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Scenic South Korea

  • Duration
    13 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
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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 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended 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, 24-hour city, amongst the skyscrapers, nightlife districts and colossal shopping malls of Seoul there is an exceptional amount of culture and tradition, from busy teahouses to magnificent palaces. Start your day watching the Changing of the Guards ceremony, and then explore the Gyeongbok Palace. Next, learn to cook a delicious Korean classic -‘bibimbap’ in a cookery class which you'll get to eat for lunch. Also visit the UNESCO-listed Jongmyo Royal Shrine, and enjoy panoramic city views at the N Seoul Tower. After dinner, watch a non-verbal performance of Nanta – an award-winning show.

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

    Travel out of Seoul to the city and explore the bamboo forest of Juknokwon. Next, head to 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. Continue 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, 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.

    • 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 at the Jagalchi Fish Market then see the city from above at Busan Tower. Also browse the wares at Gukje Market. After lunch, 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, some of which you’ll explore today. Begin at the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Bulguksa Temple, considered the pinnacle of Silla architecture, and Seokguram Grotto. After lunch, visit Gyeongju National Museum before visiting Tumuli Park, a collection of royal tombs, and take a stroll at Anapji Pond.

    • 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. Take the cable to the mountaintop and then hike to Gwongeumseong Fortress. After lunch, take a hike along the beautiful valley floor as well as an optional visit to the temple.

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

    Transfer to Gangneung and board the train bound for Seoul. On arrival, after lunch, there will be free time for those who wish to shop or further explore Seoul on your own.

    • 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. An early start is needed today as tickets the DMZ are limited. See the DMZ Theatre & Exhibition Hall and walk along the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. (Should tickets not be available, take a ride on the DMZ gondola and visit the Odusan Unification Observatory). Return to Seoul explore the huge Gwangjang Market. A farewell dinner tonight is the perfect time to reflect on your adventures! 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
    AMID Hotel (formally Centermark Hotel)
    AMID Hotel (formally Centermark Hotel)
    The 4-star Centermark Hotel is situated in the centre of Seoul and a short distance from some of Korea's famous cultural attractions. The hotel boasts a variety of restaurants serving both Korean and Japanese cuisines.
  • 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
  • Busan
  • 4°c
  • 34mm
  • Gwangju
  • 1°c
  • 37mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 1°c
  • 34mm
  • Seoul
  • -2°c
  • 21mm
  • Suncheon
  • 0°c
  • 32mm
  • Yeosu
  • 3°c
  • 25mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Gwangju
  • 3°c
  • 48mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 3°c
  • 45mm
  • Seoul
  • 1°c
  • 25mm
  • Suncheon
  • 2°c
  • 46mm
  • Yeosu
  • 4°c
  • 41mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 9°c
  • 81mm
  • Gwangju
  • 8°c
  • 61mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 7°c
  • 64mm
  • Seoul
  • 6°c
  • 47mm
  • Suncheon
  • 7°c
  • 66mm
  • Yeosu
  • 8°c
  • 76mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 14°c
  • 133mm
  • Gwangju
  • 14°c
  • 81mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 13°c
  • 83mm
  • Seoul
  • 13°c
  • 64mm
  • Suncheon
  • 13°c
  • 92mm
  • Yeosu
  • 14°c
  • 117mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 18°c
  • 157mm
  • Gwangju
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 18°c
  • 72mm
  • Seoul
  • 18°c
  • 106mm
  • Suncheon
  • 18°c
  • 115mm
  • Yeosu
  • 18°c
  • 146mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 21°c
  • 207mm
  • Gwangju
  • 23°c
  • 182mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
  • Seoul
  • 23°c
  • 133mm
  • Suncheon
  • 22°c
  • 211mm
  • Yeosu
  • 21°c
  • 214mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 25°c
  • 317mm
  • Gwangju
  • 26°c
  • 309mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 25°c
  • 195mm
  • Seoul
  • 25°c
  • 395mm
  • Suncheon
  • 26°c
  • 337mm
  • Yeosu
  • 25°c
  • 292mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 26°c
  • 255mm
  • Gwangju
  • 27°c
  • 298mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 26°c
  • 173mm
  • Seoul
  • 26°c
  • 364mm
  • Suncheon
  • 26°c
  • 327mm
  • Yeosu
  • 26°c
  • 263mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 23°c
  • 158mm
  • Gwangju
  • 22°c
  • 150mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 21°c
  • 155mm
  • Seoul
  • 22°c
  • 169mm
  • Suncheon
  • 22°c
  • 180mm
  • Yeosu
  • 23°c
  • 157mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 18°c
  • 58mm
  • Gwangju
  • 16°c
  • 47mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 16°c
  • 63mm
  • Seoul
  • 15°c
  • 52mm
  • Suncheon
  • 15°c
  • 51mm
  • Yeosu
  • 18°c
  • 48mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 12°c
  • 46mm
  • Gwangju
  • 10°c
  • 49mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 10°c
  • 52mm
  • Seoul
  • 7°c
  • 52mm
  • Suncheon
  • 8°c
  • 48mm
  • Yeosu
  • 11°c
  • 42mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Busan
  • 6°c
  • 23mm
  • Gwangju
  • 4°c
  • 34mm
  • Gyeongju
  • 4°c
  • 26mm
  • Seoul
  • 1°c
  • 22mm
  • Suncheon
  • 2°c
  • 26mm
  • Yeosu
  • 5°c
  • 19mm
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Scenic South Korea map

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

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