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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan

Essential South Korea

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,320 pp incl. flights


Short description

An introduction to Korea, from thousand-year-old capitals to skyscraping modernity


  • In Seoul, discover the rich past of a modern megacity
  • Uncover Gyeongju’s mysteries – one of Asia’s finest temple complexes
  • Step into the Hermit Kingdom at the North Korean border
  • Tour the water temples and local markets of beach-city Busan
  • Travel in style with private touring and transfers throughout

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Seoul
  • 2 Nights Gyeongju
  • 1 Night Busan
  • 1 Night Seoul


Recommended for:
City | History & culture

Showcase Korea’s highlights both ancient and cutting-edge modern on this independent tour. Everything from Seoul’s castle-palaces and Busan’s beach-city neon to water temples and thousand-year-old royal capitals will be brought to life by the services of a private guide throughout. For extra flavour, you’ll also enjoy a range of included extras, such as stage performances, seafood-market tastings and even a trip to the North Korea border. Along the way, you’ll travel in style, with private transfers throughout and trips on the KTX – Korea’s answer to the Japanese bullet train.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Begin your trip in style with complimentary airport lounge access before boarding your overnight flight to Seoul.

Days 2-4

Arriving into Korea’s pulsating capital, you’ll be met at the airport and brought to your central accommodation, next door to the city gate or grand city hall. The next day, your private guide will bring you between Seoul’s neon and skyscraping steel to showcase its heritage delights. Highlights include Gyeongbokgung Palace’s spectacular tiers, Jogyesa Temple’s colourful repose and the giant watchtowers of Hwaseong Fortress. On your last day, a private tour of the Demilitarised Zone will see you step into North Korea, spotting soldiers, fabricated towns and infiltration tunnels. On return, you’ll be treated to one of Korea’s favourite stage shows – Nanta, a humorous story of four struggling chefs. Alternatively, you could opt for a visit to Paju city and Imjingak Park, including a tour of the Bridge of freedom. Then take a Gondola to Odusan Unification Observatory.

Stay: Gracery Hotel Seoul (Superior) or Lotte Hotel Seoul (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 5-6

In between private station transfers, you’ll make the trip south, through the countryside, to Gyeongju, travelling aboard the KTX. As the country’s ancient capital, its rich past spans thousands of years, remembered by Korea’s largest traditional village and one of Asia’s most impressive temple complexes. You’ll take it all in on private guided tours, stopping at Buddhist shrines, lakeside palaces and temples that date back to the 7th century. You’ll also take time out with the Gyeongju National Museum and Tumuli Park’s thousand-year-old burial mounds. There’s even Asia’s – and possibly the world’s – oldest surviving astronomical observatory. 

Stay: Commodore Hotel Gyeongju (Superior) or Lahan Select Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7

Today you’ll be met by a private driver and brought to Busan – Korea’s second city where giant skyscrapers look down on inviting beaches. Along the way, you’ll stop at Haedong Yonggungsa, a 14th-century water temple perched precipitously on the rocky coast. You’ll then be brought into the city to taste your way through the colourful bustle of Jagalchi – the country’s most famous fish market. End the day at Dongbaek Island, looking back along Haeundae’s golden sands for spectacular views of the city’s reaching skyline. And, you’ll stay right on its beachfront, ideal for relaxing in the sun or tucking into the city’s traditional seafood.

Stay: Shilla Stay Haeundae Hotel (Superior) or Paradise Hotel Busan (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8

Private station transfers will once more bookend your KTX trip, this time seeing you back Seoul. You’ll have the last day at leisure, perhaps relaxing at your hotel’s rooftop bar to drink in citywide views or heading out to explore. Neon Hongdae welcomes with samgyeopsal barbecue joints and lively bars, while energetic markets hawk up street-food delights. For the best views, however, make for Namsan Seoul Tower, which offers 480m-high panoramas. Then, perhaps end your day with a true Korean tradition – a visit to a jimjilbang sauna.

Stay: Nine Tree Premier Myeongdong (Superior) or Sofitel Ambassador Hotel Seoul (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 9
Depart for UK

After breakfast, a final private transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

9-day tailor-made holiday
from £4,320 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £4,320 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,755 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access (subject to airport and departure terminal)
  • Return international flights from the UK to Seoul
  • 7 nights accommodation staying in 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • Private transfers and touring with English-speaking guide (days 2 to 6 only) as specified

Please note: additional surcharges apply for travel during the Golden Week holidays, cherry blossom season and certain summer peak season travel dates. Please call for more details. 

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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