Enchanting South Korea 9 Days

$2,499.00

Seoul, Andong, Daegu, Gyeongju, Busan

Asia’s third-largest economy and the country which brought the world 'Gangnam Style', South Korea is a high-tech, trend-setting nation with a reverent, old soul.

With tranquil national parks boasting picturesque landscapes, a rich cultural history, delicious local cuisine, a bounty of the latest technological advances, fashions and more, a visit to 'the Land of Morning Calm' should be on every traveller’s list.

Introduction to Korea
South Korea is a dream destination for many travellers. The capital, Seoul, is a fast-paced cosmopolitan centre with an appetite for fashion, pop culture, and the latest in high-tech gadgets. Yet just an hour away from the cityscape, travellers can find themselves enjoying the peace and tranquillity of various national parks, encompassing gorgeous hiking trails and dense mountain landscapes. With ancient cultural traditions also retaining a strong presence throughout the country, travellers seeking a cultural experience are sure to be satisfied. Friendly people, delicious food, and delightful contrasts between the modern and the traditional ensure that the indomitable spirit of South Korea will enchant and inspire travellers from all walks.

Seoul
South Korea’s capital city is home to a population of 10.5 million people. A dynamic city blending ancient traditions with modern hi-tech advances, it offers the visitor plenty of sightseeing opportunities, from the famed Gyeongbok Palace, to Seoul Tower, to Insadong Antique Alley and beyond.

Gyeongju
The Silla Dynasty reigned during what many would consider the most important period in Korean history, with Gyeongju as its capital. The city itself is now thought of as an open air museum, housing an endless array of tombs, temples, pagodas, and ruins dating back as early as 57BC.

Andong
The home of Confucianism in Korea, scholars flocked to the city during the Jeoson Dynasty. Andong was also home to a significant number of the noble class during this time. Many of their residences have been preserved, and the city is a great place to experience the core of Korea’s traditional lifestyle.

Tour Highlights:
  • Stroll through Changdeokgung Palace grounds
  • Gaze into North Korean territory at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling crowds of Myeongdong
  • Explore the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, Gyeongju
  • Experience the serenity of Seokguram Grotto
  • Encounter South Korea's picturesque port city and the site of brave resistance during the Korean War – Busan

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Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
06 Sep 11 Oct** 01 Nov* From $2,499 $550
2019
14 Mar* 16 May 15 Aug
21 Mar** 30 May 22 Aug
28 Mar** 13 Jun 29 Aug**
04 Apr** 04 Jul** 31 Oct*
11 Apr** 18 Jul* 07 Nov
02 May 01 Aug
* Shoulder Season Surcharge: $200
** Peak Season Surcharge: $400

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $70
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Supplementary Information

When is the best time to travel to Korea?
Generally, the best time to visit Korea is during autumn (September to November) when the country experiences warm, sunny weather, beautiful skies and spectacular foliage. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if you are interested in winter sports, as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April to May) is also beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. The summer months can be quite hot and humid.
What types of meals are served on tour?
In general, all meals will consist of local cuisine. While we aim to meet the special medical, religious and dietary requirements of our customers, we cannot guarantee they will always be catered for.
What are the coaches like on the tours?
Most coaches used while on tour are comfortable air conditioned coaches.
Can I extend my time in Korea?
Yes, you may certainly extend your time in Korea before the tour commences or after the tour ends. However, please be aware that there will be a minimum stay-behind fee from $200 and your preferred return date will be subject to availability and applicable fare and tax difference.
Time
South Korea is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

Language
The official national language is Korean.

Entry Requirements
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for Australian passport holders for entry into Korea for stays of up to 90 days.

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Hotel Accommodation

Seoul The Palace Hotel Seoul local rating or similar
Daegu Daegu Grand Hotel local rating or similar
Gyeongju Gyeongju Commodore Hotel local rating or similar
Busan Crown Harbour local rating or similar
Fly to Seoul via a connecting city. Note: some flights may depart the next day
On arrival in Seoul, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Visit the traditional village, Andong, which features traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1897). In Daegu, take a stroll in Dongseongno Shopping District, a major fashion retail district. The streets are packed with hundreds of stores full of personality that reflect the city’s fast-paced fashion trends. Enjoy magnificent views by taking a cable car to Palgongsan Natural Park.
Daegu
Today we explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs, and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom (57 BC – 935 AD). Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.
In Busan, we visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of the city and overlooking the ocean. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to view the waves while looking down through the transparent floor of the 15 metre high Oryukdo Skywalk, which is set over a 35 meter-high coastal cliff. Travel to Gamcheon Culture Village situated on the foothills of a coastal mountain and nicknamed ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. You will be thrilled by the many alleys cutting through this village, vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the local residents. Stop at one of Korea’s largest markets, Nampo Dong Gukje Market for a wide variety of goods at affordable prices. Then visit Nurimaru APEC House, a memorial hall and prestigious international conference hall located near Haeundae Beach, offering visitors spectacular views of the nearby natural landscape.
Haedong Yonggungsa
This morning, visit Changdeokgung Palace, one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built by the Kings of the Jeoson Dynasty, and Insadong, a street full of traditional Korean antique and art shops, restaurants and tea houses. Continue to Cheonggyecheon Stream and admire this urban oasis before visiting Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main commercial districts.
Changdeokgung Palace
Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. In the event of an invasion from the North, an entire infantry division could have move through the tunnel in an hour. View North Korean territory, including the Propaganda Village, People’s School, and Gaeseong City – the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom – from the Dora Observation Platform. Also visit Freedom Park, dedicated to the 5 million people who left their families and homes in North Korea. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle, and the Exhibition Hall houses old tanks and planes from the Korean War. Later, try on a hanbok, the traditional attire of the Korean people at Namsan Hanbok Culture Experience Centre before experiencing the city’s best night view at Namsan Tower.
After breakfast, transfer to Incheon International Airport for your overnight flight back to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.