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Seoul Searching & Jeju

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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

Welcome to Korea 'The Land of the Morning Calm'. Upon arrival you will be met by local representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Seoul.

Day 2: Seoul

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is located at the 38th parallel and acts as a buffer zone and border between North Korea and South Korea. Today join a coach tour to visit the DMZ and get a better understanding of the events that resulted in the division of Korea. Also included is 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 and the 3rd North Korean Infiltration Tunnel. The tunnel was built with the intention of a surprise invasion by North Korea and was only discovered after a tip from a North Korean defector. You will also have the chance to peek into the reclusive north by visiting Dora Observatory. Overnight - Seoul

Day 3: Seoul

Today we join a coach tour and spend it 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. Afterwards we stop at Insadong, “dong” the picturesque Cheonggycheon stream runs along the main street and divides what were once two villages, “In” and “Sa”. This afternoon take the chance to explore the many antique, craft and pottery shops as well as traditional restaurants and teahouses. Overnight - Seoul

Day 4: Seoul

Travelling Southwest towards Jeonju the capital of Jeollabuk-do province situated in the 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. Later depart for Gwangju where you will spend the night. Overnight - Gwangju @ Prado hotel

Day 5:

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 @ Philemo hotel

Day 6: - Jeju

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 @Commodore hotel

Day 7: Jeju

Busan – Jeju Island. 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 - Jeju Island

Day 8: 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 - Jeju Island

Day 9: Jeju - Busan

Jeju Island – Busan. 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 Busan, arriving in Busan Airport. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight - Busan

Day 10: Busan - Gyeongju

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. 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. This afternoon you will visit the 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

Day 11: Gyeongju

Located in the North Gyeongsang province and once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla,Gyeongju. 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, 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. Later we visit the oldest surviving observatory in East Asia and one of the world’s oldest scientific installations still in existence, Cheomseongdae Observatory. Overnight - Gyeongju

Day 12: Gyeongju - Cheongpung Lake

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

Day 13: Cheongpung Lake - Mount Seoraksan NP

We visit Cheongpung Lake where we board a ferry to visit Danyang’s Eight Scenic Wonders mostly referring to mountain peaks surrounding the lake - 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, 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 where 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. Overnight - Mt.Seoraksan

Day 14: Mount Seoraksan NP - Seoul

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

Days 15-16: Seoul

The next two days are 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

Day 17: Seoul

Today we say good bye as you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight.