South Korea Explorer

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  • City sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Seoul, South Korea
  • Ends Seoul, South Korea
  • +2
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Seoul Explore South Korea's dynamic capital. Visit the Demilitarised Zone and the Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Samwhasa Temple Spend a night in a monastery learning about a monks traditional lifestyle
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visit the Hahoe Folk Village, Seokguram Grotto and the Bulguksa Temple
The "South Korea Explorer" trip starts from and ends in Seoul. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 9 days taking you through Gyeongju, Seoul and Samwhasa in South Korea. "South Korea Explorer" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

From the cosmopolitan city of Seoul to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju, South Korea has a lot to offer. Experience the tension at the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea, witness morning rituals at the Buddhist monastery of Samhwasa and journey through the beautiful Korean countryside. Seoul and surrounds- Explore South Korea's dynamic capital and travel further north to see the stark contrast with the renown Demilitarized border with North Korea- the DMZ Unique overnight stays- Spend a night in a Buddhist monastery learning about a monks traditional lifestyle and in a traditional homestay in peaceful surroundings UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Visit the Hahoe Folk Village, Seokguram Grotto and the Bulguksa Temple
5 - Excellent
Based on 295 reviews
  • Sally
  • On May 02 2020
4 - Very Good
Sally's review for another Explore tour
“It is a real pity Jamaica has a bad reputation - our experience was really good. Tourists should use their common sense but we found locals to be friendly and welcoming. The pace was gentle and good if you go on holiday knackered from work !”
  • Stephanie
  • On Feb 28 2020
5 - Excellent
Stephanie's review for another Explore tour
“It was an excellent trip overall and the group size - 8 people - was ideal. ”
  • Jacqueline
  • On May 02 2020
5 - Excellent
Jacqueline's review for another Explore tour
“An excellent trip - quite interesting to note that there dont appear to be many tourists visiting Nicaragua currently. Possibly due to the political unrest in 2018, though we all felt quite safe.”
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Seoul
  • Day 2 : Morning orientation tour of Seoul. Afternoon free
  • Day 3 : Drive to Samhwasa Temple via Gangneung and the Ojukheon House
  • Day 4 : Discover the Buseoksa Temple and drive to the Homestay in Andong
  • Day 5 : Visit the Hahoe Folk Village and Mask Museum. Drive to Gyeongju
  • Day 6 : Explore Gyeongju, the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  • Day 7 : Visit Namsan Mountain and Tongdosa Temple. Take the high speed train to Seoul
  • Day 8 : Visit the Demilitarised Zone
  • Day 9 : Trip ends in Seoul
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • The Splaisir Seoul Myeongdong (4 nights)
  • Samhwasa Temple (1 night)
  • Andong Hanok Guesthouses (1 night)
  • The Swiss Rosen (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Flight
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to/from Seoul are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this South Korea Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this South Korea Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 25 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 January 2022, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

South Korea Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this South Korea Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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