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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 picked up by a 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 (aka The Blue House), which is 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. You'll also gain an 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. 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

Travelling South East to Gyeongju. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, many remnants remain of this period so the city is known as “the museum without walls”. This afternoon tour the Tumuli Park to visit more than 20 tombs from the Silla period including King Michu‘s. Legends tell stories of soldiers with bamboo leaves stuffed in their ears arising from his tomb to fend off invaders after his death, hence why his tomb is called the “Bamboo Soldier Tomb”. Also once part of the ancient Silla complex is Anapji Pond. Top off today's sightseeing with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory - oldest surviving observatory in East Asia and one of the world’s oldest scientific installations. 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, over looking the Sea of Japan. This afternoon continue to Busan, South Korea’s principal port city and second largest city. In the afternoon travel to Busan Tower located in Yongdusan Park and offering spectacular views. 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. With its small and overloaded stores, the goods fill the narrow alleyways spilling into the surrounding streets. Overnight - Busan

Day 5: Busan - Jeju

Morning transfer to Gimhae Airport by a driver 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 of 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

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 by a driver. Overnight - Seoul

Day 8: Seoul

Join a coach tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which acts as a buffer zone and border between North and South Korea splitting the Korea in half at the 38th parallel. Today's tour also includes a visit to Imjingak Park, built on the shore of Imjin River to commemorate all those who lost their homes and loved ones when Korea was split in two and the 3rd North Korean Infiltration Tunnel. Built for surprise invasion by North Korea and discovered in 1978 after a tip from a North Korean defector. You will also have the chance to peek into the reclusive north by visiting Dora Observatory. Later visit Dorasan Station, once used for freight trains to travel between the South and the North. Overnight - Seoul

Day 9: Seoul

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your next destination.