Treat your body to a refreshing, relaxing and authentically Korean vacation. In Korea, health is a national obsession, which has led to the creation of numerous facilities, methods, and elixirs to treat the body. Begin in the capital of Seoul, which features the finest Korean medicine and traditional healers in the nation. Embark on a hike in the scenic Bukhansan National Park, embracing the Korean belief that hiking is one of the keys to longevity. Venture to Busan to indulge in the country’s largest jjimjilbang, or spa, a truly revitalizing and authentically Korean experience. Travel to the southern Jellado-province, where you will indulge in the verdant green tea fields and unique spas of Boseong on your way to the city of Yeosu, renowned for possessing one of the most beautiful coastlines in Asia. Cap off the trip with an island getaway to Jeju, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the Nature, and a pride of Korean people.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Begin your Korean revitalization journey in Seoul. Today, you will meet with a traditional Korean healer, who will provide you a number of herbal remedies native to the Korean peninsula. Dine at one of Seoul’s finest seafood restaurants, where you will be presented with a plethora of banchan (Korean side dishes), specially designed for a healthy digestive system.
Spend the day on a health-centric culinary excursion with an expert epicurean who will escort you on a journey of Korean food and drink designed to boost stamina and fight disease. Later, take a shopping tour, hitting both traditional and contemporary markets for upscale cosmetics and medicine. End the day with an evening cruise along the mighty Han River.
Head outside the city limits for a hike in Bukhansan National Park, a favorite activity among Koreans who claim it the secret to longevity. Choose from a variety of routes, ranging from light walks to intense treks, all of which culminate in a stunning vista of Seoul’s skyline. When finished, return to the city and decompress in the spa.
Fly to Yeosu, a southern coastal city with a breathtaking coastline. Explore the Hyangiram Temple, where you can take part in some light hiking. Next, visit the small island of Odongdo, a fantastic destination to refresh in the clean, coastal air. Golfing, boating, and fishing options are also available.
Explore the Boseong Green Tea fields. These almost alien-green fields produce some of the country's best green tea, which is widely known to be very beneficial for your health. Spend the morning hiking, biking, or simply cruising past these stellar vistas (especially in the springtime). Cap-off your experience with a visit to the green tea sauna, a rare experience for visitors to be treated to this revitalizing skin treatment.
Fly to Jeju, the largest island and honeymoon capital of Korea. This gorgeous isle recently joined the list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Take the day to unwind and explore the beaches surrounding the resort.
Experience the island paradise at your leisure. Hike the mountains, explore the countryside, golf, swim, dive, fish, or just stroll the beaches of this stunning locale. If you wish, Remote Lands can schedule an appointment with an acupuncturist, a method of healing popular in Korea.
Enjoy your final day on Jeju Island as you wish. We recommend a trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as “Sunrise Peak,” a volcanic crater ideal for viewing the sunrises (or sunsets) of this island escape.
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.
The shiny Sono Calm Yeosu (formerly MVL) towers over the South Korean town of Yeosu, with views stretching across to the plethora of islets dotted around the South China Sea. This five-star hotel provides sleek and modern rooms, and also some less conventional ‘themed’ rooms, such as the Spanish-Style Double (with bright red and yellow décor), as well as Korean and Japanese options, both of which feature low floor-style beds. Perched on the very southern tip of Yeosu, views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in every room are about as good as you’ll find in the city, and similarly handsome vantage points can be enjoyed from Hotel MVL’s range of dining options. The inclusive buffet breakfast runs daily from 07:00-22:00, and there’s an on-site spa, sauna, fitness center, 24-hour reception desk and laundry facilities on the ground floor.
Discover the best that South Korea has to offer on this fascinating 9-day luxury tour of the country’s must-see destinations. You’ll stay in some of the country’s best hotels as you visit ancient temples and palaces in Seoul, explore Gyeongju National Park, learn to make kimchi, and explore lava cave tubes.
Indulge in the energetic nightlife in two of South Korea’s trendiest cities, Seoul & Busan. Dine on kimchi and BBQ pork belly, belt out K-pop songs at a norebang (Korean karaoke), hop around the many pojangmachas (drinking tents) and discover the unique flavors of makgeolli and soju, staple Korean spirits.
Embark on an exhilarating honeymoon through South Korea and the Okinawa islands of South Japan, two fascinating destinations for newlyweds to experience together. From the high-energy cities of South Korea to the secluded semi-tropical islands of Okinawa, this 12-day itinerary promises a spectacular mix of adventure, relaxation, and romance.
Experience the best winter activities South Korea has to offer on this exhilarating 7-day luxury trip. You’ll carve up the slopes at the nation’s largest ski and snowboard park, Yongpyong Ski Resort, skate on the massive rink at Lotte World, and soak in hot springs surrounded by snow and ice in Asan.
In just 12 days, experience Asia’s most influential art capitals in resplendent style – stunning galleries, world-class collections and irresistible exhibits awash in history. Join us for a one-of-a-kind adventure to five beautiful, classic Asian capitals, where ambitious travel meets celebrated art culture, and inspiration abounds.
Gain deep insight into the culture and history of the two Koreas on this fascinating 14-day luxury journey. You’ll step inside age-old palaces and temples, visit the famous Demilitarized Zone, roam the world’s largest shopping complex in Busan, and relax on the UNESCO-listed island of Jeju in luxury.
Frolic under the warm South Korean sun on this exciting 8-day luxury adventure. You’ll windsurf in the Han River, camp in Gangwondo, skydive in Ansan, dive at a famous site in Jeju, and visit age-old cultural relics, all while you rest your head in some of South Korea’s best hotels, like The Shilla.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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