B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1** Oct 21 (Sun) | Honolulu – Incheon
Our vacation starts by boarding an international flight bound for Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Oct 22 (Mon) | Incheon
We arrive at Incheon International Airport where an Air and Sea Travel representative will greet us and transfer us to our hotel.
Hotel Accommodation: Holiday Inn Incheon or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 3**Oct 23 (Tue) | Incheon – Jeju Island | (B, L, D)
We start our tour by visiting Freedom Park, named on October 3, 1957 when a statue of General McArthur, who led the Incheon Amphibious Landing Operation during the Korean War was erected here. The park offers spectacular views of downtown Incheon and its surrounding mountains, port, and sea. Then, we will visit Fairy Tale Village near Chinatown, a renovation project to improve development of the village by painting and decorating classic fairy tales all around. Today’s lunch is Jajang-myun (black bean noodle), one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea. These noodles are found in every Chinese restaurant and are the most common take-out meal in Korea. Afterwards, we will fly to Jeju Island, also known as “Island of Gods”. This volcanic island has scenic natural beauty, unique cultural traditions and a temperate climate. The Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Korea since 2007. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner will showcase a delicious Jeju Black Hair Pig.
**Hotel accommodation: Lotte Jeju Resort or Similar 5*
Day 4**Oct 24 (Wed) | Jeju Island | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will visit Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, a tuff cone that erupted under the sea over 5000 years ago, and a World Natural Heritage site. This volcanic crater offers some stunning views including one of the best sunrises Korea has to offer. Afterwards, we will enjoy the Women Diver Show. Haenyeo means “sea women”. In Jeju’s tradition, skilful female divers dive deep into the ocean to gather various shellfish and seaweed without using any underwater diving equipment. They are known to locals as “The Mermaids of Jeju”. Fresh abalone stew is one of the best foods in Jeju. We can enjoy Fresh Abalone Stew with bean paste for lunch today. We will then pass by Flower’s Road and go to Seopji Koji located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju Island. On the way, we can enjoy the beautiful view of Sambangsan Mountain. Finally, we will transfer back to our luxury hotel, Lotte Jeju Resort, and enjoy our time there. This world-class resort enables one-stop provisions for accommodation, leisure, entertainment, and recreation. There are many facilities such as a flower museum, animal experience farm, sports facility, shopping mall, and sports center. The Casino is also famous as the background to the Korean TV series “All-In”. We can try our luck here.
Day 5**Oct 25 (Thu) | Jeju Island ✈ – Busan – Suncheon | (B, L, D)
Today, we will depart for Suncheon via Busan airport. Suncheon is quickly emerging as the ecological capital of Korea. Suncheonman Bay and its surrounding area is a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched and is globally recognized for its ecological value. The Suncheon City Tour takes us to Suncheonman Bay to experience the wetlands and reed fields and visits to two famous temples, Seonamsa Temple and Songgwangsa (Spreading Pine Temple). The name Seonam (‘Heavenly Rock’ or ‘Immortal’s Rock’) is derived from the legend that a heavenly being once played the game of Go here. Songgwangsa Temple is a famous sambosachal in Korea. Sambo means “three treasures” in Korean, and in Buddhism there is bulbo, beopbo, and seungbo. Songgwangsa Temple qualifies as a seungbo temple, which refers to the disciples and practitioners of Buddhism at the temple. The three great treasures are the Bisari Gusi, Ssanghyangsu, and Neunggyeonnansa. Then, we will visit Naganeupseong Folk Village, a village of thatched-roof houses dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. About 100 families still reside along three sides of the well preserved castle. We can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area such as the kitchen area, the clay rooms, and Korean-style verandas. There are also 9 houses designated as important cultural resources, and numerous straw-roof houses as well. A visit to an Open Drama Set is arranged, where many popular Korean movies and dramas were filmed. Before dinner, we will also visit the largest and most famous Green Tea Plantation which specializes in green tea from the mountain valleys south of Boseong. Boseong has been a tea plantation area since the days of the Japanese occupation, and with its long history come large plantations, their traditions, and highly skilled workers. The most famous of these is the Daehan Dawon Plantation. The site has gained popularity as a film making destination after a huge success in the commercial for a telecommunication company.
**Hotel accommodation: Ecograd Hotel Suncheon or similar 5*
Day 6**Oct 26 (Fri) | Suncheon – Jeonju | (B, L, D)
This morning, we proceed to the most celebrated village of Jeonju, an important tourist center famous for its Korean foods and historic traditional buildings. In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. This honor recognizes the city’s traditional home cooking handed down through generations over thousands of years, its active public and private food research, its system for nurturing talented chefs, and its hosting of distinctive local food festivals. Jeonju is the birth place of Bibimbap (Rice with Vegetables & Meat). In 2011, it was ranked 40th on the World’s 50 most delicious foods in a readers’ poll compiled by CNN Travel. Today, we will enjoy this excellent dish for lunch. Afterwards, we will tour Hanok Village, the largest Korean Village in the downtown area that features various traditional cultural facilities. There are many Museums showcasing wine and paper where we learn by participating and utilizing all our senses through looking, touching, smelling, listening and tasting. Let’s attend a Korean Fan Making Workshop and join a Korean Traditional Wedding Ceremony where we can try on Hanbok, Korean Traditional Costumes. We will have a walking tour to Gyeong-Gi-Jeon, the symbol of Jeonju’s Korean-style village that is especially beautiful in the autumn. Historical dramas and movies use the surrounding landscape as their background. Enjoy Korean Style Deung Galbi dinner for tonight.
**Hotel accommodation: Ramada Jeonju or similar 5*
Day 7**Oct 27 (Sat) | Jeonju | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will visit Tapsa Temple, or stone pagoda’s temple. It is well known for maple tree flowers in Autumn and is famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar. These stone pagodas have different sizes and shapes from cone-shaped to straight-shaped. Cheonjitap Tower is the largest tower, with a height 3 times as high as the average adult’s height and is located behind Daeungjeon (main Dharma Hall). Many people wonder how this tall tower was built. It is said that the stone pagodas were made in the late 1800’s by Lee Gapyong alone, collecting stones during the day and building the pagodas at night. Even though the pagodas are more than 100 years old, they have never collapsed or even moved through strong winds, making them truly amazing. After lunch, we will visit Korean Hanji Mulberry Paper Museum, which is equipped with a wide variety of hanji-made artifacts, and hanji-making tools. Hanji Making Hall is the most popular section where we will also participate and test our creative flair in making traditional crafts such as Hapjukseon or Taegukseon (fans) along with sampling the traditional tea shops and restaurants. Here, hanji material, mulberry pulp, is boiled, trimmed, pounded, skimmed, drained, dried, straightened, and dyed. Diverse traditional paper making processes can be observed.
Day 8**Oct 28 (Sun) | Jeonju – Suwon | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will transfer to Suwon, the capital and largest metropolis of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea’s most populous province which surrounds Seoul, the national capital. On the way, we will visit an Apple Farm to experience Fruit Picking and also make Apple Pie (DIY). After lunch, we will transfer to Dae Jang Geum Theme Park, the former MBC “Dramia” and Korea’s first drama theme park. In this realistic, semi permanent center, a variety of famous dramas have been produced. The center is completely built according to different dynasties and constructed as a functioning village for filming dramas. We may be lucky and run into some actors and actresses. Then, we will take a Mini Train to visit Hwaseong HaengGung, the best example of Korean traditional architecture and designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Haenggung, or detached palace, is a palace built within the walls of Hwaseong to house King Jeongjo when he left his palace in Seoul to worship at his father’s tomb. When he was not in residence it was used by his delegated official as a base of government. The palace was built in 1789, but was expanded between 1794 and 1796 to accommodate 600 compartments and in doing so became the largest Haenggung in Korea. Suwon is famous for Wang Galbi, and we can enjoy Korean Big Rib Beef BBQ for dinner.
**Hotel accommodation: Ibis Ambassador Hotel Suwon or similar 5*
Day 9 **Oct 29 (Mon) | Suwon – Mt. Seoraksan | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit a Kimchi Factory, where we will have a Hands-on Kimchi–making experience at the Experience Zone. After a Korean Shabu lunch, we will visit KBS Drama Center, a state-of-the-art, indoor/outdoor center that films TV series and mini dramas. A variety of famous dramas have been produced in this realistic, semi-permanent center. Then, we will transfer to Mt. Seoraksan, which offers breathtaking views and is the home of 2,000 animal species and more than 1,400 rare plant species. UNESCO Historical Site designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 and the park is the most famous national park in Korea. The best time to visit would be autumn, when the park is at its finest. Today’s dinner will highlight Yellow Rice with a variety of Korean style side dishes.
**Hotel accommodation: Kensington Star Seorak or Similar 5*
Day 10**Oct 30 (Tue) | Mt. Seoraksan – Seoul | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will visit Mt. Seoraksan National Park and enjoy beautiful maple trees and flowers. We will take a Cable Car to go up to Gwongeumseong Castle and enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain. Finally, we transfer to Seoul, Capital city of Korea and visit the ICE Gallery, the world’s first indoor ice sculpture gallery that’s open year-round. We will enjoy our time at Trick Eye Museum. Trick eye transforms global cultural content and sculptures into smart and modern optical illusion art. Make unforgettable memories with your friends, family and loved ones! One of the best Korean foods, Ginseng Chicken Soup will be served for dinner. Tonight, enjoy the No. 1 Korean Traditional Arts Performance – “PALACE” Show.
**Hotel accommodation: Lotte Hotel Myeongdong or Similar 5*
Day 11** Oct 31 (Wed) | Seoul | (B, L, D)
The highlight of today’s tour is the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). The Korean DMZ has been in place for almost 50 years and as one of the last relics of the Cold War, it attracts a great deal of public interest. In addition, its surroundings contain many historical sights and pristine, untouched natural beauty. Lunch will be served at a restaurant shaped like a traditional Korean house, located at Insadong street. After lunch, we will talk a walk on Insadong Cultural Street, one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul. It represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insadong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea. Afterwards, enjoy a must-see performance, the “NANTA” Show – a Modern Broadway-style show. A non-verbal performance integrates Korea’s traditional rhythm, Samulnori, with comedy and drama in the kitchen. After the show, it’s time to have our Farewell Dinner featuring a Seafood Buffet.
Day 12** Nov 1 (Thu) | Seoul – Incheon – Honolulu|(B)
After breakfast, we will enjoy last minute shopping in Myeongdong, one of the main shopping and tourism districts in Seoul. If you haven’t found anything during our journey, this is the best place for you to purchase souvenirs. Afterwards, we head to Namdaemun Local Market, the largest and oldest wholesale market in Korea, where we can find practically everything here at affordable prices. In the evening, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight, with unforgettable experiences in Korea, ending our fantastic journey.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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