South Korean Express - 7 days

South Korean Express - 7 days

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South Korean Express - 7 days

7 Days Starting and ending in Seoul

Visiting: Seoul, DMZ Tour, Andong, Gyeongju-si, Bulguksa, Seokguram(Grotto)

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

939/SKEX

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

16 yrs with an accompanying adult

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Escorted Group Tour: See the best of South Korea, from vibrant Seoul - the nation’s captivating capital and the intriguing Demilitarized Zone, to the cultural and historic sights of Andong and Gyeongju - the museum without walls.

Highlights

  • Seoul - the nations captivating capital; Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong Antique Alley, Cheonggycheon Stream and Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan

  • The DMZ - one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, Imjingak Park built to honour the displaced from both the North and the South of Korea, Dora Observatory

  • Andong - UNESCO World Heritage listed Hahoe Folk Village and Andong Folk Museum

  • Gyeongju - former capital of the Silla Kingdom and historic heart of the nation; Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park and the Sill royal tombs, Anapji Pond, the ancient Cheomseongdae Observatory

  • UNESCO Listed Seokguram Grotto - one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines and Bulguksa Temple

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Seoul

Location: Seoul

Meals Included: No Meals

Sunday. Welcome to Seoul! Airport arrival transfer to our city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 : Seoul Sightseeing

Location: Seoul

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we discover highlights of the nation’s charming capital on a guided tour. First stop is the grand Gyeongbokgung Palace which was once the main residence of the Joseon Dynasty and within the beautiful palace grounds we visit the National Folk Museum which focuses on Korean culture and history.We continue on to Jogyesa Temple, the centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea and nearby Insadong, a lively antique alley, lined with art galleries, antique, craft and pottery shops, traditional restaurants and teahouses. We then take a stroll alongside Cheonggycheon Stream which runs serenely through the heart of downtown’s gleaming sky scrapers. Our final port of call is the lofty Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsa, which provides spectacular panoramic views of the city from its observatory.

Day 3 : The Dmz

Location: DMZ Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast

Seoul - DMZ - Seoul. We take an exciting excursion to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) today, which is located 45km north of Seoul and acts as the buffer zone and border between the two nations of North and South Korea. Our coach tour provides a fascinating insight into the events that resulted in Korea’s division and also includes a visit to Imjingak Park, built to commemorate those who lost their homes and families when Korea was divided and the 3rd North Korean Infiltration Tunnel. The tunnel, which is 1.5km in length and 150m below ground, was built with the intention of a surprise invasion by North Korea. You’ll also have the chance to peek into the reclusive northby visiting Dora Observatory situated on Mount Dora and visit Dorasan Station, once used for freight trains to travel between the South and the North. On the way back to Seoul the tour coach makes a stop at an amethyst or ginseng shop, for those who are interested. Our arrangements today are offered in conjunction with other travel companies ie. not soley On The Go. Your tour guide will not be accompanying you on the journey to the DMZ.

Day 4 : Scenic Andong

Location: Andong

Meals Included: Breakfast

Seoul - Andong. Leaving Seoul we travel south to Andong, the picturesque home of Korean Confucianism. On an afternoon tour we explore ancient UNESCO Listed Hahoe Village, where approximately 130 traditional houses of varying size and standard have been immaculately preserved by the same families for generations. We’ll also visit the Andong Folk Museum and the historic Dosansewon Confucian School, which was established in 1574.

Day 5 : Gyeongju - Capital Of Silla Kingdom

Location: Gyeongju-si

Meals Included: Breakfast

Andong - Gyeongju. Travelling south we reach historic Gyeongju - the ‘museum without walls,’ which was the capital of Silla Kingdom from 57BC to 935AD. This afternoon we visit Gyeongju National Museum which is home to countless treasures including the 23 ton Emille Bell cast in AD771. At Tumuli Park we see the incredible giant grass-covered burial mounds which house the Silla royal tombs and we take a stroll around scenic Anapji Pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure. Another highlight of today’s touring is Cheomseongdae Observatory, one the world’s oldest astronomical observatories.

Day 6 : Bulguksa & Seokguram Temple

Location: Bulguksa, Seokguram(Grotto)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Gyeongju - Seoul. This morning we visit two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed temples - Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, which is dramatically located on the slopes of Toham Mountain and the beautiful temple of Bulguksa which was built in 528 during the Silla Dynasty. Depart for Seoul this afternoon and spend your final evening at leisure in the capital.

Day 7 : Seoul

Location: Seoul

Meals Included: Breakfast

Saturday. After breakfast and hotel check out, spend the remains of the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star

  • 6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels

  • 6 breakfasts

  • Escorted by a qualified local tour guide (separate driver and tour guide for groups of 5 or more)

  • Touring of Seoul, Andong and Gyeongju

  • Guided tour of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). A full day coach tour - in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 7

  • All transfers and tranportation in private air conditioned vehicles

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture. For your tour guide and driver, we suggest you allow USD8 - 10 per traveller per day.

  • Entrance Fees: USD$25-$35pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

16 yrs with an accompanying adult

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 7

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

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

    Yes

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Mark Langer  

South Korean Express - 7 days

24-May-2016

I had a thoroughly good time in South Korea. The hotels were excellent and the itinerary was perfect for the relatively brief 7 days. There was a good balance between being guided and being left to ones own devices. My guide was very friendly and accommodating and took great care in ensuring I was satisfied with the tour. So on the whole, I was extremely satisfied with my holiday. Many thanks!

Giles Light  

South Korean Express - 7 days

12-Jul-2018

This was my first trip ever to South Korea and I was not disappointed. While much of our tour focused on history (back to the 6th and 7th centuries), we also got to see a lot of the new Korea. Because of the devastation caused during the Korean War, much of the construction within the country has been within the last 65 or so years. The airport in Seoul has to be one of the most modern in the world. The trip is definitely "On The Go," and the ability to walk 5km in a day is not an understatement. Fortunately, my three travel companions and I were apparently in good enough shape to handle the extensive walking required. This is definitely a 4 out of walking stick figure active tour. As an aside, the tour of the cave in the DMZ was demanding, especially for anyone over about 5 feet 7 inches. The ceilings are low and there is a long walk down a steep incline to get into the cave and to get back out. We wore plastic helmets, which was good since I banged my head several times on the way down and back (I'm 6 feet 3 inches tall). Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and my three other traveling companions were good and equally able to keep up. Post script: My brother had been stationed in Korea in the US Army over 40 years ago so that along with the current interest in North and South Korea along with the DMZ were of particular interest to me personally.

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