About this holiday
Day 1 - Welcome to Seoul; Upon arrival at Incheon airport we are
greeted by our English speaking guide who will accompany our group
for the rest of our tour. On the coach to our hotel, we enjoy welcome
drinks and short briefing. Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Day 2 - Seoul Tour; Although very much a 21st century city with steeland-glass
skyscrapers, we’ll also discover ancient temples as well as
restored historic palaces whose designs date back centuries. On our full
day tour of Seoul, we will see how Korean history and culture has been
preserved with visits to Deoksu palace, Insadong Antique Alley where
old but precious and traditional goods are on display and Bukchon
Hanok Village, where hundreds of traditional houses date back to the
Joseon Dynasty. For a panorama of this stunning city we visit Seoul
tower with magnificent views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. Our
last stop is Gwangjang market, a riot of colour and overflowing with
ginseng, jade and dried squid.
Overnight Seoul (B, L)
Day 3 - Seoul – Yong in – Jeonju; After breakfast we see the Korea
Folk Village with its display of over 260 traditional houses depicting
households from different regions, before continuing to Jeonju (approx.
2hours and 30mins) where we visit Jeonju Hanok Village before we
enjoy our group dinner together.
Overnight Jeonju (B,D)
Day 4 - Jeonju – Damyang – Suncheon; Today we visit the Damyang
Bamboo Forest, one of the most enchanting places in South Korea.
This unearthly forest is a delightful maze of hiking trails, man-made
waterfalls, and bamboo stalks, some reaching over 20m tall. As you
make your way through the park, you will be able to take a few quiet
and peaceful moments alone with the swaying bamboo... After our tour
of Damyang, we head then to Suncheonman bay and Nakaneupseong
Overnight Suncheon (B, D)
Day 5 - Suncheon –Tongyeong – Busan; After breakfast we make
for the picturesque coastal city of Tongyeong where we take a cable
car ride to the summit of Mt Mireuksan for a spectacular view of the
peninsular and the 151 islands scattered around the coastline. We
then continue to Busan, Korea’s second largest city and famous for
its seafood and beaches, as well as the Hallyosudo Waterway with its
picturesque islands. Although primarily known as a port, the city has
many steep hills, creating a very unusual mix of mountains and ocean.
We visit the Jagalchi Fishery market, and Busan tower on Mt. Yongdu
Overnight Busan (B,D)
Day 6 - Busan; Free day at leisure to explore the city and perhaps enjoy
some of the local delicacies. Overnight Busan (B)
Day 7 - Busan – Gyeongju; After a visit to Tongdosa Temple in the
morning we head to Gyeongju, a beautiful city with a cultural history of
over 2,000 years and once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Shilla,
a fact to which it owes its present-day prominence. The Shilla kingdom
arose at the turn of the first millennium, and ruled most of the Korean
Peninsula from the 7th to the 9th centuries. A vast number of sites from
this period remain in the city today. Here we’ll find ancient landmarks
blanketing the city, standing as proud testaments to a bygone era.
These ancient relics are such an integral part of the landscape that
the whole city has been designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
(known collectively as the "Gyeongju Historic Area") and the city is
commonly known as the "museum without walls" thanks to the many
artifacts found throughout the city.
Overnight Gyeongju (B)
Day 8 - Gyeongju – Haeinsa Temple – Daejeon; This morning we
visit Haeinsa Temple on Mount Gaya, a UNESCO designated Heritage
site, one of Korea’s three major Buddhist temples and which houses
the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts
in existence. Carved on more than 80,000 woodblocks during the
13th century, with more than 52 million characters in 6,568 volumes.
After, we head to Geumsan and see the International Ginseng market.
Overnight Daejeon (B,L)
Day 9 - Daejeon-Seoul. On our return to Seoul, we pause to see Icheon
City and Yeongneung, Yeongneung, the royal tomb of King Sejong.
Upon arrival in Seoul, our group then takes a delightful Han River cruise
where we enjoy a delicious buffet dinner on board as we sail through
the city by night.
Overnight Seoul (B, D)
Day 10 - Seoul / DMZ Tour;. Strolling around the bustling streets of
Seoul, it’s easy to forget that Korea is still a divided country. But the
Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), established as the ceasefire line in 1953,
exists as a reminder. Although the DMZ is the most heavily armed
border in the world, it has also become unlikely tourist destination and
our tour of this unique area include the observatory and one of North
Korea’s infiltration tunnels. Overnight Seoul (B, L)
Day 11 - Seoul; After breakfast at our hotel, there’s free time to do
some last minute souvenir shopping before e transfer to the airport for
our return flight. (B)
See the vibrant city of Seoul
Embrace the history and
tradition ancient Korea
Visit the Bamboo City of
Enjoy the wonderful local food
Walk Gyeongju – the ‘museum
Visit the North Korean border
at the DMZ
We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).
Summit Hotel or similar **** (Seoul)
Rewin hotel or similar **** (Jeonju)
Ecograd Hotel **** (Suncheon)
Towerhill Hotel or similar ****
Commodore Hotel or similar ***** (Gyeongju)
Intercity Hotel *****