April 2023 / March 2024
Detailed day by day description
This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.
The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
18.00hrs- At the end of the afternoon, we are going to enter this fascinating country and with our guide we will go on the modern and efficient underground (we will be taught to use this public transport) to City Hall to see this building shaped like a tsunami. In front of the City Hall, we will also see the Deoksugung Palace , which is lit up at night and which allows us to appreciate the tradition and modernity of this country together. On foot, we will then go from here to the district of Myeongdong, the largest and busiest shopping area in Korea. Its name means ‘brilliant tunnel’. Dinner included in a local restaurant.
21.30hrs- Return to the hotel.
Note: The Gyeongbokgung Palace closes on Tuesday. This visit will be made the next day.
13.00hrs.- Lunch included in a local restaurant.
14.00hrs.- We continue to the District of Gangnam where there are numerous shopping and entertainment centers. To finish, we stop at LOTTE WORLD TOWER , an impressive 550 m building where there will be time to climb the tower (entrance not included) or stroll in the park or around the luxury shopping centres.
16.30hrs.- Return to the city centre or to the hotel and free time.
08.00hrs.- Today we include 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).
10.00hrs.- Afterwards we leave Seoul to the south of Korea.
11.00hrs.- SUWON. Arrival to the former capital of Korea, a World Heritage Site famous for its walls Heritage of Mankind.
12.15hrs.- We will see the impressive wall with its fortifications and will visit Hwaseong Haenggung, the summer palace.
13.30hrs- Lunch included.
14.30hrs.- Suwon departure.
16.30hrs- JEONJU, we will see with our guide its fascinating old town (Hanok Village), with its tiny houses, traditional shops and art galleries. Free time to stroll after the tour.
07.30hrs.- Jeonju. Departure amidst impressive mountain forest scenery.
09.30hrs.- HAEINSA , arrival to this Buddhist temple built in the year 802 where we discover the Tripitaka, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts engraved on 80,000 blocks of wood. We will visit the temple and the museum on the Tripitaka.
11.30hrs.- Haeinsa. Departure.
12.45hrs.- DAEGU. Arrival. This city was a well-known center in oriental traditional medicine. Here we see the market of traditional medicines with its different herbs, and especially ginseng, and the Museum of Oriental medicine. Lunch included.
15.00hrs.- Daegu.- Departure.
16.45hrs.- We travel to HAEDONG YONGGUNG, 14th century Buddhist temple located by the sea.
17.45hrs.- Haedong Yonggung.- Departure.
18.45hrs.- BUSAN , arrival to this extremely modern city, the second most important in Korea. Lively coastal city with large skyscrapers.
09.00hrs.- City tour in BUSAN the second largest city in Korea, full of life. We will visit the fantastic Doosan Haeundae complex with its more than 300 m skyscraper and its sports marina. We continue to the memorial to the United Nations with its cemetery were people from numerous countries are buried. We approach the largest fish market in the country, which is alongside Nampo port. Lunch included. Then we walk from there to Yongdusan park with its immense 120 m pagoda. Free time.
16.00/13.30 hrs- Transfer to the port to embark on the ferry ( Note: limit time to check in at 17.30hrs). Don’t forget to bring your passport. The departure of the ferry is scheduled at 21.00hrs- Overnight by ferry across the Sea of Japan, double cabins with bathroom. Some cabins may be of "traditional Japanese tatami type", being able to enjoy the experience of the local culture.
Note: Due to the ferry´s limited capacity in double cabins, we will sometimes take a fast ferry leaving Busan at 15:00 hrs. and arriving in FUKUOKA (Japan) at 18:30 hrs. (Border crossing, free time in Fukuoka and hotel accommodation).
07.45hrs- We dock at the port of Shimonoseki (breakfast not included) and cross the border. Welcome to Japan!
11.30hrs- IWAKUNI, we get to this small city where we will stop to admire the beautiful historic Kintai-Kyo Bridge.
12.15hrs- We then continue to 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.
16.00hrs- Miyajima- Departure. We board a ferry and continue our journey.
16.45hrs- HIROSHIMA , we get to the 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.
Note: If the number of travelers is 5 or less than 5, the jorney from Shimonoseki or Fukuoka to Hiroshima can be made by high-speed train. In this case, the stop in Iwakuni will be suppressed (you will be informed in the voucher of "My Trip") and you will visit first Hiroshima and later Miyajima.