Places Visited: Seoul, Seoraksan National Park, Andong (Hahoe), Gyeongju
Just shy of a fortnight in duration, this 12-day tour offers exceptional variety. You’ll begin in the capital, acclimatising with visits to the city’s superb palaces, museums and atmospheric arts enclave of Insadong, with its old-style tea shops, and perhaps a trip out to the DMZ. From Seoul, your tour then swings northeast, delving into the country’s most spectacular mountain landscapes at the Seoraksan National Park, before heading to the central region of the peninsula at Andong, famed for its picturesque thatched villages and traditional hanoks.
Your final halt before returning to the capital for your flight home is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gyeongju, at the foot of sacred Mt Namsan, whose tombs and temples span over a millennium of Korean history. Allow an additional 4 or 5 days for a detour south to the mountain temples and subtropical beaches of Jeju Island.