Private luxury tours in South Korea

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Luxury South Korea tours
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(5 days)

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(7 days)
Seoul, Gyeongju


Highlights of South Korea
(9 days)
Seoul, Gyeongju, Jeju Island


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Highlights of South Korea

(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Seoul, Gyeongju, Jeju Island

This private tour of South Korea features the most interesting cultural, historical, culinary and natural attractions in the country, including Seoul, Gyeongju and Jeju Island. It features flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, luxury accommodation, private transfers, internal flights, first-class travel on the high-speed KTX train, and culinary and cultural activities that put you in touch with Korean culture.

Begin in Seoul. During flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, 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 a neighborhood 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 Namdaemun Market or one of the other vast markets dedicated to food, clothing, antiques, herbal medicine and more. Discover the treasures of Seoul’s best museums, such as the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Korea Furniture Museum or National Museum of Korea. One day, enjoy an exquisite, multi-course meal of traditional Buddhist cuisine. Another day, opt to continue private touring or take a fascinating excursion to the border at Panmunjom or the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Other options include visiting the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, touring additional royal palaces, learning about Confucian traditions at Jongmyo Shrine, walking through trendy neighborhoods such as Myeongdong to see the latest fashions and pop culture, hiking in the mountains surrounding Seoul, stopping by top art galleries and visiting the vibrant Hongdae university district.

Next, travel aboard the high-speed KTX train 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 the Daereungwon tumuli complex of royal tombs; Bulguksa, a Buddhist temple dating from the eighth century; Anapji Pond; Seokguram Seokgul, a stone grotto temple; Cheomseongdae observatory; 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. During private touring, 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, perhaps relax at your resort’s beach or spa, visit a five-day market or a local fish market, explore an impressive lava tube (and UNESCO Site), or enjoy a guided hike on one of the many oreums (volcanic cones) or on the slopes of Hallasan, the high volcanic peak at the center of the island.

Return to Seoul for a final night in the exciting capital of South Korea.

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 beer) 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
Day 3 Seoul
Full-day private tour or excursion to DMZ
Day 4 Seoul – Gyeongju
Private transfer to train station. First-class KTX express train to Gyeongju. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour
Day 5 Gyeongju
Full-day private tour
Day 6 Gyeongju – Jeju Island
Private airport transfer. Flight to Jeju. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 7 Jeju Island
Full-day private tour
Day 8 Jeju Island – Seoul
Half-day private tour. Private airport transfer for flight to Seoul. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Day 9 Depart Seoul
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Seoul:

Park Hyatt Seoul or Grand Hyatt Seoul

Gyeongju: Gyeongju Hilton
Jeju Island: The Shilla Jeju

Cost
$12,125 Per person (double occupancy)
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