Discovery Tours - South Korea

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Discovery Tours - South Korea

South Korea • 11 Days • Solos Board • NEW




South Korea, or ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, is a beautiful peninsula littered with palaces, temples, pagodas, modern cities, forests, mountains and rivers as well as thousands of years of history.

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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. Overnight Seoul (D)

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 fortress. 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 before dinner. 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)

Why go?

See the vibrant city of Seoul

Embrace the history and tradition ancient Korea

Visit the Bamboo City of Damyang

Enjoy the wonderful local food

Walk Gyeongju – the ‘museum without walls’

Visit the North Korean border at the DMZ


Our accommodation


Korea

 

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 *****

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Date Duration Holiday Notes Age group Price
02 Apr 17 10 nights South Korea All Ages From £3,849

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