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Korea Tour

Welcome to South Korea, Asia!

ROUTE: Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan, Jeju Island, Seoul

DURATION: 11 Days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit to historical sites/monuments
  • Excursion to the North-Korea border DMZ, see the Freedom Bridge
  • Seoul City Tour including visit to the Jogyesa Tempel, Gyeongbokkung Palace (or Changdeokkung Palace) and the Seoul Tower
  • Visit to the Andong Hahoe Village
  • Visit to the Seogguram Grotto, the Bulgugsa Temple and Tumuli Park with the royal tombs
  • Visit at the Haeinsa Temple in the Southern part of the Korean peninsula
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Busan shoreline
  • Visit to Busan Museum and stop at the Haeundai Food market and Haeundai Beach
  • Visit the Jagalchi Fishmarket, Kukjae Market and Busan Tower
  • Visit the Spirited Garden in Jeju and stop at the Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls in Seogwipo City
  • Stop at the Manjanggul Cave, the Haenyeo Museum, Ilchulbong Crater and the Seopjikoji Rock on Phoenix Island
AIRFARE: International Airfare Upon Request
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotels used (or similar)
FIRST:
  • Seoul: Baiton Hotel
  • Gyeongju: Commodore Hotel
  • Busan: Ibis Hotel
  • Jeju Island: Sunshine Hotel
DELUXE:
  • Please inquire
LUXURY:
  • Please inquire

Included:,

Accommodations Per Person Sharing, including hotel taxes

Arrival & departure transfers where applicable

Local guides where applicable

Meals per itinerary

Park entrance fees and sightseeing fees where applicable

Applicable transportation

Not Included:

Airfare and air taxes

Cancellation, baggage, travel and medical insurance

Items of a personal nature such as baggage porterage, gratuities/tips, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

Visa and visa fees

Optional sightseeing and activities

Meals, beverages and services not mentioned in itinerary

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We can personalize this tour just for you! Call: 416-690-6996 or complete form in: CUSTOM-CRAFTED tab on this page.


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LocationKorea (South), Asia
Duration11 Days
1

Day 1 Arrive in Seoul

Upon arrival at airport in South Korea, you will be warmly met by a representative, who will provide assistance and transfer to your accommodation to check-in.

Note: public bus service between airport and all major hotels in Seoul 60 km, 70 min.

Overnight: Seoul

2

Day 2 Seoul

Activities:

  • 08:00 – 14:30 excursion to the North-Korea border DMZ, the world’s most heavily guarded border. It was established in 1953 after the Korean War.
  • We will see the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd infiltration tunnel illegally dug by the North Koreans.
  • At the Dora Observatory we can see the North Korean village of Gijeong-dong with a 160 meter tall flagpole.
  • (Lunch is inclusive: Bulgogi)

Overnight: Seoul – (B)

3

Day 3 Seoul

Activities:

  • SEOUL DOWNTOWN CITY TOUR (Full Day): Visit to the Jogyesa Tempel and Gyeongbokkung Palace. The Palace was built by the Joseon Dynasty in 1394. For centuries, this immense complex was the center of power, until the Japanese occupied the country at the start of the last century. At the Palace we may see the changing of guards. From the back gate we see the “Cheongwadae”, the presidential palace and the Cheongwadae Museum. At the Gwanghwamoon Square we can see the statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi, two national heroes of the past. Insadong has been home to a dozen art galleries, antique shops, traditional tea houses and souvenir shops. The Tapgol Park is of great historical value as it was the starting point of the 1st March 1919 Independence Protest against the Japanese occupation.
  • Then visit the Seoul Tower, to enjoy an impressive view over the giant capital.
  • Final stop at the Cheonggyecheon Stream, an ancient canal, flowing for centuries through the heart of Seoul. For half a century the canal was filled with concrete to make way for a busy road, but the 5.3 km long canal has been restored in 2005.
  • Note: on Tuesdays we visit the Changdeokkung Palace instead of Gyeongbokkung Palace. The Sarangchae Museum is closed.

Overnight: Seoul – (B)

4

Day 4 Seoul - Gyeongju

Activities:

  • Transfer from Seoul to Gyeongju via Andong by private car/bus (410 km, 6 hrs).
  • Visit to the Andong Hahoe Village where century old traditions, influenced by the teachings of Confucius, are still alive. The inhabitants live in the same way their ancestors did; in simple houses for the common farmers and in richly decorated houses for the “Yangban”, the aristocrats.

Overnight: Gyeongju – (B)

5

Day 5 Gyeongiu

Activities:

  • The Seogguram Grotto was being discovered by a postman who was sheltering from the rain. Inside the man-made cave he found a astonishing beautiful statue of Buddha, which was constructed during the Shilla Dynasty. The statue is listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
  • Visit to the Bulgugsa Temple, the royal temple constructed in the same period.
  • In the ceramic village we visit a workshop where they make the world famous ceramic in the same way as during the Shilly Dynasty.
  • Visit the Tumuli Park with the royal thombs dating back to the Shilla Dynasty. The numerous artefacts being found in these thombs show a remarkable technological and cultural advancement in that period (600-900 CE).
  • The Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. the 362 stones used to build the Cheomseongdae represent the 362 days in the lunar calender.
  • The Anapji Pond is an artificial pond constructed for the royal family for leisure and study.
  • Around the train station we visit the Gyeongju food market.

Overnight: Gyeongiu – (B)

6

Day 6 Gyeongju - Busan

Activities:

  • Transfer from Gyeongju to Busan via Haeinsa Temple by private car/bus (460 km, 7 hrs).
  • Visit to Haeinsa Temple in the Southern part of the Korean peninsula. Located in an isolated, mountainous area the temple has miraculously survived war and destruction. Most famous are the 800 year old Tripitaka Koreana, wooden textblocks, the most complete buddhist work of its time and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Overnight: Busan – (B)

7

Day 7 Busan

Activities:

  • Via the impressive Gwangalli Bridge we can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Busan shoreline.
  • At the UN War Cemetry the sad history of the Korean War (1950-1953) is depicted. UN Troops from different nationalities were among the casualties.
  • The Busan Museum shows the interesting history of the city of Busan and the history & culture of Korea.
  • Continue the tour and visit the Nurimaru APEC House, a wonderfull location with a breathtaking view over the Ocean. The Nurimaru was build specifically for the APEC Summit, a major political gathering of Asian political leaders.
  • Final stop at the Haeundai Food market and Haeundai Beach, where one can enjoy the boulevard and the beautiful shoreline.

Overnight: Busan – (B)

8

Day 8 Busan - Jeju

Activities:

  • Visit the Jagalchi Fishmarket, Kukjae Market and Busan Tower. The Jagalchi Fishmarket is one of the largest markets of its kind, selling a dazzling array of fish, often alive. Here you can taste the famous Korean sashimi. Adjecent to the fishmarket is the Kukjae Market, where you can shop for souvenirs, glasses (very cheap in Korea!) and clothing.
  • Transfer from Busan to Jeju Island by domestic flight. Flight duration: 1 hr.

Overnight: Jeju – (B)

9

Day 9 Jeju

Activities:

  • Visit the Spirited Garden: What started as a wasteland on the Island of Jeju has become one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Roughly 100 rare species of trees can be found in this garden, and the spectacular display of bonzai trees, some of them as old as 300 years, is truly amazing!
  • The impressive Jusangjeolli lava coast we can see the turbulent volcanic activities that took place in the past.
  • While we cross the Bridge of 7 nymfs, we decend to the Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, a masterpiece of nature.
  • Via the Yakcheonsa Temple we continue to the Oedolgae, a huge, lonely rock erecting out of the blue see.
  • Final stop at the Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls in Seogwipo City.

Overnight: Jeju – (B)

10

Day 10 Jeju - Seoul

Activities:

  • We visit the Manjanggul Cave, the only horizontal lava tube in the world.
  • Continue to the Haenyeo Museum where you learn about the life of these brave women. By fishing, they became a vital source of income for the islanders.
  • We also visit the Ilchulbong Crater, an inactive volcanic crater erupted out of the sea and connected to the main island. On top of the crater you have an amazing view of Jeju Island.
  • Final stop at the Seopjikoji Rock on Phoenix Island, one of the most scenic places of Korea! On Udo Island a unique population still inhabit the island. In this small community, not men, but women are the main source of income. The women dive in the sea, catching sea urchins, shell fish, seaweed and octopus. The old profession is not popular among the younger generation, so the average age of these strong womens is 75! On Udo Island we may witness them work in the sea.
  • On foot or by bike we can explore the wonderful island.
  • Return flight to Seoul. Transfer to Hotel. (optional stop at Shilla Duty Free Shop)

Overnight: Seoul – (B)

11

Day 11 Depart Seoul

Departure: Independent transfer by Airport Limousine Bus (public bus service between airport and all major hotels in Seoul) to Incheon Airport. 60 km, 70 min).


Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
We can personalize this tour just for you! Call: 416-690-6996 or complete form in: CUSTOM-CRAFTED tab on this page.

Location Name: Korea (South), Asia
Area (SQ KM): 99,720
Population: 49,115,196
Capital: Seoul
Language(s): Korean, English widely taught
Religion: Christian, Buddhist, Confucianist
Currency: South Korean won – KRW
Time Zone: UTC+9
Electricity: 110V / 220 V
Phone Country Code to Call (Korea (South), Asia): Missing


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