Heart of Seoul City Break - 5 Days

South Korea
Seoul – Explore the nation's captivating capital, Gyeongbokgung Palace – Explore the ornate royal palace and wear a traditional Hanbok, Insadong – Discover traditional restaurants, tea houses and goods in this ‘Antique Alley’, Bukchon Hanok – Stroll around this enchanting village that houses over 900 traditional hanok houses, The DMZ - Visit one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, visit the Dorasan Observatory and uncover military secrets in the Third Tunnel that lies beneath the North and South Korean border, The War Memorial museum– Gain an insight into Korea’s turbulent history

Departure dates

From 2024-04-24 to 2026-01-01

What's included

3 breakfasts and 2 lunches.
4 nights 4 star hotels (3 & 5 star prices available, please enquire).
Services of an English speaking guide/driver for all scheduled sightseeing.
Transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
Entrance fees to all included sites.
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 5 (Incheon or Gimpo Airport).
Private excursion to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
Full day guided tour of Seoul.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1, Seoul
    Welcome to Seoul! Upon arrival you will be met at Incheon or Gimpo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the centre of Seoul.

    Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. This bustling city boasts a rich history reflected in its ancient palaces and shrines, while also showcasing futuristic skyscrapers and innovative architecture. Here, you can explore Korea's royal palaces and serene parks, shop at dynamic markets, enjoy diverse Korean cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant nightlife.

    The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore Seoul at your own pace.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Seoul
    Today, take in the highlights of the nation's capital with a full day tour. This morning there's the opportunity to try on a Hanbok - the traditional Korean dress which dates back thousands of years and is worn on special occasions. After dressing for the occasion, visit the beautifully ornate Gyeongbokgung Palace which is the largest and most famous of Seoul's Five Grand Palaces. Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) - the last dynasty of Korea.

    After a tour of the palace, watch the Changing of the Guard before proceeding to the lively antique alley of Insadong. Here, art galleries, antique shops, crafts shops, and pottery shops display their traditional goods.

    Korea is renowned for its wonderful, healthy cuisine and for lunch today, there's the opportunity to sample 'Bulgogi', which is a traditional dish made from thin, marinated slices of beef and pork.

    After lunch, explore the enchanting Bukchon Hanok Village, which is home to around 900 hanoks - traditional Korean houses, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Ending the day, you'll take in incredible panoramic views of the city from the 236-meter-high N Seoul Tower.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, Seoul
    Today offers you the freedom to explore Seoul at your own pace.

    We highly recommend a visit to the National Museum of Korea, where you can embark on a captivating journey through the nation's history, spanning from the prehistoric era to the Korean Empire period.

    Don't miss the opportunity to explore other notable attractions such as Bongeun Temple, a Buddhist sanctuary that proudly houses one of the tallest stone statues in the entire country. Changdeokgung Palace, renowned for its architectural beauty, is another must-see destination. Be sure to explore the enchanting Secret Garden within the palace grounds, where tranquility reigns supreme. Additionally, for a leisurely break, consider a peaceful stroll along the serene Cheonggyecheon Stream.

    Whether you're drawn to the chic bars and restaurants of Hongdae or the stylish boutiques of Apgujeong, Seoul welcomes you to enjoy its diverse offerings.
    No meals included.
    Day 4, Seoul
    Today, embark on a thrilling private tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a unique and historically significant area located just 45 kilometers north of Seoul. Serving as the buffer zone and border between the two nations of North and South Korea, the DMZ holds a special place in world history.

    Your tour begins with a visit to the Third Tunnel of Aggression which spans over 1,635 meters. This tunnel is one of the four tunnels that were secretly dug under the border between North and South Korea, intended for moving thousands of soldiers into South Korea for potential invasion. Next, continue to the Dorasan Observatory, offering breathtaking views of the Demilitarized Zone.

    Your journey then takes you to The War Memorial of Korea, a poignant museum that preserves artifacts such as weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia from the Korean War. After immersing yourself in the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula, enjoy a traditional Korean lunch featuring Bibimbap, a steamed rice dish adorned with assorted beef and vegetables. Afterwards, you'll return to your hotel, leaving the remainder of the day at your leisure.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Seoul
    We hope you enjoyed your South Korean adventure! After breakfast and hotel check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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