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The Best of Korea - 10 Days - Tour Only


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Summary


This tour starts and ends in Seoul and visits some of the best tourist attractions in South Korea, including Jeonju, Yeosu, Jeju Island, Busan, Daegu, and Gangneung
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Itinerary


Day 1 (Sunday) Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju


Assemble at the tour meeting point which is the car park of Dongwha Duty free mall, (exit number 6 of Gwanghwamun subway station), by 8:00am. 8:00 am:

Tour starts with transfer to Gongju (1h30m)

Visit The Tomb of King Muryeong (UNESCO), Gongsanseong Fortress(UNESCO)

Proceed to Jeonju (80Km/1 hr) to visit Jeonju Hanok Village including about 700 traditional Korean houses called Hanok

Check-into your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Ramada Jeonju or similar


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Day 2 (Monday) Jeonju
 - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu


Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to Gwangju (100km / 1hr 20min), the leading city of Honam region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea.

Visit May 18th National Cemetery Suncheon (100km/ 1hr) where you will visit Suncheon Bay Garden

Move to Yeosu, a port city and look around the Historic Site of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s Path

Check-in to your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Yeosu The Ocean Resort or similar


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Day 3 (Tuesday) Yeosu - Busan - Jeju Island


Breakfast at your hotel

Jinjuseong Fortress – historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592.

Move to Busan (100Km/1.5hrs)  Arrive at Gimhae domestic airport. Depart from Gimhae domestic airport.

Arrive at Jeju and meet your tour guide.

Transfer to hotel and take a rest.


Jeju-do’s volcanic island and lava tubes have been registered as UNESCO’s world natural heritage.

Jeju Island is the premier tourist destination in Korea because of its stunning natural scenery and superior tourist amenities. Scenic beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves lie in harmony and the mild weather makes Jeju-do an even more ideal tourist site.

Check-in to your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Jeju Lotte Hotel or similar


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Day 4 (Wednesday) Jeju Island


Breakfast at your hotel, and then enjoy a full day of sightseeing.

Visit Cheonjeyeon Falls (The Pond of God), Continue to the Gyulimseong tangerine farm and followed by a scenic cruise aboard the Seogwipo Pleasure Boat (optional, US$18PP).

Visit Camellia Hill. Take a walk “Olle” a narrow pathway.

Complete the day with a walk along the shores of Yongmeori Beach; if closed*, visit Sangbanggulsa cave instead.

After dinner return to your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Jeju Lotte Hotel or similar


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Day 5 (Thursday) Jeju Island - Busan


Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to Seopjikoji - one of the most mysterious sights on Jeju Island,. In harmony with a coast made up of grotesque cliffs and dark blue ocean, you can enjoy trekking on the Olle path.

Visit Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, a World Heritage UNESCO site.

Next, step back in time as you explore the Jeju Haenyeo Museum. If time is available, also visit the Musuem of Natural History, to have an opportunity to experience and learn about the environment and shows how to preserve the earth’s natural beauty.

Stop by Korean Jewelry Amethyst and local product store.

Departure From Jeju International Airport around 17:00 to Busan airport.

Arrive at Busan airport where you will meet your guide & transfer to your hotel.

Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Avani Central Busan Hotel or similar.


Day 6 (Friday) Gyeongju - Daegu


Breakfast at your hotel

Check-out, then start the Gyeongju Tour


Gyeongju Tour


● Seokguram

(Optional tour: Seokguram Grotto US$6 PP)


Seokguram  is known to have been built with Bulguksa Temple. Designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite.

● Bulguksa Temple


Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world.

● Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC - AD 935). Not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, it also strives to take leap toward becoming a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions.

● Cheomgseongdae Astronomical Observatory

This astronomical observatory was built in the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – AD 935). With a height of only 9.17m, the tower was built with exactly 365 stones to represent the number of days in a year.

Check Into Your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Daegu Interbulgo-EXCO or similar (4star)


Day 7 (Saturday) Daegu - Andong - Gangneung


Breakfast at your hotel.


Haeinsa Temple.


Located in Gayasan National Park, Haeinsa Temple was founded by King Ae-Jang of Shilla Dynasty (802), well known for its famous treasure “ Tripitaka Koreana” (UNESCO world heritage) composed of 81,341 printing woodblocks made to repulse the Mongolian Army Invasion with support of Buddha.


Andong Hahoe Village


Hahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights: the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, endlessly unfolding sandy beaches, and lush, ancient pine trees.


Hahoe Village, along with Yangdong Village in Gyeongju, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of “Historic Villages in Korea” on July 31, 2010.

Check Into Your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Gangneung Value Hotel or similar.


Day 8 (Sunday) Seoul


After Breakfast, we drive to Seoraksan National Park where peaks break through the clouds and jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea’s most famous national park. UNESCO designated this park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to so many rare species found here.


Seoraksan National Park


Visit Sinheungsa-temple located in Mt. Seorak which is an ancient temple with deep historical significance, built by a great monk Jajangyulsa (590~658).

(Optional Tour: Gwongeumseong Cable Car–USD15pp).

Gwongeumseong is a site of castle ruins located on the steep Dol Mountain of Seoraksan National Park area.

After sightseeing of Seoraksan National Park, move to Seoul.

Check-into your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Fraser Place Namdaemun or similar.


Day 9 (Monday) Seoul


After breakfast, start half-day Seoul tour.


Seoul Half Day Sightseeing


● Gyeongbokgung Palace

The palace was originally constructed in 1394. It was a symbol of majesty for the Korean people and the home of the royal family. Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact.

● The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

In ancient times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

● National Folk Museum

Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

● Korean Ginseng Center

Known as the 'miraculous medicine,' Ginseng is Korea's representative medicinal crop. Ginseng is used as a way to recover health, strengthen the body, and calm the mind.

Lunch

Stop for lunch at local restaurant.


Korean Folk Village


At the Korean Folk Village you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty, This is a huge village that has about 260 different types of house of each province.

Return to your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Fraser Place Namdaemun or similar.


Day 10 (Tuesday) Seoul


After breakfast, check out of hotel.

Tour ends.


* Above schedule and Hotels are subject to change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic and big events.


Inclusions:


Accommodation with Breakfast

English speaking tour guide

Admission Fees (some attractions optional and not included)

Transportation


Excludes:


International Flights

Lunch & Dinner

Optional Tour Admission Fees

Travel Insurance


TTA Protected

Price Guide:


US$ 2425 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 875


*Peak Season Prices: (1st week of May, July, August, & Holidays)


US$ 2795 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 975


This tour operates with a minimum of 2 persons.

Child Price on this tour: Infant under 24 months goes free. Child 2-5 years sharing bed with 2 adults: 80% Adult Price. With extra bed, sharing room with 2 adults: Full Adult Price. Child with 1 Adult sharing a room is Adult Price.


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