KOREA SPLENDOUR

  
visit asia - tours to asiaA 15 day luxury coach tour to South Korea. Very comfortable 4/5* hotels, stunning lanscapes, fascinating cultural & historical sites, delicious Korean food: the complete Korean experience.

£2,795 PER PERSON. Code KOS.

SEOUL – DMZ – PANMUMJEOM – SUWON - BUYEO – JEONJU – NAMWON - BOSEONG – SUNCHEON – GEOJE – BUSAN – JEJU – GYEONGJU – DAEGU – ANDONG – SORAK

Best time to go : Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov. Departure every Sunday.

Price includes: Airport pick up on arrival, Hotels as stated or similar with daily breakfast, meals as stated, internal flights, coach excursions with lunch operated by local Korean companies, guided sightseeing.

Price excludes: International flights *, insurance, airport transfer for flight home, admission fees, other meals, drinks, personal expenses, optional visits/trips or entertainment and any service not specified. Single room supplement is £1,195 per person.

* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.

Important notes : Tour operations in Korea depend on many factors, some of which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and change hotels if needed.
This is a coach tour where most participants are overseas Koreans, hence the local guide may just be a Korean speaking one.

Day 1 Departure from the UK.

Day 2 SEOUL (B/-/-)
On arrival at Incheon airport our representative will transfer you to 5* Fraser Place Residence near City Hall. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 SEOUL (B/-/-)
Seoul morning city tour including Cheonggye Creek - Gyeongbok Palace, National Folk Museum, the Blue House (view the exterior only), Jogyesa Temple and the famous & attractive Itaewon shopping street. Afternoon is at leisure to explore more of Seoul or just relax by the pool. Evening optional visit to Dongdaemon night market. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 4 DMZ & PANMUMJEON (B/L/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Passport required on this tour and strict regulations on photography. Please follow instructions from military personnel on site. Meeting point is at Lotte hotel. Pick up at the hotel lobby at 9:00 for an hour drive to Freedom Bridge in Imjingak. After visiting Peace bell and Peace stones, join a coach to the Third tunnel dug by North Koreans and discovered in 1978. Next from Dora Observatory enjoy an extraordinary view of North Korea Propaganda Village clearly located by the world’s largest flag; South Korea Unification northernmost village; and Panmumjeom where the armistice was signed at the end of the Korean war (1950 – 1953). Lunch break at a local restaurant before transfer to Unification bridge for a tour of Panmunjeom. After security checks, enter Cam Bonifas Join security area. The visits in Panmunjeom include the Armistice Commission Building, The Bridge of No Return, Propaganda village from a distance. Return to Seoul in late afternoon. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 5 SEOUL – SUWON – SEOUL (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up from hotel and car drive southward to Suwon, one of the main cities of Gyeonggi-do province. Guided visits to Hwaseong Fortress, a Unesco World Heritage in downtown Suwon. The fortress is a well preserved stones & oven baked bricks structure built in the Joseon Dynasty. After lunch enjoy a stroll in a Korean folk village, a living Museum that recreates the lifestyle of Korean people many centuries back. Return to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 6 SEOUL-BUYEO-NAMWON-SUNCHANG-DAMYANG-GWANGJU (B/L/D)
8:30am Meeting in front of Shinsagae Mall in Gangnam District. After a brief orientation, you’ll be driven down to the city of Buyeo. Busosanseong Fortress is a mud fortress located on top of Busosan Mountain in the northern part of Buyeo, once considered the guardian mountain of Buyeo and is home to historic landmarks from the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC-660 AD).
The mountain is also home to Nakhwaam Rock where, according to legend, 3,000 women of the Baekje Kingdom threw themselves into the river below after the collapse of the empire.

Next continue by road to the city of Namwon.
Also known as Gwangtongnu, Gwanghalluwon Garden was originally built by Hwanghee Jeongseung in 1419 during the reign of Joseon Dynasty’s King Sejong. Because of its surreal beauty, Governor Jeong In-ji gave the garden the name of ‘Gwanghallu’ in 1444, comparing it to a Palace in the moon. It is well known as the place where Lee Mong-ryong and Chunhyang (two lovers from a Korean folk story) first met.
We then depart to Sunchang Gochujang Village. Gochujang is the famous traditional sauce used in almost every culinary dish in Korea. The one prepared in the Sunchang region, is well-known in Korea for being especially tasty. The village has a population of just 149 people who live in 46 Hanoks (traditional Korean style houses). When you first walk into the village you will notice rows of traditional hang-a-ri (large clay jar) all lined up everywhere you go transporting you back into Korea’s glorious past.
Continue by road to Damyang. Visit to the Juknokwon in Damyang which is a bamboo forest cultivated by the people in Damyang. Finally transfer to Gwangju and hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight at Gwangju Holiday Inn.

Day 7 GWANGJU – BOSUNG – YEOSU (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Boseong Green Tea Plantation.
The lush green, curvy, beautifully lined rows of tea fields tucked between mountains and cedar trees is a breathtaking site for all visitors. It’s a perfect chance to take natural landscape photos.
Next depart by road to the city of Suncheon. Naganeupseong Folk Village contains a town castle that is over 18,000 Pyeong (1 pyeong = 3.3 sq m) in size. Within the east, west and south of the castle, about 100 local families still reside, and the castle area has been very well preserved. You can observe the daily dwellings representing the south provincial area reflected in the kitchen area, the clay rooms, and Korean-style verandas.

Today’s last stop is Odong-do Island in Yeosu city. Originally an island, but now the bulwarks of Yeosu Port have been installed all the way to the Island , visitors can simply walk along the breakwater. There are 70 species of wild flowers that flourish in Odong-do Island. It’s also one of the most spectacular spots to appreciate camellia flowers. Transfer to hotel U Castle for check-in.

Day 8 YEOSU-TONGYEONG-GEOJE (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart by road to the city of Tongyeong, a coastal city in South Gyeongsang Province. The scenery made up of many islands spread out on the ocean and the buildings of varying heights located along the port, often elicit a flattering comparison to the beautiful Italian port city, Naples. Here you have the choice of joining an optional ropeway tour.
** Optional Tour : Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway (US$15/person to be paid to guide)
This Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car is the longest (1.975m) cable car in Korea installed on Mt. Mireuksan. Visitors can reach the top of Mt. Mireuksan in this Gondola and there can have a panoramic view over jewellery-like islands of Hallyeo Waterway, Tongyeong Harbour.

Next continue to the city of Geoje,
** Optional Tour : Oedo Island-Botania (US$40/person)
Embark on a small cruise ship to visit the Oedo Island. Some 40 years ago, a fisherman came to this island to escape the rough seas of Korea’s southeastern coast. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife started what would become one of Korea’s most exquisite private gardens. The couple kept this island a secret for over 25 years until in 1995 when Oedo Botanical Garden was opened to the public.
Transfer to Hotel and check-in at Geoje Daemyeong Resort.

Day 9 CHANGWON-BUSAN-JEJU ISLAND (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
After breakfast, time at leisure in the morning. In due time you will be transferred to Gimhae Airport for a short flight to Jeju Island. Upon arriving at Jeju Airport, meeting with a designated Jeju Island expert tour guide. After a brief introduction and orientation of this beautiful island, you’ll be driven to the site called Cheonjeyeon Falls, also known 'The Pond of God', which consists of 3 parts. Around the falls, a variety of plant life thrives, such as the rare ‘solipnan’ reeds.
To the east, there is a cave where cold water pours from the ceiling to create a waterfall. The water from the first waterfall becomes the second and third waterfalls and flows into the sea.
The Jusangjeolli are stone pillars piled up along the coast and naturally formed by lava when Mt. Hallasan volcano erupted into the sea thousands of years ago.

Today’s last stop is the" K-SHOW " The combination of vibrant and dynamic sounds and light percussions and colourful martial arts. Transfer to Hotel Jeju Hyatt for check-in.

Day 10 JEJU ISLAND (B/L/D)
Tour Jeju Island which attracts more than 10 million visitors a year. Your first sightseeing today is Olle Trail 7 route. Olle [Ole] means a narrow pathway that is connected from the street to the house's gate in Jeju dialect ( Olle is Jeju dialect ). This route is a seaside walking trail beginning at Oedolgae Rock passing through Beophwan Pogu and the Poonglim Resort until it reaches Wolpyeong Pogu. Pampas grass and wild flowers are abundant on this trail.
Next we head to Seokbujak Theme Park aka Natural Stone Art Museum which represents the 3 symbols of Jeju Island: stones, wind, and women. 30,000 basalt stones in various shapes are scattered throughout the spacious park.
This afternoon embark on Seogwipo Pleasure Cruise (duration: 1.5 hours). This cruise offers dazzling scenery on the coastal lines and islands around Seogwipo Port, located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do Island. Green fields without a single tree spread beyond the cliff to where a rock called “seondol” protrudes. Also there are stonewalls along the road to block the wind on the way to the lighthouse at the end of Seopjikoji.

Next visit is Seongeup Folk Village. Located at the foot of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small traditional town that holds a vast amount of Korean culture. Return to Hotel for overnight.

Day 11 JEJU ISLAND – BUSAN (B/L/D)
Morning is reserved for the visit to the magnificent Jeju Ice Museum.
In due time transfer to Jeju Airport for flight to to Busan city.
Upon arriving in this second largest city in South Korea, meeting with our mainland tour guide and visit the Yongdusan Park.
Located in downtown of Busan, one of the highlights of this park is the statue of General Yi Sun-Sin, Korea’s 16th century Naval commander famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty.
Complete the day with a stroll in the Jagalchi Market which is South Korea's largest seafood market. Transfer to Busan Haundae Grand Hotel for check-in.

Day 12 BUSAN-GYEONGJU –DAEGU (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
After breakfast, head to Gyeongju, the most historical city in Korea, also known as “Museum Without Walls.”
The first visit is the Gyeongju National Museum where holdings are largely devoted to relics of the Silla kingdom, of which Gyeongju was the capital.
Next visit is the most famous Buddhist temple in South Korea, Bulguksa Temple. It is the most important temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and encompasses seven National treasures of South Korea, including Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Cheongun-gyo (Blue Cloud Bridge), and two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha. In 1995, Bulguksa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Seokguram Grotto, which lies 4 kms to the east.

Sightseeings in Gyeongju also include ancient tombs of Kings and noblemen of the Silla Kingdom at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). After a short visit to Amethyst shop depart by road to the city of Daegu. Transfer to Hotel Daegu Exco for check-in.

Day 13 DAEGU-ANDONG-YOUNGJU-CHELAM-SEOKCHO (B/L/D)
Depart early morning to the city of Andong. Known as a centre of culture and folk traditions, Andong city’s most popular tourist attraction is Hahoe Village, a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and old tradition of clan-based villages.
After lunch, depart to the Youngju old train station for a beautiful train journey.
Enjoy riding a slow train (aka Mugunghwa train) along the gorge for 1 hour to the Cheolamyeok station passing by the most beautiful sceneries.
At Cheolamyeok station, road transfer to Seokcho.
Check in at Class 300 Hotel.

Day 14 SEORAK-SEOUL (B/L/-)
Today guided tour to Seorak Mountain National Park. Seorak Mt. is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range. It’s the third highest mountain in Korea and perhaps the most visited mountain both by domestic and foreign tourists. You may like to join one of the optional tours during your visit in the park.
** Optional Tour : MT. Seorak cable car (US$15/person)
** Optional Tour : Rice cake Making (US$15/person)
Coach return to Seoul city.
Overnight at 5* Fraser Place Residence.

Day 15 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. In due time join an airport shuttle bus to Incheon airport for flight home.