South Korea, K-Pop & Kimchi - 9 Days

South Korea
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Seoul - Explore the nations captivating capital. Shop for Kpop goods in Myeongdong, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and enjoy a cable car ride to N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan, Classes - Dance to choreography taught by K-Pop experts at a Kpop dance class & enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime makeup masterclass with leading Seoul MUAs, DMZ - Peek into the secretive state of North Korea from the Observatory and meet a North Korean defector, HIKR Ground - Explore the futuristic cultural center and create your own music video, Gangnam Style - Get excited for Hallyu K-Star Road, COEX Mall, and stroll through BTS RM Forest, Gwangju - visit Chungjang K-Pop Star Street, see the Hope World sculpture and explore Penguin Village, Busan - Explore the stunning Gamcheon Culture Village, hop on the Songdo Marine Cable Car for stunning Busan coastline views and visit Busan Citizen Park, known for a famous visit from BTS’s V

Departure dates

From 2024-05-11 to 2025-08-20

What's included

8 nights in hostel accommodation.
Local English speaking licensed tour guides for scheduled sightseeing .
Guided touring in Seoul, Gwangju & Busan.
All transportation via public transport, including the KTX from Busan to Seoul on Day 8.
Namsan Mountain Cable Car ride in Seoul.
Kpop Dance Class in Seoul.
Entry to Gyeongbokgung Palace.
DMZ excursion and chat with a North Korean defector.
Songdo Marine Cable Car ride in Busan.
Makeup Masterclass in Seoul.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1, Seoul
    Saturday. Welcome to Seoul, the bustling capital city of South Korea! Make your own way to your hostel and meet your Adventure Leader for a briefing of your adventure ahead.

    Spice up the night with an optional group dinner in Myeongdong, followed by a visit to the Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center - renowned for its K-pop merchandise bargains.

    Come evening, we'll take public transport to Namsan Mountain, where a cable car ascent awaits. Elevate your experience by taking a trip up to Seoul N Tower for stunning views so stunning of Seoul.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Seoul
    Today kicks off with a journey northward to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Your first stop is the Dora Observatory, offering a unique perspective as you peer across the border to catch glimpses of the North Korean villages. Grab those binoculars for an up-close view! Then, descend into the third tunnels, coming as close as a mere 170m to North Korea!

    As we make our way back to Seoul, get ready for a unique opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with a North Korean defector.

    Prepare for an afternoon that grooves to a different beat as you delve into the world of K-Pop. Join an incredible dance class where K-Pop choreographers will guide you through the moves step by step. Get ready to dance like a pro and unleash your inner idol! The day concludes with an optional night out in Hongdae.
    No meals included.
    Day 3, Seoul
    This morning we'll take public transport to Gyeongbokgung Palace, arriving just in time for the impressive 10am Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. For an extra touch of tradition, head to the nearby hanbok rental store where you can dress in beautiful traditional garments before exploring the palace.

    As the early afternoon unfolds, venture to Insadong, strolling through the charming Bukchon Hanok Village. Marvel at rare K-Pop treasures in KTown4U and then set your sights on the futuristic HIKR Ground. Learn about the K-Wave culture and try your hand at creating your own music video!

    Cap off the day with an optional group dinner and drinks in the vibrant district of Itaewon - you may recognize it as the setting of famous K-Drama 'Itaewon Class!'
    No meals included.
    Day 4, Seoul
    Get ready for a K-Pop extravaganza, as we visit Hallyu K-Star Road and encounter the legendary Gangnam Dolls. Capture the moment by posing with your favorite group's doll!

    Around midday, we'll head to COEX Mall, where endless restaurants, stores, and K-Pop memorabilia await. Don't miss the iconic library and the famous Gangnam Style statue. While here, try to keep an eye out for HYBE Insight in the nearby Samseong district.

    In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through the enchanting BTS RM Forest, a living tribute planted in celebration of the rapper's birthday and a testament to his dedication to environmental conservation.

    As the day winds down, enjoy a free evening to explore the district of Jamsil.
    No meals included.
    Day 5, Gwangju
    Seoul - Gwangju. Gear up for a morning transfer to your next destination - Gwangju. In the afternoon, check into your hostel - just in time for a visit to Chungjang K-Pop Star Street. This road stands as a tribute to K-Pop idols from Gwangju! While you're here, view handprint art with imprints from idols, wander through the star memorial hall, and explore the fan zone where idols have donated personal items for fans to admire.

    If you're part of the BTS ARMY, this next stop is for you! Visit the Hope World sculpture, a celebration of BTS's J-Hope, a proud Gwangju native. This monument is inscribed with over 21,000 messages from ARMYs worldwide. Nearby, explore the whimsical Penguin Village - a mural village featuring arts, crafts, and even more murals paying homage to J-Hope.

    End the day with the option to explore the vibrant 1913 Songjong Station Market.
    No meals included.
    Day 6, Busan
    Gwangju - Busan. Today, hop on a bus bound for the vibrant city of Busan! Upon arrival, our first destination is the picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village, renowned as a popular filming location. Keep an eye out for the vibrant mural dedicated to Busan's own BTS members, Jimin and Jungkook - a must-see for fans!

    Next, head to the scenic Songdo Beach, where you'll embark on the Songdo Marine Cable Car for breathtaking views of the Busan coastline. Return inland to the BIFF Entertainment Square, a trendy area perfect for street food and shopping, before enjoying a free evening at your leisure.
    No meals included.
    Day 7, Busan
    Kick off your morning with a visit to the renowned Busan Citizen Park, a familiar spot for fans thanks to a notable visit from BTS's V. Capture the moment with a photo opportunity at the exact spot where V left his mark.

    Following this, relax at a Korean jjimjilbang, a traditional bathhouse or opt for a visit to Dadaepo Beach, Jimin's favourite place in Busan! Located at the Nakdonggang estuary meeting the South Sea, this scenic sandy beach features a grand fountain at its entrance.

    As the night unfolds, you can opt to join your tour group for a session of K-Pop karaoke in Haeundae.
    No meals included.
    Day 8, Busan
    Busan - Seoul. We'll make our swift and stylish return to Seoul this morning via high-speed rail (KTX).

    Upon your arrival back in the city, get ready for the grand finale - a makeup masterclass led by a team of top-notch Seoul MUAs. Delve into the realm of cosmetics as they guide you through the use of products and expertly demonstrate application techniques, allowing you to achieve the iconic looks sported by your favorite K-Pop and K-Drama stars!
    No meals included.
    Day 9, Seoul
    Sunday. Sadly, today marks the end of your unforgettable South Korea, Kimchi & K-Pop tour. Say your goodbyes and make your way to the airport for your onward flight. May your departure be as smooth as a perfectly choreographed K-Pop dance!
    No meals included.
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