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Korea Encompassed

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 1,603

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$ 1,603

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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

Welcome to Seoul! Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, please proceed to the arrivals hall where you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. The 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 to Daejeon

You will be picked up from the Center Mark Hotel and transferred to the Lotte Seoul Hotel to meet your group and tour guide for the start of the tour. Your guide will greet you near the grand piano in the hotel lobby. Depart for Gongju, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom. Visit Gongsanseong Fortress and the Tomb of King Muryeong. At Magoksa Temple, experience a tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk. Afterwards, continue to Daejeon.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Interciti

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  • Hotel Interciti


    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 to Gwangju

After breakfast in the hotel, depart for Jeonju, known for its traditional wooden houses ("hanok") as well as for the popular rice dish bibimbap. Visit Jeonju Hanok Village, then enjoy bibimbap for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to Jinan, visiting Tapsa Temple at Mt. Maisan. Arrive Gwangju in the evening.

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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 to Yeosu

This morning, visit a green tea plantation in Boseong and the Naganeupseong Folk Village. Continue on to the reed marshes of Suncheonman Bay, the Suncheon Ecological Museum and Yongsan Observatory. You will arrive Yeosu this evening.

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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 to Busan

This morning, board a ferry boat or a marine cable car to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Odongdo Island in Yeosu. Afterwards, transfer to Jinju and visit Jinjuseong Fortress. Continue on to Busan, the largest port city in Korea. Visit Dongbaekseom Island, then stop at Centum City Shopping Mall which houses the largest department store in the world. The evening is at leisure in Busan.

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Novotel Ambassador Busan

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    Located at the center of the beautiful Haeundae Beach, Novotel Ambassador Busan is a member of the world hotel chain Accor. Novotel Ambassador Busan provides the best service for its guests as it is located close to Bexco, the business district, and the Busan Aquarium. ...

    Located at the center of the beautiful Haeundae Beach, Novotel Ambassador Busan is a member of the world hotel chain Accor. Novotel Ambassador Busan provides the best service for its guests as it is located close to Bexco, the business district, and the Busan Aquarium. With 325 cozy guest rooms, an executive lounge, restaurants and bars of different styles, as well as a ballroom and a seminar facility with an ocean view, swimming pool, sauna, and gym, they are ready to satisfy the diverse leisure and business requirements of all their visitors.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 6

Busan to Gyeongju

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Ulsan and the seaside Ulgi Park. Continue on to Gyeongju, visiting Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju National Museum, Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory and Tumuli Park.

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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.

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    • 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 to Pyeongchang

This morning, depart for Andong and visit Hahoe Village. After lunch, continue to Wonju and the Hanji Theme Park. You'll have the chance to make some traditional handmade paper. Afterwards, transfer to Pyeongchang and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

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  • Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort


    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 to Seoul

After breakfast, set out for Gangreung and visit the Jumunjin Fish Market. Continue on to Yangyang for a short hike near Seorak Mountain. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Seoul and where you will be dropped off at 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

Transfer by private vehicle to Seoul Incheon International Airport for your onward flight.

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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
  • 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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