Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- Seven nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
- 13 meals – 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
- Indulge in a traditional Korean BBQ dinner in Seoul
- See the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace
- Experience a traditional Korean village at Bukchon Hanok
- Enjoy tea time with a monk at Jogyesa Temple
- Take a moonlight stroll around Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Prices include airport transfers, tipping and most porterage
- Cherry Blossom season in South Korea usually lasts from March to mid April. However due to changeable weather blooms cannot be guaranteed, even during spring months
- Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
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Arrive Incheon, Seoul
Join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Korean-style BBQ house. Smoky meats and sizzling savoury pancakes are often on the menu.
Arrive into Incheon and transfer to Seoul. After a Welcome Dinner this evening, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel which is located in the heart of Seoul.
Stay: Three Nights, Seoul, Courtyard Marriott NamdaemunDaily :
At Gyeongbok Palace, witness the changing of the guard ceremony.
Learn how to make South Korea’s favourite dish, bibimbap, during a cooking class and demonstration.
Visit Bukchon Hanok, a traditional hanok village, before visiting Jogyesa Temple for the chance to share tea with a monk.
Fill up at breakfast this morning - you're in for a full day of sightseeing. The excitement begins with a tour of Gyeongbok Palace, the largest palace in South Korea. Built in 1392 at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty, it was the main royal palace for five centuries. After a number of Insider Experiences, your final stop for today is Insadong Antique Alley, where quirky amulets and jewellery among other wares are scattered across stalls. Poke around the many streets, maybe picking up a souvenir or two.Daily :
Seoul, Paju, Demilitarised Zone
Today is dedicated to the relationship between North and South Korea. You'll visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) in Paju to gain an understanding of the bordering countries. See Imjingak Park, the Bridge of Freedom and the Third Infiltration Tunnel, where it's believed that some 30,000 soldiers could pass through within an hour. You'll also spend time at the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall, and the station, along with Dora Observatory, which offers binocular views into North Korea. Return to Seoul for an afternoon visit to the War Memorial Museum to reflect further on the conflict.Daily :
Board one of South Korea’s famous KTX Express Trains to Busan. Watch the beautiful countryside whip past your window, and jet right past busy cities as your train reaches speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour.
After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Busan. Upon arrival in South Korea's second-largest city, you'll be taken on a city sightseeing tour of some of Busan's most well-known sites. Begin at Busan Tower, which offers a great vantage point to the city's bustling port. Visit Jagalchi Fishery Market, the largest seafood market in South Korea. Here, locals select seafood that is straight from the ocean and take their purchase to the market's chefs to be prepared just how they like it, for a fresher-than-fresh seafood lunch. Finish your explorations in Gamcheon Village, a mishmash of pastel-coloured houses, street art and art galleries.
Stay: Busan, Avani HotelDaily :
There's more of Busan to be explored this morning. At Taejongdae observatory, admire sweeping views of the natural wonders of Taejongdae Resort Park. Continue to the United Nations Memorial cemetery- the only one of its kind. Afterwards, voyage to the seaside for a visit to Haedong Yonggung temple before journeying to Gyeongju. Be welcomed into the ancient city with a traditional performance at Jeongdong Theatre.
Stay: Two Nights, Gyeongju, Commodore HotelDaily :
Join a moonlight walking tour of Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, once part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.
Set your sights on the World Heritage Bulguksa Temple resting on the slopes of Mt Toham. Built in 774 AD, the temple is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art. Nearby, explore Seokguram Grotto and see the giant Sakyamuni Buddha, which is buried in the grotto’s inner chambers. Afterwards, take a stroll across the green grounds of Tumuli Park and Family Choi's House, the oldest house in the area which was built in 1630, also visit the Cheomseongdae observatory. After time for dinner, this evening experience a special Insider Experience.Daily :
Gyeongju, Gayasan National Park, Seoul
Travel by KTX Express Train to Seoul.
Make the journey by coach to Haeinsa Temple. As one of the three principal Buddhist temples in Korea, discover Buddhist scriptures within the temple, which have been carved into more than 80,000 wooden blocks. Afterwards, head to Dongdaegu train station to board a KTX Express Train to Seoul. Tonight, celebrate your holiday with your fellow travellers and Tour Director with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Seoul, Courtyard Marriott NamdaemunDaily :
Seoul, Depart Incheon
Breakfast is served at your hotel this morning before a transfer takes you to the airport where your South Korea adventure comes to an end.Daily :
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