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South Korea

Best of South Korea

Ready for a unique travel experience? South Korea fits the bill and then some. On this eight-day trip, you’ll see the highlights in and around Seoul plus visit folk villages, unique Korean temples, and the bustling markets of Busan. Learn about the sombre history of North and South Korea and take an excursion to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two. This is the perfect snapshot of a country coming into its own as a top travel destination.
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  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,649
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.
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Seoul

Arrive at any time.

  Hotel:  None

Seoul

Sit back and relax on a private bus and enjoy a tour of the bustling metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples and street markets. Visit Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, Jogyesa Temple, Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong alley.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Seoul/Busan

After breakfast, board a high speed bullet train for a relaxing morning ride through the countryside to Busan. On arrival to the seaside city, visit the bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gukjesijang market, and Yongdusan Park before an overnight stay in a local temple.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Busan

Enjoy a peaceful morning meditation before travelling to the picturesque 14th century seaside temple hidden in the rocks - Haedong Yonggungsa. After exploring the temple, check in to your hotel and get your bearings with an orientation walk on Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island (APEC House). Go for a swim and relax at the beach or perhaps enjoy a light stroll on Dongbaek Island. Spend the evening getting to know colourful Busan, opt to treat yourself at a Jjimjilbang spa or sing your heart out at a popular karaoke bar.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Busan/Gyeongju-si

Enjoy a day trip to Yangdong Folk Village, a 500-year-old UNESCO site located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty. Continue to the next UNESCO site of Bulguksa Temple located on the slopes of Mount Toham and admire the national treasures such as Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Cheongun-gyo, and two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha. Afterwards, experience the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, Cheomseongdae Observatory, and the surrounding Royal Tombs.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Gyeongju-si/Seoul

After arriving in Seoul by train, head to check out Korea's oldest traditional market - Namdaemun Market. Then make your way by cable car to N Seoul Tower to see this beautiful landmark and opt to make the trip up to the observation deck if you're feeling adventurous. Spend the rest of your day in Seoul opting to see Banpo Bridge, the floating islands, or hanging out in the Gangnam district.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Seoul

Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), founded in 1953, separating North and South Korea. With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War. With a buffer zone 4km wide and spanning 250 km long there has been very little development in the area, therefore nature and wildlife have pretty much taken over. Spend about 3-4 hours visiting the Demilitarized Zone, then head to The War Memorial of Korea. Later, return back to Seoul for another night in the city.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Seoul

Depart at anytime.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight Temple Stay, Busan

  City tour of Seoul

  DMZ visit

  City tour of Gyeongju

  Yangdong Folk Village visit

  Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit

  City tour of Busan

  Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island (APEC House) Visit

  N Seoul Tower Visit

  Namdaemun Market Visit

  All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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