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Welcome to South Korea. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the Fraser Place Hotel where your room and breakfast will be available. We then embark on a guided city tour. Sights include Cheong Wa Dae which is South Korea’s answer to The White House; Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Joseon Dynasty. After exploring the palace we head to Insadong with its wonderful markets and shops, and a traditional atmosphere. If time permits you will also visit an amethyst or ginseng specialist for some home remedies or finery. Lastly take in the wonderful panoramic views from the Seoul Tower, which is located on top of Mount Namsan.
Today we travel to Gyeongju, once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Silla. Enjoy an afternoon tour of which takes you to Tumuli Park to visit some of the more than 20 large and small tombs from the Silla period. Also once part of the ancient Silla complex is Anapji Pond, a picturesque pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure time. 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. Top off today's sightseeing with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory - oldest surviving observatory in East Asia and one of the world’s oldest scientific installations still in existence. Overnight at the Kolon Hotel.
This morning visit the UNESCO listed temple of Bulguska and Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines and dramatically located on the slopes of Toham Mountain. We then travel onwards to Busan, South Korea’s principal port city and second largest city. In the afternoon we visit Busan Tower located in Yongdusan Park and offering spectacular views of the old port city. Then to get a taste of how the locals live; we pay a visit to the Jagalchi Fish Market where fishermen sell their fresh catch and the locals haggle for a good deal. Then it’s time to practice some haggling at Kukje Market, the best place in Busan to find silk, clothing, linen, handbags and much more. Overnight at the Commodore Hotel.
This morning we transfer you to Gimhae Airport and onward flight to Jeju Island. About an hour from Busan by air, Jeju Island is a volcanic island brimming with natural beauty, unique cultural traditions and a perfect temperate climate. This afternoon take a tour of Jeju Island to Hallim Park with its exotic botanical gardens, lava caves, folk village and O’Sulloc Tea Museum where guests can learn more about the traditional Korean tea culture. Overnight at the Suites Hotel
Today explore the scenic landscape of Jeju Island on a hiking tour of Mt.Hallasan National Park visiting the spectacular volcanic rock formations of Jusangjeolli Cliff, and the beautiful three tiered Cheonjeyeon Falls. Overnight at the Suites Hotel.
For your final day on Jeju Island we visit Manjanggul Cave, the UNESCO listed cave is the world’s longest lava cave stretching for approximately 8km. Also see Seongsan Sunrise Peak, a magnificent volcano crater rising from the sea with cliffs to the southeast and north sides and the northwest side a verdant grassy hill. Then visit Seongeup, a village still living a mountain existence with villagers residing in traditional thatched roof houses with stone and clay walls. We then transfer to Jeju Airport and flight to Seoul. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Fraser Place Hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast and hotel check out, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.