Run by: Selective Asia
Reference number: Essential South Korea
Essential South Korea delves deeper into the country, visiting the not-to-be-missed highlights as well as exploring the country’s seemingly untouched corners and natural attractions, all in just under two weeks.
Travelling from north to south, your first port of call is the sprawling metropolis of Seoul, where in addition to touring the city you will make a trip to the famous DMZ – the heavily militarised border between North and South Korea. Swapping city life for the countryside, your journey heads inland to the craggy peaks and forested slopes of Songnisan National Park. An overnight stay will give you time for trekking and the opportunity to soak up the tranquil surrounds. Your next stop is foodie-focused Jeonju, a designated UNESCO City of Gastronomy and the birthplace of bibimbap, one of Korea’s most well-known dishes. Naturally, your stay in Jeonju includes a cooking class (when in Rome…!)
From here, head eastwards to Gyeongju, frequently referred to as the ‘museum without walls’ due to its proliferation of cultural and historical treasures, before continuing south to Busan, the country’s second largest city, famous for its beaches and seafood.
From Busan, a high-speed train journey will return you to Seoul in time for your departing flight.
Day 1 - arrive Seoul
Day 2 - Seoul Old & New City Tour
Day 3 - DMZ Tour
Day 4 - Seoul, Suwon, Songnisan National Park, Beopjusa Temple
Day 5 - Songnisan National Park Trek, Jeonju
Day 6 - Jeonju, Hanok Village, Cooking Class
Day 7 - Jeonju, Gyeongju
Day 8 - Gyeongju Highlights Tour
Day 9 - Gyeongju, Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple, Monastic Life Experience, Busan
Day 10 - Busan Highlights Tour
Day 11 - Busan, depart Seoul
As with all our itineraries, we have created (some) free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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