A Circle of Korea 8 Days

Start: Wednesday Arrival

Summary

Experience a tour of Seoul and South Korea. Outside Seoul, this tour visits a number of fascinating destinations, including Gongju, Jeonju, Yeosu, Jinju, Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Pyeonchang, & Seorak National Park,

Itinerary:

Day 1 (Wednesday) - Arrive into Incheon

Arrival at Incheon International Airport to be met by our representative. Transfer to Seoul. The rest of day is free at leisure

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express or similar

Day 2 (Thursday) - Seoul

After breakfast, pick up from your Hotel for Seoul full day sightseeing Tour, including Jogyesa temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, (Deoksu Palace on Tuesdays), The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, National Folk Museum, and Korean Ginseng Centre or Amethyst shop.

Transfer to Korean Folk village, (an hour and half drive from Seoul). Here you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty. This is a huge village that has about 260 different types of house.

Return to Seoul.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express or similar

Day 3 (Friday) - Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju

After breakfast, pick up from your Hotel at 7:40am to move to the meeting point for start of tour. Depart Seoul to Gongju (130Km/1.5hours) / Visit The Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Proceed to Jeonju (80Km/1 hr) to visit Jeonju Hanok Village including about 700 traditional Korean houses called Hanok.

Check into Hotel and remainder of day free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Ramada Jeonju Hotel or similar

Day 4 (Saturday) Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu

After breakfast, transfer to Gwangju (100km / 1hr 20min), the leading city of Honam region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. Proceed to Bosung Green Tea-plantation. Onward to Suncheon (100km/ 1hr) where you have option to visit Suncheon Bay Garden ($10 entry per person). Continue to Yeosu, a port city to look around the Fish Market and sightseeing the Industrial Complex night scene.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Yeosu U Castle or similar

Day 5 (Sunday) Yeosu - Busan - Gyeognju

After breakfast drive to Jinjuseong Fortress – Chokseoknu edifice is historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592. Proceed to Busan (100Km/1.5hrs). At 13:00 noon transfer to Jagalchi Fishery Market, Korea’s largest seafood market, then on for a Haeundae Beach Tour. Continue to Gyeongju (100Km/1hr30min) and check into Hotel. Remainder of day free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar

Day 6 (Monday) Gyeongju - Wonju

After breakfast at your Hotel start of Gyeongju City Tour at 08:00 am, includes Unesco World Heritage Seokguram Grotto (optional at $5 per person) and Bulguksa Temple (a UNESCO world heritage site). The beauty of the temple and the stone relics are awesome and highly praised by visitors from all over the world.

Proceed to Andong Hahoe Folk Village (170km/ 2hr 30min) which has preserved the architecture and village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village has been naturally formed with people who actually live there. It became world-famous following the visit of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Continue tour to Wonju (155km/ 2hrs) appreciating the Chiaksan Mountain and Seom River, which circle the area, along the way. As the capital of Gangwon Province for 500 years during the Joseon Dynasty, Wonju maintains rich tradition and cultural relics.

Check into Hotel. Remainder of day free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Wonju Interburgo Hotel or similar

Day 7 (Tuesday) Wonju - Mt. Seorak - Seoul

After breakfast, transfer to Pyeongchang (95km/ 1hour 20min). This was the venue of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Proceed to Mt. Seorak National Park (50km/ 1hr), Korea's most famous national park, to witness the beauty of the Seoraksan Mountains and jade-like streams flowing through the valleys. Due to the many rare species found here, UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982. Take a cble car to Gwongeumseong fortress. (Option for Shinheungsa Temple and cable car at $15 per person).

Finally return to Seoul (195km/ 4hrs), arriving at Gwanghwamun Intersection at 18:00PM and then transfering to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express or similar

Day 8 (Wednesday) Seoul Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport at a time to suit your flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast

* Above schedule and Hotels are subject to change due to local circumstances as like weather, traffic and big events.

Included: Hotel Accommodation with Breakfast, Transfers, Guides, Admission Fees (some attractions are optional extras).

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation with Breakfast
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Admission Fees (some attractions optional and not included)
  • Transportation

Excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Optional Tour Admission Fees
  • Travel Insurance

Price Guide:

US$1275 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$500

(Peak Season Price: add US$100 per person, and US$ 70 to Single Supplement.)

This tour operates with a minimum of 2 persons.

Child Price on this tour: Infant under 24 months goes free.

Child 2-5 years sharing bed with 2 adults: 80% Adult Price.

With extra bed, sharing room with 2 adults: Full Adult Price.

Child with 1 Adult sharing a room is Adult Price.

N.B. This tour does not run on Lunar New Year Holiday, Korean Thanksgiving Holiday, & End of Year.

Exclusions:

  • Round-trip international air ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Service beyond the itinerary
  • Personal expenses throughout the tour