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Seoul Searching & Jeju

9 days from USD $5,799

From vibrant Seoul and Gyeongju the ancient kingdom of Silla, to the bustling port city of Busan, the natural wonders of ...

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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. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Seoul

Today we visit Cheong Wa Dae, which is South Korea’s answer to The White House, the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the last Korean Dynasty. Within the Palace grounds visit Jogyesa Temple dedicated to Buddhism. You'll also gain an insight into Korean culture, tradition and history at the National Folk Museum which situated in the grounds of the palace. We head to Insadong, with its wonderful markets and shops. Take the chance to explore the many antique, craft and pottery shops as well as traditional restaurants and teahouses. Lastly take in the wonderful panoramic views of bustling Seoul from the Seoul Tower, which is located on top of Mount Namsan.

Day 3: Seoul - Gyeongju

Today we head to Gyeongju. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, 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. 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 many relics were unearthed and are now housed in the Gyeongju National Museum. Top off today's sightseeing with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory.

Day 4: Gyeongju - Busan

This morning visit the UNESCO listed temple of Bulguska and Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, dramatically located on the slopes of Toham Mountainl. This afternoon travel onwards to Busan, South Korea’s principal port city. In the afternoon travel to 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 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 practise some haggling at Kukje Market, the best place in Busan to find silk, clothing, linen, handbags and much more.

Day 5: Busan - Jeju

Morning transfer 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. Evening at leisure.

Day 6: Jeju

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. Evening at leisure.

Day 7: Jeju - Seoul

For your final day on Jeju Island visit Manjanggul Cave, the UNESCO listed cave is the world’s longest lava cave stretching for approximately 8 kilometres; 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 Village, a mountain village still living a mountain existence with villagers residing in traditional thatched roof houses with stone and clay walls. Afternoon transfer to Jeju Airport and flight to Seoul, arriving in Gimpo Airport. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 8: Seoul

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is located around 45km north of Seoul and acts as a buffer zone between the two nations of North Korea and South Korea. It runs from east to west, stretches 250 kilometres, is 4 kilometres wide and is the most heavily militarized border in the world. Today join a coach tour to visit the DMZ and get a better understanding of the events that resulted in the division of Korea. Today's tour also includes a visit to Imjingak Park, built on the shore of the Imjin River to commemorate all those who lost their homes and were separated from their families when Korea was split in two and the 3rd North Korean Infiltration Tunnel.

Day 9: Seoul

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.