40 days in South Korea Itinerary

40 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea tour planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Cheongju
— 4 nights
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Danyang-gun
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju road trip site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 9:

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, stroll through Songjeong Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Busan day trip planning site.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. July in Busan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:

Gyeongju

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Daegu (Donghwasa & Seomun Market) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju online vacation planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:

Cheongju

— 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cheongju: Anseong Namsadang Training Center (in Anseong), Gagwonsa Temple (in Cheonan) and Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sangdangsanseong Fortress and get engrossed in the history at Cheongju National Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cheongju day trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gyeongju to Cheongju. July in Cheongju sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Danyang-gun.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Danyang-gun

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Danyang-gun: Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Danyang-gun trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cheongju to Danyang-gun with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Danyang-gun

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Hajodae, Naksansa Temple, &more), Jeongdongjin Beach (in Gangneung) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Danyang-gun to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:

Seoul

— 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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 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.