Timeless South Korea
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South Korea, also known as the land of the morning calm, is becoming ever more popular with travellers, yet still retains its authentic charm and guarantees many unique and truly memorable experiences - from its ancient temples to its tasty cuisine.
Our South Korean adventure begins with an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Hong Kong. From here we join a connecting service to the South Korean capital where we'll spend the next two nights. We are welcomed on our first evening with a Korean style BBQ dinner.
Today includes a full-day's guided city tour that takes us to attractions such as Gyeongbok Palace, where we'll see the ceremonial changing of the guards, and Insadong Antique Alley. A creative hub in the 1930s, today Antique Alley retains its traditional atmosphere, selling, as you may have guessed, Korean antiques as well as catering for those looking to stop for a drink or snack with its authentic tea-houses and restaurants. Later we attend a delicious kimchi (famous Korean fermented cabbage) making class.
This morning we head south by coach to Jeonju, making a stop along the way at a ginseng market where we get to try a local delicacy - fried ginseng. On arrival in Jeonju we visit Hanok village, a heritage area made up of over 900 houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty, and which is home to the 15th-century Gyeonggijeon Shrine. We also stop at the Hanji Museum to try our hand at making customary Korean paper. Dinner tonight is served at a nearby restaurant.
We continue by coach to Gyeongju today, a destination on the south-eastern coast of Korea known for its historical remains. Here we make visits to Bulguksa Temple, Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae Observatory - the oldest stargazing tower in Asia. Following some free time this afternoon, we meet up in the evening for an excursion to Donggung and Wolji Pond. Once part of the palace complex of ancient Silla (built in the 7th century), after nightfall it is beautifully illuminated. Day 6 takes us to Busan, a beach-side location where we ascend Busan Tower for panoramic views over the city and Sea of Japan and experience a local fish market, amongst other activities.
We catch the train back to the capital today for free time at Namdaekun Market which sells plenty of genuine Korean trinkets and specialities, perfect for souvenirs or mementos of your trip. Day 8 includes an unusual excursion to a site not many people in the world can say they've experienced, the demilitarised zone that acts as a buffer between North and South Korea. A surreal area, a visit here allows you a glimpse into the 'hermit kingdom', something that really brings home the decades of tension that has existed between these two nations. On Day 9 we head to the airport for our flight back to London via Hong Kong.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Known as the land of the morning calm