For a limited time - Small Group Tour
Discover the natural and tranquil beauty of Korea during the springtime! Enjoy the colorful sights of the annual Lantern Festival, experience Buddhist temple life, and learn about Korean ancient history and culture as you take an impressive adventure around the Korean peninsula.
May 6, 2016
May 17, 2016
Arrive at Incheon International Airport and transfer to Seoul by your choice of public transportation. Upon arriving at your hotel, a member of our team will provide all of your travel documents and answer any questions you may have! Enjoy the rest of the day in Seoul at your leisure.
In the morning, meet with your English speaking guide and begin your discovery of Seoul! Start at the famous Gwanghwamun Square and continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the five grand palaces of Korea. Enjoy lunch in Insadong, an area loved for its antique shops and traditional handicrafts. After lunch, stop by Jogyesa Temple – the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea – and marvel at the hundreds of illuminated lanterns on display. In the evening, take a stroll along the Cheonggyecheon stream, and from your VIP seats, feast your eyes on a parade of lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday. A magical multicolored attraction awaits!
Start the day with a tour of Changdeokgung palace and the picturesque Huwon Garden. Visit a traditional Korean market and delight in new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes as you try some Korean street food! In the afternoon, take part in a traditional Korean fabric dying experience and learn manufacturing secrets of natural dyes. After, take a walk through COEX, a large underground shopping mall and stroll amongst the skyscrapers before arriving at the tranquil oasis of Bongeungsa Temple.
Depart for Jeonju, renown throughout the country for its delicious cuisine and a village filled with traditional Korean houses called Hanok. Upon arrival, settle in to your very own Hanok before beginning your tour of Jeonju – starting with the Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Marvel at the Jeonju Cathedral, well known for its beautiful architecture, and take a look at the Hanggyo Confucian School, a site dedicated to the education of nobles from centuries past. Before the day ends, admire panoramic views of the city from high atop the hills.
Leave for Suncheon, the ecological capital of Korea. Experience the natural charms of the traditional thatched roof village of Naganeupseong. Take a historic walk along the ramparts of the village and have lunch among the locals. In the afternoon, discover all the flora and fauna the ecological bay has to offer before capturing the natural beauty of a sunset over the bay.
Take some time to visit Busan, the second largest city in Korea. Explore Gamcheon, a village located in the hills and known for its murals, artist galleries, and colorful houses. Take a trip to Jagalchi, the largest fish market in Korea, and capture breathtaking views of the city from Busan Tower located in Yongdusan Park. Relax with some free time in Nampodong, known for its quaint streets filled with café’s and unique vendors.
Take the express train for Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty. Rent a bike in the city center and ride along all the historic sites the ancient city holds, such as the Gyeongju Museum, the Daereungwon Royal Tomb Complex, the Cheomsongdae Observatory, and in the evening the lit up Anapji pond.
In the morning, take a history filled trek among shrines, temples, pagodas and forgotten sculptures on Mount Namsan. Visit two UNESCO world heritage sites, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, two shining examples of Korean heritage which have withstood the test of time.
Absorb the serenity surrounding the temple of Beopjusa. Learn more about monastic life as you completely immerse yourself into the templestay program. Share a vegetarian meal and spend the night in separated common rooms.
In the morning, learn the monastic morning prayer, participate in a Lotus making activity, experience a traditional tea ceremony with a monk and partake in a traditional breakfast. Take the high speed train back to Seoul and roam the city freely until the evening, when you can rest from your travels while watching a uniquely Korean performance.
Put your guide book to good use and take some time for some in depth exploration of the city that never sleeps.
Travel to the airport using your choice of public transportation before catching your flight back home!
- Accommodation in 3 star hotels, Korean traditional housing, or temple(s).
- All breakfasts
- Vegetarian dinner at Beopjusa Temple
- English speaking guide services for tour days 2 through 10
- Entrance Fees to activities listed
- Traditional fabric dying activity
- Bike rental in Gyeongju
- Korean theatre performance in Seoul
- T-money card (for public transportation) with approximately 35 trips
- Seoul guide book with over 20 recommendations for visits
- All domestic public transportation
Price Does Not Include
- International flights
- Traveler’s insurance
- All meals and drinks not specifically noted in the program
- Any personal expenses
- Transportation to/from the airport
- Any cancellation fees
- Any fees not previously mentioned as “included”
All reservations require a 10% deposit due upon validation of the booking confirmed through e-mail. The remaining balance must be paid before Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Small group tours require a written cancellation notice more than 45 days in advance to receive a full refund. The full cancellation policy is as follows, if the cancellation notice is received:
Over 45 days in advance: Full refund
Between 44-30 days before the tour: 50% refund
Between 29-7 days before the tour: 30% refund
Under 7 days before the tour: 0% refund
* Arrival in Korea on May 6 requires a May 5 departure date from the starting country.
* The price for this tour has been calculated based on the exchange rate from December 3,2015. In the case of any major change in the exchange rate, Finding Korea reserves the right to increase the price of the tour up to 45 days in advance of the tour, at which time the customer is required to pay the difference or request a full refund.
* This is a small group tour. If the minimum number of participants is not reached Finding Korea will notify the customer(s) at least 45 days in advance, at which time the customer may choose to pay the difference in price to continue the tour with less than 6 members or request a refund.