Private luxury tours in South Korea

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Luxury South Korea Tours

Best of Seoul
(5 Days)

Seoul Stopover
(4 Days)

Introduction to South Korea
(7 Days)
Seoul, Busan & Gyeongju

Highlights of South Korea
(9 Days)
Seoul, Busan & Gyeongju, Jeju Island

Essence of South Korea
(11 Days)
Seoul, Busan & Gyeongju, Jeju Island

Art & Architecture Tour of South Korea
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(5 Days)
Seoul & Jeonju

Multi-country Tours

Three Capitals: Tokyo, Seoul & Beijing
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing & Great Wall

Essence of South Korea

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Seoul, Busan & Gyeongju, Jeju Island

This private luxury tour features the highlights of South Korea. Enjoy flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, luxury accommodation at South Korea's best hotels, and culinary and cultural activities that put you in touch with Korean culture.

Begin in Seoul, the fascinating capital of South Korea. During flexible private touring, visit highlights such as the Changdeokgung Palace complex—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and its “secret garden.” Learn about traditional Korean lifestyles while walking through neighborhoods filled with hanok (traditional Korean houses). Stop for a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse in the Insadong neighborhood, and browse the best local shops for Korean antiques, textiles, ceramics, clothing and more. Visit Gwangjang Market or one of the other vast markets dedicated to food, clothing, antiques, herbal medicine and more. One day, enjoy an exquisite, multicourse meal of traditional Buddhist cuisine. If desired, one day take a fascinating excursion to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom.

Next, travel by high-speed train to Busan, South Korea’s second largest city and a bustling port town known for its beaches, surrounding mountains and temples. Enjoy private touring of the highlights of Busan, including the Jagalchi Fish Market, Gukje International Market, UN Memorial Cemetery, Gamcheon Culture Village, Nurimaru APEC House and temples. Also relax in a hot spring, shop at the city’s popular shopping malls or explore the upscale Haeundae District. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Gyeongju, which was the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom for nearly a thousand years. During private touring, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other highlights such as Bulguksa, a Buddhist temple dating from the eighth century; Seokguram Seokgul, a stone grotto temple; Cheomseongdae observatory; the Daereungwon tumuli complex of royal tombs; Anapji Pond; and Gyeongju National Museum, which exhibits gold crowns and other masterpieces of the Silla period. Other touring options around Gyeongju include Golgulsa Temple and the traditional village of Yangdong.

Next, fly to Jeju Island, a beautiful volcanic island and popular vacation destination. Learn about the unique history of the island, and see interesting geological features, including Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak), a volcanic tuff cone and UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular views over the sea and rural landscapes below. Also, tour sites such as a Tadao Ando-designed meditation and art complex; the volcanic cliffs of Jusangjeolli; a traditional island village; and Samseonghyeol Shrine, the legendary birthplace of the island’s three main clans. Depending on your interests, we can also arrange tours of additional architectural sites designed by Tadao Ando or Jun Itami, a visit to a botanical garden specializing in bonsai, visits to a five-day market or a local fish market, touring of an impressive lava tube (and UNESCO site), or guided hiking on an oreum (volcanic cone) or on the slopes of Hallasan, the high volcanic peak at the center of the island. There will also be time to relax at your resort.

Return to Seoul for additional touring in the exciting capital. Discover the treasures of Seoul’s best museums, such as the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Korea Furniture Museum or National Museum of Korea. Other options include visiting the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, walking along scenic Cheonggyecheon Stream, touring Gyeongbokgung Palace and additional royal palaces, visiting the National Folk Museum of Korea, learning about Confucian traditions at Jongmyo Shrine, walking through trendy neighborhoods such as Myeongdong to see the latest fashions and pop culture, visiting high-end fashion boutiques and restaurants in Gangnam, going to the top of N Tower, hiking in the mountains surrounding Seoul, stopping by top art galleries and visiting the vibrant Hongdae university district.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can further customize this tour to include special interest activities such as a private Korean cooking class to learn to prepare kimchi or other typical Korean dishes, a private soju and makgeolli (rice wine) tasting, or lessons in taekwondo.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Seoul

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2 Seoul

Full-day private tour. Evening private street food tour

Day 3 Seoul & vicinity

Full-day private excursion to DMZ and JSA

Day 4

Seoul – Busan
Private transfer to train station. First-class KTX express train to Busan. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 5 Busan & Gyeongju

Full-day private excursion to Gyeongju

Day 6

Busan
Private flexible cultural touring

Day 7

Busan – Jeju Island
Private airport transfer. Flight to Jeju Island. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route

Day 8 Jeju Island
Full-day private tour
Day 9 Jeju Island – Seoul

Half-day flexible private tour en route to airport for flight to Seoul. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 10 Seoul

Half-day private city tour

Day 11 Depart Seoul
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Seoul:

Four Seasons Seoul or Park Hyatt Seoul

Busan: Park Hyatt Busan
Jeju Island: The Shilla Jeju

Cost
$13,235 Per person (double occupancy)