Our tour guide, Tony, was punctual and the van was spacious and comfortable for the 4 of us. When we arrived in Mount Seorak, Tony explained to us the walk we should take. The view from Mount Seorak was great. We took the cable car up to the top. After that, we went to Nami Island. Nami Island was very scenic and great photo taking opportunities. Tony was very accommodating to our requests. We can communicate well with Tony in English. Overall, we had a pleasant trip even though it was a long ride to our destination.
Highly recommend this trip for those going Seoul. As there's only two of us in this trip, our tour guide, Jerry, personally drove us. Jerry is very nice and has good knowledge of both Mt Seorak and Nami Island. Timing allocated well between both places. Had a wonderful time and loved these two beautiful places.
My wife and I took this tour in late December.
We were met at the meeting point and boarded a large tour bus, which was pretty much totally full, that drove us up to the Soraksan National Park. There was some commentary during the ride.
We had one stop during the ride and then went on to the park, and the guides, Jerry and Sera, accompanied the group through the park and provided a lot of commentary during this part of the tour. They were also very open to answering questions.
Once at the park, they explained the 3-4 possible hiking trails that were possible during the time, and also about the cable car ride.
The cable car ride is optional, and they said that we were very lucky we WERE :! to be able to take the ride that day, as it is often not open due to weather conditions, so we definitely wanted to do the ride and we were really happy that we did. The views from the ride, both during the ride itself, and once you get to the stop, were really amazing. Remember this was in late December... we can just imagine what it would be like in the fall :!
Anyway, we had some time at the car stop maybe an hour or hour and a half and then took the cable car back down and walked back to our bus.
After everybody got back on the bus Jerry and Sera were really meticulous checking for everyone the bus drove to Nami Island. The island is in the middle of a lake, and so we took a ferry to the island FYI, there is a zipline from the mainland side to the island, and it was actually running that day, but unfortunately, we could not ride it because it was fully booked.
I guess the island is mainly known because a lot of the sites on the island were used for a famous K-drama named Winter Sonata. My wife and I are K-drama fans, but at least for me and I think her this part of the tour was not so interesting.
Anyway, after gathering the group onto the bus, they drove us back to Seoul and in our case, dropped us off that the DHCP subway station.
Also, Jerry took some group pics during the tour and, as promised, he sent them to presumably all of us after the tour.
- Best part for us was the Soraksan part and the cable car ride
- Good commentary/guidance from Jerry and Sera, both of whom were very caring of the group IMO.
- Seemed pretty well coordinated, but it seemed that we spent extra time waiting for stragglers getting back to the bus, but not much to do about that I guess
- For us, not so interested in the Nami Island part of the tour
- Could not get on zipline at Nami Island
- No WIFI on the bus
- At least in winter and probably fall it can get cold on Soraksan so dress accordingly
- Wish there was just a Soraksan-only option - that would make the tour not last like 12 hours :...
- We knew that Nami Island was part of the tour up-front so not downgrading review for that part
This tour package is affordable, informative, and immersive! They are very punctual on pick-up which was nice. My friend and I had a great time visiting these two places during the Chuseok break. The mountain and island are breathtakingly beautiful. It's a long day trip, but very worth it because you get to do so much. Jerry was such a good tour guide! He is so friendly, helpful, informative, and enthusiastic! He speaks English very well and will make sure you are comfortable and get the most out of your experience.
I highly recommend to buy this tour package ... pick up has been done on time, the car is quite comfortable and the tour is done efficiently .... thanks to Joy, Jerry, and Dave who have arranged a comfortable tour for us and gave lots of information about tourist objects and good restaurants :
This tour was amazing. We got what i didnt expect. at the same day We can go to both beautiful places that u must visit when you are in seoul. the tour guide Jerry and joy are very helpful and nice people. They speak english very well. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes .Thanks korea time tour ❤️❤