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Seoul City Tour, Eastern Korea & DMZ: 9-Day Trip

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  • See some of the most popular attractions of Seoul during a guided sightseeing trip
  • Visit Busan, South Korea's biggest port city, and enjoy hiking in the Jujeongol Valley
  • Visit Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon and explore Korean Folk Village in Yongin
  • Travel to DMZ, which divides North & South Korea, see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
A rich history and gorgeous sceneries are the highlights of this 9-day South Korea tour. Join us on this guided trip and get the chance to see some of the most amazing destinations in the eastern parts of the country and learn more about its past.

Starting with a guided sightseeing tour of Seoul, during which you will get the chance to see some of the major landmarks of the city, this trip will take you to Jinju, Busan, Ulsan, Gyeongju, Pyeongchang and Yangyang, among other places. Visit Imjingak Peace Park and the Third Infiltration Tunnel in the Demilitarized Zone.

The second-last day of the trip involves exploring some of the famous landmarks closer to Seoul (Gyeonggi-do Province), including Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is famous for its 5.52km long wall. Drive back to your hotel after the trip is over. We will drop you off at the airport on the last day of the tour. For more details about this trip, please go through the itinerary below.
3 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
Meet your driver upon arrival at Incheon International Airport (he will be holding your name board) and enjoy a private arrival transfer to the hotel. You are free for the rest of the day.
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 on today's itinerary is Gwanghwamun, the main and largest entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Explore the palace and learn more about its history ( it will be Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesdays).

Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and grandest of South Korea's famous five palaces. Head for the National Folk Museum of Korea next. 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. Afterward, head to Myeongdong, 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 5 Star Hotel at Haeundae Grand Hotel, Busan or Similar
Meet your tour guide at the lobby of your hotel and head for Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592 AD. Afterward, transfer to Busan and visit Igidae Park, the coastal walking path that is famous for its panoramic views of the city and the Gwangan Bridge.

You are free for the rest of the day. Explore Haeundae Beach, which is known for its modern feel, and enjoy your evening at the cafes and pubs of the city. Watching artists and performers busking along the shoreline and visit the Haeundae Market.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours 5 Star Hotel at Gyeongju Hilton Hotel or Similar
Head for Ulsan, travelling past the world's second-largest automobile plant, after breakfast. Visit Daewangam Park, littered with rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean. Next on today's itinerary is the Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Travel next to the Gyeongju National Museum and Daereungwon Tomb Complex before transferring to Chomseongdae Observatory. Get the chance to choose and wear your preferred Hanbok, Korea's national costume, before heading for your hotel. Your lunch and dinner will be served en route at local restaurants.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
9 hours 5 Star Hotel at InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort or Similar
Travel to Andong from Gyeongju after breakfast. Visit Andong Hahoe, a village that is home to the descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well known for its traditional houses. Transfer to Wonju and visit Hanji Theme Park where you can get the chance to experience the Hanji-making process.

Time to head for Pyeongchang, where you will be staying tonight. Lunch and dinner will be served en route at local restaurants.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
Stop by to see the ski jump tower at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium, one of the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Explore the Jumunjin Seafood Market and see a variety of fish and other marine animals caught in the south eastern coast of South Korea.

Transfer to Yangyang and take a short hike in the Jujeongol Valley. Enjoy great views of Mount Seoraksan before transferring to Seoul.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
We will pick you up from your hotel (your tour guide will be waiting for you in the lobby) between 07:30 AM to 08:00 AM and drive you to the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas. Your first stop will be Imjingak Peace Park after which you will head to Dorasan Observatory.

Take a tour the Third Infiltration Tunnel, one of four known tunnels running under the border between North Korea and South Korea, before travelling to the Dorasan Station. See Unification Village along the way.
Your lunch today will be at a local restaurant. We will transfer you back to the capital city and drop you off at your hotel between 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
9 hours 4 Star Hotel at TMark Grand Hotel or Similar
Meet your tour guide in the lobby after breakfast and drive to Gyeonggi-do Province, which surrounds Seoul like a doughnut and offers many attractions. This province is home to amazing sceneries and historical sites going back to the Joseon dynasty, which came to power in the late 14th century.

Visit Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, which is known for its 5.52km-long wall. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Yongin, a recreated version of a late Joseon dynasty village. Explore Korean Folk Village, where you can see traditional houses, listen to traditional music and enjoy watching a tightrope acrobatic performance. We will drive you back to your hotel in Seoul after the tour is over.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
3 hours
Your driver will come to pick you up at a pre-appointed hour. Enjoy our private drop-off service to Incheon International Airport.
what’s included
  • 4-5 star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Private pickup and drop-off service. Other transfers as per the itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking tour guides
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to destinations mentioned on the itinerary
  • Gratuities
what's excluded
  • International & domestic flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals except those mentioned on the itinerary
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
  • Anything not mentioned on the itinerary & the 'What's Included' section
Tour details
Availability Every Sun
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 35 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 2 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Seoul, South Korea
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