Scenic South Korea
Your Fly and Tour Package includes:
- International flights to South Korea
- 11 nights Scenic South Korea Guided tour with Wendy Wu
- 4-star Accommodation throughout the tour
- All meals included (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 14-26 October 2024
Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details
Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities & flight upgrades available on request.
Days 1-2: Fly to Seoul
Fly overnight to Seoul, South Korea’s dynamic capital. On arrival you will be met by a driver and transfer to your hotel. Please note your driver may not speak much English. In the evening, meet your guide and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Explore Seoul
Following your welcome meeting at the hotel, begin a full day tour of Seoul by heading to Gyeongbok Palace to watch the 'Changing of the Guards' ceremony, and then visit the Palace itself and the surrounding grounds. Next, attend a Korean cooking class – making traditional Bibimbap and enjoy your own creations for lunch! Also visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage registered Jongmyo Royal Shrine and then head to the observation deck of the N Seoul Tower for panoramic views over the city. Due to a change in local traffic laws, you will need to leave the coach and travel by public bus to/from the tower. Round the day off by watching an award-winning ‘Nanta’ show, a nonverbal performance. A total of 5 hours on foot today.
Day 4: Visit Soswaewon Garden
Journey around 4.5 hours by coach and visit a Bamboo Forest called Juknokwon, where you will stroll around parts of the forest for around 1 hour over a mix of flat and uneven terrain. Next, head to Damyang and stroll around Soswaewon Garden, a private garden where the beauty of traditional Korea is preserved. Continue around 1 hour by coach to Gwangju. Passing through the old town of Yangnim-dong, a neighbourhood that transports its visitors back in time almost 100 years. A total of 3 hours on foot today.
Day 5: Explore Seonamsa Temple
Transfer around 1 hour to Boseong and visit a green tea plantation, the best tea producing area in Korea. Take a short hike up to the observation deck to enjoy the full view of the field, this will involve climbing some steps. During your visit you will also get the chance to taste some green tea or green tea ice cream. Continue around 1 hour to Suncheon and visit Seonamsa Temple complex, famous for its beautiful arched stone bridge. The walk from the bus to the temple is around 10-15 minutes on a flat road, however the terrain is uneven with some steps at the temple complex itself. Also visit Nakaneupseong Fortress Village where you can observe the indigenous lifestyle of the southern area of Korea and try your hand at traditional handkerchief dyeing. A total of 4 hours on foot today.
Day 6: Travel to Busan
Transfer just under an hour to Yeosu and take a cable car, enjoying the beautiful ocean scenery and numerous islands of Yeosu. Visit Odongdo Island, where you can stroll around and enjoy the scenery. Continue 3 hours to Busan, the largest port city in South Korea. A total of 2 hours on foot today.
Day 7: Discover Busan
Enjoy a full day tour of Busan, starting with a stroll through the famous Jagalchi Fish Market, one of the largest seafood markets in Asia. Next, visit the observation deck at Busan Tower, followed by browsing the stalls at Kukje Market. After lunch, head to Oryukdo Skywalknand then continue to Dongbaekseom Island and visit the Nurimaru APEC House before strolling along the esplanade of Haeundae Beach, enjoying the ocean views. Later, transfer around 1.5 hours to Gyeongju, the ‘Museum without Walls’, and stay overnight at Bomun Lake, which is famous for its cherry blossom. A total of 5 hours on foot today.
Day 8: Explore Gyeongju
Enjoy a full day tour of Gyeongju starting at the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, both designated as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. At both places, the terrain is uneven with steps, but there are handrails. After lunch, head to Gyeongju National Museum which preserves much of the Silla heritage. Also visit Tumuli Park, where you will enter the excavated tomb, and stroll along Anapji Pond. A total of 5 hours on foot today.
Day 9: Visit Naksansa Temple
Journey around 4.5 hours by coach to Sokcho and visit Naksansa Temple that boasts a 1,300-year history. See the 15-metre high Buddha statue standing on a hill, gazing out over the East Sea. The terrain is flat, however there are some steps and slopes also. A total of 2 hours on foot today.
Day 10: Mt Seorak
Spend the day in Seorak National Park, considered one of Korea's most beautiful mountains with its granite peaks, lush green valleys, and dense forests. Take a 1,100m-long cable car and then hike up to Gwongeumseong Fortress. Sections of the walk are over a flat walkway, however there are also sections which can be rocky and uneven, but the exceptional views are well worth it! Return to the base by cable car and after lunch, enjoy hike along the valley. The walk is over flat ground, however the last section is over uneven terrain. There will be some free time should you wish to visit the Sinheungsa Temple at your own leisure. A total of 3-4 hours on foot today.
Day 11: Return to Seoul
Transfer around one hour to Gangneung to board the train back to Seoul. The journey is around two hours. After arriving in Seoul, enjoy lunch and then check in to your hotel for some time at leisure. Insadong Alley is situated right next to the hotel and provides the perfect opportunity to browse the local stalls to take some souvenirs back home. When taking the high-speed train, your luggage will be transferred separately and arrive later the same day.
Day 12: Seoul
A 5am start is required today as tickets to enter the DMZ are extremely limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Whilst every effort will be made to get the tickets, should this not be possible, then you will instead take a ride on the DMZ gondola and visit the Odusan Unification Observatory. A breakfast box will be provided. You MUST bring your passport. Should you not wish to visit the DMZ, then the day is at leisure on your in Seoul.
Terms & Conditions
Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 22 June 2023 and can be withdrawn without notice. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.