8-seater van is the standard & cheapest car for 1-7 passengers.
Some people asked “Can we get the cheaper car by switching with smaller size?”
Unfortunately, our reply is “No”.
In Korea, this car (called GRAND STAREX manufactured by HYUNDAI MOTOR) price is just 20% more expensive than normal sedan (let’s say HYUNDAI SONATA with 2,000CC engine). As a travel agent, no need to buy normal sedan because normal sedan cannot accommodate 1) more than 3 people (except for the driver) and 2) more than 2 travel luggage.
If you look the photo below, the total number of seats is 11. Therefore, we need to call this car as 11-seater van. But, because our clients need to bring the travel luggage, the 4th row seat should be folded for the luggage space.
Also, our company doesn’t allow the client sit on the middle seats* on 2nd, 3rd row. Therefore, assuming you carry the travel luggage, the suitable number of seats is 5 (one person next to the driver, two people on the 2nd row and two people on the 3rd row. But, if you travel without the big luggage…for example, NAMI ISLAND DAY TOUR…additional two people can sit on the 4th row. Then, the total number of passengers including the driver is 8. That’s why we call this van as 8-seater van.
*But, your children can sit here.
No, our tour is characterized by No forced shopping, No compulsory tipping, which are commonly included in the group tours. But, we welcome your small money in return for gratitude.
By the number of your family/group, we would provide one of following three size cars.
▪ 8-seater van* for 1-7 passengers
▪ 15-seater bus* up to 14 passengers
▪ 45-seater bus* up to 44 passengers
Also, you can choose one of following variations.
▪ Luxury sedan up to 3 passengers
▪ Luxury 15-seater bus up to 14 passengers
▪ 30-seater bus with Wider seats
*The difference between van and bus
In the van, you cannot stand up. Therefore, you need to bend your body forward if you get on the van.
For details, please see the photo below.
Korean food consists of Basic Part and Optional Part.
Basic Part is composed of rice, soup(s) and several side dishes such as kimchi.
Optional Part means a menu at each restaurant.
Therefore, whatever you order at the restaurant, you will have rice, soup(s) and side dishes.
In our tour, you can choose a meal grade among Basic Meal, Weekend Meal and Special Meal.
(1) Basic Meal (US$10 per person); Basic Part + a la carte (e.g., soup with sea food, bibimbap, or noodle)
(2) Weekend Meal (US$20 per person); Basic Part + grilled fish, or grilled pork
(3) Special Meal (US$40 per person); Basic Part + course menu (i.e., Hanjeongsik), grilled beef, or special atmosphere
Unfortunately, the answer is no. For the last 9 years, we had been providing the itinerary and quote in response to your tailor-made request. But, we realized some people contacted us to get the itinerary/information only. Because our itineraries and quotes are very detailed, our sales desk staffs need to spend the time at least 2 hours unless your request is just simple like “How much is the price for 8-seater van for 6pax between your hotel and NAMI ISLAND?”
Therefore, we decided to provide the itinerary and quote with a kind of consulting fee of US$30 (up to 5 days), or US$50 (more than 5 days). After receiving our output, you can request to customize the itinerary further without any cost.
Absolutely, we don’t charge any amount for this service for our repeating clients.
Here is our policy about refund and cancellation.
Sure, you can.
Though you don’t hire an English, or Chinese speaking guide, we can accommodate your family/group.
Then, our driver will drop off & pick up your family/group as per the itinerary.
Some people misunderstand that they can direct “Let’s go to A”, “Let’s move to B”,…without planned itinerary.
But, we don’t accept the transportation service without the itinerary because we need to calculate the cost in light of logistics, parking fee, the driver’s lunch time slot,…
Especially, the logistics at JEJU ISLAND should be considered in advance because the space of JEJU ISLAND is 1,848 km2 (714 sq mi).
If you don’t have the itinerary, don’t worry, we can assist you to formulate an itinerary.
Our company has two business divisions.
The one is KOREA PRIVATE TOURS, the website you are looking now.
The other is KOREA TOUR BANK, which is selling group tours to several proven destinations in the scheduled departure basis. Therefore, why don’t you visit http://www.koreatourbank.com if you don’t mind joining the group at per person price.
You can see the cherry blossom during 4th week of March and and 2nd week of April.
Cherry flowers come into blossom as the temperature reaches around 15C degrees. Therefore, cherry blossom is moving to north from JEJU ISLAND.
Whereas, the autumn color moves on the contrary.
Maple, or gingko leaves trees turn yellow/red around 10C degrees from north-east mountain.
Therefore, we need to go to Mt. Seoraksan around 2-3rd week of October. But, if you cannot make time in October, you can go to Mt. Naejangsan during 1-2nd week of November because this mountain is located at south.
The space of JEJU ISLAND is 1,848 square KM. (FYI, the space of SEOUL is 605 square KM and the space of SINGAPORE is 719 square KM according to https://www.wikipedia.org.)
JEJU ISLAND consists of two cities; JEJU and SEOGWIPO. So, the north-half is JEJU CITY and the south-half is SEOGWIPO CITY. But, the majority of both cities are scenery of a countryside. I.e., JEJU CITY is condensed residential area at north coast and SEOGWIPO CITY is the other city-scape place at south coast.
Therefore, if your hotel is within JEJU CITY, you can reach your hotel by public transportation such as taxi, or bus.
But, if you hotel is outside JEJU CITY, you might consider to use private transportation.
We hope following photo could be helpful for the preparation of your clothing.
Ski resorts earn money from 1) selling lift passes, 2) renting ski gears & clothes, 3) selling food and 4) selling the rooms (if they have accommodation facility).
The ski lift pass is a kind of free-ride pass to amusement park and this is the major financial source for ski resort company. I.e., Anyone who want to ski on the slope…have to buy the lift pass.
By the same reason, any 3rd party cannot do business by ski lesson without the permission by the ski resort company.
Until few years ago, some tour guides who lead the group tourists coming from South Asian countries used to provide the group lessons though they are not professional level. But, this is not allowed anymore.
Our company cooperates with few number of English, or Chinese speaking ski/snowboard instructors.
They are qualified ski/snowboard instructors, which means 1) their skill should be higher than some required level, 2) they bought special instructor passes from the ski resorts.
Whenever our clients request to arrange the ski, or snowboard lesson, we hire this kind of instructors. (Some are our regular employees) Therefore, these are the private lessons.
If you want to let your children join the group lesson. We can contact the official ski school (running by the ski resort, but they are also outsourced business entity under the contact) on behalf of you. But, 1) we need to wait to get their reply until the ski resort open, 2) there are not English speaking class everyday.
Apart from above financial reason, the ski resort started to prohibit ‘one’ ski, or snowboard instructor teaches more than 3 trainees at the same time…for the safety reason.
Why? The ski lift carry 4 people. I.e., One ski or snowboard instructor can sit with (maximum) 3 trainees.
Assuming the trainee is the beginner level, taking the lift by the trainee without the instructor…is regarded as not safe.
Korea has 4 seasons.
From Dec to Feb are regarded as Winter. From Mar to May, it is regarded as Spring,…
You can enjoy the skiing from 2nd week of December to the end of February. But, this is bit conservative advise. For example, you can see the snow from the last week of November as long as you visit north-east mountain side such as YONGPYONG RESORT, or ALPENSIA RESORT.
But, under our strict standard, we have no choice but to tell you “You can enjoy the skiing from 2nd week of December” because the temperature should be not higher than 3C degrees during daytime.
Normally, local Korean skiers buy the discount lift passes by credit card because most credit card companies are offering the membership program such as 30-40% discount prices.
If they plan to visit the ski resort more than 10 times during the season (the beginning December – the beginning March), they probably buy the season pass at 400,000-500,000KRW.
Unfortunately, the foreign skier cannot get the benefit except buying the season pass.
But, if you become our customer booked the ski tour, our company will give you the chance of buying 30% discount lift pass.
For your information, please look the lift pass prices table of YONGPYONG RESORT for 2016-2017 season.