Group Tour 8 days from £1795 per person

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  Places Visited: Seoul – Daegu – Gyeongju – Busan – Seoul

This whistle-stop tour covers the major attractions of South Korea. Starting in the bustling metropolis of Seoul, you travel to the historic cities of Daegu and Gyeongju, studded with ancient temples and tombs, before returning to Seoul, taking in the abundant natural beauty.

• Korean Folk Village in Seoul
• Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicines
• World Heritage Sites of Gyeongju
• Beopjusa Temple with the tallest Buddha statue in Korea
• Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park

This tour is operated by our partners in country. The group size may vary from 2 people to 25 or more.

Holiday Types

Cultural Holidays Culinary Holidays in South Korea Family Holidays


Travel Arrangements

  • Group Size 2-25
  • Internal Travel  All road travel by shared coach
  • Accompanying Guide English Speaking escort and guides throughout
  • Accommodation  7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
  • Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast


Itinerary for Highlights of South Korea

Day 1

Whether you make your own way to Seoul or we arrange your flights, you will be met at Seoul Incheon Airport and transferred to Ibis Insadong or a similar hotel for a night’s stay. The remainder of your day will be at leisure.

A megalopolis of over 10 million people, Seoul feels like a city on a mission. Modernity is undoubtedly the capital’s keynote, but recent years have seen efforts to reconnect with its underlying natural landscape and history: the Cheonggye stream bisecting the skyscraper zone downtown has been uncovered to create a delightful green artery, while numerous medieval monuments have seen a well-deserved facelift, among them the building designated as National Treasure Number One: the Namdaemun Gate, a grandiose vestige of the 14th century Joseon dynasty.

Elsewhere, Seoul offers a fabulous choice of places to shop and eat. A great way to experience the capital’s quirky cuisine is to join our ‘Foodies’ tour’ of the city, where you’ll get a chance to sample such delights as crispy mung bean pancakes and orange teokbokki rice cakes, bibimbap (rice topped with sautéed vegetables and fermented soybean paste), and the tastiest local kimchi – the quintessential Korean snack.

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Day 2

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Seoul today. Start at the World Heritage Sites of Changedeok Palace and Huwan. Later, visit the Gwangjang traditional market. Proceed to the National Museum of Korea. End the day at N Seoul Observatory Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.

The Joseon dynasty was also responsible for one of Seoul’s other must-sees, Changdeokgung (‘Palace of Illustrious Virtue’), whose graceful apartments, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, hold displays of priceless Korean antiques. Descendants of the royals still live in buildings to the rear of the complex, where a secret garden, the Biwon, centres on an octagonal poolside pavilion from where you can gaze over the curvy rooftops and cypress trees to distant Namsan Hill.

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Day 3
Seoul - Deagu

This morning, visit Korean Folk Village to learn about traditional lifestyles. Then, drive to Mt. Songnisan and visit Beopjusa Temple, housing the tallest Buddha statue in Korea. Later, drive on to Daegu for an overnight stay at the Grand Hotel or similar.

Nestled in South Korea, Daegu is a vibrant city pulsating with culture and history. Embraced by nature's beauty, it boasts the majestic Mt. Songnisan, offering panoramic vistas and serene hiking trails. Within its embrace lies the revered Beopjusa Temple, a spiritual sanctuary adorned with ancient architecture and tranquil surroundings. Visitors are greeted by the towering presence of Korea's tallest Buddha statue, a testament to faith and tradition. Daegu's charm lies in its fusion of natural splendour and spiritual enrichment, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of South Korea's cultural heartland.

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Day 4
Daegu – Gyeongju

This morning, explore the sights of Daegu, including the Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicines. Yangnyeongsi Market has been a popular herbal medicine market since the 17th century. Later, visit the historic Seomun Market, one of the three markets from the Joseon dynasty. Later, drive to Gyeongju – the ancient capital of Silla Kingdom. This historic city with 52 designated sites is called the ‘Open-air Museum’. Stay for two nights at the Commodore Hotel or similar. In the afternoon, visit the Astronomical Observatory and Royal Tumuli Park, which houses Royal Tombs.

Gyeongju, South Korea's treasure trove of history, whispers tales of ancient majesty and cultural splendour. Wander through the enchanting Royal Tumuli Park, where grassy mounds guard the secrets of Korea's regal past. Gyeongju, a living museum of dynasties, offers a glimpse into Korea's illustrious heritage, where every stone tells a story of kings and monks, tranquillity and transcendence, inviting visitors to embark on a timeless journey through time.



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Day 5

Continue sightseeing in Gyeongju today, including the World Heritage Sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, which contain a monumental Buddha statue considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art. Later, visit the four-faced Buddha statue at Gulbulsaji and Gwaeneung Royal Tomb. End the day with a drive around Guryongpo Port, soaking in the coastal scenery.

Amongst these sacred grounds stands the illustrious Bulguksa Temple, a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture harmonizing with nature's embrace. Its intricate pagodas and serene gardens echo centuries of devotion and enlightenment. 

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Day 6
Gyeongju – Busan

This morning, visit Unmoonsa Temple before driving to Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. Stay overnight at Tower Hill Busan or a similar hotel. Afternoon visit Jagalchi Fish Market, Nampodong Market. End the day by visiting Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park for panoramic views of the city.

Visit the stunning Unmoonsa Temple, a testament to spiritual devotion and cultural heritage. Located in the heart of the majestic Jirisan National Park, its serene surroundings invite contemplation and reverence. Unmoonsa's significance lies in its royal connections. Here, amidst towering trees and murmuring streams, visitors discover a haven of peace where tradition meets tranquillity, which epitomises timeless beauty.

Later, you head for Busan, which pulsates with a vibrant blend of cultural dynamism, humanitarian spirit, and modern flair. Its bustling streets are a tapestry of tradition and innovation, where ancient temples stand in harmony with sleek skyscrapers. Dive into the lively hustle of Jagalchi Fish Market, where the aroma of fresh catches fills the air, igniting the senses with culinary delights. Wander through Gamcheon Culture Village, a kaleidoscope of colour and creativity where murals breathe life into every alleyway. In Busan, the spirit of community thrives alongside a quest for progress, creating a cityscape where past and present intertwine in captivating harmony.

Make sure to look out for the diamond Bridge!

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Day 7
Busan – Seoul

Following a leisurely breakfast, you head back to Seoul, with a journey time of 5-6 hours. On arrival, check-in at the for an overnight stay at the Ibis Insadong or a similar hotel.

If you have time in the evening, try to visit the hustle and Bustle of the vibrant Gangnam, followed by a spot of relaxation at the foot of the rainbow over the Han River, watching the thousands of fountains change colour with a backdrop of an illuminated Seoul.


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Group Tour 8 days from £1795 per person

What's included

✓   7 nights accommodation
✓   All road travel by shared coach
✓   English Speaking escort and guides throughout
✓   Breakfast and Breakfast daily
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in the tour itinerary

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