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Welcome to South Korea. Upon arrival in Seoul you will be greeted by our representative at Incheon International Airport 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, which is South Korea’s answer to The White House. Then visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces' built by the Joseon Dynasty. Within the Palace grounds visit Jogyesa Temple dedicated to Buddhism, and gain an insight into Korean culture, tradition and history at the National Folk Museum. We then head to Insadong to explore the many antique, craft and pottery shops as well as traditional restaurants and teahouses. Lastly take in the wonderful panoramic views of bustling Seoul from the Seoul Tower, which is located on top of Mount Namsan.
Today you travelling South East to Gyeongju, once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, where 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 large and small tombs from the Silla period including that of King Michu, the 13th King of the dynasty famed for fending off invaders. Also once part of the ancient Silla complex is Anapji Pond, a picturesque pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure time. 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 still in existence.
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 and second largest city. We visit Busan Tower located in Yongdusan Park, 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. 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. With its small and overloaded stores, the goods fill the narrow alleyways spilling into the surrounding streets, making Kukje Market quite a spectacle.
This 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.
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. This evening at your leisure.
For your final day on Jeju Island we 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. Then we visit Seongeup, a mountain village still living a mountain existence with villagers residing in traditional thatched roof houses with stone and clay walls. This afternoon transfer to Jeju Airport and flight back to Seoul. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Today join a coach tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), located north of Seoul and acts as a buffer zone and border between the two nations. 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. Also visit the North Korean Infiltration Tunnel, approximately 1.5 kms in length and 150 metres below ground. 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 but eventually halted by the North.
After breakfast onward departure transfer to the airport.