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Scenic South Korea

  • Duration
    13 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    £5,290pp
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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.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 11 , Lunches: 10 , Dinners: 11
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    11 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Scenic South Korea tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Scenic South Korea Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Fly overnight to Seoul
    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Seoul

    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.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Explore Seoul
    Day 3: Explore Seoul

    A dynamic city, amongst the skyscrapers, nightlife districts and colossal shopping malls of Seoul there is an exceptional amount of culture and tradition. Start your explorations at the Gyeongbok Palace, which will include the Changing of the Guard ceremony, before exploring the National Folk Museum. Learn to cook Korean classic 'bibimbap' 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 this sprawling city at the N Seoul Tower.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Visit Soswaewon Garden
    Day 4: Visit Soswaewon Garden

    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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Seonamsa Temple
    Day 5: Explore Seonamsa Temple

    Head to Boseong 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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Travel to Busan
    Day 6: Travel to Busan

    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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Discover Busan
    Day 7: Discover 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 Gukje 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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Explore Gyeongju
    Day 8: Explore 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. 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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Visit Naksansa Temple
    Day 9: Visit Naksansa Temple

    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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Explore Mount Seorak
    Day 10: Explore Mount Seorak

    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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Return to Seoul
    Day 11: Return to Seoul

    Transfer to Gangneung and board a high-speed 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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Visit the DMZ
    Day 12: Visit the DMZ

    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. A farewell dinner tonight is the perfect time to reflect on your adventures! <br/><br/>Special conditions apply to this day, please refer to your tour dossier for more information.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Fly Seoul to the UK
    Day 13: Fly Seoul to the UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 4
    Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun Hotel
    Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun Hotel
    Situated in the lively Myeongdong district of South Korea's capital city, the Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun is a short distance from the Seoul KTX station, offering guests great access to the rest of the city. The hotel features a 24 hour fitness centre and international dining at the hotel restaurant.
  • Night 1
    Gwangju Holiday Inn Hotel
    Gwangju Holiday Inn Hotel
    The 4-star Gwangju Holiday Inn features an indoor pool, sauna facilities and a fitness centre. It's spacious and modern guest rooms are complete with a flat screen TV and ensuite bathroom.
  • Night 1
    Suncheon Ecograd Hotel
    Suncheon Ecograd Hotel
    Perfectly placed in the centre of Suncheon, the Ecograd Hotel offers it's guests beautiful views over the city. The hotel is just a short distance from many of the city's main attractions, making it a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing.
  • Night 1
    Crown Harbour Hotel
    Crown Harbour Hotel
    The 4-star Crown Harbour Hotel in Busan boasts beautiful views over the harbour and surrounding city. Each of the spacious guests rooms feature a peaceful seating area with a flat screen TV and an ensuite bathroom.
  • Nights 2
    Gyeongju Suites Hotel
    Gyeongju Suites Hotel
    The 4-star Suites Hotel Gyeongju offers guests easy access to the area's magnificent attractions and allows you to delve into the cultural heritage. The ensuite guest rooms are modern and comfortable.
  • Nights 2
    Seorak Kensington Hotel
    Seorak Kensington Hotel
    A short distance from Seorak National Park, the Seorak Kensington Hotel features comfortable rooms overlooking the scenic Seorak Mountains. Savour a variety of authentic Korean dishes at the hotel restaurant.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • -2°c
  • 21mm
  • Gwangju
  • 1°c
  • 37mm
  • Suncheon
  • 0°c
  • 32mm
  • Yeosu
  • 3°c
  • 25mm
  • Busan
  • 4°c
  • 34mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 1°c
  • 34mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 1°c
  • 25mm
  • Gwangju
  • 3°c
  • 48mm
  • Suncheon
  • 2°c
  • 46mm
  • Yeosu
  • 4°c
  • 41mm
  • Busan
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 3°c
  • 45mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 6°c
  • 47mm
  • Gwangju
  • 8°c
  • 61mm
  • Suncheon
  • 7°c
  • 66mm
  • Yeosu
  • 8°c
  • 76mm
  • Busan
  • 9°c
  • 81mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 7°c
  • 64mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 13°c
  • 64mm
  • Gwangju
  • 14°c
  • 81mm
  • Suncheon
  • 13°c
  • 92mm
  • Yeosu
  • 14°c
  • 117mm
  • Busan
  • 14°c
  • 133mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 13°c
  • 83mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 18°c
  • 106mm
  • Gwangju
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Suncheon
  • 18°c
  • 115mm
  • Yeosu
  • 18°c
  • 146mm
  • Busan
  • 18°c
  • 157mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 18°c
  • 72mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 23°c
  • 133mm
  • Gwangju
  • 23°c
  • 182mm
  • Suncheon
  • 22°c
  • 211mm
  • Yeosu
  • 21°c
  • 214mm
  • Busan
  • 21°c
  • 207mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 25°c
  • 395mm
  • Gwangju
  • 26°c
  • 309mm
  • Suncheon
  • 26°c
  • 337mm
  • Yeosu
  • 25°c
  • 292mm
  • Busan
  • 25°c
  • 317mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 25°c
  • 195mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 26°c
  • 364mm
  • Gwangju
  • 27°c
  • 298mm
  • Suncheon
  • 26°c
  • 327mm
  • Yeosu
  • 26°c
  • 263mm
  • Busan
  • 26°c
  • 255mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 26°c
  • 173mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 22°c
  • 169mm
  • Gwangju
  • 22°c
  • 150mm
  • Suncheon
  • 22°c
  • 180mm
  • Yeosu
  • 23°c
  • 157mm
  • Busan
  • 23°c
  • 158mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 21°c
  • 155mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 15°c
  • 52mm
  • Gwangju
  • 16°c
  • 47mm
  • Suncheon
  • 15°c
  • 51mm
  • Yeosu
  • 18°c
  • 48mm
  • Busan
  • 18°c
  • 58mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 16°c
  • 63mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 7°c
  • 52mm
  • Gwangju
  • 10°c
  • 49mm
  • Suncheon
  • 8°c
  • 48mm
  • Yeosu
  • 11°c
  • 42mm
  • Busan
  • 12°c
  • 46mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 10°c
  • 52mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Seoul
  • 1°c
  • 22mm
  • Gwangju
  • 4°c
  • 34mm
  • Suncheon
  • 2°c
  • 26mm
  • Yeosu
  • 5°c
  • 19mm
  • Busan
  • 6°c
  • 23mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 4°c
  • 26mm
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Scenic South Korea map

Places Visited: UK - Seoul (4N) - Damyang - Gwangju (1N) - Boseong - Suncheon (1N) - Yeosu - Busan (1N) - Gyeongju (2N) Mt Seorak (2N) - Gagneung - Seoul - UK

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