Around Korea, Seoul & Jeju Island - 13 Days
Visiting: Seoul, Gongju, Daejeon, Jeonju, Gwangju, Yeosu, Jinju, Busan, Ulsan, Gyeongju, Andong, Wonju, Pyeongchang, Gangreung, Yanayang, Jeju Island
With this Round Korea tour we explore the western and eastern regions of the country, visiting cities with centuries of rich history, with many UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as enjoying beautiful scenery along the way.
We'll also hike at Korea's most well known mountain, Mount Seorak.
On Jeju Island, we discover an exotic destination where horses graze on wide open plains. This is an island where nature makes you feel good, both in body and mind!
Day 1 (Friday): Seoul
When you arrive at Incheon international airport, you'll be welcomed by a local driver who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Accommodation: CenterMark Hotel or Similar (4 Star)
Day 2 (Saturday): Seoul - Gongju - Daejeon
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at your hotel. Together, you will leave for Gongju and Gongsanseong Fortress - a mountain castle built during the Baekje Period. At Magoksa Temple, we experience a tea ceremony conducted by a Buddhist monk. This temple is situated amidst mountains and rivers in Chungcheongnam-do Province. After dinner,and your hotel check-in, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel Interciti or similar
Day 3 (Sunday) Daejeon - Jeonju - Jinan - Gwangju
After breakfast, head for Jeonju to visit Jeonju Hanok Village. Here there are over 800 traditional Korean houses. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Tapsa Temple in Jinan, which is renowned for its 80 stone pagodas that were constructed by Lee Gapyong, a retired academic. We leave Jinjan and head for Gwangju, and our hotel for the night.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Gwangju or similar
Day 4 (Monday) Gwangju - Boseong - Suncheon - Yeosu
Today, following breakfast, we drive to the beautiful Boseong Green Tea Plantation, which is an area of green tea fields and cedar trees. Next, we carry on to visit Naganeupseong Folk Village where you can see the houses which are peculiar to this southern provincial area. We also explore Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park, which is densely covered with reeds growing higher than an adult man. At Yongsan Observatory we pause to appreciate the bay's beautiful views. Our final stop of the day is at Suncheonman Bay Eco-Museum, which was built to provide a research & education facility, with the intent of preserving the region's natural habitat. After dinner, we check in to our hotel and rest for the remainder of the day.
Accommodation: Hidden Bay Hotel or similar
Day 5 (Tuesday) Yeosu - Jinju - Busan
Following breakfast, we take a ferry to Odongdo Island where you can find over 70 species of wild flowers, simply by strolling along the breakwater. We then visit the Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to the invasion by Japan in 1592.
After that we drive on to Busan and visit Nurimaru APEC House - a house where the world leaders once gathered for an APEC conference. We also visit Centum City Shopping Mall, which is Korea's top shopping destination. After dinner, we check in to our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Novotel Ambassador Busan or similar
Day 6 (Wednesday) Busan - Ulsan - Gyeongju
After breakfast, our tour takes us to Ulgi Park, a landscape characterised by rock formations created by the wind and sea. Next, we visit Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, designated a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO. We also see the Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park and Anapji Pond. After checking in to our hotel, we enjoy having dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodation: Hilton Gyeongju or similar
Day 7 (Thursday) Gyeongju - Andong - Wonju - Pyeongchang
Today, after breakfast, we visit Andong Hahoe Village, which is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan, and which is renowned for its traditional houses. Next, we visit Hanji Theme Park. Here there's a chance to experience the Hanji making process (making paper in the Korean style). We head on to Pyeongchang and check in to our hotel. Lunch and dinner will be served to us enroute at local restaurants.
Accommodation: Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort or similar
Day 8 (Friday) Pyeongchang - Gangreung - Yangyang - Seoul
After breakfast, we head for Jumunjin Seafood Market, which sells a variety of fresh seafood that has been caught along the East Coast. We then travel to Yangyang, and enjoy a short hike, experiencing the natural beauty of Mount Seorak.
Our day ends with a drive back to Seoul, where, after checking in to our hotel, we have the remainder of the day free at leisure.
Accommodation: Center Mark Hotel or similar [Undecided]
Day 9 (Saturday) Full Day Seoul Highlights Tour
After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel reception area. The day starts with a visit to Gwanghwamun Gate, the main gate founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty. This is followed by a visit to Gyeongbok Palace (Changdeok Palace on Tuesdays). This is considered by many to be the most beautiful and tmost grand of Seoul's five palaces.
We carry on passing by The Blue House, (also called Cheong Wa Dae), which is the presidential residence. We then stop at Myeongdong, one of the Seoul's busiest spots, and its premier shopping destination.
We then explore Namsangol Hanok Village, where there are five traditional Korean houses which have been restored, and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. (On Tuesdays the visit is to Bukchon Hanok Village or Insadong)
We also call in at North Seoul Tower, which presents us with panoramic views of the city and its surrounding area.
Accommodation: Center Mark Hotel or similar
Day 10 (Sunday) Seoul - Jeju Island
This morning, after breakfast, we enjoy free time until we meet our driver to be transfered to Gimpo domestic airport, for our flight to Jeju Island. On arrival at Jeju Island, you will be welcomed by a local driver, and ransfered to your hotel. The remainded of the day is free time at leisure.
Accommodation: Jeju Kal Hotel or similar
Day 11 (Monday) Full Day Jeju UNESCO Heritage Tour
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet with you at your hotel. Today's tour takes us to Jeju Stone Cultural Park, which has been designed to display the legend of Grandmother and the stones of the Five Hundred Generals. Next, is a trip to Seong-eup Folk Village, found in the foothills of Mount Halla.
After lunch, we enjoy a Haenyeo performance, where we witness the activity of female divers who harvest various marine life from the sea.
Continuing on, we visit Seongsan Sunrise Peak, designated a World Nature Heritage by UNESCO in 2007. We visit the Manjanagul Lava Tube that runs for a distance of 7.4km. Our final stop is at Shilla Duty Free shop, after which we return to our hotel.
Accommodation: Jeju Kal Hotel or similar
Day 12 (Tuesday) Full Day Jeju Volcanic Island Tour - Seoul
After breakfast, we again meet our tour guide in the hotel lobby. The tour today takes us to Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum, a site that exhibits Jeju's folk relics and natural artefacts. Next, we travel to Dragon Head Shore, sited at the base of Mount Sanbang.
After enjoying a Korean traditional lunch, we either pick local tangerines (November-January) or visit the Teddy Bear Museum (February-October).
Next, we visit Jusangjeollidae, known as "Seaside Cliff", which is a popular spot due to its impressive pillar rock formation. We then head to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, one of three distinctive waterfalls on Jeju Island. Once the tour is completed, we drive to Jeju international airport for our flight back to Seoul. Upon arrival at Gimpo airport, Seoul, you will be welcomed by a local driver, who will take you to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free to relax at leisure.
Accommodation: Center Mark Hotel or similar
Day 13 (Wednesday): Seoul
After breakfast, you are free to relax until a local driver transfers you to Incheon International Airport for your flight home.
**The above itinerary is subject to change due to local circumstances.
**This is a join-in group tour. Please be advised that people from all over the world may join this tour.
Accommodation at 4-5 star hotels at each area based on twin room sharing
Meals: Breakfasts at hotels, lunches & dinners at local restaurants as itinerary
English speaking tour guide
All entrance fees
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