Day 1: Arrive in Seoul (60 km)
Arrive at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, where you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. After check-in, the balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul.
Day 2: Seoul
A full day tour of capital city of Seoul, where old meets new in modern Korea, established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, one of the most fascinating cities in the world with more than 10,000,000 people, visits Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty - passing by Blue House (Presidential Residence)；National Folk Museum of Korea, the collections display complete items from every region of Korea which illustrate all aspects of traditional life；Namdaemun Market, one of the oldest and largest markets in Korea, with colorful and bustling spots for bargain shoppers；Changdeokgung Palace, constructed in 1405, and is now the best preserved of Seoul's five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty；Biwon (Secret Gardens), behind Changdeokgung Palace, are tranquil gardens of unequalled beauty and woodland originally constructed for the recreational area for the royal family and palace women；Insadong Antique District, called "Mary's Alley" by foreigners, Korea's art and antique district reminds many visitors of a street museum. One hundred-odd antique shops, old bookstores, and art galleries are concentrated in this area；Jogyesa Temple, it is the headquarters of the Jogye sect of Korean Buddhism, and the regional office of the World Fellowship of Buddhism；and N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird's-eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Seoul - Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon - Korean Folk Village - Seoul (150 km)
This morning travel to Suwon walled city, where was planned as capital city of Joseon Dynasty in the 18th century with the intention of moving the national capital from Seoul to Suwon and Hwaseong fortress wall was constructed. Enjoy a tour of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, over 5 km in length, the fortress wall averages 9 m high and its bulwark of stone and brick is considered the masterpiece of Korean fortress construction. The fortress wall was designated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. Afterwards visit the Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul to see a superb and truly authentic display of Korean history including folk traditions, legends, and the lifestyles of the nobility, the 14th-20th centuries, Korea. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Seoul - DMZ & 3rd Tunnel - Seoul (90 km)
A tour of today visits the North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) area and is 45 km away from Seoul and found in October, 1978, and 30,000 armed military forces with field artillery may permeate through this tunnel per one hour；Dora Observatory, located at a western front line and from here you can get a view of the North Korean territory including Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong city which was a capital of Goryeo Dynasty through telescope；and Dorasan Railroad Station, recently opened in DMZ by South Korea according to the agreement between South and North Korea to connect the broken railroad. Return to Seoul and visit Gwangjang Market, one of Korea’s largest traditional markets as well as Korea’s oldest market with over 100 years of history；and Seoul Folk Flea Market, one of the major folk flea markets, preserving the culture of the traditional Korean market place and drawing in visitors with a range of folk items that embody the unique charm of Korea. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Seoul - Gyeongju (360 km)
This morning, travel to Gyeongju, where was the capital of the Silla Dynasty from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D. and designated by the UNESCO as one of the world's ten most historically significant sites with numerous relics of that era, and is called the "Museum Without Walls". An afternoon tour of Gyeongju visits Bunhwangsa Temple, erected in 634, is considered, with Cheomseongdae, one of the country's two oldest stone structures, and the pagoda was originally 9 stories high, only 3 remain today；Gyeongju National Museum, which has the best collection of Silla Dynasty artifacts with more than 100,000 pieces；Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond), constructed in 674 A.D. as a pleasure garden to commemorate the unification of the peninsula by the Silla forces, used the recreational area for the Silla royal family and banquet garden to entertain royal important guests；Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, built in 634 A.D., is considered the world's earliest known existing observatory and admired by archaeologists worldwide；Royal Tumuli Park, a collection of royal Silla tombs located in the middle of Gyeongju with 20 tombs, of which Cheonmachong (Flying Horse Tomb) is the most famous with its excavation which yielded more than 10,000 treasure-artifacts ；and the 15th century built Family Choi's House. Overnight in Gyeongju. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Gyeongju - Busan (90 km)
A morning tour of Gyoengju visits Bulguksa Temple, originally constructed in 535 A.D., the most frequented and best-known temple in Korea, was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1995；and Seokguram Grotto, dating back to the same era as Bulguksa Temple, one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines, an attempt to represent physically the highest spiritual aspirations, the crowning achievement of Shilla religio-artistic work, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Travel to Busan, the country's principal international port city, second largest city with a population of 4 million, and is the San Francisco of Korea built along the sea at the site of an excellent harbor. An afternoon tour of Busan visits Yongdusan Park, where provides a pleasant touch of greenery on a hill in the heart of the city and a very popular public park with Busan Tower；Busan Tower, Yongdusan Park crowned with the tower, 120-m-high tower observatory dominates the most of the area of the city, and the sea and harbor views spreading below the tower are spectacular；Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan's most active fish-dealers' cooperative, the colorful spectacle is also a great attraction for tourists and camera buffs； and Taejongdae Seaside Cliff Park, the scenery of rugged cliffs dropping straight down to the sea is breathtaking, along with a panoramic sea view. Overnight in Busan. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Busan - Seou (450 km)
Return to Seoul, and visit Itaewon Shopping District in Seoul, where is very well known to foreign visitors and tourists as shopping paradise for bargain hunting. The balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Seoul - Departure (60 km)
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
B - Breakfast.
Local 3* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 2566 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 2032 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 1657 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 1282 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 1095 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 332
Local 4* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 2738 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 2204 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 1827 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 1454 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 1267 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 465
- 7 Nights accommodations on double or twin share basis at above hotels.
- Daily buffet or American breakfast at the hotels (7).
- Round trip transfers between airport and hotel, and all transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary by private appropriate vehicle.
- An English speaking local guide throughout from meeting at airport until seeing off at airport.
- All admission fees of tour sites, porterage, toll & parking fees, and hotel/other all taxes & service charges.
- International airfare to/from Korea.
- Hotel early check-in (before 2 pm) and late check-out (after 12 noon).
- All lunches and all dinners.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- 3rd Person for extra bed or children under the age of 12 at the time of travel who are on double or twin sharing will have 10% discounted rate from the prices.
- Children under the age of 12 at the time of travel who are 3rd person for extra bed will have 20% discounted rate from the prices.
* When you need French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian speaking guide, please add per group per day USD 140.
* If lunches and/or dinners are needed, please add USD 14 p/p per meal at local typical restaurants for Korean,
Chinese or western food on group meals with transfers & guide assistance.
* If a dinner (Korean traditional typical buffet) or a farewell dinner (Korean traditional typical buffet) at Korea House in Seoul is needed, please add USD 45 p/p with transfers & guide assistance.
* If a dinner (Korean traditional typical buffet) or a farewell dinner (Korean traditional typical buffet) with a Korean folklore dance and music performance at Korea House in Seoul is needed, please add USD 76 p/p with transfers & guide assistance.
- Minimum 2 Travelers.
- We do not accept 1 Traveler Request.
- For a larger group please contact us.
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