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We will pick you up in Seoul, as well as other cities on the way too, and take you to Jangheung in south Jella province where you take the fastest ferry to Jeju. While in Jangheung we will visit the Vivi Ecotopia where we can walk around the huge forest area, and get back to nature. There are a lot of beautiful things to see, as well as a great chance to relax and unwind for a while.
We will participate in Korea’s first Nude Woodland Experience where we will wear thin paper clothes and take a therapeutic walk and relax in the forest. There is a waterfall and lake that we can check out too.
This “Healing Forest” and unusual approach, allows the skin to breathe in the phytoncides released from the trees, which can help environmental dermatitis, relax the human body and help with other minor health issues. There are also huts and forest baths that can admit up to 200 people at a time (these are generally used by families or groups of people of the same gender) to check out.
Next we will head to the nearby Aqua Festival where we will try bare hand fishing, play football in a pool, water fights and rafting. The festival is held alongside and in the river, and there are many events and activities to participate in.
At night we will stay in Mongolian style tents near the festival area. These low roofed round tents are big enough to comfortably sleep 3 people. Make sure to bring your own sleeping bag/sheet to sleep in.
The next day we will head out early, straight after breakfast, for the ferry to Jeju. This will take about two hours and you are free to walk around the ferry as we travel.
Once we arrive we will be met by our local guide and a local coach which will take us to all the best Jeju has to offer.
Our first stop will be Udo Island, we will drive to another ferry terminal and take the fast ferry to Udo. On the island we will board a shuttle bus which will take us to all the best places. Beaches, caves and a lighthouse all wait for us to explore them. We will have a packed lunch on the beach and then some beach fun. If you like you can hire scooters or bikes to explore the island more at your own pace, or just relax on the beach and go for a swim. While on Udo, keep an eye out for the Haenyeo (Women divers). They dive without scuba gear for abalone, conch and a myriad of other marine products, staying underwater for up to 2 minutes at a time, and reaching depths of 20 metres.
As evening approaches we will make our way back to the main island where we will visit Wind Hill (섭지코지).
After Wind Hill we will have dinner together before checking into our beach front hotel. This place is comfortable, close to the sea, and has a great view. You are sure to get well rested before we start the next day of touring.
On Monday we will have breakfast together then head for the beach. Hyepjae Beach (협재해수욕장) is a soft white sand beach where you can play and have fun all morning.
For lunch we will stop at a buffet restaurant, fill up as much as you can because straight after lunch we will hit the Olle Trail and go trekking up Mt Songak. This mountain trek is not too difficult. The view at the top over looks the southern most islands of Korea, including Marado. This is the best part of a much longer hike. Also in the area if you head down to the beach you will see man made caves. Legend says that the Japanese military made these caves to house weapons during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Now days you can walk in them and some of them have two openings, while others are pretty deep.
After our little workout we will stop at the O’Sulloc tea farm. Here you can see tea growing, as well as taste or buy many kinds of tea.
Men have enjoyed tea for over 5,000 years. During his exile, Chusa Kim Jeong Hee developed a tea culture on the island by growing tea trees and enjoying tea with other scholars who loved tea, and left a great deal of masterpieces. Jeju Island has the perfect climate for farming the best quality tea. O’Sulloc was built at the entrance of Seogwang Tea Farm owned by the Sulloc Tea Company. It has served as a place of culture balanced with tradition and modernity and nature-friendly relaxation. It will also help you to understand traditional Korean tea culture while enjoying a variety of green tea.
After afternoon tea you will get a chance to grab some dinner then back to the hotel for free time and another night in comfort.
On Tuesday we will have breakfast together then go to Jeolmul Recreational Resort (절물휴양림) to trek to the crater. At the crater we will take a break to relax and see how much of the island we can see.
Next we’ll visit Jeolmul National Recreation Forest. Here we can take a relaxing walk through the natural forest. These woods produce a very cool ambiance, a welcome change from the humidity of the cities we have left behind. We can see ponds, an observatory, and hike to the peak to see the amazing views of Jeju Do. If the weather is clear we may be able to see Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak).
The name Jeolmul originates from its story that there was water (Mul) beside a temple (Jeol) in olden times. There is no temple currently but a small hermitage called Yaksuam is nearby. The spring water is known to be good for arthritis. It is designated as potable spring water and managed as such.
After we return back to the bus we will stop for some lunch together then get lost in the Gymnyeong Maze. This hedge maze was designed and grown by a fellow foreigner, who immigrated to Jeju Do many years ago after he fell in love with the island. Why not race around trying be the fastest to reach the bell? Or take a map with you incase you think you’ll get lost. This is a fun way to get to know your fellow travellers in a friendly and competitive way.
Just up the road is Manjang Cave, at 7416 metres it is the longest lava tube cave in the world and well worth seeing. It stays a cool temperature of between 11-21’C all year round, so make sure to bring a light sweater. There are many natural lava figures in the cave that have low lighting to help point them out. Be sure to set your camera on night and stand as still as possible when taking photos.
Next on the list of things to do is a couple of optional extras, you can choose to try horse riding or ride an ATV.
Both horses and ATVs allow you to feel the wind in your face as you zoom along the tracks. You can try the more natural way on a horse, and relax to the rhythm of it’s canter, or feel the rush of speed on an ATV. You won’t have time to do both so please let us know when you sign up, which one you would like to do so that we know numbers ahead of time, this saves time on the day, as the locals will make sure that the horses and ATVs are waiting for us.
Next, we will head to Loveland. Loveland will give us an interesting look at the amazing sculptures, and you can even try a few poses for the sake of memorable photos. This is one of the few places in Korea that shows the human form in all its glory. These sculptures were designed and built by 20 graduates from Hongik University in Seoul.
Right outside Loveland is the Mysterious Road, where you’ll get the chance to experience a ‘twilight zone’ moment. The bus will appear to roll up the hill with no help what-so-ever from the driver. If time you may be able to get out and pour water on the road and watch as it runs uphill. It’s a weird optical illusion, but it’s pretty convincing.
Finally we’ll have dinner together before making our way back to our accommodation for one last night together.
On the last day, we will have breakfast together, then you will have free time to explore the area near the hotel. Walk and swim at the beach then pack your bags. We will head for Jangheung Harbor by ferry, before lunch, and arrive back on the mainland around 2pm. So you can eat lunch on the ferry. Then we will make our way back to our coach and up to Seoul again.
We will be travelling with Jeju guides who possess plenty of local knowledge, so feel free to ask questions during your stay. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the itinerary may change, so our local guides will call ahead for the best times for each of our activities, to prevent too much waiting around. We’ll do our best to make sure that everything on the itinerary is still covered.