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Overview
Highlights - Old and New of the nation’s capital Seoul - Major UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites - Busan, the country’s second largest city and main port city - Unique temple-stay experience - DMZ area, the nearest place for viewing North Korea
Detailed Itinerary

Arrive in Seoul at Incheon International Airport, you will be met by our driver only and transferred to your hotel.
Balance of day is free for your own leisure time or rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*Notice: One way transfer from airport to hotel is provided as the complimentary service on Day 1 only.
Airport transfer service for guests arriving on the other days will be charged additionally.

After breakfast, start Seoul city tour with visit to N Seoul Tower observatory on Mt.Namsan for a bird’s eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul. Next visit at National Museum of Korea. This museum built in 2005 boast foris boasting its fantastic collection of arts and relics. It would take a whole day to see everything in the museum. Proceed to Changdeok Palace & Huwon (Secret Garden) listed to UNESCO designated World Heritage. The last stop of today’s tour is Gwangjang Market , one of Korea’s largest traditional market and is popular with foreign visitors to sample some of the most famous Korean street foods. Return to hotel. .

Breakfast at hotel. Check‐out and pick up from hotel. Transfer to Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul, where people living inthe village are practicing the old traditional style houses and life style of 18th 19th century.  Proceed to Songnisan Nat'l Park to  visit Beopjusa Temple where the tallest Buddha Statue in Korea has. The forest park is ideal place for walking.   Afterward, drive to  Daegu via expressway. Overnight at Daegu city  Breakfast at hotel. Check-out and pick-up from hotel. Transfer to Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul, where people living in the village are practicing the old traditional style houses and life style of 18th-19th century. Proceed to Mt.Songnisan Nat'l Park to visit Beopjusa Temple (UNESCO Sites) where the tallest Buddha Statue in Korea has. The forest park is ideal place for walking.
Afterward, drive to Daegu via expressway. Overnight at Daegu city

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine. Yangnyeongsi Market has been a popular Herbal medicine market ever since it first opened in the 17th century. Experience of foot bathing in herb medicine.
Visit Seomun Market of Daegu, which is steeped in history, one of the three main market during the Joseon dynasty.
Transfer to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla kingdom from 57BC – 935AD and the city is known as the “Museum without walls,” as there are 52 designated sites within this city. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park with its
Royal tombs. You will have the chance to enter one of the excavated tombs to see the construction and process behind the Royal Kings burial chambers. Overnight at Gyeongju

After breakfast, start your full day tour of Gyeongju by visiting Bulguksa Temple and 
Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO Sites). Seorkguram Grotto established in the 8th century on the slopes of  Mt. Toham.  The 
grotto contains a monumental statue of a  sitting Buddha looking out to sea and it is 
considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. 4 faces Buddha,   Gwaeneung Royal Tomb and Scenic drive tour to Guryongpo Port. Drive along the sea for beautiful coastal scenery. 

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Unmoonsa Temple (Buddhist Nun's temple). Proceed to Busan, the second largest city of South Korea. Upon arrival, start half-day Busan tour to Jagalchi Fishery Market where roadside vendors sell various fishes
and Nampodong shopping street Next, Busan Tower on Yongdusan Park with its observation deck offering stunning views of the city and beyond. Overnight at Busan

After breakfast, transfer to Mt Gayasan National Park via expressway. In Mt Gayasan National Park, visit Haeinsa Temple.
Haeinsa Temple has a world famous Korean cultural treasure called Tripikata Koreana, which was made during the Goryo Dynasty to protect the country from the invasion of Mongolian troops by Buddha’s power. UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage
designated this Tripitaka Koreana. Proceed to Andong, 2 hours away from Haeinsa. Andong Hahoe Village(UNESCO Sites) is the best-preserved village with its traditional style noble houses. In 1999, Queen Elisabeth II visited Hahoe Village and was welcomed with Birthday Party Table decorated in Korean traditional way. Hahoe Village in Andong is famous for its own mask dance. After a visit to Hahoe Village, proceed to Chungju Lake. Overnight at Hotel

After breakfast, check out hotel. Take a ride on sightseeing boat to enjoy lakeside scenery.(can be cancelled depending on the local weather condition and will be replaced to the other attractions) Proceed to temple (Woljeongsa Temple or
Samhwasa Temple or Shinheungsa Temple according to the availability at the time of booking) to experience unique temple stay Upon arrival at the temple, change your clothes to temple uniform prepared by the temple. Orientation for various things
to know for staying at the temple regarding regulations and schedules will be provided. Simple temple dinner(vegetarian meal) will be provided. Attend evening Buddhist ceremony and temple tour. During one night, you will not have phone and TV in Korean traditional style room without bed(Thin mattress and blanket is spread on the room floor to sleep at night). The Korean style room will be arranged as male or female group room separately. Shower room and toilet are being shared in
common use. No alcohol is allowed at temple. Overnight at the temple.

(Overnight at the outside of the temple is also available as your choice) The clients who choose to overnight at the outside of the temple will have a breakfast at the hotel,
instead of experience morning Buddhist ceremony at the temple.
*Temple provides shared room only, you can choose to overnight at the hotel for private room Accommodation at tourist class hotel (less than 1 hour-drive from temple) can be arranged without surcharge.
Clients who book overnight at the hotel will have a breakfast at the hotel instead of Morning Buddhist ceremony.

Wake up at 3 am for Morning Worship (for volunteers only). After breakfast, leave the temple and transfer to Gangneung .
Visit Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts itself with incredible collection of 19th Century gramophones and 1st generation audio systems. Head to DMZ Unification Observatory, the nearest place for viewing Geumgangsan Mountain in North Korea . DMZ Museum within the observatory allows visitors to know about the DMZ from its historic background and the area’s ecological importance . (DMZ Unification Observatory visit can be cancelled depending on the local circumstance and will be replaced to the other attraction) Check in at the Seorak Kensington Stars Hotel

After breakfast, Tour of Mt. Seorak National Park inclusive of Shinheungsa Temple and cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress Drive to Gapyeong to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Flower and Tree Park, which displays unique Korean Wild Flowers and trees in a garden located in mountain valley. Transfer to Seoul.

Breakfast at hotel.. No airport transfer service provided (Private transfer service is available with surcharge as the option (minivan with a driver only)

Inclusions

- 9 nights of accommodation at 3~4 star hotel on twin sharing basis .
1 night of temple-stay based on sharing group room
(Korean-style room without bed-female room, male room separately)
- Daily breakfast t hotel and 1 time simple temple meals (breakfast and dinner) during temple stay.
- English(or French or Spanish or German) speaking guide for full commentary at attractions from Day 2 to Day 10
- Transfer service for whole journey except for airport departure transfer
- Tour admission according to the itinerary

Accommodation at the following hotels

3 nights at Aventree Jongno Hotel or similar (Int'l 3 star) in Seoul
1 night at Daegu Grand Hotel or similar(Int'l 4 star) in Daegu
2 nights at Commodore Hotel or similar (Int'l 4star star) in Gyeongju
1 night at Towerhill Hotel or similar (Int'l 3 star) in Busan
1 night at CheongPung Resort or similar (Int'l 3 star) at Chungju
1night at temple (with Korean style room without bed) at Woljeongsa Temple or Samhwasa Temple or Shinheungsa Temple
1 night at Kensington Stars Hotel or similar (Int'l 4 star) in Mt.Seorak.

Exclusions

Transfer on departure day is not included
Lunches and dinner are not included
International airfares
Optional activities
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotel Upgrade Option on Request
Tour price based on English speaking guide
Tour fare with French, Spanish or German speaking guide on Request

One way transfer from airport to hotel is provided as the complimentary service on Day 1 only. Transfer from Busan to Seoul on Day 7 is based on coach.  Depends on the situation, we can use train. 

Airport transfer service to hotel for guests those who arrive on the other days will be charged additionally

Tours will not be dedicated to single language tour, and will be joined with multinational guests and guides of different languages

During transfer on bus with a mix of guides, no commentary is provided.
Upon arrival at destination, party of each guide will do the tour separated
Group and private tour quotation based on same itinerary are available upon request. 

Lunch and dinner are NOT included.

Guide will assist clients to have their meal at the suitable local restaurants during tour. Meals should be paid to restaurant directly by clients on the spot.)

Tipping in Korea  Tipping at local restaurant is not required.   Tipping for bellman at the hotel for carrying luggage is recommended.  However, most of hotels in countryside do not provide porter service to your room. 

Tours are conducted with guests and guides of different languages while sharing the same vehicle. (In case of 26 pax or more, tour group will be divided into two vehicle for comfortable tour) ,
No guide’s commentary during transfer will be provided
Guide of the corresponding language will guide their clients separately at each sightseeing spot.
Triple room type consists of 1) Twin(2 single bed) with 1 extra bed OR 2) 1 Double bed with 1 extra bed
Private FIT/group tour based on the same itinerary can be quoted separately upon request.

Trip Highlights

Temple Stay - Woljeongsa Temple or similar - Mt. Songnisan Nat’l Park & Beopjusa Temple - Gyeongju & Busan Tour - Andong Hahoe Village - East Coast Scenic drive - Mt.Seorak National Park - DMZ  

Fixed-Departure

21 Sep, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

12 Oct, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

19 Oct, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

09 Nov, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

23 Nov, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

07 Dec, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

14 Dec, 2020
AUD 4,330 P P twin share

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