Best of Korea 12 Days

Day 1 (Thu) Arrive Seoul, Korea - Time at Leisure
Flight to Seoul. On arrival Incheon airport, meet and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Koreana Hotel (4 Star) or similar

Day 2 (Fri) Seoul - Buyeo - Jeonju (B)

Breakfast at hotel. At 8:00AM meet with tour guide at parking lot in front of Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, at Gwanghwamun Intersection, Seoul (The meeting point is only 100m walk across the road from Koreana Hotel). Depart Seoul to Gwangju; visit The Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Then drive to Buyeo, an ancient capital of the Baekje Dynasty. Visit Baekje Cultural Land where you will see a palace, castle, cultural hall, etc. Then visit Goransa Temple and Nakhwaam Bluff by boat (optional US$12pp) where 3,000 court ladies of Baekjae plunged into the river to avoid being captured and dishonoured when enemy breached the castle on the last day of the Kingdom. Later proceed to Jeonju to visit Jeonju Hanok Village including about 700 traditional Korean houses called Hanok. Overnight stay at Jeonju
Hotel: Ramada Jeonju Hotel (4 Star) or similar

Day 3 (Sat) Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we will start the tour around Gwangju, a Hub City of Asian Culture; visit Gwangju city Musuem. Then drive to Bosung Green Tea-plantation - Suncheon where you will visit Songgwangsa Temple and Suncheon Ecological Park. Later today we will drive to Yeosu, a port city and look around the Fish Market and sightseeing of Industrial Complex night scene. Overnight stay at Yeosu. 
Hotel: Yeosu The Ocean Resort (4 Star) or similar 

Day 4 (Sun) Yeosu - Busan - Jeju (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we will depart to Jinsuseong Castel – Chokseoknu edifice historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592. Then move to Gimhae airport to fly from Gimhae to Jeju (14:00~15:00). Arrive at Jeju and met by Guide. Jeju-do’s volcanic island and lava tubes have been registered as UNESCO’s world natural heritage. Jeju-do (island) is the premier tourist destination in Korea because of its stunning natural scenery and superior tourist amenities. Scenic beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves lie in harmony and the mild weather makes Jeju-do an even more ideal tourist site. Transfer to hotel and take a rest. 
Hotel: Jeju Lotte Hotel (5 Star) or similar

Day 5 (Mon) Jeju - Cheonjeyeon Falls - Gyulimseong Tangerine Farm - Spirited Garden - Olle (B/L)

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit Cheonjeyeon Falls (The Pond of God), Continue to the Gyulimseong tangerine farm and followed by a scenic cruise aboard the Seogwipo Pleasure Boat (optional, US$18PP). Stop for lunch at the local restaurant. Visit Spirited Garden, recognized as the most beautiful garden in the world by the press and renowned guest from around the world who have visited since it opened on July 30. 1992. Take a walk “Olle” a narrow pathway. Complete the day with a walk along the shores of Yongmeori Beach; if closed*, visit Sangbanggulsa cave instead. Dinner on your own and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Jeju Lotte Hotel (5 Star) or similar

Day 6 (Tue) Seopjikoji - Seongsan IIchulbong Peak - Seongeup Folk Village - Flight to Busan (B/L)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Seopjikoji – One of the most mysterious sights in Jeju Island, in harmony with seashore made up of grotesque cliffs and dark blue ocean, where you can enjoy trekking on the Olle path. Visit Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, World Heritage designated by UNESCO. Then step back in time as you explore the Seongeup Folk Village, renowned for perfectly preserving Korean traditions. This village also boasts many cultural landmarks, such as Confucian shrines and schools, millstones, and more.  Have a lunch at local restaurant. If time is available, visit the Musuem of Natural History – to have an opportunity to experience and learn about the environment and shows how to preserve the earth’s natural beauty. Stop by Korean Jewelry Amethyst and local product store. Transfer back to Jeju Airport and fly to your next destination around 18:00PM, Busan (Gimhae airport), the 2nd largest city in Korea. 
Hotel: Busan Novotel (4 Star) or similar


Day 7 (Wed) Busan - Gyeongju - Bulguksa Temple - Daegu (B/L)

After breakfast, move to Gyeongju, a museum without walls. In 57 BC, around when Julius Caesar was subduing Gaul, it became the capital of the Shilla Dynasty and remained so for about 1000 years. Gyeongju preserves a vast amount of significant and fascinating historical heritage. Along with Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, its historical district has been designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Gyeongju National Museum, & Cheomgseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO world heritage) - an artificial stone temple made of granites, located on the eastern peak of Mt. Toham. Inside the round-shaped main hall, there are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-Sattava and his disciples. It was built to preserve these statues. Bulguksa Temple (UNESCO world heritage) – The beauty of the temple itself and artistic touch of the stone relics are as awesome and fascinating as to be highly praised by visitors from all over the world. Overnight stay at Daegu.
Hotel: Daegu Interbulgo-EXCO or similar 


Day 8 (Thu) Daegu - Haeinsa Temple - Andong Hahoe Village (B/L)

After breakfast, drive to Haeinsa Temple located in Gayasan National Park. Haeinsa Temple was founded by King Ae-Jang of Shilla Dynasty (802), well known for its famous treasure “Tripitaka Koreana” (UNESCO world heritage) composed of 81,341 printing woodblocks made to repulse the Mongolian Army Invasion with support of Buddha. And then transfer to Andong Hahoe Village which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was not artificially created; there are people who actually live there. The Hahoe Village has become world-famous for the visit of The Queen Elizabeth II of Britain several years ago. And then transfer to Sokcho, a port of fishing boats and commercial ships. Check in at hotel located close to Sokcho seashore.
Hotel: Hotel Maremons, Seorak (5 Star) or similar

Day 9 (Fri) Mt Seorak National Park - Shinheungsa Temple - Gwongeumseong (B/L)

After breakfast and transfer to Seoraksan National Park of which the peaks break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea’s most famous national park. UNESCO designated this park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to so many rare species found here. Visit Sinheungsa Temple located in Mt.Seorak which is an ancient temple with deep historical significance, built by a great monk Jajangyulsa (590~658). (Optional Tour: Gwongeumseong Cable Car–USD15.00). Gwongeumseong is a site of castle ruins located on the steep Dol Mountain of Seoraksan National Park area. After sightseeing of Seoraksan National Park, move to Seoul. Tour will finish at Express Terminal, Gangnam, Seoul around 18:00PM. Tour guide will help you arrive your hotel. 
Hotel: Fraser Place Central, Seoul (4 Star) or similar


Day 10 (Sat) Seoul - Gyeongbokgung Palace - National Folk Museum - Korean Folk Village (B/L)

After breakfast, Seoul half day sightseeing – Gyeongbokgung Palace, The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, National Folk Museum and Korean Ginseng Center. After lunch, visit Korean Folk Village. You will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynast. It’s huge village that has about 260 different types of house of each province.  
Hotel: Fraser Place Central, Seoul (4 Star) or similar

Day 11 (Sun) DMZ Tour - Itaewon Street - Nanta Show (B)

At 8:00AM, Meet with tour guide at hotel lobby for DMZ tour: Imjingak Park-> The Unification Bridge -> ID Check -> DMZ theatre & exhibition hall -> The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel -> Dorasan Observatory -> Dorasan Station -> The Unification Bridge -> Imjingak Park -> Amethyst Store -> Drop off at Itaewon street (Tour guide will tell you how to return to the hotel on your own.) At 19:30PM, Meet the driver at the hotel and transfer to Nanta Theatre (Myeongdong). 
Hotel: Fraser Place Central, Seoul (4 Star) or similar

Day 12 (Mon) Time at Leisure - Incheon Airport (B)

After breakfast, have your own time to explore exotic Seoul. Meet with driver at hotel lobby and transfer to Incheon Airport. 


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Price guide

 

Best of Korea 12 Days

$4080 p.p. TWN share

(Land fee & domestic airfare only)

Tour Code: KR12D11N
Departure: Every Thursday    (Min. 2 PAX) 

Single Supplement: $1840

High Season Surcharge: $495

 

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Inclusions

  • Domestic Airfare: Busan - Jeju - Busan
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation (4~5 Star Hotels)
  • Transfers as specified
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast / L= Lunch)
  • All admission fees as specified
  • English speaking guide  

Exclusions

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Tours
  • Dinners
  • Tipping for the guide and driver (US$10 p.p. recommended)
  • Personal expenses 

Remark

  • All prices are in AUD, and based on PER PERSON TWIN SHARE. Prices are indicative only and are subject to change at anytime due to currency fluctuations.
  • During Public Holidays or Special Events surcharges may apply. Please always check with our consultants for more details.

 

B= Breakfast, L=Lunch. D=Dinner

Images of the tours:

Hwaseong Fortress

Foransa Temple

Nakhwaam Bluff

Pagoda's in Mt. Maisan

Namwon Gwanghallu

Sunchang Gojuchang Folk Village

Boseong Tea Plantation

Nakan-eumseoung Folk Village

Jinjuseong Castle

Mt. Mireuk Island

Nymph & Woodcutter Theme Park

Seongsan Ilchulbong

Cheomseongdae

Goseong Unification Observatory

Shinheungsa Temple