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 includes Gyeongbokgung Palace, passing by Blue House (Presidential Residence), the National Folk Museum of Korea, Namdaemun Market, Changdeokgung Palace / Biwon (Secret Garden), Insadong Antique District, Jogyesa Temple, 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, and enjoy a tour of Hwaseong Fortress, added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1997. Afterwards, visit the Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Seoul - Mt. Seoraksan National Park (210 km)
Today, we journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park, making it the "Alps of Asia". This afternoon explore Mt. Seoraksan National Park with visits to Gwongeumseong Fortress by cable car, Sinheungsa Temple, Cheonbuldong Valley, and Biseondae (Flying Fairy Rock). Overnight at a hotel at the foot of Mt. Seoraksan. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Mt. Seoraksan National Park - Samhwasa Temple for a Temple Stay Program (120 km)
Travel to Samhwasa Temple which is situated at the valley of Mt. Dutasan and lies on top of the huge rocks of the Mureung Valley, was founded by the Venerable Monk Jajang during the reign of Queen Seondeok in the Silla Dynasty. En route, visit Sun Cruise Resort situated at the edge of the ocean with breathtaking spectacular scenic views spreading below. After a tour of the temple, you will have a Temple Stay Program at the temple to experience Temple life and Buddhist Culture as follows:
* You are beating “BeomJong” the Temple Bell with a Buddhist Priest. The graceful sound of the Temple bell is spreading in all directions with long echoes. It gets rid of the desires in life and it is the sound that wakes up the mind in a dream. It is the sound of Buddha asking for spiritual awakening.
* You are vowing 108 times as “YeBul” the Evening Worship. It will be your own choice, not to be obligated. The evening worship pronounces the vow that we thank Buddha for giving us the peaceful day and repenting our sins of that day.
* You are having “ChamSeon” the Meditation. Meditation is a work for enlightening yourself. You sit cross-legged on the floor. You embrace spirits and take away earthly thoughts and worldly desires.
- Take a rest at each room of lodging quarters.
- Dinner at a restaurant in the Temple to experience Temple food.
- Overnight at lodging quarters in the Temple. Accommodations will be done by separate room for men and women on Korean style bedding on Ondol floored room which is Korean traditional unique heating system for chilly days. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Samhwasa Temple - Gyeongju (230 km)
- Wake up and participate in morning ceremony and clean yard and room.
* You are taking “GongYang” the morning meal. You come to eat in the “HuWon” where food is prepared at the same time. The planting food grown in the Temple on the menu. The food doesn’t have spices and is neither hot nor salty. It is another mysterious experience for the general people.
* You are taking “DaDo” Tea. The tea makes our mind, eyes and ears clearer. It helps our stomach accelerate digestion and can cure a hangover. It also reduces the need for sleep and gets rid of thirst and fatigue. You can increase the ability to resist heat and cold. These disturbances are a big issue for self-discipline. This is the reason why monks take teas in the Temple.
Afterwards, this morning 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. An afternoon tour of Gyeongju includes Gyeongju National Museum, Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond), Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory and Royal Tumuli Park. Overnight in Gyeongju. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Gyeongju - Busan (90 km)
A morning tour of Gyeongju includes Bulguksa Temple, added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995 and Seokguram Grotto, added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Travel to Busan, the country's principal international port city. 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 includes Yongdusan Park/ Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fish Market, and UN Memorial Cemetery. Overnight in Busan. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Busan - Suncheon - Boseong - Songgwangsa Temple - Hwasun - Gwangju (350 km)
This morning drive to Suncheon and visit Naganeupseong Fortress, constructed in 15th century during Joseon Dynasty and its Folk Village surrounded by the Fortress. Proceed to Boseong where is known as the largest tea-growing area in Korea and the birthplace of Korea’s tea industry. Continue to Songgwangsa Temple which was originally constructed in 900s toward the end of the Silla Dynasty and one of the 3 treasure temples in Korea along with Tongdosa Temple and Haeinsa Temple, and then drive to Hwasun Dolmen Site whose dolmens date back to the Bronze Age. The Dolmen Remains was added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 2000. Later, drive to Gwangju, where is the capital of Jeollanam-do Province and the sixth largest city in the Republic of Korea, with a population of 1.2 million. Overnight in Gwangju. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Gwangju - Jeonju - Seoul (330 km)
This morning drive to Jeonju. A tour of Jeonju includes Jeonju Hanok (Korean Traditional Houses) Village, Gyeonggijeon Shrine, erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, Jeondong Catholic Church, constructed in 1914, and Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum. Drive back to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Seoul - DMZ & 3rd Tunnel - Seoul (90 km)
This morning drive to DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) area. Today tour includes the North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel within DMZ, Dora Observatory for a view of the North Korean territory, and Dorasan Railroad Station opened in DMZ. On the way back visit to Amethyst factory. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Seoul - Ganghwado Island - Seoul (80 km)
A full day excursion travels to Ganghwado Island, offers numerous prehistoric remains and historical attractions. A tour includes the Birthplace of 25th Joseon King, Cheoljong, the Oldest Anglican Church, Ganghwa Historical Museum, Prehistoric Dolmen, added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 2000. Jeondeungsa Temple, Gwangseongbo Fortress, and Ginseng Center. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Seoul - Departure (60 km)
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
B - Breakfast. D - Dinner.
Local 3* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 4137 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 3273 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 2670 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 2067 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 1766 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 528
Local 4* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 4380 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 3516 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 2913 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 2310 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 2009 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 718
- 11 Nights accommodations on double or twin share basis at above hotels.
- Buffet or American breakfast at the hotels (10) and temple breakfast at Samhwasa Temple (1). Temple dinner at Samhwasa Temple (1).
- 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 except one temple dinner at Samhwasa Temple.
- 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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