South Korea Golden Route 8D/7N

South Korea Golden Route 8D/7N

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South Korea Golden Route 8D/7N

8 Days Starting and ending in Seoul

Visiting: Seoul, Jeonju-si, Yeosu-si, Gyeongju-si, Pyeongchang

Tour operator:

Bamba Travel

Tour code:

10034

Physical rating:

Easy

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Tour Overview

Embark on a thrilling journey through South Korea's dynamic cities and ancient wonders. From Seoul's blend of tradition and modernity to the coastal charm of Yeosu and Busan, each day offers new discoveries. Explore historic sites, vibrant markets, and serene landscapes, immersing yourself in the rich culture of this captivating country. Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the heart of South Korea.

Highlights

  • Seoul's historic palaces & vibrant markets!

  • Coastal charm in Yeosu & Busan!

  • Ancient wonders in Gongju & Buyeo!

  • Serene landscapes & cultural treasures!

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Day 1: Seoul, South Korea

Location: Seoul

Arrive at the renowned Incheon International Airport, acclaimed for its top-notch service. Our friendly representative will greet you and escort you to Seoul, the bustling hub of Korean politics, economy, and culture. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring this dynamic city at your own pace.

Day 2: Seoul, South Korea

Location: Seoul

Start your day with breakfast, followed by a pick-up from your hotel between 08:30-09:00 am. Prepare for an exciting full-day exploration of Seoul's cultural gems, starting with a visit to Jogyesa temple and the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace, with the option of Deoksu Palace on Tuesdays. Witness the mesmerizing Royal Guard Changing Ceremony before delving into the National Folk Museum. Afterwards, indulge in a visit to either the Korean Ginseng Center or an Amethyst shop. Then, embark on a journey to the Korean Folk Village, an hour and a half drive from Seoul, where you'll immerse yourself in the captivating culture of the late Joseon Dynasty. With over 260 different types of houses representing each province, the village offers a fascinating glimpse into Korea's past. Conclude the day with a return to Seoul for some well-deserved rest.

Day 3: Seoul - Gongju - Buyeo - Jeonju, South Korea

Location: Jeonju-si

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide at 07:30 am in the hotel lobby. At 08:00 am, join fellow travelers at the parking lot in front of the Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, located at the Gwanghwamun Intersection in Seoul. Prepare for an enriching journey as you travel to Gongju, a historical city renowned for its ties to the Baekje Dynasty. Explore UNESCO-listed sites such as the Tomb of King Muryeong and the impressive Gongsanseong Fortress, a mountain stronghold dating back to the Baekje Period. Afterward, continue your adventure with a transfer to Jeonju, a picturesque city famed for its traditional Hanok Village boasting around 700 beautifully preserved Korean houses. Check into your hotel and unwind, with leisure time to explore at your own pace.

Day 4: Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu, South Korea

Location: Yeosu-si

Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a journey to Gwangju, located 100km away, approximately a 1 hour and 30 minute drive. This vibrant city holds historical significance as the birthplace of a pivotal modern democratic movement in Korea, evident in landmarks like the May 18th National Cemetery. Dive deeper into history as you explore this meaningful site, known also for its connection to BTS member J-Hope and his song "Ma City," which commemorates the May 18 Gwangju Democratization movement. Next, continue your adventure with a drive to Suncheon, another 100km journey taking approximately 1 hour. Here, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Suncheon Bay National Garden before journeying onwards to the coastal charm of Yeosu, just 38km away, a brief 40-minute drive. Take in the romantic atmosphere of this coastal gem and explore Yi Sun-shin Plaza before settling into your hotel for the night.

Day 5: Yeosu - Jinju - Busan - Gyeongju, South Korea

Location: Gyeongju-si

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel before venturing to Jinjuseong Fortress, steeped in history and renowned for its connection to the Japanese invasion of 1592. Following this enriching visit, journey onwards to Busan, a 100km drive taking approximately 1.5 hours. Upon arrival at Gimhae domestic airport, proceed to the 1st floor ticket office to board the bus. Join fellow travelers in front of Toyoko Inn hotel 1 at Busan Station by 13:00 for an exciting exploration of the city. Explore the bustling Jagalchi Market and iconic BIFF Square, filled with the charm of Busan's old downtown and tantalizing seafood delights. Then, bask in the sun at Haeundae Beach and stroll through the serene Dongbaek Park before continuing your journey to Gyeongju, a 100km drive lasting about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Conclude your day with a comfortable check-in at your hotel in Gyeongju.

Day 6: Gyeongju - Andong - Pyeongchang, South Korea

Location: Pyeongchang

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, embark on a journey through South Korea's cultural treasures. Begin with a visit to the awe-inspiring Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage site constructed by Kim Dae-Seong during the Silla Kingdom. Marvel at the intricate stone relics and timeless beauty of Bulguksa Buddhist Temple, also designated as a UNESCO site. Next, travel to Andong, a 170km drive lasting about 2 hours and 30 minutes, to explore the UNESCO-listed Andong Hahoe Village. This historic village, preserved in its original Joseon Dynasty architecture, is renowned for its authentic atmosphere and was even visited by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Conclude your day with a scenic drive to Pyeongchang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, located 234km away and approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by road. Check into your hotel in Pyeongchang and unwind after a day filled with cultural discoveries.

Day 7: Pyeognchang - Mt.Sorak - Seoul, South Korea

Location: Seoul

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a scenic tour of the venues from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Afterwards, journey to Sokcho, a picturesque coastal city located 100km away, about a 1 hour and 30 minute drive. En route, make a stop at Gangneung Hangho Beach and, if time permits, visit the BTS Bus Station, famous for its appearance on the album jackets of "You Never Walk Alone." Continue your adventure with a visit to the breathtaking Seoraksan National Park, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Zone. Marvel at the towering peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains and the jade-like water flowing through the valleys. For an optional adventure, take a cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress for stunning panoramic views (additional cost of USD 20 per person). Finally, journey back to Seoul, a 195km drive lasting approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, with an estimated arrival time at The Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building around 17:00. 


*Please note that during peak season in October, access to Seoraksan National Park may be restricted for buses and medium-sized vehicles, requiring a 3.6km walk from C District Square to the entrance.


Day 8: Seoul, South Korea

Location: Seoul

After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport according to your flight schedule. Pick up 4 hours before your flights to transfer to Incheon Airport

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    7N in Mid-range Accommodations

  • Transport

    As per itinerary

  • Meals

    7B

  • Activities

    Seoul sightseeing

  • Guides

    English Speaking Guide throughout the trip

  • Extras

  • Experiences

What's Not Included

  • Personal Expenses

  • Tips & Gratuities

  • Other Meals / Drinks

  • Travel Insurance

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