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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 visit Seoul’s most famous landmarks on a guided tour of the city. Sights include Cheong Wa Dae (aka The Blue House), which is South Korea’s answer to The White House, and Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the last Korean Dynasty. You'll also gain an insight into Korean culture, tradition and history at the National Folk Museum. Next head to Insadong with its wonderful markets and shops. This afternoon take the chance to explore the many antique, craft and pottery shops as well as traditional restaurants and tea houses. 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

Travelling south east from Seoul today we transfer to Gyeongju, known as “the museum without walls”. An afternoon tour of Gyeongju takes you to Tumuli Park with 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 1970s and 80s many relics were unearthed and are today housed in the Gyeongju National Museum. Top off today's sightseeing with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory - the oldest surviving observatory in East Asia and one of the world’s oldest scientific installations still in existence.

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 Mountain. 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. Overnight at the Sumorum Hotel.

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. Overnight at the Sumorum Hotel.

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 north of Seoul and acts as a buffer zone and border between North Korea and South Korea splitting the Korean Peninsula in half. 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 to commemorate all those who lost their homes and were separated from their families when Korea was split in two. Later visit Dorasan Station, once used for freight trains to travel between the South and the North but eventually halted by the North. On the way back to Seoul if time permits there will stop for a spot of last minute shopping!

Day 9: Seoul

Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.