South Korea Rivers Biking Tour
South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

12 days

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Explore the highlights of South Korea on a 12-day guided bike tour of its best landscapes

Embark on an epic adventure in South Korea, biking, walking, and driving spectacular landscapes from Seoul to Gyeongju. The 12-day guided South Korea Rivers Biking Tour will have you pedalling the scenic 4 Rivers Bike Trail, exploring cities, villages, and natural and cultural landmarks along the way.

Beginning in Seoul, you’ll enjoy an exciting driving tour through various districts of the bustling capital city, checking out its plazas, palaces, museums, markets, and temples!

On Day 3, you’ll jump in the saddle and join the 4 Rivers Cross Country Cycling Trail, kicking off the journey on the Hangang Section, which traces the Namhangang River. The following days will have you continuing the famous path to Yeoju, Suanbo, Andong, and more!

Rest your legs after an exhilarating day on the bike as you enjoy a relaxing soak in the therapeutic hot springs at Suanbo. Discover the beautiful harmony that exists between religion, science, and the arts as you learn about Korean Buddhism at the Seokguram Grotto. Feel alive as you navigate the bustling streets of Daegu, breathing in the fragrant herbal aroma that fills the air at the world-famous Yangnyeongsi Market.

Combine fast-paced days on the bike with fascinating cultural excursions as you visit several of South Korea’s most prized museums, historic villages, and cultural landmarks.

Experience the best of South Korea on this perfectly balanced biking and cultural tour. Book the South Korea Rivers Biking Tour today!

Highlights of the South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

Embark on a thrilling bike tour of South Korea’s most famous cities, traditional villages, and cultural landmarks.
Enjoy 6 fabulous days of cycling on superb trails, like the 4 Rivers Cross Country Cycling Path.
Come to know South Korea’s rich cultural heritage with informative visits to museums and historical sites.
Explore the magical capital, Seoul, and its surrounding regions by bike.

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South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

South Korea Rivers Biking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Your cycling tour in South Korea kicks off as you land in the country’s capital, Seoul. Your English-speaking guide will greet you at the airport and you’ll transfer to your first accommodations.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Explore Seoul

Your first full day of the tour has you exploring the nation’s charismatic capital, Seoul. Today you’ll enjoy a driving tour of the city highlights, like Seoul Plaza, City Hall, Cheonggye Square, and Gwanghwamum Plaza!

Later, you’ll check out the National Folk Museum of South Korea and the bustling Gwangjang Market.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Pedal the 4 Rivers Bike Trail

This morning your first day of cycling commences on a section of the impressive 633 km cross-country 4 Rivers Bike Trail.

The day kicks off with a ride in the support vehicle from your accommodations to Gwangnaru Park, where you’ll then pick up the Hangang Section of the trail, riding 80 km from Gwangnaru to Yeoju.

While in Yeoju, you’ll explore the Silleuksa Temple from the Silla Dynasty, a rare ancient sanctuary perched on a riverbank surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Suanbo
Distance: 80 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cruise to Suanbo via Chungju

Today you’ll enjoy a pleasant, leisurely ride as you trace the river to Chungju. The mostly flat terrain on today’s trail will allow you to soak up the gorgeous rural scenery as you pedal alongside apple orchards and small farms.

A short stop at the 7-story Jungangtap Park breaks the ride up before you continue to Suanbo. Once in Suanboa, soak those tired legs in the village hot springs, known for having healing alkaline properties.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Suanbo
Distance: 94 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Climb to Sojoryoeng and Ihwaryeong

Today, challenging climbs to Sojoryoeng and Ihwaryeong will be met by the reward of exhilarating downhill rides surrounded by breathtaking scenery!

Reaching Jeomchonyeok on bike, the support vehicle will then take you to your accommodations in Mungyeong.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Munyeong
Distance: 79 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle from Mungyeong to Andong

This morning the support vehicle will take you back to where you left off yesterday at Jeomchonyeok, where you’ll begin your 87 km ride to Andong.

You’ll enjoy a mostly flat ride as you trace the river downstream to Sangpunggyo Bridge, the confluence of the Nakdong River. Crossing the bridge, you’ll then ride upstream to Andong.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Andong
Distance: 87 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Free Day in Andong

Today you’ll be invited to explore Andong at your own pace, soaking up the city’s magnetic ambience as you pedal its markets and vibrant neighbourhoods.

This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Andong Folk Museum, illustrating traditional Confucian culture and providing fascinating insights into South Korean cultural heritage.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Andong
Distance: 15 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Cycle to Hahoemaul Village and on to Sangju

Before departing Andong, you’ll ride to the Hahoemaul Village for a spectacular encounter with history. The well-preserved 15th-century village, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides a fascinating glimpse into traditional Korean village life during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). While perusing the village, visit the 600-year-old Zelkova Tree, listening for the whispers of the village spirit that’s said to live within it.

Press on towards Sangju, taking the same road back from the village to the Sangpunggyo Bridge and riding 17 km to your next accommodations.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Sangju
Distance: Flexible
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Ride Riverside to Daegu and Visit Yangnyeongsi

This morning you’ll continue to trace the river as you ride to South Korea’s third-largest city, Daegu.

Once in Daegu, explore the Yangnyeongsi, a 700m long street dedicated to Korea’s traditional oriental medicine. The streets are lined with pharmacies, clinics, and shops, promoting health, healing and wellbeing. Stroll this unique area, soaking in the rich fragrance of the natural medicinal products that fill the air.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Daegu
Distance: 131km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Ride to Ancient Gyeongju

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Sangju behind, you’ll ride to the ancient town of Gyeongju, full of mystery and intrigue. Explore the historic center of town, home to outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art, temple ruins, royal tombs, and palaces. For some further insights into Silla culture, visit the Gyeongju National Museum during your time here.

Some other noteworthy visits while in Gyeongju are the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, the Cheomseongdae Observatory, and Tumuli Park.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Gyeongju
Distance: 80km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Return to Seoul

Before departing Gyeongju today you’ll visit two more UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the Seokguram Grotto and the Bulguksa Temple before catching the speed train to Seoul.

Enjoy an evening of reminiscing over an excellent Korean dinner as you toast to your last night of the tour!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Departure

This morning your cycling tour comes to an end, check out and head to the airport via private transfer to depart. Annyeong!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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South Korea Rivers Biking Tour Price and Dates

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

The best time to travel to South Korea for this tour is spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). Summer months bring monsoon rains and winter can be cold or snowy.

Private Guided South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided groups of 3: $6,550 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4: $5,325 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 5-7: $4,850 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8+: $3,650 USD per person
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Accommodation on the South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

This tour is based in 2-star to 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
You can pay a supplement of $995 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers cannot be accommodated on this tour as there is a minimum group size of 3.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1-11

2-star and 4-star hotels in South Korea

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

What’s Included in the South Korea Rivers Biking Tour?

Meals

11 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 11 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, support vehicle, and all necessary luggage transfers between hotels during the tour.

Also Included

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

Not included

  • Personal biking equipment
  • Flights to and from South Korea
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Fees not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

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

Frequently Asked Questions about South Korea Rivers Biking Tour

EXODUS DMC offers a full spectrum of services to travellers in South Korea. They have been offering quality service to travellers from all walks of life for two decades and have established a track record of excellent service.

With 20 years of experience, extensive local knowledge, plenty of resources, a strong network, and lasting connections to a wide variety of local suppliers, EXODUS is committed to bringing travellers top-quality service and extraordinary value.

Exploring Korea with EXODUS DMC is not just rewarding, but also easy, as they’re constantly at your beck and call while you travel. They strive for your total satisfaction and offer unbeatable quality in all that they do.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. The cycling occurs on mostly flat sometimes hilly terrain, however on Day 6 there is a particularly challenging climb. You should be comfortable on a bike and used to riding distances of up to 90 km for several days in a row. Please note, riding on any of the major roads on this route requires physical and mental awareness at all times as traffic generally has little respect for cyclists, so caution must be taken. Most of the itinerary avoids major roads whenever possible.

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