South Korea Family Adventure - 9 Days

South Korea
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Seoul - Admire the view from Namsan Tower, see Gyeongbokgung Palace, join a taekwondo class and watch an acrobatic Nanta Show, Jeonju Hanok Village - Stay overnight in Jeonju Hanok Village, home to over 700 traditional Korean 'hanoks,' and try your hand at a Bibimbap cooking class, Gyeongju - Join a walking tour of the ancient Silla capital, see Anapji Pond and drink tea in a 300-year-old teahouse, Golgusa Temple - Stay at a traditional Buddhist temple where you can join a meditation session, chat to the monks and eat local food, Busan - Take a dip at Songdo Beach, ride the Marine Cable Car, and try delicious street food at Jagalchi Fish Market

Departure dates

From 2024-05-26 to 2025-10-19

What's included

1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, including traditional vegetarian dinner during temple stay.
7 nights in 3 star hotels.
1 night simple hanok accommodation in Jeonju.
1 night Golgulsa Temple stay.
Entrance fees to all included sites.
Local English speaking licensed tour guides for scheduled sightseeing .
All transportation via public transport and private transfers.
Taekwondo class in Seoul.
Nanta Show in Seoul.
Korean Bibimbap cooking class in Jeonju.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1, Seoul
    Welcome to Seoul, the bustling capital of South Korea! Upon arrival at the airport, make your way to the hotel. At 14:30, there will be a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby. Here, you will meet your guide and fellow travelers.

    This afternoon, get ready to master the art of taekwondo with a class. Afterwards, choose to join the group for an optional dinner in Myeongdong or explore the area at your own pace.

    Cap off the evening with a scenic Namsan Cable Car ride to Namsan, where you'll visit the Namsan Tower Observatory, offering stunning views. Conclude the day with a cable car descent, returning to the hotel.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Seoul
    This morning, we will take public transportation to the iconic Gyeongbokgung Palace. Witness the fascinating Royal Guard Changing Ceremony before immersing yourself in the traditional Korean experience by renting a Hanbok. Enjoy free exploration of Gyeongbok Palace, with the option to join an English-speaking tour conducted by palace guides.

    Enjoy lunch, followed by a visit to the charming Bukchon Hanok Village. Take in the surroundings and proceed to Insadong for free time to explore traditional culture, antique shops, teahouses, and handicrafts.

    In the evening, experience the unmissable Nanta Show, a 90-minute comedy performance featuring chefs preparing a wedding banquet using kitchen utensils for percussion. Conclude the day with free time to explore Myeongdong.
    no breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, Seoul
    Enjoy a free day in Seoul to explore as you wish!

    Delve into the scenic beauty of Nami Island or experience thrilling rollercoasters at Korea's own "Disneyland," Lotte World. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Seoul by spending the day wandering through its bustling streets. Indulge in shopping sprees, dance to K-pop, and enjoy the diverse flavours of street food. The day is yours to shape however you'd like!
    No meals included.
    Day 4, Jeonju
    Seoul - Jeonju. This morning, take a taxi to Yongsan Station, where you will board the KTX train bound for Jeonju. Once in Jeonju, head to the Jeonju Hanok Village. After checking in your luggage, join a bibimbap cooking class. Bibimbap, a quintessential Korean dish, showcases a colorful ensemble of vegetables, rice, meat, and a spicy gochujang (red chili paste) sauce.

    After the cooking class, the remainder of the day is yours to explore the enchanting Jeonju Hanok Village - Korea's largest Hanok village. Roam the picturesque streets, discovering tasty snacks and hidden cafes.
    no breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Gyeongju
    Jeonju - Gyeongju. Today, we head for Gyeongju, taking an express limousine bus from Shiwye Bus Terminal. Upon arrival, join a captivating walking tour of the city. Explore iconic sites, including the Chunmachong Ancient Tombs scattered across Gyeongju's city center, Daereungwon Tumuli Park, and the oldest existing astronomical observatory in East Asia, Cheomseongdae. You will even get to taste traditional tea in a 300-year-old Hanok.

    As evening falls, enjoy a traditional Korean dinner before heading to Donggung Palace for enchanting night views of Anapji Pond.
    no breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 6, Gyeongju
    This morning, enjoy free time to explore Gyeongju at your own pace. Consider visiting Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Cultural Asset or the scenic Woljeonggyo bridge.

    In the afternoon, you will take a private bus to Golgulsa Temple for your overnight temple stay. You will be following the temple's schedule on your arrival day. After an orientation on temple etiquette, you will take part in activities including meditation, communal work, and Sunmudo training followed by a traditional vegetarian dinner to end the day.

    Tonight's accommodation embraces simplicity, aligning with the monks' lifestyle. Expect very basic amenities, with blankets, linens, and pillows provided for sleeping on the floor. Gender-segregated rooms, shared by 3-4 people, feature en-suite bathrooms. It's a communal experience where you may share your room with other travelers.
    no breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 7, Busan
    Gyeongju - Busan. This morning, wake up bright an early for a morning Buddhist chanting and meditation session, followed by a traditional Buddhist vegetarian breakfast. You'll have some time to rest before check-out and transfer to the station for your train journey to Busan.

    Our first stop in Busan will be the Gamcheon Culture Village, a vibrant and artistic community known for its colorful houses, narrow alleys, and creative street art. Enjoy free time to explore the village.

    We will then depart for Songdo Beach, where we'll embark on an adventure that includes a ride on the Songdo Marine Cable Car. For those seeking an extra thrill, an upgrade to a glass bottom cabin is available!

    Come evening, we'll explore the lively Jalgachi Fish Market, offering a delightful array of street food options from various vendors. Stroll through the trendy BIFF Square Entertainment and shopping district in Nampo-dong, where the evening will unfold at your own pace.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 8, Busan
    This morning, we will take the public bus to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a stunning temple nestled along the scenic shoreline and often hailed as South Korea's most beautiful.

    As the day progresses, venture to Gwangalli Beach in the afternoon. Here, unwind, take a refreshing swim, or dine in at a beachfront restaurant. Come evening, opt for an hour-long Sightseeing Boat excursion along the Busan coast.

    The remainder of the night is yours to spend at leisure. Seek recommendations from your guide to make the most of your final night on this memorable tour.
    No meals included.
    Day 9, Busan
    Busan - Seoul. This morning, check out of your hotel and take a taxi transfer to Busan station. Board the train bound for Seoul, where your tour arrangements upon arrival in the bustling capital. Safe travels!
    No meals included.
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