12 Day Life & Culture of South Korea

4 Seoul, 1 Andong, 2 Gyeongju, 1 Busan & 2 Jeju
Round trip flights Los Angeles-Seoul, Seoul-Los Angeles, 10 nights accommodations, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights Los Angeles-Seoul, Seoul-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Busan-Jeju & Jeju-Seoul
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Seoul
    • 1 night Andong
    • 2 nights Gyeongju
    • 1 night Busan
    • 2 nights Jeju
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
 

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Tour dazzling Seoul, capital of South Korea where pop culture meets ancient temples
  • At the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), learn about the history of conflict between the North and South
  • Explore the popular Gwangjang Market, known for its authentic Korean street food
  • At Daegang Brewery, learn the process of producing makgeolli, Korean rice wine and try your hand at making your own
  • Invitation to Chiam House for home hosted lunch, featuring traditional Korean dishes
  • Visit historic Gyeongju, capital city of the Silla kingdom
  • Discover Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing seven National Treasures of South Korea
  • Walk the lanes of the sprawling Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest of its kind in South Korea
  • Experience Busan's Gamcheon Culture Village, featuring steep narrow streets and brightly painted houses
  • Explore Jeju Island, the quintessential island paradise with its high volcanic cliffs and ancient villages

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for South Korea
Depart for South Korea

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Seoul
Arrive in Seoul, the capital of South Korea and one of East Asia's financial and cultural centers. Meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Seoul

DAY 3, Monday - Seoul City Tour, Afternoon Lecture
Begin the tour of Seoul with a visit to the National Museum of Korea that will take you on a journey through Korea's past, from prehistoric times to the end of the Empire period. Next, watch the Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace before heading to Bukchon Hanok Village. Take a walking tour of this traditional Korean village and immerse yourself in its ancient Joseon Dynasty atmosphere. Finish your tour with a visit to the 774-foot tall N Seoul Tower Observatory, offering 360-degree panoramic views of Seoul. Later, return to your hotel for a lecture on the history of the Korean Peninsula. Afterward, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Seoul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Changdeokgung Palace, Gwangjang Market, Insadong Street
Travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)* and learn about the history of the conflict between the North and South. Upon arrival at Imjingak Park, view Freedom Bridge and continue to Dorasan Station and Dora Observatory from where you can look at North Korea through binoculars. After, experience the Third Tunnel, one of four known tunnels stretching under the border between North and South Korea. Following lunch at a local restaurant, return to Seoul. In the afternoon, visit Changdeokgung Palace, and its Secret Garden. Later, explore the traditional Gwangjang Market, known for its textiles and street food. Conclude the day with a walk along Insadong Street, lined with antique shops, restaurants and wooden tea houses. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant, featuring Korean temple food
*A passport is required for visiting the DMZ. All visitors must adhere to the dress code. Please review Trip Preparation for additional dress code guidelines
Overnight: Seoul
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Pyeongchang, Rice Wine Brewery, Andong
Depart Seoul this morning and travel through mountainous scenery to Pyeongchang. Here, visit Jeonggangwon, Korean Traditional Food and Culture Experience Center, and learn how to make one of the most popular Korean dishes, Bibimbap. Following lunch, opportunity to try on Hanbok, a traditional Korean dress. Then, drive to Danyang for a tour of Daegang Makgeolli (rice, wine) Brewery. Gain insight into the process of producing makgeolli, traditional Korean rice wine and try your hand at making your own. Continue to Andong and visit Bongjeongsa Temple. Here, you will have an opportunity to meet with a monk and have a conversation over tea. Afterward, have dinner at a local restaurant and then, check in to your hotel
Overnight: Andong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Hahoe Village, Home Hosted Lunch, Gyeongju
An excursion this morning, takes you to Hahoe Village from the Joseon dynasty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this historic community and get a glimpse into Korean culture, religion, architecture and lifestyle, during the Joseon period. Visit the Hanji (Korean traditional paper) Craft Center and experience making hanji yourself. Next, ascend to the summit of Buyongdae Cliff and marvel at the panoramic views over the village. This afternoon, you are invited to Chiam House for a home hosted lunch featuring traditional Korean dishes. Afterward, continue to Gyeongju, former capital of the Silla kingdom of ancient Korea and check into your hotel. This evening, dinner is at a local restaurant. Then, take a stroll along Woljeonggyo Bridge before returning to the hotel
Overnight: Gyeongju
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Gyeongju, South Korea's Ancient Capital
Your day of discovery begins with a visit to Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled on the slopes of Toham Mountain. It was established in the late 8th century and is home to an exquisitely carved Buddha statue. The nearby Bulguksa Temple, encompasses seven National Treasures of South Korea including the Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas. Continue to Gyeongju National Museum and learn about the culture of the Silla kingdom. Next, head to Daereungwon Tomb Complex where kings and nobles are buried. Proceed to Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, dating back to the Silla period. End your day with a night tour of the illuminated Anapji Pond, that was part of a lavish 7th century palace compound located in Gyeongju National Park
Overnight: Gyeongju
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Busan, UN Memorial Cemetery, Gukje International Market, Gamcheon Culture Village
After breakfast, depart Gyeongju for Busan. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour that begins with a poignant visit to the UN Memorial Cemetery, dedicated to those who lost their lives while serving the United Nations during the Korean War. Pause to reflect at the Wall of Remembrance and the UN Forces Monument. Then, proceed to Jagalchi Fish Market, and walk the lanes of the sprawling market. Next, head to Busan Tower, one of the city's most famous landmarks. This grand tower, stands at 394-feet tall and boasts panoramic views of Busan. After, the tour takes you to Gukje International Market, the perfect place to try typical Korean street food. Finally, take a walking tour of Gamcheon Culture Village. Return to the hotel and spend time at leisure
Overnight: Busan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Flight to Jeju Island, Exploration of Jeju's East Coast
This morning, board your flight to Jeju Island, located off the southern coast of South Korea. Upon arrival, have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Seongeup Folk Village and learn about everyday life of the locals, who still live in thatched-roofed houses. Later, visit Sangumburi Crater, an extinct volcanic crater. Take the walkway leading to a viewing platform for panoramic views of the island. Conclude the day at Jeju Stone Park and learn about Jeju Island's unique culture and geological facts. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Jeju
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Jeongbang Waterfall, Jusangjeolli Cliff, O'Sulloc Tea Museum, Spirited Garden
Continue the exploration of the volcanic island of Jeju this morning. Begin at the famous Jeongbang Waterfall, and then, head to Saeyeongyo Bridge, known for its unique design resembling a Tewu, (traditional flat long boat). Next, proceed to Jusangjeolli Cliff, a spectacular site with unusual pillar-shaped lava rock formations at the south coast of the island. Following lunch, visit the O'Sulloc Tea Museum, surrounded by bright green rolling hills and learn about Korea's traditional tea culture. Afterward, the tour takes you to Spirited Garden featuring beautiful botanical gardens. Stroll through the lush grounds covered with native trees and plants
Overnight: Jeju
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Flight to Seoul
Transfer to the airport this morning, for your flight back to Seoul. Rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight during dinner, bid farewell to Tour manager and share wonderful memories of your journey through South Korea
Overnight: Seoul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart South Korea
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • For passengers booking their own air, we recommend selecting departure flights out of ICN airport in Seoul.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
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  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

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