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Classic South Korea

13 days from £5,120pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
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  • Seoul
  • Gyeongju
  • Busan
  • Jeju island
  • Seoul

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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

Seoul

Arrive into Seoul and spend a day relaxing into its rhythms and trying out Korean cuisine.

Day 3 Seoul

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

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

Seoul , Gyeongju

In the morning, take the KTX bullet train across the country to Gyeongju on the east coast. Spend the afternoon exploring the sites of the city, including Tumuli Park and the ancient tomb complex of Daereungwon.

Day 6 Busan

Gyeongju , Busan

Spend a full day visiting the treasures of Gyeongju that piece together the city’s long and tumultuous history. The tour will end with an hour’s drive south to the city of Busan in the southeast.

Day 7 Busan

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

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

Busan , 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

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

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

Jeju island , Seoul

Take the short flight back to Seoul where you can spend the day at your leisure.

Day 13 International return flight

Seoul , International return flight

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.


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