13 DAYS ●
With its complex history, soaring skyscrapers and centuries-old temples, this tour has something for everyone. From bustling cities to stunning countryside and UNESCO world heritage-listed national forests. It is a tour full of contrasts.
Explore Seoul, a dynamic and modern city which still has plenty of culture and tradition
Discover the picturesque port city Busan, which is full of character
Explore scenic Mount Seorak National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Spend time in Gyeongju, called 'the museum without walls'
Fly overnight to Seoul, the dazzling capital
city of South Korea. Depending on your
time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours
to start soaking up the local culture. This
evening meet your National Escort and fellow
travellers to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
A dynamic, 24-hour city, amongst the
skyscrapers and nightlife districts of Seoul there is an exceptional amount of culture and tradition. Start your
explorations at the immense Gyeongbok Palace,
which will include the changing of the guard
ceremony, before exploring the National Folk
Museum. Learn to cook a delicious Korean classic in a cookery class – you’ll get to eat it for lunch – before strolling Insadong Antique
Alley and visiting UNESCO-listed Jongmyo Royal
Shrine. End the day with panoramic views over
the city at the N Seoul Tower.
Travel out of Seoul to the city of Damyang
where you’ll discover the beauty of Soswaewon.
This private garden built in the 16th century in
the traditional style features essential elements
to bring harmony, such as flowing water, trees
and grasses. Wander the bamboo forest of
Juknokwon before continuing to Gwangju,
where you’ll spend some time discovering this
artistic hub full of fascinating history.
Head to Boseong, considered the best place
in Korea to grow tea, and visit a green tea
plantation, learning all about its production
and enjoying a tasting. Continue to Suncheon
for a stop at the 6th-century Seonamsa
Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the
temple grounds are also home to a beautiful
arched stone bridge. Also visit Naganeupseong
Fortress Village for a glimpse at a more
traditional Korean lifestyle and a chance to
take part in a handkerchief dyeing experience.
Head to Yeosu and ride the cable car over
beautiful scenery and open water to Dolsan
Island. Continue to Odongdo Island for more
spectacular landscapes and take some time to
appreciate the array of wild flowers that flourish
here before travelling to the port city of Busan.
The laidback to Seoul’s bustle, Busan is a
city full of character and traditional features
as well as mountains, beaches, temples and
exquisite seafood. Start the day with a city
overview from the top of Busan Tower, before
browsing the wares at Kukje Market and
Jagalchi Fish Market. Walk over the Oryukdo
Skywalk, a glass bridge set on a seaside cliff,
soak up the peaceful nature of Dongbaekseom
Island, and feel the sand between your toes
on Haeundae Beach. Drive to Gyeongju.
A city of cultural and historical relics, Gyeongju
is called ‘the museum without walls’. Capital of
the Silla Kingdom for over 1,000 years the city is
home to a staggering number of tombs, temples,
statues and ruins, some of which you’ll explore
today. Begin at the Gyeongju National Museum
before visiting Tumuli Park, a collection of royal
tombs, and Anapji Pond. Then head just out of the
city to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage
Bulguksa Temple, considered the pinnacle of Silla
architecture, and Seokguram Grotto.
Travel to Sokcho stopping en route to explore
the 1,300-year history of the Naksansa
Temple, a seven-storey stone building
overlooking the East Sea.
Mount Seorak National Park is a spectacularly
scenic area of high, cloudy peaks, craggy
bluffs and fragrant pine forest. Designated a
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as a habitat for
many rare species of plants and animals, it is
one of South Korea’s most dramatic natural
treasures. Enjoy a short, easy hike along a
beautiful valley and see the mountaintop
Gwongeumseong Fortress by cable car.
Transfer to Gangneung and board a highspeed
train bound for Seoul. On arrival,
after lunch, there will be free time before
a non-verbal performance of ‘Nanta’, an
award-winning show which incorporates the
traditional Samulnori rhythm.
Created as a buffer zone between North Korea
and South Korea at the end of the Korean War,
the DMZ is part of the most heavily militarised
border in the world. Your visit will include the
Bridge of Freedom, DMZ Theatre & Exhibition
Hall and the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. Return to
Seoul to stroll through the huge Gwangjang
Market. Enjoy a farewell dinner.
Special conditions apply to this day, please
refer to your tour dossier for more information.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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