This fascinating 10-day trip of South Korea takes to an all-around overview of all the best highlights in South Korea that starts and ends in Seoul. Enjoy this comprehensive tour accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and a comfortable vehicle. Explore Seoul's modern landmarks, traditional landmarks, and the largest, majestic palace. See the differentiation of North Korea and South Korea at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and get insight into the Korean war history. Delve into numerous historical sites in Gyeongju city and visit famous traditional temples. Spend a couple of nights in Busan, the second most populated city of South Korea, and board a domestic flight to the gorgeous Jeju Island where you can visit the lava tubes, a natural World Heritage site.
Is this trip right for you?
- You will be carrying your luggage between train stations and to hotels, so we recommend you to pack light for this trip. You may also have to climb up and down multiple flights of stairs in crowded areas, even though most stations have elevators.
- You will require a good level of fitness for this trip as there will be lots of walking involved. We recommend you to carry comfortable walking shoes.
- At Hanok village, you will be staying in a traditional house where the facilities will be basic. You will be sleeping on the floor and should place it in the cupboard in the morning. The floor beddings might seem firm compared to the standard western mattresses; however, the floor will be heated and offers a comfortable and cozy nights' sleep.
Best time to visit
The ideal time to visit Korea is either during spring or fall, particularly April or October. In April, Korea's beautiful cherry blossoms to the fullest, and you get to witness this beautiful flower blanket the country making the gorgeous sites even more stunning. Similarly, during October, the country erupts into a parade of fall colors that create a colorful sight unlike any other.
These months are also the peak season of travel in the country, so you will be facing a huge crowd, the price of accommodation and other activities also increases a bit, like any other famous country in the world.
Spend a whole day exploring the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that has been the place of much political pressure since the Korean War, accompanied by an expert tour guide
Spend a night in the traditional Hanok house in a Hanok village, and get insight into their daily lifestyle
Explore the major highlights of Seoul
Visit major attractions of the second populated city of South Korea, Busan like Haeundae, Dongbaek Island, Oryuko Skywalk, BIFF Square, Jagalchi Fish Market, and Gukje Market
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
Arrival Incheon Airport
Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, our airport representative will greet and escort you to the hotel. on the way, he/she will give you a brief explanation of your further trip. after reaching the hotel, check into the hotel, and you can either relax in your room or head out to explore the city.
After breakfast, a tour guide will pick you at the hotel lobby in the morning. today, you will visit a few landmarks of Seoul city, accompanied by a tour guide. You will visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, also referred to as the Northern Palace due to its location in the furthest north compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung Palace (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgun Palace is the most beautiful among all five palaces and is also the largest of all five palaces. Here, you can also see the royal guard changing ceremony that starts at 10 am (if the weather condition is bad, there won't be any ceremony). The soldiers on a colorful traditional uniform with pheasant tail on their heads march to the beat of the traditional instruments by taking steps in disciplinary but graceful strides. From here, we move onto the Bukchon Hanok Village, which is an authentic traditional village where Korean lives. Then, you will have free time in Insadong Art Alley, where you can visit lots of local restaurants and shops. Stroll through the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Before heading back to the hotel, we will wither drive, walk or take a cable car to the landmark of Seoul, Palgakjeong Pavilion that lies on the top of Namsan Mountain and offers a stunning view. At Seoul Tower, you can see the whole scenery of the Seoul and west Sea beyond Incheon.
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you and then head out to visit the Hwaseong Fortress, which is a magnificent architecture from the late part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The fortress is also the official fortress of Suwon city, and the Historical Monument Number 3, elected in January 1963, also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. After visiting this grand fort, we head to a Korean FOlkl Village where you will see the late Joseon period's traditional culture to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs, and many others. Also, you will get to see various unique attractions of the village like a private house, seodang (village school), official districts, Confucian academy, a farming village, a village street in realistic descriptions, and a nobleman's house and traditional workshop.
Demarcation of North and South Korea at DMZ
This morning, meet with your tour guide and head towards the third tunnel discovered in 19787 by South Korean forces that are in distance of about 52km from Seoul. This tunnel has a length of about 1635meters, a width of 2meters, and is 2meter high. The estimation is that this tunnel could enable approximately 30,000 soldiers to move through it per hour. The scale of this tunnel is quite similar to the second one, but it was thought to be much more threatening as an invasion tool than the 1st and 2nd tunnels. After visiting this historic tunnel, we will head back to Seoul, where we will visit the War Memorial Museum & modern architecture Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).
Explore Gyeongju Historic Area
Today, we wake up early morning and depart from Seoul to Gyeongju city. We have to drive for about four hours to reach Gyeongju city, the city known for numerous historical sites and relics. The major relic of Gyeongju is the Bulguksa Temple, designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic beauty of the stone ruins are renowned all over the world. From here, we will head towards the Seokguram, the symbolic stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram is Seokguram Seokgul and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, designated in 1995. This architecture is an artificial stone temple made up of granite. Then, we will visit the Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, followed by the visit to Anapji Pond (Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond), a section of the palace complex of ancient Silla. After the satisfying tour, we will move to Busan, where we will spend the night at a hotel.
After breakfast, we will go for a tour around the second most populated city of Korea. Busan. The city is only second to Seoul, with a population of over 3.5 million inhabitants. The city is the cultural, educational, and economic heart of southeastern Korea. Here, we will visit the Haedong Yongungsa Temple that lies on the coast of the north-eastern part of Busan. This beautiful temple offers the rare view of a temple along the shoreline. Then, we will visit the most popular beach of the city, Haeundae, Dongbaek Island, Oryuko Skywalk, BIFF Square, Jagalchi Fish Market, and Gukje Market.
After breakfast, we visit the Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan. Then, we head towards Busan airport from where we will catch a domestic flight to Jeju Island. here, you will visit the Mysterious Road, Camellia Hill, and O' sulloc Green Tea Museum. Camellia Hill is an arboretum that stretches to 172000sq.m. this arboretum houses more than 6000 camellia trees of 500different species, including the species renowned for producing the world's largest and earliest blossoms (Depending on the weather, we may alter the course and visit Glass castle instead). We will stop at a green tea field and café for a lunch break. The O' sulloc Tea Museum is a cultural space where the west and east, and modernity and tradition coexist in harmony. This museum features a tea gallery, café for visitors to enjoy a variety of tasty ta-based desserts, and an eco-friendly resting area. After visiting the highlights of Jeju Island, we will spend the night at a hotel on the island.
Day Eight :
After breakfast, we will head towards the Cheounjeyeon waterfalls, also referred to as "The Pond of God," which consists of three sections. To the east of the fall, there is a cave where the cold water drops from the ceiling, creating the first waterfall. From here, the water gathers into a pool and then falls a couple more times to create the second and third waterfalls, which finally flows to the sea. From here, we visit the Cheonjeyeon Valley from where we can see Seonimgyo Bridge (arch bridge with seven nymphs carved on the side) and the octagonal Cheonjeru Pavilion. Then, we move towards Jusangjeolli Cliff, formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain exploded into the sea of Jungmun. The cliff is rock pillars that look like cubes or hexagons with various size and almost seems like it is carved out by some skilled stonemasons. The officials of the district have named these pillars the "Jisatgae Rocks" derived from their ancient names Jisatgae. This 20m cliff is a popular spot for high tide and sea angling. You can get beautiful views of the ocean surrounding the pillars with the waves of the high tide crashing into the side of the cliff. From here, we move onto Yakcheonsa Temple, then visit Herb Dongsan Garden and Seongeup Folk Village today!
Seongsan Sunrise Peak and Mangjangul Cave
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel's lobby then head towards the Seojikoji hill that offers great photo opportunities. Then, we go for a climb up the Seongsan Sunrise Peak, which rose from below the sea in a volcanic eruption over a hundred thousand years ago. Now, there is a colossal crater at the top of The Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, which has a diameter of about 600m and a height of 90m. Surrounded by 99sharp rocks, this crater looks like a massive crown. The southeast and north sides of the peak are cliffs while the northwest side is a lush grassy hill, connected to the Seongsan Village. Then, we will visit the Mangangul Cave, which is one of the most beautiful lava tunnels in the world and also is a natural monument. When the lava lying deep in the ground erupts from the peak and flows to the surface, a lava tunnel forms up. Depending on the weather, we might also visit Yongnuni Oreum Volcanic Cone or Sangumburi Crater and then stop at Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock). After an adventurous Jeju tour, we head back to Seoul by flight. After reaching Soul, we will drive you to the hotel where you will be spending the night.
The comprehensive tour of South Korea ends today. After breakfast, you can depart from the hotel at any time. Pre-inform us about your flight schedule, and we will transport you to the airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight.