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Spectacular South Korea

12 days  |  Starts/Ends: Seoul  |  from USD $4,749

South Korea is rich in tradition, culture and natural beauty. Starting in the nation’s bustling capital, Seoul, travel south through the rolling tea plantations of Boesong to the ‘Treasure Island’ of Namhae and bustling port city Busan, before exploring ancient Gyeongju and the spectacular towering granite peaks of Mount Seoraksan. Discover the wonders of South Korea in 12 memorable days!

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Day 1
Seoul

Upon arrival in Seoul you will be met by our representative at Incheon International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Day 1 is designed as an arrival day, rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2
Seoul Sightseeing

Today is spent visiting Seoul’s most famous landmarks, this morning we see Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the last Korean Dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty. Within the Palace grounds visit Jogyesa Temple dedicated to Buddhism and still influential today. We also learn more of Korean culture, tradition and history at the National Folk Museum also situated in the grounds of the palace.

Afterwards we stop at Insadong, “dong” meaning neighbourhood or district, the picturesque Cheonggycheon stream runs along the main street and divides what were once two villages, “In” and “Sa”, which have now combined as one. The area has a traditional atmosphere and represents Korean culture both past and present with a mixture of modern and historical buildings and alleys. This afternoon take the chance to explore the many antique, craft and pottery shops as well as traditional restaurants and teahouses. If time permits you will also have the opportunity to visit an amethyst or ginseng specialist. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Jeonju

Today travel Southwest towards Jeonju the capital of Jeollabuk-do province situated in the fertile Honam Plain famous for its quality produce, especially its exceptional strawberries, as well as being rich in tradition and culture. In the afternoon explore Jeonju Hanok Village, home to 700 traditional Korean homes built from clay, wood and stone, a rarity in today’s South Korea. Many are still residential properties while others have been converted into guesthouses, museums, galleries and teahouses.

Jeonju is also home to the Gyeonggijeon Shrine in honour of King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty as well as Jeondong Catholic Church built in 1914 in a western-style cathedral design and the largest such western style structure in the province. Later depart for Gwangju where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Gwangju  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Boseong and Suncheon

Today tour Boesong with its stunning mountains, the Boseong River flowing through the centre and the rolling green hills of tea plantations famous for its green tea of supreme quality. Before visiting picturesque Seonamsa Temple at the western end of Mount Jogyesan with its beautiful arch bridges then continuing to Suncheonman Bay, the ecological capital of South Korea and part of the United Nations Environment Programme, the UNEP. A 40 kilometre long wetland with its vast fields of reeds makes for a spectacular landscape. Onwards to Gwangyang where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Gwanyang  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Namhae

Leaving Gwangyang travel along the coastline to Namhae, known as the ‘treasure island of Korea’. Connected to the mainland by a 660 metre long and 80 metre high suspension bridge giving an impressive view of the surrounding landscape. In Namhae visit Daraengi Village with its 108 terraces of rice patties covering the hillside and the German village. Built in the style of German architecture and even using German materials imported from Germany. The village was built for German - Koreans who had moved to Germany in the 1960’s seeking work and since returned. Continue to Busan for the night.
Overnight: Busan  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Busan

A morning tour of Busan takes in the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and provides perfect views of the entire city. See the vivid life of the Jagalchi Fish Market as locals haggle with the fishermen selling their fresh catch before you depart for Gyeongju. Serving as the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57BC – 935AD, Gyeongju is a living history museum containing archaeological sites of the Silla Kingdom as well as ancient relics pertaining to Buddhism, the national religion at the time. During the afternoon you will visit the UNESCO listed temples of Bulguska including the Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, resting 750 metres above sea level and looking out over the Sea of Japan, it is considered to contain one of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world.
Overnight: Gyeongju  |  Breakfast

Day 7
Gyeongju sightseeing

Located in the North Gyeongsang province and once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla,Gyeongju which ruled most of the Korean Peninsula during the 7th till 9th Centuries, many remnants remain of this period leading to the city being known as “the museum without walls”. An afternoon tour of Gyeongju takes you to Tumuli Park to visit some of the large and small tombs from the Silla period including that of King Michu, the 13th King of the dynasty famed for fending off invaders. Legends even tell of soldiers with bamboo leaves stuffed in their ears arising from his tomb to fend off invaders after his death, explaining why his tomb is known as the “Bamboo Soldier Tomb”.

Also once part of the ancient Silla complex is Anapji Pond, an immense oval shaped man made pond measuring 200 metres from east to west and 180 metres from north to south. During renovations to the area in the 1970’s and 80’s many relics were unearthed and are today housed in the Gyeongju National Museum alongside the Emille Bell, with its shady legend, is the largest extant bell in Korea. Later we visit the oldest surviving observatory in East Asia and one of the world’s oldest scientific installations still in existence, Cheomseongdae Observatory. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Gyeongju  |  Breakfast

Day 8
Yeongju

An early departure for Yeongju where en-route you visit the Sosuseowon Confucian School, the first private Confucian academy established in Korea before touring Seonbichon Village, the home of the Korea’s classic Confucian scholars, a good opportunity to learn more about traditional Korean ways. Later tour Buseoska Temple, huge in size it is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Korea. Onward to Cheonpung.
Overnight: Cheonpung  |  Breakfast

Day 9
Cheongpung Lake

We visit Cheongpung Lake where board a ferry to visit Danyang’s Eight Scenic Wonders mostly referring to mountain peaks surrounding the lake - Dodam Sambong, Seokmun, Sainam Rock, Haseonam, Jungseonam, Sangseonam, Gudambong and Oksunbong. Please note the ferry ride is subject to weather conditions, in the unlikely event that it is cancelled it will be substituted with a visit to Dodamsambong Peak and Gosu Cave. Later pay a visit to Chamsori Gramophone Audio Museum, a private museum created by its curator, Seong Mok Son, and is the first of its kind in the world.

Travelling along the beautiful coastline to Mount Seoraksan we stop en-route at Unification Park wher you can see the salvaged remains of a North Korean submarine which was wrecked off the coast in 1996 before making our final stop for the day at Daepo Port, one of the finest places to find the freshest fish and seafood restaurants.
Overnight: Mt.Seoraksan   |  Breakfast

Day 10
Mount Seoraksan

Today is spent hiking and exploring Mt.Seoraksan National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in Korea, with towering granite peaks, lush green valleys, Buddhist temples, dense forests and clear streams. You will be able to view the park in the best way possible as you take a cable car to Gweongeumseong Peak before visiting Shinheungsa Temple nestled at the foot of the park. This afternoon depart for Seoul.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast

Day 11
Back to Seoul

Today is free to spend as you please, why not visit some of the well known open air markets such as Namdaemun or Dongdaemun for some last minute shopping.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast

Day 12
Seoul

Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Seoul - the nations captivating capital; Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong Antique Alley, Cheonggycheon Stream and Seoul Tower
Gyeongju - former capital of the Silla Kingdom and historic heart of the nation; Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park and the Silla royal tombs, Anapji Pond, the ancient Cheomseongdae Observatory
Jeonju Hanok Village, home to 700 traditional Korean homes
Suncheonman Bay - 40 kilometres of stunning wetlands
Namhae - known as the ‘treasure island of Korea’
Mt.Seoraksan National Park - with towering granite peaks and lush green valleys
Busan - South Korea's principal port city and the Kukje Fish Market
UNESCO Listed Seokguram Grotto - one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines and Bulguksa Temple
Boesong - stunning mountains and rolling green hills of tea plantations
Jeonju - home to the Gyeonggijeon Shrine
The Sosuseowon Confucian School, the first private Confucian academy established in Korea

Included

11 nights 3, 4 or 5 star hotels (specific to your chosen itinerary)
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and 12
All entrance fees as per the itinerary
Touring of Seoul, Jeonju, Boseong,Namhae, Busan, Suncheon, Gyeongju, Yeongju
Breakfast daily
Services of an English speaking guide/driver for all scheduled sightseeing
All transfers and tranportation in private air conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Spectacular South Korea - 12 days
USD $4749
USD $1329
Tour Details
Starts
Seoul
Ends
Seoul
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard or Superior
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 11