Best of South Korea

  • Korea, Republic Of

Visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, sleep in a temple in Busan, sample the diverse cuisine of Korea, explore the highlights of Jeju Island.

Ready for a unique travel experience? South Korea fits the bill and then some. On this 10-day trip, you’ll see the highlights in and around Seoul plus visit folk villages, unique Korean temples, and the incredible Jeju Island. 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 back into its own as a top travel destination.

was €2,24910 days from €1,819

(€181.90 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
AKBK
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12.
Transport
Plane, private van, train, subway, walking.
Accommodation
Standard hotels (8 nights), temple (1 night, multi-share).
Meals
9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Other
  • Local Living: Overnight Temple Stay, Busan
  • City tour of Seoul
  • DMZ visit
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    • City tour of Gyeongju
    • Yangdong Folk Village visit
    • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit
    • City tour of Busan
    • Jeju Island highlights tour
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Best of South Korea itinerary
  • Day 1Seoul

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and 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

  • Day 2Seoul

    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.

    accommodation

    Hotel Prince

    Optional Activities:

    • Cheonggyecheon Stream Walking Tour

      Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected watercourse hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. Try out this unique walking tour along a 5.8km (3.6 mile) stretch of stream, next to one of the busiest boulevards in Seoul. It's quite a different way to experience the city, from 15 ft (4.6m) below street level. Learn about Seoul as you walk past small waterfalls and nearly two dozen overhead bridges.

      Try out this unique walking tour along a 5.8km (3.6 mi) stretch of stream, next to one of the busiest boulevards in Seoul. Experience the city from a whole different perspective 4.6m (15 ft) below street level. Learn about Seoul while walking past small waterfalls and nearly two dozen overhead bridges.

    • Bukchon Hanok Village Exploration

      Be transported back 600 years into Seoul's past while walking through Bukchon Hanok Village, which boasts the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes (hanok) in Seoul. Keep an eye out for the half-dozen or so alleys that have beautifully restored architectural features like small courtyards, decorative outer walls, and dark tiled roofs.

    • Nanta Show (Seoul)

      Check out what all the fuss is about and go see NANTA, Korea’s most popular show. Watch the story of four crazy chefs told, not through dialogue, but through the rhythmic banging of knives, pots, and pans. Performed on Broadway, the show has attained international success.

      Without a dialogue, but through rhythmic banging of knives, pots and pans, NANTA tells the story of four crazy chefs who have been set the impossible task of making a wedding banquet in just one hour. What follows is pure musical mayhem. NANTA is the most popular show Korea has ever had. It has achieved outstanding international success having performed on Broadway and receives rave reviews wherever it performs.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 3Seoul

    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

    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.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    free time

    Head out and explore.

    accommodation

    Hotel Prince

    Optional Activities:

    • K-Pop Show

      Purchase tickets in advance if you want to fit in a K-Pop concert! Recognized by Time magazine as "South Korea's Greatest Export," K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop), is a musical genre with girl and boy bands singing, rapping, and performing synchronized dance moves. Taking in a K-Pop concert by one of the many K-Pop groups is a spectacle in itself.

    • Visit to Itaewon Neighbourhood

      Please note there is a cost for transport to the Itaewon neighbourhood.

      A visit to Seoul's Itaewon neighbourhood is not to be missed. Go to people watch and get an authentic feel of Seoul. Immerse yourself in bars, clubs, restaurants and shops, selling everything from tailored suits to furniture, jewelry and pottery.

      Get into the grit of things with a visit to Seoul's Itaewon neighbourhood, the happening place to go. Immerse yourself in bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops, selling everything from tailored suits to furniture, jewelry, and pottery.

    • Seoul Museum of History Visit

      Really get to know Seoul with a stop at the Seoul Museum of History, which highlights each segment of the city's past from the Stone Age to present day. Discover one of the museum's recent creations – a large floor map of Seoul, great for plotting out your next steps!

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 4Seoul / 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

    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

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 5Gyeongju-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

    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

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit

    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

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6Busan

    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

    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.

    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

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 7Busan / Jeju-si

    Enjoy a final morning in Busan before a flight to Jeju Island. Arrive in Jeju in the afternoon.

    free time

    Get out and explore.

    Plane

    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    accommodation

    Eins Hotel

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 8Jeju-si

    Enjoy a tour of Jeju Island's highlights, including the Manjang Cave, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongeup folk village, and Sangumburi crater.

    Jeju Island Tour

    Head out on an island tour to see some of the many highlights on offer. Visit the Manjang Cave, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongeup folk village, and Sangumburi crater.

    free time

    Explore this beautiful spot.

    accommodation

    Eins Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Nanta Show (Jeju)

      Without a dialogue, but through rhythmic banging of knives, pots and pans, NANTA tells the story of four crazy chefs who have been set the impossible task of making a wedding banquet in just one hour. What follows is pure musical mayhem. NANTA is the most popular show Korea has ever had. It has achieved outstanding international success having performed on Broadway and receives rave reviews wherever it performs.

      Check out what all the buzz is about and go see NANTA, Korea’s most popular show. Watch the story of four crazy chefs told, not through dialogue, but through the rhythmic banging of knives, pots and pans. Performed on Broadway, the show has attained international success.

    • Submarine Excursion

      45,000KRW for online bookings only, otherwise 50,000KRW.

      Don’t dive? Try a popular submarine tour that explores the waters at a depth of 40m (130 ft), visiting countless fish, unique coral reefs, and a strange-looking shipwreck.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 9Jeju-si / Seoul

    Opt to visit some final sights during a free day in Jeju before a short flight back to Seoul.

    free time

    Don't waste a minute — get out and explore.

    Plane

    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    accommodation

    Hotel Prince

    Optional Activities:

    • Visit to Oedolgae

      Enjoy a relaxing walk through pine forests as you make your way to Oedolgae, an impressive 20m (65 ft) tall volcanic basalt pillar jutting out of the ocean. Also known as the Changgun Rock, it is surrounded by beautiful islands such as Bum Island, Sae Island and Seonnyu Rock. The sunset of Bum Island, which can be seen from the beautiful cliffside lookout at Oedolgae, has long been an essential stop for tourists going to Jeju Island.

      Enjoy a relaxing walk through pine forests on the way to Oedolgae, an impressive 20m (65 ft) tall volcanic basalt pillar jutting out of the ocean. Watch a sunset from the stunning cliffside lookout at Oedolgae, a must-do experience for visitors to the island.

    • Visit to Jungmun Beach

      Jungmun Beach's white sand stretches 560m (1800 ft) long and the water has an average depth of 1.2m (4 ft). Different shades of black, red, and grey are beautifully mixed into the white sand of the beach, helping to accentuate Jeju-do Island’s black Hyeonmuam stones. To the right side of the beach is a natural sea cave called Haesikgul Cave. The waves and wind also make Jungmun one of the best beaches on Jeju for windsurfing and parasailing.

      Visit Jungmun Beach, a stretch of white sand accented with black, grey, and red 560m (1800 ft) long with waters that are an average depth of 1.2m (4 ft). Explore the right side of the beach to find Haesikgul Cave, a natural sea cave, or try windsurfing or parasailing – the waves and wind here provide the perfect conditions.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 10Seoul

    Depart at anytime.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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