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Korea Encompassed

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,716

Discover the history and flavours of colourful Korea on this tour, combining all the highlights with the country's lesser known stars.


A fascinating culture dating back over 4000 years, Korea is an essential piece of the East Asian mosaic. This 9 day round trip from Seoul lets you experience this unique and beautiful country.

Set out for Gongju, capital of the ancient Baekje Kingdom and home to 1500 year old Gongsan Fortress. Here, visit Yeonguensa Temple, where you’ll partake in a traditional tea ceremony. You’ll also visit the Tomb of King Muryeong, who ruled the Baekje during the early 6th century.

Enjoy an authentic taste of Korea in Jeonju, where you can visit the Hanok Village and try on a traditional costume. See the temple complex of Tapsa and its intriguing Stone Pagodas. Go on to Boseong, famous for its green tea plantations. Then explore the wetlands of Suncheon Bay Ecological Park.

Busan is an excellent city for shopping, containing the world’s largest department store. Just outside it, see Jinjuseong Fortress, which played a pivotal role during the Japanese invasion of 1592. Gyeongju is one of Korea’s most historically significant cities, having served as the capital of the Silla Kingdom for almost a thousand years. Afterwards, visit the Bulgaksa Temple, which includes seven of South Korea’s ‘national treasures’.

Declaring itself Korea’s spiritual capital, Andong has much to offer the visitor, including Hahoe Village, designed to preserve traditional architectural styles. Try can even try your hand at making Hanji, traditional Korean paper.

Experience the organized chaos of Gangreung fish markets, before taking a short hike at Jujeongol, admiring spectacular scenery. Depart from Seoul, or take an extra few days to explore the South Korean capital.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,716

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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

Welcome to Seoul, where the new and the ancient co-exist in perfect harmony for everyone to enjoy. On arrival you will be met by a local driver, then transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.

Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration1 Night
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Center Mark Hotel

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    Center Mark Hotel



    Located within 10 minutes of Jongno, Insadong and Myeong-dong, Center Mark Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and religious interests. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy …

    Located within 10 minutes of Jongno, Insadong and Myeong-dong, Center Mark Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and religious interests. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Seoul - Gongju - Daejeon

Meet your tour guide at the hotel. Depart for Gongju, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom (18BC-660AD). Experience meditation and conversation over tea with a monk at Magoksa Temple, a representative temple surrounded by mountains and rivers in Chungnam Province. Next, visit Tomb of Muryeong King and continue to Gongsanseong Fortress, a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje Period. You will enjoy an archery experience there.

Transfer to Daejeon, the hub city of Korea which is famous for its hot springs. After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Interciti

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    The Hotel Interciti, with its high and modern architecture, is ideally situated in Daejeon on the banks of a tributary of River Kum. Located nearby are the Chungnam National University, Kaist University, the Lotte Department Store, and Expo Science Park. The hotel rooms are modern, …

    The Hotel Interciti, with its high and modern architecture, is ideally situated in Daejeon on the banks of a tributary of River Kum. Located nearby are the Chungnam National University, Kaist University, the Lotte Department Store, and Expo Science Park. The hotel rooms are modern, comfortable, and spacious and come in Superior, Deluxe, and Suite.

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Day 3

Daejeon - Jeonju - Jinan - Gwangju

Visit Jeonju Hanok Village with over 800 traditional Korea houses. Choose your preferred Hanbok, the Korean National Costume and enjoy wearing the Hanbok, a great photo opportunity!

You will explore Gyeonggijeon Shrine which was erected in 1410 and contains the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. Afterward you will have Jeonju Bibimbab lunch and taste Makkolli (Korean traditional Wine) at a local restaurant.

Then, visit Tapsa Temple in Jinan, famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar. Then travel to Gwangju located in the southwest corner of Korea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Holiday Inn Gwangju

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  • Holiday Inn Gwangju


    The Holiday Inn Gwangju is conveniently located. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the city has to offer. Guest can expect a well-kept environment and its proximity to the Asian Culture Complex, Mudeung Stadium and the Gwangju Art Museum. The hotel …

    The Holiday Inn Gwangju is conveniently located. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the city has to offer. Guest can expect a well-kept environment and its proximity to the Asian Culture Complex, Mudeung Stadium and the Gwangju Art Museum. The hotel offers a selection of top-class amenities and facilities such as safety deposit boxes, bar/pub, 24hr room service, sauna, fitness centre, spa and an indoor pool.

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Day 4

Gwangju - Boseong - Suncheon - Yeosu

This morning, visit Boseong Green Tea Plantation, a beautiful green tea field. You will have the chance to taste Boseong Green Tea. Next, visit Suncheon Naganeupseong Folk Village and then explore Suncheonman Bay. Stop by Yongsan Observatory to see the bay's beautiful view. Finally, move to Yeosu, one of the country's most picturesque port cities especially at night.

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Duration1 Night
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Hidden Bay Hotel

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    Hidden Bay Hotel


    The Hidden Bay Hotel offers quality accommodation and great service. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The hotel provides the best in services and amenities. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as air …

    The Hidden Bay Hotel offers quality accommodation and great service. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    The hotel provides the best in services and amenities. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as air conditioning to please even the most discerning guest. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as outdoor pool, sauna, kids club and fitness center. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Hidden Bay Hotel.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Yeosu - Jinju - Busan

Today, take Yeosu Marine Cable Car offering the safe yet thrilling experience with the gondola to operate over seawater. Enjoy the scenery of downtown Yeosu and the archipelago around the old seaport. Next, visit Jinjuseong Fortress which is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Afterward, transfer to Busan and enjoy the rest of the day on own after dinner.

Rest of the day is free for you to explore Haeundae Beach known for its modern feel. You may spend fantastic night time at cafes and pubs. Also you can enjoy watching busking along the shoreline as well as Haeundae Market.

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Duration1 Night
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Haeundae Grand Hotel

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    Haeundae Grand Hotel is surrounded by Haeundae seashore, sand beach, Songrim park and ocean garden. Opening in 1996, Grand Hotel provides total 320 rooms, the finest food and beverage service in the area, the greatest and largest banquet halls in Busan and top-class fitness centre. …

    Haeundae Grand Hotel is surrounded by Haeundae seashore, sand beach, Songrim park and ocean garden. Opening in 1996, Grand Hotel provides total 320 rooms, the finest food and beverage service in the area, the greatest and largest banquet halls in Busan and top-class fitness centre. Haeundae Grand Hotel promises to make every effort to provide our best service for any types of tourists, guests, and successful business meetings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 6

Busan - Gyeongju

This morning, visit Nurimaru APEC House, it means "a house where the world summits gather together for an APEC meeting." Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees.

Next, head to Gyeongju and explore Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in Gyeongju. And then visit Gyeongju National Museum. Its holdings are largely devoted to relics of the Silla kingdom, of which Gyeongju was the capital.

Continue to visit Daereungwon Tomb Complex. This park has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period and has been designated Historic site. The tombs are presumed to be those of kings and court officials.

The last stop for today, Cheomseongdae Observatory which is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (r. 632-647), it was used to observe stars in order to forecast the weather.)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hilton Hotel Gyeongju

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    Hilton Hotel Gyeongju


    Stay at the Art Deco Hilton Gyeongju hotel, located on the edge of Lake Bomun and surrounded by beautiful parks, countryside and majestic mountains. Spend the day soaking up traditional Korean culture and visit nearby attractions like Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. Afterwards, unwind with …

    Stay at the Art Deco Hilton Gyeongju hotel, located on the edge of Lake Bomun and surrounded by beautiful parks, countryside and majestic mountains. Spend the day soaking up traditional Korean culture and visit nearby attractions like Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. Afterwards, unwind with an invigorating workout in the hotel gym. Dine on an array of international cuisine at one of six destination restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Squash courts
    • Tennis

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Day 7

Gyeongju - Andong - Wonju - Pyeongchang

A morning tour will introduce you to Andong Hahoe Village, home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and well-known for its traditional houses. Hahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights: the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, endlessly unfolding sandy beaches, and lush, ancient pine trees.

Hahoe Village was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of "Historic Villages in Korea" on July 31, 2010. Next, visit Hanji Theme Park where you can get a chance to experience the Hanji making process. A short transfer will bring you to your hotel in Pyeongchang.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

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    Just two hours' drive from Seoul, this 238-room hotel and resort in Pyeongchang is an Alpine-style village nestled within the unspoilt beauty of the Taebaek Mountains. No matter what time of year you visit, there is plenty to see and do at the resort, including …

    Just two hours' drive from Seoul, this 238-room hotel and resort in Pyeongchang is an Alpine-style village nestled within the unspoilt beauty of the Taebaek Mountains. No matter what time of year you visit, there is plenty to see and do at the resort, including two Olympic-class ski slopes, three scenic golf courses and Ocean 700, Korea's most modern indoor water park. Track the mountains and take in the region's natural beauty or relax at one of the hotel's peaceful apres-ski spots.

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Day 8

Pyeongchang - Gangreung - Mt.Seorak - Seoul

This morning, visit the Ski Jump Tower Observatory by monorail from the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018. Enjoy the view of the Sky Lounge and have some free time enjoying coffee or tea. Then, travel to to Yangyang for a short hike at Jujeongol of Mt. Seorak. Return to Seoul in the evening. Drop off service is available at T-Mark Grand Hotel, T-Mark Hotel, Lotte Hotel Seoul and Center Mark Hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Center Mark Hotel

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    Center Mark Hotel



    Located within 10 minutes of Jongno, Insadong and Myeong-dong, Center Mark Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and religious interests. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy …

    Located within 10 minutes of Jongno, Insadong and Myeong-dong, Center Mark Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and religious interests. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 9

Depart Seoul

Enjoy free time until airport pick-up time.

Transfer to Incheon International airport by private vehicle.

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DEPARTURES:

Fridays (guaranteed with one person)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights first class accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Seat in coach sightseeing and transfers as specified with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Private airport transfers
  • Meals as specified.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes

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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