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South Korea Tours & Vacation Packages

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Seoul

  • Breakfast
  • Airport To Hotel
  • Stay Included

On arrival at Incheon International Airport, you will be met by an assistant in the arrival lobby after you exit the security zone. Then you will be escorted to your private vehicle to transfer to your hotel. The assistant will say goodbye once you board the vehicle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a harmonious blend of ancient tradition and cutting-edge innovation. As a sprawling metropolis, it boasts historic palaces, bustling markets, futuristic architecture and a vibrant arts scene, making it a cultural, technological and historical hub in East Asia.

Day 2

Seoul

  • Breakfast

Get ready to live like a local today as you travel around the city by public transportation with your private guide. Travel to Gwanghwamun plaza where you'll find the statue of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun-Sin. Continue to Gwanghwamun gate, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, through which the kings come. You'll have a chance to witness the guard changing ceremony there. This tradition has been performed for centuries in Korea and is a symbol of the nation's rich culture and history.

Continue your morning tour with a visit to the National Museum of Contemporary Korean History for insights into how Korea propelled itself from being an agricultural society to the modern economic powerhouse that it is today.

After lunch, proceed to Insadong Arts and Crafts Street, a highly renowned district in Seoul that serves as a vibrant hub for Korean traditional culture and craftsmanship. End your day at Gwangjang traditional market, one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Korea. The most popular section of the market is the food street that caters to a wide range of menus like Gimbap, Mung Bean Pancake, Tteok-bokki and Eomuk. Walk around the market and sample some traditional Korean dishes.

Day 3

Full Day DMZ Excursion

  • Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a shared tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This border barrier between South and North Korea is steeped in history and intrigue. Spend time exploring the various sites and exhibitions at the DMZ including Freedom Bridge, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Imjingak Park, the DMZ Museum and the Dora Observatory. Return to Seoul, where you will be dropped off at City Hall. Your guide can provide instructions or directions to return to your hotel.

Day 4

Seoul to Andong to Gyeongju

  • Breakfast
  • Seoul to Andong
  • Stay Included

This morning, transfer to the train station to take the high speed KTX train to Andong. The journey takes approximately 2 hours (no guide on the train). Andong is considered the spiritual and cultural heart of South Korea, known for its preservation of traditional Korean culture, customs, and architecture.

Upon arrival in Andong, meet your guide at the train station and begin your sightseeing tour with a visit to Hahoe Folk Village and the scenic Buyongdae Cliff that offers stunning views of Hahoe Village, the Nakdonggang River and surrounding mountains. The walk to the cliff takes about 30 minutes and is relatively easy. Then it's time to explore the village and surroundings. Hahoe Village is known for its well-preserved Joseon Dynasty architecture, including its thatched-roof houses and tile-roofed mansions. Continue to the Hahoe World Mask Museum which is home to a collection of over 800 masks from over 50 countries. The masks are displayed in five exhibition halls, each of which focuses on a different region or culture.

After lunch, continue sightseeing in Andong with a visit to Byeongsan-seowon Confucian Academy which was established in the mid-16th century during the Joseon Dynasty. The academy is renowned for its stunning architectural design and the harmony between the buildings and the natural landscape.

Then transfer by private vehicle to Gyeongju, a 2-hour overland journey. Gyeongju was once the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom, and is a historical treasure trove, brimming with palaces, temples, and tombs.

Day 5

Gyeongju

  • Breakfast

After breakfast, visit Bulguksa Temple complex, one of the most famous and important Buddhist temples in Korea. The temple was first built during the Silla Dynasty and destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasions of Korea in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in the 17th century. Next stop is Seokguram Grotto located about 3 km away. The grotto is part of the Bulguksa temple complex and consists of a stone Buddha statue in a central chamber surrounded by a corridor.

This afternoon visit the Gyeongju National Museum, which houses a vast collection of artifacts, relics, and royal treasures. The museum features a comprehensive insight into the art, culture, and history of the Silla dynasty. Also visit the Daereungwon tomb complex (Tumuli Park) to take a stroll and pay respects to the Silla rulers. Take a closer look at the Cheonmachong Tomb which consists of a wooden coffin placed inside an underground chamber mounded with boulders and earth, characterized as a typical upper-class tomb of the Silla period.

This evening take a walk to Woljeong Bridge, and the historical "gateway" connecting the royal palaces of Silla to the south, on the Namcheon stream. End the walk at the Wolji pond, an artificial pond located in Gyeongju National Park that was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.

Day 6

Gyeongju to Busan

  • Breakfast
  • Stay Included

The day begins with an approximately 1.5-hour drive from Gyeongju to Busan. On the way, you'll visit Tongdosa Temple, one of the five "Palace of the Jewel of Nirvana" temples in Korea, which enshrine the relics of the Buddha.

Upon arrival in Busan, transfer to the hotel to drop off your bags and then start your Busan journey with a visit to Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple. It is located on the seaside and offers a stunning view of the ocean.

Continue to Dongbaekseom Island (island of Camellias) which is located at the right end of the popular Haeundae Beach. Take a scenic coastal trail on a raised wooden deck along the coastline around the island's forest.

Next, head towards Dalmaji Hill, a famous spot to catch the sunset and enjoy the panoramic views of Haeundae Beach. The walk takes about 30 minutes. You can see its artistic atmosphere and many galleries and boutiques along the way. Once you reach the top of Dalmaji Hill, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the ocean and the city.

Day 7

Busan

  • Breakfast

Start today with the colorful Gamcheon Cultural Village, known for the houses built in a tightly-knit fashion on the hillside, giving it a unique appearance. Next, head to The United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, a significant and poignant site commemorating the Korean War. Visiting the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan is not only a way to pay respects to the fallen soldiers but also an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history.

Our next stop is Gukje Market, initially established by refugees and traders who settled in Busan after the war, making it one of the oldest markets in the city. The market played a crucial role in helping the local economy recover during difficult times. Just a short walk from Gukje Market is Jagalchi Fish Market, which is South Korea's largest seafood market. It's an excellent opportunity to experience the local seafood culture.

Then, it's time to sit back and relax on a cable car for a 1.62km journey (15-20 mins) across the ocean at a height of 86m. With the cable car traveling in the middle of the sea, enjoy panoramic views of Songdo Beach, Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, Namhangdaegyo Bridge, Songdo Coastal Dullegil Road and rock cliffs. Hop out of the cable car and follow the signs to Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge which connects Amnam Park to the small uninhabited island of Dongseom Island. Take in the 360-degree views of the ocean, cliffs and surrounding islands.

Day 8

Busan Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel To Airport

Enjoy time at leisure until your hotel check out and transfer to the airport in Busan for your departure flight, your driver (no guide) will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport. You may have to fly to Seoul to connect with your onward flight.

Hotels

Day 1-2-3

Seoul

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae

Day 4-5

Seoul

Best Western Plus Gyeongju

Day 6-7

Busan

Felix by STX Hotel & Suite

  • Meet and Greet and private arrival airport transfer in Seoul
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Seoul
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Gyeongju
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Busan
  • Private-guided tours in Seoul, Andong, Gyeongju and Busan as per itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel to Gwanghwamun plaza
  • National Museum of Contemporary Korean
  • Insadong Arts and Crafts Street
  • Demilitarized Zone
  • Freedom Bridge
  • Hahoe Folk Village
  • Bulguksa Temple complex
  • famous and important Buddhist temples in Korea.

Hotel included in package:

Starting from:

$5700.00 $6840.00

per adult on twin sharing

Inclusions
  • Transfer
  • Breakfast
  • Stay Included
  • Train
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South Korea Package for 7 nights and 8 days : Frequently asked questions

Though there are several destinations in South Korea to explore, the favourable period varies depending on the destination you are going to explore. Overall, the country is worthwhile to explore throughout the year, but once you pick up the city, ensure to check the suitable weather to explore that destination..

The economic cities to be explored in South Korea include Seoul, Busan, Sokcho, Jeju, Yangyang, Ulsan, Yongin, Wonju, and Incheon. .

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Halassang National Park, Haeundae Beach, Woljeongsa Temple, Gwanggyosan Mountain, and Namiseom Island are some of the prominent landmarks in South Korea..

Korean is the primary language spoken there. The other languages often used there include English, Japanese, and Mandarin. .