Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to South Korea.
Day 2: Arrive Incheon, Seoul
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.
Day 3: Seoul
Fill up at breakfast this morning – you’re in for a full day of sightseeing. Begin at the City Hall plaza, walk through the giant Gwanghwamun Gate plaza and into Gyeongbok Palace. The excitement begins at 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.
Day 4: 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 3rd 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.
Day 5: Seoul, Busan
After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Busan by rail. 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 their seafood 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.
Day 6: Busan, Gyeongju
There’s more of Busan to be explored this morning. Voyage to the seaside for a visit to Haedong Yonggung temple. Continue to the United Nations Memorial cemetery – the only one of its kind. At Taejongdae observatory, admire sweeping views of the natural wonders of Taejongdae Resort Park. Afterwards, journey to Gyeongju. Be welcomed into the ancient city with a traditional performance at Jeongdong Theatre.
Day 7: Gyeongju
Set your sights on the World Heritage Bulguksa Temple resting on the slopes of Mt Toham. Built in AD774, 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. After an Insider Experience, the rest of the evening is spent relaxing in your hotel.
Day 8: Gyeongju, Gayasan National Park, 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 special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9: Seoul, Depart Incheon
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 10: Arrive London
Arrive back in London today.
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