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World Heritage Korea - 10 Days - Sunday Arrival


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Summary


This tour itinerary includes Airport pick-up and drop-off.

A popular tour, and a great way to experience the capital, Seoul and some of the best UNESCO site destinations in South Korea, including Jeju Island.


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Itinerary


Day 1 (Sunday) Arrive into Incheon Airport


Meet your tour guide at Incheon Airport (upon exiting) and transfer to hotel.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Orakai Daehakro Hotel, or similar


Day 2 (Monday) Seoul Tour


Breakfast at your hotel


Seoul Half Day Sightseeing


● Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, is an iconic historical landmark and one of the country's most significant cultural heritage sites palace was originally constructed in 1394. It was a symbol of majesty for the Korean people and the home of the royal family. Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact.

● The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

In ancient times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

● National Folk Museum

Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

● Korean Ginseng Center

Known as the 'miraculous medicine,' Ginseng is Korea's representative medicinal crop. Ginseng is used as a way to recover health, strengthen the body, and calm the mind.

Lunch

Stop for lunch at local restaurant.

● Korean Folk Village

At the Korean Folk Village you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty, It’s huge village that has about 260 different types of house of each province.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Orakai Daehakro Hotel, or similar


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Day 3 (Tuesday) Seoul - DMZ Tour - Jeju Island


Breakfast at your hotel, before departure for the DMZ Tour.


DMZ Tour


● Imjingak Park

Imjingak was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Over 400 photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center of Unification Board. Outside Imjingak, there are 12 unique tanks and warcrafts on display that were used during the war.

● The 3rd infiltration tunnel (Dorasan Observatory)
The 3rd Tunnel was discovered in 1978 by South Korean forces. It spans over 1,635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height and is located 52km from Seoul. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour. Only 44 kilometers or, less than an hours drive, from Seoul, the third tunnel was discovered in October 1978. Almost identical in structure to Tunnel Ⅱ, the 1.635 kilometer-long tunnel, 1.95 meters high and 2.1 meters wide, penetrates 435 meters south of the Military Demarcation Line at a point only 4 kilometers south of the Truce Village of Panmunjom. It runs through bedrock at a depth of about 73 meters below ground. Capable of moving a full division per hour, plus their weapons, it is evidently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul.

● Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station

52 years of anticipation, waiting for the day when the two countries will be united once again. Dorasan station, the northernmost station in South Korea, has planned to connect the Gyongueisun(Line) and it will be linked to the European continent via the Siberian Railway.

● Ginseng Center

Known as the 'miraculous medicine,' Ginseng is Korea's representative medicinal crop which is used widely around the world as a way to recover health, strengthen the body, and calm the mind.

Transfer to Gimpo Airport.

Flight to Jeju Island

Meet your driver at Jeju Airport (upon exiting customs).

Transfer to hotel

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Jeju Grand Hyatt or similar


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Day 4 (Wednesday) Jeju Island


Breakfast at your hotel, and then enjoy a full day of sightseeing.

Visit Hyeopjae Beach, and then Hallim Park where you can enjoy Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden and much more. and Osulloc Tea Museum which was opened by Amore Pacific in 2001 with the aim of introducing and spreading Korean teas and the traditional tea culture of Korea.

After lunch, take Sanbang Mountain Cruise and Cheonjeyeon falls, named "The Pond of God," consisting of three sections.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Jeju Grand Hyatt or similar


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Day 5 (Thursday) Jeju Island - Busan


Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to the farm and enjoy horseback riding, one of fun activity that will make you feel like royalty.

The Seongeup Folk Village shows the unique culture of Jeju Island.

After lunch, Visit Haenyeo Museum where exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives or enjoy woman diver show (Unesco Intangible Cultural asset) Seongsan Ilchubong Peak, rose 180 meters above sea level due to a magma flow under the sea over 5,000 years ago and it was originally a separate island, but a build-up of sand and soil has connected it to the main island, and Manjanggul Lava Tube which holds great value for science and conservation studies, having well-maintained formations despite being formed over one hundred thousand years ago.

Transfer to Jeju Airport and Fly to your next destination around 17:00.

Arrive at Busan airport, transfer to hotel.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Avani Central Busan Hotel


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Day 6 (Friday) Busan - Gyeongju


After breakfast at the hotel, meet a guide for a full day sightseeing in Busan.

Visit Haeundae Beach, the most famous beach in Busan. The white sand beach is roughly 1.5 kilometers long, over a 30- to 50-meter wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay.

Proceed to Yonggungsa Temple via Dalmaji-gil Road, famous for its views of the blue ocean, white sandy beach, Camellia forest, and pine tree forest, creating one of Busan’s eight scenic sites.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan.

Transfer to Gamcheon Culture Villiage, formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan.

Continue to visit Korea’s largest seafood market, Jagalchi Fishery market and traditional market.

Transfer to Gyeongju (1.5hrs by car) and visit Anapji Pond and Tumuli Park (night tour), a secondary palace used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. You can enjoy the reflection of Imhaejeon in Wolji during the night.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar (4 star)


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Day 7 (Saturday) Gyeongju - Daegu


Breakfast at the hotel.

Met by our guide and enjoy a full day tour in 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.

Visit Gyeongju National Museum, Cheomseongdae 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.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Daegu Inter-burgo EXCO Hotel or similar


Day 8 (Sunday) Daegu - Haeinsa Temple - Andong - Pyeongchang


Breakfast at your hotel

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 Pyeongchang in Gangwon province, held the 2018 Winter Olympics and every winter millions of tourists come to enjoy snow-covered hills and slopes.

Check into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Pyeongchang Ramada Hotel & Suites or similar


Day 9 (Monday) Gangneung - Mt Seorak -Seoul


After breakfast, drive 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–USD15pp). 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.

Hotel: Orakai Daehakro Hotel, or similar


Day 10 (Tuesday) Seoul Departure


Breakfast at your hotel

Meet your driver at the hotel lobby (4 hours before your flight time)

Private transfer to Incheon Airport

*Check-out before 12:00 noon to avoid an additional night’s charge


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


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


TTA Protected

Price Guide:


US$ 3125 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 950


*Peak Season Prices: (1st week of May, July, August, & Holidays)


US$ 3450per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 1250


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.


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