Classic Korea and Beijing
Will the mysterious Forbidden City and Great Wall of China fascinate you? Do you know why “Gyeongju” in Korea is truly a “museum without walls”? Discover these wonders and more with Asia Classic Tours. Click Here for details.
Day 1: USA/Beijing
Depart USA for Beijing, China.
Day 2: Arrive in Beijing
You will arrive at Beijing International airport. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, drive you to your hotel and help you check in.
Day 3: Beijing
Your tour begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You’ll stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. You will also visit a Pearl Workshop. This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience - a Peking Duck Dinner – then attend a special cultural performance – Legend of Kung Fu.
Meals: B, L, SD
Day 4: Beijing
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. You will walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. If time permits, you will visit a Jade Carving Factory and observe the skilled artisan at work as they create intricate designs. You will also have photo stops at 2008 Summer Olympic Venues – The “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: Beijing
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. Afterwards, venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, pass vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. Then, you will stroll along the Liulichang Culture Street where the shops in the architectural style of the late Qing Dynasty stand side by side, selling an enormous variety of goods, such as pottery and porcelain, and carved lacquer wares and jewels. In the evening, you will stroll around Wang Fu Jing Street and experience the colorful night market.
Meals: B, L
Day 6: Beijing/ Seoul
Say “zaijian” (goodbye) to Beijing. You will be driven to the airport for your flight to Seoul. Upon arrival in Seoul, you will meet our driver and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 7: Seoul
Enjoy city tour of Seoul in the morning, visiting the Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum (Changdeok Palace on Tuesday), and Jogyesa Temple and Ginseng Centre, You will also drive past the Presidential Blue House. After the tour, you will be transferred to Itaewon were you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. You will make your own way back to the Hotel.
Day 8: Seoul
After breakfast, you will be driven to The Korean Folk Village, where you will visit the open-air museum which houses many features of the Korean culture. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 9: Seoul- Gyeongju
After breakfast, transfer to Seoul Railway station where you will board the train to Gyeongju. Upon arrival at Gyeongju railway station, make your own way to the Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Gyeongju- Busan
After breakfast, you'll meet with our guide and start full day Gyeongju tour to Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple; both are located at Toham Mountain. Seokguram Grotto is one of UNESCO's World Heritages. In the afternoon, you will visit Gyeongju National Museum, exhibits all kinds of relics dating back from the Shilla Dynasty. Next you'll visit Tumuli Park (known as Daereungwon in Korean), which has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period. After Gyeongju tour, you will board the express bus to Busan, where upon arrival you will make your own way to the Hotel.
Day 11: Busan- Seoul
Enjoy a morning seat in coach city tour of Bussan visiting Taejongdae, Jagalchi Market, and Yongdusan Park & Amethyst Factory. From there you will be transferred to the railway station to board the train back to Seoul. Upon arrival in Seoul make your own way back to the Hotel for your final night in Seoul.
Day 12: Depart Seoul
After breakfast, according you will check out from the hotel, you will make your own way to the airport for your departure flight.
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