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Experience the best that Korea has to offer: a rich history, living culture, insightful museums, pulsating cities, and a taste of the world-famous Korean cuisine.

South Korea truly is a swirl of ancient ways meeting modernity and with us you’ll experience this country from a local perspective. From beyond the typical tourist path, we’ll show you old neighborhoods and the best markets, explain the nuances of Korean culture, and dig into a wide variety of Korean favorite foods.

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Tour Start
Tour Finish
Trip Type
Experience Tour
Trip Style
Physical Level
Cultural Rating
Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Group Size
12 max group size
Admissions to all included attractions and sights
Eleven (11) nights of accommodations
All transportation within South Korea (Excluding airport transfer)
At least one (1) meal a day
Welcome meals
Not Included
You will be responsible for some meals. Budget between $5-8 per meal
Air tickets to and from Korea
Visa (if necessary; most countries are visa-free to enter South Korea)
Travel/health insurance (Browse policies at World Nomads, our recommended travel insurance provider.) Travel insurance is required to travel with any of Unquote Travel’s trips.


  • Day 1
    Welcome meal in the evening. Accommodation is included this night.
  • Day 2-4
    Dive into South Korea’s political and commercial heart. Here you’ll tour colorful palaces, wander through traditional neighborhood markets, do some urban hiking, check out the shopping scene, and sample the city’s delicious street food.
  • Day 5
    Jirisan National Park and Templestay
    Further south, we venture into one of the sacred mountains of Korea and some of its most scenic territory. We’ll save the mountain climbing for another time (see “add on” to Seoroksan National Park below) and instead focus on Hwaeomsa Temple. Here Korean history, culture, and tradition have been preserved as well as Buddha’s teachings. At Hwaeomsa we’ll do a Temple Stay to experience a traditional Buddhist monk’s life. Give your chaotic mind a rest and discover your true self amidst incredible natural surroundings.
  • Day 6-7
    After getting our Zen, we’ll travel to the beautiful port city of Yeosu. Here we’ll explore the history of one of Korea’s most famous seaman- Admiral Yi. The following day we’ll venture out onto the sea ourselves to Dadohae National Park. This marine park encompasses about 1,700 islands and a whole lot of nice scenery.
  • Day 8
    Next up is Korea’s second city: Busan. Here we’ll hit the highlights that make this huge port city tick. If you love seafood, Busan is your place to indulge. We’ll browse for live seafood at Jagalchi market and then have the hoe (raw fish) prepared straight away. Busan is also home to Korea’s best-known beach. In the evening they’ll be time for street snacks, shopping, bar- hopping, or just strolling around.
  • Day 9-10
    Gyeongju is Korea’s ancient cultural city and the former capital of the once mighty Silla Kingdom. Here we’ll see royal tombs, burial mounds, historic artifacts, traditional architecture, and an excellent museum and more.
  • Day 11
    Next we’ll visit this historically conservative and traditional stronghold of Confucianism. First stop: Hahoe Village. This is the best-kept of traditional villages and maintains the lifestyle and housing that was once typical in rural Korea. Next up is the magnificent Dosan Seowan, founded by one of the country’s two most important Confucian scholars. Here you’ll witness the exemplary representation of classical Confucian architecture.
  • Day 12
    Return to Seoul
    Tour finishes. Accommodation is not provided this night. If you are staying longer in Seoul we’re happy to help you with any accommodation booking or sightseeing tips. Or join us for our add on weekend hiking trip to Seoraksan National Park, starting on the following day.

More Information

Packing List for Experience Korea trip (recommended)
  • Weather of late spring in Korea can be hot during the day and
    chilly at night. Pack light layer clothing and some warm clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Moneybelt
  • Cash (credit card is widely accepted and ATMs are easy to find, but it’s always a good idea to carry some cash)
Useful Information
  • Remember to pack light; we’ll be using public transportation and you have to carry your own bags.
  • Make sure to purchase a transit card (T-Money), which is a key to Korea’s public transportation system. Any convenience store (7-Eleven, GS 25, etc) at the airport has them.

The accommodation will range from doubles in family-run guesthouses and hotels to unique stays in traditional inns and temple stays (multiple guests per room).

Important Notes

Cancellations and Refunds
If you must cancel your reservation for a tour and/or its extension, we will refund your payment, less the following fees per tour and/or extension:

Days Prior to Trip Start Date Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person
60+ days $250
31 – 60 days 50% of trip price
0-30 days 100% of trip price

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