10-Day trip to South Korea

13th - 23th October 2024
Malta
Seoul, South Korea
Max People : 20

10-Day trip to South Korea

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  • 13th - 23th October 2024
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Malta
  • Max People : 20

Tour Details

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Why you should join our trip to Japan:

** OPTION: guests could join us for a back-to-back, 14-day trip to Japan, where we will fly out from Osaka to Seoul on the 14th October 2024. Japan travel dates: 1st October to 14th October** 

This trip is designed by the travel experts at Globaltravelbook who will also be present on this trip together with the licensed tour guides. The team has designed close to all-inclusive tour which includes hand picked activities, transport and highly rated (3-Star) accommodation + a unique Buddhist Temple stay. This trip of a life time has been designed to a high standard to make you enjoy your trip to the fullest, with an excellent balance between comfort and unique experiences.

Main areas we will visit:

SEOUL | DMZ | SEORAKSAN | ANDONG | GYEONGJU (TEMPLE STAY) | BUSAN | SEOUL 

Overview of many of our activities (more in the day-to-day itinerary)

  • Kimchi Making Class 
  • Gwanjang Market 
  • Tea Ceremony 
  • The demilitarized zone (DMZ)
  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Andong Hahoe Village
  • Temple Stay (overnight) 
  • Gamcheon Cultural Village
  • Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Read more in the day-to-day itinerary 

The season

We will be travelling to South in Autumn, which is widely considered to be one of the best periods to visit South Korea, offering some of the fairest and most comfortable weather. Apart from its great weather conditions and generally clear weather, October/November is the peak time to see colourful leaves around. 

How to Proceed:

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  • Once your place is secure, we will book flights together as a group or we could guide you on how to book your own flights 
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More exciting, day-by-day information is available below in the Itinerary section.

Arrival Airport

Seoul, Incheon International Airport

From Malta

Depart Malta – 13th October 2024 at 7pm

Arrival in Seoul – 14th October 2024 at approx 5.40pm

For those not travelling from Malta, you could arrive in Seoul at any time on the 14th October 2024. 

Departure Airport

Seoul, Incheon International Airport

Depart from Seoul at 23.20 on the 23rd October 2024

Arrival in Malta at 09.30 on the 24th October 2024

Dates

13th – 23rd October 2024

Price Includes

  • Licensed local tour guide in visiting country plus Globaltravelbook team.
  • Highly rated 3* Hotel Accommodation in a double room for 2 persons.
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches & 1 Dinner
  • All activities mentioned in the day-to-day itinerary (Read below)
  • Unique temple stay experience in Gyeongju
  • Transportation throughout in comfortable vehicles

Price Excludes

  • International flights - Options available: (i) Group booking (ii) we could help you with the booking process. This offers you flexibility.
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Visa Fee
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Globaltravelbook and operators in Japan
  • Private expenses

Itinerary

Day 1 -14th OctoberARRIVAL IN SEOUL

  •  Welcome at the Airport as per flight timings.

  • Transfer to Hotel. Free time to fresh up.

  • After a long flight we left this day free in order to recharge our batteries.

Hotel: The Summit Seoul or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Transfer to hotel from airport. 

 

Day 2 - 15th October SEOUL

After breakfast,  we begin to explore Seoul together with our tour guides. South Korea is a  vibrant capital of high-tech gadgetry, soaring skyscrapers and delicious eats.

We will start out day by passing by the Blue House and visiting Changdeokgung Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site. This palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces

Kimchi making class – After an easy stroll, we will stop to learn the art of making kimchi – a Korean slow food poster dish – during a cooking class. 

Insadong Street & Tea Ceremony experience – Insadong, a buzzy neighbourhood in Seoul, is a must-visit destination for first-timers in South Korea‘s capital. Insadong Street, is best-known for its traditional tea houses and street food scene. Here we will also take part in a tea ceremony experience. 

Gwangjang Market – For a fun dinner expedition, we will head to the well known – Gwangjang Market. Here, you’ll find some of Korea’s street food favourites like mayak gimbap (rice rolls), mandu (North Korean dumplings), bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) and the famous kimchi.

Hotel: The Summit Seoul or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast, Transfers, Guided tour, Lunch and Cooking Class & Tea Ceremony.

Day 3 - 16th OctoberSEOUL - DMZ - SEOUL

Today we will explore the fascinating  Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which is a weapons-free buffer zone between North and South Korea.

During our visit we will be able to peek into the secretive North from the Observatory and can see the tunnels built under the DMZ as part of a plan by the North to invade.

Activities: Imjingak Park | Freedom Bridge | The 3rd infiltration tunnel | DMZ Theater / Exhibition hall | Dora observatory | Dorasan Station & Unification Village 

Bukchon Hanok Village – After our trip to the DMZ, we return to Seoul. We will enjoy a wander around the Bukchon Hanok Village, which is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. As Bukchon Hanok Village is an actual neighborhood with people’s homes, visitors are advised to be respectful at all times while looking around.

Hotel: The Summit Seoul or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast, Transfers, Guided tour, All entrances & Lunch

Day 4 - 17th OctoberSEOUL - SEORAKSAN

Today, we will leave Seoul and head to Seoraksan. This is home to one of the most famous national parks in South Korea. A delight in any season, Seoraksan is in a league of its own in autumn, when the leaves change colour and a sea of yellow and red blankets the park. The park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and cultural significance. 

Sinheungsa Temple – We will visit the oldest Zen temple in South Korea, was built by a traveling Shilla monk by the name of Jajang Yulsa in AD 652 and has been destroyed by fire and rebuilt many times. This is located in Seoraksan National Park.

Gwongeumseong by cable car – A stone fortress found directly at the top of Seoraksan Mountain. We will explore this area by riding a scenic cable car up the side of the mountain. The fascinating rock formations are one of the highlights of Seoraksan National Park.

Daepohang fish market – After, we will head to Sokcho to enjoy Sokcho’s freshest seafood at a charming market – Daepo Fish Market. Here you might like to try mulhwae (a spicy raw fish soup that comes with all kinds of accompaniments).

Hotel: The Class 300 or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast, Transfers, Guided tour, all activities & Lunch

Day 5 - 18th October SEORAKSAN - ANDONG

Today we hit the road and head to Andong. Andong is one the best cities to visit for a trip filled with Korea’s traditional culture. Often referred to as “the capital of Korea’s spirit,” – here we will head to the Andong Hahoe Folk Village. 

Andong Hahoe Village – is filled with beautiful traditional buildings, from houses and pavilions to Confucian academies. Walking through the streets, you can easily see the effects of Confucian culture on the society, earning this village a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010.

Buyongdae Cliff – While in Hahoe Village, we will aslo visit Buyongdae Cliff! The view from the cliff is outstanding, with the entire village spread out below us. 

Hotel: Andong Richell  or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast, Transfers, Guided tour, lunch and all entrances.

Day 6 - 19th OctoberANDONG - GYEONGJU (TEMPLE STAY)

Gyeongju (World Heritage Site by UNESCO) is known as “the museum without walls” because of the vast number of cultural properties and archaeological sites of the city. Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla during the Three Kingdoms (57BC – 668AD) and the Great Silla Kingdom (668AD-935AD) for over 1,000 years. (Silla, one of the three kingdoms of ancient Korea and the one that in 668 unified Korea under the Unified Silla dynasty (668–935)). 

After the unification of the Three Kingdoms in 668 AD, Gyeongju became the centre of economic life of the peninsula. Merchants from China, Japan and Arab started to flow into Gyeongju, making it a hub for travelers by land and sea

Buddhism was introduced to the region through the Silk Roads. Around the 5th century, Buddhism was brought to Gyeongju from Central Asia via China

  • Bulguska Temple – Throughout the history, the city has remained as an important centre of Korean Buddhism. Bulguksa, located on the East of Gyeongju, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Republic of Korea. The temple is considered as a masterpiece of the golden age of Buddhist art of the Silla kingdom, encompassing seven national treasures of the Republic of Korea.
  • Anapji Pond
  • Golgulsa Templestay – We’ll immerse ourselves in temple life, here we will watch a seonmudo demonstration, take part in seonmudo training, take part in meditation and also enjoy a hike and meditation near a mountain or a beach (Dinner here will be vegetarian based)

Temple Stay: Golgulsa Templestay 

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, transfers, guided tour, all entrances and templestay.

Day 7 - 20th OctoberGYEONGJU - BUSAN

After an early start in the temple and morning meditation we will head to the seaside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. It is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in South Korea set on near the sea with a beautiful sea view. After which we could take it easy around Haeundae Beach where we will also enjoy lunch. 

After lunch we will enjoy an easy, scenic walk around Dongbaekseom Island which offers picturesque views of Haeundae beach. 

To finish off the day, we will head to Oryukdo Skywalk which is glass-bottomed walkway offers a thrilling experience as visitors can walk above the ocean and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding cliffs and islands.

After a day spent in Busan, we will head back to our accommodation and we could go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Hotel: Arban City Busan or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Transfers, Guided tour and all entrances.

 

Day 8 - 21st OctoberBUSAN - SEOUL

Today’s highlight will be Gamcheon Cultural Village – which is a romantic alley where history, culture, and art meet. While the village’s beautiful landscape gave it the nickname of the Machu Picchu of Korea, the town was a part of the painful history of Busan. Refugees settled in Gamcheon Village during the Korean War and cultivated the mountainous region to make a living. In 2009, students, artists, and residents decorated the village as a part of the Village Art Project, and the town grew into a leading tourist attraction of Busan since then.

Before visiting Gamcheon Village, we will also stop at the following:

  • Busan Tower
  • Jaglachi Fish Market
  • BIFF Square Plaza
  • Songo Cable Car

Hotel: The Summit Seoul  or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast Lunch, Transfers, Guided tour and all entrances.

Day 9: 22nd October SEOUL

 
We will also be visiting a traditional bathhouse, which is an essential part of contemporary South Korean culture. Literally “heated rooms,” jjimjilbang” are where locals come to unwind, hang out and engage in a whole host of health and beauty rituals that go far beyond a quick soak. (Different areas for males and females)
 
After a day spent in Seoul, we will head back to our accommodation and it is time for our last supper in Seoul together. We could go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Hotel: The Summit Seoul or similar class ★ Hotel

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Transfers & Guided tour and all entrances.

Day 10 - 23rd October SEOUL - DEPARTURE

Depart to airport

Included: Breakfast & Transfer to airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to arrive earlier / stay longer?

Yes, of course. As long as you are in Seoul on the trip dates, you are free to arrive / leave whenever you want. It is best to let us know your plans so we can organise transfers accordingly. 

What type of insurance do I need?

Every client is required to have a travel insurance package. This needs to be presented to us.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation will be hand selected, highly rated,  3* hotels. The price includes accommodation in a shared private double room, however, if one wishes to have a private room that sleeps (1 person) this is possible at an additional cost amounting to 500

How about food?

Lunch is included everyday apart from the arrival day and departure date – you need to provide us with any dietary requirements. 
 
Dinner time, the group is free to eat where ever they wish or you may join the Globaltravelbook group leaders for dinner at a place of their choice. Food is a BIG love to the team of Globaltravelbook so rest assured that you will be eating at some of the best local restaurants recommended by our licensed guides in the visiting country. Read here for some amazing dishes, the goal is to experience all these delicious dishes while in South Korea.
 
 

How is the weather like in the time of travel?

October/ November is one of Korea’s autumn months. Without scorching heat or freezing cold, you could enjoy outdoor activities with mild and mostly sunny weather. The mild temperatures, low rainfall and natural beauty make autumn a strong rival to spring as the best time of year to visit South Korea.

Average temperature: 19-21°C

What's the power plug in South Korea?

South Korea uses the Type F plug. Type F electrical plugs used in South Korea are manufactured to the CEE 7/4 and CEE 7/7 standards and is commonly referred to as a Schuko plug. The line and neutral plug contacts for South Korea Type F plugs are two round pins with a 4.8 millimeter diameter.

Do I need a visa to enter South Korea?

Maltese citizens and most European citizens who are planning a trip to South Korea aren’t required to apply for a visa if they wish to go for short stays (tourism). But it’s required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA or eVisa) before entering South Korea. The Globaltravelbook team will guide you with the process.

Please inform us of your nationality before booking.

South Korea Timezone

GMT+09:00
Time zone in South Korea (GMT+9)

South Korea currency and preferred payment method while in South Korea?

The South Korean Won (KRW) is the official currency in South Korea. Most establishments accept payments by Visa or Debit card, however traditional establishments may prefer cash payments. Travellers may exchange to KRW on our first day in the capital, our group leader will help you out. Another option is to exchange to KRW in your home country, however do not worry as we will help you out if you prefer to exchange when in Korea.

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  • If you cancel your booking, we will offer a refund of any balance which we have not yet paid or are obliged to pay to any other Third Party. When a booking is cancelled within the month prior to departure, the remaining balance will be non refundable as well as we would be fully committed at that stage. All types of travel insurance are supposed to cover “cancellations” and for this reason we require that such travel insurance is purchased prior to travel.