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Korea Discovery

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

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Pricing from: $5,995

Seoul & Gyeongju

Set out to see the historical sites of Seoul, including the Changdeokgung Palace whose sprawling grounds include the royal family residence, dating back to 1405, and the beautiful Huwon Garden. Continue on to the largest traditional market in Korea, Namdaemun Market, the namsan Seoul Tower and Namsangol Hanok Village. The following day you will travel to the Demilitarized Zone, for a tour of the DMZ border between South Korea and North Korea. Travel on to Gyeongju, where you will visit UNESCO listed sites including Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto which date back to the Silla Kingdom era.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Seoul

    Welcome to Korea!

    Upon arrival in Seoul, you will be met by your Cox & Kings guide and escorted to your hotel. The drive from the airport is approximately one hour. Once at the hotel, you will be assisted with check-in. The balance of the day will be at your leisure.

    Four Seasons Seoul - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Seoul

    This morning, you will meet your private guide for a full-day tour of the city, beginning with Gyeongbokgung Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and is the largest, of all five palaces.

    Continue on to Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants, and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

    Next, Insadong Art & Antique Street, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where precious and traditional goods are on display. There are about 100 galleries in the area, showcasing all kinds of traditional Korean fine art, from paintings to sculptures.

    Take your time to enjoy the many wonders of the more than 5,000 stalls that make up the Gwangjang Traditional Market. Gwangjang Market is also famous for various snacks and food, so bring your appetite.

    You’ll call upon Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). It is the newest and most iconic landmark of the Korean design industry. Designed by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, DDP is the world’s largest atypical architecture.

    End your day at the Nanta Show, a non-verbal comedy show created and produced by Song Seung-hwan. It incorporates traditional samul nori rhythm. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime, and audience participation.

    Four Seasons Seoul (B)
  • Day 3
    Seoul

    After breakfast, you will meet your English-speaking private guide and travel roughly 1.5 hours to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

    Korea is the only divided country in the world. After the Korean War (June 25, 1950 –July 27, 1953), South Korea and North Korea established a border that cut the Korean peninsula roughly in half. Stretching for 1.25 miles on either side of this border is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). As one of the last relics of the Cold War, the DMZ attracts a great deal of public interest, and is a popular destination for travelers visiting Korea.

    Return to Seoul to continue your tour in the Gangnam District. In Seoul, almost every subway station features shops and stores, created to help Seoulites weather the hot and humid summers and cold, icy winters. The Gangnam area takes this concept to the next level, with over 1,000 retailers offering fashion good, linens, flowers, food, and more, connected to the famous Famille Station.

    Next, visit Samwon Garden, opened in 1976 as the biggest restaurant in Seoul. It serves Korean fare to up to 1,200 diners at once, and it's known as the best Korean restaurant for service, traditional atmosphere, and cuisine—including delicious Korean barbecue.

    Four Seasons Seoul (B, D)
  • Day 4
    Seoul - Gyeongju

    This morning, you will meet your English-speaking private guide and transfer to Seoul Station, where your guide will bid you farewell for your trip to Busan on the KTX train. After a 2.5 to 3-hour ride, you'll be met by an English-speaking local guide in Busan, who will escort you to your hotel in Gyeongju for check-in.

    The balance of the day will be at your leisure.

    Hilton Hotel Gyeongju - 3 Nights (B)
  • Day 5
    Gyeongju

    After breakfast, you will meet your English-speaking private guide for a full-day tour in Busan. Designated as a Busan monument, Taejongdae represents Busan, and is especially famous for its rock beach.

    After bidding farewell to the natural beauty of Taejongdae, you’ll visit the UN Memorial Cemetery. This serene park spreads across a spacious grassy area with notable sites and memorials including the Memorial Service Hall, Memorabilia Hall, two Turkish Monuments, the Greek Monument, Australian Monument and the British Commonwealth Monument.

    Busan Tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju. Loved by Busan citizens and tourists alike, the tower offers a stunning night view and plenty to see.

    Hilton Hotel Gyeongju (B, D)
  • Day 6
    Gyeongju

    This morning, you will meet your English-speaking private guide for a full-day tour of Busan. You’ll first explore Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which is situated on the coast of the northeastern portion of Busan. Most temples in Korea are in the mountains, so this coastal temple is a rare treat.

    Gamcheon Culture Village is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of “Machu Picchu of Busan.”

    Get a feel for everyday life in Busan at the Gukje Market. The Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets. Each alleyway is crowded with stalls that sell such a wide variety of goods, you can find almost everything you need.

    An exploration of Busan’s markets wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Jagalchi Market, Korea’s largest seafood market. Sample fresh fish right in the market.

    Hilton Hotel Gyeongju (B, D)
  • Day 7
    Depart Korea

    After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your return flight. Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted to Kyoto. The drive is approximately one hour. After check-in, the rest of the day will be at your leisure.

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