South Korean Soul

South Korean Soul

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South Korean Soul

9 Days Starting and ending in Seoul Metropolitan Area

Visiting: Seoul, DMZ Tour Korea, Busan, Jeonju, Seoul - Hongdae

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

KPOP25

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History, Rail Tours

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Tour Overview

Ready to ride that K-wave? This is the South Korea trip you’ve been waiting for – with military history, majestic mountain views and a few robots in between. You’ll discover Seoul with local guides, zoom on a high-speed train, go extra authentic in Jeonju, and even star in your own K-pop video(!) With a night time boat tour, baseball, BBQs and plenty of delicious street food.

Highlights

  • Seoul: Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace and dress up in Traditional Hanbok dress and Learn about local Buddhist practices including tea making and Sutra script writing

  • The DMZ: Peace Tour including the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel the Dora Observatory

  • and Unification Village

  • Busan: Discover Busan's best spots with a local guide including the international market and Gamcheon Village

  • Jeonju: Visit a traditional Hanok enjoy a traditional bibimbap lunch and explore the city known for its Hanok heritage

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Seoul

Location: Seoul

Accommodation: Ibis Insadong Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Ibis Insadong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: None

Well hello there, and welcome to your trip to South Korea. You’ll meet your crew in the afternoon, and in a super central location too. Following on from some free time to explore the Insadong Hanok village, we’ll regroup for some famous Korean fried chicken (and beer too if you like – you’re on vacation after all).

Day 2 : Seoul

Location: Seoul

Accommodation: Ibis Insadong Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Ibis Insadong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Seoul City tour begins bright and early today with a visit to the traditional Gyeongbokgung Palace. To cap off the experience, we’ll also have the chance to dress in traditional Hanbok dress. Afterwards we’ll head to Seonsgu – one of the best up and coming districts of Seoul – to check out the shops, cafes and treat ourselves to some lunch. If the weather is kind tonight, we’ll head out to Yeouido Hangang Park for a riverside picnic. AKA vibes, tunes and convenience store ramen.

Day 3 : Seoul And Dmz

Location: Seoul, Seoul, DMZ Tour Korea

Accommodation: Ibis Insadong Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Ibis Insadong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we’ll head to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the strip of land which separates North and South Korea.
With a local guide on hand to answer our questions, we’ll see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory (where, if it’s sunny, you’ll be able to see all the way into North Korea) and then the Unification Village.
After a rather sobering morning outing, we’ll head back to Seoul in the afternoon for a sunset city walk (timings do apply for this one though).

Day 4 : Seoul To Busan

Location: Seoul, Busan

Accommodation: Felix by STX (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Felix by STX (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we’ll step away from the historic sites and hustle and bustle of Seoul and head off to Busan on a high-speed train (travellin’ like locals, baby)!
With a rich history, Busan is now known for its arty vibes, sumptuous street food and colourful buildings… so have your cameras at the ready. Tonight you’ll have a free evening to chill out with your Contiki crew. (Karaoke anyone?)

Day 5 : Busan

Location: Busan

Accommodation: Felix by STX (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Felix by STX (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wakey wakey folks, we have a whole day to explore the beauty of Busan (the world’s 5th largest port). Home to Haeundae, this is one of South Korea’s best beach spots – don’t miss those coastal walks and sublime city views. Any K-drama fans in the house? Talk to your Trip Manager about filming locations nearby from your favourite shows. Then tonight we’ll get together to enjoy Busan by night on a private yacht – complete with snacks, drinks and big tunes.

Day 6 : Busan To Jeonju

Location: Busan, Jeonju

Accommodation: Hanok Guest House (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hanok Guest House (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we’ll take a turn for the traditional with a visit to Jeonju – a UNESCO listed city recognised for its Hanok heritage.
After checking out spots from BTS’ music videos and sampling candy made famous from ‘Squid Game’, we’ll enjoy a traditional bibimbap lunch (that might be delivered to you by robot). This afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the traditional village, checking out the multiple crafts and cuisines on display. We’ll have time to learn about traditional Korean crafts and culture, and then tonight we’ll bed down at a local guest house and discover Korean hospitality at its finest.

Day 7 : Jeonju To Seoul - Hongdae

Location: Jeonju, Seoul - Hongdae

Accommodation: Amanti Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Amanti Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we're heading back to where it started - Seoul. We’ll stay in Hongdae – one of the city’s best up and coming areas, home to some cool shops, eateries and edgy nightlife.

Is it possible to visit South Korea without seeing Gangnam? Nope – that’s why we’ll make a pit-stop there. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local Buddhist temple to take part in some traditional Buddhist practices, including meditative art and tea making. Don't pass up the opportunity to catch a stray at one of Korea's famous baseball games.

Day 8 : Seoul - Hongdae

Location: Seoul - Hongdae

Accommodation: Amanti Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Amanti Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

On our final full day in Seoul, we won’t waste any time hangin’ around. After learning some sick moves at our optional dance class, you’ll have the chance to unleash your inner K-Pop star when we make our very own music video at HIKR Ground. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to shop for K-Beauty must-haves and traditional Korean cooking staples. Tonight, we’ll sign off with a farewell dinner… and it won’t just be any old farewell dinner. Korean BBQ? You bet.

Day 9 : End Seoul - Hongdae

Location: Seoul - Hongdae

Meals Included: Breakfast

And with that, our South Korea trip is complete. We’ll depart this morning after breakfast. Culturally fulfilled? Yep. Better and more well rounded? Of course. Already planning the next one? Absolutely.

What's Included

  • Accommodations

    Stay in a mix of hotels and traditional guest houses, including Ibis Insadong Hotel, Felix by STX, Hanok Guest House, and Amanti Hotel or similar.

  • Meals

    Enjoy various meals throughout the tour, including famous Korean fried chicken, traditional bibimbap lunch, and a farewell Korean BBQ dinner.

  • Transportation

    Travel like locals with included high-speed train rides and city tours.

  • Guided Tours

    Explore South Korea with local guides, visiting places like Seoul, the DMZ, Busan, and Jeonju.

  • Cultural Experiences

    Dress up in traditional Hanbok, learn about local Buddhist practices, and make your own music video.

  • Special Activities

    Enjoy unique experiences such as a private yacht tour in Busan and a visit to a local Buddhist temple for meditative art and tea making.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    Flights to and from South Korea are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Expenses for personal nature like souvenirs, laundry, and other personal items are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary are not included in the tour price.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

  • Meals Not Mentioned

    Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions are to be borne by the traveler.

Check out our Q&As

  • What cultural experiences can I expect on the tour?

    Cultural experiences on the tour include dressing up in traditional Hanbok, learning about local Buddhist practices, making your own music video, and enjoying unique experiences such as a private yacht tour in Busan and a visit to a local Buddhist temple for meditative art and tea making.

  • What are the highlights of the South Korean Soul tour?

    The highlights of the South Korean Soul tour include visiting the Gyeongbokgung Palace and dressing up in traditional Hanbok dress in Seoul, exploring the DMZ with a Peace Tour that includes the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, the Dora Observatory, and Unification Village, discovering Busan's best spots with a local guide including the international market and Gamcheon Village, and visiting a traditional Hanok in Jeonju, enjoying a traditional bibimbap lunch, and exploring the city known for its Hanok heritage.

  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in the Seoul Metropolitan Area.

  • Are meals included in the South Korean Soul tour?

    Yes, various meals are included throughout the tour, such as famous Korean fried chicken, traditional bibimbap lunch, and a farewell Korean BBQ dinner.

  • What special activities are included?

    Special activities included in the tour are a private yacht tour in Busan and a visit to a local Buddhist temple for meditative art and tea making.

  • What kind of transportation is provided during the tour?

    The tour provides transportation that includes high-speed train rides and city tours, allowing travelers to experience travel like locals.

  • What type of accommodations are included in the tour?

    The tour includes accommodations in a mix of hotels and traditional guest houses, including Ibis Insadong Hotel, Felix by STX, Hanok Guest House, and Amanti Hotel or similar.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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