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Best of South Korea

Ready for a unique travel experience? South Korea fits the bill and then some. On this 8-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.

  • Duration: 8 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: AKSS/225129
  • Starts: Seoul, South Korea
  • Finishes: Seoul, South Korea
You will Visit
  • Seoul
  • Gyeongju-si
  • Busan

Itinerary

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Day 1: Seoul

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

02

Day 2: Seoul

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

03

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/Seoul

Enjoy a final morning in Busan before returning to Seoul by train.

08

Day 8: Seoul

Depart at anytime.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: 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
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotels (6 nts), temple (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • 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.