A journey to discover the essences of Korea with particular attention to this spring festival. Traveling with an experienced local guide with the support of an Italian assistant will always make the trip accessible to everyone. An itinerary dedicated to lovers of this beautiful season and of the East. South Korea is waiting for you next spring!
Day 1: Welcome to Seoul
Arrival in Seoul with welcome by your personal guide upon arrival at the airport.
During the trip you will be given all the information about the trip or any other curiosity you have. Before check-in at your hotel we will visit the highest observatory in South Korea: SEOUL SKY.
Day 2: Seoul between Tradition and Culture
We will start the day with a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, where we will see the change of the imperial guard. Following is a walk through the streets of Bukchon, the northern village, where the houses in the past inhabited by the ruling class in the Joseon era (1392 AD-1910 AD) are located. Even today, they are inhabited by descendants or transformed into characteristic tea houses, art shops, ect.
We will then explore the cultural route of Insadong, where you can get local souvenirs and test some of the famous Korean street food. Finally we will take a trip to the traditional Gwangjang market where you can breathe and experience the everyday life of the city.
Day 3: The City Museum of Gyeonju
Transfer to Gyeonju, which was the capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 AD) and cradle of Korean Buddhism. We will begin with a visit to the Traditional Village of Yangdong, which has preserved its appearance as a feudal city. Inserted in the world heritage in 2010, there are some of the Hanok (traditional houses) older than the entire continent. After lunch we will move to Gyeonju to visit the Cheomseongdae observatory, the Imperial Tombs and wear the traditional Korean suit, Hanbok!
Day 4: Experience Korean life
We will visit the Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram hermitage. Its dome remains the proof of the advanced construction techniques already known in the eighth century, and the statue in its entirety, made from a single block of stone, a refined work of art. In 1995, the complex was included in the list of World Heritage Sites along with the Bulguksa Temple, as it contains some of the main Buddhist sculptures in the world.
Then transfer to Busan, the second largest city in South Korea and visit the picturesque Gamcheon village as well as Jalgalchi’s fish market.
Day 5: The Jinhae Cherry Festival
Morning visit to the beautiful Haedong Yonggunsa Temple, overlooking the sea. After lunch, departure to the city of Jinhae turns pink during the cherry festival. Appreciated by the locals, this destination is a must see during the spring. Various shows, banquets and activities entertain visitors with the wonderful backdrop of cherry blossoms.
After visiting the city, return to Busan and check-in at the hotel.
Day 6: Suwon, the Fortress of the South
Departure to Suwon, a town about an hour from Seoul. Here we will visit the Suwon fortress. Built as the last barrier of the South, the fortress combines the architectural features of a medieval city-fortress and the classic Korean houses.
Its particular architecture and state of preservation has earned it the inscription as a World Heritage Site. The circular walls, preserved in their entirety, protect the inner citadel. Visit the temporary Imperial Palace and visit of the imperial armory where the traditional Korean bow art was born.
After the visit transfer and overnight stay in Seoul.
Day 7: The Two Koreas
Departure towards the northern border, the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Korea is the only nation in the world currently divided, following the fratricidal war between South and North Korea: a division marked by a border line that extends for 2km in width. The visit includes the Dorasan Observatory, the only stakeout accessible to civilians to observe North Korea and the 3rd infiltration tunnel. Return to Seoul to visit the new and old City Hall, the seat of the administration of Seoul and the Deoksogung palace, famous for the cherry trees that decorate its walls.