South Korean Express - 7 Days

South Korea
Seoul - Explore the nations captivating capital; Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong Antique Alley, Cheonggycheon Stream and Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan, The DMZ - Visit one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, Imjingak Park built to honour the displaced from both the North and the South of Korea, Dora Observatory, Andong - Discover 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 - Marvel at one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines and Bulguksa Temple

Departure dates

From 2024-05-05 to 2025-11-09

What's included

6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels.
6 breakfasts.
Escorted by a qualified local tour guide (separate driver and tour guide for groups of 5 or more).
Touring of Seoul, Andong and Gyeongju.
Private excursion to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 7.
All transfers and tranportation in private air conditioned vehicles.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1, Seoul
    Sunday. Welcome to Seoul! Upon arrival you will be met at Incheon Airport and transferred to our 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. The subway station is within walking distance of the hotel, giving you easy access to all areas of the city.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Seoul Sightseeing
    Today, we explore Seoul, the enchanting capital of South Korea. Our 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, we delve into Korean culture and history at the National Folk Museum, gaining insights into the nation's rich heritage.

    Next, we 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, we explore Insadong, a lively antique alley bustling with art galleries, antique shops, craft stores, pottery boutiques, traditional eateries, and cozy teahouses.

    Our 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. We'll end 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, The DMZ
    Seoul - DMZ - Seoul. This morning, we depart for an exhilarating excursion to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a historically significant area located just 45 kilometers north of Seoul. The DMZ, acting as a buffer zone and the border between North and South Korea, holds a unique place in world history.

    Our first stop is Imjingak Park, a poignant memorial built to honour those who tragically lost their homes and families during the tumultuous separation of Korea. We'll then delve deep into the mysteries of the 3rd North Korean Infiltration Tunnel, a subterranean passage stretching 1.5 kilometers in length and plunging 150 meters below the ground. This tunnel serves as a chilling reminder of North Korea's intentions for a surprise invasion.

    For those eager to catch a glimpse into the North, we've got you covered. Our next destination is the Dora Observatory, perched on Mount Dora. From this vantage point, you can peer across the border and get a rare view of the secretive northern territory.

    On our way back to Seoul, we'll make a stop at either an amethyst or ginseng shop.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Scenic Andong
    Seoul - Andong. This morning, we leave Seoul and head southward to Andong, a place steeped in the traditions of Korean Confucianism.

    In the afternoon, we 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.

    Our exploration continues with visits to the Andong Folk Museum and the historic Dosansewon Confucian School, which was established back in 1574. This educational institution offers a fascinating glimpse into the Confucian values that have shaped Korean society and continue to resonate today.

    Please Note: If travelling in 2025 you will visit the Byeongsansewon Confucian School instead and continue to Gyeongju where you will spend the night.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Gyeongju - Capital of Silla Kingdom
    Andong - Gyeongju. Continuing our journey southward, we 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, our 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, we venture to Tumuli Park, a landscape dotted with gigantic grass-covered burial mounds that house the final resting places of Silla's royalty. Our journey continues with a leisurely stroll around the picturesque Anapji Pond, where the Silla royal family once found respite and relaxation.

    Last stop of the day is a visit 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.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6, Bulguksa & Seokguram Temple
    Gyeongju - Seoul. This morning, our journey takes us to two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples. Our 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.

    Our 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, we 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 7, Seoul
    Saturday. 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.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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