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

Introduction to South Korea

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

This private luxury tour of South Korea focuses on the country's most interesting cultural destinations. 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, 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. 

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. 

Spend two nights in 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 temples, Dalmaji-gil Road and Jagalchi Fish Market.

Return to Seoul for additional time in the exciting capital of South Korea. If desired, take a fascinating excursion to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom. Alternatively, continue private city touring. 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.

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.

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 – Busan
Private transfer to train station. First-class KTX express train to Gyeongju. Full-day private tour before private transfer to Busan for 2 nights

Day 4 Busan
Full-day private tour
Day 5

Busan – Seoul
Private transfer to train station. First-class KTX express train to Seoul. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 6 Seoul & vicinity
Full-day private city tour or excursion to DMZ and JSA
Day 7 Depart Seoul
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Seoul:

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Busan: Park Hyatt Busan

Cost
$8,370 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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