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

Contemporary Art & Design in Seoul & Jeju Island
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

Family Tour of South Korea
(7 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(6 Days)
Seoul, Busan

Multi-country Tours

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

Contemporary Art & Design in Seoul & Jeju Island

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

This private luxury tour of South Korea features the country's most interesting contemporary art and design, the best museums, top art galleries, exciting markets and spectacular landscapes in Seoul and Jeju Island.

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 Ikseondong and Bukchon, 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, 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, the War Memorial of Korea 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, eating fresh sashimi at Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, walking through trendy neighborhoods such as Myeongdong to see the latest fashions and pop culture (including K-Pop), 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. One day, if desired, take a fascinating excursion to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom.

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 a final night in the exciting capital. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a private excursion to Museum San (Hansol Museum), which was designed by Tadao Ando and features a collection of contemporary art, modern Korean art and traditional Korean crafts.

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, a strawberry picking activity or lessons in taekwondo. We can also arrange excursions to ceramics villages, folk villages, other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, amusement parks, hallyu sites and other destinations outside Seoul.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Seoul
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 2 Seoul
Full-day flexible private tour
Day 3 Seoul & vicinity
Full-day private tour or excursion to DMZ and JSA
Day 4 Seoul – Jeju Island
Private airport transfer and flight to Jeju Island. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 5 Jeju Island
Full-day flexible private tour
Day 6 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 7 Seoul
Half-day flexible private tour
Day 8 Depart Seoul
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Seoul:

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Jeju Island: The Shilla Jeju

Cost
$10,090 Per person (double occupancy)

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

Contemporary Art & Design in Seoul & Jeju Island
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

Family Tour of South Korea
(7 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(6 Days)
Seoul, Busan

Multi-country Tours

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

Testimonials

I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our South Korea trip—it was great. Our guide was phenomenal—the best guide we’ve ever had. Her knowledge was great and the pace was perfect.
~ L.W., Menlo Park, CA

We loved Japan and South Korea. We loved the guides and experiences. The trip was a big success!
~ A.E., New York, NY

My client wrote to thank me for using Artisans of Leisure for her family’s South Korea tour…she said the trip was flawless.
~ H.Z., Beverly Hills, CA (travel agent)

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