BEST OF SOUTH KOREA

BEST OF SOUTH KOREA
Price starting at 131999

Overview

South Korea, occupies the southern portion of the Korean peninsula with North Korea to the north, China across the sea to the west and Japan a short ferry ride to the southeast.  Seoul is the capital of Korea with over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. Seoul is also a world-class city with numerous amenities and shopping districts. It is a heaven for passionate foodies and a shopping paradise. 

It takes about 7.5 hours to reach Seoul from New Delhi by a direct flight. 

Korea is geographically situated in a temperate climate zone at medium latitude. As a result, it has four distinct seasons. In general, spring is from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November, and winter from December to February. The weather in spring and autumn is clear and dry due to the influence of anticyclones; summer is hot and humid due to Korea's location on the North Pacific Edge; and in winter, continental high pressure brings cold, dry weather.

South Korea’s national dish is kimchi,which is a combination of vegetables and spices that have been fermented underground for months. Instead of air heaters, Koreans have heated floors.Called ONDOL (warm stone), the heat is passed in pipes under the floor. Kite flying is a popular pastime in South Korea.

Incheon Airport has been ranked as the world's number 1 airport. The fastest average internet connections in the world is in South Korea. Asia's largest underground mall is in Korea (Gangnam Express Terminal). Korea is also a home to the largest wooden roller coaster in the world in Everland, which is the country’s largest theme park. Located at the Everland Resort in Yongin, it receives 7.3 million visitors annually. One of the finest Lava tunnels in the world is in Korea (Manjang Cave).  Lotte World is the world's largest indoor amusement park & outdoor theme park.

Nicknamed the Hawaii of South Korea,Jeju was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in a 2011 global poll.Holidaymakers, hikers and honeymooners can’t get enough of the subtropical destination,situated 90 km off the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Many internationally acclaimed and hugely popular Korean television dramas, such as Dae Jang Geum (“jewel in the palace”) were filmed here. Jeju’s female free divers, known as Haenyeo, have harvested oysters, abalone, clams, seaweed and other marine life without the aid of breathing apparatus or professional equipment since the 17th century. The “sea women” can hold their breath for up to two minutes while diving to depths of 20 meters – feats recognized by UNESCO as a part of Korea’s intangible cultural heritage.


Day 1

Seoul Arrival and transfer to Jeju Island

Arrival at Incheon Airport, Seoul and you will be received by our representative and you would be transferred to the Gimpo Airport in a shared coach (waiting time at the airport after arrival 30- 45 minutes approx.). Gimpo airport is located in the far western end of Seoul and takes about 45 minutes to reach. Take a flight to reach Jeju Island. Jeju is one of the seven wonders of nature, also designated as a World natural heritage by UNESCO. Upon arrival you would be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel on a shared coach. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jeju Island.

Day 2

Full-Day Jeju Bus Tour Including Lunch (West Course)

After breakfast, head off on a full-day coach tour of Jeju Island’s west coast. You will have a 40 to 60 minutes of free time at each destination. Your first stop is Hyupjae & Gumneung Beach. The white sand beach has extra find sand mixed with shells that glitters with silver and the emerald-colored water is crystal clear. Proceed to Hallim Park. Hallim park is almost 100 thousand square meters, has a variety of gardens that can be enjoyed in any season. The most famous tourist sites in Hallim Park are Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Caves known to be the only two-dimensional caves in the world. Afterwards, you will have some time for trekking at Suweolbong. During your trek, enjoy gorgeous views as your professional guide tells you about the tale of Suweolbong. In case of rain, you will visit a World War II museum and have a chance to learn history of Jeju Island during the 2nd War. Enjoy delicious buffet lunch and with various local foods such as marinated pork, beef, bread and salad. After lunch, the next destination is the O’sulloc Green tea field. At the O'sulloc Museum, not only can visitors enjoy unique O'sulloc teas, but they can relax next to the lotus pond in the indoor garden. Later, explore Mt. Sanbang, the unique dome-shaped lava mountain, created by nature. Mt. Sanbang is the result of violent volcanic activity some 700,000 to 800,000 years ago. The cliffs on the southern side of the lava dome are marked with a rich variety of curious formations such as weathering pits and talus scree slopes, some of which are as high as 200m. This mountain contains a cave, which is located about 150m above sea level and has a spectacular view out over the ocean. Before your tour concludes, you can visit Cheonjeyeon waterfalls or the Teddy Bear Museum, which is a filming location for the Korean drama "Princess Hour". Your tour will end at around 5pm at the last destination. After the tour finishes, you would be dropped off at the fixed drop-off point that would be the same as with the fixed pick-up point in the morning. Note: West Course sightseeing tour operates on – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tour starts at 8:30 am. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jeju Island.

Day 3

Full-Day Jeju Bus Tour Including Lunch (East Course) and Transfer to Seoul

Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel with your luggage and your guide will pick you up from the designated hotel pickup point via tour bus. You will have a 40 to 60 minutes of free time at each destination. After pick-up, you start the morning with horseback riding. Even if you don't have experience riding, you can enjoy it with the help of the experienced staff or enjoy Horse Riding show if it rains. After your horseback riding experience visit Seongeup folk village to see traditional life in Jeju. After enjoying local food for lunch, climb up Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, the most symbolic attraction of Jeju island and the scenery is magnificent from the peak. After finishing a 1-hour trek, head to the Haenyo Museum. Haenyo means "women diver". You can see their particular culture and how to catch the octopus and abalone. In case of rain, visit Haenyo Museum and have a chance to know the history of them. Enjoy beautiful view with coastline of Jeju, Jongdalri Shore Road whilst heading to Manjang cave, you can appreciate the beauty of Jeju's Ocean. The last destination, Manjang cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and designated natural monument. You can explore it for about 1-hour. Tour finishes at 4:50pm at last destination. After the tour finishes, you will be dropped off at the airport to take flight to Seoul. Upon arrival in Seoul, transfer to your hotel in a shared coach. Over Night at the hotel in Seoul. Note: East Course sightseeing tour operates on – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The tour starts at 8:30 am. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul.

Day 4

Full day Nami Island and Petite France Tour from Seoul

Today post breakfast, meet your driver and guide at your Seoul hotel for departure in a shared coach. During the 1-hour drive from Seoul to the pier at Gapyeong, learn about the history and culture of Nami Island from your guide. Once you arrive at the pier, board the ferry that will take to you the island in around 10 minutes. Explore the island with your guide and see some of the filming locations for popular Korean dramas, such as Winter Sonata. Ride a mini train, go for a bicycle ride, or test your courage on a zip-line (activities at own expense). Lunch is not included in the tour price; however, you may have a lunch at a restaurant in Nami Island by your own expense, and then head back to the pier for the return ferry trip. Then continue on to an area aptly known as Petite France, popular for its French architecture. As you explore the area, keep your eye out for the location where scenes from the famous drama My Love from the Star were filmed. Later visit Chuncheon Myeongdong Street. This popular street is in the heart of downtown Chuncheon. Fast-food restaurants, movie theaters, and nightclubs all pack the streets of this hip area. Get dropped back at your hotel at around 5pm. Note: A moderate amount of walking is involved, but the tour is wheelchair accessible. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul.

Day 5

Full day Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Today after a hotel pickup in a shared coach, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the world’s most protected border, dividing North and South Korea since the Korean War. Visit Imjingak Pavilion to see the artillery that was used during the Korean War. Walk to the Freedom Bridge and learn about the nearly 13,000 POWs who crossed it on their path to freedom in South Korea. See the Third Infiltration Tunnel, one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea. At the DMZ Museum, take a look at the photographs and war artifacts on display. Then head to the Dora Observatory to look across the DMZ into North Korea and learn about life on the other side. After a stop at the restored Dorasan Station, the railway station that once connected North and South Korea, proceed to the Unification Village to see what life is like in this small farming community. Later visit Paju Premium Outlet, a luxury shopping complex in Paju to the northwest of Seoul. This three-storey building is home to 220 outlet stores, with a mixture of international and designer brand names, plus local retailers. The complex is known for its discounted products, with everything from designer clothing and accessories to homeware and gifts offered at a reduced cost – sometimes with up to 70% off the usual retail price. Here, you can find individual brand stores such as Lacoste, Calvin Klein, CP, Theory, Stone Island, Wacoal, Venus, and many more that offers luxury items like luxurious leather and bags, designer fashion, sportswear& shoes. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul.

Day 6

Full Day Seoul City Tour - Old & New

Your tour of Seoul begins with hotel pickup in a shared coach and then you will head to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the northern part of Seoul. After it burned and was abandoned for almost three centuries, it was reconstructed in 1867. It is the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Afterwards, we'll proceed to the National Folk Museum, which is located inside the palace. The museum presents over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of the local people. Afterwards, we will head to N Seoul Tower which sits atop Namsan Mountain. The letter "N" stands for the tower's "new look" since it was remodeled in December of 2005. Ride the elevator up to the observation deck, a major attraction that opened to the public in 1980. You’ll have about an hour to take in the 360-degree views of Seoul and the surrounding area from the 774-foot-high (236-meter) tower, which includes an outdoor terrace. The tower, standing at 236.7 meters, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Seoul and its surrounding areas. You can enjoy a budget food court at the ground floor or try Western cuisine at the revolving N Grill Restaurant on your own. We will then continue to the traditional village of Namsan Hanok Village where you'll see five restored Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule among others. Take a leisurely stroll around the area and see antique items and furniture. After that we will go to Tongin market. Tongin Market dates back to June 1941 when it was a public market set up for Japanese residents near the Hyoja-dong neighborhood when Korea was still under Japanese rule. Next, we will visit Seoul Trick Eye Museum. The name Trick Eye comes from the shortened form of the term Trick of the eye and refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into Three-dimensional images. Through the use of optical illusions, three-dimensional paintings on the surfaces of the museum walls, floors and ceilings come alive. The museum offers various themed galleries where visitors are invited to take part and are more than welcome to explore with their eyes, hands and cameras too. Note: Gyeongbokgung Palace & Namsan Traditional Village are closed on Tuesday, in which case you'll visit other places instead. Evening drop at your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul.

Day 7

Shopping Tour – Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP) & Gangnam

Today after breakfast start for a Shopping tour. Visit Unhyeongung Royal Residence. Unhyeongung Palace was the home of young Gojong, who later became Emperor during the Joseon Dynasty. Damaged during the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War, the Unhyeongung Royal Residence seen today is a much smaller version of the majestic structure that it used to be. Next stop is DDP. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a blend of traditional buildings, relics and cutting-edge modern multicultural facilities. Seoul Fortress, Igansumun Water Gate (floodgate channeling water from Namsan Mountain to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Seoul Fortress), Dongdaemun History Hall, the Dongdaemun Excavation Site, Dongdaemun Sports Memorial Hall, Event Hall, and Design Gallery can all be found at the DDP. Then, you'll be driven to Gwangjang Market. The Gwangjang Market is the nation’s first market and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today. The second floor of the market provides all of your silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores, which are the largest and most famous in Seoul. Next, your guide will take you Seoul Express Bus Terminal. Opened in October 1981, this terminal is located in the Banpo-dong neighborhood of Seoul’s Seocho district. The terminal is accessible by three subway lines (#3, #7 and #9) and offers by a wide variety of stores and businesses (retail & wholesale distributors specializing in clothing, wedding planning, window furnishings, and flowers). Within the facility is the Central City Terminal which provides coach bus service from Seoul to cities across Korea. Afterwards, visit Garosu-gil Street. Garosu-gil embraces a more global mindset while preserving Korean sentiments. It is an ideal place for going on a date, hanging out with friends, taking pictures, and film-making. Garosu-gil will captivate you if you like to walk, have a cup of tea, or just simply look around. One caveat, though, is that there are three places in Seoul claiming the name Sinsa-dong. If you take a taxi, let the driver know that your destination is Sinsa-dong in Gangnam-gu. The final stop on your route is Galleria Department Store. The Galleria Department Store is well known as the most popular luxury-brand fashion mall in Seoul. Located in the wealthy district of Apgujeong-dong, the Galleria Department Store plays a leading role in today’s fashion industry, as it ovisiffers a wide variety of high-class brands. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul. Note: The itinerary may be changed due to local conditions.

Day 8

Seoul Departure

Today after breakfast, check out and transfer in a shared coach to the Incheon airport for your return journey.

Date & Price

Select Hotel Category

Holiday Price

Room Type Total Price(INR) Validity
Adult on Twin/Double Sharing basis 131999.00 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

Accommodation

City Name Hotel Name
JEJU ISLAND Best Western Hotel Jeju or Similar
SEOUL Sotetsu The Splaisir Seoul Myeongdong or similar
Note : Hotels are subject to change due to availability reasons, and may be substituted with others of similar category and star rating.

Inclusions

  • Return airfare with taxes (Delhi -Incheon- Delhi) in Economy Class.
  • Airfare for Seoul- Jeju- Seoul in Economy Class.
  • Accommodation based on Double or Twin sharing in 4-star hotels in Seoul and Jeju Island with breakfast.
  • 2 local lunch in Jeju Island.
  • Tour and Transfer with English speaking driving guide in shared coach as per the itinerary.
  • All admission fees where needed as per the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Goods and service tax.
  • Visa & Travel Insurance.
  • Tip for local Guide(USD5 / passenger / day).
  • Anything not mentioned in the package "Inclusions".

Terms & Conditions

  • Service tax of 5% is applicable over and above the package price.

Cancellation Charges

No of days prior to departure Charges Applied On
30-45 Days 25 % Package price per person
15-29 Days 50 % Package price per person
8-14 Days 75 % Package price per person
0-7 Days 100 % Package price per person

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