Classic South Korea tour

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Buddhist temples, imperial palaces, futuristic architecture and markets so vast they take up whole city blocks…South Korea is a multifaceted destination. Our specialists know the country well and can introduce you to its many attractions, from Seoul’s 14th-century palaces and Gyeongju’s tombs to the volcanic landscape of Jeju Island.Along with seeing the coun...
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Overview

Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Head out into the backstreets of Seoul on a food tour to sample some classic Korean dishes.
    • Visit the DMZ on the North Korean border on a guided tour.
    • Explore the historic capital of Gyeongju and its surrounding temples and Buddhist sites.
    • Visit the volcanic island of Jeju to hike the highest peak in the country.

What's this trip about?

    Buddhist temples, imperial palaces, futuristic architecture and markets so vast they take up whole city blocks…South Korea is a multifaceted destination. Our specialists know the country well and can introduce you to its many attractions, from Seoul’s 14th-century palaces and Gyeongju’s tombs to the volcanic landscape of Jeju Island.Along with seeing the country’s main highlights, we’ll help you explore Korean culture which sees ancient traditions, customs and craftsmanship sit side by side with cutting-edge technology, karaoke bars and quirky cat cafés.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizePrivate - your group only
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CitySeoul
End CitySeoul

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Hiking & Walking
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Asia

Attractions

  • Busan
  • Seoul

Activities

  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Price includes In-destination transfers
    • Activities and excursions as detailed
    • All accommodations

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Itinerary

Day 1 Seoul

Seoul

Arrive into Seoul and spend a day relaxing into its rhythms and trying out Korean cuisine.

Accommodation options While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% flexible, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 2 Seoul

Spend a day with a private guide and driver exploring the city’s standout sights. You’ll start with the architectural jewel of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop for street food at Namdaemun Market, and explore Bukchon Hanok (a village of traditional Korean houses) and the li...

Day 3 Seoul

Spend a morning driving up to the DMZ at the border with North Korea. You’ll have a guided tour, gain a deeper understanding of the conflict, and might even get a glimpse into North Korea. When you get back to Seoul, head out on a food tour in the backstreets of Insa-...

Day 4 Gyeongju

In the morning, take the KTX bullet train across the country to Gyeongju on the east coast. Spend the afternoon exploring the sites of the city, including Tumuli Park and the ancient tomb complex of Daereungwon.

Accommodation While the itinerary price reflects ...

Day 5 Busan

 Gyeongju ,  Busan

Spend a full day visiting the treasures of Gyeongju that piece together the city’s long and tumultuous history. The tour will end with an hour’s drive south to the city of Busan in the southeast.

Accommodation options While the itinera...

Day 6 Busan

Admire the skyline of Busan (thought to be one of the most striking in Asia) from Busan Tower. Then visit Jagalchi and Bupyeong markets, which include a notable fish market, to try some street food for lunch. There’s lots of other tempting foods to try here: Busan is ...

Day 7 Busan

Today you’ll take a guided tour of Gamcheon Culture Village, which consists of kaleidoscopic houses overlapping onto the hills that surround the city. You’ll also visit Haedong Yonggungsa, a temple which sits precariously on the clifftops, overlooking the Sea of Japan...

Day 8 Jeju island

Fly from Busan to Jeju City, the capital of Jeju Island. Spend the afternoon with a guide seeing the sights around the city before grabbing some dinner at the Dongsun street food market. It’s the ideal place to get a feel for the tastes used in Jeju cuisine.

Ac...

Day 9 Jeju island

Head out with a guide to see the attractions to the east of Jeju island, starting with a ferry ride to Udo Island. There you can rent bicycles or drive around to see the beaches and volcanic rock formations that make Udo so popular. Afterwards, either climb up or admi...

Day 10 Jeju island

For your second day in Jeju, take part in South Korea’s national pastime: hiking. Hallasan is the tallest peak in South Korea and looms over the whole of Jeju Island. It’s a full day of hiking, which should see you reaching the summit just after lunchtime, but it’s wo...

Day 11 Seoul

Jeju island ,  Seoul

Accommodation options While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% flexible, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 12 Return home

Seoul

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight home.

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Price From $6,595
Price per day$550
Last Updated: 7/13/2023

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We’ll move your travel dates or switch the value of your booked trip to another destination at no expense to you up to 30 days before you’re due to depart. You’ll receive a 100% travel credit equivalent to the amount you paid toward your original booking.

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We want to help you navigate the uncertainty that remains around travel by giving you the flexibility to book a trip to any of our destinations in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean this year in complete confidence. With our 14-day cancellation policy, you can cancel your trip up to two weeks before you’re due to depart for any reason and receive a full refund, when you book your trip on or before October 31, 2020 for travel before December 14, 2021**.

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