We finally booked our tickets to SE Asia a couple of days ago. Oh Boy it was stressful trying to coordinate between 4 people with different flight schedules. In the end it all worked out and the purchases were made.
One this I didn’t notice was that flight back has an 11 hour layover in Incheon. Yes, 11 hours! I was thinking…Damn all was good til I saw that. But how bad could it be right? Incheon is actually one of the best Airports I’ve been in transit, all less than 3 hours, with exception for an over night which they comped a hotel and meals… But since this is less than 12 hours of connection there isn’t any compensation happening (I think).
I started researching what can I do in S. Korea for 11 hours and well…what do you know. They have this great Transit Tour Program! Tours come in 1, 2, 3 or 5 hour increments. This is perfect! Not to mention I hate wasting time sitting around. An organize tour to and from the airport is just what would make this excruciating long layover not too bad.
Last night I made reservations for 2 for the Seoul City Tour! Apparently it is free, but somehow there is a $10 fee associated per what I read on Trip Advisor. But even if it was a paid tour $10 is less than what i think it would cost for a 5 hour tour. This fee includes entry to the Palace and an authentic Korean Meal. $10?! Yah definitely worth it.
The 5 hour Seoul City Tour goes from Incheon International Airport > Gyeongbok Palace>Insadong Street>Chengye Stea or Jogyesa Temple>back to the Airport.
Upon completing the reservations i think we took one of the few spots available. There are only 15 spots and 7 people have already signed up! Who knew there were people more eager than I was… And I thought it would be too early for reservations… NOPE! (Update: all slots were full for this tour when i checked their reservations this morning)
This makes it all worth the long layover, now i’m actually looking forward to it.