Seoul & Silla Kingdoms - 6 Days

South Korea
Seoul - Explore South Korea's enigmatic capital to see the changing of the guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace and the iconic Blue House, Andong - Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hahoe Folk Village and Andong Folk Museum, Gyeongju - Discover the former capital of the Silla Kingdom and historic heart of the nation; Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park and the Sill royal tombs, Anapji Pond, the ancient Cheomseongdae Observatory, UNESCO Listed Seokguram Grotto - Uncover one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines and Bulguksa Temple

Departure dates

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

What's included

4 nights 4 star hotels, 1 night 3.
5 star hotel in Andong (5 star prices available on request, excluding Andong).
Breakfast daily.
Services of an English speaking guide/driver for all scheduled sightseeing.
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 6.
All transfers and tranportation in private air conditioned vehicles.
Touring of Seoul, Andong and Gyeongju.
Entrance fees to all included sites.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1, Seoul
    Welcome to Seoul! Upon arrival you will be met at Incheon 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 sightseeing
    Today, explore Seoul, the enchanting capital of South Korea. Your first destination is the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace, a historic gem that served as the primary royal residence during the Joseon Dynasty. Within the palace's picturesque grounds, delve into Korean culture and history at the National Folk Museum, gaining insights into the nation's rich heritage.

    Next, journey to Jogyesa Temple - the centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea. The serene atmosphere and beautiful architecture make it a truly captivating place to visit. Nearby, explore Insadong, a lively antique alley bustling with art galleries, antique shops, craft stores, pottery boutiques, traditional eateries, and cozy teahouses.

    The adventure continues with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Cheonggycheon Stream, which peacefully winds its way through the heart of the city, surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers. Stop at a local amethyst or ginseng shop before ending the day with a visit to the towering Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan. Here, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling cityscape from the observatory.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, Andong
    Seoul - Andong. This morning, leave Seoul and head southward to Andong, a place steeped in the traditions of Korean Confucianism.

    In the afternoon, explore the ancient UNESCO-listed Hahoe Village. Nestled among the serene landscapes, approximately 130 traditional houses, each bearing its unique charm, have been lovingly preserved by the same families for generations. As you wander through, you'll be transported back in time, experiencing the timeless beauty of Korean culture.

    Your exploration continues with a visit to the Andong Folk Museum which has several interesting exhibits relating mainly to Korea's folk traditions, the ritual standards of Confucianism and folk plays.

    Please Note: If travelling in 2025 you will continue to Gyeongju where you will spend the night.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Gyeongju
    Andong - Gyeongju. Continuing your journey southward, arrive in the city of Gyeongju, often referred to as the 'museum without walls.' This enchanting city served as the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57 BC to 935 AD, and it's a treasure trove of ancient Korean history and culture.

    This afternoon, first stop is the Gyeongju National Museum, a repository of countless treasures that showcase the remarkable legacy of the Silla Dynasty. Among its prized possessions is the 23-ton Emille Bell, cast in AD 771, a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of the era.

    Next, venture to Tumuli Park, a landscape dotted with gigantic grass-covered burial mounds that house the final resting places of Silla's royalty. Afterwards, head to Cheomseongdae Observatory, one of the world's oldest astronomical observatories. Standing tall as a symbol of ancient scientific inquiry, Cheomseongdae offers a window into the Silla Dynasty's achievements in the realm of astronomy.

    Your day ends with a leisurely stroll around the picturesque Anapji Pond, where the Silla royal family once found respite and relaxation.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Gyeongju
    Gyeongju - Seoul. This morning, the journey takes you to two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples. First stop is Seokguram Grotto, a masterpiece of Buddhist art and spirituality. Perched dramatically on the slopes of Toham Mountain, this grotto is considered one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines. Explore its sacred chambers and admire its intricately carved statues.

    The next destination is the beautiful Bulguksa Temple, a testament to the architectural and artistic prowess of the Silla Dynasty, having been constructed in 528 AD. This temple's beauty and historical significance make it a true jewel of Korean culture. Wander through its peaceful courtyards and admire the magnificent craftsmanship of its structures.

    In the afternoon, bid farewell to Gyeongju and journey back to the bustling capital, Seoul. This evening, you have the opportunity to spend your final night at leisure. Why not check out the city's vibrant nightlife or indulge in 'chimaek' - South Korea's favourite food combination of fried chicken and beer.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6, Seoul
    We hope you enjoyed your South Korean adventure! After breakfast and hotel check out, spend the remainder of the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    No meals included.
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