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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

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 for 2 nights accommodation in Seoul. Remainder of the day is at 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, Cheongwadae Sarangchae (closed on every Mondays), Presidential Blue House (photo time), Changing of the Guard Ceremony, Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays), Changdeokgung Palace (Namsangol Hanok Village on Mondays, Insadong Arts and Crafts Market, and Namdaemun Traditional Market.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

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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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    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • 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

Today you travel to Busan by road. En route you will visit the Tongdosa Temple. On arrival in Busan you will check into your hotel. Later you will visit the 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.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

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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 Dragon Head Rock, Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum, Martial Arts Performance 'Hon', and short tracking at Dodubong.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

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Duration2 Nights
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Jeju Palace Hotel

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    Jeju Palace Hotel



    This captivating waterfront retreat, located at Tap-Dong seaside area, features outstanding facilities for the commercial traveller as well as those seeking a relaxing vacation. The hotel features comfortable guestrooms that are equipped with a host of convenient amenities. The hotel offers delicious Korean and western ...

    This captivating waterfront retreat, located at Tap-Dong seaside area, features outstanding facilities for the commercial traveller as well as those seeking a relaxing vacation. The hotel features comfortable guestrooms that are equipped with a host of convenient amenities. The hotel offers delicious Korean and western cuisine for you to relish. You can enjoy your favourite drink and light snacks at the in-house cafe.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
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Day 8

Jeju

A full day tour includes Hyeopjae Beach, Norimae Park, Sanbangsan Mountain, Yongmeori Beach, and Cheonjeyeon Falls.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

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Day 9

Jeju to Seoul

After breakfast and check-out, visit Seongeup Folk Village, Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak, and Jeju Haenyeo Museum. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Later this afternoon, fly back to Seoul Gimpo (flight departs after 5:00pm). You will be met and transferred to your Seoul hotel or Incheon airport by private vehicle.

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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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