South Korea – one of the most invigorating places on earth to experience an Eastern culture ranging from traditional to high tech electronics of Samsung and rock music the K-pops. Tour Overview See the best of South Korea on one convenient trip thanks to this 9-day, 8-night, comprehensive tour. Get a closer look at the country’s cuisine, culture, and history as you explore highlights including Daejeon, Suncheon, Busan, Gyeongju, Pyeongchang, Yeosu, a tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk, and much more. Accommodation in 5-star hotels, transport, most meals, and entrance fees are included. Why Travelers Choose This Tour Excellent and well planned trip to see the highlights of South Korea. Great experiences for first time travelers -- highly recommended.
Day 1 (Thu): Depart Canada on Air Canada
Day 2 (Fri): Arrive in Seoul
Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, meet our representative at the airport. We will assist you to board a reserved vehicle, then transfer you to your hotel. After check in, spend rest of the day free at your leisure. Accommodation: Center Mark Hotel or Similar (4-Star).
Day 2 (Sat): Seoul – Gongju – Daejeon (B,L,D)
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby. Leave for Gongju, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom. Experience a tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk at Magoksa Temple, a representative temple surrounded by a mountains and rivers in Chungcheongnam-do Province. Next, visit the Tomb of Muryeong King, known for its wall painting drawn on the number six tomb. Then continue to Gongsanseong Fortress, a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje Period. After dinner, check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Accommodation: Daejeon Interciti Hotel or Similar (5-Star).
Day 3 (Sun): Daejeon – Jeonju – Jinan – Gwangju (B,L,D)
After breakfast, leave for Jeonju and visit Jeonju Hanok Village, with over 800 traditional Korean houses. After lunch at the local Jeonju Bibimbab restaurant, visit Tapsa Temple in Jinan, famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar. Then leave for Gwangju for your hotel check-in. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Gwangju or Similar (5-Star).
Day 4 (Mon): Gwangju – Boseong – Suncheon – Yeosu (B,L,D)
After breakfast, head to Boseong Green Tea Plantation. Enjoy the beauty of the area’s green tea fields and cedar trees. Next, visit Naganeupseong Folk Village, where you can observe the dwellings characteristic of the country’s southern provincial area. Then explore Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park, thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man, and then stop by Yongsan Observatory to see the bay’s beautiful view. For the last stop of the day, visit Suncheonman Bay Eco-Museum, established to provide a research and education facility to preserve the area’s natural habitats. After dinner, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Accommodation: Hidden Bay Hotel or Similar (5-Star).
Day 5 (Tue): Yeosu – Jinju – Busan (B,L,D)
After breakfast, take a ferry to Odongdo Island where you can walk along the breakwater and see 70 species of wildflowers. Next, visit Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Go to Busan and head to Dongbaekseom Island near Haeundae Beach. Visit Centum City Shopping Mall, Korea’s most sought-after shopping destination. After dinner, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Accommodation: Novotel Ambassador Busan or Similar (5-Star).
Day 6 (Wed): Busan – Ulsan – Gyeongju (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit Ulgi Park, littered with rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean. Next, explore Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in Gyeongju. Explore to Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae Observatory. After check in at the hotel, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Gyeongju Hilton Hotel or Similar (5-Star).
Day 7 (Thu): Gyeongju – Andong – Wonju – Pyeongchang (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit Andong Hahoe Village, home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and well-known for its traditional houses. Next, visit Hanji Theme Park where you can get a chance to experience the Hanji-making (paper) process. Transfer to Pyeongchang and check in at the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be served en route at local restaurants. Accommodation: InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort or Similar (5-Star).
Day 8 (Fri): Pyeongchang – Gangreung – Yangyang – Seoul (B,L)
After breakfast, visit Jumunjin Seafood Market, exploring the variety of fresh seafood caught just off the country’s East Coast. For the next stop, transfer to Yangyang for a short hike at Jujeongol of Mt. Seorak, where you can enjoy the area’s nature. Transfer back to Seoul and check in at Center Mark Hotel. Spend the rest of the day free. Accommodation: Center Mark Hotel or Similar (4-Star).
Day 9 (Sat): Depart Seoul (B)
After breakfast, spend some time at your leisure until your transfer to Incheon International Airport by a local driver for your flight.