Seoul & Historical Korea 8 Days 7 Nights

Day 1: (Sat) Incheon International Airport - Seoul - Time at leisure
Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport which has been awarded to World’s Best in Airport Service Quality by Airport Council International, met by our representative and transfer to Seoul which is the center of politics, economy and culture in Korea. The rest of day is free at your leisure.  
Hotel:  Vabien II or similar 3.5*
  


Day 2: (Sun) Seoul Half Day Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel around 9:00AM for Seoul half day sightseeing: Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksu Palace on Tue), The Royal Guard Changing CeremonyNational Folk Museum and Insadong antique shopping Street, Amethyst/Korean Ginseng Center. You will be dropped off at Itaewon shopping street (Guide will inform you how to return to your hotel) Have your own time to explore exotic Seoul in the afternoon. 
Hotel:  Vabien II or similar  3.5*  


Day 3: (Mon) DMZ Half Day Tour (B)
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 07:30 am. DMZ Half day tour (closed on Mon and National Holiday) 07:30~14:20, Passport is required to join.
07:30 Hotel-Imjingak Park - ID check at Unification Bridge DMZ theater & Exhibition hall The 3rd infiltration tunnel - Dorasan Observatory – Dorasan Station - Lunch-ID check at Unification Bridge -Advance camp - Joint Security Area - Freedom House - Conference Room - UN guard post 3rd - Bridge of no return - Imjingak Park - Return to Seoul and drop off at Itaewon shopping street at 14:20  (The rest is at your disposal). Visit Amethyst / Ginseng center. Guide will inform you how to return to your hotel. 
Hotel:  Vabien II or similar  3.5*  

 
Day 4: (Tue) Seoul - Take a Train to Busan by KTX - Busan - Time at Leisure (B)
After breakfast, pick up at 11:00 at your hotel lobby by our driver. Take a train to Busan by KTX (KTX129 12:00->14:42 ARR ). Upon arrival Busan Train Station, met by our representative and transfer to hotel. Take a rest at your hotel 
Hotel:  Busan Novotel or similar  4* 


Day 5: (Wed) Busan - Gyeongju - Gyeongju National Museum - Cheomgseongdae Astronomical Observatory - Seokguram Grotto - Bulguksa Temple - Daegu (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Met by our guide at 08:30 am. 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. Move to Daegu city for overnight which is a largest and central city of this province. Check in at Hotel and take a rest.
Hotel:  Daegu Interbulgo-EXCO or similar  


Day 6: (Thu) Gayasan National Park - Haeinsa Temple - Andong Hahoe Village (B, L)
After Check-out, move 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: Maremons Hotel or similar  

Day 7: (Fri) Mt. Seorak National Park - Shinheungsa Temple - Goseong Unification Observatory - Seoul (B, L)
After breakfast and transfer to Mt.Seorak National Park, designated as a natural monument preservation area and as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. Seorak has been named because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. The park is spread across 4cities and counties : Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong(1,708m), to the east is OeSeorak(outer Seorak) and to the west is NaeSeorak(inner Seorak), which is devided again into North naeseorak and South NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon, which flows to Ingyecheon and Baekdamcheon. There are numerous valleys in NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon valley where all the streams meet and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple. You will be transferred to take a cabel car to Gwongeumseong Fortress (Optional tour AUD$25) which is the site of a fortress ruins, located on the steep stone Mountain of Mt. Seoraksan. It is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period(918-1392), Gojong (1213-1259 reign). At the plateau of Gwongeumseong Castle there are 80 sections of rocks and you can see the East Sea and city of Sokcho. Also, to the west, you can see all kinds of fantastic rocks and stones which make up the Seoraksan Mountains. Shinheungsa temple is a short walk away from the entrance. This temple used to be called Hyanseongsa built by Jajangyulsa(AD590~658), who traveled to famos mountains all over the nation during Queen jindeok's(?~654) of Silla Dynasty. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times since. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Staute, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine. Past the bridge there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door, and you can enter the temple.  After looking around Mt. Seorak Park, transfer to Goseong Unification Observatory (700m) built by an army unit in 1983 was the closest place from which you could view the Mt. Geumgangsan in North Korea before it was opened to South Koreans. The closest part of Mt. Geumgangsan is 16km away and the farthest part is about 25km away. After sightseeing Mt.Seorak and transfer to Seoul
Hotel:  Vabien II or similar 3.5*  


Day 8: (Sat) Seoul - Time at Leisure - Incheon Airport (B)
After breakfast and pick up at your hotel to be transferred to Incheon Airport according to your flight schedule.  


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Price guide

 

Seoul & Historical Korea
8 Days 7 Nights
Tour Code:   
Departure Day: Saturday
Adult Price: 

$2795 p.p. 
twn share 

Printable English Itinerary click here 

 

Inclusions

  • Domestic flights (Seoul/Jeju/Busan)
  • 7 Nights hotel accommodation (3.5-4 star hotels)
  • Transfers
  • Meals as specified (B=7, L=3)
  • Admission and Entrance fees
  • English & Korean speaking tour guide throughout the whole tour

Exclusions

  • Optional tour fee
  • Drinks & Food not mentioned in your itinerary
  • Tips A$12 p.p. per day is recommended 
  • Passports & Visa (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other items of a personal nature. 

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.
  • Child Price is available from 2-11 years old (inclusive)  with bed & meal, but must sharing room with 2 Adults or would be charged same rate as Adults.
  • Child who is under 2 years old (no bed & no meal) we would charge 10% of adults price.
  • Minimum 2 passengers per group is required.
  • Price updated as 16SEP2016.

B= Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner