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South Korean Discovery

A voyage of exploration through unknown Asia

Take a journey to ‘The Land of Morning Calm’ and you’ll uncover the hidden gem of South East Asia. South Korea is a country still relatively unknown to even the most passionate of travellers. Lying between China and the islands of Japan it has many cultural gems to uncover. The buzzing cities, awash with the sounds of modern life, morning markets and the chanting of Buddhist monks contrast sharply with the haunting beauty of the unscathed National Parks and forest covered mountains. First explore the hustle and bustle and then contemplate life in peace and tranquillity.

We start our journey in Seoul, well known for hosting the 1988 Olympics. It’s a teeming city of more than 10 million and there are some fascinating cultural sites to be enjoyed as might be expected from a history dating back over 4000 years. Our itinerary will take in the royal heritage of the city and its fascinating markets, always a good place to see local life.

Moving on, we travel west to Seoraksan National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of South Korea. We walk under high craggy peaks and through pine and hardwood forests before continuing down to the coast to Mokpo where we will walk in the Yudalsan National Park and visit this smaller city’s best museums. We’ll also take a coastal cruise amongst the islands in the Dadohaesang National Park and visit a tea plantation to experience the tea spa facilities. Next it’s onto the valley region of Gyeongju, a city with a vast array of must see sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Seokguram Grotto – a grotto temple famous for its amazing white granite Buddha – an extraordinary sight! We spend two nights in Busan, the principal port of South Korea, for sightseeing and some free time on the golden sands of Haeundae Beach before returning to Seoul for our final night.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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    19 Sep 2017
    Nights
    15
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    Level B
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Date
    17 Oct 2017
    Nights
    15
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    Level B
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    19 Sep 2017 - 04 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    We fly overnight to Seoul, South Korea.

    Day 2 - Seoul
    On arrival in Seoul we transfer by road to the hotel.

    Day 3 - Seoul
    We spend the day sightseeing in Seoul. Visits will include Gyeongbok Palace, National Folk Museum, The Blue House, Secret Garden, Insadong Alley, Namdaemun Market and Samcheonggak.

    Day 4 - Seoul
    After breakfast we have another sightseeing day including the Korean Folklore Village, the DM Zone, Yongsan Electronics Market, Mount Namsam and Seoul Tower.

    Day 5 - Seoraksan National Park
    We transfer by road (via Garden of Morning Calm) to Seoraksan National Park and the hotel.

    Day 6 - Seoraksan National Park
    We visit Shinheungsa Temple by cable car and walk in the Seoraksan National Park.

    Day 7 - Seoraksan National Park
    Today we spend a full day walking in Seoraksan National Park.

    Day 8 - Mokpo
    We travel by road via local coastal villages to Mokpo City and the hotel via Byeonsan and Seonunsan Park.

    Day 9 - Mokpo
    Today we walk in Mount Yudalson Park. Following this we visit the Maritime and Natural History Museums.

    Day 10 - Suncheon City
    We'll take a cruise boat around the islands to the Dadohaesang National Park. A highlight today is a visit to Bo Seong Tea Plantation for a tour with a swim in the tea spa facilities.

    Day 11 - Gyeongju
    We transfer to Mount Gayasan and the Haeinsa Temple before continuing to Gyeongju City and our hotel.

    Day 12 - Gyeongju
    We have a full days sightseeing in Gyeongju where visits will include Tumuli Park, National Museum, Anapji Pond, Bulguksa Temple and Seokuram Grotto.

    Day 13 - Busan
    We leave Gyeongju and travel by road to Busan. We'll take a Harbour Boat Cruise at Taejongdae Park and visit Busan Tower, International Market, Jagalchi Fishery Market before transferring to our hotel.

    Day 14 - Busan
    In the morning we visit the UN Cemetery, Donghaesa Temple and the Busan Aquarium. You will then have free time at Haeundae Beach to relax.

    Day 15 - Seoul
    We return to Seoul by air or rail and then you have free time in Seoul to explore further.

    Day 16 - In flight
    We transfer to Seoul airport for the return flight to the UK.


  • Accommodation

    We stay in tourist class hotels throughout.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Local transport costs and entrance fees.
    • B&B en-suite accommodation.
    • Dinners at hotels and local restaurants.
    • Local English speaking guide.

     

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Walking in Seoraksan National Park for mountain vistas, lush green forests and cascading waterfalls.
    • Experiencing the spa facilities at Bo Seong Tea Plantation.
    • Cruising around the coastal islands of Dadohaesang National Park.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Seoul (c11hrs 30mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a 
      competitive quote

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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