Classic Korea

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • 2,230

Seoul | Gyeongju | Busan

Discover South Korea from modern Seoul to the historic city of Gyeongju and the coastal city of Busan. Explore palaces and temples, and an optional visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where it separates North and South Korea. Travel to Gyeongju where known as “Museums Without Wall”, visiting the UNESCO-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. En route to Busan, visiting major attractions of Busan including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Gamcheon Cultural village, and Jagalchi Fishery Market.

Classic Korea

$2,230.00

Seoul | Gyeongju | Busan

Discover South Korea from modern Seoul to the historic city of Gyeongju and the coastal city of Busan. Explore palaces and temples, and an optional visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where it separates North and South Korea. Travel to Gyeongju where known as “Museums Without Wall”, visiting the UNESCO-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. En route to Busan, visiting major attractions of Busan including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Gamcheon Cultural village, and Jagalchi Fishery Market.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Seoul Arrive Seoul
Visit N-Seoul Tower and Namsan Hanok Village
2 Seoul City tour of Seoul
3 Andong
Gyeongju
Transfer to Andong visiting Hahoe Village
See Anapji Pond at Gyeongju
4 Gyeongju
Busan
Tour of Gyeongju including UNESCO-listed sites
Transfer to Busan
5 Busan
Seoul
City tour of Busan
Head back to Seoul by high speed train (KTX)
6 Seoul Join a full day tour to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) OR
enjoy the day at your leisure
7 Seoul Breakfast
Hotel check-out

DAY 1

ARRIVE SEOUL

Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, you will be met by the local guide. Begin the tour driving the first stop N Seoul Tower, one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul. Then, you will visit Namsan Hanok Village to see the beauty of the authentic Korean tradition architecture. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.

Accommodation: hotel at your choice (3 nights)

DAY 2

SEOUL

After breakfast, we will start our city tour to Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. Next, we move to Changdeok Palace; located within, the Secret Garden, was known as a place of rest for the kings, was kept as natural as possible.

Then we will take a walk around Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong street seeing several traditional Korean houses (Hanok) and stores that sell antique art crafts. Next, move to Gwangjang Food Market, the nation’s first market and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today.

Before heading back to hotel, we will come to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) where holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, conferences, and other domestic and international events.

Meals: B

DAY 3

SEOUL | ANDONG

After breakfast, you will get an early pick-up in the morning and transferred to Andong to visit Hahoe Village. Hahoe Village, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of “Historic Villages in Korea” on July 31, 2010.

Before you getting far too fascinated by the breathtaking scenery the Hahoe village offers, we will depart for Gyeongju and make stop at Anapji pond. Anapji means "Goose and Duck Lake." After the tour, you will check in the hotel and overnight in Gyeongju.

Meals: B,L

DAY 4

GYEONGJU | BUSAN

Today we will be visiting Gyeongju, where is home to no fewer than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The magnificent Buddhist monastery Bulguksa temple will be your first destination, followed by Seokguram Grotto. Later we will visit Daereungwon, also known as Tumuli Park, tranquil home of 23 tombs.

After the Gyeongju tour, we will depart for Busan, and before checking in the hotel, we will make stop at Ibagu-gil and Gwangandaegyo Bridge, where you can enjoy the night view of Busan. Check in the hotel and overnight in Busan.

Meals: B, L
Accommodation: Accommodation: hotel at your choice(1 night)

DAY 5

BUSAN | SEOUL

Today, we will explore Busan,starting by visiting Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan.

Next we will move to Gamcheon Culture Village which is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan."

No visit to Busan is complete without a stop at the traditional Gukje International Market, followed by an exciting exploration of the enormous Jagalchi Fish Market. Both markets teem with fascinating products and are a great way to glimpse local life. After the tour in Busan, we will head back to Seoul by KTX.

Meals: B
Accommodation: hotel at your choice (1 night)

DAY 6

SEOUL

Today you can join a full day tour to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) or spend the day at your leisure.

DMZ full day tour: You will be picked up at the hotel and head to the DMZ, which divided North and South during the Korean War. Upon arrival, drive along Freedom Road, which stretches along the banks of the Imjin River and stop at Imjingak Park to see artillery used during the Korean War.

Continue to Unification Bridge. The bridge is more like a symbolic bridge built back in 1998, wishing unification between two nations. Visit the DMZ exhibition hall to browse photographs and war artifacts. Next, head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea.

Afterward, head to the Dora Observatory to look through telephoto lenses and observe the village of Kijongdong as your guide describes life on the other side. The final stop is Paju Premium Outlet featuring 160 designer and name brand outlet stores at savings of 25% to 65% every day in an upscale, outdoor setting.

Meals: B
Accommodation: hotel at your choice (1 night)

DAY 7

SEOUL

After breakfast, check-out the hotel and transferred to airport for your homebound flight.

Departure Date Budget
From $2,230
Price per Person
Standard
From $2,640
Price per Person
Deluxe
From $2,970
Price per Person
January - December
Seoul
(4 nights)
Skypark Hotel Dongdaemun Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Grand Intercontinental Hotel
Gyeongju
(1 night)
The-K Hotel The Suites Hotel Gyeongju Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju
Busan
(1 night)
Ibis Ambassador Haeundae Best Western Haeundae Novotel Ambassador Busan

* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please contact us at 1.866.760.1987 | info@glpworldwide.com directly for departure dates and full pricing.

4-night hotel accommodations (hotel at your choice) in Seoul with daily breakfast

1-night hotel accommodation (hotel at your choice) in Gyeongju with breakfast

1-night hotel accommodation (hotel at your choice) in Busan with breakfast

English speaking tour guide

Transfer services as per itinerary

6 breakfasts and 2 lunches

All admission fees and applicable taxes are included

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to South Korea. While uncommon for most of our guests, technically you may need to provide evidence of ‘sufficient funds’ for your stay. Some cash and credit cards normally suffice.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    Canadian citizens are exempt from obtaining visas for tourism, visiting, or business (without any employment activities) for up to 180 days. Permission to stay is given at the time of entry and at the discretion of the immigration officer. Admitted individuals do not need to complete the Alien Registration process during their stay. If Canadian citizens wish to engage in employment activities during their stay in Korea, they must obtain a Korean visa. All information regarding entry to South Korea can be found here or visit your closest The Embassy of Korea and Consulate-general in Canada.

    Jeju Island: Person planning to visit Jeju Island for tour or transit within 30 days will be able to enter Korea without visa.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Smoking is not permitted at bus stops, city plazas, and many other outdoor public locations. If caught smoking in these areas, you may be fined up to KRW 100,000. Non-smoking areas are clearly marked with signs. Smoking is also not permitted inside restaurants, bars, and cafés with an area larger than 150 square meters. Designated smoking areas can also be found around the city and at major transportation hubs. Cigarettes can be purchased at just about every convenience store. The legal smoking age in Korea is 19 years of age.

South Korea experiences a wide range of weather, from a mild spring, a hot and humid summer, a cool autumn, and cold winter. In Seoul, temperatures from 14-16°C in spring and fall below -10°C during the coldest day in winter, and above 30°C in summer. Typically the monsoon season begins in mid-June and continues for about a month.

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

The currency of Korea is the Won (KRW).

Credit cards may be accepted for larger purchases in retail shops, but usually not in restaurants, cafés and certainly not in street markets or small shops along the way. It is recommended to carry some local currency with you for shopping or for a drink along the way.

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in the major cities but they will be difficult to find in the smaller towns. It is best to stock up on local currency before your departure.

Most banks offer currency exchange services. Government-certified currency exchange booths also offer exchange outside of regular banking hours, and are usually located in areas frequented by international visitors. Certified booths have a sign with the word “Certified” and currency symbols. Visitors should avoid exchanging money at uncertified booths.

Tipping is not a Korean custom and will not be expected by service personnel. However, many major hotels and upscale restaurants add a 10 percent service charge (in addition to the 10 percent VAT) to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but do appreciate if you let them keep the change.

While most Koreans will understand that foreigners who commit minor social faux pas do not mean disrespect, following basic Korean etiquette can help you make a better impression and have more positive interactions with locals.

  • Take your shoes off at the door when entering any residence, temple, or guesthouse.
  • A short bow—essentially a nod—is the most respectful greeting.
  • Give and receive any object using both hands.
  • Dining Etiquette:

    • Don’t start your meal until the eldest at the table starts first.
    • Don’t touch food with your fingers—except when wrapping ssam.
    • Don’t leave your chopsticks or spoon sticking up from your bowl of rice.
    • Use a spoon to eat rice.
    • Place chopsticks and spoon back in their original position at the end of the meal.

    Most of the meals are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

    The official language is Korean, but many people in cities do speak English.

    For any inquiries relating to Korean tourism, either beforehand or during your stay in Korea, you can dial the Korea Travel Hotline 1330, operated by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), is a one-stop helpline available as a public service for local and international travellers. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    In the event of an accident or a medical emergency
    Contact the police at 112 or emergency medical help at 119. If you ask for an ambulance in English, one will be sent to your location. If you have travel accident insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

    Help Me 119 Service
    You can dial 119 from anywhere in Korea, and your location will be automatically identified.
    Hours of operation : 24 hours/day, 365 days/year
    Available in 16 languages, including English, Chinese, and Japanese.

    Many of Korea’s large hospitals operate an International Health Care Center, catering to international visitors. These centers offer top-notch medical services and have expert translators available to assist with the entire process, from reservations to treatments and follow-up appointments. More information can be found here.

    SIM card: Depends on your need, you can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card in the airport upon arrival. Make sure your cell phone is unlocked in order to use a Korean SIM card.

    Wi-Fi: Restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and even taxis provide free Wi-Fi. There are also hundreds of public spots scattered throughout the Seoul and its parks and plazas.

    The general situation for tourists visiting these countries is good.

    Crime is generally limited due to harsh penalties, particularly when tourists are affected. However, petty theft and pickpocketing is definitely something to be aware of, particularly in the larger cities and around large groups of people.

    It is always prudent to be constantly aware of your surroundings and to not take unnecessary valuables with you. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

    Please refer to the following information for specifics:

    https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/korea-south

    Featured Inclusions

    4-night hotel accommodations (hotel at your choice) in Seoul with daily breakfast

    1-night hotel accommodation (hotel at your choice) in Gyeongju with breakfast

    1-night hotel accommodation (hotel at your choice) in Busan with breakfast

    English speaking tour guide

    Transfer services as per itinerary

    6 breakfasts and 2 lunches

    All admission fees and applicable taxes are included

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