Essential Korea

8 Days | 7 Nights

Price per person from *$3999 (*Based on Double Occupancy)
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From the bustling streets of Seoul, adorned with neon lights and skyscrapers, to the serene temples nestled in the countryside, Korea provides endless diverse experiences. Indulge in delectable street food, rejuvenate in traditional spas, or explore UNESCO World Heritage sites like Gyeongbokgung Palace. Whether visiting the DMZ, exploring antiquities in the “museum without walls” Gyeongju, or enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Seoul, Korea offers a unique and unforgettable journey.

  • Airport transfers
  • 5 nights 5-star hotel accommodation
  • 1 night 4-star hotel accommodation
  • 1 night Temple accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 5 lunches & 1 dinner
  • Travel by bullet train
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Description

Traveling to Seoul, Busan and Gyeongju offers a multifaceted exploration of South Korea, each city steeped in history, culture, and a distinct charm all its own. A temple stay experience adds greater depth of understanding to this vacation. 

Seoul, the dynamic capital, pulses with energy and innovation. Explore the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, a symbol of Korea's grandeur, contrasted by futuristic skyscrapers of Gangnam. Dive into traditional markets like Namdaemun and Dongdaemun, bustling with vendors offering everything from spicy kimchi to trendy fashion. At night, indulge in Korean barbecue or sip soju in trendy rooftop bars overlooking the city's glittering skyline.

Traveling to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) offers a glimpse into one of the world's most heavily fortified borders. Depending on local conditions, visitors may tour landmarks like the Joint Security Area (JSA), where North and South Korean soldiers stand face-to-face. Witnessing the tense divide and learning about the region's history provides a fascinating insight into political relations on the Korean Peninsula.

A bullet train ride away, Busan captivates with its blend of urban sophistication and coastal beauty. Explore the vibrant markets of Jagalchi and Bupyeong, where fishermen hawk their daily catch and food stalls tempt with fresh seafood delicacies. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Haeundae or Gwangalli, framed by towering skyscrapers and the serene waters of the East Sea. Wander through the colorful alleys of Gamcheon Culture Village, adorned with street art and quirky boutiques, or hike up the iconic Busan Tower for breathtaking views of the city's sprawling coastline.

Outside Busan, Golgulsa Temple Stay offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the serene ambiance of a traditional Korean temple. Participants engage in meditation, Buddhist rituals, and temple cuisine. Surrounded by tranquil mountains and ancient architecture, the experience provides a retreat from modern life, fostering inner peace and spiritual reflection amidst the natural beauty of South Korea's countryside.

Gyeongju mesmerizes with its ancient relics and serene landscapes. Known as the "museum without walls," it's dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites like Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram Grotto, showcasing exquisite Buddhist art and architecture. Stroll through the scenic grounds of Anapji Pond or hike up Namsan Mountain for panoramic views of the city and its historic treasures. Gyeongju's tranquil ambiance and rich cultural heritage make it a captivating destination.

Each city offers its own unique experiences, yet together they encapsulate the essence of South Korea's rich cultural tapestry and modern vibrancy. 

South Korea's efficient transportation network makes traversing these cities a breeze. The high-speed KTX trains connect Seoul, Gyeongju, and Busan swiftly, allowing travelers to maximize their time and explore more of what each destination has to offer. Additionally, convenient subway systems and intercity buses provide easy access to key attractions and hidden gems alike, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable travel experience.


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Price

Travel Dates

Price*
*Price per person from Based on Double Occupancy
Jun 1, 2024 - Jul 31, 2024 from $3999*
Aug 1, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024 from $4299*

Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Advertised price is valid for departures June 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024. Pricing for other dates on request. Prices are current at time of posting (4/9/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed.


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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • 5 nights 5-star hotel accommodation
  • 1 night 4-star hotel accommodation
  • 1 night Temple accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 5 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Travel by bullet train

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Itinerary

  • 01

    Day 1: Arrive Seoul

    Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your accommodation for the following three nights, Lotte Hotel Seoul, or similar. Rest of day at leisure. 

    • Lotte Hotel Seoul  (Deluxe)
  • 02
    Day 2 Gyeongbokgung Palace 1810006201709001k IR Studio Korea Tourism Organization

    Day 2: Seoul

    Embark on a captivating Seoul day tour starting with Gyeongbok Palace where you will admire its majestic architecture. Wander through Insadong Street's vibrant art scene, then explore the quaint alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village. Experience serenity at Jogyesa Temple before indulging in street food delights at Gwangjang Market, immersing in Seoul's rich cultural tapestry in a single day. (B,L)

    • Lotte Hotel Seoul  (Deluxe)
  • 03
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    Day 3: Seoul

    Embark on a riveting journey through the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), beginning at Imjingak Park. Cross the symbolic Freedom Bridge and descend into the depths of the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. Explore the DMZ Theater and Exhibition Hall for insights into Korea's divided history. From Dora Observatory, gaze into North Korea's landscape. Conclude at Dorasan Station and glimpse Unification Village en route, before returning to Seoul and visiting the War Memorial of Korea. (B,L)

    • Lotte Hotel Seoul  (Deluxe)
  • 04
    Day 4 Busan

    Day 4: Busan

    A driver will take you to the high speed rail station for your trip to Busan, where a guide will meet you at the station. Embark on a vibrant tour of Busan, starting with the colorful Gamcheon Cultural Village, adorned with whimsical street art. Dive into the bustling Jachalchi Fish Market, alive with the aroma of freshly caught seafood. Explore BIFF Square Plaza, a hub of cinema and culture, before ascending Busan Tower for panoramic views of the city's skyline. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at your hotel for tonight, Park Hyatt Busan, or similar.   (B,L)

    • Park Hyatt Busan  (Luxury)
  • 05
    Day 5 Temple and Monk

    Day 5: Temple Stay Golgulsa

    A  driver will transfer you to Golgulsa Temple for your overnight experience. Golgulsa Templestay offers a serene retreat amidst South Korea's natural beauty. Participants engage in Buddhist meditation, rituals, and temple cuisine, fostering inner peace and spiritual reflection. Surrounded by tranquil mountains and ancient architecture, the experience provides a rejuvenating escape from modern life. (B,D)

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    Day 6 Bulguksa gyeongju Temple

    Day 6: Gyeongju

    A guide will pick you up from the Temple and take you on a captivating tour of South Korea's historic treasures, starting with the ancient Cheomseongdae Observatory. Explore the majestic Daereungwon King’s Tombs, marveling at the ancient burial mounds. Continue to the exquisite Bulguksa Temple, renowned for its architectural beauty and spiritual significance. Conclude at Anapji Pond, a serene oasis steeped in centuries of history and natural splendor. Overnight in Gyeongju at Commodore Gyeongju Hotel, or similar. (B,L)

    • Commodore Gyeongju  (Deluxe)
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    Day 7 View of Seoul

    Day 7: Seoul

    Make your way back to Seoul on the high speed train. On arrival in Seoul, transfer to your hotel for tonight, Lotte Hotel Seoul, or similar. Rest of the day at leisure.  (B)

    • Lotte Hotel Seoul  (Deluxe)
  • 08
    Day 8 Seokguram Grotto Gyeongju

    Day 8: Depart

    You will be transferred to the airport for departure.  (B)


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