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Korea Highlights

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,889

With stays in the capital, Seoul, historic Gyeongju and its archaeological sites, the port of Busan and idyllic island of Jeju, this itinerary will give you an excellent insight into Korea.


Korea is often referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm”. This small group journey 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 National Folklore Museum. Also visit the Jogyesa Temple, 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. In the centre of town, Royal Tumuli Park is a huge walled area with 20 royal tombs. Nearby is Cheomseongdae, one of the oldest observatories in Eastern Asia. The finest example of Silla temple architecture is 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.

There will be time to go to the Gyeongju National Museum with its collection of mainly Silla relics, Anapji Pond, an artificial lake surrounded by buildings which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla, the Arts and Crafts Centre and the Silla Millenium Park, a theme park focusing on the Silla period.

Next stop is Busan, 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, 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 Yongungsa Seaside Temple.

Fly from Busan to Jeju Island, a place of myths and legends. According to legend, three demi-gods emerged from Samsunghyeol which is said to have been on the northern slopes of Mount Halla and became the creators of the Jeju people who founded the Kingdom. One in five of the population earns their living from the sea, and in many families, the women have been divers for generations. At 1950 metres/6350 feet, Mount Halla is the highest peak in Korea visible all over the island. Jeju is a popular tourist destination and offers not only good weather and beaches but exceptional natural landscapes.

During your stay here, visit the Dragon Head Rock where you can see the Haeneo woman divers working to catch seafood, Samseonghyeol Shrine where according to legend, it was here that three demigods emerged from the ground to become the founding fathers of Jeju, the Halla Botanical Garden and the Jeju Folklore and Natural History.

The next day, it’s time to take in some of the stunning beauty of the island. Start with the Sangumburi Crater, an extinct volcano. The crater is 100 metres/325 feet deep. Over 400 species of plants and animals live inside the crater. Next is the Manjang Lava Cave, one of the longest lava tubes in the world. The cave is academically significant as rare species live in the cave and it is considered to be a world class tourist attraction.

After lunch, visit the Seongsan Sunrise Peak which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. With 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent.  Then it’s on to the Folklore Village and finally head to the Jeju “Mysterious Road” which connects 2 highways and earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, actually an optical illusion.    


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,889

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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, you will welcome by an English speaking assistance holding 'Goway' logo. When you meet him or her, the assistance will check your name and take you to a local driver. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
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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

Today, you will be taken on a city tour of Seoul. Tour includes Jogyesa Buddhist Temple - Changing of the Guard Ceremony - Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksugung Palace on Tuesday only) - Pass by Presidential Blue House - Cheongwadae Sarangchae (closed on every Monday) - Shopping Center - Lunch - Changdeokgung Palace (N Seoul Tower on Monday only - excluding Observatory) - Insadong Arts and Crafts Market - Shopping Center - Namdaemun Traditional Market. Lunch will served at a local market.

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Day 3

Seoul to Gyeongju

You will be transferred to Seoul station for the morning express train to Gyeongju by a local driver. Upon arrival in Gyeongju, you will be met by tour guide. After lunch, you will visit Daereungwon Tomb Complex, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju National Museum, and Shilla Millennium Park.

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Duration2 Nights
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The-K Hotel Gyeongju

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    The-K Hotel Gyeongju



    The-K Hotel Gyeongju that is wholly-owned by Korean Teachers' Credit Union is the five-start hotel located at Gyeongju Bomun Complex that is the ancient capital of millennium Shilla and it serves the customers with the comfortable environment taking beautiful natural landscape of Bomun Lake as ...

    The-K Hotel Gyeongju that is wholly-owned by Korean Teachers' Credit Union is the five-start hotel located at Gyeongju Bomun Complex that is the ancient capital of millennium Shilla and it serves the customers with the comfortable environment taking beautiful natural landscape of Bomun Lake as the its background. Your travel will be satisfied with the differentiated performance, service from the heart, natural landscape that only Gyeongju can have, various leports facilities and ancient cultural heritage of ancient capital of millennium Shilla.

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    • Playground
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Shops
    • Volleyball Court

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Day 4

Gyeongju

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day's sightseeing in Gyeongju. Highlights of today's tour includes Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Gyeongju Folk Crafts Village, and Anapji Pond.

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Day 5

Gyeongju to Busan

Transfer to Busan by road. En route, visit the Tongdosa Temple. On arrival, check into your choice of hotel. Later visit Youngdusan Park (Busan Tower), Jagalchi Market, and Gukje Market.

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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 tour includes a visit to Dongbaekseom Island, Haeundae Beach, UN Memorial Cemetery, Gamcheon Culture Village, and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

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Day 7

Busan to Jeju

Fly from Busan airport to Jeju Island. On arrival, you will enjoy half day Jeju tour. Tour includes Hallim Park, O'sulloc Tea Museum, Jusangjeollidae Seaside Cliff, and Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

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Duration2 Nights
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Benikea Hotel

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    Benikea Hotel



    The hotel is a 60-minute drive from Halla Mountain and a 40-minute drive from Jeju International Airport. Aewol is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, relaxation and clean air. If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next ...

    The hotel is a 60-minute drive from Halla Mountain and a 40-minute drive from Jeju International Airport.

    Aewol is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, relaxation and clean air.

    If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next step, before you book. Once you book, we'll provide details so you can contact the property directly.

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    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible
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Day 8

Jeju

A full day tour includes Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum, Seongeup Folk Village, Seopji Koji and Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak.

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Day 9

Jeju to Seoul

Enjoy free time until airport pick-up time. Transfer to Jeju Airport by a local driver. Fly back to Seoul. (Included)

Upon arrival at Gimpo Domestic Airport, you will be transferred to Seoul Hotel or Incheon International Airport by a local driver.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Guided touring and entrance fees as per itinerary (group touring in Seoul; private touring in Gyeongju, Busan and Jeju)
  • Overland travel as per itinerary
  • Inter-country air and train travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages unless specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities

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 will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please inquire.

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