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This private touring itinerary combines the iconic sights and contrasting cultures of South Korea. Begin in Seoul to see the changing face of South Korea, where the old meets the new. Journey through Songnisan National Park with its mountains, waterfalls and temples; visit Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla kingdom; and finish at the large port city of Busan.
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Arrive and transfer to the Grand Ambassador Seoul for 3 nights. Set in the centre of Seoul, the hotel's location enables good access to the city's major shopping and entertainment districts. (N)
Full-day tour of Seoul, including Gyeongbok Palace, the Folklore Museum, Namdaemun market and Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul's oldest residential area and a wonderful place to see traditional hanok buildings. (B, L)
Optional full-day tour of Panmunjom and the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), visiting the Dora observatory, Panmunjom - also known as 'the Truce Village', where the 1953 Armistice Agreement was signed - and the Peace Talks House. (B)
Leave Seoul and drive south to the Songnisan National Park, a protected area within the Great Paekdu mountain range and one of Korea's most scenic regions. Visit the Beopjusa temple, a significant site for Korean Buddhists set on the slopes of Mount Son, then stay overnight at Lake Hills Hotel. (B, L)
Morning drive to Gyeongju, an important cultural centre for more than 2,000 years. The former capital of the ancient Silla kingdom, the city is dotted with ancient buildings, temples and tombs, lending it the moniker the 'museum without walls'. Your private guided tour here will include visits to the Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, the National Museum, Gwaeneung royal tomb and the Bulguksa temple. Stay at Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju for 2 nights. (B, L)
Morning drive to Busan on the south coast, with a stop en route at Geumjeong mountain and the Beomeosa temple. Continue to the city for a fresh seafood lunch at Jagalchi market, South Korea's largest seafood market. Overnight at the Westin Chosun Busan or Hyatt Busan. (B, L)
Early morning train back to Seoul. Overnight at the Grand Ambassador Seoul, with time at leisure in the evening. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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WSK2019: 8 Nights
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