This compact itinerary features all the best attractions of Seoul from historic villages to technological wonders. Also included is an unforgettable experience visiting the DMZ - the Demilitarised Zone bisecting the Korean Peninsula since a ceasefire to the Korean War was declared in 1953.
- Explore the lively and vibrant traditional markets of Insadong in search of a bargain
- Discover the historic beauty of the lovingly restored houses in the Yongin Korean Folk Village
- Experience the eerie drama of the Demilitarised Zone separating North from South Korea
Day 1: Seoul
Welcome and meeting by our local operator and transfer to your Seoul hotel. Hotel check in and overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Seoul (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, depart on a full day sightseeing tour of some of the highlights of Seoul. Begin with a visit to Gyongbok Palace, built in 1395 and arguably the most beautiful and grand of the five Seoul Palaces, before a tour of The Blue House – the Presidential Residence. This beautiful complex of buildings is built on 62 acres of gardens and is described by a stone inscription discovered on the site in 1990 as “The most blessed place on Earth.”
The next stop today is the Insadong, a large traditional market packed with tea houses, eateries, and shops selling traditional items such as antiques, pottery, handicrafts, books, and art. This neighbourhood is a fantastic location to experience Korean culture.
A visit to Bukchon Hanok Village is next. This delightful traditional Korean village dates back to the Joseon Empire and contains hundreds of examples of “hanok” houses previously home to high-ranking government officials and nobility.
The final site visited today is the N Seoul Tower, a 236 metre observation tower built atop the 243 metre Mt Namsan, from which a commanding view of the city can be had.
Day 3: Seoul – Yongin – Seoul (B)
Depart after breakfast today for a one hour drive to Yongin and a visit to the Korean Folk Village. This traditional site has been recreated with hundreds of traditional houses from around Korea which have been transported and lovingly restored to give visitors an in-depth experience of how local life was during the late Joseon period.
After returning to Seoul, the afternoon is at leisure to explore Myeondong, one of the most popular retail areas in Seoul where luxury and more affordable shopping abounds.
This evening you will get to experience Nanta, the most popular show in Korea’s history, and one which has played on Broadway and many other locations around the world.
Day 4: Seoul – DMZ – Seoul (B)
A memorable day today as you depart after breakfast for a trip to the DMZ – the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. This 250 km long and 4km wide stretch of land has split the Korean peninsula in half since the 1953 Korean War ceasefire. Due to the almost complete lack of humans in such a heavily controlled area, this section of land has become an extremely well preserved wildlife refuge.
During your visit you will go to the Imjingak Observatory, Unification Bridge, the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory from where you may be able to see North Korean Villages. The last site of interest on this tour is the now largely symbolic Dorasan Train Station. Although trains from Seoul terminate at the station four times a day, it is hoped that sometime in the future the service North through the DMZ and onto North Korea will resume.
Following your day in the DMZ you will be returned to your hotel.
1. You must have your passport with you on the tour.
2. Do not drinking alcohol before the tour.
3. You must follow the instructions of your tour guide while on the tour.
4. There is no special dress code.
- Accommodation at selected class of hotel for 4 nights with twin sharing basis
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotel
- Full tour & transfer with admission, parking & toll fees
- English speaking guide assistance throughout
- 1 bottle of mineral water for every day
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the below or similar
Accommodation based on the following or similar:
Seoul Ibis Insadong
Tourist Class: Ibis Insadong
First Class: Fraser Place
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