Take a journey to ‘The Land of Morning Calm’ and you’ll uncover
the hidden gem of South East Asia. The buzzing cities of South
Korea, awash with the sounds of modern life, morning markets and the chanting of Buddhist monks contrast sharply with the haunting
beauty of the National Parks and forest covered mountains. First
explore the hustle and bustle and then contemplate life in peace and tranquility.
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 cragg 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.