Sunrise Peak | Jeju Island | South Korea
FROM: £2,705 pp
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SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover the main highlights of South Korea on this 10-day group tour. Enjoy panoramic views of Seoul from N Tower, see Gyeongbokgung Palace and visit the Demilitarized Zone to meet a North Korean defector. Cycle the ancient streets of Gyeongju, spend a night at a working Buddhist temple and join a spiritual meditation class. Learn to cook delicious local food with a cooking class, explore Busan and hike the Jeju Olle Trail on Jeju Island, rounded off with a beach BBQ!

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Seoul - Admire the view from N Tower, see Gyeongbokgung Palace and watch an acrobatic Nanta Show
Gyeongju - Cycle the streets of the ancient Silla capital, see Anapji Pond and sample traditional liquour
Busan - Cook South Korean cuisine with a local chef, visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and ride a cable car over the city
DMZ - Peek into the secretive state of North Korea from the Observatory and meet a North Korean defector
Golgusa Temple - Stay at a traditional Buddhist temple where you can join a meditation session, chat to the monks and eat local food
Jeju Island - Hike along the Jeju Olle Trail, with free time to relax on the beach, climb Sunrise Peak and enjoy an included farewell BBQ

Included

Daily breakfast, 4 lunches (inclusive of cooking class) & 4 dinners
7 nights in 4-5-star hotels
Local English speaking licensed tour guides for scheduled sightseeing
All transportation via public transport and private transfers
Nanta Show in Seoul
Yacht sailing and fishing on Jeju Island
Farewell BBQ on the final night on Jeju Island
1 night simple hanok accommodation in Gyeongju
1 night Golgulsa Temple stay
2 economy flights from Busan - Jeju and Jeju - Seoul
DMZ excursion and chat with a North Korean defector
Korean cooking class in Busan
Hiking the Jeju Olle Trail, Oedolgae Rock and Jungbang Waterfall on Jeju Island

Not Included

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visas
Optional activities
Airport transfers

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Seoul!

Welcome to Seoul! Make your way to our start hotel via public transport or private transfer - we can book an airport transfer for you if you wish. Freshen up at the hotel or head out to explore independently before our welcome meeting at 17:00. We then enjoy an included group dinner. Get to know the rest of the group and sample your first Korean cuisine before we ride the cable car to the top of Namsan Mountain and head to the top of N Tower to enjoy the panoramic views of the city you will be exploring over the next few days.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Dinner

Day 2

Exploring Seoul

Take a tour through Seoul’s fascinating history as you head Gyeongbokgung Palace and watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Step further back into time and try on a Hanbok at the Bukchon Hanok village, before indulging in a delicious local lunch and exploring the Insadong Art Street.

Tonight you can relax or join an optional activity. We embrace Korea's K-Pop scene, which has spread around the world with popular bands such as BTS. It's karaoke time!
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

The DMZ

Today we have a fascinating if sobering visit to the DMZ - the Demilitarized Zone. Officially, the Korean War is still ongoing, although the fighting largely ended in 1953. An uneasy peace has ensued since, maintained largely by the 4km wide DMZ, which stretches across the entire Korean Peninsula, separating the South from the North.

During our visit we will be able to peek into the secretive North from the Observatory and can see the tunnels built under the DMZ as part of a plan by the North to invade. You will also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to chat to a defector from North Korea, to find out what life is really like in the country.

After our trip to the DMZ, we return to Seoul. We enjoy a wander around the cultural Hongdae area before enjoying an acrobatic Nanta Show in the Myeongdong district this evening. Afterwards, for those who wish to enjoy a drink or two, we will take you to some of the best bars in the city.
Overnight: Seoul  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Gyeongju Hanok

Seoul - Gyeongju. Leaving Seoul behind, we head south to Gyeongju, former capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. There's an included cycle ride around the city this afternoon, stopping at many sights including Chunmachong Ancient Tombs, Daereungwon Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae – the oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia.

This evening, we enjoy a group dinner at a traditional Hanok house and enjoy the night-time views of Anapji Pond, constructed in 674 CE by King Munmu of the powerful Silla Kingdom. There is a chance to sample some traditional liquor before retiring for the night in our simple hanok, a truly Korean experience!
Overnight: Gyeongju  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Golgulsa Temple Stay

Gyeongju - Golgulsa Temple. Today we head into the mountains and our destination, Golgulsa Temple. We'll immerse ourselves in temple life, joining prayer and enjoying a meditation session. We can also have a go at archery and watch a Sunmudo martial arts demonstration, with time to hike in the lush surroundings of the temple too.

We enjoy simple but wholesome food at the temple, including a traditional dinner. We then spend a night sleeping in the temple.
Overnight: Golgulsa Temple stay  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Explore Busan

Golgulsa Temple - Busan. Transfer to your next destination – the bustling culture capital of Busan. Arrive at the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and explore this temple nestled into the cliffs, before departing to explore the stunning Gamcheon Culture Village – Busan’s Macchu Picchu! Then take the Songdo Marine Cable Car for sky-high views of the city and ocean!

For dinner, we will be at the BIFF Square, where you can check out the handprints of your favourite Korean film stars. If you’d like to rest up after, you can – or enjoy drinks at Haeundae.
Overnight: Busan  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Cooking Class

This morning, start the day with a traditional Korean cooking class and whip up some delicacies. You’ve then got some free time – relax at a jjimjilbang (a Korean spa), or enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches. Take a swim in the ocean, relax by the beach and sample some of the Busan-style hotteoks. These fried pancakes are a local speciality!
,br> Tonight, boogie on our evening boat party before our guide takes you out in Haeundae for a fun-filled experience, complete with drinks and dinner (own expense).
Overnight: Busan  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Fly to Jeju

Busan - Jeju Island. There's an included flight to Jeju Island today, known as the 'Hawaii of Korea'! There's included yacht sailing and fishing on arrival, as well as plenty of free time this afternoon. Head to the Olle market to try some seafood, relax at Jungmu Beach or perhaps visit the cascading Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, one of many natural landmarks on Jeju.
Overnight: Jeju Island  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Hiking Jeju

Start your day with an optional hike to the top of Seongsan Ilchubong. Also known as Sunrise Peak, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed over 5000 years ago! Next, embark on a hike along the Jeju Olle Trail, taking in spectacular views and waterfalls. We’ll stop for a revitalising lunch before hiking onto Oedolgae Rock, with vistas of volcanic cliffs and yellow fields of canola.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to chill on the beach. If you’re not a fan of sand, you can admire the tranquil scenery as you head your way to view the crater in Sangumburi, or visit the Jeju Folk Village.

Our last night is a BBQ party at a local restaurant. You’ll get sunset drinks, amazing food, and a chance to reflect on an awesome Korean experience.
Overnight: Jeju Island  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Return to Seoul

Jeju Island - Seoul. Today there is an included flight back to Seoul Gimpo Airport (GMP), where our tour comes to an end at around 13:00 hrs.

Please note: International flights depart from Incheon International Airport (ICN). You will need to make your own way there. The AREX airport express train travels directly between the two airports and the journey takes approximately 50 minutes. International flights should not depart before 17.00 hrs.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
£2,765
£3,805
£2,765
£3,805
£2,765
£3,805
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745
£2,705
£3,745

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Seoul
Ends
Seoul
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
4-5-star hotels, hanok & temple stay
Tour Guide
Escorted by a local guide (on some departures you may have different guides in each city)
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No
Lights brightening the beautiful cityscape in Seoul
Lights brightening the beautiful cityscape in Seoul
Lights brightening the beautiful cityscape in Seoul
Pagodas lit up at night on the Anapji Pond in Gyeongju
Aerial view of the cityscape in Busan, lit up at night
Aerial view of the cityscape in Busan, lit up at night
View of Jeju Island, stretching out in to the water

This was one of my two favorite group tours than I did with you! All the people were so kind! We were friends since the beginning and finished family at the end. Before starting the tour, the local company created a WhatsApp group that helped a lot our communication, all the messages were clear, the times to meet, and allowed us to sharing photos in the moment they were taken. I am really happy for the whole tour, the accommodation, the food, the activities, the places we visited, the options they gave us according to the flexibility some people needed.

Ari, the guide was one of the best than I knew! She is experienced, and kind, and funny, and you could count on her!!

Your local partner The Dragon Tours does know how to organize a tour in South Korea. Congratulations for them!!

Fabiana Pigino
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