Cherry Blossoms of South Korea
The sight of Cherry Blossoms in bloom is usually associated with ultra-modern Japan, but the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) can also be found in abundance in South Korea! Owing to incredible natural landscapes and a unique and somewhat undiscovered history and culture, South Korea is quickly becoming the new "go-to" destination for those wishing to see the blossoms and enjoy stunning Asian sights.
South Korea offers a rich history, unexpectedly vibrant culture, mouth-watering foods and unbelievable water-colour landscapes. Tour the countryside, green valleys fringed by towering rocky mountains, explore time-trapped folk villages from the 16th century, discover long stretches of beautiful coastlines and stunning beaches. South Korea has 22 national Parks many preserving amazing mountain ranges that provide incredible viewing vistas over cities, landscapes and the ocean. South Korea's cities are clean, vibrant and modern with groundbreaking technology and the lasted trends emerging. Korean cuisine is a delight of flavours from decadent sweets, spicy or flavoursome curries, fascinating street food and world famous Kimchi and Bugolgi. If you think you'll have to go without your morning coffee, fear not, South Korea has more coffee shops per head of population than any other country and prides themselves on making a fantastic brew!
- Sightsee Jeju Island including Tonduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock)
- Witness the women divers of Yonduam catching seafood
- Wander beautiful Hallim Park
- Visit Hyeopjae Lava Tube and Yakcheon Buddhist Temple
- See the views from Seongsan Sunrise Peak
- Visit Seongeup Folk Village on the Seopjikoji Coast
- Visit Jeju's Natural History Museum
- Sightsee Busan
- Visit Jinjae and Yongdusan Tower for views over Busan
- Explore Gamcheon Culture Village
- Visit Jagalchi Fishery Market and Dongbaek Island
- Take a Bullet Train ride to Gyongju
- Visit Bulguksa Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Explore Cheomseongdae Observatory
- Discover South Korea's History at Hahoe Folk Village
- See the views from Mt Seorak in the Taebaek mountain range
- Visit Gwongeumseong Clifftop Fortress
- Wander Seoul's Yoonjung Ro Yeouido Cherry Blossom Walkway and Namsan Park.
- Shop at Seoul's Namdaemun Market and Myeongdon Street Food Market
- Enjoy the incredible Gyeongbok Palace and National Folk Museum.
- See the impressive Cheonggyecheon Stream which runs through downtown Seoul
- Visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress by Tourist Trolley
Day 1: Thursday 19 March - ARRIVE SEOUL
Depart Australia and arrive in Seoul. On arrival, meet your local guide before being transported to your overnight accommodation in Seoul. (Own arrangements for dinner)
Day 2: Friday 20 March - SEOUL/JEJU (BD)
Transfer from the hotel in Seoul back to the airport for the short flight to Jeju Island (1h 10m). On arrival, begin a day of sightseeing including a visit to Yonduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) where you may see women divers catching seafood. The local black rock contrasts starkly against the blue ocean making this region popular with travellers. Later, travel to Hallim Park featuring beautiful tree-lined pathways, botanical and bonsai gardens. Here you may have your first chance to view Cherry Blossoms. Later, travel to Hyeopjae Lava Tube Cave with stalactites and stalagmites and its mysterious cave walls covered in lime. The last visit of the day is Yakcheon Temple; a beautiful Buddhist temple overlooking the ocean.
Overnight Accommodation Jeju
Day 3: Saturday 21 March - JEJU TOUR (BD)
Today, visit Seongsan Sunrise Peak. You may have an opportunity to climb to the viewing area to take in the breathtaking scenery. Your journey takes you to Seopjikoji coast and Senogeup Folk Village. The village features simple homes, all built with thatch and lava rock. These unique properties have been handed down from generation to generation. Your final visit for the day is the Natural History Museum which houses countless artifacts relating to Jeju’s geological features.
Overnight Accommodation Jeju
Day 4: Sunday 22 March - JEJU/BUSAN (BLD)
This morning after breakfast, transfer to Jeju Domestic Airport for your flight to Busan. Busan is a large port city known for beaches, mountains and temples. On arrival, proceed to Jinhae, a journey of around 2 hours. Again, you may have a chance to see Cherry Blossoms en-route. Your last visit for the day is Yongdusan Tower where you'll witness the most amazing view of Busan.
Overnight Accommodation Busan
Day 5. Monday 23 March - BUSAN TOUR (BD)
Sightseeing today includes Gamcheon Culture Village, a picturesque attraction featuring a village of colorful houses, painted murals and many shops and cafes. You will then be transferred to Danubi to catch a train to Taejongdae Park. The park is located high on the clifftops, offering an inspiring view of the open sea. Afterwards, visit Jagalchi Fishery market, world famous for its fresh fish and seafood. Lastly visit Dongbaek Island and "Nurimaru APEC" an impressive glass building on the shore. This location provides a nice experience to finish the day with a stroll in the shoreside gardens.
Overnight Accommodation Busan
Day 6: Tuesday 24 March - BUSAN/GYEONGJU (BD)
Today, enjoy an exciting journey aboard the bullet train to Gyongju, a journey of approximately 30 minutes. On arrival, meet your local tour leader and transfer to Bulguksa Temple, a designated World Heritage site. Later journey to Seokguram Grotto where impressive white granite carved statues are on display. Visit Gheomseongdae Observatory Asia's earliest known existing observatory. Finish the day at Anapji Pond designed as a park for Royalty.
Overnight Accommodation Gyeongju
Day 7: Wednesday 25 March - GYEONGJU/ANDONG/SEORAK (BD)
Enroute to Seorak, visit Hahoe Folk Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which has maintained many original structures and folk arts from the 16th century. The village is built in the shape of a lotus flower and features old architectural styles, now lost to modernization. Aristocratic tile-roofed residences and thatched roof servants quarters preserve the styles of the Joseon Dynasty. Tour Byeongsan Seowon which is a private educational institution established in 1392! Later proceed to Mt Seorak, the highest mountain in the striking Taebaek mountain range.
Overnight Accommodation Seorak
Day 8: Tuesday 26 March - SEORAK/SEOUL (BLD)
Close to Mt Seorak National Park is the remains of Gwongeumseong Fortress, seemingly just a rocky outcrop with impressive views, but is actually the location of some interesting history. Today, travel to the top by cable car to see spectacular views and explore the castle ruins. Transfer to Nami Island, a popular tourist destination with a natural setting and tree-strewn parklands surrounded by the waters of the North Han River.
Overnight Accommodation Seoul
Day 9: Wednesday 27 March - SEOUL (BD)
Today you'll enjoy a day of touring Seoul's beautiful Parks and gardens. If the season is right, Cherry blossoms should be starting to bloom in the beautiful Yoonjung Ro Yeouido’s Cherry Blossom Walkway. Namsan Park is where visitors come to enjoy the views of the city of Seoul and the serenity of the park. Stop at the Seoul Tower Observatory for magnificent views of the city. Finally, enjoy some time shopping at Seoul’s Namdaemun market, the largest traditional market in South Korea. Most of the goods here are made by the store owners offering the opportunity to pick up a truly unique souvenir. This evening visit, Myeongdon Street food market where you will see a variety of foods offered and enjoy some interesting and delicious flavours.
Overnight Accommodation Seoul.
Day 10 Thursday 28 March - SEOUL (BD)
Join a tour this morning to explore Gyeongbok Palace, a remarkable palace built in 1395 in the Joseon Dynasty featuring ornate buildings, a large square, ponds and colourful Korean architecture. Visit the National Folk Museum within the grounds of the palace. Later wander Gwanghwamun Square and Gheonggyecheon Stream, a modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul and passes under 22 bridges before flowing into Hangang River. See Bukchon Hanok Village with countless alleys, situated on top of a hill. Eat, shop or purchase crafts then visit Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, a very colourful and a symbol of Korean Buddhism. Finally, stop at Insadong Antique Shop Alley a pedestrian street with quaint tea houses, cafes and traditional goods stores.
Overnight Accommodation Seoul
Day 11: Friday 29 March - SEOUL TOURING - (BD)
After breakfast travel to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress (Unesco Heritage Site) which is a fortification surrounding the centre of Suwon. This is the only remaining walled fortress in the country! Experience the history and majesty of the Fortress from the Tourist Trolley which ferries visitors between the various points of interest. Experience the Korean Folk Village, a living museum with live performances of music and dance exploring the traditional way of living and everyday life in South Korea.
Overnight Accommodation Seoul with Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 12: Saturday 30 March - DEPART SOUTH KOREA
Today, transfer to Incheon airport in time for your return flight home.
Day 13 Sunday 31 March - ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
For passengers who chose to fly with Stonestreets into Brisbane, you will be met at Brisbane International Airport and transferred to Toowoomba.
Fully Escorted by experienced Stonestreets Tour Manager. (Minimum 15 passengers)
Internal Airfare Seoul/Jeju/Busan
All transportation by AC Coach
Touring, Entrances and Sightseeing as per itinerary
11 Breakfasts; 2 Lunches; 10 Dinners
No visa required for a tourist stay of 90 days.
Personal Expenditures (Drinks etc at dinners/lunches)
Any other service not mentioned
Cherry Blossoms are seasonal and weather dependent flowers. The timing of this tour is based on the most likely eventuality of Cherry Blossoms being in bloom, however, seasons change year on year and cannot be guaranteed.
In order to offer the best value and most accurate pricing possible, this tour price only includes domestic (internal) flights. The unpredictability of airfares due to currency fluctuation and other factors makes predicting accurate flight prices and ensuring great value for money difficult. For this reason, Stonestreets Travel who is an international travel agency can provide a quotation for flights at a group rate on expression of interest.