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South Korea in a snapshot

10 days from £3,125pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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 £3,125pp

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

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

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Seoul.

  • Arrive into South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Take the rest of the day to get your bearings and your first taste of Korean cuisine.

  • Spend a full day with one of our private guide-and-driver teams seeing the highlights of the city. The imposing Gyeongbokgung Palace is a great starting point for exploring Korean architecture. Stop at the expansive Namdaemun Market for a spot of street food for lunch, before exploring the village of Bukchon Hanok (made up of traditional Korean houses) and the lively area of Insa-dong.

  • Spend a long morning driving up to the DMZ at the border with North Korea. You’ll get an insight into the conflict that has spanned decades and continents.

  • In the morning, take the KTX bullet train across the country to Busan in the southeast. You’ll have the afternoon at leisure to either relax on Haeundae Beach or check out the street food market nearby.

  • Drive up north for an hour to the ancient capital of Gyeongju and visit its temples and historic sites. The history of the city is intriguing and tells the story of the Silla dynasty. It’s also a great place to learn about the way Buddhism, Confucianism and foreign influences have helped shape modern Korean society. The tour will end with an hour’s drive south to the city of Busan in the southeast.

  • Busan is often praised as having one of the most eye-catching cityscapes in Asia, so start your day at the top of the lofty Busan Tower to take in the views. Then head down for some street food in Jagalchi and Bupyeong markets, which have played their part in giving Busan its reputation as the culinary capital of the country.

  • You’ll have today at leisure to explore Busan. We recommend a visit to Gamcheon Culture Village which is made up of polychromatic houses spilling out onto the rolling hills that surround the city. We also suggest visiting Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which is perched precariously over the cliffs looking out onto the Sea of Japan.

  • Take the KTX bullet train back to Seoul for a final day at leisure in the city.

  • 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.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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The specialist who designs your trip to South Korea will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip.

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