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Timeless South Korea

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(Tour code: CKJ20)

Known as the land of the morning calm

South Korea, also known as the land of the morning calm, is becoming ever more popular with travellers, yet still retains its authentic charm and guarantees many unique and truly memorable experiences - from its ancient temples to its tasty cuisine.

  • Seoul
  • Gyeongbok Palace
  • Kimchi-making class
  • Jeonju
  • Gyeongju
  • Busan
  • The demilitarised zone
What’s Included
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    Selected Lunches
  • Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Timeless South Korea 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Seoul

London to Seoul

Our South Korean adventure begins with an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Hong Kong. From here we join a connecting service to the South Korean capital where we'll spend the next two nights. We are welcomed on our first evening with a Korean style BBQ dinner.

Day 3 Gyeongbok Palace
Gyeongbok Palace

Discovering Seoul

Today includes a full-day's guided city tour that takes us to attractions such as Gyeongbok Palace, where we'll see the ceremonial changing of the guards, and Insadong Antique Alley. A creative hub in the 1930s, today Antique Alley retains its traditional atmosphere, selling, as you may have guessed, Korean antiques as well as catering for those looking to stop for a drink or snack with its authentic tea-houses and restaurants. Later we attend a delicious kimchi (famous Korean fermented cabbage) making class.

Day 4 Jeonju

Onwards to Jeonju

This morning we head south by coach to Jeonju, making a stop along the way at a ginseng market where we get to try a local delicacy - fried ginseng. On arrival in Jeonju we visit Hanok village, a heritage area made up of over 900 houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty, and which is home to the 15th-century Gyeonggijeon Shrine. We also stop at the Hanji Museum to try our hand at making customary Korean paper. Dinner tonight is served at a nearby restaurant.

Days 5-6 Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju
Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju

Exploring Gyeongju and Busan

We continue by coach to Gyeongju today, a destination on the south-eastern coast of Korea known for its historical remains. Here we make visits to Bulguksa Temple, Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae Observatory - the oldest stargazing tower in Asia. Following some free time this afternoon, we meet up in the evening for an excursion to Donggung and Wolji Pond. Once part of the palace complex of ancient Silla (built in the 7th century), after nightfall it is beautifully illuminated. Day 6 takes us to Busan, a beach-side location where we ascend Busan Tower for panoramic views over the city and Sea of Japan and experience a local fish market, amongst other activities.

Days 7-9 The Demilitarised Zone
The Demilitarised Zone

The demilitarised zone and London

We catch the train back to the capital today for free time at Namdaekun Market which sells plenty of genuine Korean trinkets and specialities, perfect for souvenirs or mementos of your trip. Day 8 includes an unusual excursion to a site not many people in the world can say they've experienced, the demilitarised zone that acts as a buffer between North and South Korea. A surreal area, a visit here allows you a glimpse into the 'hermit kingdom', something that really brings home the decades of tension that has existed between these two nations. On Day 9 we head to the airport for our flight back to London via Hong Kong.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Return flight from London to Seoul, via Hong Kong
  • Rail travel between Busan and Seoul
  • All coach transfers
  • Porterage included from Busan to Seoul

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation, including 4 nights at the 4-Star Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun in Seoul, 1 night at the 4-Star Ramada Hotel in Jeonju, 1 night at the 4-Star Commodore Hotel in Gyeongju and 1 night at the 4-Star Haeundae Grand Hotel in Busan

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tour of Seoul including Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong Antique Alley, Itaewon Street, North Seoul Tower & a Kimchi-making class
  • Visits to a Geumsan and a ginseng market
  • Guided tour of Jeonju including Hanok Village, Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Jeondong Cathedral
  • Visit Hanji Museum and experience making Hanji (Korean paper)
  • Tour of Gyeongju including Bulguksa Temple, Tumuli Park and Cheomseongdae Observatory
  • Evening visit to Donggung and Wolji Pond
  • Sightseeing tour of Busan including Busan tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market, Orukdo Skywalk, the UN Memorial and other local markets
  • Namdaekun Market in Seoul and visit to the War Memorial Museum
  • Korea's demilitarised zone including the Bridge of Freedom, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Kathryn Cambridge
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Timeless South Korea

Known as the land of the morning calm


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