Round Korea and JeJu Island – 13 Days / 12 Nights

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Tour Description

Day 1 – Arrival in Seoul – Upon arrival at Seoul Airport our representative will greet you and accompany you in a private air conditioned vehicle to your hotel. After check in procedures are complete you are free to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2 – Seoul to Daejeon – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you meet your guide and embark on the drive to Daejeon. The first destination you visit is Gongju, the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom (18BC – 660AD). Here you will enjoy a wonderful experience of spending time with a monk learning the art of meditation and enjoying a conversation over a cup of tea at Magoska Temple. Proceed to the Tomb of Muryeong King and then onto to Gongsanseong Fortress, a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje Period. You will enjoy an archery experience there. Continue to Daejeon arriving in the late afternoon and then after dinner enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L & D)

Day 3 – Daejeon to Gwangju – At the completion of breakfast at your hotel, embark on the day’s touring, with the 1st visit of the day to Jeonju Hanok Village, with over 800 traditional Korea houses. The village is famous among tourists because of its atmosphere that strongly contrast with the modern city around it. Choose your preferred Hanbok, Korean National Costume and make a special memory wearing Hanbok with your companions. You will explore Gyeonggijeon Shrine which was erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. Today you will enjoy a Jeonju Bibimbap lunch and taste Makkolli (Korean traditional Wine) at a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit Tapsa Temple in Jinan, famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar and in the late afternoon proceed to Gwangju for the evening. (B, L & D)

Day 4 – Gwangju to Yeosu – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you embark for the day, with your 1st visit of the day to Boseong Green Tea Plantation, a very beautiful green tea fields. Here you will also have a chance to taste Boseong Green Tea. Continue to the Suncheon Naganeupseong Folk Village where you can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area. Then explore Suncheonman Bay, thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man and then stop by Yongsan Observatory to enjoy the bay’s beautiful view. Proceed to Yeosu, one of the country’s most picturesque port cities especially at night, and it’s here you can celebrate the night by watching the view of the seaside village. (B, L & D)

Day 5 – Yeosu to Busan – At the completion of breakfast embark on a day of sightseeing with your first visit of the day, enjoying a ride on the Yeosu Cable Car, offering the safe yet thrilling experience with the gondola to operate over seawater. Enjoy the scenery of downtown Yeosu and the archipelago around the old seaport and then proceed to Jinjuseong Fortress which is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. At the completion of this visit you make route to Busan for the evening at leisure after dinner. (B, L & D)

Day 6 – Busan to Gyeongju – After enjoying breakfast at your hotel embark on the day of sightseeing with your first visit to Nurimaru APEC House, it means “a house where the world summits gather together for an APEC meeting.” Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees. Proceed to Gyeongju and explore Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO. Continue to Gyeongju National Museum its holdings are largely devoted to relics of the Silla kingdom, of which Gyeongju was the capital. The next visit is to Daereungwon Tomb Complex. This park has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period and has been designated a Historic site, and the tombs are presumed to be those of kings and court officials. The last stop for today is Cheomseongdae Observatory which is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. (constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (r. 632-647), it was used to observe stars in order to forecast the weather.) (B, L & D)

Day 7 – Gyeongju to Pyeonchang – After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to Andong Hahoe Village, home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and well-known for its traditional houses. Hahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights, the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, sandy beaches, and lush ancient pine trees. Hahoe Village was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of “Historic Villages in Korea” on July 31, 2010. Proceed to Hanji Theme Park where you can get a chance to experience the Hanji making process.  You then have a short transfer to Pyeongchang for the evening. (B, L & D)

Day 8 – Pyeoncgang to Seoul – At the completion of breakfast your 1st visit Is to the Ski Jump Tower Observatory by monorail, used for the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018. Enjoy the view of the Sky Lounge and have some free time enjoying coffee or tea. Finally, travel to Yangyang to enjoy some short hiking at Jujeongol of Mt. Seorak and enjoy the nature before you return to Seoul in the early evening. (B & L)

Day 9 – Seoul Sightseeing – Today you will enjoy a full day sightseeing in and around Seoul. Your 1st visit of the day is to Gyeongbokgung Palace and enjoy Gwanghwamun Gate, here you will witness the Changing of Royal Guard Ceremony, and visit the National Folk Museum. Pass by The Blue House, also called Cheong Wa Dae. Continue to Insadong-gil and enjoy a visit toJogyesa Temple. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant at Myeongdong, and then proceed to Namsangol Hanok Village. The final visit of the day is to N Seoul Tower, one of the highest observation locations in all of Seoul. (B & L)

Day 10 – Seoul to Jeju Island – Enjoy a late breakfast today, check out of your hotel by 10.00am and meet your driver who will provide the transfer to Seoul Gimpo Airport for your short flight to JeJu Island. On arrival at JeJu Airport you will be greeted by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.(B)

Day 11 – Jeju Island  Sightseeing – Today you will explore with your guide, Jeju Island. The 1st visit is to Hallim Park which consists of botanical gardens, lava caves and a folk village. Enjoy take a time at Hyeongje Haean-ro Seaside Street between Mt. Songaksan & Mt. Sanbangsan before you visit the spectacular volcanic rock formations of Jusangjeolli Cliff.  Visit Cheonjeyeon Falls composed of three-staircase falls. The first fall boasts a pond that is 22m in length and 21m in depth whose waters flow downwards to create the second and third falls. The area surrounding Cheonjeyeon Waterfall is home to the Psilotumnudum (L.) Griseb, Elaeocarpus sylvestris var. ellipticus, tendril plants, and shrubs. Finally visit to Mysterious road, which has earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, when, in fact, such image of gravity defiance is an optical illusion rendered by the seemingly high surroundings. (B & L)

Day 12 – JeJu to Seoul – This morning you will enjoy another full day sightseeing on Jeju Island before departing on an early evening flight returning to Seoul. Today you will visit the Jeju Folklore & National History Museum, displaying mainly natural historical items such as marine life, soil, rocks, fauna and flora of Jeju in a three-dimensional way. Continue to the Jeju Stone Park, inspired by Jeju’s history of myth, stone and spirit. The main theme consists of the legend about Seolmundae Halmang (Grandmother Seolmundae) who created Jeju Island and the stones of Obaek Janggun (the Five Hundreds Generals). The park provides a historical and cultural space where collected stones express Jeju’s foundation and culture. Continue to visit Seongeup Folk Village. Located at the foot of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture. Move on to Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of JeJu Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Then, enjoy, woman diver show [UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset] Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. When diving underwater, a haenyeo carries only a pair of goggles, a round ball-like tube tokeep her balance, and a basket to put her collections in. Such women involved in the fishing industry are known to be scattered all around Jeju-do, Korea, Japan, and Russia. (*Haenyeo Museum is the alternative tour course on rainy day) Then, drive to Hamdeok Seoubong Beach. Hamdeok Beach is famous for its clean and shallow water, attracting many family visitors during summer vacations. The beach offers great scenery with its emerald-blue water, an arched bridge over black basalt and a red lighthouse.  You will depart Jeju on a 7.00pm flight and on arrival in Seoul, be greeted by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. (B & L)

Day 13 – Seoul – After breakfast it is time to check out of your hotel, met your guide for your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in a twin / double share basis
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Domestic flight from Seoul to JeJu Island return
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Transfers and touring in a private air conditioned vehicle and / or mini bus
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 12 Breakfast’s / 10 Lunch / 6 Dinners