Best of South Korea in a small group tour

10 Days, from AU $2,999

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Ready for a unique travel experience? On this ten-day trip you’ll see the highlights in and around Seoul plus visits to folk villages, unique Korean temples and the incredible Jeju Island. Learn about the sombre history of North and South Korea and take an excursion to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two. This is the perfect snapshot of a country coming back into its own as a top travel destination.

This is a small group and cannot be customised. However, our Asia Experts can arrange pre and post trips according to your schedule and interest

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Seoul

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your trip.

Day 2: Seoul

Enjoy a city tour by private bus in the bustling capital of South Korea. Visit different areas of the city including Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, and Namdaemun Market, the largest and oldest traditional market in Korea.

The Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty was built in 1395. The palace has been destroyed many times over, but more than 50 per cent of the buildings are still standing or are restored. The complex is also home to the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.

Enjoy the evening free at leisure.

Optional Activity

Bukchon Hanok Village Exploration: Be transported back 600 years into Seoul's past while walking through Bukchon Hanok Village, which boasts the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes (hanok) in Seoul. Keep an eye out for the half-dozen or so alleys that have beautifully restored architectural features like small courtyards, decorative outer walls, and dark tiled roofs.

Day 3: Seoul

Travel to the DMZ in the morning by private bus and spend about 3-4 hrs visiting the site. The de facto border between North and South Korea cuts the peninsula in half and is the most heavily militarized border in the world.

Return back to Seoul for another night in the city.

Optional Activities

K-Pop Show: Purchase tickets in advance if you want to fit in a K-Pop concert! Recognized by Time magazine as "South Korea's Greatest Export," K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop), is a musical genre with girl and boy bands singing, rapping, and performing synchronized dance moves. Taking in a K-Pop concert by one of the many K-Pop groups is a spectacle in itself.

Seoul Museum of History Visit: Really get to know Seoul with a stop at the Seoul Museum of History, which highlights each segment of the city's past from the Stone Age to present day. Discover one of the museum's recent creations – a large floor map of Seoul, great for plotting out your next steps!

Day 4: Seoul/Gyeongju-si

Depart Seoul in the morning and travel by high-speed train to Gyeongju, taking just over 2 hrs to reach Gyeongju-si.

In the afternoon, enjoy an included tour of some local highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage temples.

Day 5: Gyeongju-si/Busan

Take a private van to visit the 500-year-old UNESCO site of Yangdong Folk Village, located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early Joseon. Founded in the early 1400s, the village boasts well-preserved buildings and has more than 160 homes displaying traditional Joseon architecture within a gorgeous natural setting.

Travel to Gampo to visit the ancient Twin Pagodas (Gameunsa) and the underwater tomb of King Munmu. From there, continue on to Busan. Visit the bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gujesijang market, and Yongdusan Park.

Day 6: Busan

Enjoy a walk or swim at Haeundae Beach, the the most popular beach in South Korea or perhaps a light trek on Dongbaek Island, before an overnight in a local temple.

Stay in rooms called Ondo. These rooms are very traditional, heated to be cozy and comfortable, with beds made up directly on the floor. The rooms here are multi-share, divided up by male and female rooms. Enjoy a traditional dinner and breakfast during the stay.

Have the opportunity to learn about temple etiquette, experience the daily drum and bell ritual, craft your own prayer beads and take an easy hike up to the oldest and highest temple in Busan for morning meditation.

Day 7: Busan/Jeju-si

Enjoy a final morning in Busan before a flight to Jeju Island. Arrive in Jeju in the afternoon.

Day 8: Jeju-si

Enjoy a tour of Jeju Island's highlights, including the Manjang Cave, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongeup folk village, and Sangumburi crater.

Day 9: Jeju-si/Seoul

Opt to visit some final sights during a free day in Jeju before a short flight back to Seoul.

Optional Activities

Visit to Oedolgae: Enjoy a relaxing walk through pine forests on the way to Oedolgae, an impressive 20m (65 ft) tall volcanic basalt pillar jutting out of the ocean. Watch a sunset from the stunning cliffside lookout at Oedolgae, a must-do experience for visitors to the island.

Visit to Jungmun Beach: Visit Jungmun Beach, a stretch of white sand accented with black, grey, and red 560m (1800 ft) long with waters that are an average depth of 1.2m (4 ft). Explore the right side of the beach to find Haesikgul Cave, a natural sea cave, or try windsurfing or parasailing – the waves and wind here provide the perfect conditions.

Day 10: Seoul

Depart at anytime.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $2,999

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). 

Inclusions:
  • City tour of Seoul
  • DMZ visit
  • City tour of Gyeongju
  • Yangdong Folk Village visit
  • Twin Pagodas visit (Gampo)
  • Tomb of King Munmu visit
  • City tour of Busan
  • Jeju Island highlights tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Standard hotels (8 nts), temple (1 nt, multi-share).
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
  • English-speaking tour leader throughout
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"The trip was magnificent in Korea. All of the guides were amazing from the personal ones to the group ones… In South Korea going to see the Nanta Theatre Show was a treat. It is dance, rhythmic, acrobatic, magical and comedic. We went to the Korean War Memorial and that is sobering. It is very well done. They have from Goryeo times way back up to the Korean War. It was most impressive. We did miss on seeing some things in Korea due to them being closed unexpectedly or our understanding on how close/far things were was a bit off but that just means we can see them when we go back and it all adds to the experience. South Korea had its own 'buzz'. We definitely want to explore more. " — Michelle and Sandra, Melbourne, August 2018

"I had wonderful trip! The pace of tour was good and the tour guide took / recommended us few restaurants through out the trip, they were cheap and great taste. JeJu Island was my favourite place. Thank you again, looking forward to my next trip with GetAboutAsia." — Mrs Tan , Zetland NSW, March 2016

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