Taste of South Korea

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Experience the wonders of South Korea with Travelmarvel. Explore Seoul, visit the DMZ and indulge in the country’s mouth-watering cuisine along this premium journey.

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From $3,795* per person, twin share

8 Days | Seoul Return


  • Seven nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • 13 meals – 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Indulge in a traditional Korean BBQ dinner in Seoul
  • See the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace
  • Experience a traditional Korean village at Bukchon Hanok
  • Enjoy tea time with a monk at Jogyesa Temple
  • Take a moonlight stroll around Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

Trip code: SKT08


Day 1: Arrive Incheon, Seoul

Arrive into Incheon and transfer to Seoul.

Insider Experience: Join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Korean-style BBQ house. Smoky meats and sizzling savoury pancakes are often on the menu.

After dinner, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel which is located in the heart of Seoul.

Stay: Three Nights, Seoul, Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Seoul

Fill up at breakfast this morning - you're in for a full day of sightseeing. Begin at the City Hall plaza, walk through the giant Gwanghwamun Gate plaza and onto Gyeongbok Palace. The excitement begins with Gyeongbok Palace, the largest palace in South Korea. Built in 1392 at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty, it was the main royal palace for five centuries. After a number of Insider Experiences, your final stop for today is Insadong Antique Alley, where quirky amulets and jewellery among other wares are scattered across stalls. Poke around the many streets, maybe picking up a souvenir or two.

Insider Experiences:

  • At Gyeongbok Palace, witness the changing of the guard ceremony.
  • Learn how to make South Korea’s favourite dish, bibimbap, during a cooking class and demonstration.
  • Visit Bukchon Hanok, a traditional hanok village, before visiting Jogyesa Temple for the chance to share tea with a monk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Seoul, Paju, Demilitarised Zone

Today is dedicated to the relationship between North and South Korea. You'll visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) in Paju to gain an understanding of the bordering countries. See Imjingak Park, the Bridge of Freedom and the Third Infiltration Tunnel, where it's believed that some 30,000 soldiers could pass through within an hour. You'll also spend time at the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall, and the station, along with Dora Observatory, which offers binocular views into North Korea. Return to Seoul for an afternoon visit to the War Memorial Museum to reflect further on the conflict.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Seoul, Busan

After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Busan.

Insider Experience: Board one of South Korea’s famous KTX Express Trains to Busan. Watch the beautiful countryside whip past your window, and jet right past busy cities as your train reaches speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour.

Upon arrival in South Korea's second-largest city, you'll be taken on a city sightseeing tour of some of Busan's most well-known sites. Begin at Busan Tower, which offers a great vantage point to the city's bustling port. Visit Jagalchi Fishery Market, the largest seafood market in South Korea. Here, locals select their seafood straight from the ocean and take their purchase to the market's chefs to be prepared just how they like it, for a fresher-than-fresh seafood lunch. Finish your explorations in Gamcheon Village, a mishmash of pastel-coloured houses, street art and art galleries.

Stay: Busan, Avani Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Busan, Gyeongju

There's more of Busan to be explored this morning. At Taejongdae observatory, admire sweeping views of the natural wonders of Taejongdae Resort Park. Continue to the United Nations Memorial cemetery- the only one of its kind. Afterwards, voyage to the seaside for a visit to Haedong Yonggung temple before journeying to Gyeongju. Be welcomed into the ancient city with a traditional performance at Jeongdong Theatre.

Stay: Two Nights, Gyeongju, Commodore Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Gyeongju

Set your sights on the World Heritage Bulguksa Temple resting on the slopes of Mt Toham. Built in 774 AD, the temple is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art. Nearby, explore Seokguram Grotto and see the giant Sakyamuni Buddha, which is buried in the grotto’s inner chambers. Afterwards, take a stroll across the green grounds of Tumuli Park and Family Choi's House, the oldest house in the area which was built in 1630, also visit the Cheomseongdae observatory. After time for dinner, this evening experience a special Insider Experience.

Insider Experience: Join a moonlight tour to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, once part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Gyeongju, Gayasan National Park, Seoul

Make the journey by coach to Haeinsa Temple. As one of the three principal Buddhist temples in Korea, discover Buddhist scriptures within the temple, which have been carved into more than 80,000 wooden blocks. Afterwards, head to Dongdaegu train station to board a KTX Express Train to Seoul (Insider Experience). Tonight, celebrate your holiday with your fellow travellers and Tour Director with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Seoul, Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Seoul, Depart Incheon

Breakfast is served at your hotel this morning before a transfer takes you to the airport where your South Korea adventure comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast

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