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 - Korean Folk Village - Seoul (130 km)
A morning 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)；the National Folk Museum of Korea, the collections display complete items from every region of Korea which illustrate all aspects of traditional life；Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird's-eye view of metropolitan city of Seoul. An afternoon tour visits 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 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 - Mt. Seoraksan National Park (210 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". 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.
Day 5: Mt. Seoraksan National Park - Goseong Unification Observatory - Daejin Harbor - Naksansa Temple for a Temple Stay Program (160 km)
This morning drive to Goseong Unification Observatory set at the edge of the demarcation line which is a symbol of the Korean people's long-cherished desire for the unification of the two Korea. Afterward, visit Daejin Harbor, where you will have your own independent tour to explore this small exotic harbor, located near the demarcation line and in the northeastern tip of Korea. Proceed to Naksansa Temple, set at the edge of the ocean, built in 671 A.D during Silla Dyanasty. After a tour of the temple, you will have a Temple Stay Program at the temple to experience Temple Life and Buddhist Culture. Lunch & dinner at the temple to experience a temple food. Accommodations at lodging quarters in the Temple. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Naksansa Temple - Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village for a Farm Village Stay Program (60km)
After breakfast at the temple, you will have more temple stay program, and then drive to Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village. You will have a Farm Village Stay Program at the village. Lunch & dinner at the village to experience a village food. Overnight at the houses of the village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village - Andong (330 km)
Wake up. Climb a hill at the back of the village and see a spreading view of the village at the summit of the hill. After breakfast at the village, travel to Andong along the crystal east coast. Andong is one of the last living vestiges of old Korea, where still is very conservative and traditional, a stronghold of Confucianism. En route visit 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. Overnight in Andong. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Andong - Hahoe Historic Village - Haeinsa Temple (190 km)
A morning tour of Andong visits the Korean Traditional Paper (Hanji) making Factory. Proceed to 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. Continue to Haeinsa Temple which is one of three greatest temples of Korea, established in 803 A.D., whose Depositories and Tripitaka Koreana Wooden Printing Blocks were added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. After a tour of the temple, overnight at a hotel in the temple village. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Haeinsa Temple - Gyeongju (180 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 10: 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 3.5 million, and is the San Francisco of Korea built along the sea at the site of an excellent harbor. An afternoon tour 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 11: Busan - Seoul (450 km)
Drive back to Seoul, passing the rolling, green countryside and clusters of unique tiled houses. Arrive in Seoul. The balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Seoul
A full day is shopping tour. The shopping tour visits Itaewon Shopping District, world widely well known and very popular to foreign visitors；Insadong Antique District, called “Mary’s Alley” by foreigners, Korea’s art and antique district reminds many visitors of a street museum；Dongdaemun Market, Korea’s representative wholesale and retail market, established itself as the shopping kingdom of Seoul with about 20 shopping malls, 30,000 stores, and around 50,000 wholesalers ；and Namdaemun Market, opened in 1964, the first largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in store such as children’s, men’s and women’s wear. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 13: Seoul
Enjoy a full day at leisure or for your independent activities. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Seoul - Departure (60 km)
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
B -Breakfast. L - Lunch. D - Dinner.
Local 3* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 4703 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 3726 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 3050 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 2373 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 2035 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 638
Local 4* hotels:
- 2 Travelers: USD 4937 p/p
- 3 Travelers: USD 3960 p/p
- 4-5 Travelers: USD 3283 p/p
- 6-7 Travelers: USD 2607 p/p
- 8-9 Travelers: USD 2268 p/p
- Single Supplement: USD 807
- 13 Nights accommodations on double or twin share basis at above hotels.
- Daily buffet or American breakfast at the hotels (13).
- Lunch (1) and dinner (1) at Naksansa Temple. Lunch (1) and dinner (1) at Wang Gok Farm Village.
- 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 2 lunches and 2 dinners at temple & farm village.
- 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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