From  £8310
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit South Korea’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Witness traditional performances
  • Engage with local life
  • Go on village walks
  • Overnight stay in a Buddhist Temple
  • Venture off-the-beaten path by traveling overland
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UNESCO World Heritage Tour in South Korea

12 Day Tour, from £8310 per person

Experience South Korea's captivating heritage on a curated journey through its rich cultural tapestry. Then explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, from ancient palaces to historic fortresses, and delve into modern art galleries and bustling markets for a glimpse into South Korea's evolving culture. From here, venture off the beaten path to uncover hidden gems like Hwaseong Fortress and Jinjuseong Fortress, and immerse yourself in local life through temple stays and village walks.

In Seoul, witness the harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, from historic landmarks like Gyeongbokgung Palace to futuristic marvels like N Seoul Tower. Explore the cultural haven of Jeonju, the birthplace of bibimbap, before uncovering Gwangju's pivotal role in Korea's history. After this, traverse the coastal beauty of Busan and discover Gyeongju's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Conclude your journey with a visit to the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) for a glimpse into the country's complex geopolitical landscape.

Join us for an enriching exploration of South Korea's heritage, where every moment is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of this fascinating culture.

Tour Itinerary


Upon your arrival at Incheon International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative who will assist in transferring you to the hotel by private car.

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
Gyeongbokgung Palace

Start your day in Seoul with a visit to Deoksugung Palace, a striking remnant of the Joseon Dynasty. Continue your exploration at Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal residence boasting 330 buildings and home to The National Folk Museum, showcasing Korean history and culture. If time permits, catch the ceremonial changing of the guard at Gwanghwamun Gate.


After savouring authentic Korean cuisine for lunch, head to Hanyangdoseong, the historic Seoul City Wall, for a stroll with panoramic views. Round off your day at N Seoul Tower in Namsan Park, offering breathtaking vistas of the cityscape before returning to your hotel for the evening. (B,L)

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
Jeonju Hanok Village

After breakfast, depart for Jeonju by private car, with a stop in Suwon to visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Hwaseong Fortress. Built during the late Joseon Period, this fortress showcases unique military structures symbolising the king's dedication to his father and the city's prosperity. Continue your journey to Jeonju, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant en route.


Jeonju, famous for being the birthplace of bibimbap, offers a rich cultural and culinary experience. Explore the well-preserved Hanok Village and indulge in the vibrant food scene upon arrival. Put on your walking shoes to explore the historic city fortress, dating back to the Baekje Kingdom, and enjoy scenic views of Jeonju city. The evening is yours to explore the city's charming restaurants and cafes at your leisure. (B,L)

Lahan Hotel Jeonju
Pungnammun Gate

Start your full day of exploration in Jeonju at the majestic Pungnammun Gate, the last remaining city gate from the 14th century. Then, proceed to Jeondong Catholic Church, known for its stunning architecture, and Gyeonggijeon Shrine, housing the royal portrait of the Joseon Dynasty's founder.


Continue your tour at the Gyeonggijeon Palace complex, dating back to the 15th century and serving as the spiritual centre of the dynasty. Explore historic scrolls documenting the kings' activities, hidden during the Japanese occupation. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in local culture at the Jeonju Traditional Centre, featuring crafts, performances and cultural activities.


Wrap up your day with a visit to Nambu Market, a bustling marketplace offering a variety of food stalls, crafts, and goods, providing a vibrant glimpse into Jeonju's local life and traditions.

Lahan Hotel Jeonju
Hwaeomsa Temple

Check out this morning and head to Gwangju by private car, a four-hour journey. Make a stop at Mount Jiri's base to visit Hwaeomsa Temple, renowned for its beauty and history. After lunch, explore Gwangju's cultural and historical sites, including 5-18 Memorial Park, Gwangju Folk Museum and Daein Art Market, offering a glimpse into the city's vibrant arts scene. (B,L)

Holiday Inn Gwangju
Jinju Fortress

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and start your drive to Busan with a stop in Jinju to visit the historic Jinju Castle and Jinjuseong Fortress, notable for their role in the late 16th century Japanese invasion.


After lunch in Jinju, the trip moves forward to Busan for an afternoon exploration of Korean War-related sites, including the Provisional Capital Government Office, Memorial Hall and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, all providing picturesque views of the city.


The evening tour explores Busan's Haeundae area, renowned for its beach and vibrant streets. On top of this, enjoy a foodie walking tour and visit local bars for cocktails, concluding with the option to return to the hotel or explore the city's nightlife independently. (B,L,D)

Shilla Stay Haeundae

After breakfast, join your guide to Seongbulsa Temple, nestled at the foot of Jangsan Mountain. A short hike brings you to the temple, known for its serene ambience and a striking golden Buddha statue. Then explore Jagalchi Market, South Korea’s largest seafood market, brimming with vibrant activity and an array of fresh catches.


In the afternoon, wander through Gamcheon Village, once a haven for war refugees and now transformed into a colourful hub of art and culture. The day ends with a cable car ride offering breathtaking views of the ocean and a stop at Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge for more scenic vistas. (B)

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Bulguksa Temple

After breakfast, check out and travel by private car to Gyeongju, a UNESCO World Heritage Site once the capital of the 8th century Silla Kingdom that boasts a wealth of historical sites, including palaces, temples and tombs. The tour begins at Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, showcasing the architectural and artistic mastery of the Silla Kingdom with Buddhist carvings and wooden buildings.


Lunch is served at a local restaurant before a visit to Gyeongju National Museum, offering insights into Silla dynasty art and culture. The tour continues to Daereungwon Tomb complex, featuring over 20 Silla period tombs, including Cheonmachong Tomb. Finally, walk to Woljeong Bridge, a historical gateway linking Silla's royal palaces, and conclude at Woljie Pond, part of the ancient Silla palace complex. (B,L)

Commodore Hotel Gyeongju

After an early breakfast, transfer south of Gyeongju for a half-day hike up Mount Namsan in Gyeongju National Park, boasting over 100 temples, 80 Buddha statues and 60 stone pagodas. The three-hour hiking route, with a medium difficulty level, offers scenic views and cultural relics along a well-maintained trail.


Following the hike, transfer to Golgulsa Temple for an overnight stay, nestled at the foot of Hamwolsan Mountain and renowned as Korea's only stone cave temple. The temple stay provides a unique insight into the lifestyle of Korean Buddhist monks, offering activities such as archery, meditation and Sunmudo, a traditional form of moving meditation.


The day concludes with a healthy vegetarian dinner featuring the simplicity of temple cuisine. Please note that Sunmudo demonstrations are unavailable on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the temple stay experience is subject to change. (B,D)

Golgulsa Temple Stay
DAY 10

After breakfast at the temple, check out and drive to Yangdong Folk Village, a traditional yangban (Korean Aristocracy) village from the Joseon dynasty. Home to over 160 traditional-style houses ('hanok'), the village features tile or thatched roofs and other Joseon-era buildings amidst stunning natural scenery. You can explore the village shrine, Confucius school and the noble house of the village head while strolling along the village trail to admire the well-preserved hanoks.


Afterwards, drive north for approximately two hours to the Dosan Seowon Confucian Academy, established in 1574 and recognised as a UNESCO heritage site. After the visit, transfer to Andong station and board the KTX Express Train to Seoul. Upon arrival in Seoul, a driver awaits at the station to transfer you to the hotel for check-in. (B)

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
DAY 11
Korean Demilitarized Zone

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide for a tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The DMZ, a border barrier between South and North Korea, is steeped in history and intrigue. Spend time exploring various sites and exhibitions at the DMZ, including Freedom Bridge, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Imjingak Park, the DMZ Museum and Dora Observatory.


In the evening, head to Namdaemun Market, the largest, oldest and most popular traditional market in Seoul, which opened in 1414 during the Joseon era. Today, you will find vendors selling a vast array of Korean food and drink, as well as handicrafts and other souvenir items. (B)

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
DAY 12
Bukchon Hanok Village

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your onward departure flight. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £8310 per person
(Single person supplement + £1000)

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, Jeonju
  3. South Korea, Gwangju
  4. South Korea, Busan
  5. South Korea, Gyeongju
  6. South Korea, Seoul

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