The Best of South Korea

A 7-day tour to South Korea to get a glimpse of its highlights. South Korea is a dream destination for the traveller, an engaging, welcoming place where the dazzling benefits of a fully industrialised, high-tech nation are balanced alongside a reverence for tradition and the ways of old Asia. Its capital Seoul is a perfect example for what the whole country can offer you - night markets and K-pop, temples and majestic palaces, skyscrapers and pulsing neon. There is an option that you extend your stay in the country by visiting South Korea's only island - Jeju.

Tour Highlights:
Seoul - the dynamic capital can provide whatever you want 24 hours a day
Busan - world's busiest containers port, but a city full of cultural assets as well and Korea's movie capital
Gyeongju - site of the ancient city capital of the Silla (Shilla) dynasty 


Itinerary:

Day 1 (Saturday). Seoul
Arrive at Incheon International Airport, transport on your own to the hotel. The rest of day is free at your leisure time.  

Day 2 (Sunday). Seoul - Buyeo - Jeonju
At 8:00 meeting the local guide at the parking lot in front of Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building. Drive from Seoul to Gongju (130 km), where you will visit the Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Continue to Buyeo, where you will see the castle. Optional boat tour to Goransa Temple and Nakhwaam bluff. Proceed to Jeonju (80 km) to visit Jeonju Hanok Village including about 700 traditional Korean houses called Hanok. Accommodation at a hotel in Jeonju and overnight.

Day 3 (Monday). Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu
After breakfast transfer to Gwangju (100 km), the leading city of Honam region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. You will visit the May 18th National Cemetery. Drive to Suncheon (100 km), where you will visit Suncheon Bay Garden (optional: 10 $ pp). The tour continues to the port city of Yeosu where you will overnight.

Day 4 (Tuesday). Yeosu - Jinju - Busan - Gyeongju
Visit Jinjuseong Fortress. Continue to Busan (100 km) by local public bus. At 13:00 h you will be met in front of the Toyoko Inn hotel at the Busan station. Drive to Jagalchi - Fishery Market, Korea’s largest seafood market. After that tour of Haeundae Beach and transfer to Gyeongju (100 km), where you will overnight.

Day 5 (Wednesday). Gyeongju - Wonju
City tour in Gyeongju: UNESCO World Heritage Seokguram Grotto (optional: to be paid on spot about 6 $ per person); Bulguksa Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Drive to Andong Hahoe Folk Village (170 km), which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. The tour continues to Pyeongchang (135 km). Accommodation at a hotel and overnight.

Day 6 (Thursday). Wonju - Mt. Sorak - Seoul
Visit the venue of 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Continue to Mt. Seorak National Park (50 km) - Korea's most famous national park. Due to the many rare species found here, UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982. You can take the cable car to Gwongeumseong fortress (optional for Shinheungsa Temple and cable car: ca. 15 $ per person). Meeting at the parking lot of Ticket Office of Mt.Seorak and drive to Seoul (195 km). Arrival to Seoul in the evening at Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building. Walk or take a taxi to your hotel and overnight.

Day 7 (Friday). Departure
Transport on your own to the airport for departure or extending the tour with a visit ot the island of Jeju or more days in Seoul.

Practical information: This tour can be extended with extra nights in Seoul and/or a 3-day tour to the beautiful island of Jeju. ► There is a surcharge on certain high season dates (see below). There might be a surcharge in the price of the hotel stay in Seoul on various holidays. ►Please, note, this is a join-in tour with guaranteed departures and you might be join by other tourists of various nationalities on the same date - we do not know this in advance.

Visa: Citizens of almost all European countries do not need a visa to visit South Korea  


Price Includes:
6 nights in a double room with en suite facilities at standart hotels with breakfast (4* hotel in Seoul)
transport according to the program and entrance fees to some of the sights
English speaking local guides

Not Included:
Flight tickets to/from Seoul
insurance
tips
personal expenses
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
transfers from/to the airport and from/to the hotel in Seoul
optional tours - to be paid on spot

Additional Services:
Airport limousine bus no 6701: 15 USD per person/one way (payable on spot - in front of bus stop at Incheon airport/in front of the hotel)


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