Day 1: Australia – – Seoul
Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Seoul, South Korea!
Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.
Day 2: Seoul
Upon arrival at the Airport, clear customs and immigration where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Seoul – Seoraksan (B, L, D)
This morning we leave Seoul for the Seoraksan National Park. Enroute we visit Sokcho Fishing village. The residents of the village consist mainly of refugees originally hailing from Hamgyeong Province in North Korea who escaped south during the Korean War. The village is now famous for its seafood and cuisine. After, we continue to the Mt Seorak region. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mount Seoraksan National Park is Korea’s most famous national park. Tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gweongeumseong Fortress to experience the beautiful natural landscapes on offer.
Day 4: Seoraksan – Andong – Daegu (B, L)
Today, visit the traditional village of Andong, with its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performance. The UNESCO Village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well-known for its traditional houses. Birthplace of renowned scholars of the Joseon Period such as Gyeomam Ryu Un-ryong and Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, the village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited on April 21, 1999. We then visit Mabijeong Mural Village, a stunning little hillside village that is not only visually interesting but full of fascinating culture. There are 35 households that are still functioning in the village. Luckily, these people try to make visitors very welcome and many of the villagers serve home grown food and even some treats such as ice cream and corn. We then make our way into Daegu and visit the famous Dongseongno Shopping District.
Day 5: Daegu – Gyeongju (B, L)
After breakfast, we visit Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. We then make our way to Gyeongju National Museum, home to numerous historical and cultural artefacts of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – AD 935). Also, visit the Bulguksa Temple and the beautiful Seokguram Grotto – a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then continue on to the southeast city of Gyeongju which was the capital of the 1,000-year-long Silla dynasty and is known for its extensive historical remains. Here we will see the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.
Day 6: Gyeongju – Seoul (B, L)
Today we make our way back towards Seoul visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone a strip of land separating North and South Korea. Also visit Imjingak and The 3rd Tunnel (Dorasan Observatory) and Dorasan Station.
Day 7: Seoul (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we take a city tour of Seoul. Visit sights such as the Presidential Blue House, the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village and Seoullo 7017, also known as the Seoul Skygarden or Skypark, is an elevated park in Seoul, built atop a former highway overpass. We also visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, a collection of museums and historical sites. Surrounded by gardens and ancient stone pagodas, these buildings are home to some of Korea’s best treasures. Insa-dong is an area home to authentically decorated teahouses serving an intriguing array of traditional teas, high-end antique galleries and delicious and innovative restaurants.
Day 8: Seoul –– Taipei (B)
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Taipei. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 9: Taipei (B)
Use your 1 Day Taipei Double-Decker sightseeing Bus ticket to explore Taipei at your own pace.
There are 2 routes available: The Red Route takes in Taipei 101, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Xinyi & Yongkang Intersection and The Blue Route takes in the Shilin Official Residence, National Palace Museum.
Day 10: Taipei – Taroko (B)
After breakfast, we make our way to Taroko Gorge via Suhua Highway and the Chinshui Cliff.
Within the Taroko National Park, see the Taroko Gorge Gateway, Eternal Spring Shrine and Swallow Grotto.
Day 11: Taroko – Scenic Mountain Road – Sun Moon Lake (B)
Today we take a scenic mountain drive West across the island towards Sun Moon Lake, stopping at Mt.Hehuan visitor centre which offers excellent views. We also visit Wen Wu Temple, which offers beautiful lake views.
Day 12: Sun Moon Lake – Tainan (B)
After breakfast we continue our tour and visit the Holy Monk Shrine , Tehua Village, and Tse En Pagoda. We then make our way to Tainan, the ancient capital visiting Anping Fort, an old street area.
Day 13: Tainan – Kaohsiung (B)
After breakfast we visit Chikan Tower and Confucius Temple. We then drive to Foguanshan Monastery and visit the main Shrine and the Buddhist Museum. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a light vegetarian lunch at the monastery. On arrival in Kaohsiung City, enjoy a visit to the Liuho Night Market.
Day 14: Kaohsiung – Lukang – Taipei –– Australia (B)
Today we make our way back towards Taipei for your flight home. Before we leave Kaohsiung we visit the Dragon & Tiger Pagoda and the Spring & Autumn Pavilion. We then drive to Lukang, visiting the Lungshan temple and market and Sanyi, a woodcarving village. Arrive at Taoyuan International Airport for your homeward flight.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.