South Korea offers a fascinating mixture of tradition and modernism. With an expert local guide, you'll experience the very best that this glittering country has to offer.
DAY 1: Seoul, South Korea
Welcome to Seoul! Much of Seoul bears the distinct stamp of the 21st century. 12-lane freeways carry a constant stream of traffic between steel-and-glass skyscrapers. But if you look closer, you'll find ancient temples miraculously escaped destruction in the Korean war, as well as painstakingly restored historic palaces whose designs date back centuries.
Great effort has gone into preserving Korean history and culture despite what seems like a headlong rush into the future. Mere steps away from the bustle of commerce, you can find yourself in the serenity of a traditional garden or a market overflowing with ginseng and jade.
This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your new travel partners.
Overnight in Seoul: Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner
DAYS 2 & 3: Seoul - Andong
After your hotel breakfast, you'll meet your guide and go on a full day tour of Seoul. This excursion will include visits to Gyeongbok Palace & Changing of the Guard Ceremony, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong Art Street, and Bukchon Hanok Village by Pedicab.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Korean dessert cooking class and try some authentic tasty treats!
On Day 3, you'll travel to Andong by way of the Icheon Pottery Village en route. Upon arrival you'll check into your Hanok House for a special lodging experience.
Andong is the self-proclaimed "Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture" having maintained aspects of the traditional culture of Korea throughout the past 2,000 years. Over 280 cultural assets are scattered around the city. Andong's international claim to fame comes from having been visited by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Overnight in Andong: Hanok Guesthouse
Meals Included: Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 4 & 5: Andong - Gyeongju
On Day 4,you'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Andong. Visits include the Hahoe Village, Hahoe Mak Museum, Buyongdae, Bongjeongsa Temple, Byeongsan Confucian School, and the Wolyeong Bridge.
After this full day excursion, you'll transfer to Gyeongju for dinner.
On Day 5, after your hotel breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Gyeongju. This excursion will include visit to Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Tumuli Park, Cheomseongdae Observatory, National Museum, and Anapji Pond (Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.
Gyeongju is a beautiful city with a cultural history of over 2,000 years and is known as a 'museum without walls'. It was capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom for a thousand years from around 50 BC and the city is dotted with ancient buildings, temples, and the large tombs of the Silla monarchs.
In the last 30 years many of the historical sites have been restored and all of the new construction has been kept in the traditional style. A man-made lake is located below the old fortress of Myonhwal-san, east of Gyeonju. The area around the lake has many high-class hotels, recreational and entertainment facilities, shopping areas and restaurants.
Overnight in Gyeongju: Hotel Hyundai (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6: Busan
After your hotel breakfast, check out and drive to Busan via Tongdosa Temple. Upon arrival in Busan, you'll visit the Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market and nearby Nampodong Streets before checking in at your hotel near the Haeundae Beach area.
Busan, formerly known as Pusan, is South Korea's second largest city and the country's main port for international cargo, as well as passenger ferries to Japan and Jeju island. The city is famous for its seafood and beaches, as well as the Hallyosudo Waterway with its picturesque islands. The Busan fish market has a huge selection of fresh seafood in the early morning. Although primarily known as a port, the city has many steep hills, creating a very unusual mix of mountains and ocean.
Overnight in Busan: Haeundae Grand Home (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7 & 8: Busan - Seoul
After your hotel breakfast, you'll enjoy morning walks to Gamcheon Cultural Village and Oryukdo Skywalk. You'll then have some free time at the Centum City before departing for Seoul. You'll return to Seoul by KTX bullet train.
In the evening enjoy an NYU Alumni gathering.
On Day 8, you'll meet your guide and set off to the third infiltration tunnel, which was discovered in the 1970s. The tunnel is estimated to penetrate 1km into the North Korean border. The tunnel was built for a surprise attack on Seoul and is capable of moving one whole military division per hour.
Continue to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). This 4-km wide and 248-km long division of land is the most heavily fortified border in the world. The Dora observatory allows visitors to see North Korean military personnel as well as great views of Kaesong, Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains and the renowned propaganda village, Gijeong-dong.
You will also stop at the Dora railroad station, which connects North and South Korea. Freight trains used to travel from Dora to Kaesong. However, diminishing diplomatic ties have resulted in a suspension of this service. This tour will be semi private where you’ll have your private guide, but will change vehicle inside the DMZ area. You must bring your passport to this tour.
After lunch, return to Seoul and visit the War Memorial of Korea and enjoy late afternoon shopping at Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun Markets & Gwangjang Market. You can try various street food and drinks for dinner on your own!
Overnight in Busan: Haeundae Grand Home (or similar)
Meals Included: Day 7: Breakfast
Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9: Seoul / Home
After your hotel breakfast, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Incheon Airport for your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Single Supp: $625
Prices are per person in USD based on double occupancy.
^Deposit is refundable, less a $15 processing fee, up until 105 days prior to departure.
Sep 15-23, 2019
EXCLUSIVE NYU SMALL GROUP:
Min. Group Size: 10 travelers
Max. Group Size: 20 travelers
The best way to connect with fellow travelers from your alma mater and the local culture is in a small group, which is why we limit the group size to no more than twenty-five travelers. Destination Partners' NYU Alumni Travel Programs are exclusive to NYU alumni and their travel partners and require a minimum of eleven travelers to operate. In the unlikely event the program is under enrolled and cannot run, all payments made will be refunded 105 days prior to departure.
The properties throughout our Signature Series itineraries
are selected because of their unique sense of place, allowing you to enjoy the destinations in comfort and style and explore them to the fullest.
Accommodations including daily breakfast, lunches & dinners per the itinerary, airport transfers on Day 1 and the final day of the itinerary only, services of expert local guides throughout, transportation, entrance fees for included activities, all taxes and service charges.
International airfare to Seoul, gratuities for drivers and guides, alcoholic beverages with meals, personal expenses, airport taxes and baggage fees, any required passport, visa or other government entry fees if applicable, optional travel insurance.
ARRIVE / DEPART:
Please plan to arrive in Seoul by 5pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Check-in time is 3pm. You can request an early check-in at an additional cost. You may depart from Seoul at anytime on the final day, an optimal departure could be between 11am and 2pm. If you need assistance with your flights, Destination Partners air department will be happy to assist with your round-trip travel arrangements, per person ticketing fees apply.