From  £7880
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Delve deep into Seoul’s culture
  • Sleep in a traditional hanok house
  • Explore Jeju’s natural wonders
  • Witness the incredible Haenyeo divers
  • Sample authentic Korean cuisine
  • Attend a traditional mask dance
  • Trek through Jeju’s remarkable lava tubs
  • Join a cooking class and learn how to create traditional dishes
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Best of South Korea

15 Day Tour, from £7880 per person

Travel across South Korea on a phenomenal two-week adventure. From the bustling streets of Seoul to the calm temples of Andong, historical monuments of Gyeongju and dynamic streets of Busan, you’ll explore the absolute best of this diverse country. Discover the contrast between old and new as you visit the vibrant metropolitan life of Seoul and Busan with the tranquillity of historic temples. Then immerse yourself in Korea's cultural legacy by seeing traditional mask dances, viewing experienced Haenyeo sea divers and visiting historic villages, all of which provide unique insights into Korea's rich cultural tapestry. Finally, explore the country's natural treasures by hiking through Jeju's unique lava baths, strolling along Busan's coastline and admiring the peaceful countryside adorning the Korean environment. Showcasing Korea's wealth of historic sites, cultural heritage and natural wonders, this two-week trip promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Tour Itinerary

Gwangjang Market

Upon your arrival at Incheon International Airport, you'll be greeted by a local English-speaking guide who'll assist you in transferring to your hotel in Seoul. Then start your exploration with a visit to Gwangjang Market, one of the country's oldest and largest traditional markets. Formerly known as Dongdaemun Market, it's renowned for its exquisite fabrics, particularly those used for crafting traditional Korean attire, known as hanbok. Explore the nearby Bangsan Wholesale Market and Jung Gu Dried Seafood Market for a glimpse into Seoul's diverse market offerings. Following your market exploration, unwind with a refreshing beer or soju at a local restaurant. After this introductory tour of Seoul, you may choose to return to your hotel or continue exploring the city at your leisure.

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
Secret Garden of the Changdeokgung Palace

After breakfast, spend the day exploring Seoul's highlights via public transport. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, witness the changing of the guard if time allows, then head to the National Museum of Contemporary Korean History for insights into Korea's development. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring Changdeokgung Palace and its Secret Garden. Conclude your day with a walk along Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall, before dinner at a local restaurant and returning to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
Korean Demilitarized Zone

After breakfast, join a tour to the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with your guide. Explore key sites like the Freedom Bridge, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and Imjingak Park. Return to Seoul and get dropped off at City Hall. Your guide can assist with directions back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxation or self-guided exploration. (B)

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
Woryeonggyo Bridge at Andong

After breakfast, head to the train station for a 2-hour journey to Andong via high-speed KTX train. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to Bongjeongsa Temple, the country's largest and one of the oldest wooden temples, offering insights into Korean Buddhist culture. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Continue your tour with visits to Dosan Seowon Confucian Academy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the iconic Woryeonggyo Bridge, offering scenic views of Nakdonggang River. After dinner, transfer to Hahoe Hanok Village for an overnight stay in a traditional Korean house. (B,L,D)

Rakkojae Andong Hahoe
Hahoe masks

This morning, explore Hahoe Village and its surroundings, known for its well-preserved Joseon Dynasty architecture. Enjoy a scenic walk to Buyongdae Cliff for stunning views. Visit the Hahoe World Mask Museum to see a vast collection of masks from around the world. In the afternoon, watch a traditional Hahoe Mask Dance show. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Enjoy another night in a traditional hanok for the full village experience. (B)

Rakkojae Andong Hahoe
Woljeong Bridge

After breakfast in Andong, take a relaxing stroll along the Nakdonggang River before continuing your journey by private car, which will take around 1.5 hours to reach Gyeongju. Gyeongju, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once the capital of the 8th-century Silla Kingdom. Begin your exploration with a visit to the Daereungwon Tomb complex, featuring over 20 tombs from the Silla period. Don't miss the Cheonmachong Tomb, showcasing typical Silla burial practices. If time permits, walk along Woljeong Bridge, connecting Silla's royal palaces to the south, and end your stroll at Woljie Pond, an integral part of the ancient Silla palace complex. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Commodore Hotel Gyeongju
Bulguksa Temple

After breakfast, continue exploring Gyeongju with a visit to Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, showcasing architectural mastery from the Silla Kingdom era. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Gyeongju National Museum to delve into Silla dynasty history. Conclude the day with a sunset stroll through the town's charming streets. (B,L)

Commodore Hotel Gyeongju
Yangdong Folk Village

After breakfast, venture on a morning excursion to Yangdong Folk Village, a traditional Joseon dynasty village, accessible by a 16km drive along the Hyeongsan River. Explore the village's 160 hanok houses, shrine, Confucius school and village head's noble house, all set against picturesque natural scenery. Return to Gyeongju for a short break before optionally embarking on a half-day hike at Namsan Mountain, featuring over 100 temples, 80 stone Buddha statues and 60 stone pagodas. Enjoy scenic views and cultural relics along the 3-hour trail, culminating in a sunset vista from the mountain's summit. (B)

Commodore Hotel Gyeongju
DAY 10
Haeundae Beach

After breakfast, travel by private car to Busan, a journey of about 1.5 hours. Busan, South Korea's second-largest city, is famous for its stunning beaches, vibrant seafood markets and scenic harbour views. Begin your Busan adventure with a visit to Gamcheon Village, known for its colourful houses and art installations. Then, take a stroll along Haeundae Beach and up Dalmaji Hill for panoramic views. In the evening, explore Busan's lively streets and indulge in traditional Korean street food in the Haeundae area. After dinner, return to your hotel. (B,D)

Shilla Stay Haeundae
DAY 11
Jagalchi Market

After breakfast, join a cooking class to learn about local specialities, with English instructions and a local rice wine tasting. After lunch, visit Jagalchi Market, South Korea’s largest seafood market, to observe the bustling activity and fresh catch of the day. Then, enjoy a scenic cable car ride with panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding landmarks, including a stop at Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge. Return to the hotel for a leisurely evening in Busan. (B,L)

Shilla Stay Haeundae
DAY 12

Bid farewell to Busan this morning and transfer to the airport after breakfast for a short flight to Jeju Island. Upon arrival, meet your guide and head to the hotel for check-in or begin your tour directly with lunch at a local restaurant. Explore Jeju Haenyeo Museum to learn about the local women divers and attend a Haenyeo demonstration. Then, hike Seongsan Ilchulbong, known as Sunrise Peak, for stunning views. In the evening, enjoy a Haenyeo dinner. (B,L,D)

Ocean Suites Jeju
DAY 13
Jeju Island
After breakfast, head to Geomum Oreum for a hike through Jeju Island's largest lava tube system. Gain insight into the terrain and geological history at the nearby Jeju World Natural Heritage Centre. Choose from three trails of varying lengths. Next, visit the 4.3 Peace Memorial Hall, honouring Jeju Uprising victims. It is an educational site where visitors can learn about human rights violations and contemplate the significance of peace and reconciliation. After the visit, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel to relax. In the evening, visit Dongmun Market to experience its vibrant atmosphere and sample local delicacies before dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B,L,D)
Ocean Suites Jeju
DAY 14
Jeongbang Waterfall

After breakfast, travel to Jeju’s southern coast to explore Jeongbang Falls, one of the few waterfalls in Asia that flows directly into the sea. Admire the falls and the dramatic cliffs before visiting Jusangjeolli Cliffs, famous for their unique hexagonal basalt columns. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and then take a hike to Sanbanggulsa Temple, followed by a visit to Bomusa Temple and Sanbangsan Mountain Park. End the day with a relaxing soak in Sanbangsan Carbonated Hot Springs before returning to your hotel for the evening. (B,L)

Ocean Suites Jeju
DAY 15
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport or ferry for your onward travels. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £7880 per person
(Single person supplement + £1295)

Price Includes

  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Price Notes

  • International flights are not included in the listed price. Kindly reach out to our Travel Specialists for the complete package price inclusive of flights.
  • During peak seasons such as Korean New Year (Jan/Feb), Chuseok Holiday Week (Oct), Christmas & New Year, and major public holidays, reservations may include supplementary charges for guides, transport, or accommodation. Pre-payment and strict cancellation terms or minimum stays may also apply.

Tour Route Map

  1. South Korea, Seoul
  2. South Korea, Andong
  3. South Korea, Gyeongju
  4. South Korea, Busan
  5. South Korea, Jeju Island

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