Nestled off the southern coast of South Korea lies Jeju Island. This idyllic haven boasts stunning landscapes, unique cultural experiences, and a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Yet it is often neglected or forgotten by travellers to the Korean Peninsula. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a memorable group tour experience, Jeju Island has it all. In this article, we’ll delve into the captivating attractions of Jeju Island. And we will show how our South Korea group tours can help you make the most of your adventure – in Jeju and beyond!
Discovering Jeju Island: A Natural Wonder
Renowned for its UNESCO-listed natural wonders, Jeju Island is a haven for those seeking respite from bustling city life. From its dramatic volcanic landscapes to its lush botanical gardens, the island offers a diverse range of experiences. The iconic Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, also known as the Sunrise Peak, beckons travellers with its panoramic views of the sunrise over the East Sea. The Manjanggul Cave, one of the longest lava tube caves in the world, is a testament to the island’s geological history. The coastal Jeju Olle Trail winds around the island for more than 430km, with hiking opportunities galore! Meanwhile, the breathtaking Jeju Loveland sculpture park showcases a lighter side of Jeju. This attraction celebrates the beauty of love and desire through art.
Cultural Immersion on Jeju Island
Beyond its natural beauty, Jeju Island is deeply rooted in Korean culture and history. The island’s folk villages, such as Jeju Folk Village and Seongeup Folk Village, provide a glimpse into traditional island life. Step back in time as you see thatched-roof houses and age-old customs. For those intrigued by the island’s past, the Jeju Stone Park offers insight into its volcanic history through an impressive collection of rocks and minerals. And the Haenyeo female divers, many of whom are in their 60s and beyond, keep their cultural traditions alive. Diving under the waves to harvest seaweed, molluscs and other marine life, seeing these ladies at work is an integral part of the Jeju experience.
Group Tours: The Ultimate Way to Experience Jeju Island
Travelling with a group adds a unique dimension to exploring Jeju Island. Group tours offer convenience, camaraderie, and the expertise of knowledgeable guides who can unlock the island’s secrets. By joining a group tour, you can seamlessly explore Jeju’s top attractions while leaving the logistics to the professionals. With carefully curated itineraries, you won’t miss out on any must-see sights or hidden gems. Group tours also foster a sense of community, allowing you to share experiences and create memories with fellow travellers.
We offer two group tours that visit Jeju. Younger travellers may wish to join our Essential South Korea & Jeju. This 12-day budget tour stays in a mixture of hostels and guesthouses. And it offers a mix of optional activities to give travellers the flexibility to explore South Korea and Jeju their own way.
Alternatively, our 10-day Best of South Korea is a more traditional group tour. This trip stays in 4-5-star hotels and is escorted by an expert tour guide. There is lots of included sightseeing of mainland South Korea and Jeju. On the island, travellers will hike a section of the Jeju Olle Trail, see the impressive Oedolgae Rock and enjoy the view from the summit of Sunrise Peak. The tour ends with a farewell beach BBQ, what more could you want!
The Magic of Mainland South Korea: Beyond Jeju Island
While Jeju Island is undoubtedly a gem on its own, exploring mainland South Korea enriches your journey even further. Our comprehensive group tours encompass vibrant cities like the capital, Seoul. Here, modern skyscrapers stand side by side with ancient palaces and bustling markets. We also visit the poignant DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). This fortified buffer zone offers insights into the complex history and tension between North and South Korea. Travellers have the chance to peek into the secretive north. And they can even meet a North Korean defector. The historic city of Gyeongju, often referred to as the “Museum Without Walls,” is a treasure trove of ancient relics and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And the lively coast city of Busan is home to a vibrant nightlife, fabulous beaches and incredible hiking trails. It’s deserving of its nickname – the Miami of the Far East!
Jeju Island, with its natural wonders, cultural richness, and inviting group tour options, is a destination that promises unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re exploring the volcanic landscapes, immersing yourself in local traditions, or exploring mainland South Korea, this island has something for every traveller. The combination of breathtaking scenery, rich history, and the camaraderie of group tours makes Jeju Island a dream destination that leaves an indelible mark on every visitor fortunate enough to experience its wonders.
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