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Tour Overview

Tour Cost USD 2.903 Single Supplement USD 338
Number of Days 8 nights / 9 days Total Cycling Distance 305km
Tour Grade Beginner plus to intermediate Group Size min 5 / max 20
Tour Meets Damyang Tour Ends Jeju City

※ If you are a returning client (meaning, if you have been on one of bikeOasis KOREA tours before), we give you an additional 5% discount in your final payment.

What are included:

  • 1 bicycle and 1 helmet per person
  • English speaking guide(s) for 9 days
  • Entry tickets for the museum parks and other places to visit
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in Hotels/Hanok
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • A support vehicle with 3 seats for emergency participants & luggage following the tour group on the entire trip
  • Truck for the transportation of the bicycle
  • Express Bus transportation, car ferry, and other transportation costs

What are excluded:

  • International Travel Insurance
  • Airport Pick up and Drop off (optionan at an extra fee)
  • Personal expenses
  • Airfares to/from Korea
  • Airfare from Jeju Island to Seoul
    (We can book the one-way flight from Jeju to Seoul (Gimpo Airport) for you or you may arrange it yourself)

"Cycle across Korea : From Damyang to Jeju Island "

Overall Tour Map

"Cycle across Korea : From Damyang to Jeju Island"

Itinerary

Day 1 : Meet & Transfer Seoul-Damyang & Welcome Dinner
Day 2 : Damyang → Naju
Day 3 : Naju → Mokpo
Day 4 : Mokpo → Jeju Harbor → Jungmun Area
Day 5 : Halla Mountain
Day 6 : Jungmum Area → Pyeoseon
Day 7 : Pyeoseon → Seongsan → U-do Island → Seongsan
Day 8 : Seongsan → Hamdeok
Day 9 : Departure

Day 1, Saturday (Dinner included)

Program of the day

  • Meet at Seoul Central Express Bus Terminal (1:30pm)
    **Please inform us in advance when (date & time) you will arrive in Seoul and where (which hotel) you will be staying in case of pre-tour lodging.We can arrange a pick-up service to the meeting point.
  • Aboard the luxury express bus to Damyang (11:10am, total travel time 3 hrs 30 min, including one WC break)
  • Arrive in Damyang (3:15pm)
  • Check-into Hotel (3:30pm)
  • Free time to walk around the town
  • Dinner and orientation (6:30 pm)

What to see:

- Metasequoias Road

Metasequoia trees were planted along the street in the early 1970s when the Ministry of Internal Affairs officially designated the road as a “boulevard.” At that time, the saplings were only 3 to 4 years old and their branches stretched sparsely out into the sky; now, the trees have grown so high that they seem to block out the sun! Thanks to these stately trees, in 2002 the Korea Forest Service selected the boulevard as one of the most beautiful roads in Korea.

What to eat:

- Teokgalbi

Teokgalbi is a type of Korean food made from galbi, or short ribs. It is believed to originate in Damyang, where you are staying tonight. Currently, it can be found all over South Korea. It is made by shaping a mixture of beef and pork into a rectangular appearance then grilled on charcoal. The reason pork and beef are mixed is that beef alone is too dry, so pork is added to make it more fatty. The leftover rib bones are sometimes boiled to make broth.

Where to sleep:

- Meta Hotel (or another upgraded hotel)

http://metapension.com/pension/index.php

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator No
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 2, Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Damyang → Naju

General information:

  • Starting point: Damyang
  • Ending point: Naju
  • Distance: 55km
  • Approximated time: 4h00min (without visiting)

Program:

  • Breakfast delivered at the room (7:30am)
  • Check out (8:15am)
  • Bike fitting (8:15am~8:45am)
  • Ride to Jungnokwon (8:45am~9:00am)
  • Visit of Junknokwon garden (9:00am~10:00am)
  • Ride along the Yeongsangang River bike path and sightseeing (10:00am~1:00pm)
  • Lunch (Galbitang) (1:00pm)
  • Ride along the Yeongsangang River bike path and sightseeing (2:00pm~4:30pm)
  • Check into Square Hotel (4:30pm)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (Korean BBQ) (6:45pm)

What to see:

- Fantastic Nature Sceneries

- Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden

Juknokwon is a bamboo forest cultivated by the town of Damyang. Seonginsan Mountain behind Damyang Hyanggyo (Confucian school) was transformed into Juknokwon Bamboo Garden featuring a beautiful artificial waterfall, pavilion, walking paths and an eco-exhibition center, a popular destination for visitors.

- Seungchonbo

Seungchonbo embodies a budding seed and the region's cultural aspects wishing a new birth for Yeongsan.

What to eat:

- Galbitang

 Galbitang is a variety of Korean soup, made primarily from beef short ribs along with stewing beef, onions, and other ingredients. The short ribs, or "galbi" also refers to grilled short ribs in Korean barbecue while the suffix tang is another name for guk. Hence, the Korean name literally means "short ribs soup. The clear and hearty soup is made by slowly simmering galbi in water for a long time and is eaten as a meal.

- Korean BBQ

Gogigui literally "meat + roasting", or Korean barbecue refers to the Korean method of roasting beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat. Such dishes are often prepared at the diner's table on gas or charcoal grills that are built into the table itself. Some Korean restaurants that do not have built-in grills provide portable stoves for diners to use at their tables. The most representative form of gogigui is bulgogi usually made from thickly sliced beef sirloin or tenderloin. Another popular form of it is galbi made from marinated beef short ribs. However, gogigui also includes many other kinds of marinated and non-marinated meat dishes, and can be divided into several categories. Korean barbecue is not only popular among Koreans, but has gained popularity internationally.

Where to sleep:

- Square Hotel

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 3, Monday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Naju → Mokpo

General information:

  • Starting point: Naju
  • Ending point: Mokpo
  • Distance: 79km
  • Approximated time: 4h45min (without visiting)

Program:

  • Korean Breakfast (7:00am)
  • Check out (8:00am)
  • Ride along the Yeongsangang River bike path and sightseeing (8:00am~9:15am)
  • Visit of Naju Image Theme Park (9:15am~10:15am)
  • Ride along the Yeongsangang River bike path and sightseeing (10:15am~1:00pm)
  • Lunch (Picnic) (1:00pm)
  • Free time in Hoesan White Lotus Pond
  • Ride along the Yeongsangang River bike path and sightseeing (2:15pm~5:15pm)
  • Check into Hotel (5:15pm)
  • Dinner (Samgyaetang) (7:00pm)


What to see:

- Hoesan White Lotus Pond in Muan

The White Lotus Pond of Hoesan, known as ‘Hoesan Baengnyeonji’ in Korean, is the largest habitat of white lotus in Asia, covering an area of approximately 330,000 square meters. The white lotus flowers in this pond continuously blossom and fall from July until September. A lotus festival is held in August, when the flowers are at their peak

- Naju Image Theme Park

Naju Image Theme Park is a place where many scenes of Buyeo Kingdom, including Buyeogung Palace, an ironware factory and the downtown area, were filmed for ‘Jumong,’ which is a hit drama that was recently televised. Built on a 450,000-pyeong site, the large-scale set cost over 18 billion won to create and was also used to film Taewangsasingi (Legend). A scene featuring Dam-deok as a child, where he visits an old lady at a natural dye plant and tries his hand at dyeing, and a scene where soldier-like Dam-deok rides a horse through a vast field were filmed here. It is a well-known fact that actors, actresses and crew who were filming in Jeju would make a five-hour boat trip to Naju to shoot here. During filming, Japanese fans came to Naju to observe from a distance.

- Samhakdo Island

According to legend, Samhakdo Island was the dream of Mokpo residents, along with Yudalsan Mountain, before it became the land it is today. This island is filled with the loneliness of women waiting to see their husbands who voyaged out to sea, the hope of merchants waiting for their fishing boats, and the sorrow of people who have passed away. Samhakdo is a rich area where the people of Mokpo share their emotions.

What to eat:

- Korean Breakfast: Baekban

Probably one of the greatest selling points of baekban is how healthy it is. In the photo you can see a typical Baekban breakfast consisting of a doenjang-seaweed soup, potatoes, fish cakes, and a few different styles of kimchi.

- Samgyetang

Samgyetang is the healthiest way to cook chicken. Small, young chicken is stuffed with sweet rice, ginseng, Korean dates and other medicinal herbs, and boiled to perfection. Usually a whole chicken is served for one person. This dish is believed to be a health food that revitalizes the body and boosts the immune system.

Where to sleep:

- F1 Hotel (or another upgraded hotel)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer Yes
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 4, Tuesday (Dinner included)

Mokpo → Jeju Harbor → Chaguido/Unjin Harbour → Jungmun Area

General information:

  • Jeju Harbor (by ferry) → Chaguido/Unjin Harbour* (by shuttle bus) (*starting place might change if the ferry arrives late or if we get stuck in to some traffic jams)
  • Ending point: Jungmun area
  • Distance: 24km/12km
  • Approximated time: 2h00/1h00 (without visiting)

Program:

  • Check out (7:30am)
  • Walk or ride to the ferry terminal (7:30am~7:45am)
  • Breakfast on the ferry (not included)
  • Ferry from Mokpo to Jeju Harbor (9:30am~2:30pm)
  • Lunch (not included) on the ferry (12:00pm)
  • Private transportation from Jeju Harbor to Unjin harbour (2:30pm~3:30pm)/(2:30pm~4:00pm)
  • Ride to the hotel (3:30pm~5:15pm) (4:00pm~5:00pm)
  • Check into Hotel (5:00pm)
  • Dinner (Korean noodles set menu) (7:00pm)


What to see:

- Coastal road

What to eat:

- Korean noodles cooked with paprika juice, sea food and korean dumplings

- Galbitang or another local style dinner

Galbitang is a variety of guk, or Korean soup, made primarily from beef short ribs along with stewing beef, daikon, onions, and other ingredients. The short ribs, or “galbi" also refers to grilled short ribs in Korean barbecue while the suffix tang is another name for guk. Hence, the Korean name literally means "short ribs soup" and is also called garitang, or galitang. The clear and hearty soup is made by slowly simmering galbi in water for a long time and is eaten as a meal. It is similar to seolleongtang, a soup made from the bones of ox legs.

Where to sleep:

- Mirvill Hotel (or another upgraded accommodation)

(http://www.mirvill.net/)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi No
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator No
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 5, Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Halla Mountain

* In case of bad weather, the access to Halla Mountain is forbidden. Consequently bikeOasis KOREA will offer another program for the day.

General information:

  • Starting point: Jungmun area
  • Ending point: Jungmun area
  • Easy hiking only (no cycling)
  • Youngsil Hiking Course (1,700m, about 5km / 4 hours roundtrip, incl. lunch break)

Program:

  • Breakfast (Korean pooridge) (8:00am)
  • Check out of the accommodation (9:00am)
  • Tranportation to the entrance of Halla Mountain National Park (9:00am~9:45am)
  • Youngsil Hiking Course(9.6km/4h) (10:00am~3:30pm)
  • Picnic Lunch (12:30pm)
  • Transportation from Halla Mountain back to Hotel (3:30pm~4:00pm)
  • Hot Spring (optional activity) or free time (4:00pm~6:15pm)
  • Walk to the dinner place (6:15pm~6:30pm)
  • Dinner (6:30pm)


What to see:

- Halla Mountain (UNESCO World Natural Heritage)

Hallasan (Halla Mountain) rises up proudly from the center of Jeju Island and is perhaps one of the island’s most memorable landmarks. Also called Mt. Yeongjusan, meaning ‘mountain high enough to pull the galaxy,’ Mt. Hallasan is widely acknowledged by scholars for its research value. Designated as a National Park in 1970, there are 368 parasitic mountains called ‘Oreums’ (peaks) around Halla Mountain. Mt. Halla is famous for its vertical ecosystem of plants that results from the varying temperatures along the mountainside. Over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals (3,300 species of insects) have been identified; to explore the mountain's treasures, simply follow one of the well-developed mountain hiking trails. Halla Mountain is relatively easy to hike. With hiking courses less than 10km in length, it is possible to go to the peak and back in one day. However, the weather is very changeable and there is a lot of wind, so make sure that you are well prepared before you start climbing up the mountain.

Where to sleep:

- Mirvill Hotel (or another upgraded hotel)

(http://www.mirvill.net)

Day 6, Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Jungmum Area→ Pyeoseon

General information:

  • Starting point: Jungmun area
  • Ending point: Pyeoseon
  • Distance: 75km
  • Approximated time: 6h00min (without visiting)

Program:

  • Breakfast (7:30am)
  • Check out (8:15am)
  • Ride along the Jeju island bike path and sightseeing (8:15am~1:30pm)
  • Lunch (Korean ravioli) (1:00pm)
  • Ride along the Jeju island bike path and sightseeing (1:30pm~6:00pm)
  • Check into (6:00pm)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (Bossam) (7:00pm)


What to see:

- Jungmun Daepo Coast Jusangjeolli Cliff

If you follow the farm road 600 m to the southwest from Depo-dong, at the end of the pine tree forest is a cliff. At the base of this cliff is the Jisatgae Coast along with the imposing stone pillars. The Jusangjeolli are stone pillars piled up along the coast and is a designated cultural monument of Jejudo Island. The Jusangjeolli was formed when the lava from Mt. Hallasan erupted into the sea of Jungmun. They are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and almost seem as if stonemasons had carved them out. The administration of the district named them 'Jisatgae Rocks' from their old name 'Jisatgae'. Its 20 m cliff makes it a popular spot for high tide, sea angling. The waves of the high tides crashing into the side of the cliff provide a breathtaking view of the ocean surrounding the pillars.

- Yakcheonsa Temple

The architectural style of Yakcheonsa Temple is reminiscent of that of Buddhist Temples of the early Joseon Dynasty. Measuring an impressive 30m high and spanning a total area of 3,305 meters squared, it is the largest Temple in the East. Upon entering Yakcheonsa Temple, guests will be greeted by a 5m-tall statue of Vairocana, the tallest of such statues in Korea, on a 4m high pedestal. The walls on both the right and left have been sculpted into large altar portraits of Buddha and in front of the Dharma Hall is a giant Buddhist Temple bell, weighing 18 tons. Beloved for its size and grandeur, the Temple consists of a main Temple (2,652 meters squared) and a 3-story residential structure for the Buddhist monks.

- Soesokkak Estuary

Located in the Seogwipo area of Jeju Island, Soesokkak Estuary was originally called ‘Soedun’, which means a lying down ox, and it was only later that it became more widely known as ‘Soesokkak’. This is the mouth of the Hyodoncheon stream. As the fresh water meets the ocean, it broadens into wide slow flowing river. ‘Soe; means an ox, ‘so’ means a ‘pool of water’ and ‘Kkak means ‘the end’. Soesokkak Estuary is lined with cliffs of curious lava formations, which are overhung with pine trees. Here the water takes on the deep blue of the ocean, and the scenery is very picturesque. Soesokkak is also well-known for its small, flat wooden boats called “Teu” that have been used for hundreds of years to ferry people across the estuary. The boat is pulled across the estuary by a long rope that is strung between the two banks. Taking a leisurely ride on a Teu across the clear water of the estuary is a great way to enjoy the area’s magnificent scenery. Soesokkak Estuary is located in Hahyo-dong on the Southern side of Hallasan Mountain. The area is also well-known for its tangerines, and visitors are drawn to the area by the fresh scent of the fruit. Popular destinations close to the Soesokkak Estuary include the famous JusangJeolli Cliffs and Jungmun Resort, as well as Cheonjeyeon Falls – all of which can be taken in on the same day.

What to eat:

- Korean ravioli soup

Where to sleep:

- Sun Story Hotel

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV No
Elevator No
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 7, Friday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Pyeoseon → Seongsan → U-do Island → Seongsan

General information:

  • Starting point: Pyeoseon
  • Ending point: Seongsan
  • Distance: from Pyeoseon to Seongsan: 22km
  • Udo Island: 2.5km hiking / 1 hour car ferry ride (roundtrip) / 20km cycling

Program:

  • Breakfast (7:30am)
  • Ride from accommodation to Seongsan Harbour (8:15am~10:15am)
  • Take the ferry to Udo Island (10:15am~10:45am)
  • Cycle around the Udo island (10:45am~1:00pm)
  • Lunch (1:00pm)
  • Cycle around the Udo island (1:30pm~3:30pm)
  • Car ferry ride and cycle to the hotel (4:00pm~4:30pm)
  • Hike to Seongsan Peak (optional) or free time (4:50pm)
  • Dinner (6:30pm)

What to see:

- Udo Island

The island was named "Udo" or "Cow Island" as its contours look like a cow lying down on the ground. There are 8 scenic wonders of Udo: day and night (Judan-myeongwol and Yahang-eobeom), sky and earth (Cheonjin-gwansan and Jidu-cheongsa), front and back (Jeonpo-mangdo and Huhae-seokbyeok), and east and west (Dongan-gyeonggul and Seobin-baeksa). Udo Island is legendary for its breath-taking white sand beach, water that transforms into vivid shades of turquoise, emerald green, and aquamarine blue as the water as the water becomes shallower around coral reefs. It also offers gorgeous weather in all year round - not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter. About 30 minutes ferry ride will from Jeju will bring you to Udo Island. It is situated on the eastern end of Jeju Island, that makes it one of the most visited spots from Jeju.

- Seopjikoji

Seopjikoji in spring, especially April, is the perfect spring getaway to enjoy the spreading rape flowers with breathtaking coastal rock shapes. Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do Island. "Seopji" is the old name for the area, and "Koji" is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land. On Koji hill which is wide and flat, there stands a stone Bongsudae called “Hyeopjayeondae” with a 4m height and 9m length and width that has retained its original form.

- Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.

What to eat:

- Jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon, a Korean Chinese cuisine, is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste when unheated), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood. Jajang literally means "fried sauce" and myeon means "noodle".

- 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.

Where to sleep:

- Breeze Bay Hotel (http://www.breezebayhotel.com/kr/hotel/hotel.html) (or another upgraded Hotel)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 8, Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Seongsan → Hamdeok

General information:

  • Starting point: Seongsan
  • Ending point : Hamdeok
  • Distance: 52km
  • Approximated time: 4h00min (without visiting)

Program:

  • Breakfast (7:30am)
  • Ride along the Jeju island bike path and sightseeing (8:15am~12:00pm)
  • Lunch (Bibimbap) (12:00pm)
  • Ride along the Jeju island bike path and sightseeing (1:00pm~5:15pm)
  • Check into Hotel (5:15pm)
  • Farewell Dinner (Black pork BBQ) (7:15pm)


What to see:

- Manjanggul Cave

Manjanggul Cave (만장굴) is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels. Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to the tourists. The inside of the tunnel sustains at a temperature of 11~21℃, creating a comfortable atmosphere. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. The Stone Turtle is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island

- Beautiful beaches and harbours

What to eat:

- 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 sunny-side up egg to the top. Bibimbap is usually served with a spicy sauce made of gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste).

- Black Pork Dish

Back in the olden days, pigpens were built right below the bathroom. It is said that the Jeju pigs, which grew up eating human waste, grew black hair as a result of their special diet. Pigs are no longer raised in this way, but the Jeju black pig is still seen as one of Jeju’s trademarks and it said to be chewier and more delicious than other types of pork. The distinctive black hairs can even be seen on some of the meat used in pork dishes.

Where to sleep:

- Ramada Hamdeok
(http://www.ramadajejuhamdeok.co.kr/en/home-2)(or another upgraded Hotel)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 9, Sunday (Breakfast included)

Program:

  • Breakfast & Check-out (depending on your flight time)
  • Drop off to Jeju Airport throughout the day (option)*

*We can book the one-way flight from Jeju to Seoul (Gimpo Airport) for you or you may arrange it yourself.

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    • Date : 08. April. 2017 (Sat) – 16. April. 2017 (Sun)
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