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Welcome to Seoul and the start of your journey. Upon arrival at the Incheon International Airport you will be met by our friendly representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Today is spent visiting Seoul’s most famous landmarks on a guided tour of the city. Sights include Cheong Wa Dae (aka The Blue House), Then visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the last Korean Dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty.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. After exploring the palace head to Insadong, with its wonderful markets and shops. Lastly take in the wonderful panoramic views of bustling Seoul from the Seoul Tower, which is located on top of Mount Namsan.
The morning starts with exploring the Korean Folk Village which is a living museum that recreated the lifestyle of several centuries ago. We then drive to Suwon and tour Hwaseong Fortress, which was built with the first use of cranes and other latest construction engineering of the 18th century. The construction was planned by the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty, Jeongjo, when he moved his father’s tomb in 1789. We return to the big city in the evening.
Leaving the city we drive to Mt Seoraksan National Park. Today we enjoy exploring the Gweongeumseong Fortress by a 1,100 meter cable car and Sinheungsa Temple. We also spend sometime wandering around the Daepo seaport.
This morning travel to Andong which is considered the spiritual home of Korea as well as the cradle of Korea’s cultural tradition. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Andong which includes the charming UNESCO Listed Hahoe Folk Village, where approximately 130 traditional houses of varying size and standard have been immaculately preserved by the same families for generations. Also visit the Andong Folk Museum which has several interesting exhibits relating mainly to Korea's folk traditions, the ritual standards of Confucianism and folk plays.
Contonuing our journey we drive to Daegu, stopping along the way to explore the Haeinsa Temple which is the repository of the Tripitaka Koreana, a set of 80,000 wooden printing blocks engraved with one of the most comprehensive compilations of the Buddhist scriptures in all of Asia. Later we explore the Haeinsa Temple & Daegu city which includes Yakryeong herb market and a relaxing Foot spa. (OVERNIGHT DAEGU)
Travel on to Gyeongju today. Serving as the capital of Silla Kingdom from 57BC to 935AD, the entire city of Gyeongju is a living museum containing the remnants of the Silla Kingdom as well as relics pertaining to Buddhism, the national religion at the time. Your afternoon tour of Gyeongju includes visits to Gyeongju National Museum which is home to the 23ton Emille Bell cast in AD771 and numerous priceless treasures; Tumuli Park, with its collection of Silla royal tombs; Cheomseongdae Observatory, one the world’s oldest astronomical observatories and the scenic Anapji Pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure time.
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, 750 metres above sea level and looking out over the Sea of Japan. This afternoon travel onwards to Busan, South Korea’s principal port city and second largest city, situated on the south eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. 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 and then Kukje Market, the best place in Busan to find silk, clothing, linen, handbags and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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. You will also have the chance to peek into the reclusive north by visiting Dora Observatory situated on Mount Dora on the South Korean side closest to the North.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.