

Meals

11 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 13 nights are included on this tour.

Transportation during the Tour

All transportation during the tour is included on a private vehicle basis, including airport transfers, a support vehicle, the high-speed train from Busan to Seoul, and all necessary luggage transfers between accommodations during the tour.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees to excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Train tickets
  • Road bike rental

Not included

  • Personal biking equipment
  • Flights
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Single room supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Best of South Korea Road Cycling Tour

How hard is the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour a 4/5. The cycling occurs on mostly flat, sometimes hilly terrain, and you should be comfortable riding up to 110km a day. Please note that riding on any of the major roads on this route can be physically and mentally tiring, as traffic generally has little respect for cyclists, so caution must be taken at all times when on major roads and cyclists should be comfortable with this challenge (thankfully much of the route avoids major roads!).

Do I need a Visa to travel to South Korea?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

What is the minimum age for this tour?

The minimum age for this tour is 18.

Are meals included on the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour?

11 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Seoul to start this tour?

Arrive at the Incheon International Airport (ICN), where you’ll be met by your tour guide who will take you to your first accommodations in Seoul via private transfer.

Where does the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Seoul. A private transfer will take you from your accommodations in Seoul to the Incheon International Airport (ICN) to depart.

Is the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

What items should I make sure to bring on the Best of South Korea Cycling Tour?

Make sure to pack a light day pack and a good water bottle. Also, bring any personal items you want for cycling each day.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can. However, please make sure that your bike is suitable for this tour’s specifics.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to South Korea?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for South Korea?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to South Korea for this tour?

The best time to travel to South Korea is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September and October). The winters can be cold, and summers bring monsoon rains. If you travel in April or May, you could be treated to cherry blossom blooms.

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Prices

From $5,475USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour a 4/5. The cycling occurs on mostly flat, sometimes hilly terrain, and you should be comfortable riding up to 110km a day. Please note that riding on any of the major roads on this route can be physically and mentally tiring, as traffic generally has little respect for cyclists, so caution must be taken at all times when on major roads and cyclists should be comfortable with this challenge (thankfully much of the route avoids major roads!).

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