60 days in South Korea & Sofia Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Sofia Itinerary

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Fly to Gimhae International Airport, Drive to Ulsan
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Ulsan, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Daegu, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yeosu, South Korea
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gwangju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cheongju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Donghae, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Gangneung, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive to Yangyang International Airport, Fly to Sofia
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly to Gimpo International Airport, Drive to Yongin
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Yongin, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Drive
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Paju, South Korea
— 1 night
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Taean-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
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Incheon, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive to Gimpo International Airport, Fly to Sofia

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Ulsan, South Korea

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Yeongnam Alps

A powerhouse of industry not just for South Korea but the world, Ulsan offers up a thriving metropolis dominated by trade but interspersed with some undisturbed scenery.
Explore Ulsan's surroundings by going to Gyeongju (Seokguram, Bulguksa Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seoknamsa Temple, stroll around Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, contemplate the waterfront views at Taehwagang National Garden, and examine the collection at Jangsaengpo Whale Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ulsan itinerary planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Ulsan is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in October since evenings lows in Ulsan dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Daegu.

Things to do in Ulsan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Daegu, South Korea

— 5 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daegu: Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan), Haeinsa (in Hapcheon-Gun) and Gayasan Wildflower Botanical Garden (in Seongju-gun). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, make a trip to Kim Gwangseok Street, find something for the whole family at E-World, and stroll around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Daegu online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ulsan to Daegu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ulsan in October since evenings lows in Daegu dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yeosu.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yeosu, South Korea

— 6 nights

http://tour.yeosu.go.kr/en

A serene port city midway along South Korea's south coast, Yeosu offers a waterfront of marinas, seafood, and scenic island views.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yeosu: Suncheon (Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, Suncheon Open Film Set, &more) and Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Odongdo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Yeosu Fish Market, make a trip to Dolsan Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hyangiram Hermitage.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yeosu itinerary maker app.

Drive from Daegu to Yeosu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October in Yeosu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gwangju.

Things to do in Yeosu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Gwangju, South Korea

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Naejangsan National Park (in Sunchang-gun), Damyang Juknokwon (in Damyang-gun) and Jeonju (Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonju Hanok Village, &more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sajik Park & Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of 1913 Songjeong Station Market, and explore the activities along Pungam Reservoir.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gwangju online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yeosu to Gwangju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Gwangju, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cheongju, South Korea

— 4 nights
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. Venture out of the city with trips to Gongju (Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, &more), Cheonan (The Independence Hall of Korea, Gagwonsa Temple, &more) and Oeam Folk Village (in Asan). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, take some stellar pictures from Suamgol Observatory, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cheongju trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gwangju to Cheongju. Traveling from Gwangju in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cheongju, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea

— 3 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Explore Pyeongchang-gun's surroundings by going to Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju), Danyang-gun (Dodamsambong Peaks, Gosu Cave, &more) and Baekseok Falls (in Jeongseon-gun). It doesn't end there: wander the wide-open spaces of Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongju to Pyeongchang-gun. Traveling from Cheongju in October, you will find days in Pyeongchang-gun are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Donghae, South Korea

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, explore the striking landscape at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock), and then Head underground at Cheongok Cave.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Donghae trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Pyeongchang-gun to Donghae with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gangneung.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Gangneung, South Korea

— 4 nights
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sokcho (Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho Central Market, &more) and Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun). There's still lots to do: get outside with Jeongdongjin Beach, kick back and relax at Gyeongpo Beach, see the interesting displays at Haslla Art World, and get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangneung trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Gangneung. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Nina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia tour itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Gangneung to Sofia with the Route module. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Gangneung to Sofia due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Sofia are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yongin.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Yongin, South Korea

— 3 nights
Located within the capital's urban sprawl, Yongin stands as a city in its own right, but has come to be considered a suburb of Seoul.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yongin: Suwon (Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion (Dongbukgakru), Hwaseong Fortress, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Korean Folk Village, make a splash at Caribbean Bay, and get in on the family fun at Everland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yongin trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sofia to Yongin. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 7 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Yongin

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 7 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nami Island in Chuncheon (about 1h 40 min away). Pack the 19th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Yongin to Seoul takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Paju, South Korea

— 1 night
Northwest of the capital, Paju has become known for its cultural attractions, history, and proximity to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): walk around Unjeong Lake Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ilsan Lake Park. On the next day, visit Heyri Art Village and then contemplate the long history of The Third Tunnel.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paju road trip planning app.

Getting from Seoul to Paju by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. In November in Paju, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Taean-gun.

Things to do in Paju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Taean-gun, South Korea

— 1 night
For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taean-gun trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Paju to Taean-gun with the Route module. In November, daily temperatures in Taean-gun can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You'll set off for Incheon on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Taean-gun

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Incheon, South Korea

— 5 nights
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Get out of town with these interesting Incheon side-trips: Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong) and Bucheon (Bucheon Natural Ecological Park & Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Muuido Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Dongmak Beach, walk around Sangdong Lake Park, and hunt for treasures at Sinpo International Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Incheon day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taean-gun to Incheon. Traveling from Taean-gun in November, Incheon is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.