Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch

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Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
from AUD $337.18
The country of the morning calm is full of history, and its capital, Seoul, abounds with authentic treasures. Join this 8-hour private tour to discover some of the most renowned gems of South Korean culture. From the great palaces to the N Tower, this tour will lead you through the ages to discover the old & the brand new capital.
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In Brief

Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
8 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Gwanghwamun Gate, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045 South Korea

The southern gate of Gyeongbokgung

Stop At: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

See the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and then visit the palace, this palace is filled with the smell of spring flowers, fresh phytoncide of green trees, yellow and orange autumn foliage and white snow depending on the season.

(On Tuesday, we visit Changdeokgung Palace instead.)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Cheongwadae Sarangchae, 152 Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-033 South Korea

Pass by The Blue House (President’s office and residence) just across the exit of the Palace North Gate.

Stop At: Bukchon Hanok Village, 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03059 South Korea

Walk down following Korean traditional architecture and the curves and straight lines of the roofs and walls from shuffled houses.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Insadong, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

After lunch, free time in Insadong, the art valley of Seoul

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jogyesa Temple, 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170 South Korea

A small temple located at the central of Seoul city. This is the headquarter of over 2000 local temples in Korea.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: N Seoul Tower, 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04340 South Korea

Standing 479.7m high, at the top of the Namsan mountain, you will be able to enjoy a fantastic panorama of Seoul.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Private transport with hotel pick up & drop off
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Lunch (Korean food)
  • Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace


  • Fee for observatory of N Seoul tower (optional)
  • Cable car for N Seoul tower (optional)
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - N Seoul Tower

Departure Time

9am or 9:30am
Depends on hotel location. We will let you know the pick up time after we receive your hotel name and address.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people is required for this tour
  • Infants and children must be accompanied by 2 adults
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace and Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is closed on every Tuesday. Instead, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace
  • Royal Guard Changing Ceremony may not available during rainy days or typhoons (Bad weather)
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • This tour provide hotel pick up and drop off; please let us know the hotel name and address during reservation
  • Tour duration can be adjust depends on weather, traffic or personal reasons
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our family had a chance to hear the history of Seoul from our driver and guide Justin. We learned and felt the pulse of the city even for a day. He explained all the historical sites we visited. it was a pleasant tour especially the supplementary photos he provided us from his own camera. Job well done Justin!
• Submitted 08 Jan 2020
We enjoyed a wonderful tour with Brian! He met us right on time at our apartment and treated us to a day full of interesting information and great locations. Having the private tour was worth every penny because of the attention, flexibility, and ease of getting around. The mid-day lunch was very tasty as well. The tour was a perfect way to start off our first trip to Seoul and we highly recommend it, be sure to ask for Brian!
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Henry, our guide was an excellent host with great knowledge of Korean history. I strongly recommend to take this tour.
• Submitted 15 Nov 2019
It was a very nice tour, the guide was very good, made sure we were at the palace to see the changing of the guards, the native village and the Buddhist temple were very nice, and the view from the Seoul tour was amazing. Plus having lunch with a local makes it much easier if you want to try local food.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
Justin, our tour guide was so accommodating and very knowledgeable when it comes to Korea history and culture. And yes, he speaks English fluently! He was kind and patient enough to adjust to our request of customizing the itinerary as to the places we want to go. We visited Gyeongbok-gung Palace, watched Royal Guards' Changing Ceremony (he patiently waited for us when it took us some time for our 4 year old kid in the restroom), passed by the Blue House, visited Bukchon, Insadong, Gwangjang Market and had some shopping time at Dongdaemun Market. During these times, he willingly took our pictures with his camera and guided us with good spots where to pose🤗. The weather was quite hot but we covered major tourist attractions downtown in Seoul. Good job Justin, you are a gem to the company!
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
This was a fantastic tour! We were a family group of 6 aged from 12 to 75 and Brian did a fantastic job not only keeping the pace of the tour appropriate but was able to relate the history of the tour stops so all of us stayed interested and engaged. Brian is so easy to talk to and he really makes the history interesting . It was a great selection of tour stops and we felt we got the most out of our whole day in Seoul. Brian even made a special stop for us to buy a hanbok for my daughter from the traditional market! as a life long Seoul native, we really enjoyed getting to know Seoul with Brian. Definitely request Brian for a tour guide if you can!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
This tour was perfect to provide the highlights of Seoul and our guide Minho was terrific. He was knowledgeable, informative and his English was great. The place he chose for lunch had a good selection and was delicious. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to others.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2019
Henry our guide was full of information and very prepared. The visit started at 9.30am with the Royal Palace. Because we were only me and my boyfriend again alone (I booked the small group tour) Henry gave me time to take as many photos as I wanted. Lunch was very good in a traditional restaurant. The full visit was taken care very well and also we managed to add a visit to a Seoul Market which was very interesting. Henry as a guide is excellent and the tour worse booking unless you feel yaking a lot of taxis or spending a lot of time dealing with the subway (which we know how to use but still easier to have someone taking you around and explaining all)
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Firstly our guide Rosi made the tour great. He was understanding with what we wanted to do and adjusted the tour as required. All the sites that we visited was what we were expecting and enhanced by Rosi's information that he provided us. Lunch also was great and we enjoyed experiencing the local food. Highly recommend this tour especially if you get Rosi as your guide.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We enjoyed the tour and was able to visit all the places we wanted to see. Our guide Brian was so accommodating and even took photos of the group with his own camera. He forwarded it to our e-mail. Would recommend this tour if you visit Seoul.
• Submitted 09 May 2019
We had Justin as our tour guide and he was great from the minute he picked us up to the moment he dropped us off at our hotel. He took time to take a ton of pictures and send them to us in only a days time. This is going above and beyond what a tour guide has to do. This is in his spare time at home so we very much appreciate his thoughtfulness. He showed us a good time and we loved every minute of it.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Me and my kids had a great and wonderful time with this private tour. The vehicle is very comfortable. The driver/tourist guide is very accomodating.. and very good in introducing or give a brief background in every destination we had.. Definitely the price is worth it and justifiable..
• Submitted 23 Apr 2018
Our Seoul city tour was very enjoyable and very good value. Our guide was informative and looked after our varied needs very well. The changing of the guard at the Palace was a highlight as were all the people in traditional dress. We were escorted to a great, authentic restaurant for lunch and given time to shop in Insadong. This tour is highly recommended if you only have a short time to see the sights in Seoul. A lot can be packed into a single day if it is planned well.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
We very much enjoyed this tour. Smith, our tour guide, was excellent in knowledge and in making the day a lot of fun. Our lunch was also excellent. Smith also went out of his way to take some great shots of us with his own camera and sent them to us via email the next day. Nice touch!!!
• Submitted 06 Dec 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
The most beautiful trip in this beautiful city Seoul , our tour guide Mr. Justin Kim he is very nice and friendly and give us lots of information about history of his country. me and my wife we really enjoyed every second of this trip. Thank you Mr. Justin for making our honeymoon A memorable and beautiful. :)
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
Wonderfull guide
• Submitted 23 Jun 2017
It was a great tour that covered all the amazing sites in one day. Our guide Justin was extreamely nice, knowledgeable and patient with questions. Being an English teacher previousIy has obviously prepared him very well! He also took many great pictures for me and my daughter.
• Submitted 21 Jun 2017
The tour started at Gyeongbokgung Palace which we liked the most. Our tour guide - Justin described a quite detail story of Korean dynasty and history. We also enjoyed the Korean food for our lunch and the time spent at Insadong. Ending the one - day tour at Namsan tower where we saw Seoul from the top of mountain was very satisfying.
• Submitted 17 Jun 2017
We highly recommend this tour. We were in Seoul for only a few days, and it was a great way to see the highlights in a short period of time. Our tour guide, Justin, did a great job guiding us through the city, new and old, and picking an excellent restaurant!
• Submitted 07 Jun 2017
This was terrific tour. We visited a wide range of wonderful places -- palaces, pavilions, a traditional village, temples, and the Namsan Tower. Our tour was just before Buddha's birthday so there were hundreds of colorful lanterns. This is truly a beautiful city in a beautiful country. We were fortunate to have Michael Shin as our guide. He was obviously proud of the city's long history and adept at explaining it in a way that was easy to understand. He was friendly and cheerful a great companion at lunch and always patiently willing to take photos of us. If you take this tour and get Michael as a guide, you are in for a great experience that you will always treasure. We highly recommend this tour and him.
• Submitted 16 May 2017
Great tour .. a private luxury car and trips to historic places in Seoul, highly recommended! The tour guide was extremely friendly as well.
• Submitted 07 May 2017
The tour was incredible! It was lovely to learn not only about the history and the culture, but also the modern way of life. Would highly recommend
• Submitted 16 Apr 2017
This was the best money spent! Our guide was amazing! He picked us up ( my son and myself ) at our hotel. We were a bit late getting out of the hotel but that wasn't an issue for our guide. We spent the day hitting all the most amazing places Seoul offers. This is 5 stars for sure. Don't miss!
• Submitted 15 Apr 2017

In Brief

Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
8 hours