All About Korea

10 Days | 9 Nights

Price per person from *$4999pp (*Based on Double Occupancy)
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This comprehensive Korea Itinerary covers the highlights of this fascinating country, including a visit to the nature-lovers island of Jeju Island, the “open air museum” town of Gyeongju, bustling Busan and of course Seoul, the beating heart of South Korea. Lesser-visited towns of  Jeonju and Daejeon introduce travelers to local Korea.  

 

  • Domestic flights Gimpu - Jeju - Busan
  • 9 nights Standard accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches
  • 2 days Jeju Island
  • Value for money itinerary
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Description

For travelers who wish to get to know south Korea well, this itinerary includes both the popular highlights and a couple of lesser-visited places that come as both a pleasant surprise and the opportunity to see a more local side of South Korea.

The journey starts in Seoul where you will spend a full day visiting popular monuments and attractions such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong antique street and Namsangol Hanok Village. Asia Answers recommends adding a day in Seoul if you wish to visit the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

Next you’re off to Gimpu domestic airport for your flight to Jeju Island, situated off the southern coast, a mesmerizing destination renowned for its natural beauty and unique culture. Jeju boasts stunning landscapes including lush forests, dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and volcanic craters. The island offers travelers diverse flora and fauna, a mild climate, rich heritage reflected in its traditional stone houses, vibrant festivals, and the famous Haenyeo (granny divers) culture.

Following Jeju, take a short flight to Busan, south Korea’s second largest city and a vibrant metropolis brimming with energy and charm. Nestled between mountains and sea, Busan boasts pristine beaches such as Haeundae and Gwangalli.   Its bustling markets offer a tantalizing array of fresh seafood and local delicacies.

From Busan, it’s just an hour by road to Gyeongju, often dubbed the "museum without walls," a former capital city steeped in rich history and cultural heritage. Its landscape is adorned with countless archaeological sites, royal tombs, Buddhist temples, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto.

After Gyeongju, you’ll head by road to Jeonju stopping enroute at Juknokwon Bamboo forest and Damang where a road lined with large sequoia trees creates an amazing visual.  In Jeonju, visit a traditional Hanok village.

Next, drive to Buyeo, once the capital of the ancient Baekje Kingdom, where you will see archaeological sites and historic relics. Continuing on you’ll reach Daejeon, a modern and dynamic city which is home to prestigious universities and research institutions; Korea’s Silicon Valley. Its dynamic cityscape, green spaces, and culinary diversity offer a glimpse of the Korea of the future.

From the modernity of Daejeon, you’ll spend time exploring a Korean Folk Village in Yongin, before moving on to Suwon Hwaseong fortress, an impressive structure built in the 18th century. 

Finally, arrive back in Seoul for a last night before leaving Korea.


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Price

Travel Dates

Price*
*Price per person from Based on Double Occupancy
May 18, 2024 - Feb 10, 2025 from $4999pp*

Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share occupancy. Single supplements apply and are advised on request.  Black-out dates and surcharges may apply during special events and Holidays. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices.  Prices are current at time of posting (5/15/24) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed.  CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.


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Inclusions

  • Round trip transfers
  • Transportation throughout
  • Domestic flight Seoul to Jeju
  • English-speaking guides
  • 9 nights 4-star accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches
  • Entrance Fees

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Itinerary

  • 01
    Seoul Panorama PB

    Day 1 - Arrive Seoul

    On arrival in Seoul, you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

    • Stanford Myeongdong Hotel  (Standard)
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    Royal Palace Seoul PB

    Day 2 - Seoul (B,L)

    After breakfast you will meet with a tour guide and visit the most popular attractions and monuments of Seoul. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong “antique street,  Namsangol Hanok Village, Namsan Seoul Tower, and Dongdaemun Plaza.  

  • 03
    Jeju Cliffs PB

    Day 3 - Jeju Island (B,L)

    Transfer to Gimpu domestic airport for your flight to Jeju Island. On arrival you will be met and immediately begin a tour of the islands most impressive natural sights  Dragon Head Rock, Seopji Koji, Sunrise Peak and Jondalri Coastal Drive. After your tour, you will be transferred to your accommodation for the following two nights.

    • Leo Hotel, Jeju Island  (Standard)
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    Jeju Island green tea plantation PB

    Day 4 Jeju Island (B,L)

    Your exploration of beautiful Jeju continues at Hyeopjae Beach, covered in the finest white powdered shell.  See Hallim Park, one of the most popular scenic spots in the island,  and majestic Mt Hallasan, South Korea’s highest peak. Suwolbong Peak, is a smaller peak but famous for being a favorite sunset viewing place. Visit O’Sulloc green tea plantation and the Tea Museum. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall,is a three-tier waterfall.

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    Busan PB

    Day 5 - Busan (B,L)

    After a short flight to Busan, you will start touring this fun city at Jagalchi Fish Market, Korea's largest seafood market. Drive by Gwangan Bridge the longest bi-level bridge in Korea. Visit Dongbaek Island, a very small forested island with a statue of Choe Chi- Won, a Silla Kingdom scholar and writer atop.  See Haeundae beach, the most famous beach in Busan. Finally head to the mountains to visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

    • Arban City Hotel  (Standard)
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    Gyeongju sunset PB

    Day 6 - Gyeongju (B,L)

    Today is a highlight of the trip;  Gyeongju!  Important places to see here are Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Your photos and memories of your day in this special city will make you smile for years to come. 

    • Gyeongju GG Hotel  (Standard)
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    Jeonju Hanoks PB

    Day 7 - Jeonju (B,L)

    Today starts with a visit to the Juknokwon Bamboo Forest and Garden featuring a beautiful waterfall, pavilion, walking paths and an eco-exhibition center.  From bamboo to sequoia – your next stop is a scenic boulevard lined with sequoia trees. Then, head  to Jeonju Hanok Village where over 800 traditional Korean Hanok houses, which retain their historical charm are found.

     

    • Neulpum Hotel, Jeonju  (Standard)
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    Damyang Sequoias PB

    Day 8 Daejeon (B,L)

    Enroute Daejeon you will stop in Buyeo, where hundreds of Baekje period tombs are scattered across the landscape, many of which have been well preserved. You’ll also see the five-story Stone Pagoda of Jeongnimsa. Continue on to the Busosanseong Fortress, dating back to 538 AD, located on top of Busosan Mountain. 

    • ICC Hotel, Daejeon  (Standard)
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    Folk Village PB

    Day 9 - Seoul (B,L)

    On your journey back to Seoul, you will stop at Yongin Korea Folk village to learn about culture during the Joseon period, and Suwon Hwaseong Fortress which was constructed during that period also.

    • Stanford Myeongdong Hotel  (Standard)
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    Depart PB

    Day 10 - Depart Seoul (B)

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.


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