South Korea: Discovering Beyond Seoul10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Seoul, South Korea
Upon arrival, you will be met by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel.Park Hyatt Seoul - 4 Nights
Seoul is synonymous with vibrant entertainment, sophistication and sensational cuisine. Accompanied by your expert private guide, enjoy a full-day exploring the South Korean capital, including visits to observe the changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace and exquisite Changdoek Palace. Explore the traditional village of Bukchon. After lunch, marvel at the stunning views from the North Seoul Tower.Park Hyatt Seoul (B, L)
Expand your cooking repertoire by attending a cooking class and learn how to make some basic Korean dishes, like Bibimbap. Continue your full day of explorations, including a visit to Bongeunsa Temple and to one of the underground shopping districts, which is home to more than 1,000 specialty shops.Park Hyatt Seoul (B, L)
Depart the city to visit the DMZ, which has served as a buffer zone between South and North Korea for over 50 years. Embark on a full-day guided visit of the area, including visits to the abandoned village of Panmunjom, the Freedom Bridge, the third Tunnel and DMZ Exhibition, the Dora Observation Post and the Dorasan Station.Park Hyatt Seoul (B, L)
Day 5To Busan
After breakfast this morning, your guide will escort you to the train station for your journey to Busan. Upon arrival, meet your local guide who will accompany you to Jagalchi Market, Korea's largest seafood market. Venture on a scenic cruise to Oryukdo Island, Taejongdae and Busan port.Park Hyatt Busan - 2 Nights (B, L)
Embark on a full-day visit of Busan with your guide. Explore the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, Beomeosa Temple, and spend time visiting Iljumun Pagoda. After lunch at a local restaurant, do as the members of royalty once did in ancient times and enjoy the wondrous effect of the local hot springs.Park Hyatt Busan (B, L)
Day 7To Jeju Island
Fly south to Jeju Island. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and explore the traditional and modern craftworks housed in the Bonte Museum. Visit the Yeomiji Botanical Garden, considered one of the best botanical gardens in Asia. Admire Cheonjeyeon Falls, Mt. Hallasan and Marado Island from the garden's observation platform.The Shilla Jeju - 3 Nights (B)
Day 8Jeju Island
After breakfast, your local guide will meet you for a visit to Manjanggul Cave, one of the finest lava tunnels in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaze upon the huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak. Then, stroll down to Seongeup Folk Village, which is renowned for its Confucian shrines and fortress ruins.The Shilla Jeju (B)
Day 9Jeju Island
Experience the beauty of the Jeju coastline on a walk along the Jeju Olle Trail. Visit the O'sulloc Museum and learn about Korea's traditional tea culture. After lunch, stop at Cheonjeyeon waterfall, which is also known as the "The Pond of God.The Shilla Jeju (B)
Day 10Jeju Island
Bid farewell to South Korea today as you are met by your guide and escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
South Korea: Discovering Beyond Seoul
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