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South Korea’s fast pace, relative obscurity and complex culture can make it difficult to know where to start when planning a visit. Our specialists know the country well however, and they’ve used their first-hand knowledge to create some sample itineraries to show you how you could combine destinations when planning your bespoke tour.

They will help you to see the country’s highlights, such as Seoul’s palaces and Gyeongju’s temples, as well as lesser-known destinations they have come to love and can also incorporate any specific interests, such as Korean history and politics or arts and crafts, into your route.

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Our recommended tours in South Korea

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in South Korea, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your tour will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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South Korea in a snapshot

  • See Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul and the changing of the guard.

  • Visit the DMZ on the North Korean border on a guided tour.

  • Explore the archaeologically rich capital of Gyeongju and its surrounding temples and sites.

  • Gaze upon the Busan cityscape from some of the best viewpoints in the city.

10 Days from £3,135pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury South Korea

  • Head into the backstreets of Seoul on a food tour to sample some classic Korean dishes.

  • Visit the de-militarised zone (DMZ) on the North Korean border on a guided tour.

  • Explore the former capital of Gyeongju, along with surrounding temples and historic sites.

  • Gaze over Busan’s cityscape from some of the best viewpoints in the city.

10 Days from £4,320pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic South Korea

  • Head out into the backstreets of Seoul on a food tour to sample some classic Korean dishes.

  • Visit the DMZ on the North Korean border on a guided tour.

  • Explore the historic capital of Gyeongju and its surrounding temples and Buddhist sites.

  • Visit the volcanic island of Jeju to hike the highest peak in the country.

13 Days from £5,180pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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What to do in South Korea: our highlights guide

What to do in South Korea: our highlights guide

Having explored the country in detail, our South Korea specialist Rory has compiled his trip highlights, from Seoul’s modern metropolis to Gyeongju’s Silla-dynasty temples and palaces.

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