South Korea Highlights
Discover the best of South Korea on this 8 day adventure!
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Group Size: Max 14, avg 12
Trip code: AKSS
Duration: 8 days
Get off the beaten track as you explore South Korea for a fantastic 8 day trip. Visit traditional street markets, sample tasty Korean cuisine, drift away in a gorgeous Busan temple and experience the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea with your very own eyes. Learn about South Korean culture and experience everyday life in this beautiful part of the world. This is a trip you won’t want to miss!
- Go back in time to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
- Stay overnight in a beautiful temple in Busan
- Enjoy the delicious cuisine of Korean street markets.
- Explore the funky nightlife of Seoul
- Experience traditional Korean life in Yangdong Folk Village
Day 1: Hello South Korea – Arrive in South Korea and meet your new travel buddies and trip leader at a welcome meeting. Then take a walk along the beautiful Cheonggyecheon Stream. See the city at night before hitting the hay for more adventures tomorrow.
Day 2: Seoul - Explore Seoul’s stunning skyscrapers and funky mix of pop culture before visiting the Gyengbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, the National Folklore Museum, Insadong alley and the Bukchon Hanok Village.
Day 3: DMZ – The morning soaking up the sights of the DMZ, the border between North and South Korea, and be amazed at the wildlife and nature that has taken over the area. Then make your back into the hustle and bustle of the city as you let loose and discover more of the nightlife with your pals.
Day 4: Gyeongju-si - See magnificent UNESCO World Heritage temples today as you travel to Gyeongju. Find historic sights or go and relax by the calm vibes of the gorgeous Anapji Pond.
Day 5: Busan - Visit the breathtaking 500-year old UNESCO site of the Yangdong Folk Village in the beautiful Gyeongju National Park. Journey to the gorgeous 14th century Haedong Yonggungsa before continuing to Busan, where you can chill out on Haeundae Beach, considered South Korea’s most beautiful beach.
Day 6: Busan - Stop by the colourful Jagalchi fish market, Gukjesijang market and Yongdusan Park. After feeling like a true local, venture to a magical temple where you’ll stay for the night!
Day 7: Seoul – Travel back to Seoul, and have the afternoon to explore the city. Wander through the Namdaemun Market before making your way to the N Seoul Tower landmark via a cable car. Then enjoy free time and opt to see the Floating Islands, Banpo Bridge or the modern Gangnam district.
Day 8: Goodbye - Wave goodbye to your Korean adventures and your group as you depart this spectacular part of the world at any time today. South Korea misses you already!
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You should arrive into Seoul in South Korea on day 1 of the trip in time for the welcome briefing at 6pm. On day 8 of the trip, you will depart again from Seoul at any time you wish.
During your trip you will be staying for 6 nights in standard hotels and 1 night in a multi-share temple.
7 breakfasts & 1 dinner are included on this trip.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This fantastic trip is an open-aged experience that caters for a mix of younger and older travellers. This means that you may travel with people who are outside your own age group. Such a mix of ages creates a great group dynamic and enhances the travel experience, as you get to know a range of people with different stories to tell!
British citizens can enter South Korea for up to 90 days without a visa. You must also have an onward or return ticket out of the country. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.