60 days in South Korea & Sofia Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Sofia Itinerary

Make it your trip
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
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yeosu, South Korea
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gwangju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cheongju, South Korea
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Donghae, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangneung, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seoul, South Korea
— 8 nights
Fly
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Fly to Incheon International Airport, Drive to Taean-gun
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Taean-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Yongin, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Incheon, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive to Gimpo International Airport, Fly to Sofia

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Ulsan, South Korea — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ulsan: Gyeongju (Seokguram, Bulguksa Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoknamsa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Taehwagang National Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilsan Beach, and examine the collection at Jangsaengpo Whale Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ulsan trip planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Ulsan is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Sofia in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ulsan: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Daegu.
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Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Daegu, South Korea — 6 nights

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daegu: Upo Wetland (in Changnyeong-gun) and Haeinsa (in Hapcheon-Gun). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Donghwasa, get in on the family fun at E-World, enjoy breathtaking views from 83 Tower, and stroll around Apsan Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Daegu travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Ulsan to Daegu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ulsan in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Daegu: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Yeosu.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:

Yeosu, South Korea — 6 nights

A serene port city midway along South Korea's south coast, Yeosu offers a waterfront of marinas, seafood, and scenic island views.
Explore Yeosu's surroundings by going to Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve (in Suncheon) and Boseong-gun (Street of Memories - Deungnyang Station & Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Odongdo, get engrossed in the history at Geobukseon Mohyeong Cheheomjang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hyangiram Hermitage, and stroll around Dolsan Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yeosu trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Daegu to Yeosu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Daegu in June: highs in Yeosu hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Gwangju.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Gwangju, South Korea — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Jeonju (Jeonju Hanok Village, Gyeonggijeon Shrine, &more) and Damyang Juknokwon (in Damyang-gun). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gwangju National Museum, contemplate the long history of May 18th National Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind 5.18 Memorial Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gwangju trip planner.

Getting from Yeosu to Gwangju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yeosu in June: high temperatures in Gwangju hover around 28°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cheongju.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:

Cheongju, South Korea — 6 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cheongju: Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple) and Cheonan (The Independence Hall of Korea & Gagwonsa Temple). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Sangdangsanseong Fortress, explore the engaging exhibits at Cheongju National Museum, see the interesting displays at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Chungbuk Provincial Office.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cheongju day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gwangju to Cheongju. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gwangju in June: highs in Cheongju hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 4:

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 Pyeongchang-gun's surroundings by going to Danyang-gun (Gosu Cave & Guinsa Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangwonsa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, make a splash at Ocean 700, and get a taste of life in the country at Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cheongju to Pyeongchang-gun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Donghae.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Donghae, South Korea — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach and then get outside with Samcheok Ocean Railbike. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Mukho Port and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangsang Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Donghae trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Pyeongchang-gun to Donghae with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gangneung.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Gangneung, South Korea — 5 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 Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun) and Sokcho (Seoraksan National Park & Sokcho Central Market). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jeongdongjin Beach, kick back and relax at Gyeongpo Beach, contemplate the long history of Gyeongpodae, and get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangneung trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Gangneung. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paju.
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:

Paju, South Korea — 3 nights

Northwest of the capital, Paju has become known for its cultural attractions, history, and proximity to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Step out of Paju to go to Goyang and see Ilsan Lake Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Third Tunnel, don't miss a visit to Dorasan Station, take in panoramic vistas at Dora Observatory, and expand your understanding of the military at Panmunjom.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paju online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Paju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, and stroll around Namsan Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Paju to Seoul takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In July in Seoul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Sofia.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:

Sofia, Bulgaria — 1 night

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Sofia takes 17.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Seoul to Sofia. Traveling from Seoul in July, Sofia is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Taean-gun.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Taean-gun, South Korea — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kkotji Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Taean-gun trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sofia to Taean-gun. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Taean-gun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sofia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Taean-gun, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yongin.
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Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Yongin, South Korea — 1 night

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.
For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yongin online driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taean-gun to Yongin. In July in Yongin, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Incheon.
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Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

Incheon, South Korea — 4 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Change things up with these side-trips from Incheon: Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong) and Bucheon (Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park & Bucheon Natural Ecological Park). The adventure continues: stroll around Songdo Central Park, don't miss a visit to Chinatown, snap pictures at Incheon Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sinpo International Market.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Incheon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yongin to Incheon in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and train. In July, daily temperatures in Incheon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

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.
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