South Korea Motherland Tours
Korean Motherland Tour Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Depart US for Seoul
Day 2: Seoul. After arriving in Seoul you will be met by your English-speaking guide outside of Customs and Immigration and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Seoul. Seoul City Tour (B, L)
The tour will include: Deoksugung Palace, Namdaemun Market, Seoul Station, War Memorial of Korea, U.S. Army Yongsan Base, Itaewon, Namsan Seoul Tower, Dongdaemun Market, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Insa-dong, Presidential Residence, National Folk Museum, Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Day 4: Seoul. KOREAN FOLK VILLAGE (B, L)
The Korean Folk Village is set in a natural environment of over 240 acres; visitors can experience an authentic atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including representative houses from different regions of Korea that can teach visitors about Korean food, clothing and historic housing styles. About twenty workshops, various handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, winnows, bamboo wares, wooden wares, paper, brass wares, knots, fans, musical instruments, iron ware and embroidery and where the customs and lifestyles of the past generations have been carefully preserved.
Day 5: Seoul. Visit to Holt Children’s Services offices. If adoptees wishes visits can be arranged to other adoption agencies in Seoul (B) Upon request, visits with foster families can be arranged. For adult adoptees (over 18 yrs old) search for birth family can be facilitated prior to departure. Please understand some foster families are not available; not all birth families can be located.
Day 6: Seoul – Gyeongju. Check into Gyeongju Hilton Hotel (B, L, D)
Gyeongju is the historical and cultural capital of Korea and the former capital of Korea during the Shilla Dynasty. Some of the important sites in Gyeongju are:
BULGUKSA TEMPLE & SEOKGURAM
Bulguksa was a temple originally built in 535 and is a testimony to both the skill of Shilla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith at the time. Seokguram consists of a central statue of Buddha gazing out over the forested hills across the East Sea to the horizon, surrounded by bodhisattvas and guardian deities. Both Bulguksa and Seokguram were added to UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list.
GYEONGJU NATIONAL MUSEUM
The museum preserves many artifacts from the Shilla Kingdom, including magnificent gold crowns, pottery, Buddhist decor and stone sculptures. It also houses the legendary Emille Bell, one of Asia’s largest bells, which is 19 tons of pure bronze
Day 7: Gyeongju. Sightseeing in Gyeongju (B, L, D)
Day 8: Gyeongju – Seoul. Free time and enjoy a Farewell Dinner (B, L, D)
Day 9: Seoul – US. Transfer to the airport for departure to US. (B)
- Seven nights accommodations
- International Airfare JFK – Seoul. All taxes included. Additional departure cities available. Call for the air add-on price.
- 7 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 3 dinners
- English-speaking guide and private transportation
- Admissions to all sightseeing
- Visits to Seoul-based social service (Holt, SWS, ECW, KSS) offices.
Price does not include:
Passport fees (no visa needed), tips to drivers and guides, meals not included in itinerary, items of a personal nature, travel insurance
This is a suggested itinerary and can be changed to fit your individual needs. To begin planning you family’s custom tour, a $300 non-refundable deposit is necessary. Contact Kate DeLosso for further information.
Contact: Kate DeLosso, CTC
Kate DeLosso Travel, LLC
Toll free: 866-361-0535