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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 driver at Incheon International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight - Seoul

Day 2: Seoul

Today is spent visiting Seoul’s most famous landmarks on a guided tour of the city. Sights include Cheong Wa Dae, South Korea’s answer to The White House. Then visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces”. Within the Palace grounds visit Jogyesa Temple dedicated to Buddhism. Gain insight into Korean culture, tradition and history at the National Folk Museum. After exploring the palace head to Insadong, with its wonderful markets and shops. The area has a traditional atmosphere and represents Korean culture both past and present. Lastly take in the wonderful panoramic views of bustling Seoul from the Seoul Tower, which is located on top of Mount Namsan. Overnight - Seoul

Day 3: Seoul - Gyeongju

Today travel South East from Seoul 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 where to visit some of the more than 20 large and small tombs from the Silla period including that of King Michu. 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 alongside the Emille Bell. Top off today with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory. Overnight - Gyeongju

Day 4: Gyeongju - Busan

This morning visit the 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. In the afternoon visit Busan Tower which offers 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 good deals. Then it’s your turn to haggle at Kukje Market, the best place in Busan to find silk, clothing, linen, and much more. With its small and overloaded stores, the goods fill the narrow alleyways spilling into the surrounding streets, making Kukje Market quite a spectacle. Overnight - Busan

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 - Jeju Island

Day 6: Jeju

Today explore the scenic landscape of Jeju Island on a short hiking tour “Olle” 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 7: Jeju - Seoul

Jeju Island – 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. Overnight - Seoul

Day 8: Seoul

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 who lost their homes and 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. You have the chance to peek into the reclusive north by visiting Dora Observatory situated on Mount Dora. Here visitors use binoculars and can see as far as Kaesong, a light industrial city of North Korea. Later visit Dorasan Station, once used for freight trains to travel between the South and the North. Overnight - Seoul

Day 9: Seoul

Enjoy today to explore Seoul at your leirure. Over night Seoul

Day 10: Seoul

Today your tour of South Korea comes to and end as you are transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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