From  £1595
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul
  • Admire the city view from Seoul Tower
  • Explore Songnisan National Park
  • Visit Bulguksa Temple
  • Discover Gwaeneung Royal Tomb
  • Visit Jagalchi Fish Market
  • Take a boat trip on Chungju Lake
  • Swim at Waterpia Spa Park
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Classic South Korea Group Tour

11 Day Tour, from £1595 per person

Our classic 11-day coach tour of South Korea is the perfect introduction to the Land of the Morning Calm. Admire impressive birds-eye views from Seoul Tower, enjoy a full day tour of ancient Gyeongju where the Gwaeneung Royal Tomb, Seogguram Grotto and 4-face Buddha await, discover the important national treasures of Gayasan National Park and travel to Mt. Seorak for a wonderful stay at the Samhwasa Temple. Don traditional temple clothes, attend a bell-ringing ceremony, take part in a meditation course and perhaps even ask for an optional early wakeup call in order to attend morning mass or to view the incredible sunrise over the east coast.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
ARRIVE SEOUL
ARRIVE SEOUL
Arrive in Seoul and transfer to the hotel for two nights. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 2
SEOUL
SEOUL
Embark on a half day tour of Seoul visiting highlights including Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum and Seoul Tower - a great place to get a wonderful birds-eye view of the city. After the tour spend the afternoon free to explore Seoul at leisure. (B)
DAY 3
SEOUL TO DAEGU
SEOUL TO DAEGU
Depart Seoul and transfer to the Korean Folk Village, home to traditional 18th-19th century houses. From here travel to Songnisan National Park and the Beopjusa Temple. Overnight in Daegu. (B)
DAY 4
DAEGU TO GYEONGJU
DAEGU TO GYEONGJU
Transfer to Gyeongju and on arrival, enjoy a tour of the Chomsongdae Astronomic Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park and Bulguksa Temple. Check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
DAY 5
GYEONGJU
GYEONGJU
Enjoy a full day tour of Gyeongju. Visit the Gwaeneung Royal Tomb, Seogguram Grotto and enjoy a beautiful scenic drive along the coastal road to Guryongpo Port. Return to Gyeongju and visit 4-face Buddha and the National Museum. (B)
DAY 6
GYEONGJU TO BUSAN
GYEONGJU TO BUSAN
Depart Gyeongju in the morning and drive to the Unmoonsa Temple (Buddhist Nuns’ Temple). Continue to Busan and enjoy a city tour of the main sights including Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fish Market and Nampodong Street. Check into the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 7
BUSAN TO CHUNGJU
BUSAN TO CHUNGJU
Transfer to Gayasan National Park and visit the famous Haeinsa Temple. The Temple is home to one of Korea’s chief national treasures, the Tripikata Koreana, made to protect Korea with the will of the Buddha’s powers from Mongolian troops. Venture to Andong and Hahoe village, a well preserved traditional village, which was visited by Queen Elizabeth the 2nd in 1999. Hahoe is a village well-known for its mask dance. Later proceed to Chungju Lake, and check into the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 8
CHUNGJU TO MT DOOTA
CHUNGJU TO MT DOOTA
This morning enjoy a sightseeing boat trip on Chungju Lake (subject to weather conditions, if in winter the lake is frozen the boat tour will be cancelled). Transfer via Gangneung, to Seorak. In Gangneung visit the Chamsori Gramophone and Audio Museum, which has an incredible collection of 19th century gramophones and 1st generation audio systems. From here proceed to Mt. Seorak and stay at the Samhwasa Temple. Upon arrival at the temple clothes will be given out to wear during the stay. Enjoy an orientation into temple life and customs for the stay here. In the evening attend a bell-ringing ceremony and enjoy chanting mass and a course in meditation. For one night there will no phones/TVs in your private traditional Korean style room. Shower and toilet are separated for females and males. No alcohol is allowed at the temple. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
MT SEORAK
MT SEORAK
An optional early (3am) wake up call is offered for those who wish to attend morning mass view the sunrise over the East Coast. After breakfast transfer to the Border Unification Observatory for views into North Korea. Afterwards return to Mt. Seorak National Park and take a cable car to Gwonkeumsansung to visit the Shinheungsa Temple. Relax in hot springs or swim at the Waterpia Spa Park (please note that the entry fee to Spa Park is extra and paid locally). Check into the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 10
MT SEORAK TO SEOUL
MT SEORAK TO SEOUL
After breakfast transfer to Gapyeong to visit the Morning Calm Flower and Tree Park*, which displays unique Korean wild flowers and trees in a garden located in an attractive mountain valley. From here transfer to Seoul. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon free at leisure for any final independent sightseeing. Check into the hotel for an overnight stay. * for tours in Jan, Feb, March, April, Nov and Dec the group tour will visit Yangpyeong Film Studio instead of the Morning Calm Flower and Tree Park as the flowers are not in bloom. (B)
DAY 11
DEPART SEOUL
Speak to a Regent Travel Specialist to arrange onward travel arrangements.

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £1595 per person

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in 4 & 5-star hotels with breakfast 
  • One night stay at Samhwasa Temple
  • Arrival transfer in Seoul (if arriving on exact day of tour commencement)
  • All transportation whilst on the tour
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Excludes

  • International flights – please contact us for best available prices
  • Departure transfer in Seoul
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

Price Notes

Single Supplement: £370
Itinerary Dates  
10 Oct 2016
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20 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016
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03 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016
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17 Nov 2016
21 Nov 2016
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01 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016
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15 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016
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29 Dec 2016

Tour Route Map


  1. South Korea, Seoul
  2. South Korea, Daegu
  3. South Korea, Gyeongju
  4. South Korea, Busan
  5. South Korea, Chungju
  6. South Korea, Mt Seorak
  7. South Korea, Seoul

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Reviews

Peter was great at shaping the itinerary to our needs and we ended up with extra time in Seoul to meet friends, a booking for a DMZ tour and a Jeju Island extension before we joined the 11 day South Korea Tour. 

The tour was outstanding. We also had an excellent guide whose knowledge was almost infinite about all the places we visited. He was pleasant helpful and cheerful – even when our bus broke down. Our overnight stay in Woljeongsa Temple was a great memory.

Overall, we had a great time and the holiday was excellent value. Thanks for organising things for us; I’m sure we’ll travel with you again. 

Mr & Mrs Purves
June 28, 2013
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