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Ready for a unique travel experience? South Korea fits the bill and then some. On this ten-day trip, you'll see the highlights in and around Seoul plus visits to folk villages, unique Korean temples, and the incredible Jeju Island. 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 back into its own as a top travel destination.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AKBK/145182
  • Starts: Seoul, South Korea
  • Finishes: Seoul, South Korea
You will Visit
  • Seoul

Itinerary

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Day 1: Seoul

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Seoul

Enjoy a city tour in the bustling capital of South Korea and see the Gyengbokgung Palace.
Enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own.

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Day 3: Seoul

Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War.
Travel to the DMZ in the morning by private bus and spend about 3-4 hrs visiting the site before returning back to Seoul for another night in the city.

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Day 4: Seoul/Gyeongju-si

Travel to Gyeongju and visit the UNESCO-listed sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour.
Depart Seoul in the morning and travel by high-speed train to Gyeongju, taking just over 2 hrs to reach the city.

In the afternoon, enjoy an included tour of some local highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage temples.

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Day 5: Gyeongju-si/Busan

Take a day trip to Yangdong Folk Village, a UNESCO site, before continuing to Busan to visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.
Take a private van to visit the 500-year-old UNESCO site of Yangdong Folk Village, located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty.

Travel to the picturesque 14th century seaside temple, Haedong Yonggungsa. Continue to Busan and enjoy a walk or swim at Haeundae Beach, the most popular beach in South Korea, or perhaps a light trek on Dongbaek Island.

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Day 6: Busan

Visit the bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gujesijang market, and Yongdusan Park, before an overnight in a local temple.
Stay in rooms called Ondol. These rooms are very traditional, heated to be cozy and comfortable, with beds made up directly on the floor. The rooms here are multi-share, divided up by male and female rooms. Enjoy a traditional dinner and breakfast during the stay.

Have the opportunity to learn about temple etiquette, experience the daily drum and bell ritual, craft your own prayer beads and take an easy hike up to the oldest and highest temple in Busan for morning meditation.

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Day 7: Busan/Jeju-si

Enjoy a final morning in Busan before a flight to Jeju Island. Arrive in Jeju in the afternoon.

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Day 8: Jeju-si

Enjoy a tour of Jeju Island's highlights, including the Manjang Cave, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongeup folk village, and Sangumburi crater.

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Day 9: Jeju-si/Seoul

Opt to visit some final sights during a free day in Jeju before a short flight back to Seoul.

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Day 10: Seoul

Depart at anytime.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • City tour of Seoul
    • DMZ visit
    • City tour of Gyeongju
    • Yangdong Folk Village visit
    • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit
    • City tour of Busan
    • Jeju Island highlights tour
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotels (8 nts), temple (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Plane, private van, train, subway, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
  • Sleep in a temple in Busan
  • Sample the diverse cuisine of Korea
  • Explore the highlights of Jeju Island.