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Korea Cultural Experience In 8 Days

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  • Sight seeing the most famous attractions of Seoul, Gyeongju and Busan
  • Explore the DMZ & 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Suwon and Korean Folk Village
Join us on this 8-day guided tour of South Korea that combines the sophisticated excitement of Seoul with the fascinating remains of Korea’s ancient past in Gyeongju and the commercial prowess of Busan.

Experience the Buddhist culture of the Silla Kingdom and the Confucian culture of the Joseon Dynasty. Visit the DMZ, the demarcation between North and South Korea and most heavily armed border in the world. Get the opportunity to admire Korean artistry and craftsmanship during a visit to Gyeongju Folk Craft Village and learn more about the Buddhist and Confucian heritages of the country.

Your trip comes to an end in Seoul, where we will drive you to the airport for your flight home on the last day of the tour. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
3 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
Upon arriving at Incheon International Airport, a professional driver will greet you and take you to the hotel. After checking in, you can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure
9 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel after breakfast. The first destination of the day's itinerary is Gwanghwamun, Gyeongbokgung Palace's main and largest gate. See the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony next before exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace (except for on Tuesdays, then you will be exploring Changdeokgung Palace).

The palace is arguably the most beautiful and grandest of South Korea's famous five palaces. Head to the National Folk Museum of Korea. Then pass by the Blue House, also called Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential residence.

Your next destination is Insadong-gil, a neighborhood in Seoul that is crisscrossed by a multitude of alleys that are home to modern galleries and tea shops. See the Jogyesa Temple, the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Afterwards, head to Myeongdong, which is regarded as one of South Korea's premier shopping destinations.

Enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant before heading out to see Namsangol Hanok Village (Bukchon Hanok Village on Mondays) home to five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. Your last destination today is N Seoul Tower, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the surrounding areas. Transfer to your hotel after the tour is over.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
9 hours Hotel
The first stop for the day is Imjingak Peace Park, followed by Dorasan Observatory and then by a tour to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. Visit Dorasan Station and pass by the Unification Village along the way. Enjoy having lunch at a local restaurant after which, transfer to your hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
9 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
This day's tour takes you to Gyeonggi-do Province which surrounds Seoul like a doughnut. It features great a natural landscape as well as historical sites that date back to the Joseon Dynasty.

Visit Hwaseong Fortress which was the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do in the morning. The fortress wall is 5.52 km long and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage in 1997 for its architectural value and military functions.

After the tour, have lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed to Yongin, a village of the late Joseon Dynasty. Next, visit Korean Folk Village where you can see traditional houses, farmers’ music and traditional wedding ceremonies. After the tour, you will return back to your hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
6 hours 5 Star Hotel at Gyeoungju Hilton Hotel or Similar
You will be transported by a local driver to Seoul Station, where you will board a KTX bullet train to Shin-Gyeongju Station. Meet your guide upon arrival at Shin-Gyeongju Station. Enjoy your day in the city by first visiting Bulguksa Temple, which is the representative relic of Gyeongju.

Following that, make your way to Gyeongju Folk Craft Village, which is home to craftsman and artisans. Finally, relax by walking at Anapji Pond, which was designed as a park for royalty. After enjoying your lunch, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you can spend and the rest of the day at your leisure on your own.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
9 hours 5 Star Hotel at Busan Haeundae Grand Hotel or Similar
Spend your morning exploring Daereungwon Tomb Complex. See the ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. After the tour, we will drive yout to Busan.

Check into your hotel in Busan upon arrival and spend some free time on Haeundae Beach. Sightseeing begins from Busan Tower followed by the Jagalchi Market. After lunch, transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
9 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
Visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple and Dongbaekseom Island. Enjoy your lunch at the end of the tour, after which you will be dropped off at Busan Station from where you will take a KTX bullet train to Seoul.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
3 hours
Your driver will come to pick you up at a pre-appointed hour and drive you to Incheon International Airport (private service) from where you will catch your flight home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 4-5 Star hotel accommodation
  • Private pickup and drop-off transfer. Other transport as per the itinerary. KTX bullet train tickets: Seoul - Gyeongju - Busan - Seoul Station
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Admission fees to the destinations mentioned on the itinerary
  • Luggage (Per Person) : 1 Luggage, 1 Carry-on
  • Gratuities
what's excluded
  • Round-trip international and all domestic air ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Services except those mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationPrice listed is per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. The itinerary/accommodation is subjects to change due to local circumstances. This is a group joining tour and people are from all English speaking countries. Some blackout dates may apply. Children must share room with 2 adults to receive the child rates. Transportation: Van (1~4pax) or Mini coach (5~9pax) or Mediumsized coach (10~17pax) or Largesized coach (18pax~) KTX train schedules are subject may change without notice The order of Seoul tours (Day2Day4) can be changed as the DMZ tour is closed on Mondays. ◆Joint Tour operation important notice◆ Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please make a note that your seat assignment may be changed once other groups join the tour.
Cancellation10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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