21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea tour itinerary planner

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Cheju
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Seoul
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 4 nights
Fly

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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market, get outside with Zipline Jeju, and take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Lyon, France to Jeju is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Seoul

— 5 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 29th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Chuncheon

— 1 night
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Nami Island and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, then get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sokcho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Gyeongju

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Ulsan Daegok Museum, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Silla Arts And Science Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip app.

You can drive from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, get great views at Taejongdae, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Busan day trip site.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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.