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Essential Korea

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,034

Enjoy a tour which includes the capital, Seoul, a city offering the old and new, Gyeongju with its ancient Shilla Kingdom history and relics and Busan, an interesting port and coastal city.


Korea is often referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm”. This independent itinerary is perfect for those who are looking to experience true Korean culture as Korea has 5,000 years of unique cultural history.

Seoul , the capital of South Korea, is a city of contrasts where the new and the old co-exist in perfect harmony. Ancient palaces combine with modern cultural facilities and popular shopping districts. Seoul offers shoppers a wide variety of merchandise at large department stores, duty-free shops and at open air markets and arcades.

During your stay, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace which was rebuilt in 1868. Situated in its grounds is the largest museum in the country, the National Museum of Korea as well as the Korea NationalFolklore Museum. Also visit the JogyesaTemple, the principal Zen Buddhist Temple in South Korea and have lunch in the Secret Garden followed by the Blue House, the official residence of the head of state for South Korea, a large complex of buildings in traditional Korean architectural style. Then it is time for shopping at the open-air South Gate Market and the shopping street, Insa-dong, famous for its antique stores.

Leave for Gyeongju by morning train. For 1000 years until the 10th century, Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty. Now, almost 1000 years later, Gyeongju is an open-air museum with the remains of temples, tombs, shrines, palaces, gardens and castles. Start your sightseeing in the centre of town with RoyalTumuliPark, a huge walled area with 20 royal tombs. Nearby is Cheomseongdae, one of the oldest observatories in Eastern Asia. There will be time to go to the Gyeongju National Museum with its collection of mainly Silla relics and Anapji Pond, an artificial lake surrounded by buildings which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.

The next morning, see the finest example of Silla temple architecture, Bulguksa, a magnificent temple built on a series of stone terraces just outside Gyeongju. High above the temple, a seated Buddha gazes over Gyeongju from the Seokguram Grotto, also visited. This is followed by the Arts and Crafts Centre and the Silla Millenium Park, a theme park focusing on the Silla period.

Next stop is Busan reached by road, South Korea's largest port and second largest metropolis. En route there, stop at Korea’s largest temple, the impressive Tongdosa Temple. During your stay in Busan, take in the view from the BusanTower in Yongdusan Park and go to the Jagalchi Fish Market. Also visit Nampodong shopping street, one of the favourite haunts of the locals.

The following morning, visit Haeundae Beach, the Nurimaru APEC House, an imposing and beautiful meeting centre located on an island, the Busan Aquarium and the UN Memorial Cemetery located in a serene park which honours soldiers from 16 countries killed during the Korean War. Then one more stop at the unique YongungsaSeasideTemple.

The next day is farewell to this interesting part of Korea as you head back to Seoul by express train.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,034

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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for 2 night accommodation. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro

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    Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro



    Opened in 2015, the Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro offers 224 smart and well-equipped rooms in the center of Seoul. Situated between the Namsan, Myeong-dong and Dongdaemun neighbourhoods, the hotel is within a short walk of Seoul's top shopping, entertainment and culture spots. It is ...

    Opened in 2015, the Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro offers 224 smart and well-equipped rooms in the center of Seoul. Situated between the Namsan, Myeong-dong and Dongdaemun neighbourhoods, the hotel is within a short walk of Seoul's top shopping, entertainment and culture spots. It is also just a 2-minute walk from Cheonggyecheon Stream, known as the "Oasis of Seoul". Amenities include complimentary WiFi, a fitness centre and self-service laundry facilities.

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Day 2

Seoul Sightseeing

Today you will embark on a full day tour of Seoul, which will include visits to Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, Cheongwadae Sarangchae (closed on Monday).

Afterwards, you will pass by Presidential Blue House (photo stop) and see the changing of the Guard Ceremony. You will continue to visit Gyeongbok Palace (or Deoksu Palace on Tuesday) and the Ginseng Center. After enjoying a lovely lunch at local restaurant, continue on to Changdeok Palace (or Namsan Hanok Village on Monday), Insadong Alley, the Amethyst Center and Namdaemun Market before being dropped off at your hotel.

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Day 3

Seoul to Gyeongju

You will be transferred to Seoul Station for the morning express train to Gyeongju. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. After lunch, set out on a tour of Gyeongju, visiting the Royal Tumuli Park, Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, the Gyeongju National Museum and Shilla Millennium Park.

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Duration2 Nights
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Commodore Chosun Hotel Gyeongju

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    Commodore Chosun Hotel Gyeongju



    This luxurious hotel, situated in the Bomun Lake Resort, is within 15-minutes of the downtown area. The hotel boasts a setting upon one of ten world historic sites, giving it an unabashed claim to fame. The Daegu Airport is 70-kilomertes from the hotel, providing easy ...

    This luxurious hotel, situated in the Bomun Lake Resort, is within 15-minutes of the downtown area. The hotel boasts a setting upon one of ten world historic sites, giving it an unabashed claim to fame. The Daegu Airport is 70-kilomertes from the hotel, providing easy access for commuting guests. The list of on-site facilities is impressive. The dining venues serve a compilation of cuisines, from international, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean to authentic local specialties. The Commodore Chosun Hotel is perfect for travelers who want a historic resort atmosphere, proximity to numerous attractions, and an opulent decorative theme.

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    • Internet Access
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    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Gyeongju

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Gyeongju today. Highlights include Bulkuksa Temple, the Seokuram Grotto, Anapji Pond and the Gyeongju Arts and Crafts Centre.

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Day 5

Gyeongju to Busan

Transfer to Busan by road. en route, visit the Tongdosa Temple. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Later visit Busan Tower, the International Market and the Jagalchi Fishery.

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Duration2 Nights
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Ibis Haeundae Hotel

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    Ibis Haeundae Hotel



    International standard Hotel overlooks the beautiful Haeundae beach, minutes to the town centre and the Convention Centre. It offers free high speed WiFi, sauna, gym and restaurant. Hotel's focus is you, whether it is for business or leisure - great facilities, great service and value ...

    International standard Hotel overlooks the beautiful Haeundae beach, minutes to the town centre and the Convention Centre. It offers free high speed WiFi, sauna, gym and restaurant. Hotel's focus is you, whether it is for business or leisure - great facilities, great service and value for money.

    Beach front location, modern facilities, complimentary WiFi and multi lingual staff makes the hotel the best choice of international accommodation in Haeundae Beach, Busan.

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Day 6

Busan

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day tour of Busan. The day includes a visit to Nurimaru APEC House, Haeundae Beach, Busan Aquarium, UN Memorial Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum and Yonggungsa Seaside Temple.

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Day 7

Busan to Seoul

Depart by express train to Seoul in the morning. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the airport.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation at hotels indicated or similar
  • Seat in coach sightseeing in Busan, Gyeongju, and Seoul
  • Private transfers to/from airport and rail stations
  • Train tickets as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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26 Nov 2017
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