Visit delightful Seoul, taking in landmarks such as the memorable Deoksugung Palace and National Museum. Then enjoy shopping in the eclectic Insadong shopping area.
Depart the pier for a scenic seventy-minute drive to Seoul, where you will find a diverse blend of modern skyscrapers and superhighways combined with majestic ancient palaces, temples, city gates and gardens. Upon arrival in the city, you will first visit Deoksugung Palace. Deoksugung is the smallest palace in South Korea, and noted for its elegant stone-walled road. Located at the corner of the busiest intersection in downtown Seoul, it is also the only South Korean palace standing alongside Western-styled buildings, which adds to the uniqueness of the scenery. Perhaps while you are here, you will be able to observe one of the changing of the guard ceremonies.
Continuing on, you will make your way to the impressive New National Museum of Korea for a guided visit. There are more than 4,500 exhibits housed here that detail Korea's historic and cultural heritage. It is the world's 6th largest museum, and a premiere venue for the nation's cultural exhibits.
Your final stop is Insadong, one of Seoul's premiere shopping districts and a virtual living museum. Once the residence of Josun Dynasty officials, extended royal families and the Yang Ban aristocratic class, Insadong's narrow streets are today lined with antique stores, art galleries, second-hand bookstores, calligraphy shops and quaint teahouses. Enjoy some free time here to browse through the many shops or grab a bit to eat before rejoining your coach for the return trip to Inchon via Namsan Mountain.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Due to the significant amount of walking, the tour may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The changing of the guard is weather dependent. Photos and video are not allowed in the museum. Tour sequence may vary. Those who are not on time for the transfer back to Inchon will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense. Deoksu Palace and the National Museum are closed on Mondays and will be replaced with a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum.