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. Chiaksan / Mt. Sobaeksan / Danyang /
Mt. Woraksan / Mt. Songnisan / Gongju / Mt. Gyeryongsan / Mt. Deogyusan / Haeinsa
Temple / Mt. Gayasan / Mt. Jirisan / Seoul
 
  13 Days / 12 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. Chiaksan (1,282m) - 5 hours Trekking / Wonju
 
 
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, Mt. 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 Mt. 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). Overnight in Wonju. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 5 ― Wonju / Mt. Sobaeksan (1,440m) - 6 hours Trekking / Danyang
 
 
This morning drive to Mt. Sobaeksan and hiking the Mountain. Mt. Sobaeksan is a branch of what is known as the backbone of Korea, Mt. Taebaeksan, spreads approximately 3.93km along the southeast. The 320.50 square kilometers land on Mt. Sobaeksan was designated as national park in 1987. There are many wild flowers and royal azaleas on the highest Birobong Peak (1,440m) and the largest yew tree community is found the northwest slope (1,200~1,350m above sea level) between the first Yeonhwabong Peak and
Birobong Peak. The west of Mt. Sobaeksan is steep and streams from Nakdonggang River flow to Jukgyaecheon River, which is often used as a hiking course. Following down from Birobong Peak by Jukgyaecheon River is Seokryun Mine, and Choamsa Temple. If you go further, you will get to Seokcheonpokpo Waterfall and Seonghyeolsa Temple. In this valley, there are mountain trouts that can only live in clean water. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Overnight at Daemyung Condo in Danyang. You are having Hot Spring bath at Daemyung Condo Aqua World. Aqua World within the Daemyung Condo, opened in July 2003, is an indoor great water park. With numerous hot springs and amusement facilities which are open year round, it is the perfect spot for vacationers and tourists.The hot spring is known as one of the Korea’s premier hot springs. Approximately 250m under the hot springs, the water can b e found with alkalinity (pH) reaching 8.3 and temperatures of 53 degrees Celsius. The hot springs contain many minerals beneficial to the body, such as sodium, calcium, fluorine, and magnesium.

  Day 6 ― Danyang / Mt. Woraksan (1,093m) - 6 hours Trekking / Mungyeong
 
 
This morning drive to Mt. Woraksan and hiking the Mountain. Mt. Woraksan is designated as a national park in 1984. Narrow streams, elegantly green pine trees, and interesting rocks make this national park and mountain area very beautiful. If you go up to Jubong Peak, you can see Chungjuho Lake and the open scenery below the mountain.Even in the summer, parts of the mountain still have snow on it, and for this reason the mountain is called Mt. Haseolsan, meaning snow in the summer. At the summit of Mt. Woraksan, you can see pine
trees that have endured countless storms and stay green throughout the year. Looking down from the top, and you can see for miles on end in all directions under an open sky. Woraksan is 1,093m above sea level. It is famous for its steep inclines, and made up of rock cliffs 150m high, and stretching 4km wide. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Overnight in Mungyeong. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 7 ― Mungyeong / Mt. Songnisan (1,058m) - 3 hours Trekking / Daejeon (Yuseong)
 
 
Drive to Danyang-Gosudonggul Cave which is located less than one mile from Danyang town center. It contains glistening stalactites in all shapes and sizes. The cave is so breathtaking that it is also called the "Underground Palace". After sightseeing of the cave continue to Mt. Songnisan and hiking the Mountain. Mt. Songnisan National Park is composed of Mt. Songnisan and Hwayang, Seonyu, and Ssanggok Valleys. Situated in the middle of the Sobaeksanmaek Mountains, which is the southwest branch of the
Taebaeksanmaek Mountains, Mt. Songnisan is one of Korea’s most beautiful sites.The sharp grantie peaks of Mt. Songnisan and the deep valleys of sedimentary rocks make magnificent sceneries. Therefore, Mt. Songnisan is also called Mt. Sokumgangsan (means small version of Mt. Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain) in North Korea). Mt. Songnisan's deep valleys and the many Natural Monuments attract countless mountaineers and tourists. The cherry blossoms in the spring, green pine forest in the summer, and the lovely autumn leaves in the fall make this place beautiful all the year round.Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). At the foot of Mt. Songnisan, there is one of the largest temples in Korea, Beopjusa Temple. We visit Beopjusa Temple for sightseeing. Visiting the temple, we should not miss the Cheongdongmireukbul, which is the largest Buddha statue in the world. With its numerous treasures and National Monuments, Beopjusa Temple is the best place in which to experience the brilliant history of Buddist civilization. Overnight in Daejeon (Yuseong). Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 8 ― Daejeon (Yuseong) / Gongju / Mt. Gyeryongsan (845m) - 4 hours Trekking / Mt. Deogyusan
 
 
This morning travel to Gongju, the capital of the ancient Baekje Dynasty, still many of Baekje's treasures in evidence. Visit King Muryeong's Tomb (A.D.501-524)-Korea's greatest discoveries of the twentieth century, and Gongju National Museum which displays hundreds of artifacts uncovered from King Muryeong's Tomb. Afterwards, transfer to Mt. Gyeryongsan and hiking the Mountain. Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park stretches across Daejeon, Gwangju, and Nonsan districts. This magnificent mountain is 845m above sea level and
was made a national park in 1968.The origin of the word Gyeryong comes from the fact that the ridgeline looks like a dragon wearing a chicken's crest on its head. The topographical features are what make this mountain stand out and its mysterious folklore is what makes it so interesting. There are 15 summits on this mountain, of which Cheonhwangbong Peak (845m) is the main, and others are Sambulbong, Sinseongbong, and Gwanembong peaks to name a few.This mountain is famous for its many interesting sites, with its fantastic rock structures. Mt. Gyeryongsan is full of rare animals and plants, beautiful waterfalls and a rich history with mysterious legends and cultural treasures. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Drive to Mt. Deogyusan. Overnight in the mountain village. Accommodations at Yoegwan.

  Day 9 ― Mt. Deogyusan (1,614m) - 6 hours Trekking / Haeinsa Temple
 
 
Today we are hiking Mt. Deokyusan. Mt. Deogyusan National Park covers Geochang-gun of Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Muju-gun of Jeollabuk-do Province. Starting from Mt. Deogyusan's main peak, Hyangjeokbong (1,614m), the ridges are about 1,300m above sea level, and as it stretches southwestward for about 18 km, it branches out in many directions to create a huge assemblage of mountains. For every branch of the mountain ridgeline, there are matching valleys at Mt. Deogyusan. Among these valleys,
Mujugucheondong Valley, stretching 25 km from the Deogyu peak to Seolcheon River on the north, is the most famous.There are 33 sceneries in the valley known for their beauty, called Gucheondong 33 Kyeong, but the 12th Kyeong, known as Susimdae, is the most beautiful. Susimdae is a valley 400 m deep. Because water as clear as jade flow through here, it is also called Suhwa. Mt. Deogyusan also has three valleys that are grouped together, the Chilyeon, Jeoksang, Munan valleys, and among them the Chilyeon valley is the most beautiful. Mt. Deogyusan has many such beautiful spots of valleys, waterfalls, pine forests, and fantastic looking rocks. All the more, with Mujugucheon-dong being the center, in conjunction with the National Park Administration Office, they provide the visitors with many convenience facilities in order to make their stay here more pleasant. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Drive to Haeinsa Temple. Overnight in the temple village. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 10 ― Haeinsa Temple / Mt. Gayasan (1,430m) - 6 hours Trekking / Gurye
 
 
This morning visit Haeinsa Temple which is situated at the foot of Mt. Gayasan and is one of the three greatest temples of Korea, established in 803 A.D., chiefly known today as the repository of the Tripitaka Koreana, set of over 80,000 wooden printing blocks engraved with one of the most comprehensive compilations of the Buddhist scriptures in all of Asia, and the Depositories and the Tripitaka Koreana Wooden Printing Blocks were added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995.After sightseeing of the temple we are hiking
Mt. Gayasan. Mt. Gayasan, featuring the highest peak, Sanghwangbong (1,430m), is composed of many peaks each over 1,000m connected together like a scroll painting. It was one of the eight most beautiful scener ies for the people of the Joseon Dynassty. Mt. Gayasan shows magnificent landscapes every season with the cherry blossoms, azaleas and royal azaleas lined up on the road to Haeinsa Temple in Spring, the clean water and green trees in Summer, the glorious tints of its autumn foliage along the rock ridges in Autumn and a snowy landscape in Winter. In 1972, it was designated as a national park due to its spectacular features. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Overnight in Gurye. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

  Day 11 ― Gurye / Mt. Jirisan (1,915m) - 7 hours Trekking / Gurye
 
 

This morning we travel to Mt. Jirisan and a full-day hiking of the Mountain. Mt. Jirisan National Park, named as Korea’s first national park in 1967, is a majestic mountain range with Cheonwangbong, the highest peak (1,915m) and numerous others more than 1,000 meters high. A view of the majestic waves created by these mountain ridges is an experience not to be missed. Mt. Jirisan is home to scenic valleys and numerous historical and tourist sites. The park is surrounded by five cities/counties, and tourists are advised to select

one of them as a base from which to do their sightseeing. Lunch is on your own (You can prepare a carrying lunch such as sandwich, etc. at bakery in advance). Return to Gurye. Overnight in Gurye. Accommodations at Yeogwan.

Day 12 ― Gurye / Hwaeomsa Temple / Seoul
This morning we are having a sightseeing of Hwaeomsa Temple. Situated at the southwest of Mt. Jirisan, Hwaeomsa Temple is one of the 10most famous temples in Korea. It was constructed in the fifth year of King Jinheung’s reign (544) during the Silla Dynasty, but was burnt down during Japanese Invasion in 1592. The temple was rebuilt during the Joseon Period in 17th century. Afterwards, drive back to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Accommodations at Hotel.

Day 13 ― Seoul / Depart Korea
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure.