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This was a great across the country tour. The tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Strongly recommended to friends.
We highly recommend this tour as we went all over South Korea and visited the highlights of every city. The countryside is just so beautiful with the fall foliage. The rice fields were orange in color ready to harvest. Mt. Seorak Mountain was yellow, orange, red and green in color. I never realized that South Korea has so many UNESCO World Heritage Site until we joined this tour. We have a thousand pictures because every place that we went were picture perfect. Seokguram Temple and Bulguksa Temple were just amazing. The hotel accommodations with breakfast included were all good.
I shot a picture of what the countryside look like in one frame Mountains, Sea, Islands, Skyscrapers and Rice fields amazing!!!
Our tour guide, Miss Mina, made this tour very memorable. She treated us like a family and took care of all of us. She has vast knowledge of Korean history and every place that we went. Without Miss Mina, we wouldn't love this tour so much. We were all sad when the tour ended and saying farewell to Miss Mina.
Good Tour, wish there were more time allotted, however, the tour was exceptionally great because of our tour guide, MR. JUSTIN CHOI who was extremely knowledgeable with historical facts not only for South Korea but other countries as well. An impressive young lad who was able to cross the dynamic of the group with various race and professional backgrounds, an impressive task given the fact that we were in the midst of a heat wave in SK. He was entertaining with fantastic disposition. He has great command of the English language as well. We have enjoyed this tour, and the experience was made amazing because of Mr. Choi. Thank you Justin! You are the best! One comment though, the hotel at the Commodore was not desirable, it was filthy! We had to request for another room. The other hotels were fine. We understand that it does not have to be perfect but cleanliness is immensely important to us. Thank you!
Justin was one of the best tour guides i have ever had from my 24 bus tours in that many countries.
The tour, if anything, was almost TOO much per day, but well worth the time.
I have a whole NEW and POSITIVE view of Korea now.
All too many Americans say Why Korea?
Now i can say Why not Korea?, it is AWESOME
8/10 Look for K-shuttle as no Viator sign.
9/10 if bus had less noise and toilet.
Great tour guide Justin Choi, one of the best. Great historical knowledge, telling us the history and stories behind sites, with a sense of humour. Great food advice.
Hotels 2x4*, 1x3*, 1avg.
Free WiFi at hotels. :)
1. Value for money
2. The tour company K Shuttle, provided an excellent tour guide named Mina. She was very patient, caring and looked after us very well. She was also good in explaining the old history of Korea. Always smiled and passion in her job! Well done, Mina. We were given plenty of times exploring the tourist attraction.
3. Hotel accommodation, 1st night stay was good clean and comfy hotel room. 2nd night was not too bad. But 3rd and 4th night was pretty bad. Not only both hotel were old but we found hair in the bath tub and basin poor housekkeping. The locations was out from cbd area, hard to find restaurant for dinner.
Overall, it was quite an enjoyable tour.
Only a 3 star, mostly because of the hotels we stayed in was not up to par. The Holiday Inn was the only good hotel. The Commodore hotel was like a hotel stuck back in the 70's. The carpet has never been changed, stuffy and dirty room, no A/C. The Ocean view hotel was a little better, but A/C was not working there either. We would not mind to have an option to upgrade the hotel. The last hotel Wonju Interburgo was OK, but skimpy on the breakfast, only one toast and 1 egg and some pieces of bacon and fruit... No breakfast buffet like the other hotels.
On the positive side, Justin our driver and guide was fantastic, his historical knowledge was very good and he was always ready to assist us in every way. The tour was well planned, although we covered a lot of kms during these 5 days, there was always a stop place of interest or pit stop every 1.5 hrs.
For historical dramas fanatics, it's a good tour, it brings you back to the places, you have seen on the dramas.
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