53 days in South Korea & Switzerland Itinerary

53 days in South Korea & Switzerland Itinerary

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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Engelberg, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Udo, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and view the masterpieces at The Islander.

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Singapore, Singapore to Jeju is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Jeju, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Yongdusan Park, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, get great views at Taejongdae, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Busan trip planner.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and finally steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in February, plan for little chillier days in Gyeongju, with highs around 5°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Sokcho, South Korea

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, and then take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip planner.

Getting from Gyeongju to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get great views at N Seoul Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): stroll around Namsan Park, wander the streets of Insadong, and then wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -4°C. You'll set off for Zurich on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Zurich, Switzerland

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Rigi) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, take a stroll through Old Town, and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip app.

Getting from Seoul to Zurich by flight takes about 16 hours. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 8 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Appenzell, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore Appenzell's surroundings by going to Witzweg (in Heiden) and Arosa Ski Resort (in Arosa). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, get into the urban bustle at Pfalzkeller, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and trek along Eggen-Hohenweg.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell trip site.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. March in Appenzell sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Engelberg, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Altdorf (Wilhelm Tell Monument & Turmli), St Gotthard Pass (in Airolo) and Oberalp Pass (in Andermatt). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis, fly down the slopes at Melchsee-Frutt, head outdoors with Furka Pass, and don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Engelberg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Engelberg takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Wengen to see Molitor about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schwarzhorn.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald journey planner.

Drive from Engelberg to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Get out of town with these interesting Lenk im Simmental side-trips: Les Diablerets (Chapelle des Diablerets & Glacier 3000), Lauenensee (in Lauenen) and Wispile (in Gstaad). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Adrenalin Skischule Lenk, let the kids burn off some steam at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, take in the dramatic scenery at Sibe Brunne, and hit the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lenk im Simmental road trip site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Lenk im Simmental are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with a short trip to Saaser Museum in Saas-Fee (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bern, Switzerland

— 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres), Montreux (Marche couvert de Montreux & Freddie Mercury Statue) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). There's much more to do: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bern online visit planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Bern by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise de Saint-Sulpice (in Saint Sulpice) and Lausanne (Le Port d'Ouchy, Cathedrale de Lausanne, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva online trip planner.

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Geneva sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.