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Best Of South Korea

From €1999pp
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8 Days
South Korea
From €1999pp
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Ready for a unique travel experience? South Korea fits the bill and then some.

On this eight-day trip, you’ll see the highlights in and around Seoul plus visit folk villages, unique Korean temples, and the bustling markets of Busan. Learn about the sombre history of North and South Korea and take an excursion to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two.

This is the perfect snapshot of a country coming into its own as a top travel destination.

Is this tour for me?

  • Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

  • Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

  • Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

  • Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

  • Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1 Seoul

Arrive at any time. There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar)

Day 2 Seoul

Enjoy a walking tour in the bustling capital of South Korea and see the Gyengbokgung Palace.

Enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own.

Seoul City Tour:

Enjoy a walking tour of the bustling capital of South Korea. Visit different areas of the city including Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, and Namdaemun Market, the largest and oldest traditional market in Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Palace:

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty built in 1395. The palace has been destroyed many times over, but more than 50 per cent of the buildings are still standing or are restored. The complex is also home to the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.

Free Time:

Head out and explore Seoul in the afternoon

Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Seoul

Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War.

Travel to the DMZ in the morning by private bus and spend about 3-4 hrs visiting the site before returning back to Seoul for another night in the city.

Private Vehicle Transfer:

Seoul to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) journey approximately 1h30m. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Visit:

Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) the de facto border between North and South Korea, which cuts the peninsula in half. Created in 1953, it is the most heavily militarized border in the world.

Free Time: Head out and explore Seoul this afternoon

Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Seoul/Gyeongju-si

Travel to Gyeongju and visit the UNESCO-listed sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour.

Depart Seoul in the morning and travel by high-speed train to Gyeongju, taking just over 2 hrs to reach the city.

In the afternoon, enjoy an included tour of some local highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage temples.

Bullet train:

Seoul to Gyeongju-si travel time 2 hours. Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

City Tour of Gyeongju:

Visit sights around Gyeongju on an included tour. See the UNESCO sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple and much more.

Accommodation: Swiss Rosen Hotel - Gyeongju (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Gyeongju-si/ Busan

Take a day trip to Yangdong Folk Village, a UNESCO site, before continuing to Busan to visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

Take a private van to visit the 500-year-old UNESCO site of Yangdong Folk Village, located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty.

Travel to the picturesque 14th century seaside temple, Haedong Yonggungsa. Continue to Busan and enjoy a walk or swim at Haeundae Beach, the most popular beach in South Korea, or perhaps a light trek on Dongbaek Island.

Private Vehicle Transfer:

Gyeongju-si to Yangdong travel time 2 hours. Travel to the village and back by private vehicle.

Yangdong Folk Village:

Get a fascinating look into life during the Joseon Dynasty on this visit to the Yangdong Folk Village. Founded in the early 1400s, the village boasts well-preserved buildings and has more than 160 homes displaying traditional Joseon architecture within a gorgeous natural setting.

Private Vehicle Transfer:

Gyeongju-si to Busan travel time 1hour 30 minutes. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit, Gijang-gun:

Originally built in 1376, this picturesque, cliffside Buddhist temple overlooks the East China Sea. Opt to grab a bizarre local snack at the traditional market. Legend foretells that should you pray here, at least one of your wishes will come true.

Accommodation: Hotel Ciel de Mer Haeundae (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Busan

Visit the bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gujesijang market, and Yongdusan Park, before an overnight in a local temple.

Stay in rooms called Ondol. These rooms are very traditional, heated to be cozy and comfortable, with beds made up directly on the floor. The rooms here are multi-share, divided up by male and female rooms. Enjoy a traditional dinner and breakfast during the stay.

Have the opportunity to learn about temple etiquette, experience the daily drum and bell ritual, craft your own prayer beads and take an easy hike up to the oldest and highest temple in Busan for morning meditation.

Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan:

Discover this market and major attraction at Nampo Port. Wander through the rows of stalls selling everything you can dream of from the sea. Watch as locals haggle for the best price and fishmongers hawk their wares.

Local Living: Overnight Temple Stay:

Stay in rooms called Ondol, which are very traditional and heated to be cozy and comfortable with beds made up directly on the floor. The rooms here are multi-share, divided up by male and female rooms. Enjoy a traditional dinner and breakfast during the stay.

Accommodation: Beomeosa Temple (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 Busan/Seoul

Enjoy a final morning in Busan before returning to Seoul by train.

Free Time: Seoul Afternoon Free Time

Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Seoul

Depart at anytime.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Accommodation:
    • Standard hotels (6 nights)
    • Temple (1 night, multi-share)
  • Meals:
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 1 dinner 
  • Transportation:
    • Private van, train, subway, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Local guides
  • Tours & excursions:
    • Local Living: Overnight Temple Stay, Busan
    • City tour of Seoul
    • DMZ visit
    • City tour of Gyeongju
    • Yangdong Folk Village visit
    • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit
    • City tour of Busan
  • All transport between destinations and to/ from included activities

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