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
Fly
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cheongju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Donghae, South Korea
— 1 night
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Gangneung, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Yongin, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive to Gimpo International Airport, Fly to Sofia Airport
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 day
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 8 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
— 4 nights
Drive to Gimpo International Airport, Fly to Sofia Airport

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ulsan: Gyeongju (Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Daewangam Park, explore the activities along Taehwagang National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Ganjeolgot, and see the interesting displays at Jangsaengpo Whale Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ulsan itinerary maker website.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Ulsan is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Ulsan. Traveling from Sofia in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ulsan, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Ulsan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

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.
Explore Daegu's surroundings by going to Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan) and Haeinsa (in Hapcheon-Gun). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Donghwasa, walk around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Suseongmot Lake, and enjoy breathtaking views from 83 Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Daegu attractions website.

Getting from Ulsan to Daegu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Daegu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yeosu.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

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 (Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, Suncheon Open Film Set, &more), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Namhae-gun (Boriam Temple & Daraengi Village). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Odongdo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hyangiram Hermitage, get curious at Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aqua Planet Yeosu.

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. When traveling from Daegu in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yeosu: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Gwangju.

Things to do in Yeosu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 2:

Gwangju, South Korea

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Damyang-gun (Damyang Juknokwon & Metasequoia-lined Road) and Jeonju (Jeondong Catholic Church, Jeonju Hanok Village, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, pause for some photo ops at 5.18 Memorial Park, and don't miss a visit to 1913 Songjeong Station Market.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gwangju vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Yeosu to Gwangju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banya Bashi Mosque, admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gwangju to Sofia. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Gwangju in August, you will find days in Sofia are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Cheongju: Oeam Folk Village (in Asan), Cheonan (Gagwonsa Temple, Tedin Water Park, &more) and Gongju (Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, Gongsanseong, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, identify plant and animal life at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan, have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheongju Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cheongju attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sofia to Cheongju. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Sofia in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Cheongju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Danyang-gun (Guinsa Temple, Gosu Cave, &more) and Baekseok Falls (in Jeongseon-gun). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple, get outside with Phoenix Snow Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch, and make a splash at Ocean 700.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pyeongchang-gun trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongju to Pyeongchang-gun. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Donghae, South Korea

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get outside with Mangsang Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock).

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 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Gangneung.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

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 Yangyang-gun (Naksan Beach & Naksansa Temple) and Sokcho (Seoraksan National Park & Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park). There's much more to do: get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Jeongdongjin Beach, head outdoors with Gyeongpo Beach, and see the interesting displays at Ojukheon.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangneung vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Gangneung with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yongin.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yongin: Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Hwaseong Fortress). Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Korean Folk Village. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Everland, examine the collection at Samsung Transportation Museum, and cool off at Caribbean Bay.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yongin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gangneung to Yongin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Yongin can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Yongin

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 day
On the 29th (Sun), admire the striking features of Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga), admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Tsar Alexander II, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Yongin to Sofia with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Yongin to Sofia is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Yongin in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Sofia, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Sofia

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

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 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

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

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Seoul takes 18.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Seoul is 7 hours. Traveling from Sofia in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paju.

Things to do in Seoul

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 7:

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).
To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paju travel route tool.

You can drive from Seoul to Paju in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a subway; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taean-gun.

Things to do in Paju

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

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 September, daily temperatures in Taean-gun can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You'll set off for Incheon on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Taean-gun

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Incheon, South Korea

— 4 nights
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bucheon (Bucheon Natural Ecological Park & Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park) and Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bomunsa Temple, stroll around Bucheon Wonmi Park, take in the views from Incheon Bridge, and stop by NC Cube Canal Walk.

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 September, you will find days in Incheon are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

South Korea travel guide

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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.