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Classic South Korea
13 days from £5,120pp
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.
- Jeju island
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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Seoul.
Day 2 Seoul
Day 3 Seoul
Spend a day with a private guide and driver exploring the city’s standout sights. You’ll start with the architectural jewel of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop for street food at Namdaemun Market, and explore Bukchon Hanok (a village of traditional Korean houses) and the lively area of Insa-dong.
Day 4 Seoul
Spend a morning driving up to the DMZ at the border with North Korea. You’ll have a guided tour, gain a deeper understanding of the conflict, and might even get a glimpse into North Korea. When you get back to Seoul, head out on a food tour in the backstreets of Insa-dong to try a variety of classic Korean dishes and traditional drinks.
Day 5 Gyeongju
Day 6 Busan
Day 7 Busan
Admire the skyline of Busan (thought to be one of the most striking in Asia) from Busan Tower. Then visit Jagalchi and Bupyeong markets, which include a notable fish market, to try some street food for lunch. There’s lots of other tempting foods to try here: Busan is known as Korea’s culinary capital.
Day 8 Busan
Today you’ll take a guided tour of Gamcheon Culture Village, which consists of kaleidoscopic houses overlapping onto the hills that surround the city. You’ll also visit Haedong Yonggungsa, a temple which sits precariously on the clifftops, overlooking the Sea of Japan.
Day 9 Jeju island
Fly from Busan to Jeju City, the capital of Jeju Island. Spend the afternoon with a guide seeing the sights around the city before grabbing some dinner at the Dongsun street food market. It’s the ideal place to get a feel for the tastes used in Jeju cuisine.
Day 10 Jeju island
Head out with a guide to see the attractions to the east of Jeju island, starting with a ferry ride to Udo Island. There you can rent bicycles or drive around to see the beaches and volcanic rock formations that make Udo so popular. Afterwards, either climb up or admire Sunrise Peak from afar. You might see one of the celebrated female-only Hanyeo divers don their wetsuits and search for shellfish on Jeju’s rocky shore. You’ll also stop off at the Manjanggul lava caves that burrow beneath the surface of the island.
Day 11 Jeju island
For your second day in Jeju, take part in South Korea’s national pastime: hiking. Hallasan is the tallest peak in South Korea and looms over the whole of Jeju Island. It’s a full day of hiking, which should see you reaching the summit just after lunchtime, but it’s worth it to see the crater lake concealed in the summit.
Day 12 Seoul
Day 13 International return flight
Seoul , International return flight
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