Seoul Explorer

4 days from $1,908 per person*
  • Visit the DMZ and explore the “third tunnel” with expert guide.
  • Shop for traditional Korean treasures along Insa-dong.
  • Enjoy a private guided city tour of the highlights of Seoul.
  • Featuring private transfers.
  • Expert selection of hotels.
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Behold a colorful metropolitan of contrasts, one of the most fascinating and overlooked capital cities in the world, Seoul. Tour its ancient gates and palaces such as the Gyeongbokgung (Shining Happiness) Palace, stroll through bustling day-and-night markets filled with calligraphy shops, fortune tellers and streets embedded with stalls offering garlicky treats. Then fast forward to the 21st century while enjoying the comforts and luxuries of your Modern Korean hotel stay.

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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.

Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

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*)
Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace
Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  MoMo Bar
MoMo Bar

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*)
Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Third Tunnel of Aggression
Third Tunnel of Aggression
Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Seoul
Seoul

Day 4: Seoul

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Courtyard by Marriott Times Square
Seoul Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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  • Emily G. — July 04, 2018 — Asia

    This trip was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. The planning was incredibly simple and the final product was even better than I could have ever imagined. Our local guides seemed to be hand-picked just for us and they really went above and beyond to help make our trip not only unforgettable, but also very easy. Thank you for helping to create such a memorable experience. I would absolutely recommend Kensington to anyone looking to plan a trip.

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    We had an absolutely amazing trip - every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. We felt well taken care of, but at the same time our guides gave us space to enjoy the trip on our own at times. We are so happy that we booked through Kensington Tours, as all of the organization and planning was done for us - thanks for a great experience!

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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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