From  £3850
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover Seoul’s mix of old and new
  • Join a cooking class
  • Visit a traditional folk village
  • Take a cable car ride above Busan
  • Take a food tour and try local delicacies
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South Korea At A Glance

8 Day Tour, from £3850 per person

Our Korea At A Glance holiday takes you on a journey of exploration through this extraordinary country, beginning in Seoul where vibrant markets and serene temples await exploration with a knowledgeable local guide. Reflect on the Korean War's history at the Demilitarized Zone before boarding a train to Gyeongju, an open-air museum showcasing the grandeur of the Silla Kingdom. An optional hike up Namsan Mountain offers panoramic views of ancient temples and statues. Continue to Busan, delving into its modern history at the Modern History Museum and exploring bustling markets and resilient communities. Relax at Haeundae Beach and indulge in a food-focused walking tour before discovering Seongbulsa Temple and participating in a cooking class. Conclude with a visit to Jagalchi Market and a scenic cable car ride offering sweeping views of Busan's coastal beauty.

Tour Itinerary

Hanyangdoseong, a fortress wall in Seoul

Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, you'll be greeted by a local English-speaking guide and transferred to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, renowned for its blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations. Explore the city's rich culture and history, starting with a visit to Gwangjang Market, one of the country's oldest and largest traditional markets, offering a glimpse into Korean daily life and cuisine. Later, journey to Hanyangdoseong, also known as Seoul City Wall, a 600-year-old defensive structure that stands as a testament to Korea's history. Enjoy leisure time at your hotel for the remainder of the day. (D)

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Juhamnu Pavilion of the Changdeokgung Palace

After breakfast, start a full-day exploration of Seoul using public transportation. Begin by visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty, renowned for its grandeur and historical significance. Within the palace grounds, you can also explore The National Folk Museum, offering insights into Korean culture and history. If time permits, observe the ceremonial changing of the guard at Gwanghwamun Gate. Afterwards, stroll to Gwanghwamun Square for outdoor performances and art exhibitions, then delve into the National Museum of Contemporary Korean History for a deeper understanding of Korea's economic evolution. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Changdeokgung Palace, notable for its well-preserved architecture and serene Secret Garden. Conclude your tour with a visit to Dongmyo Flea Market, where vintage goods from the Korean War Era are bought and sold. Return to your hotel to freshen up before venturing out for dinner at your leisure, perhaps exploring Insadong District renowned for its art galleries and traditional tearooms. (B,L)

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Korean Demilitarized Zone

After breakfast, go on a half-day tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a historic border barrier separating South and North Korea. Explore key sites such as Freedom Bridge, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Imjingak Park, the DMZ Museum, and the Dora Observatory, delving into the region's complex history and significance. Following the DMZ tour, return to the city centre.


In the evening, venture to Namdaemun Market, Seoul's largest and oldest traditional market dating back to the Joseon era. Here, vendors offer a wide array of Korean food, beverages, handicrafts, and other items, providing a vibrant glimpse into local culture and commerce. (B)

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
Bulguksa Temple

After an early breakfast, travel to Gyeongju by KTX Train, then continue by private car to Gyeongju City, once the capital of the 8th-century Silla Kingdom and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your tour at Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, showcasing the architectural and artistic prowess of the Silla era. Next, visit Gyeongju National Museum to explore its extensive collections of artefacts and royal treasures, offering insights into Silla dynasty culture and history. Conclude your day at Daereungwon Tomb complex, home to over 20 tombs including the Cheonmachong Tomb, a prominent example of Silla-era burial practices. Transfer back to the hotel after the tour. For those seeking evening exploration, consider an independent walk to Woljeong Bridge and Woljie Pond, historical sites steeped in Silla dynasty heritage. (B)

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Yangdong Folk Village

After breakfast, take a morning excursion from Gyeongju by private car to Yangdong Folk Village, located 16 km northeast along the Hyeongsan River. This traditional village, dating back to the Joseon dynasty, boasts over 160 hanok-style houses and other historical buildings, offering a glimpse into Korean aristocratic life. Explore the village shrine, Confucius school, and the village head's noble house against a backdrop of picturesque natural scenery before strolling along the village trail lined with well-preserved hanoks. Return to Gyeongju for a brief rest before an optional afternoon hike at Namsan Mountain. The 3-hour hike, showcasing over 100 temples, 80 stone Buddha statues, and 60 stone pagodas, follows a well-maintained trail offering cultural relics and scenic vistas. After witnessing the sunset atop Namsan Mountain, return to the base and transfer back to the hotel. (B)

Commodore Hotel Gyeongju
Haeundae Beach

After breakfast, travel to Busan by bus and check in to your hotel upon arrival. Begin your exploration of Busan with a visit to the Modern History Museum, delving into the city's tumultuous past. Then, delve into Korean War history with visits to the Provisional Capital Government Office, Memorial Hall, and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, followed by panoramic views from an observation deck. Explore Gukje Market, a historic refuge hub, and Gamcheon Village, known for its vibrant art scene and colourful houses. Return to the hotel for rest before continuing your exploration with a visit to Haeundae Beach and a food-focused walking tour through the city streets, with optional bar visits. Bid farewell to your guide and either return to the hotel or continue independent exploration. (B)

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Jagalchi Market

After breakfast, join your guide for a visit to Seongbulsa Temple, nestled at the foot of Jangsan Mountain, renowned for its golden Buddha statue and tranquil ambience. Following a short hike to the temple, explore its serene surroundings before returning to the car on foot. Proceed to a cooking class, where you'll learn about authentic local specialities with English instructions, demonstrations, and a tasting of local rice wine. After lunch, collect recipes and head to Jagalchi Market, South Korea's largest seafood market, to observe the bustling activity and array of products. Conclude the day with a cable car ride across the sea, offering spectacular views of the ocean and coastal landmarks. Before returning, stop at Sky Harbor Observatory to admire the natural beauty of Busan's coastal area. (B,L)

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After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the KTX station for your return journey to Seoul. Upon arrival in Seoul, you'll have free time to explore before transferring to the airport for your onward departure flight. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £3850 per person
(Single person supplement + £710)

Price Includes

  • 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, Gyeongju
  3. South Korea, Busan
  4. South Korea, Seoul

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