Best of South Korea

9 days from $5,391 per person*
  • Visit the DMZ and explore the ‘third tunnel’ with your expert guide.
  • Take in the unforgettable views of Jeju Island & the East China Sea from ‘Sunrise Peak’.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Joseon Dynasty in your private Guemgang Park tour.
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of Seoul's highlights.
  • Featuring private transfers & an expert selection of hotels throughout.
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Forget everything that you thought you knew about South Korea. This is a place where centuries-old traditions meet modern culture, and soaring cities co-exist with lush landscapes. With an expert private guide you'll experience the very best that this glittering country has to offer.

Get to know the seductive capital of Seoul, a city that blends the old with the new like no other place on earth. Visit the notorious Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which winds 151 miles across the Korean Peninsula. You'll explore the "third tunnel" and get a fascinating glimpse into the tumultuous history of North and South of Korea. Follow in the footsteps of the Joseon Dynasty in your private Guemgang Park tour then sail to exclusive Jeju Island for a scenic island escape. Explore lava tubes, Grandfather stones and dormant volcanoes, and hike to the picturesque Sangumburi Crater to take in the views of the East China Sea.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Incheon Airport with Guide - Mini Van/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Tour - Private - Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong & Jongmyo (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Tour - Shared - D.M.Z. & The 3rd Tunnel - Coach/Guide
  • Day 4 Seoul to Busan
    Seoul to Busan
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Seoul - Busan [(3 hrs)] - Business Class
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Busan
    Busan
    • Tour - Private - Geumgang Park Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 6 Busan to Jeju Island
    Busan to Jeju Island
    • Transfer - Private - Gimhae Airport with Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Busan - Jeju Island [(55 min)] - Standard Class
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 7 Jeju Island
    Jeju Island
    • Tour - Private - Hallasan Hiking (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 8 Jeju Island
    Jeju Island
    • Tour - Private - Sangumburi Crater, Yongduam & Seongsan Sunrise Peak (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Jeju Island to Seoul
    Jeju Island to Seoul
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Jeju Island - Seoul [(1 hr)] - Standard Class
    • Transfer - Private - Gimpo Airport to Incheon International Airport - Luxury Sedan/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Seoul

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Times Square (4*)

Located in the Yeongdeungpo District and part of a new landmark, the Courtyard Seoul Times Square is just 5 minutes from the financial district and subway station. Also being very close to Gimpo/Incheon Airport, the establishment offers an unmatched location in the Times Square multi-complex, featuring shopping, entertainment and movies. The hotel provides upscale accommodations with luxurious bedding, modern furnishings, high-speed Internet, and a large work desk. You'll find world-class amenities at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Seoul. Stay fit at the fully equipped gym, catch up with colleagues over a great meal at MoMo Café, or savor your favorite cocktail at MoMo Bar. Stay productive with Internet access throughout the hotel and a full-service business center. The Courtyard Seoul Times Square also offers 6 meeting rooms and impeccable catering for business functions and social occasions.

Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Seoul
Seoul
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Courtyard by Marriott Times Square

Day 2: Seoul

Enjoy this full day tour in and around Seoul revealing some of the many highlights. Changdeok Palace is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Because of its location, east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, with Changgyeonggung, it is also referred to as the "East Palace". The Bukchon Hanok Village is the perfect destination for those seeking to learn about and enjoy the beauty of Hanok (traditional Korean-style house). Bukchon is not an official municipal name; rather, it means that it lies to the north of Cheonggyecheon (Stream) and Jongno, the downtown area of Seoul. It used to be the high-end residential district for royal family members and high-ranking government officials. Insa-dong Street one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts. Jongmyo is a Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. According to UNESCO, the shrine is the oldest royal Confucian shrine preserved and the ritual ceremonies continue, a tradition established in the 14th century. Such shrines existed during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period but only the shrines for the rulers of Joseon remain.

Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Times Square (4*)
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace

Day 3: Seoul

Travel by shared coach and English speaking guide to visit the DMZ and ‘third tunnel’. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) winds 151 miles across the Korean Peninsula from the Han River estuary in the west to a point just below the 39th parallel on the east coast. Down the center of the 4,000 meter wide strip, largely undeveloped in the years since the truce was signed, runs the Military Demarcation Line, bisecting the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom, where meetings and conferences are held between north and south. The third tunnel was discovered in Oct.1978. Almost identical in structure to the second Tunnel, the 1.635 kilometer-long, 1.95 meters high and 2.1 meters wide tunnel penetrates 435 kilometers south of the Truce village of Panmunjeom. It runs though bedrock at a depth of about 73 meters below ground. Capable of moving a full division per hour, plus their weapons, it was evidently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul. Almost identical with second tunnel in structure, this tunnel is only two kilometers from a key outpost depending on the Munsan corridor leading to Seoul. Please note there is a dress code at the DMZ; please do not wear any torn clothing (including torn jeans), no clothing with profanity or offensive writing, no leather pants, and no military uniforms. During the summer no flip flops, short-shorts or miniskirts are permitted.

Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Times Square (4*)
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Third Tunnel of Aggression
Third Tunnel of Aggression

Day 4: Seoul - Busan

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Transfer by train from Seoul to Busan. The train ride is approximately 3 hours.

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Haeundae Grand Hotel (4*)

Within a minute's walk from Haeundae Beach, this modern, upscale hotel with a glass façade is a 9 minute walk from Haeundae metro station and an 18-minute bus trip from the Busan Exhibition. Featuring city or sea views, the bright, contemporary rooms include flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, plus sitting areas, and tea and coffeemakers. Some rooms offer tatami floors and traditional short-legged tables. Amenities include a chic lobby lounge, a polished restaurant and a bakery. There's also a gym, a sauna and an indoor pool. Haeundae Grand Hotel have emerged as a representative hotel in Busan, designated as an official hotel for APEC and is also the headquarter accommodation and start house for the Busan International Film Festival. Haeundae Grand Hotel promises to make every effort to provide the best service for any types of guests.

Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Busan
Busan
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Haeundae Grand Hotel
Haeundae Grand Hotel

Day 5: Busan

Today enjoy a tour of the beautiful Geumgang Park. Located at the foot of Mount Geumjeong, Geumgang Park stretches over a 3 million-square meter plot of land filled with lush forest and craggy cliffs and broken up by winding creeks. Regardless of the time of the year, a constant stream of people come to visit the many historical and cultural sites in the region, which once served as a base of operations for the government during the Joseon Dynasty.

Accommodation: Haeundae Grand Hotel (4*)
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Geumgang Park
Geumgang Park

Day 6: Busan - Jeju Island

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Fly from Busan to Jeju Island. Flight time is approximately 55 mintues.

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: The Suites Hotel Jeju (4*)

The Suites Hotel Jeju is located in Seogwipo (Jungmun), close to Jungmun Golf Club, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum, and Jungmun Saekdal Beach. Also, the hotel is 13 minutes away from Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. A poolside bar, a coffee shop/café, and a 24-hour business center are onsite. All guestrooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests will find luxury amenities like private spa tubs and deep soaking tubs, along with thoughtful touches including bathrobes and slippers. Along with themed restaurants, the hotel has an outdoor pool and bars/lounges. Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided to guests.

Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Prayer Mounds
Prayer Mounds
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Suites Hotel Jeju
The Suites Hotel Jeju

Day 7: Jeju Island

Today enjoy a full day hiking excursion to Hallasan Mountian. Hallasan Mountain rises up proudly from the center of Jeju Island and is perhaps the island’s most memorable landmarks. Also called Mt. Yeongjusan, meaning, "mountain high enough to pull the galaxy”, Hallasan Mountain is widely known by scientists for its geological value. Hallasan Mountain is famous for its vertical ecosystem of plants that results from the varying temperatures along the mountainside. Over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals (3,300 species of insects) have been identified to explore the mountain's treasures, simply follow one of the well-developed mountain hiking trails. Hallasan Mountain is relatively easy to hike. With hiking courses less than 10 kilometers in length, it is possible to go to the peak and back in one day. However, the constantly changing weather brings a lot of wind, so make sure that you are well prepared before you start climbing.

Accommodation: The Suites Hotel Jeju (4*)
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hallasan Mountian
Hallasan Mountian

Day 8: Jeju Island

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jeju Island. Stops include the dramatic dormant volcano of Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called Sunrise Peak and the spectacular Sangumburi Crater which is over 650 meters wide and 100 meters deep. A crater of an extinct volcano, Sangumburi boasts over 400 different species of plants including magnolia trees and rare winter strawberries. Well-paved paths lead around the rim for spectacular views of the area. Also, visit Yongduam Rock where you might be lucky enough to see some of the island’s traditional Haenyeo in action - women divers who catch various shellfish without the use of any diving equipment.

Accommodation: The Suites Hotel Jeju (4*)
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Seongsan Ilchulbong
Seongsan Ilchulbong

Day 9: Jeju Island - Seoul

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Fly from Jeju Island to Seoul Gimpo Airport. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 5 mintues.

Meet your driver for a private transfer from the domestic Seoul Gimpo Airport to Seoul Incheon International airport, for your international flight.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Courtyard by Marriott Times Square (4*): Seoul

Located in the Yeongdeungpo District and part of a new landmark, the Courtyard Seoul Times Square is just 5 minutes from the financial district and subway station. Also being very close to Gimpo/Incheon Airport, the establishment offers an unmatched location in the Times Square multi-complex, featuring shopping, entertainment and movies. The hotel provides upscale accommodations with luxurious bedding, modern furnishings, high-speed Internet, and a large work desk. You'll find world-class amenities at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Seoul. Stay fit at the fully equipped gym, catch up with colleagues over a great meal at MoMo Café, or savor your favorite cocktail at MoMo Bar. Stay productive with Internet access throughout the hotel and a full-service business center. The Courtyard Seoul Times Square also offers 6 meeting rooms and impeccable catering for business functions and social occasions.

Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lobby
Lobby

Haeundae Grand Hotel (4*): Busan

Within a minute's walk from Haeundae Beach, this modern, upscale hotel with a glass façade is a 9 minute walk from Haeundae metro station and an 18-minute bus trip from the Busan Exhibition. Featuring city or sea views, the bright, contemporary rooms include flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, plus sitting areas, and tea and coffeemakers. Some rooms offer tatami floors and traditional short-legged tables. Amenities include a chic lobby lounge, a polished restaurant and a bakery. There's also a gym, a sauna and an indoor pool. Haeundae Grand Hotel have emerged as a representative hotel in Busan, designated as an official hotel for APEC and is also the headquarter accommodation and start house for the Busan International Film Festival. Haeundae Grand Hotel promises to make every effort to provide the best service for any types of guests.

Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Haeundae Grand Hotel
Haeundae Grand Hotel
Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Haeundae Grand Hotel Lounge
Haeundae Grand Hotel Lounge

The Suites Hotel Jeju (4*): Jeju Island

The Suites Hotel Jeju is located in Seogwipo (Jungmun), close to Jungmun Golf Club, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum, and Jungmun Saekdal Beach. Also, the hotel is 13 minutes away from Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. A poolside bar, a coffee shop/café, and a 24-hour business center are onsite. All guestrooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests will find luxury amenities like private spa tubs and deep soaking tubs, along with thoughtful touches including bathrobes and slippers. Along with themed restaurants, the hotel has an outdoor pool and bars/lounges. Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided to guests.

Best of South Korea Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Suites Hotel Jeju
The Suites Hotel Jeju
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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