Day 1: Arrive in Seoul (60km)
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 the National Museum of Korea which displays rich and priceless artifacts from prehistoric Korea to the end of the Joseon Dynasty；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 Namdaemun Market, one of the oldest and largest markets in Korea, with colorful and bustling spots for bargain shoppers. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 3: 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 4: Seoul - Naksansa Temple - Mt. Seoraksan National Park (240 km)
Today, we journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park, this northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, which is rugged and mountainous with breathtaking scenery making it the "Alps of Asia". En route to Naksansa Temple, this temple is one of Korea’s few Buddhist temples set at the edge of the ocean, not nestled into the folds of a mountain. This temple was built originally in 671 by traveling monk Uisang during Silla Dynasty.This afternoon explore Mt. Seoraksan National Park with visits to Gwongeumseong Fortress which is accessible by cable car, enjoy a great birds’ eye view of Mt. Seoraksan National Park from the rocky peak of the fortress；Sinheungsa Temple, established in 653 A.D., claims to be the country's oldest Zen Buddhist temple, and it would be the oldest existing Zen temple in the world；Cheonbuldong Valley, the most visually stimulating valley in the park；and Biseondae (Flying Fairy Rock), a wide, flat rock surface where the river rapids drain into a crystal clear pool and a peak rises majestically above the valley. Overnight at a hotel at the foot of Mt. Seoraksan. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Mt. Seoraksan National Park - Buseoksa Temple - Andong for Hanok (Korean traditional houses) Stay (340 km)
This morning travel to Andong, one of the last living vestiges of old Korea, where still is very conservative and traditional, a stronghold of Confucianism, which has deeply influenced all aspects of the lives of its people, along the crystal east coast. En route to Buseoksa Temple, established in 676, it is one of Korea's most venerated temples, and five national treasures and three treasures including the second oldest wooden structure and some of the oldest mural paintings in the country, are preserved at this temple, and the panoramic mountains' spreading views from the temple are spectacular. Continue to Jirye House or Suaedang House for Hanok (Korean traditional houses) Stay in Andong. The houses are 350 years old and there are house with rooms of Ondol, Korea's unique system of floor heating with wood. The houses have lavatories, bathrooms with hot water. They are great places to experience and understand Korean traditional culture. Recently, many Koreans and foreign visitors have been gathering in Andong to spend a night in the traditional Korean way in old traditional Korean houses, known as ‘Hanok’. Dinner at the house to taste a typical regional food. Overnight at the house of the Hanok in Andong. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Andong - Hahoe Historic Village - Gyeongju (190 km)
A morning tour of Andong visits Dosanseowon Confucian Academy, founded by Korea's foremost Confucian scholar, Yi Toe-gye during the Joseon Dynasty and was the hub of Korea Confucianism which ruled all Koreans in their ethical-moral way and still conduct the ethical behavior in Korean society；Andong Folk Museum which displays rich folk artifacts collected in variety in Andong and its surrounding county；and Hahoe Historic Village, the best preserved traditional village of the Joseon Dynasty, where residents still live in traditional thatched and tile-roofed houses and one of the few remaining examples of a classical Joseon Dynasty Confucian village layout. Hahoe Historic Village was added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 2010. In the afternoon, drive to Gyeongju, where was the capital of the Silla Dynasty from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D., and designated by 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". Overnight in Gyeongju. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Gyeongju
A full day tour of Gyeongju visits Bulguksa Temple, originally constructed in 535 A.D., the most frequented and best-known temple in Korea, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995；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 Silla religio-artistic work, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995；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 8: Gyeongju - Busan (90 km)
This morning drive 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. En route, visit Tongdosa Temple where houses holy relics (a piece of bone from the Buddha's skull, his robe, and begging bowl). 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；Taejongdae Seaside Cliff Park, the scenery of rugged cliffs dropping straight down to the sea is breathtaking, along with a panoramic sea view from the Park, overlooking the Korean Straiton a very clear day you can even see the Japanese island of Tsushima on the horizon to the southeast；and UN Memorial Cemetery where the Korean War (1950-53) dead from the sixteen UN allies rest in honored serenity and is the only one in its kind in the world. Overnight in Busan. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Busan - Seoul (400) km - Departure
Transfer to Busan (Gimhae) Domestic Airport, then one hour flight to Seoul and connect with international flight at Incheon International Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
B - Breakfast. D - Dinner
Local 3* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 3310 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 2600 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 2105 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 1610 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 1363 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 390
Local 4* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 3468 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 2760 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 2265 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 1770 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 1522 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 507
- 8 Nights accommodations on double or twin share basis at above hotels.
- Daily buffet or American breakfast at the hotels (7). Korean breakfast (1) and Korean regional dinner (1) at Jirye
House or Suaedang House.
- Round trip transfers between airport and hotel, and all transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary by private
- Domestic airfare for Busan to Seoul is included for a guide.
- 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, and domestic airfare for Busan to Seoul.
- Hotel early check-in (before 2 pm) and late check-out (after 12 noon).
- All lunches and all dinners except one dinner at Jirye House or Suaedang House.
- 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 you want domestic airfare for Busan to Seoul included, please add USD 90 p/p.
* 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.
* Please be advised that domestic airfare for Busan to Seoul is not included. You can purchase the Korean Air domestic air ticket in your country along with the Korean Air international air ticket. Then, the domestic air ticket can be purchased with less fare than purchasing in Korea. We will purchase the domestic air ticket for a guide here in Korea. The domestic airfare for a guide is included in the prices. All the air tickets can be purchased inexpensively in the starting countries.
- Minimum 2 Travelers.
- We do not accept 1 Traveler Request.
- For a larger group please contact us.
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