Highlights of Korea Tour (14d13n)

Highlights of Korea Tour (14d13n) provides you the excellent overview of Korea. This tour includes the variety of experiences about Korea such as ‘from cottage style restaurant to modern & luxurious food restaurant’, ‘from skyscraper to few hundreds years old houses’. Our mission is to give you the chances of visiting non-touristic places, having communication with Korean people as many as possible. We guarantee you will be an expert about Korea at the end of the tour.

The actual route may be changed from the proposed itinerary. For example, we would like to avoid visiting Jeju Island on Friday, or Saturday because the availability of hotel rooms and domestic air tickets are much lower than weekdays.

The differences with Highlights of Korea Tour (10d9n) are

  • At Seoul, one more day tour to Gangnam (South part of Hangang River) is included
  • The length of Jeju sightseeing is extended into 3.5 days
  • You will visit Boseong (belong to Jeolla-do province) from Jeju Island by fast speed ferry
  • You will visit Geojedo, which is industrial & scenic island, is also the part of Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park

Even though you can take just transportation with driver, if you hire an English, or Chinese speaking guide, you can get more information/impression about Seoul, or Korea.

  • Type: Private tour
  • Length: 14 days / 13 nights
  • Location: Seoul – Suwon – Jeju Island – Boseong – Geojedo Island – Busan – Gyeongju – Mt. Seoraksan – Yanggu DMZ – Seoul
  • Themes: Cultural, culinary, scenic, historical

(US$) Items Number of people
1-6 7-13 14-42
Per group Vehicle by KR speaking driver $3,890 $4,960 $6,810
Guide $4,080
Per room 3 star hotels (option) $1,120
4 star hotels (option) $2,200
5 star hotels (option) $3,310
Per person Domestic flight, speed ferry, sightseeing boat $165
Admission fee $110
Basic Meals (option) $370
Weekend Meals (option) $740
Special Meals (option) $1,100
▪ If 2 people choose guide + 4 star hotels + admission fees + Weekend Meals in addition to vehicle + domestic flights, the price will be [$3,890 for vehicle + $4,080 for guide + $2,200 for hotels + ($110 for admission + $165 for flights + $740 for meal) X 2 people] = $12,200
▪ If 8 people choose guide + 5 star hotels + admission fees + Special Meals in addition to vehicle + domestic flights, the price will be [$4,960 for vehicle + $4,080 for guide + ($3,310 for hotels X 4 rooms) + ($110 for admission + $165 for flights + $1,110 for meal) X 8 people] = $33,360

Day Schedule Meals 4 star hotels 5 star hotels
1 ▪ Seoul; Traditional Seoul
0900 Meet your guide at hotel or Incheon airport 0930-1100 Get an overview of Korean history from your guide and feel the exterior part of Korean architecture at Gyeongbokgung Palace* and study the way of living life of old Korean people at National Folk Museum 1100-1200 Look how different current living life of Korean people at Bukchon Hanok Village 1230-1330 Lunch with traditional Korean course menu at authentic Korean restaurant 1330-1430 Free souvenir shopping at Insa-dong 1500-1600 Feel and touch the traditional Korean market at Gwangjang Market 1630-1730 Enjoy parnoramic view of Seoul at observatory of 63 Building* 1830-1930 Dinner with local delicacy 2000 Check in hotel
L – D Fraser Place Namdaemun Westin Chosun Seoul
2 ▪ Seoul; Modern Seoul
0900 Meet your guide 0930-1100 National Museum of Korea 1100-1130 Move to,southern part of Hangang river, called Gangnam 1130-1230 Walk around Gangnam subway station street, which is most busiest street in Korea 1300-1430 Visit a premium grocery store and lunch 1500-1600 Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil, is emerging shopping & social place for trendy young generation 1630-1800 Apgujeong-dong & Cheongdam-dong where trendy & fashionable people are gathering. You will have coffe break at the street caffe as Korean people do 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D Fraser Place Namdaemun Westin Chosun Seoul
3 ▪ Seoul – Suwon – Seoul
0900 Meet your guide 0900-1000 Move to Suwon 1000-1200 Korean Folk Village*; Experience Korean people’s traditional living life at Korean Folk Village and enjoy Nongak (traditional Korean music performed by farmers) and tightrope act 1200-1230 Move to the restaurant via Samsung Electronics main factory (Suwon city was main manufacturing site of Samsung Electronics) 1230-1400 Lunch with Galbi; famous grilled beef with marinade (option) 1430-1530 Walk along the walls of Hwaseong Fortress* 1530-1630 Move to Seoul 1630-1730 Noryanjin Fish Market. You will realize Korean people consume much more kind of sea food than other countries 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D Fraser Place Namdaemun Westin Chosun Seoul
4 ▪ Seoul – Jeju
0830 Meet your guide and check out hotel 0830-0910 Move to Gimpo Airport 1030-1135 Fly to Jeju 1230-1330 Lunch with Black pork 1330-1400 Drive along beautiful scenic road of West Jeju 1400-1430 Hyeobjae Beach. Have your picture taken with beautiful jade-green color water in the backgroun 1500-1600 Spirited Garden*; The best bonsai garden in Korea 1600-1700 O’ Sulloc green tea museum & plantation; You can buy so many kinds of green tea products and taste various green tea in addition to ice cream, or cake made of green tea 1730 Check in at hotel 1830-1930 Dinner with big fresh sea food table (option) 2000 Back to hotel
B – L – D The Suites Hotel Jeju Shilla Jeju
5 ▪ Jeju
0900 Meet your guide 1000-1030 Sungeup Folk Village; You can see the real village having 100-200 years old houses 1100-1200 Yongnuni Oreum; Small dead volcano, on top you can enjoy exotic view 1230-1330 Lunch 1400-1500 Manjanggul,Cave*; Lava tube, formed when the lava flow upon the eruption long time ago 1600-1630 Jungbang Waterfall* 1700-1800 Walking along Olle-gil 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D The Suites Hotel Jeju Shilla Jeju
6 ▪ Jeju
0900 Meet your guide 0930-1000 Daepo Jusangjeolli* (also, Daepo Cliff), is characterized by stone pillars piled up at the coast 1030-1130 Cheonjiyeon,Waterfalls* 1200-1230 Seogwipo Olle Market 1300-1400 Lunch 1430-1530 Tangerine picking experience (option) 1630-1730 Mt. Sanbangsan*; unique shape moutain as a result of volcano long time ago 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D The Suites Hotel Jeju Shilla Jeju
7 ▪ Jeju – Jangheung – Boseong
0900 Meet your guide at hotel 0900-1000 Move to East of Jeju along the road at the waist level of Mt. Hallasan 1000-1100 Climb up to Sungsan Ilchulbong*; Most famous tourist attraction among natural places 1150-1420 Move to Jangheung by speed ferry 1430-1530 Leisurely drive along country side roads. This is the least developed area in Korea 1600-1700 Visit Daehan Dawon*; Most beautiful green tea plantation in Korea 1730 Check in at hotel 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D 3 star hotel 3 star hotel
8 ▪ Boseong – Jinhae – Geojedo Island
0800 Meet your guide at hotel 0830-0930 Have breakfast outside after check-out hotel 1000-1100 Feel and touch 40-50 years ago atmosphere at Deukryang Train Station and neighboring street 1100-1400 Move to Geojedo (lunch on the way) 1400-1700 Join factory tour at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Submarine (but, subject to their schedule) and lesurely drive around small fishing villages. During cherry blossom period (for one week around April 1st), this schuedule will be substitued with Jinhae Gunhangje festival 1700 Check in at hotel 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D 3 star hotel 3 star hotel
9 ▪ Geojedo Island – Busan
0900 Meet your guide at hotel and check out hotel 1000-1300 Take sightseeing boat and climb up to Oedo Island*, which is regarded as most beautiful botanical garden in Korea 1300-1400 Lunch 1430-1530 Historic Park of Geoje POW Camp*. During Korean War, there was big camp for hosting prisoners of war 1530-1700 Move to Busan 1700-1800 Dongbaekseom; You can get an overview of New Busan 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Check in hotel
B – L – D Novotel Ambassador Busan Westin Chosun Busan
10 ▪ Busan
0900 Meet your guide at hotel 0900-0940 Transfer to Old Busan area 1000-1100 Yongdusan Park incl. Busan Tower* 1100-1200 Walk around Gwangbok-dong street and Kukjej Market 1230-1430 Jagalchi Fish Market, which is the biggest seafood market at Korea and lunch 1500-1600 Gamcheon-dong (or, called Taeguekdo Village) 1630-1700 Provisional Government Memorial; This was used for temporary office & residence for Dr. Lee, the president of Korea during Korean War 1700-1730 Transfer back to hotel area via beautifual Gwangan Bridge 1730-1800 Dongbaekseom 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D Novotel Ambassador Busan Westin Chosun Busan
11 ▪ Busan – Gyeongju
0900 Meet your guide and check out hotel 900-1030 Transfer to Gyeongju 1030-1130 Daereungwon Tombs Complex* (or, called Cheonmachong) 1130-1230 National Museum of Gyeongju 1300-1400 Lunch with traditonal Korean course menu at 300 yrs old house restaurant (option) 1430-1630 UNESCO World Heritages; Seokguram Grotto* and Bulguksa Temple* 1700 Check in hotel 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Back to hotel
B – L – D Hilton Gyeonju Hilton Gyeonju
12 ▪ Gyeongju – Mt. Seoraksan
0900 Meet your guide and check out hotel 0930-1030 Yangdong Village*; The best preserved clan village and this was registered as UNESCO World Heritage (together with Hahoe Village) 1030-1500 Transfer to Mt. Seoraksan (lunch on the way) 1500-1600 Leisurely hiking along the beautiful valley, called Jujeongol 1700 Check in at hotel and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Seoraksan at your hotel 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Move back to hotel
B – L – D Kensington Star Kensington Star
13 ▪ Mt. Seoraksan
0900 Meet your guide 0930-1200 Walk inside Natinal Park area. Take roundtrip cable car to Gweongeumseong and visit Shinheungsa Temple*) 1300-1400 Lunch 1430-1600 Joongang Market and experience small boat moving by rope 1630-1800 Enjoy Korean style spa (option; per person $10) 1830-1930 Dinner 2000 Back to hotel
B – L – D Kensington Star Kensington Star
14 ▪ Mt. Seoraksan – Yanggu – Seoul
0830 Meet your guide 0830-0930 Tranfer to Yanggu 1000-1200 Yanggu DMZ tour*. You will go inside 4th infiltrated tunnel and visit Eulji Observatory, at which you might see North Korean soldier through telescope 1200-1330 Transfer to Hongcheon (on the way to Seoul) 1330-1430 Lunch with marinade pork BBQ 1430-1600 Tranfer to Seoul and finish the tour
B – L None, but you can request to arrange hotel
*; require admission fee
▪ Above hotels are our first choices. If not available on your visiting day, the similar grade hotel(s) will be arranged.
▪ If there is no 5, or 4 star hotel at some places, we have no choice but to provide 3 star hotels. (e.g., Boseong, Geojedo Island, Gyeongju, Mt. Seoraksan)

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  • If you take this tour during last week of March – first week of April, you can enjoy cherry blossom. Therefore, you will have some chances of visiting famous cherry blooming places such as Jeju, Jinhae, Busan, or Gyeongju.
  • You can start, or finish the tour at Incheon airport. But, please understand that some extra price will be added.
  • If you have special places/activities, please let us know. Then, we may customize the itinerary and quote.
  • If you don’t hire EN, or CN speaking guide, our KR speaking driver will just drop off & pick up at each place at the scheduled time.

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