Day 1: Australia – – Seoul
Make your way to the airport and check in for your flight to South Korea!
Please note: some flights may depart 1 day later.
Day 2: Seoul
Welcome to South Korea! Your flight lands in Seoul, the capital of this incredible country. Meet your airport transfer once you have cleared customs and immigration and picked up your luggage.
Day 3: Seoul – Seoraksan National Park – Sokcho (B, L, D)
Your first excursion of your South Korea holiday takes you to Seoraksan National Park, but you will pass through Sokcho Fishing Village along the way. The village’s population is largely made up of migrants originally from Hamgyeong Province in North Korea; this group fled during the Korean War. Today, the village is also beloved for its seafood and excellent local cuisine. After seeing the village, the group continues to the region surrounding Mt Seorak, a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District and home to an array of rare flora and fauna. The area is also the location of Mount Seoraksan National Park, the most famous park in South Korea. Following your time in the park there is a tour of Sinheungsa Temple and a cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress to see the castle ruins and sweeping views. Your tour guide will meet you afterwards and drive you to the hotel in Sokcho.
Day 4: Sokcho – Mt. Seoraksan – Andong – Daegu (B, L)
Take breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Daegu. You will visit Andong as a pitstop along the way. This riverfront city is most well-known for its traditional architecture, unique mask dancing performances and as being the home of the Pungsan Ryu clan. Your next destination is Mabijeong Mural Village, located in Daegu. Get a taste of the village’s interesting culture and shopping opportunities, and also peruse the stores that line the streets of Dongseongno, a buzzing city district.
Day 5: Daegu – Gyeongju (B, L)
The group makes it way to Gyeongju where you will enjoy a guided tour upon arrival. This activity sees you take in some of the city’s important archaeological sites and temples, and then it is on to Cheomseongdae, an astronomical observatory that was built between 632 and 647 AD. Next on the agenda is Gyeongju National Museum, where you will be able to see stone relics from the Silla kingdom. Visits to Bulguska Temple and Seokguram Grotto are up next; both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are Buddhist temples housing pagodas, bridges and religious iconography. The last stop on today’s agenda is the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond located in Gyeongju National Park. These sites made up a palace complex used by the ancient Silla rulers. The palace sits in the centre of the artificial pond and is flanked by three small islands – it makes for beautiful photos! Your guide will then take you to the hotel and you have this evening as leisure time.
Day 6: Gyeongju – Seoul (B, L)
A unique experience today: visiting the North Korea 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, which is located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). This site is found just 44 kilometres outside of Seoul and has capacity for an entire infantry division to move through its passage in an hour. You will learn more about the Korean War when you go to Imjingak’s Unification Park and North Korea Center. From the viewing deck at Dora Observation Platform you will be able to look into a small part of North Korea, seeing Peace Village, People’s School and Gaeseong City (also known as Kaesong). Gain further understanding about North Korean life from the displays at North Hall and see armoury used during the Korean War at Exhibition Hall. You then return to Seoul.
Day 7: Seoul (B,L,D)
Take to the streets of Seoul after having breakfast at the hotel. The South Korean capital is an electric city and is one of Asia’s most exciting metropolises. The first stop of the day is the Blue House, the official residence of South Korean President Cheong Wa Dae. Move to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon dynasty, and then a local amethyst store. Head to Insa-dong, a lively Seoul neighbourhood that is most well-known for its main street, which is lined with teahouses, restaurants and shops selling traditional Korean wares. Learn more about the Joseon Dynasty at the Korean Folk Village (also referred to as Bukchon Hanok Village) and cap off the day at Seoullo 7017, a loftily-perched sky garden that was built atop an old highway overpass. Tonight is your final evening in South Korea.
Day 8: Seoul – – Hong Kong (B)
An airport transfer picks you up after breakfast and takes you to Seoul’s Incheon Airport for the flight to Hong Kong. You will be met by transfer upon your arrival and taken to your 5-star Hong Kong accommodation. The remainder of the day is yours; use it to become acquainted with this incredible city!
Day 9: Hong Kong (B)
Get to know Hong Kong by setting out on a half-day tour of Hong Kong Island this morning. You will travel up the island’s famed Victoria Peak by Peak Tram and have ample opportunity to admire the panorama that sweeps across sampans, houseboats and the skyscraper-dotted cityscape. Next the tour takes you to Stanley Market for shopping and sampling of local foods, and then finally Aberdeen Fishing Village, a spot famous for its seafood and floating restaurant.
Day 10: Hong Kong (B)
You have an entire day as free time to uncover the joys of Hong Kong however you like. Some of the island’s most popular to-dos with visitors include Hong Kong Disneyland, Ladies Market, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Temple Street Night Market and the Avenue of Stars. You might hop between local flea markets and high-end boutiques if you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, or you might make a beeline straight for the city’s famous hawker centres and thoroughfares lined with street food vendors.
Day 11: Hong Kong – – Australia (B)
A transfer will pick you up at the appropriate time and take you to the airport, so you can catch your return flight home to Australia.
Day 12: Australia
Arrive home today.