Historical Korea and Vibrant Hong Kong

Description
Immerse yourself in two dynamic destinations with a meticulously crafted itinerary designed to showcase the vibrant cultures of Korea and Hong Kong. In Korea, delve into the heart of Seoul, exploring its iconic landmarks. Embark on captivating day trips to Gongju and Jeonju, where history and tradition intertwine. Discover the hidden gems of Gwangju, Suncheon, and Yeosu, each offering unique experiences. Journey to Jinju Fortress, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Busan, and uncover the ancient wonders of Gyeongju. In Hong Kong, embrace the bustling metropolis with an orientation tour of Hong Kong Island. Venture to Lantau Island, where tranquility awaits. Enjoy ample leisure time to explore at your own pace or embark on an optional excursion to Macau.
From$3,930
Starts in Seoul
Ends in Hong Kong
Duration (days) 12
Group size 2
Historical Korea and Vibrant Hong Kong

Overview

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Basic Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Seoul
Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, which has been awarded the title of World’s Best in Airport Service Quality by Airport Council International, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Seoul. Seoul is the center of politics, economy, and culture in Korea. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 2 Seoul
Attend a captivating day-long expedition of Seoul's notable landmarks and architectural wonders. Commence the day with a convenient pick-up service from your hotel. The meticulously crafted itinerary encompasses visits to Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksu Palace on Tuesdays) and presents an extraordinary opportunity to witness the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. You will also have the privilege of delving into the National Folk Museum and selecting between a visit to the Korean Ginseng Center or an Amethyst shop before embarking on a journey to the Korean Folk Village, strategically situated approximately an hour and a half away from Seoul. Immerse yourself in the captivating history and culture of the late Joseon Dynasty as you explore the village's impressive collection of approximately 260 distinct types of houses, each representing various provinces. Conclude the enriching day with a return to Seoul for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Breakfast
Day 3Seoul-Gongju-Buyeo-Jeonju
Commence your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel. At precisely 7:30 am, a knowledgeable guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. Assemble with fellow travelers at 8:00 am in the parking lot situated in front of the Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building at the Gwanghwamun Intersection in Seoul. From there, we shall embark on a journey to Gongju, approximately 130 kilometers away, which will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. In Gongju, we will delve into the rich history of the Baekje Dynasty, visiting significant sites such as the Tomb of King Muryeong, recognized by UNESCO, and the Gongsanseong Fortress, a magnificent mountain castle established during the Baekje Period, which spanned from 234 to 678 AD. Following our exploration of Gongju, we will proceed to Jeonju, a city approximately 80 kilometers away, with an estimated travel time of 1 hour. Upon arrival in Jeonju, we will visit Jeonju Hanok Village, which showcases approximately 700 traditional Korean houses known as Hanok. Lastly, check into our comfortable hotel accommodations in Jeonju, allowing ample leisure time for you to unwind and explore at your leisure.
Breakfast
Day 4Jeonju -Gwangju-Suncheon-Yeosu
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, head to Gwangju, located 100km away and about 1hr 30min drive. Gwangju is an important city in the Honam region and holds historical significance as the birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. Visit the May 18th National Cemetery, a place deeply intertwined with the city's history and also noteworthy as the hometown of BTS member J-Hope. His song "Ma City" contains references to the May 18 Gwangju Democratization movement. Next, make your way to Suncheon, which is a 100km drive and will take approximately 1 hour. Here, you will have the chance to explore the Suncheon Bay National Garden. Proceed to Yeosu, a picturesque coastal city just 38km away and a 40-minute drive. Take some time to wander around the Yi Sun-shin Plaza and soak in the charming coastal atmosphere.
Breakfast
Day 5Yeosu -Jinju-Busan-Gyeongju
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Immerse yourself in history with a visit to Jinjuseong FortressJinjuseong Fortress, also known as Jinju Castle, is a historical site located in Jinju City, South Korea. The fortress was built during the Joseon Dynasty in the 16th century as a defense against Japanese invasions. Jinjuseong Fortress is considered one of the most important cultural heritage sites in South Korea and is a popular tourist destination. The fortress was originally constructed in 1593 in response to the Japanese invasion of Korea led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The fortress was designed by Yi Sun-sin, a famous Korean admiral who is credited with several important victories against Japan. Jinjuseong Fortress was built in a strategic location on a hill overlooking the Nam River and consisted of a series of stone walls, towers, and gates. In addition to its historical significance, Jinjuseong Fortress is also a beautiful and peaceful place. The fortress is surrounded by lush greenery, and there are several walking trails that wind through the grounds. Visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery, or they can learn more about Korean history at the fortress museum. Continue your journey to Busan. Upon arrival, explore the vibrant atmosphere of Jagalchi Market and BIFF Square, Busan’s old downtown known for its fresh seafood. Relax at the beautiful Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park. After tour in Busan, transfer to Gyeongju and check in at hotel.
Breakfast
Day 6Gyeongju-Andong-Pyeongchang
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey. Your first stop is the Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO site that reflects the rich history of the Silla Kingdom. Next, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Bulguksa Buddhist Temple, also a UNESCO site, where you can marvel at its exquisite architecture and ancient stone relics. Your adventure continues as you travel to Andong to explore the Andong Hahoe Village, a living testament to the heritage of the Joseon Dynasty, which has even welcomed esteemed visitors such as Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Finally, make your way to Pyeongchang, the esteemed host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and settle into your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Breakfast
Day 7Pyeongchang -Mt. Sorak -Seoul
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an exciting adventure. Drive around the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and soak in the historic atmosphere. As we head to Sokcho, we'll make a stop at Gangneung Hangho beach and the BTS Bus station, where you can see the Album Jackets for "You Never Walk Alone" - a must-see for any BTS fan. If time allows, we can make a quick visit. Our next destination is the magnificent Seoraksan National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Zone. Here, you'll witness the awe-inspiring peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains and the breathtaking jade-like water flowing through the valleys. Get ready to be captivated by this famous national park and the many rare species it is home to. As an optional activity, you can take a cable car to Gwongeumseong Fortress for an even more spectacular view. Then, conclude with a journey to Seoul.
Breakfast
Day 8Seoul-Hong Kong
After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport according to your flight schedule. Upon arrival Hong Kong, met and transferred to your hotel in Hong Kong
Breakfast
Day 9Hong Kong
Hong Kong, once a fishing village, is now a cosmopolitan city where East meets West. Discover Hong Kong Island's highlights on an orientation tour.Ride the iconic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour and experience the steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram, for stunning city views. Explore Aberdeen's unique mix of traditional fishing roots and modern high-rises, then visit picturesque Repulse Bay and the vibrant market town of Stanley. Conclude your journey at the quaint Tin Hau Temple overlooking the bay. Embrace Hong Kong's captivating contrasts and rich history on this unforgettable tour.
Breakfast
Day 10Hong Kong
The excursion to Lantau Island offers a glimpse into the unspoilt countryside of Hong Kong. The island is known for its natural beauty, including lush green valleys and virgin hills. Visitors can take a scenic cable car ride to Ngong Ping Village, where they can explore the culturally themed village and the Po Lin Monastery, the principal center of Buddhism in Hong Kong. The highlight of the excursion is the Giant Buddha statue (Tian Tan Buddha), the world's largest outdoor bronze Buddha. After exploring the monastery and the Buddha, visitors can enjoy a Chinese vegetarian lunch before returning to Tung Chung by cable car.
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11Hong Kong
Day is at leisure to explore Hong Kong on own or take excursion tour to Macau
Breakfast
Day 12Depart Hong Kong
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. The provided text is an itinerary for a guided tour of Korea and Hong Kong.
Breakfast
Day 6 and more

Dates & Prices

Accommodation

Day
Where
Accommodation
1 - 3
Seoul
Mayplace Seoul Dongdaemun or similar
3 - 4
Jeonju
Best Western Plus Jeonju Hotel or similar
4 - 5
Yeosu
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Yeosu
5
Gyeongju
Commodore Hotel Gyeongju or similar
6 - 7
Pyeongchang
Ramada Hotel PyeongChang or similar
7 - 8
Seoul
Mayplace Seoul Dongdaemun or similar
8 - 12
Hong Kong
Royal Pacific Hong Kong or similar

Other information

Sep 06, 13, 20, 27, Nov 01, 15, 22, 29, Dec 06, 2024; Jan 03,10, 17, Feb 07, 14, 21, 28, Mar 07, 2025: Twin$3930 Single Supplement$1320 Oct 11, 18, Nov 08, Dec 27, 2024; Jan 24, Mar 14, 21, 2025: Twin$4140 Single Supplement$1530 Oct 04, 25, 2024; Mar 28, 2025: Twin$4315 Single Supplement$1655 Dec 20, 2024: Twin$4360 Single Supplement$1700 Prices include: Private transfer to/from airport, hotel accommodations with daily breakfast, English speaking guided tours, some meals as mentioned. Admissions as mentioned. Price Exclude: International airfare to Seoul, Seoul to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong, entry visa/fee, taxes, travel insurance, seasonal/fuel surcharges, tipping, meals not mentioned, personal expenditures, baggage handling and shipping, optional tours, and drinks.