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The Best of Korea with Seoul & Jeju Island
- 13 Days - Friday Arrival


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Summary


This tour itinerary includes Airport pick-up and drop-off.

Visiting Seoul, Jeonju, Yeosu, Jeju Island, Busan, Daegu, and Gangneung



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Itinerary


Day 1 (Friday) Arrive into Incheon Airport


Meet your tour guide at Incheon Airport (upon exiting) and transfer to hotel.

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

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

Hotel: Splaisir Hotel, Myeongdong or similar


Day 2 (Saturday) Seoul


Breakfast at your hotel

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel around 08:30-09:00 am for Seoul half day sightseeing – Gyeongbokgung Palace(Deoksu Palace on Tue) The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, National Folk Museum, Korean Ginseng Center.

Proceed to Korean Folk Village (an hour and half drive away from Seoul) - you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty, It’s huge village that has about 260 different types of house of each province.

Return to Seoul and take a rest

Hotel: Splaisir Hotel, Myeongdong or similar


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Day 3 (Sunday) Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju


Breakfast at your hotel.

07:45am, Meet a driver at your hotel and transfer to a meeting point, parking lot in front of Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, at Gwanghwamun Intersection, Seoul at 08:00am.

Depart Seoul to Gongju. 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 and have leisure time.

Hotel: Ramada Hotel Jeonju or similar


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Day 4 (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 our hotel.

Hotel: Yeosu Ramada Hotel or similar


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Day 5 (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 driver.

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-do(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 island.

Hotel: Jeju Grand Hyatt Hotel or similar


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Day 6 (Wednesday) Jeju Island


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

Visit Hyupjae Beach, Hallim Park where you can enjoy Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden and much more.

On to O'sulloc Tea Museum which was opened by Amore Pacific in 2001 with the aim of introducing and spreading Korean teas and the traditional tea culture of Korea.

After lunch, take Sanbang Mountain Cruise and Cheonjeyeon falls, named "The Pond of God," consists of three sections.

Stop by shopping center and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Jeju Grand Hyatt Hotel or similar


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Day 7 (Thursday) Jeju Island - Busan


Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to the farm and enjoy horseback riding, one of fun activity that will make you feel like royalty.

Visit the Seongeup Folk Village which shows the unique culture of Jeju Island.

After lunch, Visit Haenyeo Museum where exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives or enjoy woman diver show(Unesco Intangible Cultural asset) Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, rose 180 meters above sea level due to a magma flow under the sea over 5,000 years ago and it was originally a separate island, but a build-up of sand and soil has connected it to the main island, and Manjanggul which holds great value for science and conservation studies, having well-maintained formations despite being formed over one hundred thousand years ago.

Transfer to Jeju Airport and Fly to your next destination around 17:00.

Arrive at Busan airport, transfer to hotel.

Enjoy your own free time at Haeundae Beach, unlike other beaches in Korea in that the sandy shore stretches between the sea and numerous tall buildings.   

Hotel: Haeundae Ramada Encore Hotel or similar.


Day 8 (Friday) Busan - Gyeongju


Breakfast at your hotel

After breakfast meet a guide for a full day sightseeing in Busan.

Visit Haeundae Beach, the most famous beach in Busan. The white sand beach is roughly 1.5 kilometers long, over a 30- to 50-meter wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay.

Proceed to Yonggungsa Temple via Dalmaji-gil Road, famous for its views of the blue ocean, white sandy beach, Camellia forest, and pine tree forest, creating one of Busan’s eight scenic sites.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan.

Transfer to Gamcheon Culture Villiage, formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan".

Continue to visit Korea’s largest seafood market, Jagalchi Fishery market and traditional market.

Transfer to Gyeongju and visit Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond(night tour), a secondary palace used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. You can enjoy the reflections of Imhaejeon in Wolji during the night.

Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar (4 star)


Day 9 (Saturday) Gyeongju - Daegu


Breakfast at your hotel.

Met by our guide and enjoy a full day tour in Gyeongju, a museum without walls. In 57 BC, around when Julius Caesar was subduing Gaul, it became the capital of the Shilla Dynasty and remained so for about 1000 years. Gyeongju preserves a vast amount of significant and fascinating historical heritage.

Visit Gyeongju National Museum, Cheomgseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO world heritage) - an artificial stone temple made of granites, located on the eastern peak of Mt. Toham. Inside the round-shaped main hall, there are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-Sattava and his disciples. It was built to preserve these statues. Bulguksa Temple (UNESCO world heritage) – The beauty of the temple itself and artistic touch of the stone relics are as awesome and fascinating as to be highly praised by visitors from all over the world.

Move to Daegu city for overnight which is a largest and central city of this province.

Check in at Hotel and take a rest.

Hotel: Daegu Inter-burgo EXCO Hotel or similar .


Day 10 (Sunday) Daegu - Haeinsa Temple -  Andong - Pyeongchang


Breakfast at your hotel.

After Check-out, move to 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 “ TripitakaKoreana ”(UNESCO world heritage) composed of 81,341 printing woodblocks made to repulse the Mongolian Army Invasion with support of Buddha.

And then transfer to Andong Hahoe Village which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was not artificially created; there are people who actually live there.

The Hahoe Village has become world-famous for the visit of The Queen Elizabeth II of Britain several years ago.

And then transfer to Pyeongchange, one of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Cities.

Hotel: Pyeongchang Ramada Hoel & Suites or similar


Day 11 (Monday) Pyeongchang - Mt Seorak - Seoul


After breakfast, drive to Seoraksan National Park of which the peaks break through the clouds while 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.

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.

Hotel: Splaisir Hotel Myeongdong or similar


Day 12 (Tuesday) DMZ Tour


After breakfast, pick up from your hotel at 08:00 am for a DMZ tour. You are required to bring your Passports for security check.

Visiting Imjingak Park, The Unification Bridge, ID Check, DMZ theater and exhibition hall, The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Shopping center, then Drop off at Seoul City Hall.

Short walk to your hotel.

Hotel: Splaisir Hotel Myeongdong or similar


Day 13 (Wednesday) Seoul Departure


After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport.

Meet your driver at the hotel lobby (4 hours before your flight time)

*Check-out before 12:00 noon to avoid an additional night’s charge


* 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$ 3375 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 1120


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


US$ 3725 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 1420


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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