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Ultimate Korea: Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan & Jeju

Duration
9 Days
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DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: 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:
On request

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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, you will welcomed by your local driver, please look out for your name on their welcome board. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun

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    Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun



    With a premium central Seoul location and an incredible view of cityscape, the hotel is situated adjacent to the famous Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun Market.The hotel will offer an unforgettable experience for both business and leisure travelers. It boasts 331 guest rooms and 192 …

    With a premium central Seoul location and an incredible view of cityscape, the hotel is situated adjacent to the famous Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun Market.The hotel will offer an unforgettable experience for both business and leisure travelers. It boasts 331 guest rooms and 192 residences with a stunning rooftop bar and the outdoor infinity pool. With our chic dining options and modern convention facilities, we will ensure your suceesful business meetings and social gatherings.

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    • Business Centre
    • Executive Lounge
    • Fitness Club
    • Prayer Room
    • Reception
    • Rooftop Garden
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Full Day Seoul Tour

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin your full day exploration of South Korea's vibrant capital city. Begin with a visit to Jogyesa Temple; the head temple of the Jogye order in Seoul and the center of Korean Buddhism. Continue onwards to Gyeongbokgung Palace where you'll witness the changing of the guard ceremony and tour the palace and grounds. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful of Seoul's five palaces and is the largest. You'll drive by the Presidential Blue House and visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae which is a historical memorial museum where you can learn about the past, present and future visions of Seoul and Korea. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, visit Changdeokgung Palace which was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. Continue on to visit Insadong Arts and Crafts Street. Insadong Street is one of the most popular areas in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insadong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts. Finish your day with a visit to Namdaemun Traditional Market, the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods. Most of the goods are made directly by the storeowners. Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 3

Gyeongju Tour

This morning, you'll be met by your local driver in the lobby of your hotel and transferred to Seoul Station where you'll have your first experience on South Korea's KTX high-speed trains as you travel 2 hours to Gyeongju. Upon arrival at Singyeongju Station, you'll be met by your local guide to begin a great orientation tour of the city. Begin with a visit to Gyeongju National Museum, representing Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of Silla (BC57-AD935). This is a fantastic place to uncover the cultural history of Gyeongju with earthenware, art & craft works and many galleries exhibited every day household goods dating back to life in the Royal Court during the Silla dynasty. Afterwards continue on to the Daereungwon Tomb Complex where large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be explored. Next, visit Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Today's last stop will be historic Hwangridan-gil Street. Cafes and restaurants on the street are designed and inspired from hanoks, the Korea traditional houses. Hwangridan-gil itself is a wonderful place where you can see the past and the present of Gyeongju. Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Lahan Select Gyeongju

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    Lahan Select Gyeongju



    Set in a prime location of Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, …

    Set in a prime location of Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, fax machine, photocopying. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating, desk to ensure a restful night. Take a break from a long day and make use of fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, indoor pool, tennis courts. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju will make you feel instantly at home.

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Day 4

Gyeongju

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin another full day of exploration in Gyeongju. Start with a visit to iconic Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic of Gyeongju. Continue on to Seokguram Grotto located on Tohamsan Mountain. It is the main stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. Afterwards, visit Gyeongju Folk Crafts Village which consists of 40 thatched and tile-roofed houses, lived in by local artisans of traditional arts and crafts skills. Various fields of crafts production including metal, pottery, timber, jewels, hanbok (Korean traditional clothes), and stone-crafts can be found in the village. Conclude your tour with a visit to Anapji Pond, designed as a park for royalty. Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 5

Busan

This morning, you'll be met by your guide and transferred by road to Busan (approximately 1 hour). On the way, you'll visit Tongdosa Temple which is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Tongdosa is famous as there are no statues aside from Buddha at the temple because the "real shrines of the Buddha" (relics) are preserved here. Afterwards visit Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare chance to see a temple along the shore line as almost all temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo dynasty. Continue on to Dongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias) which is an island located off one end of Busan's famous Haeundae Beach. You'll also have time to visit APEC House Nurimaru and Haeundae Beach before being transferred to your hotel to check in. Enjoy the remainder of your day and evening at leisure.

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Busan Paradise

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    Busan Paradise Hotel is located along Haeundae Beach. It has a casino and outdoor spa, it also offers modern rooms and 12 restaurants. This hotel is a 30-minute drive from Busan Train Station. Guests can relax at the outdoor hot spring or swim in the …

    Busan Paradise Hotel is located along Haeundae Beach. It has a casino and outdoor spa, it also offers modern rooms and 12 restaurants. This hotel is a 30-minute drive from Busan Train Station. Guests can relax at the outdoor hot spring or swim in the pool. There is also an indoor golf practice range and a fitness centre.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 6

Busan

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin another full day of exploration in Busan. You tour includes a visit to the UN Memorial Cemetery where South Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries and UN aids from five countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950-1953. Next, visit Youngdusan Park (Busan Tower) in downtown Busan which is one of Busan's three famous mountains. Continue to Jagalchi Fish Market located on the shore side road in Busan's Jung-gu, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. After the Korean War, the market solidified itself as a fish market. Today's final stop will be to Gamcheon Culture Village which is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan." Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents. Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 7

Busan to Jeju

This morning, you'll be met and transferred to Busan's Gimhae International Airport for your short 1-hour flight to Jeju. On arrival, you'll be met in the arrival area where you'll be met by your local guide who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Directly from the airport, you'll head out to begin your initial exploration of Jeju. Begin with a visit to Hallim Park, which reaches almost 100 thousand square meters and has a variety of gardens that can be enjoyed in any season. Visitors can enjoy Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden and much more. The next stop is O'sulloc Tea Museum which opened on September 1, 2001 and is located at the entrance of Seogwang Tea Garden. The building itself is the materialization of a green tea cup, and it is a place of culture, where tradition and modern east and west are harmonized. Afterwards, you will visit Jusangjeollidae Seaside Cliff where stone pillars can be viewed piled up along the coast and it is a designated cultural monument of Jeju Island. Jusangjeolli Cliff was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. There are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and look as if stone masons had carved them out. Lastly, enjoy a visit to Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, named "The Pond of God," which consists of 3 sections. Around the falls, you can find a variety of diverse plant life, such as the rare 'solimnan' reeds. To the east, there is a cave where cold water pours from the ceiling to create the first waterfall. The water gathers into a pool and from there, falls two more times, creating the second and third waterfalls, which then flow into the sea. Following your tour, you'll be transferred to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Lotte Jeju

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    Lotte Jeju


    This hotel, situated centrally in Cheju, is one of the most renowned hotels in Korea. Guests will enjoy a location that is only 50-minutes from the International Airport, and within a close proximity to a number of historic, cultural, and tourist attractions. The hotel boasts …

    This hotel, situated centrally in Cheju, is one of the most renowned hotels in Korea. Guests will enjoy a location that is only 50-minutes from the International Airport, and within a close proximity to a number of historic, cultural, and tourist attractions. The hotel boasts guestrooms that are adorned with beautiful designer furnishings, and accented by modern amenities. The on-site dining venue offers uninhibited views of the South China Sea, and serves a comprehensive array of international and local dishes.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 8

Jeju Island

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin another full day of exploration on Jeju. Your tour begins with a visit to the Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum which has many different interesting and informative exhibitions. Your next stop is Woljeongri Beach. Well known for its beautiful scenery, white sands and emerald waters, Jeju's Woljeongri Beach has a road filled with tea houses and coffee shops. Here is one of the many places on the island to enjoy an exotic and memorable view. Afterwards, visit Haenyeo Museum. Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. Jeju-do established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo's haenyeo female divers. A photo stop will be offered at Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. Your last stop for the day is at Seongeup Folk Village which is located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island. Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture. Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 9

Jeju to Seoul

Enjoy time at leisure until you check out and are met and transferred to Jeju International Airport for your return flight to Seoul. Upon arrival at Seoul's Gimpo International Airport, you'll be met in the arrival area by your local drive who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. From here, you'll be transferred to Seoul's Incheon International Airport for your onward flight.

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Seoul
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Gyeongju
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Busan
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations on Jeju Island
  • Shared Full Day Seoul Tour by A/C coach (max 40 guests)
  • Private-guided tours in Gyeongju, Busan and Jeju Island as per itinerary
  • Private overland travel as per itinerary by private A/C vehicle
  • Domestic airfare (economy class) incl. taxes for Busan to Jeju and Jeju to Seoul Gimpo
  • KTX Tickets (2nd class) for Seoul to Gyeongju
  • All applicable entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 7 lunches

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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