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South Korea

Begin in the capital city of Seoul and visit Changdeok Palace, Gyeongbok Palace, and the National Museum to learn about the rich history of the Korean dynasties. Also find a moment to explore the narrow streets of Insadong Alley, a neighborhood known for its antique and handicraft shops.  Located just outside Seoul is the Korean Folk Village, the open-air real life museum that recreates the Korean life of several centuries ago, preserving some of the country’s rich traditional and cultural heritage.  For a glimpse into a more recent part of the country's history take a day tour to the Panmunjeom Demilitarized zone (DMZ), the historic location where the armistice was signed in 1953 ending the 3 year Korean War. Literally on the border between the democratic South and communist North, you will be able to look across into the world's most sealed-off society, North Korea, this is the stark reality and immense tragedy of a country which is still divided.

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of city life drive through the picturesque unspoiled countryside to Mt. Seorak National Park, with its towering craggy peaks, waterfalls, forests, hiking trails, mysterious temples, and remote hermitages; to enjoy the true serenity of Mt Seorak you should experience an overnight temple stay programme where you will join the monks in their daily chores, meditation and ceremonies.  En-route to Gyeongju, stop at the charming village of Andong, one of the last living vestiges of old Korea. Gyeongju is an open-air treasury of cultural relics and architectural wonders, with its collection of ancient temples and grottos. Visit the treasured Bulguksa Buddhist Temple, Gyeongju National Museum, and the World Heritage-listed Seokguram Grotto. For some relaxation you can take a short flight to the sub-tropical island of Jeju, known as “the Island of the Gods” whose extinct volcano dominates the landscape, this is a tropical paradise island which has been well blessed by nature; exquisite waterfalls, lush tropical fauna, remote white sand beaches, quaint thatched-roof houses, strange lava and rock formations, as well as huge subterranean caverns.  Join us and discover the very essence of South Korea.

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When to go

Moderate climate with four seasons. The hottest part of the year is during the rainy season between July and August, and the coldest is December to February. Spring and autumn are mild and mainly dry and are generally considered the best times to visit.


Flying time

From London to Seoul is approximately 11 hours, Direct Flights operated by Korean Air and Asiana or there are excellent connections offered via Hong Kong.

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Passport & Visa

Visa Required?
British No
Other EU No

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.


Health requirements

Diphtheria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria  No
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid No
Yellow Fever No


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required depending on the season and region visited.