Modernity meets tradition in Beijing and Seoul. Travel between these cities and revel in spectacular scenery, ancient art and ornate architecture along the way. Admire the simple beauty of daily life - villages, markets and food stalls provide a genuine taste of what it's like to live in this part of the world. Visit the Great Wall of China, Mt Naejang National Park, Gyeongju and the capital of Korea, Seoul. Stay in temples, on overnight ferries and in traditional guesthouses for a grassroots experience that reveals insights into both cultures. Be enchanted by the people and heritage of China and Korea on this trip that is rich in history, culture and adventure.

Start
Beijing, China
Finish
Seoul, South Korea
Countries
China,
South Korea,
Turkey
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSZ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 111kg pp per trip

Explore China and Korea and feast on history and culture.


Highlights

  • Admire palaces and pagodas on a walking tour of Gyeongju
  • Walk through the pristine landscapes of Mt Naejang National Park
  • See North Korea from the Demilitarized Zone
  • View the Seoul skyline from Mt Namsan
  • See where the Great Wall meets the sea
  • Sample tasty street food in Beijing
  • Learn to make fiery Korean specialities
  • Take part in temple life on an overnight stay

Itinerary

Experience the glorious commotion of Beijing. Get to know this booming city by roaming the streets. Be sure to sample local fare from street stalls along the way.
Take a walk along one of the world's most recognisable ancient engineering marvels, the Great Wall of China. See where the wall meets the sea and visit the Great Wall museum.
Travel from China to South Korea by overnight ferry.
Visit the ancient kingdom of Buyeo. See the treasures on display at the National Museum and the remains of a fortress once used to defend the city. Visit Buyeo’s many busy markets and perhaps sample some Korean cuisine - highly underrated but mouth-watering.
Uncover Gongju’s ancient tombs, which are set amid some of South Korea’s most beautiful landscapes. Make a stop at the Gongju National Museum before meditating with monks on a memorable overnight stay in a temple.
Mingle with locals on a visit to a village and participate in a cooking class to learn how to make regional delicacies.
Hike among mountains and lakes in the scenic Mt Naejang National Park.
Wander through ancient ruins, temples, palaces and pagodas on a walking tour of Gyeongju. A visit to the Bulguksa temple complex, including the impressive Seokguram Grotto, reveals Buddhist art and architectural treasures.
Make tracks to the Korean capital - an industrious, contemporary city filled with reminders of years gone by. Visit the impressive Gyeongbokgung Palace to discover more about Korean history and heritage. Hike Mt Namsan for views of the city skyline and travel to the Demilitarized Zone for a glimpse of North Korea.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (9 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
Included activites
  • Busosanseong Fortress
  • Buyeo National Museum
  • Cheomseongdae & Tumuli Park walking tour
  • Demilitarized Zone day tour
  • Gongju Museum
  • Great Wall - Shanhaiguan section
  • Gyeongbok Palace
  • Gyeongju National Museum
  • Insadong Cultural Area walking tour
  • Jeonju Hanok Village walking tour
  • Kimchi and Tteokbokgi cooking class
  • Magoksa Temple stay
  • Mt Naejang National Park entry & guided hike
  • Mt. Namsan guided hike
  • Songsanri Tumuli walking tour
  • Tea tasting

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Notes

1. This is a new trip for 2011-2012
2. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information

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