Known as the Republic of Korea or South Korea, this peninsula is located in North-East Asia with ocean surrounded on three sides. Each year, there are more than ten million visitors from the world attracted by it’s long history in culture and tradition, delicious and healthy food and gorgeous natural scenery.
Its capital Seoul is the powerhouse of Asia’s third largest economy. With the ancient and modern existing side by side, this 600 year old city is vast majority of visitors will spend their time to experience world-class shopping, ancient Asia culture and contemporary arts, etc.
South Korea’s compact size and superb transportation system enables travelers to experience the tranquility of many off the beaten path places within the same day. Some worth mentioning places such as Gyeongju, an ancient capital which has more palaces, castles, temples and pagodas than anywhere else in Korea. Busan is the famous port city and a must stop place for seafood and beach lovers. For total relaxation and exciting scenery, a visit to Jeju island is just a short flight away. Also known as the Hawaii of Korea, its mixture of volcanic landscape and tropical climate made it a top vacation spot for the locals.
South Korea has distinct seasons, and the best times to visit are in the spring (Apr – Jun) and fall (Sep – Nov). Winter is dry and cold but not impossible to travel as the powdery snow and clear blue sky offers quite a site. Try avoid Jul – Aug as that’s when most rain hits.
1 Day Seoul Highlights
Departure: Coach tour with daily departure.
Seoul city tour visiting Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbok or Changdeok Palace, Myeongdong, one of the busiest places in Seoul and among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Explore NamsangolHanok Village to see the traditional Korean houses and culture. Lastly, visit N Seoul Tower which offers a panoramic views of Seoul.
1 Day DMZ Tour from Seoul
Departure: Coach tour departure daily, except Monday.
Tour to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and explore the line that divides North Korea and South Korea by visiting the Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dorasan rail station and Dora Observatory where you can overlook North Korea.
1 Day Hwaseong Fortress, Korean Folk Village Tour
Departure: Coach tour with daily departure.
Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO site and the only remaining walled fortress in the country. The fortress wall is 5.52km long and it has a great variety of military facilities you cannot find at other fortress. After lunch, visit Korean Folk Village where you can experience the traditional ways of living and ancient Korean arts and performances.
6 days private tour visiting capital Seoul, DMZ (border between North and South Korea), and Jeju Island.
Tour Code: ST-EKR6
Departure: Flexible departure.
Day 01 Seoul Arrival
Arrive Seoul, driver meets and transfer to hotel. Rest day free.
Day 02 Seoul – DMZ – Seoul(B, L)
Day tour to DMZ (demilitarized zone) visiting Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, underground tunnel dug by North Kroeans in attempt to infiltrate South Korea and was discovered in 1978 and Dorasan Observatory which situated at the northernmost point of the Military Demarcation Line of the Western Front. You can overlook North Korea and its various locations including Songaksan, Kim Il-Sung Statue, and the world’s tallest flagpole and the Gaeseong Joint Industrial Complex. , Dorasan Train Station, and the Unification village.
Day 03 Seoul – Jeju Island (B, L)
Take day tour of Seoul city by passing by the Presidential Blue House, visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace (closed on every Tue, visit Deoksu Palace instead), watch the re-enacted Royal Guard Changing Ceremony of Joseon Dynasty, visit National Folk Museum and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. Transfer to Gimpo airport and depart for Jeju Island by evening flight. Guide meet and transfer to hotel upon arrival.
Day 04 Jeju Island (B, L)
Day tour visiting Cheonjeyeon Falls, Gyulimseong tangerine farm, take a cruise to see the dazzling scenery of Jeju coastal lines. After lunch, visit the Spirited Garden and walk along the shore of Yongmeori Beach.
Day 05 Jeju Island – Seoul (B, L)
Transfer to Seopjikoji which is located on the eastern end of Jeju Island where you can enjoy hiking on the Olle path and get a panoramic view of the entire eastern seashore from top of the mountain. Visit the UNESCO Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and then explore local Korean traditions and culture at the Seongeup Folk Village. After lunch, visit the Museum of Natual History. Stop by local Amethyst and craft store before transfer to airport. Take evening flight back to Seoul. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.
Day 06 Depart Seoul (B)
Free till driver transfers to airport for departure.
Travel in low season
- Private vehicle and guide
- Admissions to sites listed
- Lunch (L) as indicated
- Hotels with daily breakfast (B)
- All domestic flights or trains
7 Days tour visit highlights across Korea with seat-in-coach tour and 5-Star hotel accommodations. This is the most comprehensive way to tour around Korea.
Tour Code: ST-EKR7
Departure: Every Saturday.
Day 01 (Sat) Seoul – Gongju – Daejeon (L, D)
Meet tour guide at hotel. Leave for Gongju and Gongsanseong Fortress, a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje Period. Next, experience the tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk at Magoksa Temple, a representative temple surrounded by a mountain and rivers in Chungcheongnam-do Province. After dinner, check in at Hotel Interciti (4-Star) or similar.
Day 02 Daejeon – Jeoniu – Jinan – Gwangju (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Jeonju, home of Korean culture and tradition. Visit the Jeonju Hanok Village, a traditional Korean town with about 700 preserved traditional houses. You can learn the Korean Traditional Tea Etiquette & tea tasting. Transfer to Jinan and visit Tapsa Temple at Mt. Maisan. Tapsa Temple has 80 large stone pagodas that were built by Gapnyong Lee for world peace 100 years ago. Transfer to Gwangju (Approx. 2hours). Check in at Gwangju Ramada Plaza (4-Star) or similar hotel after dinner.
Day 03 Gwangju – Boseong – Suncheon – Yeosu (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Boseong and visit Boseong Green Tea plantation. Transfer to Suncheon and visit Naganeupseong Folk Village. Naganeupseong Folk Village is located inside the castle. Usually Villages are placed outside the castles, but due to frequent enemy attacks the castle was built around the village. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visti Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park. Suncheonman Bay is one of the World’s top 5 wet-lands. You can hike 40 min to get the top of the observatory where you can see the beautiful reeds. Transfer to Yeosu and check in at Hidden Bay Hotel (5-Star) or similar after dinner.
Day 04 Yeosu – Jinju – Busan (B, L, D)
Afere breakfast, enjoy a cruise ship to enjoy a beautiful scenery around Odongdo Island in Yeosu and then transfer to Jinju and visit the Jinju Castle, where Korea and Japan had a fierce battle 400 years ago. Transfer to Busan, the second largest city & the largest port in South Korea (Approx. 2hours). Visit Dongbaekseom island and Centum City Shopping Mall, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest department store. Transfer to Novotel Ambassador Busan (5-Star) or similar hotel after dinner.
Day 05 Busan – Ulsan – Gyeongju – Daegu (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, transfer to Ulsan to visit Ulgi light house & Daewangam Rock, the first place the sun rises over the sea in Korean Peninsula. Transfer to Gyeongju which is the capital city of Silla for 1,000 years. It is also called the museum without walls that many national treasures are preserved. After lunch, visit Bulguksa Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gyeongju National Museum, Yangdong Folk Village and take a experience of making Yeot (Traditional Korean Tarry). Check in at Novotel Ambassador Daegu (5-Star) or similar hotel after dinner.
Day 06 Daegu – Andong – Wonju – Pyeongchang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, move to Andong. Visit Andong Hahoe Village, an UNESCO World Heritage. Transfer to Wonju (Approx. 2hours) and visit Hanji Theme Park and take a experience of making Hanji(Traditional Korean Paper) or Hanji craft. Later transfer to Pyeongchang, venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Approx. 1hour 30 min). Check in at Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort (5-Star) or similar after dinner.
Day 07 (Fri) Pyeongchang – Gangreung – Mt. Seorak – Seoul (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to Gangneung and visit the Jumunjin Fish Market to get an authentic experience of local fisherman’s life. Transfer to Yangyang and take a short hiking at Jujeongol valley of Mt. Seoraksan National Park. Transfer back to Seoul in later afternoon. (Approx. 4hours). End Service. Drop off service is available at Lotte Hotel, Center Mark Hotel, T-Mark Hotel and Coex Intercontinental hotel.
- Seat-in-Coach tour with guide
- Admissions to sites listed
- All meals as indicated
- Deluxe hotel accommodations
- Pick up/drop off service (see remarks)