|2019 Departure Dates||Price per person|
|March: 14 *, 21**, 28**||August: 01,13,15,22,29**||From $1999AUD *Limited time only!|
|April: 4**,11**,18*||September: 11||Single Supplement $550 AUD|
|May: 02,16,30||October: 03,31*||* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $200|
|June: 13,19||November: 07||** = Peak Season Surcharge: $400|
|Seoul||Stanford Hotel Seoul or similar|
|Daegu||Daegu Grand Hotel or similar|
|Gyeongju||Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar|
|Busan||Crown Harbour or similar|
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Tours subject to availability unless sold out prior. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant prior to booking.
Day 1: Fly to Seoul via a connecting city. Note: Some flights depart one day after.
Day 2: Arrive in Seoul. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: The home of Confucianism in Korea, scholars flocked to Andong during the Jeoson Dynasty. Andong was also home to a significant number of the noble class during this time. Many of their residences have been preserved, and the city is a great place to experience the core of Korea’s traditional lifestyle, including traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1897). Andong is also known as the source of some of Korea’s most renowned liquors – Andong Soju. In Daegu, take a stroll in Dongseongno Shopping District, a major fashion retail district. The streets are packed with hundreds of stores full of personality that reflect the city’s fast-paced fashion trends. Enjoy magnificent views by taking a cable car to Palgongsan Natural Park.
Day 4:Today we explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs, and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom (57 BC – 935 AD). Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple. The Silla Dynasty reigned during what many would consider the most important period in Korean history, with Gyeongju as its capital. The city itself is now thought of as an open air museum, housing an endless array of tombs, temples, pagodas, and ruins dating back as early as 57BC. With a layout and architecture modelled on China’s Tang Dynasty capital Chang’an (now Xi’an), Gyeongju’s dramatic burial mounds also reveal Korean cultural links with the ancient ‘horse people’ of central Asia and Siberia.
Day 5: In Busan, we visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of the city and overlooking the ocean. Travel to Gamcheon Culture Villagesituated on the foothills of a coastal mountain and nicknamed ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. You will be thrilled by the many alleys cutting through this village, vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the local residents. Stop at one of Korea’s largest markets, Nampo Dong Gukje Market for a wide variety of goods at affordable prices. Then visit Nurimaru APEC House, a memorial hall and prestigious international conference hall located near Haeundae Beach, offering visitors spectacular views of the nearby natural landscape.
Day 6: Depart Busan after breakfast. On arrival, visit Changdeokgung Palace, one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built by the Kings of the Jeoson Dynasty, and Insadong, a street full of traditional Korean antique and art shops, restaurants and tea houses. Continue to Cheonggyecheon Stream and admire this urban oasis before visiting Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main commercial districts.
Day 7:Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul.Also visit Freedom Park, dedicated to the 5 million people who left their families and homes in North Korea.Later, try on a hanbok, the traditional attire of the Korean people at Namsan Hanbok Culture Experience Centre before experiencing the city’s best night view at Namsan Tower.
Day 8: After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport for your flight home via a connecting city.
Day 9: Arrive in Australia this morning. Welcome home!
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