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Taste of South Korea

Seoul Return

Trip Code: RJTCKJ08
8 Days
14 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • Airport transfers and tipping
  • 14 meals - 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Seven nights in premium accommodation
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort

Travel & Accommodation

Traditional ornate temple, South Korea

South Korea's Heart and Seoul

Explore the capital of South Korea, Seoul, taking pause at palaces and temples, and sampling regional cuisine too.

External of Marriott Hotel, South Korea

Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun

Stay in the centre of Seoul with four nights at Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun.

Coastal view across ocean, South Korea

Beachside Busan

Known for its beautiful beaches and sea views, spend a night in Busan, and venture on the famous Oryukdo Skywalk.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices are land/rail only. Flights not included
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, tipping and most porterage
  • Cherry Blossom season in South Korea usually lasts from March to mid April, however due to changeable weather blooms cannot be guaranteed, even during spring months
Asia Map RJTCKJ08 2020
Seoul Return

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Insider Experience

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Insider Experience

This evening, you’ll be escorted to dinner at a traditional Korean-style BBQ house. Smoky meats and sizzling savoury pancakes are often on the menu.


Arrive in South Korea’s capital city. After being taken to your hotel, you might enjoy some time at leisure. After your Insider Experience at dinner, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel which is located in the heart of Seoul.

Stay: Two Nights, Seoul, Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun

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  • Dinner

Insider Experience

See the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest palace in South Korea. Built in 1392 at the beginning of the Josean Dynasty, this palace was the main royal palace for five centuries.

Insider Experience

Later today, you’ll learn how to make South Korea’s national dish, kimchi, during a cooking class and demonstration. Originally made with radishes as they were a ready ingredient of the region, kimchi has since developed, and different vegetables are preserved using the process.


Fill up at breakfast this morning - you’re in for a full day of a sightseeing. The excitement begins with an Insider Experience at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Continue on to Insadong Antique Alley where quirky amulets and jewellery among other wares are scattered across stalls. Poke around the many streets, maybe picking up a souvenir or two. Afterwards, continue to Itaewon Street and Seoul Tower. More than just a radio and television tower, the many levels of Seoul Tower have an array of exciting attractions including an observatory and wishing pond. Enjoy another Insider Experience later. Return to your hotel later for a well-deserved rest.

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  • Lunch
View of a group of ladies with coulourful skirts, South Korea

Insider Experience

On your way to Jeonju, you’ll stop in at Geumsan and visit a local ginseng market to sample the traditional root once it’s been fried. Literally meaning ‘human root’, the raw plant can look like the legs of a person.

Insider Experience

Visit a local Hanok Village in Jeonju. While here, stop in at the bamboo-clad Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Jeondong Cathedral.


Today farewell Seoul and set off for Jeonju. After sampling fried ginseng root, you’ll head to Jeonju Hanok Village. Afterwards, visit the Hanji Museum and experience making the traditional Korean paper. Dinner is served at a local restaurant this evening before you are escorted back to your hotel.

Stay: Jeonju, Ramada Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Insider Experience

Visit the oldest observatory in East Asia, Cheomseongdae, which dates back to the 7th century and stands as a reminder of the influence that science had on Korea’s developing culture over the years.


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before being transferred to Gyeongju. Set your sights on the Bulguksa Temple resting on the slopes of Mt Toham, Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae Observatory. The afternoon is then spent at leisure before an evening visit to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Explore the site which was only properly uncovered and renamed in the 1980s before returning to your hotel. You might like to enjoy dinner here, or head out to explore the streets and sample a delicious local meal.

Stay: Gyeongju, Commodore Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Depart Gyeongju after breakfast this morning and travel to Busan. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken on a city sightseeing tour of some of Busan’s most well-known sites including Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market and the UN Memorial. You’ll also spend some time at the Oryukdo Skywalk. Translating to ‘Walking in the Sky’, this glass walkway is suspended over the ocean for an unreal perspective. After some free time, you’ll be taken back to your hotel where you’ll enjoy dinner.

Stay: Busan, Haeundae Grand Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View of flower clock next to red and green temple, South Korea

Insider Experience

Board one of South Korea’s famous KTX Express Trains to Seoul. Watch the beautiful countryside whip past your window, and jet right past busy cities as your train reaches speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour.


After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll board one of South Korea’s famous KTX Express Trains to Seoul. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll stop in at the Namdaemun Market with time to explore. Once finished, a guide will take you to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Seoul, Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun

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  • Breakfast

Today is dedicated to the fascinating relationship between North and South Korea. You’ll visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) in Paju to gain an understanding of the bordering countries. See Imjingak Park, the Bridge of Freedom and The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel where it’s believed that some 30,000 soldiers could pass through within an hour. You’ll also spend time at the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall, and the station, along with Dora Observatory which offers binocular views into North Korea. Return to Seoul for an afternoon visit to the War Memorial Museum to reflect further on the conflict, and finish off with your Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Breakfast is served at your hotel this morning before a transfer takes you to the airport where your amazing South Korea adventure comes to an end.

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  • Breakfast

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