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Highlights of South Korea

APRIL 03, 2025 – APRIL 10, 2025

Itinerario:

APR 03 WELCOME TO SEOUL / WELCOME DINNER

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a harmonious blend of ancient tradition and cutting-edge innovation. As a sprawling metropolis, it boasts historic palaces, bustling markets, futuristic architecture, and a vibrant arts scene, making it a cultural, technological, and historical hub in East Asia.

Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Signature Experience Dinner:

Indulge in an unforgettable culinary journey at Jihwaja, renowned for its authentic Korean royal cuisine. At this special welcome dinner, you'll enjoy the Deluxe Royal Degustation Course, featuring beautifully presented appetizers, savory broths, marinated meats, and seasonal vegetables, all prepared with the finest ingredients and traditional techniques. Enhance your dining experience with local drinks like soju and rice wine. The elegant ambiance and exceptional service at Jihwaja offer a unique glimpse into Korea's rich culinary heritage, making this dinner a memorable highlight of your visit.

Accommodation:   Lotte Hotel Seoul – Superior Room (Main Tower) 3 Nights

APR 04 CULTURAL CITY TOUR

Begin your day with a visit to Gwanghwamun Plaza, where you will encounter the iconic statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun-Sin. Through the grand Gwanghwamun Gate, explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Originally built in 1395, it was expanded in 1867 to become the largest and most beautiful of Seoul’s five palaces, boasting 330 buildings. Witness the ceremonial changing of the guard at 10:00 at Gwanghwamun Gate. (Note: Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays).

Enhance your experience by renting a hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, for photos at the palace. Available in various colors, these dresses offer a fun way to immerse yourself in Korean culture and capture memorable photos.

Next, visit Changdeokgung Palace, another architectural marvel from the Joseon dynasty. This UNESCO site is renowned for its Secret Garden, where man-made structures blend harmoniously with nature.

Later, head to Namsangol Hanok Village, a recreated village featuring five restored hanoks from the Joseon Dynasty. The village provides a glimpse into traditional Korean life and offers an educational experience for visitors of all ages.

In the evening, transfer to the famous Han River, a popular recreational spot. Conclude your Seoul journey with a sunset cruise on Korea's longest river, enjoying stunning views and seeing Seoul from a different perspective as you float past key landmarks.  

APR 05 FULL DAY SHOPPING TOUR  + SCALP TREATMENT

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Begin your exploration of Seoul with a visit to the famous Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the Dongdaemun district. Designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, this must-see destination features concave and undulating shapes, symbolizing the dynamism of fashion in the area.

Next, head to the iconic Gwangjang Market, where centuries-old culinary traditions come to life in a kaleidoscope of flavors and aromas. This bustling marketplace is a treasure trove of street foods and local delicacies. From piping-hot bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes) to savory tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), your taste buds will be dancing with delight. Our experienced guides will introduce you to the art of ordering like a local and share fascinating stories about the history of Korean street food. Don't miss the chance to savor a warm bowl of gimbap or indulge in some delectable mandu

(dumplings) from one of the market's hidden gems.

Our next stop is the Myeongdong area, known for its shopping mecca. The Myeongdong Underground shopping area is a must-visit place lined with shops, restaurants, and street vendors, making it a great spot to experience Korean culture and pick up some souvenirs.

You'll then have a scalp treatment appointment at Myeongdong with the Head Spa Special Course, a 60-minute pampering session.

Continue your journey to the Starfield Coex Mall, known for its stunning and unique library with towering bookshelves that create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Take time to explore various shops and brands, both local and global. Don't forget to take pictures with the Gangnam Style statue near the mall.

After a day full of exploration, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

APR 06 SEOUL TO BUSAN  

After enjoying breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the train station. Travel by high-speed KTX to Busan, a journey of approximately 2 hours.

Suggested Train: Train #121 KTX Seoul Station 08:12 - 11:32 Busan Central.

Upon arrival in Busan, delve into the historical sights related to the Korean War with visits to the Provisional Capital Government Office, Memorial Hall, and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery.

Continue your exploration of Busan with a visit to Dongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias), located at the right end of the famous Haeundae Beach. Take a scenic coastal trail on a raised wooden deck along the coastline, surrounded by the island’s lush natural forest.

Next, head towards Dalmaji Hill, a renowned spot for catching the sunset and enjoying panoramic views of Haeundae Beach. The walk takes about 30 minutes, during which you can experience the artistic atmosphere and visit many galleries and boutiques along the way. Upon reaching the top of Dalmaji Hill, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the ocean and the city, making it the perfect spot to take in the sunset.

You will be transferred back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure.

Accommodation:  Park Hyatt Busan – King/Twin Bed Room (2 Nights)

APR 07 BUSAN CITY TOUR

After breakfast, start your day with a visit to the colorful Gamcheon Cultural Village, renowned for its houses built in a tightly-knit fashion on the hillside, creating a unique appearance. Originally settled by refugees fleeing the Korean War, the area has transformed from substandard living conditions to a vibrant artistic enclave.

Proceed to Jagalchi Market, South Korea’s largest seafood market. Observe the vast array of products on sale and experience the bustling atmosphere where storekeepers eagerly sell the day’s catch.

Next, sit back and relax on a cable car for a 1.62 km journey across the ocean at a height of 86 meters. During the 15-20 minute ride, enjoy panoramic views of Songdo Beach, Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, Namhangdaegyo Bridge, Songdo Coastal Dullegil Road, and rock cliffs.

Upon disembarking from the cable car, follow the signs to Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge, which connects Amnam Park to the small, uninhabited Dongseom Island. Take in the stunning 360-degree views of the ocean, cliffs, and surrounding islands.

A trip to South Korea is not complete without visiting a traditional Korean bathhouse or Jjimjilbang. These bathhouses offer a unique experience that combines relaxation, culture, and health benefits. Jjimjilbangs typically feature hot and cold baths and saunas. Your guide will teach you essential bathhouse etiquettes. (Note: Visiting traditional bathhouses is done in complete nudity; however, they are gender-segregated. The general admission fee for the bathhouse is included, but various packages like massages, facials, and body scrubs are excluded)

APR 08 BUSAN TO JEJU

Bid farewell to Busan this morning. Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport with your driver for a short flight to Jeju Island, a volcanic island renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes.

Suggested Domestic Flight Schedule: PUS-CJU by 10:25 - 11:25 (included)

Welcome to Jeju Island! Upon arrival, your guide and driver will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. If early check-in isn’t available, you can begin your tour directly, starting with lunch at a local restaurant.

After freshening up and having lunch, begin your exploration of Jeju Island with a visit to the Jeju Haenyeo Museum. Learn about the Haenyeo, local women divers who use traditional methods and equipment to collect seafood and marine resources from the waters surrounding the island. The museum offers insightful displays, and you will have the opportunity to witness a Haenyeo demonstration, observing these legendary divers in action.

Next, head to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak, for a hike up this unique geological wonder. The leisurely 30-minute hike rewards you with awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding coastline and volcanic terrain. After taking in the stunning views, descend back to the base of the peak.

Accommodation:  Lotte Hotel Jeju – Deluxe Room (2 Nights)

APR 09 FULL DAY JEJU

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Geomun Oreum for a hike through the largest lava tube system on the island. Before the hike, visit the Jeju World Natural Heritage Center, located conveniently across from the Geomun Oreum information desk, to get an overview of the terrain and its geological history.

Choose from three distinct trails based on your energy and interest level:

  • Summit Course: 1.8 km / 1 hour
  • Crater Course: 5.5 km / 2.5 hours
  • Full Course: 10 km / 3.5 hours

Each route offers a closer look at Jeju’s fascinating lava tubes and volcanic cones, called oreums. Next, visit the 4.3 Peace Memorial Hall, a massive complex honoring the victims of the Jeju Uprising and its aftermath. The hall also serves as a place for visitors to learn about human rights abuses and reflect on the importance of peace and reconciliation. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense, followed by a break at the hotel to relax and freshen up.

In the evening, visit Dongmun Market, a vibrant market blending elements of a street market, night market, traditional market, and seafood market. Take a walk through the market and sample an array of delectable treats before continuing to a local restaurant for dinner.

Dinner will be provided at an excellent Korean restaurant. Jeju black pork BBQ, a musttry dish typically grilled over charcoal to enhance its natural sweetness and smokiness, will be on the menu. After dinner, head back to the hotel.

APR 10 DEPARTURE FROM SOUTH KOREA

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and prepare for your onward departure. Your driver (without a guide) will meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the airport or port. Please note that the standard check-out time in Korea is 11:00 AM. If your departure is later, you can store your baggage at the hotel. Late check-out is subject to availability and may incur additional charges. Safe travels and we hope you enjoyed your stay!

Domestic flight from Jeju – Seoul Included

PAYMENT PLANS
BASEDON 10-14 PASSENGERS

Reserve with a $500 deposit (non-refundable).

Double per person 2 people sharing a double room
Price per person: $8185

Three (3) Payments

  • 01 Aug  $2561
  • 30 Sep  $2562
  • 15 NOV $2562

Single Room on Single 1 person, 1 room
Price per person: $8785

Three (3) Payments

  • 01 Aug $2761
  • 30 Sep $2762
  • 15 Nov $2762
Inclusions in above prices:
  • First class (5 Star) hotel accommodation as peritinerary based on twin share.
  • All transfers and transportation is by private, air-conditioned coach (One Group transfer meeting one flight only on arrival and departure is included.)
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Arrival Meet & Greet guide assistance, Departure guide assistance.
Entrances as noted below:
  • Gyeongbokgung (Gyongbok) Palace
  • Changdeokgung Palace
  • Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Sunset Cruise on Han River
  • Food Tasting during Market Tour
  • Head Spa Special Course (60 mins)
  • Seoul to Busan by KTX (economy)
  • Hanbok Rental (Traditional Dress)
  • Provisional Capital Government Office, Memorial Hall
  • United Nations Memorial Cemetery
  • Cable Car Ride
  • Jimjibang Experience in Busan (Korean Bathhouse)
  • Snack Break at Local Cafe
  • Jeju Haenyeo Museum
Tours as noted below:
  • Cultural City Tour Seoul
  • Full Day Shopping Tour w/ Spa
  • Half Day Intro to Busan
  • Full Day Busan City Tour w/ Bath House Visit
  • Half Day Jeju Island
  • Full Day Jeju Island Tour
Meals as noted below:
  • 7 x Breakfasts
  • 2 x dinners
  • Domestic airfare – Busan/Jeju & Jeju/Seoul
  • Government/local taxes at existing rates
Exclusions in above prices:
  • All airfares, departure taxes & fuel surcharges, seat selection
  • Additional charges will apply for extra transfers if anyone in the group is arriving or departing on different flights.
  • Personal items
  • Optional Tours
  • Meals unless listed in itinerary or above
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Early check-in & late check out of rooms (standard check-in time is 2pm and check out 10am)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Changes in Government/local taxes
  • Any future fuel surcharges on land arrangements or additional costs due to COVID rules
  • Visa/passport handling fees

CANCELLATION:

I. LAND ARRANGEMENTS:

Goway Travel / Turistika Travel General Group Land penalties* More than 91 days prior to departure

Between 90-61 Days prior to departure
60 days or less prior to departure
loss of non-refundable deposits 75% of net tour price
100% non-refundable

Important Note: Cancellation penalties for some travel arrangements may differ from our general conditions. In this occurrence, you will be advised of these addendums at the time of confirmation or prior to any penalties becoming applicable and as soon as we are notified of these special conditions.  

INSURANCE:

We strongly suggest Travel Insurance to safeguard your investment. Please call our office at 305 576 9876 ext 118 for Travel Insurance information.

PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION*:

It is the Agents responsibility to ensure that all passengers in the group have been advised accordingly of the documentation and all other entry requirements for their trip. The following is based on the information at the time of quoting – please ensure that you check the latest requirements and advise any changes that may have occurred closer to departure.

I. PASSPORTS

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your scheduled return date.

II. VISAS

It's the passenger's responsibility to assure you of compliance with visa regulations to enter South Korea.

HEALTH INFORMATION:

I. It is the traveler’s responsibility to check with their local travel medical professional for advice on any recommended vaccinations and health precautions for their trip.

II. Travelling with medicines: Some countries have restrictions on travelling with medicines (prescriptions and/or nonprescription). It is the travelers responsibility to check these requirements.

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