KOREA AND SOUTH OF JAPA
KOREA AND JAPAN
From: $ 1.320
|2017 APR||11, 18, 25|
|2017 MAY||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
|2017 JUN||06, 13, 20, 27|
|2017 JUL||04, 11, 18, 25|
|2017 AUG||05, 12, 19, 26|
|2017 SEP||05, 12, 19, 26|
|2017 OCT||03, 10, 17, 31|
|2017 NOV||14, 28|
|2017 DEC||12, 26|
|2018 JAN||09, 23|
|2018 FEB||06, 20|
|2018 MAR||06, 20|
Seoul: Hotel Courtyard Times Square (****)
Jeonju: Hotel Le Win (****), Pungnam Hotel (***)
Hiroshima: Grand Prince Hotel (****), Gran Via Hiroshima (****),Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza (****) Additional Option 2 Fukuoka: Canal City (****), Ana Crowne Plaza (****); Busan: Hotel Ibis Ambassador Haeundae (****)
Daegu: Daegu Prince Hotel (****)
Europamundo General Services : Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
Includes arrival transfer
Boat: Seoul in Seoul, Jeonju in Jeonju, Jeonju in Jeonju.
City tour in : .
Evening Transfer: Myeongdong quarter in Seoul.
Ticket admission: Metro, Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, War Memorial, Trickeye Museum in Seoul, Toilet House and Hwaseong Haenggung in Suwon; Samsung Innovation Museum (not always guaranteed); in , Haeinsa Temple, Kintaikyo in Iwakuni, Itsukushima Temple, Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima.
Ferry: Busan Shimonoseki (night ferry), Hiroshima- Miyajima.
01 TUE. Seoul (arrival).
Welcome to Korea! Transfer by group transport to hotel, where we meet our guide.
In the late afternoon, we set out to explore this fascinating country. Accompanied by our guide, we will take a trip on the modern, efficient subway (the guide will show how to use this form of public transport) to the tsunami-shaped City Hall building. From there we will take a walk to the Myeongdong quarter (the name means “brilliant tunnel”). This district is the most important shopping and leisure zone in Korea. Dinner included.
02 WED. Seoul.
Today we will have a tour of the city of Seoul lasting five hours. We will see Changdeokgung Palace. This is a World Heritage Site formed by a group of palaces inside a large park. After the visit, we will go to Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional historical neighbourhood with tiny houses. Then we pay a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, an impressive palace that is 600 years old, where we will see the Changing of the Guard ceremony (if scheduled). Afterwards we will visit the War Memorial, an impressive war museum that tells of the different conflicts suffered by Korea during its history, particular the Korean War with the United Nations in which soldiers from many different countries took part. Lastly, we will visit the Trickeye Museum… to see and laugh at some of the most surrealistic and craziest photos you will see during your trip. Lunch included.
Free time in the afternoon.
03 THU. Seoul – Suwon – Jeonju.
Our next stop is the city of SUWON, former capital of Korea, a World Heritage Site famous for its walls. After entering the city, we will pay a visit to the “toilet house” and the adjacent scatological museum, and admire the amazing wall with its fortifications. Then we will go to the summer palace of Hwaseong Haenggung. Before leaving this city, we will stop at the Samsung Innovation Museum to learn about the history of this famous technological company.
Note: The visit to the Samsung Innovation Museum is not always guaranteed. If this visit has to be cancelled, we will then visit Samsung D´light in Seoul. Then we continue to JEONJU, where we will see its fascinating old town (Hanok Village), with its tiny houses, traditional shops and art galleries. Lunch included.
04 FRI. Jeonju – Haeinsa – Busan.
The next stage of our journey takes us through wonderful mountain and forest scenery to HAEINSA, a Buddhist temple built in 802, which houses the Tripitaka, the most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures, engraved on 80,000 wooden blocks. We will visit the temple and the Tripitaka Museum and then have a vegetarian lunch in the temple (the lunch is included).
We then carry on to BUSAN, an extremely modern city and the second most important in Korea. We will spend some time in the bustling, traditional fish market before getting ready to embark on the ferry. We spend the night on the ferry, crossing the Sea of Japan, in double cabins with bathrooms.
Note: The itinerary for the night journey may be occasionally modified due to availability or weather conditions.
05 SAT. Shimonoseki – Iwakuni – Itsukushima – Hiroshima.
We dock at the port of Shimonoseki at 7.30am (breakfast not included) and cross the border. We then depart for IWAKUNI, a small city where we will stop to admire the beautiful historic Kintai-Kyo Bridge.
We then continue to Miyajimaguchi where we take a ferry to Miyajima, the island “where men and Gods live together in peace”, with its Itsukushima shrine dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partly over the sea. Here we have time to visit the temple, stroll through its attractive centre and have lunch. Then we continue to HIROSHIMA, sadly famous as the site where the atomic bomb fell in 1945, which destroyed the whole city. We will visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic bomb dome and the impressive Peace Memorial Museum. Dinner included.
06 SUN. Hiroshima.-
After breakfast, end of our services.
Option 2: Korea and Japan
Days 1 to 5 as in the previous itinerary.
06 SUN. Hiroshima – Akiyoshidai – Fukuoka.
We leave for an extremely attractive region: the karst plateau of AKIYOSHIDAI. Here, we will visit the cave of Akiyoshido, the largest cave in Japan, with its surprising rock formations and the waterfall inside the cave. Lunch included. Afterwards we carry on to the island of Kyushu (the third largest island in Japan) to see the Giant Buddha, with a length of 41 metres and a weight of 300 tons, at the NANZOIN temple.
We then continue to FUKUOKA, the largest city on the island, bustling with life and activity. Free time in Momochi, to admire its futurist architecture and beaches, followed by a visit to Yatai, and its food stands.
07 MON. Fukuoka – Busan
We set out early for the port where we embark on the fast ferry that takes us to Korea in three hours. BUSAN, arrival and border formalities. This is the second most important city in Korea, and bustling with life. We will visit this country’s largest fish market which is located near Port of Nampo. Free time to visit the fish market and have lunch included at one of its popular restaurants, and from there, we walk to Yongdusan Park with its huge 120-metre high pagoda. Then we visit the United National Memorial with its cemetery with the graves of people from many different countries. After the visit, we will spend time in the fantastic Doosan Haeundae complex, with its skyscrapers that are more than 300 metres high and its marina.
08 TUE. Busan – Ulsan – Gyeongu – Daegu
We visit BEOMEOSA, a magnificent temple in the mountains outside Busan, originally built in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 18th century. After the visit, we travel to ULSAN, where we will visit Ganjeolgot Park, located in the easternmost point of the Korean Peninsula. We visit the impressive HYUNDAI motor plant (the fifth largest automobile manufacturer in the world). Afterwards we head for GYEONGU, the oldest Korean capital with 992 years of history and ruled by 56 monarchs. We will visit one of the many tombs of the monarchs that are located there, as well as Bulguska Temple and the Grotto of Seokguram, both World Heritage Sites. Lunch included. Our next stop is DAEGU, the fourth largest city in Korea.
09 WED. Daegu – Byeongsanseowon – Hahoe – Seoul
We visit Daegu, the traditional medicine market, where different herbs are sold, and in particular, ginseng, and the Museum of Oriental Medicine. Afterwards, we travel through attractive scenery to BYEONGSANSEOWON, an ancient Confucius Institute, filled with peace. Then we visit HAHOE, a traditional village and World Heritage Site, where we will visit the fantastic Mask Museum and have free time to stroll through the streets of this rural site where time appears to have stopped. Lunch included.
In the afternoon, we travel to SEOUL where we will stop at LOTTE WORLD TOWER, an impressive building with a height of 550 metres. Free time for a strolls (travellers can climb the tower or stroll through the park or the luxury shopping centres). Arrival at our hotel in Seoul at approximately 8pm.
End of our services.