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Korea Showcase

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,773

An interesting small group tour which not only highlights the capital, Seoul, the historical aspects of Gyeongju and the colourful port of Busan but adds a visit to the demilitarized zone.


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 the Changdeokgung Palace, preserved from the days of royalty. Adjoining it is the picturesque Secret Garden, landscaped with ponds, woods and a pavilion.

Also visit the Jogyesa Temple, the principal Zen Buddhist Temple in South Korea and 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.

The next day, visit the Korean Folk Village where life from the past is recreated daily through activities and displays. Afterwards, head to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which is located 44 kilometres/27 miles northwest of Seoul. From the Dora Observation Platform you will have a view of North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, the People's School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom. Later, return to Seoul and continue to Gyeongju.

For a thousand years until the 10th century, Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty. Now, almost another thousand 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.

Busan is South Korea's largest port and second largest metropolis. During your stay here, take in the view from the Busan Tower, go to the Jagalchi Fish Market and to the Municipal Museum. Also visit Nampodong shopping street, one of the favourite haunts of the locals. Finally head to Haeundae Beach.

Return to Seoul for an overnight stay.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,773

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Day 1

Incheon - 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 3 nights' accommodation. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 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, Full day SIC Tour

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 local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Seoul, Join Afternoon SIC Korean Folk Village Tour

The morning is at your leisure.

Drive to the Korean Folk Village. You will see over 260 traditional Korean buildings relocated to the folk village and restored according to the original life style of the Korean people in the late Joseon period. Household goods of each region are exhibited, showing their own grace so that you can experience traditional Korean lifestyle.

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Day 4

Seoul - Gyeongju, Join DMZ and the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel SIC Tour

After hotel breakfast, drive to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Third Infiltration Tunnel, which is located 44 km northwest of Seoul. From the Dora Observation Platform you can get a view of North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom.

Return to Seoul and you will be picked up by a new tour guide at lunch restaurant.

Transfer to Gyeongju for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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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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    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • 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 5

Gyeongju - Busan, Private Gyeongju Half day & Busan Half day Tour

Today's sightseeing in Gyeongju include Cheomseongdae Observatory, Daereungwon Tomb Complex, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple. Then proceed to Busan for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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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 - Seoul, Private Busan Half day Tour

Busan is a major port city boasting a coastline with fine beaches, scenic islets and tall mountains. After breakfast you'll take a tour of Busan, which includes Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market, Nampodong Shopping Street, UN Memorial Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum, and Busan Haeundae Beach.

Return to Seoul where you will stay.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 7

Depart Seoul

Enjoy free time until airport pick-up time.

Transfer to Incheon International airport by private vehicle.

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DEPARTURES:

Monday to Thursday.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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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