PRIVATE TOUR: South Korea is rich in tradition, culture and natural beauty. Starting in the nation’s bustling capital, Seoul, travel south through the rolling tea plantations of Boesong to the ‘Treasure Island’ of Namhae and bustling port city Busan, before exploring ancient Gyeongju and the spectacular towering granite peaks of Mount Seoraksan. Discover the wonders of South Korea in 12 memorable days!
Welcome to Seoul! Upon arrival you will be met at Incheon Airport and transferred to our hotel in the centre of Seoul.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. This bustling city boasts a rich history reflected in its ancient palaces and shrines, while also showcasing futuristic skyscrapers and innovative architecture. Here, you can explore Korea's royal palaces and serene parks, shop at dynamic markets, enjoy diverse Korean cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant nightlife.
The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore Seoul at your own pace.
Embark on a guided tour of Seoul today, where you'll have the opportunity to explore some of the city's most iconic landmarks and delve into its rich culture and history.
Venture to the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest among the "Five Grand Palaces" built during the last Korean Dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty. Within the palace's grounds, pay a visit to Jogyesa Temple, a sanctuary dedicated to Buddhism, and The National Folk Museum, which offers a fascinating exploration of Korean culture, tradition, and history.
Afterwards, head to the vibrant district of Insadong. You'll have the chance to explore antique shops, craft boutiques, pottery studios, traditional restaurants, and inviting teahouses. If time permits, you can also explore an amethyst or ginseng specialist, offering home remedies and exquisite finery.
The rest of the evening will be spent at leisure, to explore Seoul however you'd like!
Overnight: Seoul | Breakfast
Seoul - Jeonju - Gwangju. Today's journey takes you southwest towards Jeonju, the capital of Jeollabuk-do province, nestled in the Honam Plain. This region is renowned for its exceptional produce, including succulent strawberries.
In the afternoon, you'll visit Jeonju Hanok Village. Here, you'll discover 700 traditional Korean homes, meticulously crafted from clay, wood, and stone—a rare sight in today's urban landscape. Many of these homes continue to serve as residences, while others have been transformed into guesthouses, museums, galleries, and inviting teahouses.
Jeonju also boasts cultural gems such as the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, a tribute to King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. Additionally, you'll view the western-style cathedral - Jeondong Catholic Church. It stands as the largest western-style structure in the province, a symbol of the diversity of cultural influences found in South Korea.
Later in the day, depart for Gwangju, where you'll spend the night.
Overnight: Gwangju | Breakfast
Gwangju - Boseong - Yeosu. Today, explore the captivating region of Boseong. This picturesque area is characterized by stunning mountains, the flowing Boseong River, and rolling green hills.
You'll have the chance to visit a tea plantation, where you'll get to taste some of the local green tea. This region's tea culture and production techniques have been refined over generations, resulting in a delightful and distinctive flavour. Then, visit Seonamsa Temple, nestled at the western end of Mount Jogyesan and featuring beautiful arch bridges.
Afterwards, head to Suncheonman Bay, renowned as the ecological capital of South Korea and recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This vast wetland, stretching 40 kilometers in length, features expansive fields of reeds, creating a truly spectacular landscape.
As your day's exploration concludes, you'll head onwards to Yeosu, where you'll spend the night.
Overnight: Yeosu | Breakfast
Yeosu - Namhae - Busan. Leaving Yeosu behind, your journey follows the coastline, leading you to Namhae, often referred to as the 'treasure island of Korea.' Connected to the mainland by a remarkable 660-meter-long and 80-meter-high suspension bridge, this island offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.
In Namhae, you'll visit Daraengi Village, a place that features 108 terraces of rice patties adorning the hillside. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to visit the German Village, a unique enclave built in the distinctive style of German architecture and constructed using materials imported from Germany. This village was originally established for German-Koreans who had migrated to Germany in the 1960s in search of work and later returned to their homeland.
Continuing your journey, you'll make your way to Busan, where you'll spend the night.
Overnight: Busan | Breakfast
Busan - Gyeongju. Today, enjoy a Busan city tour, beginning with a visit to the Busan Tower, perched within Yongdusan Park. Here, you'll be treated to sweeping panoramic views of the entire city. Next on your itinerary is a visit to the lively Jagalchi Fish Market, a bustling hub where locals engage in spirited haggling with fishermen over their fresh catches.
Following your exploration of Busan, your journey continues to Gyeongju, a city steeped in history and often referred to as a living history museum. Serving as the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57 BC to 935 AD, Gyeongju is home to a wealth of archaeological sites and ancient relics.
In the afternoon, visit the UNESCO-listed temples of Bulguska, where you'll encounter the extraordinary Seokguram Grotto. This grotto, perched at an elevation of 750 meters above sea level and gazing out over the Sea of Japan, is celebrated as one of Asia's most exceptional Buddhist shrines.
Overnight: Gyeongju | Breakfast
Gyeongju, nestled in the North Gyeongsang province, bears the historical weight of being the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, a force that ruled much of the Korean Peninsula during the 7th to 9th centuries. This rich legacy has left behind numerous remnants, earning Gyeongju the well-deserved moniker of "the museum without walls."
Today, tour Tumuli Park, where you'll encounter a remarkable collection of large and small tombs dating back to the Silla period. Among them lies the resting place of King Michu, the 13th King of the dynasty, celebrated for his role in repelling invaders. Legend has it that soldiers emerged from his tomb with bamboo leaves stuffed in their ears to fend off intruders after his death, giving rise to the name "Bamboo Soldier Tomb."
You'll also discover Anapji Pond, a colossal oval-shaped, man-made pond spanning 200 meters from east to west and 180 meters from north to south. Renovations in the 1970s and 80s unearthed a treasure trove of relics, many of which are now showcased in the Gyeongju National Museum. Among its prized possessions is the Emille Bell, the largest extant bell in Korea. Finally, end the day with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory, one of the world's oldest scientific installations.
Overnight: Gyeongju | Breakfast
Gyeongju - Yeongju - Cheonpung. Start your day off with an early morning departure towards Yeongju, a destination that offers a deeper understanding of Korea's rich Confucian heritage. En-route to Yeongju, you'll visit the Sosuseowon Confucian School, a significant historical site that holds the distinction of being the first private Confucian academy established in Korea.
Continuing your exploration, you'll journey to Seonbichon Village, a legacy of Korea's classic Confucian scholars. Here, you'll have the opportunity to delve into traditional Korean ways and gain insights into the lives and philosophies of these revered scholars. Afterwards, visit Buseoska Temple, a grand sanctuary renowned for its immense size and considered one of the most beautiful temples in all of Korea. Continue on to Cheonpung for the night.
Overnight: Cheonpung | Breakfast
Cheonpung - Sokcho. Visit Cheongpung Lake, where you'll board a ferry that will take you to explore Danyang's Eight Scenic Wonders. These wonders primarily consist of majestic mountain peaks that surround the lake and contribute to the area's breathtaking natural beauty. Among the wonders are Dodam Sambong, Seokmun, Sainam Rock, Haseonam, Jungseonam, Sangseonam, Gudambong, and Oksunbong.
Your journey then takes you to the Chamsori Gramophone Audio Museum, a remarkable private museum, the world's first of its kind. Curated by Seong Mok Son, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and evolution of audio technology, showcasing a diverse collection of gramophones and audio equipment that spans generations.
As you continue your travels along the stunning coastline, you'll arrive at Mount Seoraksan. This majestic mountain is known for its pristine wilderness and is a popular destination for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts.
Finally, your day's journey concludes at Daepo Port, a place renowned for its seafood restaurants offering the finest and freshest catches. Here, you'll have the opportunity to taste South Korea's coastal cuisine.
Overnight: Sokcho | Breakfast
Sokcho - Mt. Seoraksan - Seoul. Today's adventure is dedicated to the natural wonders of Mt. Seoraksan National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in Korea. You'll spend the day hiking, admiring granite peaks, lush green valleys, dense forests and clear streams.
Ascend to Gweongeumseong Peak via a cable car. From this elevated vantage point, you'll be treated to wonderous views that allow you to fully appreciate the park's breathtaking landscapes. Next, visit the serene Shinheungsa Temple, nestled at the foot of the park.
As your day of hiking comes to an end, you'll make your way back to Seoul.
Overnight: Seoul | Breakfast
Back to Seoul
Today offers you the freedom to explore Seoul at your own pace.
One option is to explore some of the well-known open-air markets, such as Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, which are renowned for their bustling atmosphere and a wide array of shopping opportunities. These markets are perfect for some last-minute souvenir hunting or to immerse yourself in the local shopping scene, where you can find everything from clothing and accessories to traditional crafts and street food.
Alternatively, you might consider a visit to the National Museum of Korea for a journey through the country's history, from prehistoric times to the Korean Empire period. You can also explore Bongeun Temple, a serene Buddhist temple housing one of the tallest stone statues in the country, or discover the beauty of Changdeokgung Palace, renowned for its Secret Garden.
Seoul is a city brimming with exciting places to eat, drink, shop, and relax, whether you opt for the chic bars and restaurants of Hongdae or explore the stylish boutiques of Apgujeong. The day is yours to create your own unique Seoul experience, with plenty of options to suit your interests and preferences.
Overnight: Seoul | Breakfast
We hope you enjoyed your South Korean adventure! After breakfast and hotel check out, spend the remainder of the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.Read More