Private luxury tours in South Korea

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Luxury South Korea Tours

Best of Seoul
(5 days)

Introduction to South Korea
(7 days)
Seoul, Gyeongju

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

Multi-country Tours

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

Introduction to South Korea

(7 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Seoul, Gyeongju

This private South Korea tour focuses on Seoul and Gyeongju, the two most interesting cultural destinations in the country. It includes flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, luxury accommodation, private transfers, 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, 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. One day, enjoy an exquisite, multi-course meal of traditional Buddhist cuisine.

Next, travel by high-speed 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.

Return to Seoul for two more nights in the exciting capital of South Korea. During private touring, take a fascinating excursion to the border at Panmunjom or the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Alternatively, continue your private touring in Seoul. 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 History and Culture Park, 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 beer) tasting, or lessons in taekwondo.

This tour combines easily with our private tours in Japan, China and other destinations throughout Asia.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Seoul
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Seoul
Full-day private tour
Day 3 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 4 Gyeongju
Full-day private tour
Day 5 Gyeongju – Seoul
Morning private tour. Private transfer to train station. First-class KTX express train to Seoul. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 6 Seoul
Full-day private city tour or excursion to DMZ
Day 7 Depart Seoul
Private airport transfer


Four Seasons Seoul, Park Hyatt Seoul or Grand Hyatt Seoul

Gyeongju: Gyeongju Hilton

$8,950 Per person (double occupancy)