Welcome to South Korea

South Korea is a unique blend of futuristic design and ancient tradition, with every crook and corner offering something to capture your curiosity. A country steeped in culture, diverse history and a love of tantalising food, South Korea is full of unexpected delights.

Experience the innovative, forward thinking vibes of the capital Seoul, where modern and ancient design juxtaposes across the city. The hustle and bustle of the capital contrasts sharply to the peace and serenity to be found in the rural countryside, where traditional Korean lifestyles can be observed. As we journey further through South Korea, marvel at the ever changing landscape as we move from city, to countryside to the stunning coastal views found at the port city of Busan.

This beautiful country is teeming with intricate architecture and vivid colours, note the exquisite cherry blossoms that coat the country in vibrant pink, a phenomenon that occurs only once a year. This rare occurrence is a sight to behold and visitors from across the globe travel to Korea just to witness this beautiful act of nature. A country of diversity, cultural brilliance and extravagant art, South Korea promises to deliver an unforgettable journey of discovery.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience making the traditional Korean delicacy Bibimbap
  • Journey to Paju and overlook the border to North Korea
  • Witness the breath-taking and rare cherry blossoms
  • Visit the traditional Hanok Villages from ancient Korea
  • Observe the changing of the guards ceremony
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  • Dates & Prices

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    April 2 - April 12, 2019 (11 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £3299 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £2249 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2799 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1749 GBP Contact us for availability

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    Temple on the coast in South Korea
  • Asian Korean woman dressed Hanbok in traditional dress walking in Gyeongbokgung Palace.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights hotel accommodation at IBC Hotel in Seoul
    • 1 night hotel accommodation at ICC Hotel in Daejeon
    • 1 night hotel accommodation at JS Hotel in Jeonju
    • 1 night hotel accommodation at Benenchia Hotel in Suncheon
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation at Arban Hotel in Busan
    • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Seoul city tour
    • Nami Island visit
    • UNESCO Korean folk village visit
    • Jeonju visit
    • Suncheon Nagan Fortress visit
    • Suncheonman Eco Bay park visit
    • Haedong Yonggungsa temple visit
    • Gyeongju visit
    • Majang suspension bridge visit
    Sunset and reflection at river in Seoul,South Korea.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Tuesday 2nd April

Today we shall depart for our flight to South Korea.

Overnight in Flight.

Wednesday 3rd April

Today we will arrive in South Korea where we shall meet with our local guide. We shall head straight to the hotel to check in and get some much needed rest. Tonight we shall enjoy our first dinner together as a group, before the busy days ahead!

Dinner included. Overnight in Seoul.

Thursday 4th April

Today we embark on a guided city tour of this fascinating city. Our first stop takes us to the impressive Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of South Korea’s most renowned sites.

Gyeongbokgung translates to ‘palace greatly blessed by heaven’ and it is not difficult to see where its name came from, with its traditional architecture comparable to a work of art. We’ll observe the iconic changing of the guard ceremony, a nod to the old traditions of this cultural country. We will then make our way to visit the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a touch of serenity that cuts through the bustling centre of Seoul.

Following from this we will stop at Namsangol Hanok Village. Based below Namsan Mountain, this cultural garden preserves 5 traditional hanok houses.  Our day then continues with a cruise down the River Han, where we will observe the infamous and beautiful cherry blossoms, which only bloom in the first two weeks of April every year, perfectly timed with our visit. This will conclude our city tour and we will return to the hotel with dinner to follow.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Seoul.

Friday 5th April

Today we will visit Nami Island. Home to vast woodlands and stunning scenery, this popular Korean destination is an oasis of calm away from the busy centres of South Korea.  Once we have experienced the peace Nami Island has to offer, we will continue our journey and experience the infamous railbikes at Gangchon. Here, old rail tracks are used to create a rail park which runs along the Bukhangang River.  Following on from this we make our way to the Garden of Morning Calm, a breath-taking collection of gardens. These gardens boast 20 different themed sections, each one as spectacular as the next. With over 5000 varieties of plants, this magnificent garden promises to leave a lasting impression on each and every visitor. Following on from this we shall return to Seoul for the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Seoul.

Saturday 6th April

Today we will journey to Gwangmyeong Cave, an old gold mine now home to an array of attractions. Wander through these abandoned mines and enjoy the variety of activities on offer. Take time to stroll through the artistically lit caves or visit the underground lake that resides here. Following from this we’ll make our way to the Korean Folk Village to experience Korea’s culture and heritage. We will conclude today’s activities by learning how to make a staple within Korean cuisine, Kimchi – fermented pickles. Today’s adventure will then lead us to Daejeon for the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Daejeon.

Sunday 7th April

Today we continue our travels to the renowned city of Jeonju, famed for its love of food and its plethora of historic buildings. Here we will visit the city’s Hanok Village, the largest village of its kind remaining in South Korea. These traditional homes housed Korea’s wealthiest citizens and are recognised for their uniquely designed roofs. We will then visit Jeondong Cathedral, a Romanesque building that contrasts the quaint and delicate architecture found in traditional Korean buildings.

We then make our way to the Hanji Museum, where we will learn about Korean crafts and the intricate work behind Hanji- Korean paper. Hanji has played an important part in the culture of this fascinating country and after our tour we’ll get the opportunity to make our own! We will conclude the days activities by visiting the infamous Jeonju Rice Wine Street, where we will sample this traditional drink, accompanied by a tantalising array of side dishes- a true experience of Korean delicacies.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Jeonju.

Monday 8th April

Today we will visit what is largely regarded as the best preserved Korean fortress town, a contrast to the delicate feel of the hanok villages visited prior, where homes are built with only stone and thatched roofs. Here we will have an authentic experience of old Korea and feel history come to life.

After we have spent some time here we’ll move on and visit Suncheonman Ecological Park, a wetland home to lush verdant scenery and an abundance of wild animals. Take a moment to enjoy the peace and serenity this area of natural beauty has to offer as we meander through the wetlands. Once we have spent ample time here, we will return to our hotel in Suncheon for the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Suncheon.

Tuesday 9th April

Today we make our way from Suncheon to Busan. Our first stop of the day is at Taejongdae, home to rocky cliff faces and bright blue waters.  Here we will take the Danubi Train which runs through the park, stopping at destinations along the way. Once we have explored the park we will head to the popular Haendae Beach, arguably the prettiest beach in South Korea for some much needed relaxation time in the April sun.

We will also visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a unique temple in Korea, set along the coastline overlooking the ocean. Today we will also find ourselves at the Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest market in Korea and famed throughout the country. Here we gain an insight into the real lives of the people of South Korea as we immerse ourselves into this bustling market. After the days activities we will return to our hotel for the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Busan.

Wednesday 10th April

Today we embark on a trip to Gyeongju, South Korea’s ancient capital. This city is laden with history; ruled by the Silla dynasty for 1000 years, remnants of their extravagant lifestyle can be seen throughout the city. Here we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Yangdong Village, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, and discover the Buddhist influences throughout these ancient structures. These pieces of architecture are all linked to one another and are said to represent the enlightenment and utopia from Buddha. We will then return to Busan for the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Busan.

Thursday 11th April

Today we will return to Seoul for our final day of the trip on a Korea Train Express (KTX). Once we arrive in Seoul we will make our way to Paju, a quaint town known for its quirky vibe and artistic nature. Here we’ll visit the Odusan Unification Tower and Observatory, where the Imjin River border between North and South Korea can be viewed. Here we can learn some of the history of these two conflicting countries as you can see the facilities and defences of South Korea but also get a glimpse of everyday life on the North Korean side of the border, just 2km away. Once we have spent time here we’ll make our way to the Majang Suspension Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in the country renowned for its location between beautiful scenery – a real sight to behold. Our days activities will conclude with a bibimbap making experience, traditional Korean cuisine made from rice and mixed vegetables and meats – a delicacy no trip to this fascinating country would be complete without! We will then return to Seoul for the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Seoul.

Friday 12th April

Today unfortunately we depart South Korea and begin our journey back home.

Breakfast included.

No visa is required for UK passport holders entering Korea as a tourist for less than 90 days.

A single room is available at an additional cost of £450, subject to availability.