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South Korean Summer Adventure

Embark on a thrilling summertime excursion in Korea. From late spring to early autumn, Korea offers a plethora of outdoor activities and adventures, ranging from skydiving in Ansan to windsurfing Seoul’s Han River to hiking on Jeju Island. Your journey will cover a significant amount of this diverse land, and along the way, decompress between adventures at Korean-style saunas, called jjimjilbangs. In addition, venture off the tourist path to take part in several unique, exclusive Remote Lands activities, thereby ensuring an unforgettable excursion into the soul of this beautiful land.

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  • Windsurf in Seoul’s iconic Han River 
  • Explore the scenic Gangwondo province with camping, biking, and canoeing
  • Sky dive in the coastal city of Ansan
  • Witness the natural splendor of Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Hike Jeju’s Mount Halla, one of the nation’s three mightiest mountains
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Day 1

Begin your adventure in Seoul, windsurfing the Han River, the mighty waterway that splits the mega-city in two. Wake boarding and water skiing options are also available, although for Seoul residents, windsurfing is the sport of choice along the Han. Spend the night relaxing at a jjimjilbang, the Korean-style spa. Rest this evening at your luxury hotel-- we recommend either the Ritz-Carlton or the Conrad.

Day 2
Odaesan National Park

Enter Gangwondo’s Odaesan National Park. During the latter part of the day, trek to Birobong Peak, stopping at your discretion to the various Buddhist shrines along the way. Spend the night in the park, camping out Korean-style.

Day 3

This morning, traverse the waters of the scenic Gangwondo province via canoeing, rafting, or kayaking. This afternoon, en route to the Gangwondo capital city of Chuncheon, cycle the hilly terrain with its stunning vistas. After your arrival in Chuncheon, take part in an authentic local meal of dalkkalbi, a savory chicken dish served family style. Spend the night in a pension, a popular destination for travelers in Korea.

Day 4
Ansan to Seoul

Today, muster your courage and prepare youself for the thrill of a lifetime. You're going to sky dive in Ansan. Located on the western coast of the Korean peninsula, Ansan is the nation’s sole destination for this exhilarating activity. Attain a rare bird’s-eye view of this mountainous country from over two miles in the air. Spend the night back in Seoul.

Day 5
Jeju Island

Wake early this morning and catch a flight south to Jeju. Unwind on the gorgeous Jeju Island, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Explore the beaches, decompress at your hotel’s spa, and prepare for your dive tomorrow morning.

Day 6

Explore Jeju’s underwater world in a diving excursion. Jeju is a famous diving destination, with its tradition of haenyeo, or Jeju diving women, who are able to stay submerged for over two minutes without equipment. Of course, you will be given equipment for your dives. Later, charter a boat or just relax on the beach at your leisure.

Day 7

On your final day, hike Hallasan, Jeju’s central mountain and a Korean favorite. Structurally a shield volcano, this natural gem is home to the oldest Buddhist temple of the island. Close the day at Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as “Sunrise Peak,” a volcanic crater ideal for viewing the sunrises (or sunsets) of this island escape.

Day 8
Seoul and Onward

Depart for Seoul and connect to your long-haul flight home or to your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Conrad Seoul, Ritz-Carlton Seoul

Conrad Seoul

The five-star Conrad Seoul is located in the Yeouido financial district with fantastic views overlooking the Han River and city. The hotel offers a huge year-round indoor swimming pool, spa, well-equipped gym, a rooftop garden and even a golf driving range. The spacious executive lounge outshines other five-star lounges with comfortable seating and a generous happy hour promotion. There are 434 spacious rooms with air-conditioning, a deep bathtub, rainfall showerhead, double sink, luxury aromatherapy toiletries, Apple entertainment systems, a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary newspapers. The hotel is within 5 minutes walking distance from Yeouido Subway Station (Line 5) and reasonably close to Seoul's airports. There is a choice of restaurants including Zest offering international dishes, Atrio that plates up Italian cuisine, a bar and grill on the 37th floor with a 360-degree view of the city and Flames a lobby bar offering wines, cocktails, local and international beers. The hotel also has direct access to the large international-style IFC shopping mall.


Ritz-Carlton Seoul

Located in the heart of the Seoul business district, the Ritz Carlton Seoul offer luxury accommodations near all of Seoul's attractions. Each of the 375 recently renovated rooms and suites come with Italian bed linens, marble bathroom, high-speed Internet access, and a 32 or 42-inch LCD television. The Ritz Carlton offers six dining options, such as Chee Hong that serves fine Cantonese cuisine and Hanazono for the freshest Japanese sushis. Other facilities include boutique shops, business and conference halls, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a Japanese sauna and an indoor swimming pool. The Ritz Carlton is approximately 70-90 minutes from Incheon International Airport.

The Shilla

The Shilla

Experience the perfect Korean beach escape at the luxurious Shilla hotel. From the hotel, guests have direct access to the beach just a few short steps away. Situated on the cliff-top, there are panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding golf courses. Guest rooms are stylishly adorned with rattan furniture, each with their own private balcony patio with ocean, sea or mountain views. Rooms feature flat-panel televisions with premium satellite channels and fireplaces. Korean, international and Asian food is available in the hotel’s restaurants and bars. The hotel’s facilities include a kids club, fitness center, spa tub, function rooms and shopping arcade.
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