57 days in South Korea & Gabrovo Itinerary

57 days in South Korea & Gabrovo Itinerary

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Jeju, South Korea
— 11 nights
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Suncheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Drive to Muan International Airport, Fly to Plovdiv International Airport, Drive to Gabrovo
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Gabrovo, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Gwangju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Buan-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
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Daejeon, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 8 nights
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Chuncheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Donghae, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 8 nights
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Jeju, South Korea

— 11 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Spend the 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, find something for the whole family at Teseum Jeju, hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jeju planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Jeju, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Suncheon, South Korea

— 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Change things up with these side-trips from Suncheon: Yeosu (Odongdo & Aqua Planet Yeosu). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Suncheon road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In January, daytime highs in Suncheon are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Gabrovo.

Things to do in Suncheon

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gabrovo, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the striking features of St. Dimitar of Thessaloniki Church, step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sokolski Monastery and then examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gabrovo travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Suncheon to Gabrovo. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Suncheon in January: highs in Gabrovo hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Gabrovo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Gwangju, South Korea

— 4 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Damyang-gun (Metasequoia-lined Road, Damyang Juknokwon, &more). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. The adventure continues: get outside with Soswaewon, contemplate the long history of May 18th National Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gwangju road trip website.

Explore your travel options from Gabrovo to Gwangju with the Route module. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Gabrovo to Gwangju due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gabrovo in January, you will find days in Gwangju are slightly colder (-3°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buan-gun.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buan-gun, South Korea

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Eunpa Lake Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gyeongamdong Railroad Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaeamsa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Buan Celadon Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Buan-gun online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Gwangju to Buan-gun with the Route module. Traveling from Gwangju in January, expect nights in Buan-gun to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Buan-gun

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Daejeon, South Korea

— 4 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Gongju (Gongju National Museum & Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, get in on the family fun at Expo Park, examine the collection at Currency Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maninsan Mountain.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Daejeon online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buan-gun to Daejeon. Traveling from Buan-gun in January, Daejeon is little chillier at night with lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daejeon

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 8 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Daejeon to Seoul in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Seoul are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Chuncheon, South Korea

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Street and then visit Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Chuncheon travel planner.

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a subway. In February, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Sokcho, South Korea

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Go for a jaunt from Sokcho to Yangyang-gun to see Naksansa Temple about 30 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's much more to do: cool off at Seorak Waterpia, steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, and make a trip to Daepo Port.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sokcho travel route planner.

Drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Donghae, South Korea

— 2 nights
To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Donghae day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sokcho to Donghae. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Donghae

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 4 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Gyeongju is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju travel app.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Gyeongju with the Route module. In February, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Busan, South Korea

— 8 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and see the interesting displays at Busan Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in February: highs in Busan hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.