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South Korean Express

7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Seoul  |  from USD $3,099  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Escorted Group Tour: See the best of South Korea, from vibrant Seoul - the nation’s captivating capital and the intriguing Demilitarized Zone, to the cultural and historic sights of Andong and Gyeongju - the museum without walls.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Seoul

Sunday. Welcome to Seoul! Airport arrival transfer to our city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Seoul

Day 2

Seoul Sightseeing

Today we discover highlights of the nation’s charming capital on a guided tour. First stop is the grand Gyeongbokgung Palace which was once the main residence of the Joseon Dynasty and within the beautiful palace grounds we visit the National Folk Museum which focuses on Korean culture and history.

We continue on to Jogyesa Temple, the centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea and nearby Insadong, a lively antique alley, lined with art galleries, antique, craft and pottery shops, traditional restaurants and teahouses. We then take a stroll alongside Cheonggycheon Stream which runs serenely through the heart of downtown’s gleaming sky scrapers. Our final port of call is the lofty Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsa, which provides spectacular panoramic views of the city from its observatory.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The DMZ

Seoul - DMZ - Seoul. We take an exciting excursion to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) today, which is located 45km north of Seoul and acts as the buffer zone and border between the two nations of North and South Korea. Our coach tour provides a fascinating insight into the events that resulted in Korea’s division and also includes a visit to Imjingak Park, built to commemorate those who lost their homes and families when Korea was divided and the 3rd North Korean Infiltration Tunnel. The tunnel, which is 1.5km in length and 150m below ground, was built with the intention of a surprise invasion by North Korea.

You’ll also have the chance to peek into the reclusive north by visiting Dora Observatory situated on Mount Dora and visit Dorasan Station, once used for freight trains to travel between the South and the North. On the way back to Seoul the tour coach makes a stop at an amethyst or ginseng shop, for those who are interested. Our arrangements today are offered in conjunction with other travel companies ie. not soley On The Go. Your tour guide will not be accompanying you on the journey to the DMZ.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Scenic Andong

Seoul - Andong. Leaving Seoul we travel south to Andong, the picturesque home of Korean Confucianism. On an afternoon tour we explore ancient UNESCO Listed Hahoe Village, where approximately 130 traditional houses of varying size and standard have been immaculately preserved by the same families for generations. We’ll also visit the Andong Folk Museum and the historic Dosansewon Confucian School, which was established in 1574.
Overnight: Andong  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Gyeongju - Capital of Silla Kingdom

Andong - Gyeongju. Travelling south we reach historic Gyeongju - the ‘museum without walls,’ which was the capital of Silla Kingdom from 57BC to 935AD. This afternoon we visit Gyeongju National Museum which is home to countless treasures including the 23 ton Emille Bell cast in AD771. At Tumuli Park we see the incredible giant grass-covered burial mounds which house the Silla royal tombs and we take a stroll around scenic Anapji Pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure. Another highlight of today’s touring is Cheomseongdae Observatory, one the world’s oldest astronomical observatories.
Overnight: Gyeongju  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Bulguksa & Seokguram Temple

Gyeongju - Seoul. This morning we visit two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed temples - Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, which is dramatically located on the slopes of Toham Mountain and the beautiful temple of Bulguksa which was built in 528 during the Silla Dynasty. Depart for Seoul this afternoon and spend your final evening at leisure in the capital.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Seoul

Saturday. After breakfast and hotel check out, spend the remains of the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. The price per person applies when there are 2 people travelling together, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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2015
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USD $3099
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
2-3 Passenger Supplement
USD $800
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The prices above are based upon a minimum group size of 4. This tour will run with 2-3 passengers, however please note that a 2-3 passenger supplement will apply, see below.

Should more passengers subsequently join the group, the difference in cost will be refunded at the time of travel. Please contact our reservations team to make a booking.

Trip Highlights

Seoul - the nations captivating capital; The Blue House, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong Antique Alley, Cheonggycheon Stream and Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan
Andong - UNESCO World Heritage listed Hahoe Folk Village and Andong Folk Museum
UNESCO Listed Seokguram Grotto - one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines and Bulguksa Temple
The DMZ - one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, Imjingak Park built to honour the displaced from both the North and the South of Korea, Dora Observatory
Gyeongju - former capital of the Silla Kingdom and historic heart of the nation; Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park and the Sill royal tombs, Anapji Pond, the ancient Cheomseongdae Observatory

Included

6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Escorted by a qualified local tour guide (separate driver and tour guide for groups of 3 or more)
Guided tour of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) A full day coach tour - in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go.
All transfers and tranportation in private air conditioned vehicles
6 breakfasts
Touring of Seoul, Andong and Gyeongju
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 7

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $25 - $30 USD
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture. For your tour guide and driver, we suggest you allow USD8 - 10 per traveller per day.

Reviews

Mr Denny was excellent. He worked really hard and helped us find good vegetarian meals at lunch each day - not easy in Korea (we don't eat fish either).

Hi Sarah, I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in South Korea! Our guide was really knowledgeable and very sweet, she really went out of her way to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves. I'm looking forward to planning our next trip with you in 2014. Thanks for all your help.

I just wanted to say thanks a lot for a great trip! South Korea is a really fascinating country and we loved Gyeongju. Our tour guide Kyungyi was very friendly and informative, she really made our trip! I will definitely be recommending On The Go and hope to travel with you again soon. Thanks again.

I had a really good trip, the hotels were a good standard, the guides were really knowledgeable and the tour on whole was really interesting.

Thanks for all your help with the booking.

Tour Details
Starts
Seoul
Ends
Seoul
Departs
Sundays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6

Mr Denny was excellent. He worked really hard and helped us find good vegetarian meals at lunch each day - not easy in Korea (we don't eat fish either).

Liz & Mike Bissett
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.