HISTORICAL-
  CULTURAL TOURS
COMBINED KOREA-JAPAN
  TOUR, Korean Portion
SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS
COMBINED HISTORICAL-
  CULTURAL / MOUNTAIN
  TREKKING TOURS
MOUNTAIN TREKKING TOURS
JEJUDO ISLAND, MT.
  HALLASAN TREKKING(1,950m)
  - 10 hours Trekking
COMBINED HISTORICAL-
  CULTURAL /FESTIVAL TOURS
ROOTS DISCOVERY TOURS
JAPAN EXTENSION
CHINA EXTENSION
HONGKONG EXTENSION
 
   
  
 
 
  Seoul / Korean Folk Village / Mt. Bukhansan / Mt. Seoraksan / Mt. Odaesan / Mt. Chiaksan / Seoul
 
  9 Days / 8 Nights
 
 

Day 1 ― Arrive in Seoul
Arrive in Seoul at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. After check-in the balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul. Accommodations at Hotel.

Day 2 ― Seoul / Korean Folk Village / Seoul
A morning tour of Metropolitan city of Seoul, where old meets new in modern Korea. Established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, the capital of the Republic of Korea has a population of more than 12,000,000 people. Seoul is a city of incredible contrasts which, despite its immense size, make it one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. The tour includes Gyeongbokgung Palace (Palace of Shining Happiness) - the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty - passing by Blue House (Presidential Residence);National Folk Museum of Korea - the collections display complete items from every region of Korea which illustrate all aspects of traditional life;and N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird's-eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul. An afternoon tour visits Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul to see a superb and truly authentic display of Korean history including folk traditions, legends, and the lifestyles of the nobility, the 14th-20th centuries, Korea. Return to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Accommodations at Hotel.


  Day 3 ― Mt. Bukhansan (836m) - 7 hours Trekking
 
  A full-day hiking of Mt. Bukhansan. Mt. Bukhansan is situated in the northern part of Seoul. Designated as a national park in 1983, the mountain is 78.45 km wide, has 6 districts and extends out into Gyeonggi-do Province. The name Bukhansan means "big mountain" in the north, and it is also called Mt. Samgaksan. Mt. Bukhansan has such smooth curves that the large granite rocks sometimes look as if they would slide down the mountain, and the sharp peaks provide contrast to the dozens of valleys and rivers flowing below. The mountain's main peak is
Baekunbong, and it has many different kinds of peaks. The granite peaks blend in well with trees, and there are about 1,300 kinds of animal and plant life living on the mountain. Among the granite peaks, the best one is Insubong Peak. The world famous granite rock peak Insubong is over 200m above sea level, and there are about 100 mountain paths leading to the rock. When you stand on Baekundae Plateau, you can look down Seoul and the Hangang River. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Overnight in Seoul. Accommodations at Hotel.
 
 

Day 4 ― Seoul / Mt. Seoraksan
This morning we journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park, this northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, which is rugged and mountainous with breathtaking scenery making it the "Alps of Asia". This afternoon we visit Sinheungsa Temple-set at the foot of the mountain, established in 653 A.D., claims to be the country's oldest Zen Buddhist temple, and it would be the oldest existing Zen temple in the world.Proceed to HeundeulBawi (Tottering Rock) by hiking. The rock is famous as it can be rocked to and fro by just one person. In fact, it is surprising it has not been completely rocked off its base by now since half the population of Korea must have had a go. Overnight in the mountain village. Accommodations at Yeogwan.


  Day 5 ― Mt. Seoraksan (1,708m) - 10 hours Trekking
 
 
A full-day hiking of Mt. Seoraksan. You will admiringly explore breathtaking scenery of valleys, awesome sawtooth cliffs spiraling into the blue skies, and dense forests bordering crystal clear streams which tumble over cataracts and drop from precipices to form fleecy waterfalls. Encompassing 355 sq km, Mt. Seoraksan National Park is the second largest park, and contains Daecheongbong (1,708 m), the highest peak. In 1982, UNESCO designated this zone to be strictly preserved for its unique botanical features. These thickly
forested hillsides sustain over 800 varieties of plants and about 500 kinds of animals. The animals are mostly small mammals and birds, although there have been recent unconfirmed reports of tigers and bears deep in the park's trail-less valleys. There may be bears, but the existence of tigers seems highly unlikely, as most experts agree they were driven from this area 5 or 6 decades age. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Hot spring bath at the mountain village. Overnight in the mountain village. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 6 ― Mt. Seoraksan / Mt. Odaesan (1,563m) - 7 hours Trekking
 
 
This morning travel to Mt. Odaesan and a full-day hiking of the Mountain. Mt. Odaesan was designated as a national park in 1975. Odaesan was named so because of the following 5 plateaus;Manwoldae, Jangryeondae, Girindae, Sangsamdae and Jigongdae. Featuring the 1,563m, the highest Birobong Peak, Odaesan spreads southwest with Mt. Sodaesan, Horyeong Peak and Mt. Sogyebangsan. The east side is connected with Sangwang peak and Duro Peak, which are over 1,000m high. We visit Woljeongsa Temple, the
representative temple of Mt. Odaesan, en route hiking. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance).Overnight in the mountain village. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 7 ― Mt. Odaesan / Mt. Chiaksan (1,282m) - 5 hours Trekking
 
 
This morning travel to Mt. Chiaksan and hiking the Mountain. Mt. Chiaksan was designated as a national park in December 1984. From a long time ago, Chiaksan has been known as a high and steep mountain in the east, but it has a magnificent view with deep valleys. Its old name was "Jeokak," but the name was changed after a myth. Once a man saved a pheasant from being eaten by a snake. When the man was trapped in danger, that pheasant also saved his life. Because of this story the name of this mountain became "Chiaksan."

On the top of the highest Birobong Peak (1,282m) there are the famous three stone pagodas (10m high). The main ridges of Chiaksan are steep on the west but the eastern ridge is rather gentle. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). After descending from the mountain, travel back to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Accommodations at Hotel.

Day 8 ― Seoul
All day long is at rest or free time for your independent activities. Overnight in Seoul. Accommodations at Hotel.

Day 9 ― Seoul / Depart Korea
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure.