Cultural South Korea – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Twin (Superior)from AUD $2730.00

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Tour Description

This tour is perfect for people looking at exploring the Peninsula at an even pace and involving themselves in the history and culture of South Korea. Visiting the main tourist locations without feeling like a tourist on a group tour, you will come away from these few days with a much deeper appreciation of the grandness of the wonderful country that is South Korea.

Day 1 – Arrival into Seoul – On arrival into Seoul Incheon airport our airport representative will meet you and accompany you in a private air conditioned vehicle to your hotel. Once check-in procedures are complete the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Seoul – At the completion of breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart on your full day tour of Seoul. Visit Gwanghwamun Gate, the main gate founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty. Continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace (Changdeok Palace on Tuesday), arguably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces, before passing by the Blue house, also called Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential residence. For the next stop, proceed to Myeongdong, one of the busiest places in Seoul and among Korea’s premier shopping destinations before exploring Namsangol Hanok Village (Bukchon Hanok Village or Insadong on Tuesday) where there are five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. Finally visit Seoul Tower, offering panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. (B, L)

Day 3 – Seoul to Paju return to Seoul- At the conclusion of breakfast, meet the tour guide at your hotel lobby between 7:30am to 8:30am. The first stop will be Imjingak Peace Park, which established in 1972 as a reminder of the Korean War and a symbol for peace within Korea. Next visit The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, discovered on Oct.17, 1978 and located 52km from Seoul before visiting Dorasan Observatory where North Korean military personnel are visible and so are the highlights of Gaeseong and the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains. Enjoy a stop by Dorasan Station, a railway station on the Gyeongi Line, the northernmost stop on South Korea’s railway line and Unification Village. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant before returning to Seoul in the mid to late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 4 – Seoul to Suwon return to Seoul – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide in the hotel lobby. Visit Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. Hwaseong Fortress is the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, from the latter days of the Joseon Period (1392-1910). The fortress wall is 5.52km long and it has a great variety of military facilities you cannot find at other fortress. After the tour, enjoy the lunch at local restaurant. Continue the day with a visit to the Korean Folk Village where you can see Traditional Houses, Farmers Music/Dance and acrobatics on a tightrope. Enjoy an afternoon stop at Amethyst/Ginseng Centre before returning to your hotel late in the afternoon. (B, L)

Day 5-Seoul to Gyeongju – After breakfast, today you will enjoy Half Day Gyeongju Tour. Today’s Gyeongju tour includes National Gyeongju Museum (Closed on Mondays), Anapji Pond, Tumuli Park, Cheomseongdae Observatory, and Folk & Craft Museum. (B, L)

Day 6 – Gyeongju to Busan- After breakfast, today continue to South Korea’s second largest city, Busan. Upon arrival in Busan, you will visit Yongdusan Park, Busan Tower, and Jagalchi Market. Lunch will be served en route at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you have free time to explore Busan at your own leisure. (B, L)

Day 7 – Busan to Seoul – Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a ½ day sightseeing tour of Busan visiting such location as Haeundae Beach and Beomeaosa Temple. Lunch will be served en route at a local restaurant after which your will be transferred to Busan Station. Board the KTX bullet train bound for Seoul, which takes 2-1/2 hours duration. Upon arrival at Seoul Station, you will be greeted by our representative who will provide the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own discretion. (B, L)

Day 8 – Seoul departure – This morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check out before 10.30am. Your guide will meet you at a pre arranged time in the hotel lobby to transfer you to Incheon Airport for your departure flight.  (B)

 

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in a twin / double share basis in 4-5 star hotels
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Transfers and touring in a private air conditioned vehicle and / or mini bus on a SIC basis
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 7 Breakfast’s and Lunch’s
  • KTX bullet train ticket (Seoul ->Shingyeongju and Busan -> Seoul)
  • Gratuities

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