Experience a full day of Seoul sightseeing on this combination bike and walking tour with a local guide. Biking for a total of two hours, pedal past Deoksu Palace, Seoul City Hall and Hangang Park, and make stops to visit the Seoul Museum of History, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the markets of Insadong and Dongdaemun, where you can enjoy free time to search for souvenirs. Break up your day with lunch at a Korean restaurant. Numbers are limited to six on this small-group tour to ensure a personalized experience.
In the morning, meet your guide and small group at Seoul's Hongdae subway station, where you'll hop on your bike and start riding toward Gyeongbokgung Palace, commonly referred to as the Northern Palace. En route, pass Hongdae Street and well-known city attractions including Deoksu Palace and Seoul City Hall. Make your first stop at the Seoul Museum of History for a look at some educational exhibits with your guide. Learn about the Joseon Dynasty (1392'1905), Korea's last empire before Japanese colonial rule, and discover elements of modern urbanization in Seoul after it became the capital of South Korea. Then it's on to Gyeongbokgung Palace for a 1-hour tour. Built in 1395, this royal palace showcases traditional architectural elements from the Joseon Dynasty. See first-hand why Gyeongbokgung is a standout among Seoul's Five Grand Palaces. Fuel up with provided snacks and a sports drink, and stop along the way for coffee. Around midday, relax at a local restaurant and choose from a selection of traditional Korean dishes for lunch. Back on your bike, pedal to Insadong and Dongdaemun, two traditional street markets where you'll have free time to check out the abundant handicrafts, antiques, knickknacks, textiles, clothes and other treasures. Pass through the Itaewon district and continue into Hangang Park, following a bike path along the Han River. End your tour at the Hongdae subway station after a total distance of 19 miles (32 km). Total ride time is two hours; the other five hours are by foot.